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Three takes stock of Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

Mobile phone network Three has announced it’s now retailing the thin Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc handset, on a monthly contract in addition to pay as you go price plans.

Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Arc was announced at Las Vegas’ consumer electronics show, with a 4.2-inch multi touch reality screen with a mobile Bravia engine for a more vivid colourful display with less reflection in bright light.

The Xperia Arc is the thinnest phone in the company’s arsenal, which arrives with an 8.7mm chassis - at its thinnest point and is much slimmer than the last winner of the svelte smartphone crown, the iPhone 4, with its 9.3mm case.

On-board is the Sony Exmor R technology, which backs up the 8.1 megapixel camera that allows high quality picture capture even in poor lighting conditions.

SE Xperia Arc will arrive running Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3, with Sony Ericsson applications such as TimeScape, a 1Ghz processor, an 8GB microSD card, with a camera capable of HD video capture that’s displayable through the built in microHDMI port.

Three has the Sony Ericsson Arc on a £35 a month contract , which is accompanied by 500 minutes, a 5,000 text message bundle and a 1GB data allowance. The phone is also available on Three’s ‘One Plan’, which has 2,000 minutes, a 5,000 text message bundle and a truly unlimited data allowance – for £40 a month.

There are also pay as you go price plans with a £449 cost for the handset, with a £15 and £25 30-day tariff. These deals have 300 and 500 minutes attached, with 3,000 text message allowance and no limits on data.

One Mobile Ring has already seen the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, where we published a hands-on walk-through in pictures here and on video here from Mobile World Congress.

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Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.