T-Mobile release pay-as-you-go Android smartphone
Hell yeah, a smartphone story without a single mention of the iPhone. Apart from that one. T-Mobile have launched their third Android handset, and the first available on pay-as-you-go. Rather excitingly, it's named the T-Mobile Pulse, confirmed by a spokesperson as a reference to the once-popular commercial radio station in Bradford.
The handset is crammed full with what is now standard gear - wi-fi connectivity, GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera with auto-focus and a 2 GB microSD slot. It's a lot sleeker and easier on the eye on the Android G1, but T-Mobile have said they've had to scrap some features to achieve those sleek lines; there's no camera flash and the 2.5mm headphone jack requires an adapter for headphones with the standard 3.5mm jack.
It looks altogether decent and data packages are affordable enough at £5 a month or £1 a day. So £5 a month, then. The Pulse will be available in October for £179.99 on pay-as-you-go, a considerable amount less than the iPhone; the Pulse will be £160 less than a 3G and the massive £260 less than the 3GS, although 12 months of data is included with the iPhone. Oh. Damn.