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Let's get the tough stuff out of the way up front. The T-Mobile Concord is manufactured by ZTE, runs Gingerbread, and packs a pretty meager 2MP camera. Don't worry, though. This phone shall not have been mortally wounded in vain. With a price of $99 off contract (with certain plans*) from T-Mobile or Wal-Mart, it doesn't look like too bad of a deal for smartphone users on a tight budget. If you're in the market, you can pick one of these up on August 26th.

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While most of our readers will be entirely uninterested in a Gingerbread phone made by ZTE, it's still very interesting to note that high-speed phones are becoming available for so little money. Arguments over whether HSPA+ counts as "4G" aside, it's capable of pulling down some pretty fast speeds. In the past, if the average consumer wasn't getting a new, high-end smartphone, it wouldn't be worth it. Today, that's not the case anymore.

That being said, manufacturers, please stop using Gingerbread. I know you guys plan out your devices many months in advance, and this phone was probably on someone's to-do list before ICS came out, but that window on that excuse is closing fast. Gingerbread is quickly nearing two years old. Even budget smartphone users should be getting more than Android 2.3 for their money.

*Note: It sounds like the price of the device will remain the same no matter what plan you get. Some plans have a contract, others don't. So if you want a contract-free plan, be sure to ask your rep to clarify when you sign up to ensure you don't accidentally sign a 2-year.

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.

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.

  • Josh Flowers

    Dear, Brave Concord!

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

    Do we have absolutely no idea on what the specs are? I'm HOPING 1GHz single core w/ 1GB RAM. Anything less than that is simply unpleasant.

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

      I googled a bit and there are some specs over here:
      http://www.phonedog.com/2012/08/23/t-mobile-concord-official-comes-contract-free-for-99/

      "The Concord features a 3.5-inch 320x480 display on its face as well as a 2-megapixel camera around back, and it's powered by an 832MHz processor. Other specs include 512MB RAM/ROM, microSD slot, 1,500mAh battery and Android 2.3 Gingerbread."

    • Davy Jones

      You mean like the Nexus S?

  • Andrew Bernath

    Excellent reference prepared in your own... (Idiom, sir?) IDIOM!

  • fixxmyhead

    even my wife who knows nothing and doesnt care about phones has a REAL galaxy nexus (not the bastardized version). i bought it for her and i dont make alot of money cuz i refuse to buy low, low, low ,low, end garbage like this even for her who doesnt care about phones.

  • confuseddad

    i am trying to download a screenshot app on my wifes concord but
    it says that phone has to be rooted. how do you do that?

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