Virgin Mobile tells us it's got first dibs on BenQ-Siemens' bargain of an MP3 mobile phone. And it seriously undercuts the price of music-centric mobiles from the likes of Sony Ericsson, Samsung and others.

Whereas the BenQ-Siemens E61 mofi phone will cost £100 on a pay-as-you-go basis from Virgin Mobile, the brand-new iTunes Motorola Razr phone costs £250 and has the same 512MB storage capacity. And while the iTunes phone will be limited to 100 songs, E61 owners will be able to enjoy a maximum 500-song capacity.

This is all very well, but the bit that gets us excited is the onscreen lyric display so you can sing along, word-perfectly but no doubt discordantly, and really get up your fellow commuters' noses.

I Predict A Riot, anyone?

E61 mofi details are as follows:


Virgin Mobile today announced that it will be the first network to launch the BenQ-Siemens E61 mofi phone. Designed exclusively for music lovers, the phone will be available from Virgin Mobile stores for just £100.

The E61 lets you talk, text, take photos and listen to music. It has a music control panel with five dedicated music keys – up and down, rewind, fast forward and play/pause – and will also allow you to pause a track automatically to allow a call to be taken or to listen to a track while checking messages. It has a six-band graphic equalizer with 3D surround sound, onscreen lyric display, 65K colour screen, camera and a stereo headset.

More details are available here.