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.
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