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O2 To Sell Huawei Branded Handsets

Chinese telecom giant Huawei will partner with Telefonica-owned O2 to sell its handsets in the UK with the first model to make its way to our shores being the G7002, a £40 touchscreen device.

Don't expect anything fancy at this price though. It is a 2G handset with a resistive 2.4-inch screen, a 1.3-megapixel camera and 2MB internal memory. You will get a microSD card slot and a FM radio but no WiFi or GPS.

Steve Alder, O2's General Manager Group and UK Devices, sad that "We are pleased to be partnering with Huawei to bring the G7002 to our customers, The G7002 makes owning a touch screen phone even more affordable and helps us continue to offer a great range of products to our customers."

Huawei also manufactures the T-Mobile Pulse as well as other T-Mobile phones and glancing at the specifications, it seems that the G7002 is a slightly different version of the T-Mobile Vairy Touch which is on sale for £30 and comes with free texts for life, 1GB memory card and 6 months free internet.

The Chinese company, which is part owned by its own employees, is already one of the biggest names in the global telecommunications market and one which is growing fast.

However, its smaller rival, ZTE, has been its most active rival at the very low end of the spectrum under its own brand name. In fact we reviewed the ZTE F102 which was (and still is) the cheapest 3G phone in the UK at £30.

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.