Normally, when we think about prepaid carriers, one thought comes to mind: low-end devices. Most manufacturers reserve their higher-end handsets for the Big Four, so those who don't want to empty their wallet each month on a wireless plan end up with very little to choose from when it comes to decent phones. However, that is all about to change with Huawei's upcoming Glory phone, which is set to land on Cricket Wireless this November.

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The Glory packs a pretty hard punch, especially compared to its prepaid competitors: a 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8655T processor, 4-inch 480x854 TFT display, 8MP camera, and Android 2.3 - all for under $300. To add to the allure of this phone, Huawei has only tweaked the stock Android UI a bit - adding custom animations, some custom widgets, and a slightly customizable app drawer.

The goodness doesn't stop there, however, as Huawei also made it a point to note that the Glory will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich in 2012, though we'll have to wait and see if that actually happens.

Honestly, if devices like this are the future of prepaid carriers, then I may have to reevaluate my current cellular situation. What do you think? Would you be willing to leave a major carrier for a prepaid counterpart if you could score a phone like this? Sound off in the comments.

[PCMag via Android Central]