- Size (LWH): 4.57 inches, 0.49 inches, 2.46 inches
- Weight: 4.96 ounces
- Network Compatibility: GSM
T-Mobile Comet Prepaid Android Phone (T-Mobile)
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- Affordable smartphone powered by Android 2.2 with 2.8-inch touchscreen display and Wi-Fi/USB tethering capabilities
- Enabled for T-Mobile's 3G network; Pay as You Go with prepaid and monthly data plans
- 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder; Bluetooth stereo music; microSD memory expansion; music and video player; FM radio
- Up to 9 hours of talk time, up to 288 hours (12 days) of standby time; released in November, 2010
- What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, quick start guide
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The highly affordable and easily pocketable Android-powered T-Mobile Comet is a great a great choice for those transitioning to the world of smartphones. This 3G-enabled smartphone features a 2.8-inch touchscreen display, 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder, a fast 528 MHz processor, and the latest Android operating system (version 2.2, also referred to as "Froyo"). And with prepaid and postpaid calling plans from T-Mobile Pay As You Go, you'll be able to pay the way you want without being tied down to a monthly contract (learn more about prepaid services below).
The affordable, Android-powered T-Mobile Comet smartphone (see larger image).
With integrated Google technology, the Comet brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services millions use every day, including Google Search by Voice, YouTube and Picasa. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate email, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to over 100,000 useful applications, widgets and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.
Enabled for T-Mobile's high-speed 3G network, the Comet offers fast data delivery and an enhanced Web-browsing experience that lets you connect quickly to social networking sites. And this 3G-enabled mobile phone will benefit from the enhanced speeds of T-Mobile's upgraded HSPA+ network, which offers speeds close to 4G connectivity and is being rolled out nationwide (read more about HSPA+ below).
You can also take advantage of T-Mobile's nationwide 3G network and share the Comet's mobile broadband connectivity with your laptop or tablet while on the go using either a tethered USB connection or creating a Wi-Fi Hotspot with your phone that other Wi-Fi-enabled devices can connect to.
Other features include GPS for navigation using Google Maps and accessing location-based services, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, microSD memory expansion (to 32 GB with optional cards), digital media player for music and video, integrated FM radio, an HTML web browser, and up to 9 hours of talk time.
Create a Wi-Fi HotSpot so multiple people can take advantage of T-Mobile's mobile broadband network (see larger image).
- Fast 3G connectivity via T-Mobile's HSDPA/UMTS network. (1700/2100 MHz bands, UMTS/HSDPA; see more about T-Mobile's 3G service below)
- Quad-band GSM connectivity for good global voice roaming.
- Powered by the Android 2.2 operating system with deep integration of Google services and access to thousands of apps to customize your phone via the Android Market.
- 528 MHz processor
- Built-in GPS for real-time location on maps, driving directions, and more (additional charges may apply)
- Google Maps Navigation (Beta) provides free, pre-loaded turn-by-turn voice guidance. Powered by Google and requiring an Internet connection, it enables you to simply say "Navigate to [your destination]" to get on your way. See live traffic, use Street View or satellite imagery to view your route, and get access to the most recent maps and business information from Google Maps without ever needing to update your device.
- 2.8-inch touchscreen display (320 x 240 pixels, 262K color depth)
- Onscreen keyboard
- 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder with up to 2.8x digital zoom and multiple shooting modes
- Digital media player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files plus MPEG4 and H.264/H.263 video formats.
- FM radio
- Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.0) includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP Bluetooth profile--enabling you to wirelessly stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones or speaker dock.
- Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
- Tethering and mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot capabilities enable you to share your phone's connection to the T-Mobile 3G network with other devices, such as a laptop or tablet (additional charges applicable).
- Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
- Text (SMS) and picture/video (MMS) messaging
- Access to popular instant messaging services
- Access to personal and work e-mail (supports Microsoft Exchange corporate e-mail)
- HTML Web browser
- Organizer tools including calendar, voice memo, calculator, and alarm
- Airplane mode allows you to listen to music while the cellular connectivity is turned off
- USB connectivity with mass storage and charging capabilities
- 3.5mm headset/headphone jack
- TTY capable
The T-Mobile Comet weighs 3.6 ounces and measures 4.1 x 2.2 x 0.5 inches. Its 1200 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 9 hours of talk time, and up to 288 hours (12 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies, as well as T-Mobile's 3G network (1700/2100 MHz).
What's in the Box
T-Mobile Comet handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, quick start guide
With Pay As You Go, you get wireless service exactly how you like it--there's no long-term contract, no credit checks, and no surprises. Add $100 in refills with Pay As You Go and you'll become a Gold Rewards customer, which gets you 15 percent more minutes on all refills and your minutes won't expire for a year after the time you refill.
See T-Mobile's coverage map.
You can also pay only $1.00 per day for unlimited nights and unlimited nationwide calling to any T-Mobile number. All other domestic calls you make are just 10¢ per minute.
T-Mobile includes the following services with this T-Mobile Pay As You Go phone:
- Nationwide long distance (including calls to Alaska and Hawaii)
- National roaming on the T-Mobile USA network
- t-zones (browsing for HiFi Ringers, MegaTones, wallpapers, and more; not available on all devices)
- VoiceMail, caller ID, call waiting, three-way calling
- Free e-mail address (email@example.com)
- Text messaging ($0.10 to send, $0.5 to receive)
- Picture messaging ($0.25 to send or receive)
- Download ringtones and wallpaper (prices vary)
- Download games and applications (prices vary)
- 411 & More directory assistance ($1.79 per call plus airtime)
- International dialing to over 150 countries (international rates apply)
- Prepaid international roaming rates
To keep your mobile number active, refill within 90 days after your minutes expire. After 90 days, your account will be canceled and you will lose your phone number. If you want to restart service after that time, you will need to activate new service.High-Speed 3G Data Connectivity
In addition to its quad-band GSM connectivity, this phone is also compatible with T-Mobile's UMTS/HSDPA 3G network, which operates on the 1700/2100 MHz AWS spectrum. This phone is designed to automatically connect to the best available network (3G or GSM/GPRS/EDGE) to provide faster data speeds when accessing the Web.
