Orange goes Android with ZTE handset

Orange has unveiled the San Francisco, a touchscreen Android mobile phone, manufactured by ZTE for the operator.

The device is aimed at the low end smartphone market, and is as such priced at £99 on Orange pay as you go. Offering Orange customers access to thousands of apps, the San Francisco handset is the first in a series of new affordable Android devices to be ranged from Orange in the UK.

Available fully loaded with the easy to use Android 2.1 operating platform, the handset allows users to access thousands of great apps at their finger tips including those specifically designed to offer customers a great Orange experience including Orange Wednesdays, and Orange Maps, which uses the device’s built in sat nav.

Keen music fans are also catered for, with the San Francisco featuring an MP3 player and built-in FM radio. Available in slate grey, the handset also offers users a high quality three megapixel camera to share photos with friends on the go, WiFi, Bluetooth, as well as a 3G/HSPA connection.

Phil Roberson, Orange director of devices, said: “The San Francisco is the first in a series of affordable Android devices we have planned for Orange. Combining its great functionality with our pay as you go price plans, really does offer users tremendous value for money.”

The San Francisco supports a data capacity of up to 32GB, and comes with a 2GB microSD card inbox and in-built memory of 150MB. The San Francisco is available this week from Orange shops, Orange telesales and online.