Orange UK has launched an interesting own-brand device, the Orange Rio II. This is (obviously) the sequel to the original Rio launched last year, and it’s a candybar BlackBerry-esque (or, why not, Nokia E6-esque) device that has both a touchscreen and a full physical QWERTY keyboard.
But probably the best thing about the Orange Rio II is its price - £69.99 on Pay as you go. You have to get a £10 top-up when you buy the handset too. The Orange Rio II is available both in white and black (seen in the image below), and it has a 2.4-inch 320×240 resistive touchscreen, HSDPA, a 3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, FM radio, microSD card support (a 2 GB card comes in the box), and a 3.5 mm headset jack.
The phone comes with a Web browser, social networking integration, an email client, MP3 player, as well as a bunch of Orange apps such as Maps, Messenger, and Widgets.
If you’d rather get the Rio II on contract, you can do that too. It’s free on 24-month contracts that cost £20 per month or more.
If you’re interested in this texting-focused phone, head on over to Orange now and order one.
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