T-Mobile has launched a new handset for its 4G HSPA+ network that is aimed to entice first-time smartphone owners looking for a non-annual contract plan, as the Android-powered Concord will be available on a variety of contracts through the carrier and various retail partners.
Manufactured by ZTE, the handset sports a 3.5-inch Touchscreen display and features a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera. While the T-Mobile Concord isn’t the most powerful smartphone currently available, powered by the vintage Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), the device does provide basic Web surfing, Google Maps location searching, and access to social networks. Plus, the real selling point is its contract-free price of $100.
The Concord runs on T-Mobile’s single-line, Monthly 4G no annual contract plan, which offers unlimited talk, text, and data without a cap, as well as access to T-Mo’s 4G data network. However, don’t be fooled by the name of the plan; Monthly4G does not provide 4G LTE service on the Concord. Customers can also pair this device with Walmart’s Family Mobile service, a no annual-contract phone service with data for individuals as well as families.
While the Concord is currently available at Walmart locations, Target shoppers will have to wait until Aug. 26 to pick up the T-Mobile handset with a qualifying Monthly4G plan from the carrier. With most of its devices sold internationally, the T-Mobile Concord is among the first batch of ZTE products popping up in the United States, as the manufacturer continues its efforts to tap into the American mobile market.