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AT&T Impulse 4G Android Phone (AT&T)

by AT&T
3 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 4.7 inches, 2.5 inches, 0.46 inches
  • Weight: 4.48 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: UMTS
  • Phone Book Capacity: 100 Entries
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 240 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 240 hours
  • Battery Type: Lithium Ion
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Product Description

Product Description

The Huawei Impulse 4G is an Android smartphone offering fast data speeds on AT&T's HSPA network. This smartphone offers a colorful and intuitive 3.8-inch touch display, 5-megapixel camera with HD video recording, Wi-Fi with mobile hotspot feature, multi-format music player, FM radio, and microSD slot for additional storage. The Impulse 4G is a quad-band GSM device with WCDMA modes for international use, and it offers access to thousands of apps, games, movies, and music on Google's Play Store.

Get a cutting-edge smartphone that runs on AT&T's ultra-fast 4G network at an exceptional value with the AT&T Impulse 4G, which offers the power of the Android 2.2 operating system and a brightly colorful 3.8-inch touchscreen display. The Impulse makes it possible to surf the web, watch videos, check e-mails and stay engaged with social media from a phone at an affordable price.

The affordable Android-powered Impulse 4G from AT&T (view larger).
Impulse 4G
At a Glance:

  • 3G/4G connectivity

  • Android 2.2 OS

  • 800 MHz processor

  • 3.8-inch touchscreen

  • 2 GB microSD card

  • 5-MP camera + HD 720p video capture

  • GPS navigation

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi

  • Stereo Bluetooth

  • Personal/corporate e-mail
At a Glance

And with AT&T's 4G network, you'll enjoy mobile broadband speeds up to 4x faster than AT&T's already fast mobile broadband network (learn more below).

Sporting a 5-megapixel camera, the Impulse 4G can also capture HD 720p videos. Other features include super-speedy Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (with free to AT&T Hotspots across the United States), Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, microSD memory expansion (with included 4 GB microSD card), access to both personal and corporate e-mail, GPS for navigation using Google Maps or the optional AT&T Navigator service, and up to 4 hours of talk time.

Vital Statistics

The AT&T Impulse 4G weighs 4.41 ounces and measures 4.7 x 2.5 x 0.46 inches. Its 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4 hours of talk time, and up to 240 hours (10 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies as well as AT&T's dual-band 4G network (850/1900 MHz; HSPA+/HSDPA/UMTS).

What's in the Box
AT&T Impulse 4G handset, rechargeable battery, USB charger, USB cable, 2 GB microSD card, quick start guide

Android Operating System

The Impulse 4G runs the latest Android operating system--OS 2.2 (aka, Froyo)--which provides a faster overall Android experience as well as greater multitasking capabilities. You'll be able to receive notifications, listen to music, and even record GPS data without keeping the application open. And it features a plethora of new enhancements, including an improved onscreen QWERTY keyboard, full push corporate e-mail, and support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web. It also offers enhanced Exchange support, with Calendar syncing, Global Address Lookup, improved security, auto-discovery, and more.

With integrated Google technology, the Impulse 4G brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services millions use every day, including Google Search by voice, Google Maps with Street View, GTalk instant messaging (with presence capabilities), YouTube, and Picasa. The Impulse 4G also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

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AT&T 4G Network

This phone runs on AT&T's dual-band 850/1900 MHz 4G network (UMTS/HSDPA/HSPA+), and with HSPA+ you'll experience mobile data speeds up to 4x faster than ordinary mobile broadband--up to approximately 6 Mbps (download). AT&T has deployed HSPA+ to virtually 100 percent of its mobile broadband network, which enables 4G speeds when combined with enhanced backhaul (via Ethernet or fiber).

Backhaul is one of the major pieces of a telecommunications network. Think of it as the limbs connecting AT&T's cell towers with AT&T's backbone network that provides access to the Internet.

Coming later in 2011, AT&T will deliver a second layer of 4G network called LTE (Long Term Evolution) that is even faster than HSPA+ speeds.

