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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini goes on pre-order for £25 per month

Phones4U is offering the newly announced Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini (opens in new tab) for as little as £25 per month (opens in new tab) on a two-year contract with Vodafone - that's a total cost of ownership of £600.

The mobile retailer is sweetening the deal by offering a free Samsung Pebble, a small MP3 player that accompanies the smartphone as well as three months’ worth of free Wi-Fi.

The Galaxy S3 Mini is a bit of a disappointment, however. Although it does borrow from the smooth, pebble-like design of its bigger brother, it shares more DNA with the Samsung Galaxy S Advance (otherwise known as the Galaxy S2 Lite), which was launched earlier this year.

Like the latter, it has an ST Ericsson Novathor U8500 dual-core SoC clocked at 1GHz, a 4in 800 x 480 AMOLED display, a 5-megapixel camera, a microSD card slot and a front-facing camera.

(opens in new tab)The handset does offer a few improvements, though, including Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, NFC, 1GB of RAM (rather than 768MB) and a whole array of features such as S Voice, S Beam and Smart Stay.

Other networks that will stock the phone includes Vodafone, Orange and O2.

Carphone Warehouse will also sell the handset, which can be had SIM-free and unlocked from Unlocked-mobiles for as little as £295.

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.