Orange launch PAYG Android smartphone for under £100
Another poke in the eye for Apple, as the Android OS marches onward; Orange have launched a new entry-level PAYG Android smartphone - the cheapest in the UK.
The £99 handset is called the San Francisco; it'll run on Android 2.1 and throws in a include a 3 megapixel camera, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM radio and 150 MB of internal memory, although there's a microSD slot too. It's also a damned sight better looking than the Orange Amsterdam - the last Orange mobile to be named after a drug-addled metropolis.
The only potential downside is that the handset is pre-loaded with potential bloatware - according to Mobile Entertainment, the Orange App Store is already pre-loaded, as are Orange-branded versions of Windows Live Messenger and Orange Maps. Given Orange's current track record with Android, you'd probably rather they didn't tinker with the software too much.
Despite the news breaking this lunchtime, there's not a sniff of it on the Orange website, although it'll almost certainly be released in time for the Christmas market.