Prepaid T-Mobile Sparq comes with QWERTY

April 30, 2013 10:11 AM PDT / Updated: April 30, 2013 11:11 AM PDT

Even before T-Mobile moved to a contract-free model, the T-Mobile Sparq was a prepaid phone offering its slider QWERTY keyboard services to anyone looking for a feature phone for longer-term ownership.

The Sparq's slide-out keyboard is its most distinguishing feature, but the black, Alcatel-made handset also has a VGA camera, FM radio, Facebook, Twitter, and the Opera Mini browser. It also gives you 32MB internal storage and has a microSD card slot that holds up to 8GB more.

Physically, the Sparq has a 2.2-inch QVGA display (240x320-pixel resolution,) and stands 4.3 inches tall by 2 inches wide by a meaty 0.7-inch thick. It comes in at 3.9 ounces on the scale. Its tiny 670mAh battery is still capable of giving you 11 hours of rated talk time and 20.8 days of standby time.

The Sparq costs $82.00 full retail, but you can find it for less if you scour your online resources.

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T-Mobile Sparq - cellular phone - GSM

Part Number: 610214627957 Released: Oct. 28, 2011
Low Price: $20.00 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Oct. 28, 2011
  • Technology GSM
  • Service Provider T-Mobile
  • Weight 3.8 oz
  • Diagonal Size 2.2 in
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