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LG Optimus One on 3 next week, available on pay as you go

The LG Optimus One is out next week on 3 on pay as you go, showing that Android smart phones are definitely becoming more suitable for those with lighter wallets.

Mobile network 3 has picked up the LG Optimus One, one of the first handsets running Android 2.2 Froyo, and will be releasing it on pay as you as go as of next week.

The Optimus One, along with the Optimus Chic, is a handset designed for people starting out with Android. It has reasonable specs, a 600MHz processor, a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen and a 3-megapixel camera. The snapper includes features like face tracking and smile shot. It'll also have Wi-Fi and HSDPA, as you would expect

The phone will feature an LG-built Android skin, together with an app advisor recommending highly rated apps for you to download every week. You'll also get some decent Froyo benefits, including a faster browser and OS, as well as the potential to use the phone as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot..

3 claims it will be the first phone on the network to have two internal antennas instead of the usual one for receiving a 3G signal, which it said should improve download speeds.

Its availability on pay as you go means it'll be a better bet for those who don't want to be tied in for long periods paying high monthly tariffs. This is becoming more common for mid-spec Android phones. There's no word yet as to whether the Optimus One will also be available on contract.

T-Mobile will also offer the handset, which comes with a free car mount and charger at launch, regardless of which network you choose. This is a plus point for drivers who want to make the most of Google Maps.

Android phones are becoming increasingly affordable, and the LG Optimus One is certainly a good choice if you're looking for something that runs Android, but aren't prepared to pay up for a high-end device like the HTC Desire HD.