T-Mobile Launches Psuedo-Android “Smartphone” Huawei Summit

We’ve had some pretty good indicators that the Huawei Summit would be available before the end of October and that appears to be the case, and its certainly an interesting take on the Android platform. The Huawei Summit is for all intents and purposes, a feature phone with a stripped down Android OS base that lacks Google services. The Summit is 3G capable, 3.5″ HVGA touchscreen feature/smartphone, with Wi-Fi calling enabled, visual voicemail, Email (no exchange), FM Tuner, TeleNav GPS and a 3 megapixel camera. We’re told that the Huawei Summit will be available for both postpaid and prepaid accounts and will not require a data plan.

Our takeaway on the Huawei Summit is that it’s a lower-tier device targeted for Teenagers and those of you with minimal mobile needs. In any case, it’s available from T-Mobile.com for $49.99 starting today.

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  • http://twitter.com/soviet4ever alex

    Why?

  • qpinto

    teenagers with limited mobile needs? tmobile, are you crazy? if it cant get the current social media on it, its pointless. you might as well name this a phone for old people.

    • fixxmyhead

      nah even if i had a teenage kid i still wouldnt buy them this garbage

    • srr79

      The phone has a full html browser. There is no reason why teenagers or anyone else for that matter can’t use the websites. They don’t need to be able to download the app just to use FB or Twitter.

      • Elizabeth

        But what about games, huh? And what if teenagers or kids want to download some games? What are they supposed to do? Not EVERYTHING is about FB or Twitter.

  • hogasswild

    With all the cyber security concern about Huawei, T-Mobile provides this phone?

  • theking_13

    I honestly don’t know anyone who would get this phone. Hell, even if you’re poor, there’s better phones for $25 for a 2 year contract.

    This phone is just embarrassing to own.

  • MuthaFuckinStephen

    We’ll just pretend the camera isn’t there.

  • srr79

    I love how everyone that comments on these articles seems to know exactly what T-Mobile does and why. I love to read all the negative, yet ignorant and naive remarks left. Phones like this play an important role. As a sales manager we love these phones. Elderly people who want internet without the frills, people who like simplicity in a device, or those first time phone owners who’s parents don’t want to pay for a 2GB data plan or worry about apps that are being downloaded. So while you may be a GS3 lover or an iPhone lover or some other high end device seeker, let’s try to leave the negativity out! This phone fills a niche that was needing to be filled in the feature phone arena.

    • thepanttherlady

      I agree. It’s nice to see new options available for those that prefer these types of devices even if we, ourselves, wouldn’t purchase them.

    • squiggleslash

      I’m not sure the naysayers are entirely wrong here though.

      Removing the Google stuff from an Android device doesn’t make it “simpler” per-se, because most of the Google stuff is designed to make using your device simpler and easier. Everything’s synced, adding apps is easy, all you have to do is enter one username and password when you set up the phone and that’s the end of the process, for the most part. Sure, you can make it more complex, you can decide you’re going to install Twitter or Google+ or whatever, but there’s nothing pushing you into doing that, and if you do, well, it’s still a whole lot simpler than if you tried doing that via Applib or side-loading. (Teenagers can’t seriously be the market BTW, unless there are social networking apps hidden in the phone somewhere. Sure, there are “web apps”, but none feature little details like… notifications.)

      Beyond giving T-Mobile an excuse not to force people into a data plan with this phone, I don’t really see what it has over similarly priced Google-enabled alternatives. It’s still expensive, at $250 (or $50 on high-priced contract.) There are better ways of attracting people who do not want to pay excessive monthly rates that do not involve selling them “simplified” phones where the “simplification” is the removal of the features that make the device user friendly.

    • lew

      i’ve been waiting on a phone like this. touchscreen, but doesn’t require data plan. has wi-fi if i want to get on the net. my daughter has an iphone 4 – requires data plan but also has wi-fi to save from going over her data limit. so someone tell me again why i would not want this particular phone. no data charges but can use the wi-fi for data if i wish for free. sounds like a good phone for me. just signed contract for 3 of them.

    • Cleverly Named Prod.

      most people get talked into buying this phone not realizing whats missing. Complete scam phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jeffj1976 Jeffrey W Jones

    Whose more stupid, the fools that buy this? Or tmobile for releasing it? I’m gonna say both. And yes, it’s cheaper. But so is a galaxy s2. I have a 32gb galaxy s3. Remember people. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! And no teenager would not want this. Teens want what’s hip. And hauwei is NOT hip.

    • Daibidh

      There’s a big difference between want and need. I think something like this could be a reasonable compromise for many, regardless of age group. I can conceivably see rewarding my teen with a more capable phone but I’d hope they’d prefer something more than a dead hunk of hip hardware.

