T-Mobile Prism is all official, priced at $20 on-contract or $150 outright
posted by John V. / May 02, 2012, 11:30 AM
Right on cue, the Huawei Prism for T-Mobile is now official-official, as we’re given the rest of the missing details to the puzzle. Yesterday, it was made known that the budget entry-level smartphone would be arriving at Best Buy stores starting on May 6th – with Walmart getting it on the 9th, and T-Mobile stores scheduled to start selling it on May 23rd.
Simply named the T-Mobile Prism, hiding away Huawei’s name as usual, this handset is priced to sell at $19.99 with a 2-year contract and after a $50 mail-in-rebate. No doubt that’s cheap, but its $149.99 outright cost is equally as impressive – thus, placing it in the same realm as some prepaid smartphones.
Priced very low, we can’t expect much in the hardware department, but nevertheless, it’s going to bring forth all the wonderful features of Android. Specifically, it packs a 3.5” HVGA display, 3.2-megapixel rear camera, 3G connectivity, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Interestingly, its processor type wasn’t mentioned in the press release, but really, we can’t expect a pencil pusher with this one. For those of you that are curious, it’s speculated to be packing a measly 600MHz single-core CPU.
Therefore, if you’re on a strict budget, you ought to give the T-Mobile Prism a look. Of course, if you want to save yourself some more money in the long run, you might as well consider investing more money into buying it outright and placing it on one of the many prepaid plans that the carrier offer.
T-Mobile Introduces Its Latest Budget-Friendly Smartphone: T-Mobile Prism
Built for first-time smartphone customers, the new Android device is expected to be available starting May 6.
BELLEVUE, Wash., — May 2, 2012 — T-Mobile USA, Inc., today announced the upcoming availability of the T-Mobile® Prism™, the latest budget-friendly option for cost-conscious consumers looking for their first smartphone. The T-Mobile Prism will be available to T-Mobile customers through flexible pricing options, including no annual contract paired with a T-Mobile Monthly4G™ plan or paired with a two-year T-Mobile Classic or Value plan.
Powered by Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread and featuring a 3.5-inch HVGA touch screen, the new 3G smartphone enables T-Mobile customers to easily surf the Web, access their favorite social networking sites and choose from thousands of applications to download from Google Play. The T-Mobile Prism also makes it simple to capture and share photos and videos via its 3.2-megapixel camera with digital zoom and video recorder. With the T-Mobile Prism, customers can sync multiple email accounts, including Microsoft Exchange, Google calendar and contacts, T-Mobile contacts, and more.
The T-Mobile Prism is expected to be available at Best Buy starting May 6, at Walmart starting May 9 and available nationwide at T-Mobile retail stores, online viawww.T-Mobile.comand at select dealers beginning May 23. The T-Mobile Prism is expected to cost $19.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan or $149.99 via no annual contract.
for people that want text + touchscreen + some of the benefits of android without any of the advanced features.
What really irks me is when cheapskates buy these types of phones and then come in whining that they dont behave like the SGS2 or OneS. well.. duuuh. If you get a Scion IQ, its not going to win a drag race against a viper.
i wouldnt buy it.. but if you really want to buy it (for 170 you can get a pretty good used phone on ebay/craigslist that blows this away), buy it out right and get on a super cheap prepay plan.
True, but it's still an iQ. Rather have the 'busa engine in an Ariel Atom or KTM X-Bow or a stripped out MX-5 Miata.
I'd do what remix mentioned in that case. Find a used Galaxy S or devent Motorola or HTC phone with decent specs that has been upgraded to at least Gingerbread and go with that. It may not be new with a warranty, but at those prices, just buy a new phone if something goes wrong with the current one
Get the exhibit used off amazon or craigslist, or an lg Quantum for the same price. Android is not optimized to work on low speed processors. I've had several of them, all of them just froze up and had random restarts. Waste of money.
I don't mind tmo getting these pos phones but f**k everyone in the USA knows what an iPhone is and all wants one, so so why so big into the cheapskates? They don't f**king sell!!! People aren't stupid anymore tmo! Get real! Its either mid or high end phones! No wonder tmo is in the bottom of the totum pole. Well the good news is one POS exec is out. Couple more to go and I hope hum will be the next to hum along to his little fantasy island.
I work for T-mobile and I honestly have to say these phones are garbage. They are so cheaply built. If T-mobile wants to keep up with the competition, they need to stop coming out with these types of phones. I would rather rock a damn sidekick 4g then these phones
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