In areas where either AT&T's 3G or 4G network is not available, you'll continue to receive service on the AT&T EDGE network, which offers availability in more than 13,000 US cities and along some 40,000 miles of major highways.

Note: AT&T's 4G mobile broadband coverage is not available in all areas. 4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul; availability increasing with ongoing backhaul deployment.

Optional AT&T Services

AT&T Navigator: This premium GPS navigation application includes audible turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic updates and re-routing options, and 3D moving maps (additional charges applicable). AT&T Navigator offers several other features to make your commute more enjoyable and reliable, including mobile access to You'll be able to find the closes ATM, restaurant, gas station, Wi-Fi hotspot and more with over 10 million business listings.

AT&T FamilyMap: Locate any phone indoors or outdoors on the AT&T Network. FamilyMap provides peace of mind by being able to conveniently locate a family member from your wireless phone or PC and know that your family's information is secure and private. Want to verify that your child arrives home from school each day? Set up a Schedule Check to automatically get location information sent to you via text message or email.


  • Ultra-fast 4G connectivity via AT&T's HSPA+ network (with enhanced backhaul). Where 4G isn't available, your phone will connect with AT&T's 3G network.
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes communication headset, hands-free car kits, and A2DP audio streaming Bluetooth profiles.
  • Onboard GPS for navigation (using pre-loaded Google Maps or optional AT&T Navigator) and location services

Google Integration

  • Android 2.2 OS (Froyo)
  • Android Market for browsing and downloading thousands of free and paid apps
  • Preloaded Android apps: Browser, Calculator, Calendar (Google or Corporate), Camera, Clock, Contacts, Email, Gallery, Messaging, Music, News & Weather, Phone, Settings, Video Player, Voice Dialer, Voice Search, YouTube
  • Google applications: Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Maps, Google Places, Google Talk
  • Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination

Communications & Internet

  • Full HTML browser (Webkit 5) with Flash 10.1 Support
  • Personal and corporate e-mail access with support for Exchange ActiveSync as well as personal e-mail accounts (Google push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP).
  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video and IM instant messaging
  • Virtual QWERTY keyboard


  • 800 MHz Scorpion single-core processor (Qualcomm MSM 7230) capable of opening web pages twice as fast as most other smartphones.
  • Powerful Adreno 205 graphics processor for crisp colors and silky-smooth 3D gaming graphics.
  • 3.8-inch multi-touch display (480 x 800 pixels, 262K colors) with accelerometer plus proximity sensor.
  • MicroUSB port
  • Removable battery


  • Rear 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, auto-focus, and geo-tagging capabilities.
  • HD video recording capabilities (HD 720p quality)


  • Music player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC/AAC+
  • Video player compatible with MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV
  • 3.5mm headphone jack


  • 512 MB internal memory
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • 2 GB included microSD card

More Features

  • Speakerphone for hands-free communication.
  • Hearing aid compatibility: M3, T3
  • TTY compatible


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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 2.5 x 0.5 inches ; 4.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B005NABCB8
  • Item model number: Impulse 4G by AT&T
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,452 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

I switched from a Blackberry and wonder why it took so long. I am a google chrome, gmail, etc user, as well as Amazon - so the Android system is great. Couldn't be happier.
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So far I am very impressed with all the bells and whistles the Impulse offers. I use my phone for light browsing, photos, mp3s, texting and the occasional phone call. But with this phone I could easily I can see myself stepping up with social media applications, and to rent and watch movies or shows.

-Easy set up
-The phone comes with an upgradeable 2GB memory card.
-It holds a charge for several days depending on use
-The speaker is the best quality I've come across in a phone. It even gets loud.
-The built in flash and quick camera speed produces sharp and quality photos.
-The app store is very easy to navigate and the browsing speed is incomparable, I had Netflix up and running in seconds. There is even a preloaded book app with access to Google's massive public domain library
-Phone calls are clear

-It comes with a lot of pre-loaded apps, so you have to get used to a lot of scrolling.
-It locks itself within seconds and utilizes a drag and drop to unlock (which takes some getting used to and some may find irritating). And you also have top drag to answer calls.

