Vodafone 555 budget Facebook Phone on sale now

Vodafone's super-cheap interpretation of the Facebook Phone, the Vodafone 555, has gone on sale, offering straightforward access to the social network for just £62.50 ($102) SIM-free. Announced back in July, the 555 offers a full QWERTY keyboard and 2.4-inch non-touch display, synchronizing your Facebook news, photos, chat, messages and contacts over EDGE.

Like the HTC ChaCha there's a dedicated Facebook button, which can be preset to automatically share photos snapped with the 555's 2-megapixel camera, though since this is a featurephone rather than a smartphone, don't expect the full app experience. Vodafone does preload Opera Mini, however, for browsing, though again you're stuck with EDGE data speeds since there's neither 3G nor WiFi.

You do at least get an FM radio and expandable memory, handy if you want to make the 555 your media player too, and there's Bluetooth and a speakerphone as well. The Vodafone 555 is available now.