Huawei U8500 T-Mobile Bound? Receives FCC Approval

Few things excite us more than when we see an unknown phone come through the FCC with the necessary bands to run on T-Mobile’s 3G/4G network. Phonescoop caught wind of the Huawei U8500 running Android 2.2. A quick run through of the FCC documentation doesn’t reveal much else and we should remind everyone that FCC approval doesn’t guarantee a T-Mobile arrival. Still, we’re always interested in devices that go through with those beloved AWS bands so we’ll be keeping an eye on this one moving forward!

Phonescoop via FCC

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  • Anonymous

    Its low end but it looks decent enough, better than the Comet that’s for sure. If they price it low on contract and for $150 via Prepaid they will have no problem moving these.

    • Dan Highrolla

      The comet is a great phone for those who take the time to learn it. I sell em all day the value ia unbeatable. This will be in the pricerangr 220 to 270 with rebate more than likely.

    • Dan Highrolla

      The comet is a great phone for those who take the time to learn it. I sell em all day the value ia unbeatable. This will be in the pricerangr 220 to 270 with rebate more than likely.

    • Dan

      Low price point will be a big seller. However, one would be gambling with the loyalty of service given by Huawei to their customers. Unfortunately, Huawei has many complaints filed against them by several other governments and other international companies. Yes, I agree that companies might want to oust competition like Huawei, however, recent intellectual property theft by Chinese companies put Huawei in a very ugly position.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Simon-Yu/100000989859895 Simon Yu

    It’s a G2 :o

  • J-Hop2o6

    Huawei is blackballed in the US.. We don’t trust them too much since they have close ties to the Chinese Gov’t.. I would rather get an iPhone than this phone.

    • Vibrant Addict

      Agreed. As much as I hate Apple, I would choose it over this. I’ll boycott this company no matter if they come with penta cores or smell o vision

    • Vibrant Addict

      Agreed. As much as I hate Apple, I would choose it over this. I’ll boycott this company no matter if they come with penta cores or smell o vision

      • frigadroid

        Iphone is still made in china from some korean parts. Just saying not dissing. I would rather have the iphone too compared to this phone.

        • J-Hop2o6

          We’re not talking about parts.. we’re talking about Huawei having close ties to the Chinese Gov’t.. The US doesn’t want them to build out any type of network in the US.. even if its cheap or free.

        • Anonymous

          Given China is a communist country, ALL Chinese corporations have close ties to the Government.

        • Vibrant Addict

          There’s a difference between a product being made in China, like most things are today, and a company that seemingly supports communism altogether. Huawei had been attempting to start a communications company here, something we don’t need.

          http://www.newsweek.com/2006/01/15/the-huawei-way.html

        • Dan

          Matt, you are right. However, given the circumstances, if I had to choose between Apple and Huawei, I would choose Apple.

          I’m sorry, I just realised that I put Apple in a light as though they are not to be trusted. I don’t mean to demean them. I do not mean to say Apple is an untrustworthy scheme. Apple is Apple and it has great products for those that like to spend more. And boy, many of those products are amazing. Good thing there are others that help increase innovation—like Android. :)

    • None

      I would rather have an iPhone too!

  • Guest.

    omg its the pyramid phone we’ve been hearing about =-o
    lmao imagine

    • Anonymous

      I don’t wanna imagine!

    • J-Hop2o6

      lol.. no

      • Guest

        Lol..yes

  • Guest.

    omg its the pyramid phone we’ve been hearing about =-o
    lmao imagine

  • eYe

    It’s a gorgeous phone. I’m sure it will be low-spec phone but nevertheless, its one nice looking phone

  • eYe

    It’s a gorgeous phone. I’m sure it will be low-spec phone but nevertheless, its one nice looking phone

  • Pete

    Is that an optical trackpad? I hope it is. I use the trackpad to active mouse over elements in webpages and precisely moving round in long text fields.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like a Cricket phone.

