If Windows Phone 7 isn't your thing
and the upcoming Venue
doesn't interest you -- or hey, if you just live in India -- you might be interested to know that Dell has just introduced a pair of new India-specific (for the moment, anyway) Android phones designed specifically to be sold for a song without getting a carrier subsidy involved. First up, the XCD28 sports a 2.8-inch display (hence the name), a 3.2 megapixel cam, 200MB of internal storage expandable with up to 16GB worth of microSD, and FM radio; it sells for Rs. 10,990 (about $247) devoid of a contract. Moving upmarket a bit, the Rs. 16,990 ($382) XCD35 goes with a 3.5-inch capacitive display. Both devices feature 3G support for India's up-and-coming high-speed networks
, WiFi, Bluetooth, and that overwhelming sense of freedom that comes with not
signing a contract at the point of purchase. Look for the XCD28 to be available right now, while the 35 follows next month -- no word on when we might see them outside India, but it turns out they're little more than rebranded versions of ZTE's Racer
, so you can just pick 'em up in ZTE livery if you're elsewhere.