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Motorola Razr i goes on preorder for only £18.50

You can get the recently announced Motorola Razr i smartphone (opens in new tab), which is based on an Intel Medfield Atom system-on-chip, for as little as £18.50 per month on O2 from Buymobilephones.

That brings the total cost of ownership to £372, which is only 10 per cent more than the SIM-free price of the handset, a clear indication that both the phone manufacturer and networks are making a significant effort to keep contract prices as affordable as possible.

The contract includes 100 minutes, unlimited texts, 100MB data and priority moments, which will be good only for very light users and heavy texters. Alternatively, if you’re already on O2 (or Tesco Mobile or GiffGaff), get the phone and swap the SIM card.

(opens in new tab)T-Mobile on the other hand offers 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 250MB data for £2.50 extra per month, although you get £20 cashback.

The phone itself runs on an Intel Atom SoC clocked at up to 2GHz with 1GB of RAM, 8GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a 4.3in 960 x 540 Super AMOLED display, an 8-megapixel camera with a dedicated button, Android 4.0.4 ICS, an anti-splash coating with Kevlar and Corning Gorilla Glass.

Check out our hands-on of the Motorola Razr i here (opens in new tab).

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.