EE Has Announced the Harrier Budget Smartphone With Wi-Fi Calling

By Tom Pritchard on at

Providing handsets for people on a strict budget is big business these days, and EE is certainly taking advantage of that. Following on from last year's £99 Kestrel it's announced that two new budget smartphones are coming on 28th April, and they both include Wi-Fi calling.

The Harrier and Harrier Mini will both be made by BenQ, and come housed in a metal chassis that's so popular in the smartphone world these days. That's a good thing, and it means budget users have the option to buy a phone that is not cased in brightly coloured tacky-looking plastic.

The Harrier comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a 1.5GHz octa-core processor, a 13MP rear camera, and a 2,500 mAh battery. It will cost £200 off contract, or you can opt to pay £22 a month.

Obviously £200 is a lot for a 'budget' phone, so it you want something cheaper then the Harrier Mini is worth a look. It comes with a 4.7-inch 720p display, a 1,4GHz quad-core processor, and an 8MP rear facing camera. We don't appear to have any word on the battery life, but it will cost £17 a month or £100 off contract. Both phones will have 4G.

Apparently Wi-Fi calling will not be available on the phones when they're released, but EE has promised that users will get an update that activates the feature sometime this summer. Exactly when that will be isn't clear right now.

EE also announced new mobile hotspots in the form of the Osprey 2 and Osprey 2 Mini. Both provide 4G data for up to 10 connected devices, and the Osprey comes with an added 5,150 mAh battery pack. The Osprey 2 will cost £70, and the Osprey 2 Mini will be £50. Alternatively they're both free if you sign up for a £15 a month contract that includes 3GB of data. Both will be available sometime in early May.