The battles fought at the top of the smartphone range are well-known to everyone. But there’s a less visible, but equally fierce conflagration going on at the opposite end of the range. Here, manufacturers and carriers compete to offer the cheapest possible smartphones, in a bid to win over customers that don’t afford, need, or want the latest Android flagship.
As of yesterday, a new competitor has entered the fray, one that sports a price tag that goes beyond the psychological barrier of $100 off-contract. T-Mobile announced the availability of the Concord, a no-nonsense 3.5-inch device running Android 2.3. Made by ZTE, the Concord offers very little worth mentioning in terms of specs. The screen looks particularly poor, with a 320 x 480 pixels resolution and 165ppi. On the inside, the Concord is fitted with 512MB of RAM and a single-core 832MHz chip that just screams 2010. The camera is just as basic, a 2MP shooter without any bells and whistles.
It’s clear that the T-Mobile Concord was not designed to impress any spec-hunters, but at $100, it doesn’t need to. The diminutive device will likely attract first time smartphone owners and people that look to replace their feature phones without breaking the bank.
The T-Mobile Concord will be available with pay-as-you-go plans such as the Monthly4G (unlimited 4G data). The phone is also available from Walmart, paired with the Walmart Family Plans, and, starting this Sunday, from Target stores.
Check out the press release for more details.
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
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 August 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.
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I hate to say it, but this does not break the $100 barrier. Many of the pre-paid carriers have had SUB-$100 Android phones.
A quick search on Wal-Mart.com shows:
-ZTE Score from Cricket for $69.98 http://www.walmart.com/ip/Cricket-ZTE-Score-Prepaid-Android-Cell-Phone/17352981
-HTC Wildfire from Virgin Mobile for $69.98 http://www.walmart.com/ip/Virgin-Mobile-HTC-Wildfire-Prepaid-Cell-Phone-Silver/20450335
There are several for $99.98 from Virgin Mobile and Straight Talk as well,