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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.