British smartphone maker Wileyfox latest announcement isn't a new phone, instead it's putting adverts on its current smartphone range.

While that may not sound like the most appealing proposition to ever hit the phone industry, there is a sweetener – a hefty discount on the upfront price of all its handsets.

Wileyfox is installing its Add-X software platform onto handsets, which displays ads, offers and deals on the lock screen. It's a similar proposition to the one Amazon offers on its Kindle and Fire tablets, but this is the time it's been implemented on phones in the UK.

Unlike Amazon, Wileyfox is offering a much bigger discount if opt for a handset with Add-X installed.

Its entry level phone, the Wileyfox Spark Plus, drops from 119 to just 69 with Add-X, while the 189 Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus reduces by 70 to just 119 with the platform.

Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus: 189 without ads | 119 with adsWileyfox Swift 2: 159 without ads | 99 with adsWileyfox Spark X: 139 without ads | 79 with adsWileyfox Spark Plus: 119 without ads | 69 with ads
Still the same phone on the inside

The inclusion of Add-X doesn't affect the handsets in any way, and you'll get exactly the same experience beyond the lock screen as you do if the phone didn't have the ad platform.

If you decide to purchase a Wileyfox phone with Add-X, but then get up by being bombarded with an ad every time you wake the device you can opt to pay 40 to have the service removed.

Within two days (usually within 24 hours) Wileyfox will push a software update to the handset that removes Add-X, restoring the standard software.

The adverts displayed will slowly become tailored to you the more you use the service. The ads display as Tinder-like cards, with an option to dismiss or open for further information. It uses your decisions here, along with your gender and date of birth to select the best offers, deals and ads to push to your particular handset.

Wileyfox has already signed up the likes of Dominos and Starbucks to the service, with more big names promised to arrive.

Our Wileyfox reviews: Spark Plus | Spark X | Swift 2 | Swift 2 Plus | Swift 2 X

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