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T-Mobile reveals Smartpick plans and its first phone, the REVVL

Much as I love to talk about how awesome the latest high-end phones are, it's becoming more and more clear that most people don't push their phones hard enough to justify that extra power and extra cost. Folks just want something they can use to make calls, send messages, browse Facebook, and take photos. While the latest flagship will do all those, a lot of mid-range phones will do the job just fine without costing an arm and a leg.

To that end, T-Mobile has announced (opens in new tab) its "Smartpicks" program to help customers find their next low-cost device. The Smartpicks lineup includes the Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime, the LG K20 Plus, and the ZTE ZMAX PRO. These may not be household names like the Galaxy S8 or LG G6, but they'll do the job just fine.

T-Mobile also announced its own phone as one of the Smartpicks. The T-Mobile REVVL (opens in new tab) features a 5.5-inch HD screen, a 1.5Ghz Mediatek MT6738 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage that is expandable with a microSD slot, a 3000mAh battery, and Android 7.0 Nougat. The rear camera is a 13-megapixel unit, while the front camera is 5 megapixels. Finally, there is a fingerprint sensor included as well. There was no mention of NFC, so I would not count on it, especially at this price range. The REVVL also supports T-Mobile's Band 66, allowing for faster download speeds in markets that support that frequency. The phone won't be blazing fast, but it'll do just fine for plenty of people. The REVVL will be available in select T-Mobile stores beginning August 10th.

T-Mobile is rolling its Smartpicks program into the larger JUMP! on Demand program, and all of its Smartpicks phones will be available for $0 down and between $5 and $8 per month as part of JUMP! on Demand. This program allows users to upgrade their phones every 30 days, so someone could try all the available phones for only a few dollars a month. For those that want to skip the JUMP! on Demand plan or just want a nice backup phone, the REVVL will be available to purchase for $125.

Do you plan on purchasing the T-Mobile REVVL or any of the other Smartpicks? Let us know down below!

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22 Comments
  • Great idea here.
  • I'd totally go with a cheaper option of the camera performed the same.
  • Thanks, but I'll 'do just fine'.
  • cant give up the G6 while on sale for this...
  • Pretty nice, well done Tmo
  • I would love to use T-MOBILE. All I need is a signal at my house.
  • You can get a microcell-type device from them if you have the internet. It's what we have as we're in a very rural area.
  • This seems to go inline with the new Senior plan they just revealed
  • Good point!
  • How much storage for apps? Like 2Gb? Lol
  • 25-ish. Separate partitions for apps haven't been a thing in years.
  • Hope this does well enough where they introduce some "high end" mid range devices
  • Any word on who manufactures the REVVL? Looks like a ZTE phone.
  • Alcatel, t-mobile did a unboxing on its periscope.
  • Thanks! I'd forgotten all about Periscope honestly.
  • +1
  • Alcatel is made by a tech company called TLC.....
  • Probably a rebadged Chinese phone with all of the personal information syphoning to boot.
    Simply better off getting the LG, Samsung or Motorola phones in this price bracket.
  • they made it sound like you could upgrade to ANY device every 30 - this reads its a limited selection of their choosing - Nextel is that you
  • The G1 was a "TMobile phone" too right? As in this is not their first phone the G1 is?
  • https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/t-mobile-revvl-news/
  • Band 71 compatible?