T-Mobile is launching Android powered Pulse made by Huawei and selling it for the first time on a pay-as-you-go basis in the UK, raising its mass-market appeal.
The pay-as-you-go version will sell in Britain, where T-Mobile is struggling as the second-smallest of five operators, for 179.99 pounds ($293.60), plus 5 pounds per month or 1 pound a day for Internet access.
The Pulse is T-Mobile’s third Android phone. The first two were made by Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC – HTC Dream and HTC Magic.
The T-Mobile Pulse, which a Google Experience Device, comes pre-installed with popular Google applications such as gmail and Google maps, features a large, 3.5 inch (8.9 cm) touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera and built-in GPS for satellite navigation.
T-Mobile has pre-loaded the Pulse with RoadSync from Dataviz, which lets users synchronise email with Microsoft Exchange servers, plus a trial version of the Documents To Go application suite and the TeleNav navigation tool.
The Pulse has a 3.2-megapixel auto-focus camera, 2GB of internal memory, plus a micro SD card slot for adding storage. The handset has a quoted battery life of 300 hours on standby and 210 minutes of talktime.
Pricing for the Pulse is £179.99 on pay-as-you-go, but the handset will also be available on monthly contracts, T-Mobile said.
It is powered by a Qualcomm chipset.