In areas where the 3G network is not available, you'll continue to receive service on the via T-Mobile's EDGE network (which stands for "Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution"). This high-speed, mobile data and Internet access technology is fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services (with average data speeds between 75-135Kbps), including full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and e-mail on the go.
As of November, 2010, T-Mobile has upgraded its traditional 3G network to HSPA+ in 75 major metropolitan areas across the U.S., with plans to continue rolling out this network upgrade throughout 2011. With typical download speeds that are on par with or faster than competing 4G technologies, T-Mobile's HSPA+ network provides fast data speeds--up to 3 times faster than AT&T and Verizon's standard 3G networks--while allowing simultaneous voice and data capabilities for the ultimate wireless voice and data experience. You'll enjoy faster Web browsing, uninterrupted video streaming, and quicker app downloads.
T-Mobile's 4G mobile broadband network (powered by HSPA+) provides a theoretical capability of up to 21 Mbps peak download speeds, with average download speeds typically in the 5 to 8 Mbps range.
While this 3G-enabled mobile device doesn't offer HSPA+ compatibility, it can benefit from enhanced speeds when connecting to the HSPA+ network today.
Top Customer Reviews
Most "smart phones" I have previously tried had annoyed me by being either a little too cheesy or way too expensive. There are a lot of impressive touchscreen phones which always made me think, "that thing could be WAY cheaper if only they toned down the features somewhat." There are also some super-cheap touchscreen phones which made me think, "this phone could be a lot better with only some minor improvements".
The Comet seems to be in the lonely area right in the middle, where the the quality is just barely good enough to handle the most work likely to be thrown at it by most people. And for that, the price is well below all of those "Cadillac-of-phones" phones.
The Comet's acceptable features:
It's not a very high resolution (240x320), but the pixel size is larger than average. So it isn't as large and sharp as better phones, but you still get a good deal more physical space than "normal" phones.
It uses the "capacitative" type, which means it is a completely solid surface which (somehow) knows when fingers are physically touching it. It does not use the cheaper "resistive" type, which have a flexible surface which must be pressed down to work. It isn't quite as perfectly sensitive as an iPhone, but much more reliable than resistive screens which have different levels of resistance in different locations.
The medium screen size might be a little annoying for tapping, but this phone uses "Swype" typing. Plunk your finger on the first letter, then drag your finger all over the keyboard to each letter you want, and the magic Swype system figures out which word you want to spell.Read more ›
Since my original review I have received a couple of comments informing me that T-Mobile has dropped their web daypass option. Furthermore over the past year there has been an explosion of cheap android phones released to be used on cheap pre-paid plans. Given these two changes to the market since my original review, I no longer feel that the T-Mobile Comet represents the best value in this segment and have lowered my rating to a merely "average" 3 stars.
Between home and the office, I spend a lot of time within reach of a land line and a computer with internet access. So as much as I may have wanted a smart phone previously, I just haven't been able to justify spending upwards of $80 a month for one. I've been waiting a long time for a carrier to offer a smart phone with a pay-as-you-go pricing model - and after about two weeks of use I can say that I am very happy with the T-Mobile Comet.
I've been using T-Mobile's 10 cents per minute pre-paid plan for several years - previously with a cheap, extremely basic Samsung t209 phone. While I wouldn't really call T-Mobile's call quality or coverage "great", I would definitely say that it has been "good enough" for me while living around Boston and San Francisco, and the price has certainly been reasonable. Historically I have spent about $10 to $12 per month on average on my cell phone bill. I also have family members on the same plan who spend even less.
A lot of reviews that compare the Comet to iPhones or other Android phones that can be purchased for $100 to $200 dollars (or even for free) along with an expensive post-paid plan and a two year commitment really seem to miss the point.Read more ›
I previously had a RAZR phone (which I loved), but wanted a device with more features. My favorite thing about the RAZR was that it's size and weight were very comfortable in my pocket (a guy thing). This phone is just a tiny bit larger and heavier than a RAZR, but it's not noticable. I can walk around with this phone in my pocket all day and not even notice it. I just removed the SIM card from my RAZR, and inserted it into this phone. Your phone number, prepaid minutes, and account don't change.
Now to the phone. I've had this phone for about 6 weeks and I'm very happy with it. Like I said, I keep it in my pocket, but this phone has a glass screen so your keys etc won't scratch it. No screen protector is needed. Also, the fit/finish on the phone is very good. The battery door shuts tight (no rattles), the buttons seem firm, and the connectors (micro usb and headphones) are tight and connect well. My only complaint would be the placement of the volume buttons. When I first got the phone, I tended to press them whenever I held the phone, but this is something I'm getting used to.
The call quality is great, and the speakerphone is easy to use. The phone also supports an in call dialer so you can enter PINs etc during a call.
The main reason I got this phone was to replace my MP3 player. The phone OS (Android) has a built in music player and FM radio. Both work very well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Does not do anything I want and does not evem take the T-Mobile sim card that I havePublished 18 months ago by kaniala adolpho
We ordered on Friday before the Christmas with regular shipping method, but this arrived only within 2 business days! It's working perfect for $30!!Published 18 months ago by HC
Phone arrived on time and as advertised, looks almost brand new. I have had the phone for about a month and no problems noticed.Published 19 months ago by Carlos
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