T-Mobile release Pay As You Go Android ‘Pulse’ phone

October 11th, 2009

For the first time in the UK, it is now possible to get an Android smartphone on pay as you go. T-Mobile are offering the ‘Pulse Android’ (Huawei U8220) for £176 upfront and with £5/month for internet access.

What is Android?

Android is Google’s competitor to the Apple iPhone platform. Google don’t make the phones themselves but they provide the operating system.

Android FTW
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What does the phone come with?

  • 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen
  • 2GB internal memory, expandable with microSD memory
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • GPS
  • Wi-fi support

Is it available on contract?

Yes. T-Mobile are offering the phone for free on a £32/month contract if you sign up for 18 months. Over the 18 months, you’ll pay a total of £576.

Compared with PAYG – the phone is £176, 18 months of data will set you back £90 so the cost of ownership is £266 – significantly less. Of course, you need to add the cost of calls and texts to that. If you use less than £17/month of credit, you’re better off on PAYG.

Comparisons with O2’s PAYG iPhone

O2’s iPhone costs £440 for the 16GB iPhone 3GS model or £340 for the 8GB iPhone 3G model. At £176, T-Mobile’s Android competitor is half the price.

O2 includes 12 months of data (usually £10/month). Although T-Mobile’s Android phone doesn’t, it costs just £5/month. Even including 12 months of data @ £5/mo. that makes T-Mobile’s Android phone £236 – still significantly cheaper than the iPhone.

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