T-Mobile sells the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE for a mere £10.50 per month on a two-year contract. That’s a total cost of ownership of £252, which is less than the cheapest SIM-free price we’ve seen for the phone (£260 at Expansys).
This means that the phone is locked to EE, Orange and T-Mobile and that you will be able to use it to access UK’s only EE network for now and with a monthly outlay of £10.50, it is actually very cheap.
The plan includes 50 minutes, 250 texts, 250MB data and free Wi-Fi access on the London Underground (although this is pretty useless if you don’t regularly commute to London).
The phone comes with a 4.3in Super AMOLED display (Pentile technology) with a 960 x 540 pixel resolution, a TI OMAP4460 dual-core system-on-chip clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera with a front facing 1.3-megapixel one.
Other features include a microSD card slot, Android 4.0 ICS plus a chassis that's only 7.7mm thick and allows the smartphone to weigh in at only 110h.
Orange already confirmed at MWC in February that it will unveil an even more affordable smartphone with roughly the same feature set. Check out our review of the Huawei Ascend P1 (the non LTE version) here.