LG Prada Free With Contract In Europe, Available Now

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The LG Prada is out in Europe and, beyond being a good excuse to post a Laura Ocaña photo once again, the news is that it's free.

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Yes, free with a $69/month (which includes 500 voice minutes and 500 text messages) year-and-a-half contract, but free. As opposed to the not-free iPhone's $499 and $599 plus Cingular two-year contract. And sure, the iPhone does a lot more than the Prada, but for most people, it will be the "it's cool, it has a touch-screen, it plays music, it has a camera, it's FREE, who cares!" phone.

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Carphone Warehouse released it in the UK this saturday and, according to Peregrine Riviere, Investor Relations Director for the company: "They are selling like hot cakes". I bet it helps that the official price for this cellphone is $802 (600 euros), available unlocked in Prada shops through the Old Continent.

Product Page [Carphone Warehouse]

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DISCUSSION

iPHONE = movies, music, internet, voice calls, text messages

cost: ??? we REALLY don't know yet, but probably close to $599

PRADA PHONE = voice calls, text messaging, a cool moving clock, music

cost: FREE with service. If you are like me, you are talking more than 8 hours a month, so 500 minutes will not be enough.

for me... 500 text messages is overkill.

I don't see anybody other than rich little high school and college girls buying these things.

PRADA has a very sheek phone, but judging by the demo I saw, the touch screen doesn't function very well. The phone takes forever to turn on. Perhaps we need a different video demo. The demo did not seem very user friendly.