New mobile costs less than a pint

The Carphone Warehouse offers a Motorola handset for £2.89

All of you feeling the pinch of the credit crunch this Christmas, worry no more! For the price of a simple pint of something golden, you can pick yourself up a mobile phone to give to a loved one.

That's right, for £2.89 The Carphone Warehouse is offering the W180, which might have no web browsing, camera or video playback, but it has got an FM radio.

Crystal clear

Not only that, but it has Crystal Talk technology, which is basically just an earphone and microphone for all intents and purposes, and over 39 ringtones. 40, in fact.

They might be a little upset that you didn't shell out a few more pennies on the Samsung that costs just a fiver, but then again some people are never pleased at Christmas.

Just remind them that it's not about the cost of the present, it's the thought that counts... and then browse the web on your iPhone to rub it in.


Phones and Tablets Editor

Gareth (Twitter, Google+) has been part of the mobile phone industry from the era of the brick to the tiny device in the pocket... and now watching them grow back up to behemothic proportions once more. He's spent five years dissecting all the top phones in the world as TechRadar's Phones and Tablets Editor, and still can't resist answering the dreaded question - "which new phone should I get?" - with 15 choices.