Samsung Impulse 4G

AT&T this morning announced the Huawei Impulse 4G, a low-end entry into Android and AT&T's "4G" market. Available Sept. 18 for just $29.99 on contract, the Impulse 4G is a 3.8-inch device at the usual 480x800 resolution, running Android 2.2. It's got a 5MP camera on the back with autofocus and flash, and it records video in 720p. Data plans start at $15.

Source: AT&T

 

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AT&T announces the Impulse 4G, a 3.8-inch Froyo device for just $29.99

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Umm if this is from Samsung, then why does that article state that this is the first smartphone on AT&T from Huawei..

That's really not a bad phone it seems for someone who wants something basic.

But can we knock off the whole "Data plans start at $15" nonsense? I doubt any Android phone has used less than 300MB in a month just sitting around.

The Impulse has a low def camera, no 1080p, small screen, out of date OS, etc. You use your phone, every day, all day. Over your contract you will spend about $2000 to own this phone. For about $2100 you could have an Infuse.

The Impulse's total size (volume) is 20% BIGGER than a 4.3" Galaxy S II. For about $2200 you could have had a a SGS2.

Some of us don't want giant screens. A thicker phone with a smaller height and width will fit in your pocket better than a huge, thin rectangle. Your 20% bigger claim is BS as far as I am concerned. Who cares if it is a little thinner.

The Impulse's total volume is 4.72 x 2.56 x 0.46 = 5.5 in³.

The Galaxy S II is 4.93 x 2.60 x 0.33 = 4.2 in³.

The Huawei is 31% bigger than the SGS2.

Some people want a bigger phone and should get something like the Huawei. Others might say, "No Huawei" and want a smaller phone like the 4.3" SGS2, $99 Atrix, or Infuse.

Get whatever feels best to you. Either way even if you get the most limited data, text, and phone plan AT&T offers you will spend $40 + $15 + $20 or $75 x 24 months. That's $1800. To get as close to unlimited as AT&T offers is $75+$45+$20 or $3,000 over 24 months.

Life is short. If you are spending a couple grand on a phone, get whatever you want. If you want to save money on the Huawei, get it on Cricket for $109 and $55 a month, no contract, unlimited.

Not everyone cares about having the best specs out there. Most won't even know what version of Android they are running.

It's pretty pathetic that android phones are still coming out with froyo installed. Froyo was pretty great... but it's almost 2 years old. Gingerbread should be standard by now.

I don't agree. Froyo was very stable & nearly everyone who has gotten Gingerbread OTA (other than those with Nexus phones) have been reporting a lot of bugs that they didn't have before.

Besides, Gingerbread was more of a cosmetic update & didn't really add anything of real value to the platform. Froyo added Adobe Flash which was HUGE.

Not bad. It's nice the "low end" phones are getting decent screens now. I bet 99% of the population will not be able to tell a difference in speed. Apps are not designed to use dual core blah blah vs lower end processors unless you play 3D intensive games. It is refreshing to see a decent phone with a screen that isn't the size of a tablet.

Didn't I just buy this Thrill 4g from Costco (or Amazon) for $29.99? What exactly is a budget phone these days anyway? Isn't it about time for the carriers to stop pretending on the pricing?

Wow. Nice specs and stock FroYo. Finally a "low-end" phone I can recommend to new smartphone owners.

Gingerbread would've been nice, but I guess you can't get everything for $30.

I wonder what the off-contract price will be? This could be a great "tide me over" phone if you lose/break one before your contract is up.