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T-Mobile Android-based Pulse Goes On Sale

T-Mobile has been a proponent of Google's platform since the beginning, having introduced the HTC G1 last year and the HTC Hero and Magic in 2009. The Pulse will be exclusively available on T-Mobile for now and its arrival could well sparked the much-awaited wave of Android-based smartphones.

Under-pressure Mobile operator T-Mobile has start selling UK's first (and only) Pay as you go Google-Android based mobile phone, the Huawei Pulse.

You can grab the phone, other known as the 8220, from the operator - which is set to be absorbed by Orange in 2010 - for as little as £176 on PAYG and for as little as £20 per month on a 24 month contract.

On Combi 15 for example, you will get 100 minutes per month, unlimited texts and mobile internet. If you want a shorter contract, then for £23 per month for 18 month, T-Mobile's Combi 20 provides with 200 minutes and 200 texts.

The Pulse appears to be significantly better than most phones currently available for this price (see 4 Reasons Why The T-Mobile Pulse Will Makes Android Mainstream). It has a 3.5-inch touchscreen display (with a screen resolution of480x320) with built-in accelerometer, a 3.2-megapixel camera, 2GB microSD card, support for 3G, integrated A-GPS, WiFi and much more.

Then, there's the whole array of Google services that comes with Android including Google Maps, Gmail, Google search plus one month's Telenav Satnav turn-by-turn service and even exchange for Microsoft Exchange.

T-Mobile has been a proponent of Google's platform since the beginning, having introduced the HTC G1 last year and the HTC Hero and Magic in 2009. The Pulse will be exclusively available on T-Mobile for now and its arrival could well sparked the much-awaited wave of Android-based smartphones.

Our Comments

The Pulse is a great looking phone and shows that there's a trend happening. One which we might call a generic smartphone, a whitelabel model using the same platform, same hardware but different names. This would mean that cost of production are likely to go down as volume picks up and more models appear.

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