Bargain hunters looking to muscle in on Android turf may want to hold out for Orange's own-brand Monte Carlo. Launched as part of a budget-busting trio alongside the Stockholm and Barcelona, the Monte Carlo – the UK version of the ZTE Skate – is the last to arrive and is its fastest smartphone to date.
Following on from the success of the Orange San Francisco, the Monte Carlo is a significant upgrade, boasting a higher definition 5MP camera, faster 800MHz processor and a bigger 4.3-inch touchscreen – pretty good specs for a budget blower. Best of all, it's up to date in the Android department by offering Gingerbread 2.3.
Orange has also chucked in its Signal Boost/smart Wi-Fi app, designed to boost signal for phone calls and text messages through wireless routers, as well as its HD Voice app. And if that isn't a big enough incentive for you, Recombu reckons Orange has given it the official nod to arrive this week, while some Modaco forum members have already got their hands on the new handset. So while the words 'coming soon' currently appear online, it might be worth checking in at your local Orange shop.