T-Mobile USA announced the Concord on Thursday, an Android smartphone manufactured by ZTE. We’re typically somewhat turned off by phones with relatively simple feature sets because they don’t seem to push the hardware boundaries at all. That’s not really the case with the Concord, however, since it will be available for $99.99 off contract and with a T-Mobile Monthly4G plan. $100 for a smartphone without a contract, that’s pretty sweet.
The Concord is equipped with the very basics, including Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 3.5-inch display and a 2-megapixel camera. We’ll admit, we’re a bit turned off by that camera; it has been years since we’ve come across a smartphone with such a low-res shooter. The device will be available in “midnight blue” at Target on Aug. 26 and is already available in Walmart for $99.98 on the retailer’s Walmart Family Mobile contract plan.
Just a quick heads-up, though: While T-Mobile requires a “Monthly4G plan,” the Concord does not have access to the carrier’s HSPA+ “4G” network. That means you’re stuck to 3G only, folks.
T-Mobile Expands Its No Annual Contract Android Lineup with the T-Mobile Concord
T-Mobile to offer its most affordable no annual contract Android smartphone for under $100
BELLEVUE, Wash. — Aug. 23, 2012 — T-Mobile USA, Inc., today announced the availability of the T-Mobile® Concord™, T-Mobile’s most affordable no annual contract Android™ option for those stepping up to their first smartphone. The Concord will be available to T-Mobile customers through a variety of no annual contract plans, including via T-Mobile Monthly4G™ and Walmart Family Mobile™.
Manufactured by ZTE, the T-Mobile Concord is equipped with the necessary features to keep customers connected with friends and family. The 3G smartphone is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread and is ideal for basic Web surfing, searching for a location via Google Maps or accessing favorite social networking sites. Coming in a sleek, midnight blue color finish, the new smartphone features a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display and is equipped with a 2-megapixel camera, making it easy to capture and share memories.
Paired with one of T-Mobile’s single-line, Monthly4G no annual contract plans, customers have access to unlimited talk, text and worry-free data that doesn’t have a hard cap or result in overage fees, as well as access to T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G network. The T-Mobile Concord can also be paired with Walmart’s Family Mobile service, a monthly, no-annual-contract wireless plan option for individuals or families, also powered by T-Mobile’s nationwide network.
The T-Mobile Concord is expected to be available at Target starting Aug. 26 for $99.99 with a qualifying Monthly4G plan. The T-Mobile Concord is also currently available at Walmart for $99.98 paired with a Walmart Family Mobile no annual contract plan.