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Reminder: ZTE Blade III smartphone available on Virgin Media for £80

The original ZTE Blade, otherwise known as the Orange San Francisco, remains one of the most popular entry level smartphones on the market and propelled the Chinese manufacturer in the limelight.

Virgin Mobile is now selling the ZTE Blade III smartphone for a mere £79.99, a price that includes £10 top up credit, which allows you to get unlimited landline calls and 120 mobile minutes. Top up £15 and you will get unlimited texts as well.

As for the phone itself, it runs on a single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227a clocked at 1GHz with 512MB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a 4in 800 x 480 pixel display, a 5-megapixel rear camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a 1,600mAh battery that can power the smartphone for up to four hours and Android 4.0.

You should be able to unlock the handset fairly easily.

The only smartphone with similar features available for under £100 is the Nokia Lumia 520 which runs on Windows Phone 8 and is a dual-core model. You can check out our review of the ZTE Blade III here.

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