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iPhone 3GS Rival Alert : ZTE Skate On Sale For £95

Orange is selling the Monte Carlo, otherwise known as the ZTE Skate, for £120, a drop of £30 from the original selling price but is also giving in a free prepaid Mastercard card when you take the (compulsory) £10 top-up.

Obviously, the card can be used like a normal cashcard and is essentially a cashback offer which brings the cost of the phone to under £95.

This makes it a jaw dropping deal and to make things even more interesting, the phone more than doubles in price when you switch to the SIM-Free unlocked version.

The Skate costs less than a third of the price of the next cheapest smartphone with a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen and a WVGA resolution.

It is powered by a 800MHz Qualcomm SoC, has 4GB onboard storage, 512MB RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a microSD card slot, runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has a five megapixel rear camera, Orange HD Voice & Signal Boost technology.

Compared to the iPhone 3GS, it is more than three times cheaper, boasts a faster SoC, more memory, a much bigger screen with a much higher resolution, a better camera and the ability to improve onboard memory using the card slot.

You can find this deal as well as others here. It's worth noting that the Orange San Francisco, the ZTE Blade, is also included in the offer at £75 making it a compelling buy for anyone considering the Skate to be a bit too big.

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