Huawei Ascend steps up to MetroPCS for $179

The Huawei Ascend reaches its second U.S. carrier, MetroPSC. The Android phone runs version 2.1 of the Android operating system.

MetroPCS customers can now get the Android 2.1 Huawei Ascend (pictured for Cricket Wireless).
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MetroPCS is getting another chance to offer its customers an Android phone. The Huawei Ascend runs on Android 2.1 and costs an affordable $179 without a contract. It goes on sale today.

The Ascend sports a 3.5-inch HVGA display, a 3.2-megapixel camera, a 16GB card slot, and supports 3G and Wi-Fi. It also has the Swype keyboard as its default, and a whopping nine home screens that you can manage with a convenient grid view.

This is the second U.S. carrier to pick up the Ascend. Cricket Wireless was the first, selling the entry-level smartphone for $150.