Sony Ericsson's top of the range smartphone is set to be sold for as little as £25.54 per month on a two year contract, a surprisingly low price for a just announced phone.
Buymobilephones lists it on preorder with 600 minutes, 500 texts and an unlimited internet booster on T-Mobile, which is quickly turning into a "value-for-money" no-frill brand.
With a TCO of £613 over the duration of the contract, it is a cracking deal but swap it for an 18-month contract with 100 texts, 100 minutes and internet access and you can slash the TCO to only £478, roughly (opens in new tab) the same price as the SIM-free, unlocked handset itself with the added bonus of being able to spread the initial cost of the handset and the "free" minutes, texts and internet access.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc features a huge 4.2-inch WVGA screen with an 8.1-megapixel camera with flash, the mobile BRAVIA engine, Sony's own Reality Display technology, a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1GHz, HD video recording, HDMI and Android 2.3.
Although we're positively enthused about the stunning design, we're disappointed by the 512MB RAM and the lack of front facing camera for video conferencing.