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iPhone 3GS Alert : Orange Officially Launches San Francisco II

Orange has officially unveiled the follow-up to the extremely popular San Francisco smartphone, one which is uninspiringly called, the San Francisco II.

The device, which we suspect is also manufactured by Chinese manufacturer ZTE, has gone on sale for £99 on pay as you go with a compulsory £10 top up (although as an existing Orange user, you should be able to get a discount by calling them).

The phone - which should go on sale in the UK by the end of the month - will also be available from a mere £10.50 per month on a two year contract with a handful of minutes, texts and data allowance.

Like its predecessor, it comes with a 3.5-inch WVGA AMOLED display, 512MB RAM and is a smidgen lighter at 120g. It does however feature a 800MHz ARM11 chipset, HD voice, a five megapixel camera with flash, Signal Boost which uses Wi-Fi to enhance 3G signals when indoors, and most importantly, Android 2.3 Gingerbread which comes with hotspot capabilities amongst other things.

Given how sought after its predecessor was, we expect the Orange San Francisco II to sell very well. The existing San Francisco is only a tenner cheaper which makes the OSF II a no-brainer.

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.