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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S Selling On Vodafone

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S, the successor to the Arc which was launched back in February, has gone on sale at Vodafone for as little as £31 per month - less than the two-year-old Apple iPhone 3GS for example.

This means you get 600 minutes, unlimited texts, 500MB internet data and 2GB BT Openzone Wi-Fi access for a total cost of £744.

The new Arc S is a minor but welcomed improvement on the Arc. The SoC has been swapped from a 1GHz model to a more powerful 1.4GHz one, plus there's a 3D sweep panorama mode which allows the user to take pseudo 3D pictures using one lens.

The rest of the configuration is mostly the same; the ultra slim form factor, that 4.2-inch "Reality Display" capacitive touchscreen with a 854x480 pixel resolution, 512MB RAM, 1GB onboard storage, an HDMI port and an eight megapixel camera with HD recording. Sony Ericsson quotes seven hours talk time on 3G and up to 460 hours standby time.

You can also pay an upfront fee of £99 and get the phone for as little as £26 on a two year contract which is still pretty decent, although some might argue that 100 minutes, 500 texts and 250MB data allowance is not exactly generous.

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