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Vodafone unveils new budget 4G smartphone

Tuesday, May 5th 2015 by Ellen Branagh

Vodafone has unveiled its new 4G smartphone – with a price tag of just £79.

The provider dubbed the Smart prime 6, which is available on pay-as-you-go, the “best value 4G smartphone on the market”.

The new handset has a 5in HD display, an eight megapixel camera, a quad-core processor and runs on the latest Android 5.0 operating system (Lollipop).

Customers will be able to access Vodafone’s 4G network, which covers around 500 cities, towns, districts, and smaller communities.

The Smart prime 6 also has a two megapixel front-facing ‘selfie’ camera, along with 8GB of internal memory and 18 hours of talk time.

Alongside the 4G-ready Smart prime 6, Vodafone has also launched a new 3G handset, the Smart first 6.

The phone, which costs £40 on pay-as-you-go, has a 4in touchscreen, Android 4.4 (KitKat) operating system, in-built battery and two megapixel camera.

Last week Vodafone announced that the Welsh town of Pontypridd had become the 500th community to get 4G coverage.

The expansion is part of Vodafone’ s £1bn investment programme across the UK, and its plans to bring 3G and 4G coverage to more than 94% of the Welsh population.

Vodafone's launch of its new handsets comes just weeks after EE launched two new own-brand smartphones and two 4GEE wi-fi devices.

The Harrier, EE’s second own-branded smartphone, allows customers to access EE’s 4G network as well as to make calls and send texts over wi-fi.

It is available for £199.99 on pay-as-you-go and free on 4GEE plans from £21.99 per month.

The Harrier Mini is a more compact version of the Harrier handset, and is available for £99.99 on pay-as-you-go and free on 4GEE plans from £16.99 per month.

EE is also introducing what it calls two new ‘4G wi-fi devices’.

The Osprey 2 and a compact version, the Osprey 2 Mini, provide customers with a 4G mobile internet hotspot, allowing up to 10 devices to connect at any one time.

EE’s 4G service is currently available in over 500 major towns and cities across the UK, as well as approximately 4,000 smaller towns and villages.

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