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The £20 Smartphone is here!

    There's been a lot of talk about making smartphones more affordable in developing markets with offerings using Mozilla's Firefox OS and Google offering the Android One program, but did you ever think you'd benefit from it yourself whilst picking up some corn flakes?

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Alcatel Onetouch will be selling the Pixi 3 (3.5) - confusing name alert! - in Sainsbury's for just £20.

Naturally, you don't expect the latest specs on a £20 - I have to say that again £20! - smartphone, but you can still message, Facebook, look up stuff, and find places, as well as take basic photos. It can even take memory cards. It uses Android KitKat, so it's not some bizarre OS, and of course you can get access to Google's Play Store. You can pick one up online from here.

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Impressive for £20.

 

Pretty much almost disposable at that price.

I'd think about carrying as a spare(glovebox, holiday, etc) - can still get all your essential services if your other devices are out of juice, lost, stolen, damaged.

 

Do Sainsbury's phones come unlocked?

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Wow, we really have got a race to the bottom here.

 

Sainsbury's is desperate to get people on to its mobile network.. every time I shop I'm given a voucher for a SIM card, and every time it goes in the bin. Now it does this? What is it, and Alcatel, thinking?I'm writing up my trip to see Doro yesterday and there's a company not in the slightest bit interested in that end of the market, and I'm surprised any company would be. Of course, Alcatel is just a Chinese company now, but where are the margins on that? They'll probably be about the same as the margin on selling a newspaper!!

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Incredible value, really. And to think people still pay £600-£700 at the high end. When will the penny drop that they're being fleeced? I'm not saying I'd want this £20 phone, but availability of these devices will surely concentrate the minds of consumers on the prices at the other end of the market, and should cause many to wonder if the difference in quality is justified by the huge difference in price.

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They even manage to throw in a USB cable and headset at this price.

As the phone can run multiple OSes, It would be interesting to see the breakdown between Android, Firefox and WinPhone.

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Yeah, I can see a simple satnav and CCTV as being possible uses, but suspect a lot of people probably now own at least one old smartphone they've stopped using that would be as good, or better.

 

I've actually thought of writing a feature about using old smartphones and tablets, and came up with quite a long list of possible uses, but never got around to writing it!

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