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.