EE’s Kestrel takes off, budget 4G phone now on sale for £99

The days of having to pay a premium for a handset with 4G LTE support are long gone – you can now bag yourself such a phone for less than £100.

The Kestrel (which was first unveiled at the end of March) is available for £99, to be precise, on PAYG with EE, and if you buy the phone with a £10 top-up you'll get 10GB worth of data thrown in by the network. That should keep you going with superfast mobile surfing for a little while...

Alternatively, you can get the phone on one of EE's new lower priced 4G contracts, at £13.99 per month. For that, you'll get the handset for free, along with 500 minutes, unlimited texts, and 500MB of data. Bear in mind, though, that this data allowance isn't going to last long given the speed it's possible (or should be possible) to chew through data on 4G.

If you want a chunkier data allowance, you can grab a plan with 2GB of data and 1000 minutes for £21.99 per month.

If you're spending more, of course, it might be more sensible to look at a better phone than the Kestrel; the whole idea is that this is a budget proposition, and it has budget specs. These include a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, and a 4.5in display with a resolution of 960 x 540 which isn't going to set the world on fire.

As you can see from the pic above, it won't win any design awards either, but the Kestrel is still a good option to have at the budget end of the spectrum.