  • Jerry Curl

    Probably the less than $100 4g handset TMO is rumored to bring this summer

  • Jerry Curl

    Probably the less than $100 4g handset TMO is rumored to bring this summer

  • Adam5454

    POS from China

  • None

    I am really starting to get worried about tmobile by the day. I think that they are really out of touch with what people want. Simple metal slab made by a company people have heard of, a few bells and whistles, and covered in glass. Name it Zuess with an ad campaign of thunder and lightning and they will sell millions of units. It is all about perception. Most of the public is really not that smart. It really is not that hard.

  • None

    I am really starting to get worried about tmobile by the day. I think that they are really out of touch with what people want. Simple metal slab made by a company people have heard of, a few bells and whistles, and covered in glass. Name it Zuess with an ad campaign of thunder and lightning and they will sell millions of units. It is all about perception. Most of the public is really not that smart. It really is not that hard.

  • Anonymous

    Rumors back in the CES days, I remember having seen an article that Huawei was making a dual core superphone called the Ideos that was supporting AWS bands. Model numbers are different, as the X6 is the U9000. Perhaps this is the X5.5
    Here’s a couple links. (caution: some of these have been stated are questionable resources)
    http://phandroid.com/2011/01/14/huawei-ideos-x6-for-t-mobile-hits-the-fcc/
    http://www.cellphonesignal.com/huawei-u9000-x6-passed-fcc-with-t-mobile-3g-bands/
    http://www.phonescoop.com/news/item.php?n=7329

  • Ray

    ugly phone

  • http://twitter.com/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    This is in line with the LG Optimus T. This one will be nice, for a entry level Android phone. Good job TMO. Variety is always nice. But, BUT. I’m still waiting on that 4.3+ screen android phone to hit us this second quarter!

  • Frank

    Tmobile please bring the Samsung galaxy S 2. That one is a real phone.

    Thank you.

  • C602206

    Huawei is the #2 company behind Ericsson. They have built out networks all over the globe. ZTE, another Chinese company, is doing business with all of the major telecoms. The move behind Huawei’s being “blackballed” is purely and simply political in nature with the other US companies/competitors being behind it. As stated below, ANY Chinese company has ties to their gov’t. They couldn’t survive as a Chinese company otherwise.

    This phine looks nice from the photos provided; it’s a matter of the price point and where it fits in the phone line-up for form and function. There are plenty of places in a phone product line-up where this phone can fit. Depends upon where Huawei and T-Mobile are contemplating it’s fit for the competition.

  • Anonymous

    Yall trippin’ “This looks like a nice phone”. That thing looks like a chubby brick with a small @$$ screen.

  • digital1

    I amy be wrong, but I think a lot of techy consumers who are going out to purchase a new bar-type smartphone, will compare any potential purchases to the best selling bar-type 2010 smartphone, the iPhone4(has a FFC and rear Camera with *LED* flash).

    Why can’t LED flash be a new standard on bar-type smartphones, like touch-screens? [insert long-sigh sound] An LED can’t be that hard to; find/produce/stock/transport/lift/insert/attach…

    One day Tmobile will listen to customers before adding another Galaxy-type mobile to their line up. I feel sorry for the Tmobile Store Reps looking forward to selling a new smartphone with less than 2010 features. Yipee!!!!

    @Tmobile, if you are reading this… I am still waiting for that EVO type Android mobile.
    You know the one with a 4.3″ screen, FFC, rear cam with LED flash. Please Tmobile, please add one to your lineup. Tmobile has enough Galaxy type mobiles. From what I see in your Tmobile Stores lately, there are not a lot of consumers running into your stores anymore. BestBuy don’t won’t to stock your mobiles, because they are not up to par with 2010 released mobiles.

    • Anonymous

      “I MAY BE, I MAY BE WRONG”

      Anyway I wouldnt feel too bad for the reps because as we all know, the vast majority of buyers arent interested in todays tech.

      • Oreo

        I am in a agreement with you pimpstrong. I work at T-mobile retail store and we’ve sold a pretty good amount of Galaxy S 4G(even without the flash) that is suppose to be a 2011 standard. :)

        • Bratty

          Don’t you know that people on this site *know* everything and speak for the public when they demand phones? What would you retail people know? It’s not like you actually see what people buy!

