Orange San Francisco launched, Android smartphone

Darren Allan

September 21, 2010

Orange has launched its own brand budget smartphone with an unusual name, the San Francisco.

Why is it called the San Francisco? Who knows. Maybe using the phone is an up and down experience, akin to the famous steep hills of the Californian city. Or maybe not.

The touchscreen smartphone runs Android 2.1, and is certainly pitched at a budget friendly level, with a price tag of £99 on PAYG.

The San Francisco comes with an MP3 player, built-in FM radio, and a 3 megapixel camera, along with bluetooth, wi-fi and 3G. 150MB of memory is on board, with a 2GB microSD card provided, which of course can be replaced by a 32GB card should you wish to upgrade.

The phone is available in a stylish slate grey colour (presumably to resemble the pavements of its namesake city).

Phil Roberson, Director of Devices at Orange, commented: “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.”

So, there should be more of these Orange Androids on the way. Perhaps the next one can be the New York, which looks like an Apple (although that could get the company into copyright hot water).


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