T-Mobile has today announced the launch of the worlds first Android smartphone device for prepay customers.
The new and exclusive ‘T-Mobile Pulse’ handset, which has been manufactured in partnership with Huawei, is the third Android device launched by the network, and T-Mobile claims it is the first ever Android device to be made available to non-contract customers.
The touchscreen handset, which costs £179.99, comes with a number of pre installed Google services, including Gmail and access to download additional applications from the Android Marketplace website.
Handset features include a 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus, a 3.5 inch screen, Wi-Fi, GPS which includes a one month free satellite navigation trial with TeleNav, 2GB internal memory which can be increased using a microSD card.
The handset also comes pre installed with ‘Road cync client,’ allowing users the baility to receive emails from their work computer.
T-Mobile customers can pay a monthly subscription of £5 for unlimited access to the web from the phone or pay a maximum of £1 per day on a pay as you use basis.
The device will also be available through T-Mobile retail and online stores and become available on postpay at a later date, but details on price are unconfirmed.
T-Mobile acting head of handset and device marketing Nicola Shenton said: “The T-Mobile Pulse represents another Android milestone from T-Mobile.
“We introduced the first Android handset, the T-Mobile G1, to the UK back in October 2008, launched our second handset the G2 Touch earlier this year and now we’re opening up Android-based smartphones to a whole new type of mobile user with the first handset on pay-as-you-go. It really is a significant development in the Android story.
Huawei Device spokesperson Glory Chueng said: “Huawei again proves its commitment to operators’ needs through this collaboration with T-Mobile.
“We are making the mobile internet experience more accessible to consumers by launching our first customized Android-powered handset. I am excited to launch the Pulse with T-Mobile today and look forward to strengthening our partnership in the future.”