        • Anonymous

          Yeah! The retail people turn their head during the sale like if you were in the room with your brothers wife as she changed her bra. “I didn’t see nothin, I didn’t see nothin”.

    • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

      is .3 inches really THAT big of a deal to you?? Best Buy doesn’t want to stock t-mobile for their own agenda not because of the devices not being on par with 2010 devices… Are yoou kidding me with this reply? The only thing you want that is missing is .3inches in comparison to an Evo. The ONLY thing keeping Evo seem good is its screen size those specs that it has are overly outdated. T-Mobile is practically the only place aside from maybe Verizon that caters devices with Stock android and T-Mobile has more powerful devices than any other carriers..

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WO4F4JZ4GRAXM5H34G6GNVXNKQ -=Pat Maweenie=-

        “and T-Mobile has more powerful devices than any other carriers..”

        BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • DavidOhio

      What are you talking about? Are you saying that because T-mobile does not have a “Evo” type android device that their line-up sucks? Really? Where have you been? Oh wait, you have been at the Sprint store drooling over the Evo. T-mobile has some great Android devices, just because they don’t have a Evo clone does not mean a thing. Stop whining!

  • MIKEEEEE

    if this is their phone, their tablet can’t be too far behind.

    i really feel that somebody’s tablet is going to kill the ipad, XOOM, and the playbook.

    the wireless industry is constantly in turmoil.

    the old dynasties are being pricks by exclusive deals and the like.

    time for some new guys.

  • Anonymous

    i work at HUAWEI… nice phone!

  • Anonymous

    Listen to J-Hop2o6 (comment made in here). In all likelihood the FCC or Congress will block this phone. Even if it goes on sale you should consider boycotting the company, based on the below summary.
    ____________________

    Governments have deemed Huawei a company run by China’s military, the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA). (Imagine, if you will, T-Mobile is really run by the German army.) This in and of itself is not a bad thing, except that Huawei is known to use military-influenced tactics to run the company (espionage, intelligence, dirty tricks, bribes, etc.). The Company also collaborates with the PLA in research and development.

    In 2003 Cisco Systems filed motion for preliminary injunction against Huawei Technologies, quoting the defendant to be “engaged in blatant and systematic copying of Cisco’s router technology”.

    In 2004 Huawei Technologies became the focus of a major intellectual property scandal when a Huawei employee was examining and photographing circuit boards from a competitor’s booth at the SuperComm trade show.

    In 2005 Huawei was blocked from supplying equipment to India’s national network BSNL.

    In 2007 the US Army’s Strategic Studies Institute reported that Huawei is “known to bribe and trap clients”. The report further details unfair business practices, such as customers framed (blackmailed) by “full-paid trips” to China and monetary “presents” to be offered and later used by Huawei as “a form of extortion”.

    In a 2008 Military Report to Congress the Pentagon stated that Huawei “maintains close ties” to the Chinese People Liberation Army (PLA). In the same year, the proposed merger of US-based communications company 3COM Corp by Huawei met with US Congress investigation and subsequent determination by Director of National Intelligence that “3Com-Huawei merger would undermine U.S. national security”.

    In 2009, Australian security agency ASIO started investigating the alleged links between local Huawei employees and the People’s Liberation Army. (Again, the problem being that the PLA is China’s military.)

    In 2009, the President of Indonesian mobile carrier Excelcomindo Pratama accused a visiting Huawei employee of trying to steal data from his firm. Huawei suspended the employee.

    In 2010, Indian security intelligence (CBI) insisted on canceling remaining Huawei contracts with BSNL and also pressed charges against several top BSNL officers regarding their “doubtful integrity and dubious links with the Chinese firm.”

    In 2010, Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd., the Indian unit of Russia’s AFK Sistema, didn’t get clearance to buy Huawei equipment.

    In 2010, US-based Motorola filed a complaint against Huawei claiming loss of confidential information to the Chinese company.

