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iPhone 4 Rival Alert : ZTE Tania Down To £199

The price of the ZTE Tania smartphone has fallen to £199, a £50 reduction which makes it the cheapest Windows Phone Mango handset in the UK, cheaper than the Nokia Lumia 710 from O2 or 3 Networks which costs £1 extra and is locked.

Clove Technology says that the first stock of the Tania - unlocked and SIM free - will reach the market in 10 days, just in time for Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

It features a worse hardware configuration compared to the Nokia 710. There's a 1GHz single core Qualcomm Snapdragon system on chip, 512MB RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen display, a five megapixel camera with AF and flash, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The Nokia 710 is not only faster (1.4GHz) but also has more onboard storage (8GB onboard storage) and Nokia's custom applications like Nokia Drive which ZTE doesn't have.

Add in the fact that Nokia is a much better known household name than ZTE (although they are one of the biggest smartphone makers on the market) and you understand why ZTE will need to release the equivalent of the Android-based Orange San Francisco to shake up the Windows Phone market the way it did with the OSF.

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