UK MOBILE OPERATOR EE's dirt-cheap 4G smartphone, the EE Kestrel, has gone on sale in the UK.
The budget LTE smartphone is available now for £99 on pay as you go, and if you buy it with a £10 top-up, EE will chuck in 10GB of free data.
The EE Kestrel is available on contract, too. Prices start from £13.99 on a 24 month contract that comes with 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. While this pricing sounds reasonable, it does mean the 'budget' phone will end up costing £335 over the two years, and that's the cheapest tariff currently available.
Business contracts are also available for those firms looking for cheap 4G phones, with prices starting from £17 a month with 500 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of data, while contracts including European roaming start from £21.99.
The EE Kestrel made its debut at the end of March, with the network touting the 4G smartphone as one of the cheapest available as it looks to challenge the likes of the Nokia Lumia 625. It's not the most exciting of devices, however, touting a 4.5in qHD screen, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and Google's now ageing Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, with no word yet as to whether it will see an upgrade to Android 4.4 Kitkat.
It also has dual 5MP and 1MP cameras, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, HD voice support and a 2,000mAh battery that EE claims will offer up to 12 hours of talk time. It's fairly skinny too, measuring in at just 7.85mm thick. µ
Pre-orders to begin on 9 September with release to follow on 16 September
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