Virgin Mobile is clearing out the ZTE Tania Windows Phone for only £99.99 on Pay as you go, a price that excludes delivery but includes 12 months of free data plus £10 airtime and an extra 300 texts.
The smartphone’s spec is typical of first generation Windows Phone handsets, which hit the market in 2010. There’s a single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 clocked at 1GHz, 512MB of RAM but sadly, only 4GB of onboard storage (compared to 8GB for its nearest rival the Nokia 610).
Other features include a 5-megapixel camera with video capture, Wi-Fi, GPS, a 4.3in 800 x 480 resolution display, Windows Phone 7.5, a 1,400mAh battery, up to four hours talk-time and a weight of 158g.
The impending launch of Windows Phone 8 means that the existing generation of Windows Phone 7.5 handsets will be discounted and cleared out because they're not upgradable to WP8 due to hardware limitations.
Instead, these handsets will get Windows Phone 7.8, which integrates some key elements from WP8. Nokia was the first to officially unveil a Windows Phone 8 handset, the Lumia 820 and the Lumia 920.
During our review of the ZTE Tania, we found that its screen faded in bright sunlight but overall, we agreed that it was a well-built phone with a large screen.