Orange puts budget smartphones on the map
Now in stock... holm
While Samsung has been busy unveiling handsets in Sweden, Orange has revealed a budget Android smartphone named after its capital city, as well a couple of others also named after places in Europe.
The Orange Stockholm runs Android 2.2 Froyo. It includes a 2.8in capacitive touchscreen and 3.2Mp camera, as well as an FM radio, an MP3 player and support for Orange maps.
The Orange Stockholm is listed as "coming soon" with a price of £80. ®
Next up is the Orange Barcelona, which packs many similar features, runs Android 2.2 Froyo and sports a Qwerty keyboard.
Priced at £100 on PAYG, the Barcelona is available now.
Finally, there's the Monte Carlo, a slightly more upmarket model that runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It boasts a 4.3in touchscreen, a 5Mp camera and HD voice capabilities.
The Orange Monte Carlo is also listed as coming soon. There's no indication of pricing yet. ®
...at first you feel like a hostage, but eventually you grow to love it
Custom ROMs, for pure Android, get rid of operator guff
Head on down to your favourite custom ROMs site sooner or later and they'll have a version for these bargain handsets, getting rid of operator bloatware, as demonstrated before with the Orange San Francisco / ZTE Blade.
Brings the phones into a might-buy-for-a-birthday-present area. Although a bit nervous about this mention of Orange Maps?