This phone goes on sale on PAYG for £99.99 inc £10 top up on 4th september or £81.99 in store if you are a virgin media customer. You can get it on contract from £13/month for virgin media customers (£18/month for non-virgin customers) on a 24 month contract too. Click on the link and then the zte checkbox on the left hand side, the zte blade v will appear there on 4th september.
Confirmation from Virgin that it will indeed be on sale on the 4th september and that virgin customers can get it for £81.99 in store: http://about.virginmedia.com/press-release/9398/virgin-media-cuts-the-mustard-with-zte-blade-v Virgin store staff just need your account number and name to get it for this price in store.
This is easily the best spec for a phone available at £99.99 from the uk. The samsung galaxy ace 3 and sony experia m cost way more than this, huewei's phones of similar spec cost a lot more too.
Contract link for blade v: http://store.virginmedia.com/content/eSales/en_gb/home/virgin-media-mobile/pay-monthly-phones/zte-blade-v/zte-blade-v-tariffs.html PLEASE NOTE the phone is showing up as blade 3 in the basket, don't order yet until they fix this problem.
The phone is locked to virgin sim cards, the only way to unlock the phone at this time is to pay virgin £15.32. the £10 payg credit can be used to put towards this cost, resulting in you paying just £5.32.
1.2GHz Qualcomm 200 (MSM8225Q) Quad-Core CortexA5 chip with Adreno 203 GPU
4GB storage (2gb user accessible)
Micro SD card slot (supports upto 32gb)
4" 800x480 IPS Capacitive screen
5 megapixel rear camera with auto focus & flash
VGA Front camera
1800 mAh battery
Mobile standards: HSDPA (7.2Mbps) /HSPA/HSPA+/UMTS/GSM/GPRS/EDGE
Audio codec support: MP3, AAC, AAC+, MIDI, AMR-NB, Ogg Vorbis, PCM/WAV
Video codec support: MPEG4, H.263, H.264
Qualcomm 200 series specs: http://www.qualcomm.com/media/documents/files/qualcomm-snapdragon-200-product-brief.pdf
foreign video reviews:
DIRECT LINK TO PAYG PHONE: http://store.virginmedia.com/content/eSales/en_gb/home/virgin-media-mobile/pay-as-you-go-phones/zte-blade-v/zte-blade-v-tariffs.html
Stock rom: http://www.ztedevices.com/support/smart_phone/cd8f32ce-9d6a-41ac-941d-d24e7317ca44.html?type=software
Root instructions: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2403230
ClockworkMod Recovery: http://www.modaco.com/topic/365228-recovery-clockworkmod-6036-for-zte-blade-v/
Top ups are in £5 minimum increments so ask the phone advisor nicely if they can credit you the 32p needed to unlock. they did for me but if you demand it they could insist you buy another £5 to cover it