T-Mobile is planning to offer the LG Optimus T for $30, making it one of the cheapest Android 2.2 phones around. Sprint's nearly identical Optimus S will launch for $50.
T-Mobile announced on its
that beginning Nov. 3 the LG Electronics Optimus T will
priced at $29.99, making it possibly the most affordable Android-running phone.
The fine print is that that price comes after a $50 mail-in rebate and a
two-year service agreement and qualifying data plan. Still, LG introduced the
Optimus T along with the nearly identical Optimus S, which Sprint will begin
offering Oct. 31 for $49.99, after a $100 mail-in rebate and with a two-year
Both phones run Version 2.2 of Android and feature a 3.2-inch capacitive
The Optimus T includes Voice Actions for Android, which lets users speak
commands for texting, calling, e-mailing and finding directions, among other
tasks. It also has a home screen that's expandable to up to seven panels, which
users can customize with applications and widgets. Google's full suite of
services is also installed, including Gmail, Google Talk and Google Search.
The Optimus T will come with a 2GB memory card installed and be available in
a choice of burgundy or titanium finishes.
In an Oct. 6 statement, T-Mobile Director of Product Management Saj Sahay
called the Optimus T the
"ideal device for first-time smartphone users
ready to explore the
Android world." At just $30, first-timers may be likely to give it a try.
T-Mobile was the first U.S.
carrier to offer an Android-running smartphone, in the HTC-made,
but T-Mobile branded, G1. On Sept. 9, T-Mobile officially introduced the next
evolution of that device, the
G2, a smartphone capable of 4G downloads
and the first to run on T-Mobile's
HSPA+ network. The G2 pairs Android 2.2 with an 800MHz processor, a 3.7-inch
Super LCD touch display, a four-row QWERTY keypad, an optical trackpad and a
LG will also soon offer the Optimus
a Windows Phone 7-running version of the handset.