When the first Android handset debuted last year, I never gave a thought to the pay-as-you-go market. Here in the U.S., we tend to see feature phones fit the pre-pay model, not the latest and greatest smartphones. But pre-pay here doesn’t necessarily equate pre-pay in other corners of the globe. T-Mobile is proving that maxim with the introduction of a pay-as-you-go Google Android handset.
The T-Mobile Pulse is made by Huawei and will retail for 179.99 pounds ($294.32) when it debuts in the UK and seven other European nations next month. SlashGear says that like the new HTC Hero, the number of usable screen panes will double from three to six. A navigational trackball, 3.2-megapixel camera, a 3.5″ 320×480 touchscreen, included 2GB microSD card, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and support for 7.2Mbps HSDPA/2Mbps HSUPA throughput round out the basic specs.
To our friends in the EU: How does this deal stack up against current contract offerings with T-Mobile for an Android handset? Is it appealing enough to make you grab a T-Mobile Pulse for your mobile arsenal?