  • MistaSmoove

    It’s an experiment. We all know the prepaid market is seeing tremendous growth as a sandbox in the current economic climate…everyone from Republic to Walmart is experimenting to find the greatest sweet spot of data, voice and price at a time when many can’t afford their traditional cellphone bill. Samsung’s GSII is seeing great sell-through as the hottest phone on quite a few MVNOs, while on a traditional carrier it would now be rated a ‘meh’ compared to the latest and coming offerings. Assuming Tmobile and MetroPCS are a done deal, what kind of competitive advantage can be scrounged up to keep prepaid momentum going? Has anyone noticed that besides LTE packages, most MVNOs are squeezing margins to keep competitive? MetroPCS uses an outside marketing company to prop up sales at dealerships because dealers are feeling the squeeze of all the other value MVNOs that have stores up the street and around the corner…I speak from personal experience for this in the Northeastern US. -SO- what’s the next big competitive advantage? Cheaper phones that can leverage profit-saving data plans. I’m sure all you tech-savvy readers know you can pick up marginally-to-excellently-spec’d android tabs from China through a bunch of web-middlemen for dirt-cheap prices. The issue is that most of these tabs don’t come with Google’s blessing, so no Play Store for you. We all know about side-loading apps and the plethora of alternatives to the Play Store, and enough people bite to keep these middlemen in business. My gut says that Google hasn’t said anything about it because these manufacturers are too small and too far away…but try that model on a cellphone???? In the U.S. market????? By one of the major carriers????? Now it gets interesting.
    There’s a reason this is not a Samsung, HTC, Motorola or LG phone. It’s a damn bold move that’s more of a gamble than established U.S. players need to take. The experiment is not just to see how many poor techies out there will bite on a phone that smells to me like a Samsung Vitality for $50, it’s to see what Mountainview’s reaction will be…unless some sort of limited license was worked out between Google and Hwawei. If Mountainview is placid I think this phone won’t shine on contract for $50, it will be a defining moment for the prepaid market and we’ll see a bastion of phones that will be heavier on specs and lighter on os–phones that will need to tweaked to deliver a great experience. Priced sub-$100 on prepaid and paired with a cheap data/voice plan, under-os’d smartphones might be a new window for drawing customers. Tmobile’s still betting on new ways to deliver more for less and Hwawei needs to become more of a household U.S. brand in order to grow in the market and introduce more high-end self-branded phones that increase their profit margin and leverage their reduced manufacturing costs…while combatting their current PR issues. What remains to be seen is what the consumers and Mountainview think, and admittedly the gamble could’ve been made on a phone with a little more oomph in the specs department, perhaps proof the corporate is aware that it’s a decent gamble.

    …Unless sideloading is locked and the whole thing is like a freaking Sidekick. Then I have no freaking clue what this phone is doing on the market because there’s no way any self-respecting teenager is gonna be fooled into a phone that can’t download social apps or play games. Anybody know a teenager that is NOT on Facebook???This would be the phone to get your teenager who’s on “house arrest” and you need them to seriously think about who they’re hanging out with or what they’re doing wrong.

  • ceegii63

    Teenagers with minimal mobile needs… what this phone’s target crowd are Amish teenagers???

  • Yuuuuppp!!!!

    Love it!!! finally have an answer for those who want touch screen phones but dont use data!!!

    • lew

      exactly why i’m getting 3 of these on my contract!! do not need or want the data plan – just want a touch screen phone!! not all us of want to be on the web all the time and if we do, it has wi-fi which suits us just fine!! don’t care about the camera – hardly ever used the one on the phone i have.

  • Larry

    This is a nice phone. Seems like the best you can get anymore without being required to purchase a Data Plan with the phone. I don’t need one, but I still like the idea of having a smart phone. Its capable of using Wi-Fi calling for one, which is free to use anywhere in the US. But why should I have to pay for a Data Plan for my phone when I’m going to use data services on my own Wi-Fi connection which I’m already paying for? I’d definately have bought a Samsung Galaxy if the costly Data plans weren’t required with the purchase of the phone. Really $70.00 extra for 24 months? That’s like paying $1640 in adition to $150 for the phone. Almost $2000 for phone? Ridiculous. This phone is $50.00 once, a big difference.

  • Larry

    I’ve seen the other phones that don’t require a data plan. They are garbage. The cameras on them are horrible. The market for new phones and cell companies are forcing people to buy smart phones because they are the only decent phones you can normally get now. My phone that’s three years old is awesome complered to the other phones that don’t require data plans.

  • Larry

    *complered-compared

  • Elizabeth

    So, basically, my mom thought that this phone had games on it and everything and thought it was perfect for her teenage daughter. But I guess it’s not. Removing Google Play Store from a phone does not make it “simpler” or whatever. Thats just jacked up. AND there’s no flash for the camera…Just SIMPLY AMAZING!!!! Dang…Stupid people these days. Can’t put REGULAR details on boxes of phones. You should’ve just put on the box “NO FLASH FOR CAMERA!!!” or “NO GOOGLE PLAY STORE APP!!!!” That way, people won’t have to spend their money for their teenage daughters on crap…Thank you for reading my opinion…