Android has fast become the flavour for prepaid smartphones but Australian telco giant Telstra has decided to throw fuel onto the fire by launching the first $99 smartphone with the Android operating system.

The new Smart-Touch features a 2.8-inch resistive screen with 240×320-pixel resolution, runs Android 2.1 and includes WiFi, a GPS and 3.2-megapixel camera.

Beyond that, there are no specs at this stage. However, Telstra is more keen that you know about its new prepaid deals it’s doing to coincide with the Smart-Touch launch.

If you’re a prepaid user, the deals aren’t bad and in fact are better than some of Telstra’s contract deals.

That said, the phone is really only suitable for first-time smartphone users – the resistive screen, the low-screen resolution, Android 2.1 and most likely the CPU will all scream “old tech” in the hands of seasoned users. But for those who haven’t played with an Android smartphone, it looks set to become the cheapest Android phone in Australia.

The phone will retail for $99 and goes on sale March 22.

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