Suppliers are more than willing to give you an older generation handset with free line rental months. However, because of the enormous line rental savings this offer provides, finding free line rental on any new generation phone is a more difficult. When it does occur, therefore, it should be examined carefully. This example is a excellent contract, saving you £210 over the contract life - a 12 month contract at that - which means that you average line rental per month is just £12.50 per month.
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Look and feel
The S500i is a slider-style fashion phone with a sleek black finish and customers can choose a spring yellow or (our preference) a mysterious green trim.
Ease of use
Sony Ericsson's neat icon-based user interface makes this phone simple to use. However, the keypad is a little cramped and may be a problem for fat fingers.
A two megapixel camera, built-in music player, expandable memory via a MemoryStick Micro card and quad band for calls in the US and around the
Unfortunately, the camera lens is pretty basic. The camera worked well in a good light, but struggled under harsher conditions.
As with all Sony Ericsson handsets, the S500i has a sound battery and 540 mins is an impressive talktime.
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