T-Mobile Prism does budget Android for $20

T-Mobile's $20 Prism runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will be available at Wal-Mart and Best Buy, in addition to T-Mobile stores.

T-Mobile Prism
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You can always count on T-Mobile for wallet-friendly options.

Its latest is the T-Mobile Prism, an entry-level Android smartphone that costs just $19.99 with a two-year contract (after a $50 mail-in rebate). If you're contract-shy, you'll also be able to buy it without a bi-yearly commitment, for $149.99.

The 3G Prism runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and features a 3.5-inch HVGA touch screen.

We actually heard much more about the Prism from unofficial leaked documents than from what T-Mobile has officially shared. The carrier did say that the Huawei-made device features a 3.2-megapixel camera with digital zoom, and video capture, but the device also apparently comes with a 2GB microSD card installed and a humble 600MHz processor (quite measly-sounding by today's rip-roaring high-end standards).

Of course, processing horsepower usually isn't the top consideration for first-time smartphone buyers who are watching their financial figures, and the mix of features could still satisfy. We'll make sure we get the Prism reviewed as soon as possible.

The T-Mobile Prism will start going on sale at Best Buy first, beginning May 6, and at Wal-Mart on May 9. T-Mobile's retail stores will pick up the starter smartphone on May 23.

About the author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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