Didn't think the HTC ChaCha's 2.6-inch screen and dedicated Facebook button were reasons enough to shell out £249.99 off contract? Well, UK friends, you might want to try this on for size. The lilliputian, Gingerbread-powered phone is landing on Phones 4u tomorrow, June 2nd, and will cost nothing -- so long as you sign a two-year agreement. If you'd rather pay as you go, the price will skyrocket to £299.95, at which point you might want to consider buying it through Amazon and saving yourself a precious £50. Given its middle-of-the-road 800MHz processor, we can see where you wouldn't want to pay a flagship-worthy price, though if you've been holding out for an Android 2.3 device and have a penchant for QWERTY keyboards and peeping other people's vacation photos, this could be a sweet deal.
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PHONES 4u TO LAUNCH THE HTC ChaCha ON 2nd JUNE

LONDON, UK. 1st JUNE 2011: Leading mobile retailer for the youth market Phones 4u, can today confirm that it will be launching its first Facebook centric phone, the HTC ChaCha , on 2nd June. For those wanting early access to this much anticipated social networking smartphone, pre-ordering is currently available online via the Phones 4u website and will be available to buy online and in selected stores 2nd June.

The 'one-touch sharing via your mobile' dream has now come true, thanks to the HTC ChaCha's dedicated Facebook button. Not only does it allow you to share your favourite tunes from the built-in music player, embarrassing photos of your mates, your location and status updates but you can do all of this at just the touch of a button.

The HTC ChaCha truly is the socialite's best mate, sporting its own Facebook Chat widget that lets you group all your friends together and engage in live instant chat with who you want, when you want, as often as you want. It even integrates Facebook with your calendar and address book! In addition to a 2.6 inch crystal clear touch screen, it features a 5 MP camera with auto focus and LED flash, plus a VGA front facing camera for taking those crucial Facebook profile photos.

"What with 93% of our customers admitting to having a Facebook account*, it's clear that social networking is no longer just something people do in their spare time – it's an integral part of their lives. We know our customers are going to be thrilled about the HTC ChaCha's arrival at Phones 4u, and we're excited to be offering them a smartphone catered to their needs and what they enjoy doing most. We're confident the HTC ChaCha's going to be a huge hit with our youth audience," said Scott Hooton, Trading Director at Phones 4u.

"We're excited to see how UK customers find the HTC ChaCha," commented Jon French, Vice President Sales and Operations at HTC EMEA. "This model is completely different from any other handset we've developed and has been designed specifically for those who share their lives through Facebook as second nature. It's a great fit for Phones 4u, offering its audience a great blend of smartphone performance with the enhanced ability to chat or share their thoughts, photos and location even more easily than before."

For further information on, or to pre-order the HTC ChaCha visit the Phones 4u website. Launching in Phones 4u stores and online from 2nd June, the HTC ChaCha will be available from FREE from £20 a month on contract, or from £299.95 on pay as you go.

Features include:

· Operating on Android Gingerbread with HTC Sense

· 2.6 inch 480 x 320 pixel resolution touchscreen

· Full QWERTY keyboard

· Dedicated Facebook key

· 5MP camera with auto focus and LED flash, plus VGA front camera

· 512 MB internal expandable memory

· 800MHz processor

· Up to 450 minutes talk time

· Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity

· Built in-music player

· Multiple browsing windows

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HTC ChaCha coming to Phones 4u in the UK, free on contract