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iPhone 4S Rival Alert: ZTE Skate Now Available From £120

The follow-up to the award winning Orange San Francisco, the Monte Carlo, has dropped in price over the last few days down from £150 to £120, a 20 per cent cut that could be due to the impending launch of the iPhone 4S, a cheaper version of the iPhone 4.

The offer, available online from Orange (opens in new tab) and instore, doesn't require you to be an existing Orange customer as was previously the case. Interestingly, the Orange Monte Carlo is around half the price of the SIM Free version of the ZTE Skate.

The device comes with a Qualcomm SoC clocked at 800MHz (an ARM 11 model rather than a Snapdragon one), with 512MB RAM, a 2GB microSD card bundled, 3G+, a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, a five megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and a number of Orange specific features (HD Voice, Signal Boost UMA, Orange Wednesday, Orange App Store and Maps).

With five hours talk time and 12 days on Standby, the Monte Carlo has a decent battery life and still manages to keep a trimmed profile at only 10.4mm thick.

The original Orange San Francisco might cost £20 less but unless you fancy a physically smaller smartphone, it would be hard to justify opting for the former which comes with a poorer camera and a slower chip.

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.