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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Goes On Preorder For £25.54 Per Month

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.

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 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.