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UK’s first PAYG Android mobile phone launches

T-Mobile Pulse goes on sale in the UK
T-Mobile Pulse

The T-Mobile Pulse Android mobile phone can be bought today, contract-free, for £176.16.

The Pulse is the first Android-based mobile phone to launch in the UK that is available on a PAYG tariff, and it’s currently available exclusively from T-Mobile.

Android operating system

The Android mobile phone operating system first became available in the UK last year with the launch of the HTC G1, which was also available exclusively from T-Mobile.

The operating system allows you to customise your handset by downloading applications from the Google Android Market.

Android mobile phones

Since the launch of the T-Mobile G1, there has been two other HTC Android mobile phones: the HTC Hero and the HTC Magic, and more recently the Samsung Galaxy. All previous handsets, however, have only been available on contract.

The T-Mobile Pulse has been manufactured by the Chinese company Huawei. It features a 3.5-inch touchscreen, a 3.2Mp camera and comes supplied with a 2GB SD card. It also features GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Mobile phone reviews

Jon Barrow, Which? mobile phone expert, said: ‘At £180 you can hardly describe the Pulse as a budget mobile phone, but it is a good value option if you’re looking to get a large touchscreen mobile phone with access to the Android Market.’

The T-Mobile Pulse can also be bought on a £27.50 per month 18-month Combi 25 contract.

If you’re looking for a mobile phone, check out our in-depth, lab-based mobile phone reviews.

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