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US Cellular releases the budget-priced Huawei Ascend Y

US Cellular has recently released another budget-friendly Android smartphone. The device is the Huawei Ascend Y and at the moment, it can be purchased on-contract for one penny, or off-contract for just $99.99.
October 26, 2012

We often talk about the latest and greatest in terms of smartphones and tablets, however while that is a nice category to fall into when making a purchase, there are also the budget devices. You know, the ones that you can buy for little or nothing and while not the fanciest — they still serve their purpose. Anyway, on this note, US Cellular has recently released one such device.

The handset is the Huawei Ascend Y. US Cellular announced the handset with an on-contract price of $24.99, however a visit to the carriers website is showing something a bit nicer — an on-contract price of just one penny. Not to mention, those willing to shell out a bit more and avoid the contract will only have to pay $99.99.

The device is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and otherwise sporting specs to include a 3.5-inch HVGA display, 800MHz processor, microSD card slot, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 1400 mAh battery and a 3.2 megapixel rear-facing camera. And just to add a small bonus, the handset ships with a 2GB microSD card.

So how about it, any takers?

[press]U.S. Cellular Unveils Huawei Ascend Y

The Huawei Ascend Y Makes it Easy to Stay Connected at an Attractive Price

PLANO, Texas, October 24, 2012: U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) and Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, recently launched the Huawei Ascend Y, a smart phone that makes it easier than ever to stay connected with friends and family. The Ascend Y, which is ideal for customers who need a multi-functional, easy to use device, comes equipped with standard Android™ features including the intuitive Android 2.3 operating system, Google Maps, Navigation, Gmail, YouTube and SWYPE input.

The Huawei Ascend Y comes with a 3.5-inch screen, at 480 x 320 pixels, which provides a clear and vibrant display. The Ascend Y also has a 3.2 megapixel camera/camcorder to capture all of life’s moments and share them with those who matter most. In addition, the Huawei Ascend Y comes equipped with DTS Envelo™ technology for virtual surround sound to enhance audio experience.

“The Huawei Ascend Y is perfect for the social and always connected consumer,” said Michael Chuang, Executive Vice President of Sales with Huawei Device USA. “The feature rich device provides more than 4.8 hours of talk time and 12.7 days of standby time which is perfect for multitasking. The Huawei Ascend Y builds on the success of the Ascend range of smartphones and delivers on Huawei’s commitment to make technology accessible for more people globally.”

The Huawei Ascend Y is currently available to U.S. Cellular customers. The phone retails for $29.99 with a 2 year agreement.[/press]