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Meet The £0.01 Nokia 1800, The Cheapest Mobile Phone EVER

Nearly 38 years after the first phone call was made from a mobile phone, basic handsets are on the verge of being given away for free as we witnessed the arrival of the cheapest mobile phone yet, a 1p model from Nokia.

The Nokia 1800 can be purchased from Mobiles.co.uk for a mere 1p although, as it is often the case, you will need to buy a £10 top up from Vodafone, which brings the price to a grand total of £10.01, which includes delivery.

The phone is unlocked, which is a rarity and should therefore work on all networks; it weighs 79g, has a 1.8-inch 128x160 pixels colour screen, a FM radio, a few games and best of all, has enough battery life to provide eight hours talk time and nearly a month on standby, making it ideal for the glove box or as a secondary handset.

The Vodafone PAYG Freebees tariff means that topping up £10 in the first 30 days will give you 300 texts and 500MB web access or one hour worth of international calls for free. You will also get 10 per cent back every time you top up.

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.