I ordered one online for store pickup. The BB pickup counter clerk didn't ask me to activate, just sign the sales receipt and go. I walked over to the cell phone department and didn't see this model on display.
Yes, you can use the phone without activating or signing up with MetroPCS. Just tap 'skip' on all the options during initial boot-up. First boot-up is kind of slow, but future ones are really quick ('fast boot' option is preset to 'on'). You can even skip the Gmail address initially, although if you want to use the Play Store, you'll need to sign in.
The phone has a stock Android 4.1.1 OS and a nice selection of pre-installed apps (49). I believe the phone has 768MB of RAM, but system settings say 373MB in use, 275MB free (that's 648MB total). Of the claimed 4GB on-board memory, system settings says 52MB used, 1.1GB free. I dropped a 8GB microSD card in the phone with my tunes and the Play Music app found it.
Headphone volume can get quite loud and the speaker can distort slightly with music at max volume. The camera is just OK, with no autofocus, but objects 4" away are in focus.
elTom said: Thank you for response. Ca you also tell me if this phone is equipped in compass ? It has GPS, so you can use a free app like GPS Test to see heading, etc. You can plot a course using the stock Google Maps while on wifi, but since you need data to update the map during the trip, you'll need cellular service (or a portable hotspot).
Looks like a good deal to me. If you live in a MetroPCS area and need a new phone, this is a lot nicer than the flip phones you typically see in this price range. If you just need an inexpensive music or video player, it is hard to beat this for the price. Really, look around at what kind of multimedia device you can find in this price range before you bash this deal.
A few years ago I picked up one of the Cricket ZTE Score phones that I had to perform some voodoo on to get working with Page Plus at this price, and was very happy with it, and it didn't have nearly the capability of this. I used the ZTE for a while as a phone, and for a very long time in my car as a replacement for an ancient Ipod, and other than the kind of crappy stock music app it came with, it was perfect for that duty.
A couple more notes as I try things out on this phone.
- I installed the Talkatone app and have made and received wifi phone calls to the handset (Googlevoice number). No SIM is installed.
- AppMgr III says that I can't move apps from on-board memory to the SD card: said: "The device does not have a real primary external storage, or the primary external storage is emulated. Moving app to SD function cannot be supported by this device." - There is no full manual in the package. You can download it here .
T-Mobile MVNO sim did not work in this phone, although that SIM works in locked T-Mobile phones.
This is a GSM phone but network locked to MetroPCS. Huawei Model Number is Y301-A1 (useful if you are looking to buy an unlock code from a website) 2G: 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz UMTS: AWS(1700) /850/1900 MHz
I've posted this info here because when I googled for this phone, the info on most websites was incorrect(some had even mentioned it as a CDMA phone).
I picked from the store today, and my existing T-Mobile balance is able to transfer to this phone. I really like the phone, and regret not to buy the last Huawei valiant phone still available on the store self with $29.99 Thank you
gingerly said: I picked from the store today, and my existing T-Mobile balance is able to transfer to this phone.
What do you mean "able to transfer T-Mobile balance"?! This phone is LOCKED to MetroPCS and tmobile sim card does not work with it (unless you find way to unlock it).
BTW, some things people should know of this phone before jumping on it:
-: The back camera is fixed-focus camera! WTF, 2007 was probably the last year when this was ok. But nowadays, the camera is useless for things we get to expect, like: scan product barcode (UPC) and do price check in store or deposit check to your bank/paypal by taking a snapshot of it. Can't do it, not with this camera.
-: It does not have front camera, so no video calls
-: Has no camera flash (can't used be as flashlight)
+: The GPS on this thing is good (gets fix in reasonable time with no WiFi nor cell signal)
+: It has a color status indicator (sleep status LED can show different colors depending on notifications pending)
got this phone a week ago, the camera has a zoom (probably digital), its not a good reseluiton thou 3 mp. phone is very nice and fast processing. the colors are sharper than my Atrix-2 for sure. just got it unlocked for $ 4.05 from eBay, and tested it on AT&T and Lycamobile both works, perhaps unable to root it but unlocked it ok, battery gives very decent time, I am actually going to sell my atrix-2 and keep this one, camera is the only thing that makes u think twice other than that awsome phone for the price. just my 2 cents.
I've got the phone and it's pretty nice. What makes it even nicer that i was able to GSM unlock it for 4$ Initially found a guy on e-bay - he is from UK, but then he gave me his web page and i got the unlock code. He have sent me a 4 16 digit numbers. Instructions where to use the first one but the first one did not work. I've contacted him and got following response: I am sorry to hear that code didn't work;
It could be due to the Jelly bean or latest android upgrade, as all unlock codes comes from official supplier.
As always there are some exceptions to the rules. So in-case your unlock code has not worked the first time. Please backup your data on the phone and perform a full factory reset from settings menu and re-enter the code after restart.
After reset if the first 16 digit code failed please enter the other codes one by one. As one of them should work.
So i went in to recovery (Power-off, Vul-UP & power on) did factory reset, then started entering all the numbers one by one out of the 4 he have sent. The 3rd one worked.
To test put a T-Mobile SIM that didn't work before and got service and even 3G, which really surprised me because I thought this is an AT& network specific phone.
The guys contact info is: R Khan +44 792 3038 222 http://www.BurjTech.co.uk Save 5%, BTD5
you have to register on his web site to get 5% off, also i don't see why would you want 5% off 4$
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