Blackberry Torch 9800 Available On Preoder From Vodafone

RIM's latest Blackberry handset, the Torch 9800, has gone on preorder at Vodafone UK where it will be available for free on pay monthly plans starting from £40.

Vodafone says that it will start sending the handset to customers from the 27th of September; the £40 per month offer comes with Blackberry email service, 1200 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB data.

Bumping your package to 3000 minutes will cost an additional £10 per month; all contracts are 24 months ones.

If you intend to use the phone for data mostly, there's a cheap £20 per month package which gives you 100 minutes, 500 texts, 500MB and Blackberry email, but you will still have to pay a whopping £399 initially to get the phone.

The Torch comes with a 624MHz Qualcomm processor, a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a 480x360 pixels resolution and Blackberry 6 OS.

There's a slide out QWERTY keyboard, a 5-megapixel camera with flash and AF plus Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Twitter Apps, 512MB RAM, 4.5GB onboard storage, a 4GB microSD card and a 1300mAh battery

It's likely that other mobile phone operators will adopt the BB Torch 9800 but we're not sure whether the £40 per month will manage to sway customers away from the likes of the HTC Desire Z or Apple's iPhone.