Android goes PAYG
T-Mobile Pulse launched
Android is no longer a contractual commitment. T-Mobile has launched Pulse: the UK’s first Android-based smartphone available on pay-as-you-go.
T-Mobile's Pulse: the UK’s first PAYG Android, apparently
Pulse – a Huawei-manufactured handset – has been launched on PAYG in an attempt to bring Android to “a wider set of mobile users”, T-Mobile said.
Sporting a “curvy black polished chrome exterior”, Pulse has a 3.5in touchscreen display that can also be navigated using the phone’s physical tracker ball.
Pulse measures 116 x 62.5 x 13.5mm, weighs 130g and offers wireless connectivity over both HSDPA 3G and Wi-Fi. Data stored on Micro SD memory cards can also be transferred onto other gadgets over Bluetooth, T-Mobile said.
Version 1.5 – aka Cupcake – comes pre-installed on Pulse and the phone even features a reasonable quality 3.2Mp rear-mounted camera.
The T-Mobile Pulse will set you back £180 ($297/€200) on a PAYG basis. ®
Irish operator Meteor is launching the Hero on PAYG from November 1st.
The price tag will be €399
Wonky exchange rate again!?
I was all up for buying one of these (in Germany) when I first read about it and saw the UK price. €200 is a bargain in anybody's book - unfortunately t-mobile Germany have a wonky calculator and have decided that 180 quid is actually equal to €299! Forget about rip-off Britain, this time it is anyone in Germany who is getting taken to the cleaners.
Does anyone know if the Pulse could be upgraded to Donut and would that be dependent on the phone maker, T-Mobile/Huawei in this case, supplying a specific version for this phone?