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Get Alcatel OT-903 for free (well almost)

The Alcatel OT-903 is the cheapest Android smartphone in the UK and is currently available from Carphone Warehouse for £49.95 plus an extra compulsory £10 top-up.

One of the top-ups you can buy is on Virgin Media’s The Addict Tariff which promises to double up your first top-up, meaning you will get £30 when you top-up with a tenner. So if you top up with £62, you will get £186 in total.

You can sell that credit to for £111.60 - 60 per cent of the face value of the top up - payable via Paypal or BACS (note that you will get paid over two weeks).

Given that the total cost of the phone and the credit is just under £112, the adjusted cost of the phone on its own works out to be around 35p, although, caveat emptor, we haven’t tried it yet.

What’s more, customers will be left with 12 months worth of free data (limited to 250MB per month) plus 300 texts as well.

The phone has a small 2.8in touchscreen display with a 320 x 240 pixels display, a single core processor clocked at 650MHz, runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has GPS, 150MB onboard storage, a 2-megapixel camera, a microSD card slot and weighs a mere 114g.

Sources: Sellyourcredit, Carphone Warehouse

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