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Orange San Francisco II now down to £70

The Orange San Francisco was a game changer when it was launched back in 2010 as the first entry-level smartphone to come with an AMOLED display and 512MB of RAM.

The Orange San Francisco II was launched last year to try to emulate the success of that phone -which sold some several million units - but with increased competition from the likes of Alcatel and Huawei, this proved to be a difficult battle.

Which is probably why the Orange San Francisco II is now available from Argos via eBay for just £70. The phone is ostensibly tied to Orange, but it can be easily unbranded and there are a number of unofficial firmware cracks available that remove the Orange SIM-lock.

The Orange San Francisco II, which is also known as the ZTE Blade II, runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with a single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227A system-on-chip clocked at 800MHz, 512MB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a 5-megapixel camera, a 3.5in 800 x 480 LCD display, Wi-Fi, up to four hours talk time and Bluetooth.

There are not many competitors vying for that price bracket but the OSF II’s shelf life is likely to be ephemeral given that it is being cleared out by the retailer.