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Nokia Brings C3 Blackberry-like Smartphone To Vodafone

Nokia will partner with Vodafone to roll out the C3 phone on an exclusive Pay as you go package with other mobile networks getting the smartphone much later.

The phone, which was announced back in April, is a low-end version of the E71 and comes with a full QWERTY keyboard combined with a Symbian S40 operating system.

There's a 2.4-inch QVGA display, a 2-megapixel camera, GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, a microSD slot, built in Opera Mini browsing, Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger with OVI chat.

It will be available in a number of colours including pink. You can register your interest on Vodafone's website here (opens in new tab).

The C3 will also come with a 250MB data package which will cost £7.50 and last for 30 days. In addition, Vodafone also announced that customers who buy PAYG phones direct from their high street stores will get a £10 Freedom pack.

This, Vodafone reckons, is equivalent to £50 worth of calls and texts, that's 100 minutes of calls to any network, landlines and 300 UK texts. Note that the Freedom pack will last only 30 days.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.