    • frigadroid

      Lol and the people over at samsung are good old boys we should welcome into our homes with open arms? They do a lot of the same things yet uniformed people want to rave what a great company they are. Not to knock asians (my wife is chinese thai, my brother and uncles married koreans) but its a different business mindset over there. To get ahead at any cost is considered a success so they have their own rules. I agree that they should be boycotted along with many others.

      • Anonymous

        Although my comment and yours are beyond the scope and purpose of a positive-atmosphere T-Mobile fan site what the hell, let’s talk about it. :)

        You are correct, IMHO ALL Asian businesses have a curious way of doing business, to put it politely. (But it’s the extent of PLA ties to Huawei and the methods Huawei uses to conduct business, including military tactics, that Congress has an issue with.)

        I can’t think of a single Asian company that has not in the past been nailed by the U.S. for violating U.S. laws. Worse, many U.S. corp. executives encourage and agree with the foreign way of doing business. E.g., see U.S. execs prosecuted for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act http://www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/fcpa/

        Samsung is included in my memory of Asian scandals of note, e.g. see http://www.justice.gov/atr/cases/f213400/213416.htm

        And I have never forgotten Toshiba indirectly selling technology to the former Soviet Union, to make their subs run quieter (before that we could easily detect Soviet subs because they were noisy as a wheel with rusted ball bearings).

        –end irrelevant comment–

        • H8stylist

          one word……Intel.

          they do a lot of the same things in their business practices to maintain a stranglehold on the processor market. that being said, a lot of big businesses (regardless of the country) have been known to do these things, and it would be naive to think that US companies don’t do these things.

          off topic though, anyone find it ironic that North Korea bans cellphone use, but makes software for cellphones?

        • frigadroid

          Agreed many US companies do play dirty too, but thank God they act independently from the US government for the most part and sometimes get caught and punished.
          Over in Thailand the former PM Thaskin Shinawat (interestingly a Eastern Kentucky alumni and I’m sure I spelled it wrong) fleeced the country for billions by making policy to benefit his communications company shin corp. He felt like it was ok, and as he made billions he grew more popular with the poor masses who he would throw a bone once in awhile. Eventually the military overthrew the government and Thailand has been divided in political turmoil ever since.
          It might be fantasy on my part but imho if the cost of food keeps going up and water shortages continue, we might see some more of the uprisings domino from the middle east to asia.

      • Anonymous

        Although my comment and yours are beyond the scope and purpose of a positive-atmosphere T-Mobile fan site what the hell, let’s talk about it. :)

        You are correct, IMHO ALL Asian businesses have a curious way of doing business, to put it politely. (But it’s the extent of PLA ties to Huawei and the methods Huawei uses to conduct business, including military tactics, that Congress has an issue with.)

        I can’t think of a single Asian company that has not in the past been nailed by the U.S. for violating U.S. laws. Worse, many U.S. corp. executives encourage and agree with the foreign way of doing business. E.g., see U.S. execs prosecuted for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act http://www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/fcpa/

        Samsung is included in my memory of Asian scandals of note, e.g. see http://www.justice.gov/atr/cases/f213400/213416.htm

        And I have never forgotten Toshiba indirectly selling technology to the former Soviet Union, to make their subs run quieter (before that we could easily detect Soviet subs because they were noisy as a wheel with rusted ball bearings).

        –end irrelevant comment–

  • Oce

    Looks like Sony Ericsson’s rendition of the G2. Barf. I’ll pass.

  • Nardva

    Can we get some info about some real phones coming to T Mobile? I wanna hear info about the HTC Pyramid or LG Star.

  • Tom

    looks like cheap G2 fake lol

  • Maschwar77

    I played around with a Huawei Ascend and was deeply disappointed. This Chinese-made phone still has a long way to go to meet the quality of Motorola, HTC, and other big names.

