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Alcatel OT-983 smartphone down to £40

Want to know what is probably the best smartphone you can buy for less than £70, and makes a very good introduction to the world of Android as imagined by Google?

The Alcatel One Touch 983 costs a mere £39.99 at O2 on PAYG and has a similar processor to the HTC Desire, which was a top-end smartphone only a few years ago. You will need to buy a £7.50 top up with the phone, which will give you unlimited texts for a month.

Described as sporting a sleek premium design and a chrome finish, it comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 3-megapixel camera, a system-on-a-chip clocked at 1GHz, 512MB of RAM and 512MB of ROM, a microSD card slot, up to nine hours of battery life, a 3.5in HVGA capacitive display (480 x 320 pixels), Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, a FM radio and a number of bundled apps including Twitter, Facebook and Palringo rich messaging.

The phone competes with the likes of the LG Optimus L3 and the Huawei Ascend Y100, both of which costs a tenner or so more but have inferior specifications.

Alcatel might not be the most recognisable smartphone manufacturer on the market but it is one of the most aggressive at the lower end of the market.

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