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Vodafone Smart: New Android smartphone, PAYG with a sub-£80 price

Well, it got spotted a bit early, and now it’s official. The Vodafone Smart, powered with Google’s Android 2.1 2.2, is coming this summer, with news that it should cost you a paltry £79 (€90).

Patrick Chomet, Vodafone Group Terminals Director said, “More and more Vodafone customers are enjoying the benefits of smartphones which currently account for over 40% of the phones we sell in Europe.

“Continuing to push the boundaries through our own-brand range, the Vodafone Smart is a new smartphone concept. It takes the higher end mobile internet experience and packages it for the mass market, its range of covers and accessories making it a fun fashion statement.”

We hadd heard it should arrive in May, but haven’t had any more concrete info just yet on a date.

Packing all the smartphone standards, it can connect to WiFi, and all the additional Google apps and functions, like Maps, Search, and Gmail. The display is a 2.8-inch touchscreen, and also packs a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera.

It looks set to be an ideal first smartphone, minus any heady price-tag, and it looks set to go toe-to-toe with another phone-branded Android phone, the Orange San Francisco; Vodafone will be offering it as a pay-as-you-go handset.

The Vodafone Smart will come in several different colours, we’re told from ‘cool monochromes’ to ‘bold brights’. We’d assume there’s a red offering in there.

Vodafone have also announced that personalised covers can be made through the web, and even more covers set to arrive later in the year. No more anonymous black lumps? Sounds good.

The phone will arrive in the UK first, in white and black, followed by other Vodafone markets, including Germany and Italy. You can find more information on the new smartphone here.

Here’s someone from Vodafone, with Vodafone hair, showing off the phone.

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