T-Mobile Concord is the carrier's cheapest prepaid smartphone, priced at $99
posted by Nick T. / Aug 24, 2012, 2:04 AM
The T-Mobile Concord
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 T-Mobile introduced an offering that might just do the trick.
The nation's fourth largest carrier unveiled the T-Mobile Concord – an entry-level Android smartphone that can be yours for a very reasonable $99. It is being offered with a variety of service plans that do not require a 2-year pact, such as the T-Mobile Monthly4G, which offers unlimited nationwide minutes, texts, and data, or the Walmart Family Mobile, which is also powered by T-Mobile's cellular network.
As you might expect, the T-Mobile Concord is pretty modest in terms of specs. Manufactured by ZTE, the smartphone packs a 3.5-inch capacitive screen with HVGA resolution (320x480). The processor inside it is the Broadcom BCM21553 and runs at 832MHz. There is a 2MP fixed-focus camera on its back, and the 512MB of on-board storage can be expanded with the use of a microSD card. Android 2.3 Gingerbrad comes pre-installed. The unit itself is 12.8 millimeters thick and weighs 100 grams.
In case you are interested, the T-Mobile Concord can be currently purchased at Walmart with a Family Mobile plan. Alternatively, you can wait until August 26 when T-Mobile will start offering the smartphone with a qualifying Monthly4G plan.
T-Mobile Expands Its No Annual Contract Android Lineup with the T-Mobile Concord
T-Mobile to offer its most affordable no annual contract Android smartphone for under $100
BELLEVUE, Wash. — Aug. 23, 2012 — T-Mobile USA, Inc., today announced the availability of the T-Mobile® Concord™, T-Mobile’s most affordable no annual contract Android™ option for those stepping up to their first smartphone. The Concord will be available to T-Mobile customers through a variety of no annual contract plans, including via T-Mobile Monthly4G™ and Walmart Family Mobile™.
Manufactured by ZTE, the T-Mobile Concord is equipped with the necessary features to keep customers connected with friends and family. The 3G smartphone is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread and is ideal for basic Web surfing, searching for a location via Google Maps or accessing favorite social networking sites. Coming in a sleek, midnight blue color finish, the new smartphone features a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display and is equipped with a 2-megapixel camera, making it easy to capture and share memories.
Paired with one of T-Mobile’s single-line, Monthly4G no annual contract plans, customers have access to unlimited talk, text and worry-free data that doesn’t have a hard cap or result in overage fees, as well as access to T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G network. The T-Mobile Concord can also be paired with Walmart’s Family Mobile service, a monthly, no-annual-contract wireless plan option for individuals or families, also powered by T-Mobile’s nationwide network.
The T-Mobile Concord is expected to be available at Target starting Aug. 26 for $99.99 with a qualifying Monthly4G plan. The T-Mobile Concord is also currently available at Walmart for $99.98 paired with a Walmart Family Mobile no annual contract plan.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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