  • Android Fan

    Yep a 4.3″ android with LED and dual cams would be a winner about now. I am sick of seeing all those Verizon and Sprint android users with sleek flat smartphones…

  • Android Fan

    Yep a 4.3″ android with LED and dual cams would be a winner about now. I am sick of seeing all those Verizon and Sprint android users with sleek flat smartphones…

    • Joiseyeric

      are you kidding?? the MyTouch 4G isn’t sleek? Or the Vibrant? I’m sure the Verizon and Sprint users are envious of TMO’s lineup as well..the grass is always greener on the other side my friend…

    • Joiseyeric

      are you kidding?? the MyTouch 4G isn’t sleek? Or the Vibrant? I’m sure the Verizon and Sprint users are envious of TMO’s lineup as well..the grass is always greener on the other side my friend…

      • Anonymous

        Except when the person cares more about screen size than an ffc. There is no reason why every carrier should have a 4.3″android but tmo.

  • Anonymous

    in other news, another worthless phone added to tmo already pathetic line up of android phones.

  • Anonymous

    in other news, another worthless phone added to tmo already pathetic line up of android phones.

    • Jazzmanmonty

      i concur. i keep waiting (dreaming) of news that the LG Optimus 3D is coming to tmobile. am i waiting, or dreaming???? huhh

      • Anonymous

        might be a lil bit of both. lol. that why i didnt get my hope up when i heard about the htc pyramid, just cause it showed up in tmo u.k. doesnt mean we’re getting it here in the u.s. at this point even at&t android line up is starting to look real good.

        • ATL Guy

          Oh snap! I’m tellin mike! He’s gonna be pissed…

        • Anonymous

          lmao…

        • Anonymous

          Its real sad when att has a better android selection

        • Anonymous

          it a god damn shame, that what it is.

  • ATL Guy

    CEO Humm says you all want midrange android phones sorry.

    • Anonymous

      and also a boat load of low end mediocre android phones

      • Rage

        ^^^ retard the guy above you just said the EXACT same thing! LMAO

        • Anonymous

          actually his comment only mention midrange phones, while my comment was only about low end phones. look like your teachers took you out your remedial classes a little too early. special needs kids like you can be such a burden and a hassle. cheers : )

    • Anonymous

      and also a boat load of low end mediocre android phones

  • ATL Guy

    CEO Humm says you all want midrange android phones sorry.

  • Anonymous

    I’d bet that this is going to Cinncinati Bell rather that T-Mobile.

  • Someguy

    whoever designed this phone has some brain cell missing

  • Anonymous

    Dear God….so thankful I have a Nexus One with GINGERBREAD! Yeah…that’s right TMO. Keep selling teenmobile crap.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you, so thankful I have the Nexus One with the Latest Gingerbread update. I also have the MyTouch 4G, great phone but nothing will replace my N1, I enjoy it that much. With the great HSPA+ signal in my area I’m getting on average 4000kbps DL and 1400 UL. I’m happy, I would like to see a new device with a dual processor and great specs.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you, so thankful I have the Nexus One with the Latest Gingerbread update. I also have the MyTouch 4G, great phone but nothing will replace my N1, I enjoy it that much. With the great HSPA+ signal in my area I’m getting on average 4000kbps DL and 1400 UL. I’m happy, I would like to see a new device with a dual processor and great specs.

  • Phantomlord

    Don’t like it, it’s a must FAIL

  • SomeOtherGuy

    Is there any talk of another Nexus?

    • None

      I know the other one just came out… but you never know in this industry.

  • Android Fan

    Verizon has Thunderbolt from HTC,
    Sprint has a EVO,
    AT&T has a Atrix.
    Tmobile has…. a lot of catching up.

    • Leo

      Ummmm….the Galaxy S 4g? Where have you been?

  • Anonymous

    vipshopper.us

  • ccc

    i work for huawei and per my sources, this phone is not coming to tmobile

  • Rfg3

    yuck phone

  • mywitheredeye

    Not a fan of hauwei at all. These are great options for the cheapies out there who can’t get past the pricing on g2, mt4g, galexy etc., you know who you are. Luckily for you this particular one seems far more hopeful than what I’ve seen from them thus far :)

  • http://www.luxshop.dk Smykker

    Chek out the flipphone. Its so cool