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T-mobile Pulse (Huawei U8220) Android Phone only £176.16+£10 top-up £186.16

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I normally just post good deals rather then comment on them, but this is a truely excellent deal. The pulse (Huawei U8220) is a full Android phone with 3.5" std resolution Android screen (same as HTC…
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7y, 4m agoFound 7 years, 4 months ago
I normally just post good deals rather then comment on them, but this is a truely excellent deal.
The pulse (Huawei U8220) is a full Android phone with 3.5" std resolution Android screen (same as HTC Hero, etc.). Anyone who has used Android, will know how good it is.

It is currently sold-out on-line, but I bought from a local t-mobile shop (Moorgate in London).

I have never seen a "value" phone with this type of spec:

The phone comes with a powerful 1500 mah battery, a 2.5" headphone (with a convertor to 3.5" included in box).
A nice black material slip cover.
A 2gb microsd card (I put in my own 16gb)
The display is beautiful and the phone feels well balanced in the hand as the back curves nicely (but still sits on a table without wobbling.) and its not feather-weight, but quite light for a smarphone (130g).
The camera is 3.2mp with auto-focus, but no flash.
The phone has a nice track ball and easy to use keys.
It has 3G (HSDPA), wifi, bluetooth and GPS.

It is locked to t-mobile, so good for folk who want PAYG (tmobile charge £5 a month internet access or £20 for 6 months) or who have a tmobile SIM.
tmobile unlocked for me for £15 as I had a tmobile contract with them (my wife's account).
If anyone finds an unlocking solution online please post (should appear soon from uniquephones which unlocks all previous Huawei phones).

Alternative view: Why did i buy this is I have an o2 contract and E71 ? Because I was looking for an MP3 player. Its cheaper to buy this and a 16gb card then an ipod touch, but on this I get a better operating system, interchangeable cards and full web browsing over 3G.

Full specs here:
http://www.gsmarena.com/t_mobile_pulse-2911.php

Example review here:
http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2009/10/09/t-mobile-pulse-review
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7y, 4m agoFound 7 years, 4 months ago
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#1
garbage456
are you sure this is as good as the hero?
any proof or links?


I think the hero is more stylish and smarter (the pulse is black shiny plastic which is solidly made, but doesn't look as stylish as HTC products).
The Hero is also slimmer (due to smaller screen).
I understand they have the same CPU.
but the Hero is £379 and has the "bent look" at the bottom - love it or hate it.
I'd say go into the shop and look for your self.
#2
v2drinkers


I think it was expired as the on-line shop ran out. But I bought mine from a retail store. its was only available in retail stores from today.
#3
This is the normal RRP price so not really a deal..
#4
rob585
This is the normal RRP price so not really a deal..


wots the rule for a deal ?
I thought it was something at a price point not seen before
#5
"Huawei" my wife was hollering that in the bathroom at the weekend!

Who knew she wanted a phone:-)
#6
garbage456
are you sure this is as good as the hero?
any proof or links?

EDIT just looked on the t mobile website and this deal is available pay monthly and its cheaper than the g2 which has a 5 megapixel camera


Processor is he same as the hero but build quality is cheaper and the touch screen isn't as good (its the cheaper screen) and in your hand feels a lot bigger than the hero
#7
Does it have a hardware compass? I've been trying to find the answer to that since it was launched, there seem to be conflicting opinions.
#8
What is the internal memory of this phone? I ask as Android phones only install apps to internal memory and not the memory card and so more internal memory means more apps. :p
#9
Had one of these for a couple of days and I can only say I'm pretty damn impressed! I've had iphones, htc's pretty much all the latest & greatest phones over the last year (thank god for eBay in selling em on!) and have to say i think I've found a phone I'll stick with for a while to come.

it's basically like a iphone 3gs but it's running android, feels a very similar size, has a compass, has a capacitive 3.5" touch screen (very light touch required) - sure it's got a very shiny plastic back (faux carbon fiber look) and no bits of shiny metal, but I like it, it feels nice to handle and for a first release phone it works surprisingly well indeed.........specs wise it's the same as a Hero apart from the ram/rom is down a little but this isn't an issue as there's a nifty bit of software around called apps 2 sd (A2SD) which pretty much takes away any limits for downloading from the android market which also seems 90% free btw - the pulse can be rooted (jailbroken) and custom rom's will be coming very soon, in fact I'm running the first one from MoDaCo, sweet.

At the price of this on PAYG it's going to be a very, very popular phone.
#10
titty
Had one of these for a couple of days and I can only say I'm pretty damn impressed! I've had iphones, htc's pretty much all the latest & greatest phones over the last year (thank god for eBay in selling em on!) and have to say i think I've found a phone I'll stick with for a while to come.

it's basically like a iphone 3gs but it's running android, feels a very similar size, has a compass, has a capacitive 3.5" touch screen (very light touch required) - sure it's got a very shiny plastic back (faux carbon fiber look) and no bits of shiny metal, but I like it, it feels nice to handle and for a first release phone it works surprisingly well indeed.........specs wise it's the same as a Hero apart from the ram/rom is down a little but this isn't an issue as there's a nifty bit of software around called apps 2 sd (A2SD) which pretty much takes away any limits for downloading from the android market which also seems 90% free btw - the pulse can be rooted (jailbroken) and custom rom's will be coming very soon, in fact I'm running the first one from MoDaCo, sweet.

