Phones4U has put the Grand X smartphone, ZTE’s new mainstream handset, on sale for as little as £20.50 per month on a two-year contract.
That’s a total cost of ownership of £492. The phone costs £189 + a compulsory £10 top-up from Virgin Media, which means that the contract by itself roughly adds a £300 premium to the cost of the phone.
The deal, available on Vodafone, includes 250MB data, 300 minutes, 3,000 texts and Vodafone’s Data Test Drive promotion (unlimited data for three months) plus the chance to win VIP tickets to see popular UK act Professor Green. In comparison, Virgin media charges a whopping £24 per month on a two-year contract for the phone with 200 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB data.
The Grand X comes with a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1GHz, 1GB of RAM, a 4.3in 960 x 540 display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 5-megapixel camera with HD video capabilities, a front-facing camera, Dolby Mobile surround sound and a 1,650mAh battery.
Competition around the £20 price range is ferocious with the HTC One X, the Sony Xperia S and the Samsung Galaxy S2 all available at this price point.