-I only have one big CON. After a few days the touch screen simply stopped responding. I couldn't even answer incoming calls.

I purchased the phone through ATT wireless so I already have a replacement phone in route. I'm hoping it's a fluke because so far I really love the phone and hope to update this review and rating.

Update 12/15: Had new phone two weeks now and no issues. Still working great!!
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I upgraded from the iPhone 3GS to this and I'm very impressed, overall I believe that the Impulse wins out of a match against the 3GS, but that's just my opinion. I'm no fanboy by the way, but I do prefer Android over Apple any day.
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My "dumb phone" was on the fritz. I needed a new one and decided it was time to upgrade to a smart phone. I still had 4 months on my contract and I was going to have to pay $250 for the iphone. The salesman showed my the Impulse and I decided to get it. I love it! It does everything an iphone does. The only downside is that I'm having trouble finding an Otterbox (or something simmilar) to protect it.
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This is the 4th android device I have owned and easily the most unreliable and unusable one.

Phone constantly locks up on me or has regular issues. In only two weeks of usage here are some of the more common issues:
* Google maps will lock up.
* Turning on the wifi gives 'data errors'
* Checking for updates from AT&T gives 'receive fail... because of some error in the network'
* SD card often not recognized
* Regular 'App "X" is no longer working Force Close' prompts.
* Can not power off cleanly (It locks at the power off screen necessitating a battery removal)
* Market place apps will not download/update
* Text messages will not be delivered
* PC will not recognize when it is plugged in to the USB cable
* Gmail notifications don't arrive

All of these symptoms will disappear if enough reboots are performed - usually 4 or 5. But before long they will return.

A factory reset did not clear these issues up. Symptoms occur on both data and wifi connections.

Less critical but highly irritating are the ways that AT&T mod'd the Android OS

* There are a fair amount of pre-installed crapware on this, not only do the the loathed Layar and YP Yellow Pages make a return but there are several AT&T titles some of which require paid subscriptions to fully activate.

* Several of the apps constantly remain running in the background : Layar, AT&T Hot Spots, Facebook, Twitter, AT&T update are all running and can not ever be turned off.

This phone is essentially completely worthless to me - even if I had gotten it for free it's just not worth the massive amount of time lost into getting it to work and headaches it has induced.
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I got this phone from my local AT&T store when my contract was renewed. It was only $30.00 with an upgrade, and I figured for an Android, it's a total bargain!
Within a week of using the Impulse 4G it began to randomly turn itself off and restart, sometimes in the middle of a phone call or text message. Unlocking the phone, even when all my apps were closed, would cause the phone to freeze. It was slow ALL the time, texting/writing emails took forever, and don't even bother trying to use the internet on this phone. The camera is very poor; it never focuses and the placement of the capture button is just idiotic and makes taking pics tricky. Plenty of my pictures and videos have disappeared out of the blue. I'll go through my album and see a pic of friends then POOF, next minute it's deleted from my phone. After every pic I took I had to email it to myself, just in case.

I took it to my AT&T store to see what the problem was. There was no physical or water damage and no viruses or bad applications had been downloaded. Basically, there was nothing to fix because the phone itself is of very poor quality. I was eligible for a warranty because I only had the phone for 4 months. I got a new one in the mail free of charge and sent the old one back. I've had the new phone for a week and guess what's been happening to it? Just like its predecessor, it began to turn off and restart out of nowhere. It LOVES to freeze.
The new phone is faster, but I should have gotten a different phone instead of making the same mistake. I better start saving up now if I want to afford a better Android by the time this one breaks down.
My advice: PASS.

EDIT: AT&T censors their reviews and omits anything they find too negative. They rejected both my review and my father's, so be aware of that when shopping around for a phone on their website.
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