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LG Has Unveiled C300 QWERTY Phone

Korean manufacturer LG has announced the availability of the new C300 Town QWERTY handset with the likes of Orange, Phones4U and Tesco set to offer it soon.

The C300 Town resembles an entry level RIM Blackberry device and comes with a 2.4-inch screen (320x240 pixels) and has dedicated Twitter, Facebook and MSN clients as expected.

Other features include a 2-megapixel camera, push email, FM radio and an MP3 player. They keyboard has Blackberry type keys (i.e. slightly rounded ones).

There's no Wi-Fi or 3G though and at £80 (including a £10 top up), it is on the expensive side. The phone appears to be a rebadged version of the Alcatel OT-802, which we suspect is manufactured by the same ODM.

Paul Trueman, UK marketing director for LG Electronics, said in a statement that "We wanted to make social networking quick and easy for busy people on the go, and the LG C300 Town with integrated SNS widgets and a full QWERTY keyboard does just that."

Seriously though, if you don't mind paying slightly more and get yourself a proper Android-based phone or opt for a lesser-known brand like Alcatel, you will end up with a better bargain.

Désiré Athow
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 ITProPortal.com 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.