Huawei has announced that its first Windows Phone 8 phone, W1, can be expected in Walmart’s online and retail stores this month. The U.S. carrier that will offer the Huawei W1 will be TracFone. The phone is also known as the Ascend W1.
It’s not officially announced that TracFone will be the one to offer Huawei W1. However, the phone’s image (above) with TracFone’s logo on it, fact that Walmart, which sells TracFone’s devices, will be offering it and that in February, Huawei’s Ascend W1 surfaced at the FCC with TracFone’s branding, is proving exactly that. The TracFone will offer it through one of its prepaid brands, Straight Talk or Net10, or maybe through both.
Huawei W1 features a 4-inch IPS LCD (800 x 480) display protected with Gorilla Glass, a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel camera with focus, LED flash and 720p video recording, 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 1.7GB of internal memory, and microSD cards slot for expanding storage up to 32GB. The battery life provides up to 320 hours of standby time.
Huawei W1 will be compatible with $45 unlimited monthly plan or $60 unlimited international plan, if offered with Straight Talk’s prepaid service. The $45 plan includes unlimited talk, text and data (international texting is supported only on Android phones). The $60 unlimited international plan includes unlimited international calling in addition, that’s recently limited to some point. Data on Straight Talk are throttled on a case-by-case basis, which means that there is no a specific data cap. Somewhere between 100MB per day or 2GB per month of data is a limit.
The Net10 plans are available for $50 and $65 per month but if customers go for auto-pay option, the plans are $5 cheaper and therefore, same as Straight Talk plans.
When precisely TracFone Huawei W1 will be available on Walmart or how much it will cost is not known. We only know that the Huawei’s first Windows Phone 8 smartphone is coming to the U.S. this month.
Source: Phone Scoop