T-Mobile has broken new ground for low-priced smartphones. It introduced two Android OS models today, the T-Mobile Comet and LG Optimus T, both of which are currently available for no money down with a wireless contract.
This might surprise many people, as T-Mobile said previously that the Comet would cost $10 with contract, and the Optimus T would sell for $30 with contact.
Both these entry-level smartphones are available now for free when purchased through T-Mobile’s website. This is the first time one of the top four U.S. carriers has launched a phone running Google’s operating system at this price.
LG Optimus T Overview
As an entry-level smartphone, this model includes 3.2-inch, HVGA Touchscreen — smaller and lower resolution than the displays in more costly devices.
The Optimus T runs Android OS 2.2 on a 600 MHz processor, so it has the latest version of Google’s operating system, but a slower chip than high-end devices use. Still, it includes a collection of entertainment and communication apps, including a very capable web browser, navigation software, multimedia player, and much more.
It isn’t short in wireless functionality, offering 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.
Plus this smartphones has a 3 megapixel auto-focus camera and a 1500 mAh battery.
T-Mobile is bundling a 2 GB microSD memory card, giving users a bit of space to store music, video, and other files.
Without a contract, the Optimus T costs $240.
The Comet runs Android OS 2.2 on a 528 MHz processor, and comes with a suite of communication and entertainment software, like a web browser, email app, and much more.
It supports T-Mobile’s 3G network, plus it has Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth and a GPS.
This smartphone includes a 3.2 megapixel camera and the Swype text-entry system.
The T-Mobile Comet costs $200 to those who aren’t willing to sign a contract.
But Wait, There’s More
T-Mobile is adding no less than four smartphones to its product lineup today, all of which run Google Android OS.
The T-Mobile my Touch 4G has one of the largest touchscreens offered by any of this carrier’s Android OS-based models. It also has a fast processor, and support for HSPA+.
The Motorola Defy is a mid-range device that has been designed to survive in day-to-day life, as it is water and scratch resistant as well as dust proof.