At the price of this on PAYG it's going to be a very, very popular phone.
i agree


I agree
I can't believe this phone is rooted already.
And already custom roms
#11
titty
Had one of these for a couple of days and I can only say I'm pretty damn impressed! I've had iphones, htc's pretty much all the latest & greatest phones over the last year (thank god for eBay in selling em on!) and have to say i think I've found a phone I'll stick with for a while to come.

...

At the price of this on PAYG it's going to be a very, very popular phone.


As a matter of interest, does the basic PAYG package include any Internet usage? When I checked the T-Mobile site last week and added the Pulse to my basket, I was offered 'unlimited' (shyeah) internet for £5 per month. When I check back yesterday, this wasn't being offered - are customers expected to know which of T-Mobile's 'add-ons' will give Internet access for this PAYG offering?

I'm very tempted by this device, but I'd like to know what kind of extra expense I might be letting myself in for.
#12
I'm on a 12 mnth contract but no, internet is extra on PAYG - £5 per or month or £20 for 6 months (i think) not sure why that option has been removed tho. Really is a nice bit of kit, needs rooting to make use of the market place & downloads though, not that hard to do if u read up on it at MoDaCo.
#13
HarryFenner
As a matter of interest, does the basic PAYG package include any Internet usage? When I checked the T-Mobile site last week and added the Pulse to my basket, I was offered 'unlimited' (shyeah) internet for £5 per month. When I check back yesterday, this wasn't being offered - are customers expected to know which of T-Mobile's 'add-ons' will give Internet access for this PAYG offering?

I'm very tempted by this device, but I'd like to know what kind of extra expense I might be letting myself in for.


Its £5 a month (text monthweb to 441) or £20 for 6months (text 6monthweb to 441

With this type of phone, no internet access is not really an option

You can also buy it with a 30 day sim only deal from tmobile, from £20 a month with unlimited internet and 600-800mins (depending on 30day or 12month contract)

rgds
#14
titty
I'm on a 12 mnth contract but no, internet is extra on PAYG - £5 per or month or £20 for 6 months (i think) not sure why that option has been removed tho. Really is a nice bit of kit, needs rooting to make use of the market place & downloads though, not that hard to do if u read up on it at MoDaCo.


rooting is only required if you want to install applications not on market place or upgrade firmware.
there are some applications on market place which need certain things to be installed that require rooting, but most are fine.
in the event, rooting took me 5 seconds with Paul's super utility. I just did it to get some other language fonts onto the device
#15
colonel
Its £5 a month (text monthweb to 441) or £20 for 6months (text 6monthweb to 441

With this type of phone, no internet access is not really an option

You can also buy it with a 30 day sim only deal from tmobile, from £20 a month with unlimited internet and 600-800mins (depending on 30day or 12month contract)

rgds


Thanks for info - the 6-month web option makes it almost a no-brainer for me. I think I know what my next phone will be!
#16
Am tempted to get this phone, anymore user comments with it and what did you previously have?
Also any newcomers to Android moving on from Windows Mobile? I just hope that the kernel gets made available for better future support through the community.
Also how good is the signal via GPS? My 5800 takes 5-10 minutes to get a signal whilst my Sony Xperia took about 1 minute....
banned#17
does anyone know if this phone can be unlocked ?
#18
Yes the phone can be unlocked, t-mobile charges £15 [3 months wait for new sim users] and about £25 off the net... Hopefully this goes down in price as its quite steap for a couple of codes.
#19
#20
Looks like the kernel firmware has been released, should be seeing custom roms and upgrades for the phone within the next couple of weeks I hope... But definitely good news and I will be buying one soon :)
#21
At 25p a minute T-Mobile is very expensive. However, £20 for 6 months of Internet is very cheap. Is T-Mobile totally serious when they say the follow? From their PAYG legal terms,
Internet on your phone restrictions

Remember that you can only use internet on your phone in the UK.

You can't:

* Use your phone as a modem
* Use it for peer to peer file sharing
* Use it for instant messaging (except if you have a Sidekick)
* Make internet phone calls


The only way I could budget this phone as a replacement for using ASDA Mobile (8p a minute) is to use VOIP and IM. The IM can be done through some sort of web page, right? So T-Mobile can't track that I guess. What about VOIP options?

Thanks!
#22
Just letting you know that with getting the t-mobile pay as you go simcard with the phone and having to pay the £10 top up I can spend it on 5 days of internet by typing 'web' to 441 and they take £2.50 off.... Also due to topping up £10 there was an offer for free internet for the whole of December! After that the sim can go in the bin cos I am on a vodafone contract already.
#23
Anyone know if this can be unlocked for less than £15? I'm with o2.
#24
Hi mate, this is where I got mine unlocked from as it seemed to be the cheapest. http://www.unlock-tmobilepulse.com/
T-Mobile said that I had to wait 3 months, then request the unlock code which could take upto 28 days and pay £15.... Above it cost about £17 and got it within 20 hours of ordering.... Others at the time online seem to be about £25.....
#25
twe
Hi mate, this is where I got mine unlocked from as it seemed to be the cheapest. http://www.unlock-tmobilepulse.com/
T-Mobile said that I had to wait 3 months, then request the unlock code which could take upto 28 days and pay £15.... Above it cost about £17 and got it within 20 hours of ordering.... Others at the time online seem to be about £25.....


If using the above company to unlock your Pulse use the code "modaco.com" to get $10 off. Total cost will be USD$19.99.
#26
I have just unlocked my T-mobile Pulse using code from this site, paid USD$19.99 using code. Thanks.
#27
sanjay397
I have just unlocked my T-mobile Pulse using code from this site, paid USD$19.99 using code. Thanks.


Glad it worked out. I did the same. Had my code in less than 20hours.

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