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HTC Salsa Blue available from £7.50 per month

The HTC Salsa, which is almost 18 months old, can now be had for as little as £7.50 per month on a two-year contract at Talkmobile, which is a Vodafone MVNO.

The tariff, called Smartplan Super Value, offers 250 minutes, 5000 texts and a 500MB data allowance which should be enough for a light user.

The phone itself is probably better than most budget smartphones available on this tariff because it started life as a mainstream handset rather than an entry level one.

Introduced at MWC 2011, we suggested that the HTC Salsa might be a souped up version of the Wildfire S, one which displays its Facebook friendliness with a button on the front facia.

It has a Qualcomm MSM7227 system-on-chip clocked at 800MHz, 512MB of RAM, 512MB ROM, a microSD card slot, a 480 x 320 pixel, 3.4in display with Corning Gorilla Glass, Wi-Fi, a USB port, a front-facing camera, a rear 5-megapixel one, an FM Radio, Bluetooth 3.0, Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense UI, GPS, a 1,520mAh battery and a rather good looking design.

The phone has been replaced at the lower end of HTC’s portfolio by the HTC Desire C.

Desire worked at ITProPortal right at the beginning and was instrumental in turning it into the leading publication we all know and love today. He then moved on to be the Editor of TechRadarPro - a position he still holds - and has recently been reunited with ITProPortal since Future Publishing's acquisition of Net Communities.