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Forget the iPhone 5 Lite! Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Now Costs £320 With Free Contract!

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc can now be purchased for as little as £25 per month on a 12 month contract with an upfront cost of £19.99, that's a total cost of ownership of £320 which is less than the present cost of the handset itself.

E2Save normally delivers (opens in new tab) SIM free/unlocked handsets with its contract purchases which means that you should be able to pop in a new SIM; the deal though - on TalkMobile - is not that bad as it includes 300 minutes, 1000 texts and 1GB of data usage.

And the Arc is a not half bad phone as well, far from it! The smartphone is actually Sony Ericsson's top of the range handset and comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1GHz, 512MB RAM, an eight megapixel rear camera, a 4.2-inch 854x480 pixel touchscreen, a microSD card slot, AGPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, all in a chassis that weighs 117g and is only 8.9mm thick,

As expected, the Arc is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread and includes Sony Ericsson's proprietary user interface, Timescape.

The iPhone 5 Lite (or iPhone 4S) is likely to be a reworked version of the iPhone 4 which means that it should come with 512MB RAM and a single core A4 SoC, and could launch alongside the iPhone 5 in around a month.

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.