T-Mobile Concord is the carrier's cheapest prepaid smartphone, priced at $99
0. phoneArena 24 Aug 2012, 02:04 posted on
Buying a new smartphone for under $100 is easy, as long as you are willing to sign a 2-year contract. But what if you aren't much into long-term commitment? That is when things get a bit more complicated, yet the T-Mobile Concord might just do the trick...
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1. Jphones (Posts: 235; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
really? is it hard to make cheap phones with ics onboard and a gb of ram can't be. come on phone manufactures stop being apple. you can do better
2. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
soo.. here's a phone that's as cheap as hell, but you're still asking for more? Why don't you go and make a company that could manufacture such phones?
The phone is cheap but man, you're cheaper. Asking for more in a very very small price. That's just sick.
3. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4144; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Are you kidding? This is a very low range phone. It would run horribly with ICS. The Nexus S barely runs ICS, and it has better specs than this. You get what you pay for, a low range phone. It won't be up to date on software, and it won't have as many features as the high-end models. You want 1 GB RAM and ICS? Get a Galaxy Nexus on Sprint or Verizon, or unlocked an you'll have JB. Or get a Razr, or a One X (S), or a GS2. For $100 off contract, you're getting what you pay for.
5. Jphones (Posts: 235; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
ummmmmmmmmm see that's why you'll need to learn how to read i said phone companies should be able to make cheap afforable current generation phones how old is gingerbread? exactly. Just throwing out ideas it shouldn't be that hard or expensive to produce a low end spec'd phone with current technology not saying the screen has to be 720 or anything like that respectable specs with current software. Thats like microsoft making laptop that still run windows vista and calling them new low end. come on i'm not being unreasonable to think that a low end phone with a "garbage" display and basic requirements for ics is possible and still affordable. Companies just don't want to make them
6. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4144; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
No, companies don't make low-end phones with ICS because they run horribly. If they were to up the RAM, that would up the price, and that wouldn't be very practical considering this is supposed to be a low-end phone. You get what you pay for, and some people want to pay less than others, so they have to take a downgrade in specs. Basics requirements for ICS are usually single-core 1 GHz and 512 MB RAM, but even with highly optimized software it runs pretty slow. So it's easier just to make it run Gingerbread, to give them the best experience. Yes, you will miss some features, but if you aren't willing to pay extra for those features, you aren't going to get them. That's business.
7. Jphones (Posts: 235; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
like i said i get the business aspect but at the same time i'm looking out for the consumer companies high inflate prices of hardware as we all know so they could easily make better entry level phones. Doesn't seem like they put alot of effort into them as if their having interns make them
4. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
I am contended with my Wildfire S, let alone this Concord phone...
Count your blessings people! it may be monstrous for a quad core 1.5ghz processsor, but in the future, it will be a puny processor, compared to a 2.5ghz eightcore processor in the future. so lets be contended with what we have....
The cycle never stops. you cant get the best phone in the world- it always changes.