Any lingering questions about whether smartphones are going mainstream should be put to rest by T-Mobile USA’s newest offering – a 4G Android model that’s debuting next week at Wal-Mart for $29.99.
That’s after a $50 rebate and with a two-year contract. T-Mobile’s also going to offer the Samsung Exhibit II 4G contract-free for $199.99.
Wal-Mart’s getting first crack at the phone starting Oct. 27. It will be available in other stores starting Nov. 2.
The Exhibit II 4G has a 1 gigahertz Snapdragon processor and a 3.7-inch touchscreen. Costs were cut on the camera – it uses a 3 megapixel sensor. There’s also a front-facing camera for video chat and a spiffy “marine blue” case.
It’s also not getting the fastest wireless radio. It’s billed as a “4G” device because it will connect to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, which is capable of download speeds up to 42 megabits per second. But the Exhibit II will have maximum download speeds of 14.4 Mbps.