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The Huawei Pal is incredibly easy to use.

With its limited features and poor call quality, the Huawei Pal isn't worth your time, even as a basic phone.

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The Huawei Pal has a squat candy bar shape with a small display. If you're expecting bells and whistles, you won't find them here.

Palling around with Huawei's bare bones phone (pictures)

The Huawei Pal for MetroPCS, it belongs in another decade. Let CNET give you a closer look.

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<p>The <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/huawei-valiant-metropcs/4505-6452_7-35827194.html">Huawei Valiant</a> is a pleasant-looking entry-level Android 4.1 smartphone. </p>

Checking out the Huawei Valiant (pictures)

MetroPCS's 3G-only budget smartphone makes some trade-offs to keep costs low. Get to know this Android 4.1 handset.

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Huawei Vitria speeds up LTE

MetroPCS' now-faster 4G network makes this budget Android a viable LTE option.

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Faster LTE makes the Huawei Vitria worth its $130 price

T-Mobile's faster LTE network goes a long way to making the MetroPCS Huawei Vitria an entry-level Android you should consider.

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MetroPCS doubles reach, outs its own Lumia 521, Optimus F3

T-Mobile and MetroPCS want to move quickly to capitalize on any uncertainty in the prepaid market caused by AT&T's looming acquisition of rival prepaid business Leap Wireless.

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Fed up with cell phone contracts and wondering if a prepaid phone is be the way to go? Here are the best five reasons to make your next phone no-contract.

Reasons to go prepaid

Fed up with cell phone contracts and wondering if a prepaid phone is be the way to go? Here are the best five reasons to make your next phone no-contract.

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Wal-Mart Wireless is offering the Lumia 521 for a penny. But there's a catch. Customers have to agree to a two-year contract and pay $10 a more for service.

How third-party retailers can complicate your smartphone purchase

In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET's Marguerite Reardon tries to decipher wireless operators' complicated terms, which can get even murkier when a third-party retailer is involved.

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Will AT&T finally get serious about prepaid with Leap deal?

The $1.2 billion deal nets AT&T a decent-size prepaid business. But the carrier may just be in it for the spectrum.

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AT&T to acquire Leap Wireless in $1.2 billion deal

The carrier has reached an agreement to buy the prepaid wireless provider, which operates the Cricket brand, for $15 a share in cash.

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T-Mobile's Jump aims to get a rise out of wireless rivals

CEO John Legere says he wants to shake up a "stupid, broken, and arrogant industry." That kind of radical sentiment may win him some new fans.

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T-Mobile flips on LTE switch in 116 cities total

The country's No. 4 carrier says its 4G LTE network is reaching 157 million people, well toward the company's year-end goal of 200 million.

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