02
May
prism

Not every smartphone is designed to blow us away. Every once in a while, we get a little reminder that the low-end handset line needs some love to. On that note, T-Mobile let us know today that it will be launching the T-Mobile Prism, a 3.5" device running Android 2.3. The phone will retail for $20 after a $50 mail-in rebate card with a 2-year contract, or a near-impulse-buy price of $150 with no contract. Dang.

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The Huawei-manufactured device is expected to hit Best Buy shelves first, starting May 6th, following by Walmart on May 9th, finally hitting T-Mobile stores on May 23rd. We'll go ahead and skip the jokes about T-Mobile not landing an exclusive launch on their own device. Still, at this price point, it's an attractive option for people on a budget. Or, at $150 off-contract, it's even an option worth considering for anyone looking at something like the Galaxy Player. Cheap is good.

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 via www.T-Mobile.com and 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.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://twitter.com/youdothescience James

    Meh. No stats and a 3G only phone when they keep touting themselves as the largest 4G network? I love my T-Mobile plan.. but why... the 3G...

  • Anon

    the Huawei G300 for 100GBP (prepaid) looks a better deal for me... 

  • fixxmyhead

    its gonna be a terrible ,terrible experience for first time android users.

  • Freak4Dell

    Woah...$150 off contract? There's pretty much no point to buying this on contract, since you would pay $20 and then there's that $200 ETF hanging over your head.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I just hope that salespeople at T-Mo are clearly instructed to keep this away from most people and only recommend it as an emergency replacement device (ie. "I dropped my phone in the grand canyon and can't afford to replace it for $600 but I can't stand the idea of being without a smartphone").  As long as it's not being sold as something that will last people 2 years and stay remotely up-to-date (ever), it's not a terrible idea.

  • net

    It might give first time Android users the wrong idea.I fell in love with Android 4 or 5 years ago, they should get a better Android device to start out with so they can see the potential of Android. On the other hand it might be a good little device to start out my 12 year old on. Very affordable .