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New BlackBerry, Sony Ericsson and LG handsets arrive on Vodafone

Vodafone has announced a new series of smartphones have arrived on their network and for sale from today onwards, these are the BlackBerry Pearl 3G, Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro and LG Optimus. The latter of which is the start of a new range of Lucky Goldstar manufactured handsets, in which this is the first of 10 to appear under the Optimus brand name.

The Research In Motion BlackBerry Pearl 3G is their latest candy bar style of phone to arrive in the UK. It's the first Pearl that has access to a 3G signal and the WIFI 802.11n standard, with a traditional T9 keypad where in the past Pearls have used SureType - where the keys are laid out in a Qwerty fashion.

The BlackBerry Pearl 3G is free on a £25 tariff, over 24 months which includes 300 minutes, unlimited texts and a 500MB data allowance.

The LG Optimus is only the South Korean phone maker's second Android handset, which tips up with a 3-inch screen capable of displaying DivX/XviD video content natively where only the Samsung Galaxy S has been able to do so previously.

Sony Ericsson's 2.6-inch screen based X10 Mini Pro is effectively the cut down version of their 4-inch screen Xperia X10 Google OS handset, where the Mini Pro just has a physical Qwerty keyboard bolted on to that smaller mobile phone.

Both the LG Optimus and SE X10 Mini Pro arrive gratis on a £20 tariff, over a 24 month period where 100 minutes are included within that deal, with 500 texts and a 500MB data allowance.

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Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.