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Orange Gives Free Contract With £340 Motorola Atrix Ahead Of iPhone Launch

In what looks like the start of a nationwide clearance of Motorola devices, Orange has cut the price of the Motorola Atrix down to £340, making it just as cheap as other SIM Free devices -with the added benefit of getting a two year contract for free.

The tariff, known as Dolphin 10, costs £10 per month with an initial outlay of £100 and includes unlimited texts, 30 minutes and 100MB internet per month.

The Motorola Atrix is still a superb piece of technology despite being eight months old. It features a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a microSD card reader, a 4-inch 960x540 pixel screen, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Android 2.2 Froyo (upgradable to Gingerbread in October), a five megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing one, a biometric fingerprint reader, a 1900mAh battery and up to nine hours talktime.

We noted recently that the Motorola Atrix has become the best value top of the range smartphone on the market and the recent price drops tend to confirm this.

It will be interesting to see whether other Motorola devices like the XOOM or the Defy also drop in price ahead of a possible autumn refresh.

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.