MetroPCS launches Huawei Ascend

While MetroPCS may be fairly recognizable as far as regional carriers go, they’re still lacking in the product line department. The company does seem to be aware of the problem though, and have turned to Android for a remedy. Starting today, for $179 the Huawei Ascend can be yours – Contract free, with unlimited everything plans starting at $50.

The Ascend may not be the top of the line in Android devices, but for the price it’s not terrible. For under $200 you get Android 2.1, a 3.5″ HVGA display, 3.2MP camera, and microSD slot, among others. For roughly $50 more, you can also buy the LG Optimus M(etro). The Optimus M features roughly the same specs, with just a little more memory and a slightly more up to date firmware. Either device would make a good choice for doing Android on the low.

Speaking only on personal experience, my mother and 2 roommates all use Metro PCS and while customer service isn’t the best, the price is excellent and voice quality seems to be just as good as any of the big 4 in my area (mid-Michigan). You really can’t beat $50 for all you can eat.

Via Engadget

Press release:

MetroPCS Adds to Its Handset Lineup With Affordable Android Phone

New Huawei Ascend Android smartphone arrives just in time for the holidays

DALLAS, Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS) today launched a new handset sure to entice last-minute holiday shoppers who are looking for the latest technology at an incredible value. The Huawei Ascend™ is available today in MetroPCS stores and online at

An entry-level smartphone powered by the Android 2.1 (Eclair) operating system (OS), the Huawei Ascend is a perfect match for consumers wanting to move from a feature phone to a smartphone. The intuitive OS and nine customizable home screens make it easy to organize and get quick access to widgets, shortcuts, apps and social networks, and users can update their Facebook status or Tweet from the home screen. With smartphone plans starting at $50 per month with no annual contract, the Huawei Ascend is priced at $179-a great value for an Android device offering key features such as:

* Access to more than 100,000 apps in the Android Market™, in addition to games, ringtones and wallpapers available through the @metro App Store™
* A 3.5-inch HVGA auto-rotate touchscreen with onscreen QWERTY keyboard for easy text input
* 3.2 MP camera and camcorder to shoot and share images and video with friends and family
* Easy Wi-Fi® connectivity – automatically connect to Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide

“Our customers desire more choices and are looking for the latest handsets and services that fit their personalities, lifestyles and budgets,” said Tom Keys, chief operating officer of MetroPCS. “With the addition of this device, we are again expanding our portfolio to provide our customers with a chance to experience the latest technology with the value of affordable, flexible and predictable no annual contract wireless services.”

MetroPCS customers can also enjoy Metro USA(SM) with nationwide unlimited talk, text and web services and no annual contract service plans with taxes and regulatory fees included.

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About MetroPCS Communications, Inc.

Dallas-based MetroPCS Communications, Inc. is a provider of unlimited wireless communications service for a flat-rate with no annual contract. MetroPCS is the fifth largest facilities-based wireless carrier in the United States based on number of subscribers served. With MetroUSA(SM), MetroPCS customers can use their services in areas throughout the United States covering a population of over 280 million people. As of September 30, 2010, MetroPCS had approximately 7.9 million subscribers. For more information please visit

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