Huawei's Impulse 4G is a budget smartphone for AT&T

Huawei's Impulse 4G is a budget smartphone for AT&T

Summary: For $30 on a two-year contract, Huawei's Impulse phone is a pretty affordable alternative to the other phones offered by AT&T.

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With phones like the Droid Bionic running for $300 on contract, its hard not to feel as if the price of admission into the smartphone club is getting steeper and steeper.

Fortunately Chinese smartphone maker Huawei is trying to balance things out with the Impulse. Available via AT&T, the device will run for $30 on contract. That's a good deal considering that the phone comes equipped with a 5-megapixel camera, 3.8-inch touchscreen, and the ability to run on AT&T's 4G network. One problem? Running Android 2.2 (Froyo), the device is a bit dated.  But for $30, you may not mind.

The phone will be available September 18th.

Topics: Hardware, Mobility, Smartphones, AT&T

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  • RE: Huawei's Impulse 4G is a budget smartphone for AT&T

    Interesting... hopefully it can be rooted to run Android 2.3 but even if not it's still a decent device especially at that price point.
    athynz
  • RE: Huawei's Impulse 4G is a budget smartphone for AT&T

    I only payed $30 for my Inspire 4G from Amizon. And it's a high end phone.
    rdw551
  • RE: Huawei's Impulse 4G is a budget smartphone for AT&T

    Drat ... Our MN phone service has a monopoly. No AT&T or Quest. Sure would like to get this as overseas our internet Huawei USB was super survival kit.
    Bundoker
  • It's not the cost of the phone that matters...

    It's the cost of voice + data service that keeps most people away from smart phones. At $40 to $70+ every friggin' month, service for a smart phone is what breaks the bank for most folks.
    jack@...
  • RE: Huawei's Impulse 4G is a budget smartphone for AT&T

    If this will not be followed by another idiotic comment from a certain president candidate about Chinese business, I eat my own shoe.
    rhon@...
  • RE: Huawei's Impulse 4G is a budget smartphone for AT&T

    Don't know much about AT&T, seeing as I'm in Australia. But the Impulse doesn't seem that great a purchase. I recently bought the Huawei Sonic U8650 for Aus$188.00 at a local department store. It's an unlocked prepay phone running Android 2.3.3. with a 3.5inch full capacitive screen with auto rotation. WiFi b/g/n with portable hotspot support, bluetooth etc. Proximity/light sensor(for screen brightness in daylight and FM radio and loaded with all the apps you may need such as GPS with compass.
    When Google released Android, I was kind of under the impression this would bring down the price of Mobile phones/tablets as compared to Apples products, but no one seems to want to sell Android based devices as a cheap alternative. But in this instance of my Huawei Sonic, I am very happy with it.
    Warinpiece