If you've been vehemently opposed to purchasing a smartphone due to their high cost, you're running out of excuses. MetroPCS officially launched its latest Android device, the Huawei M835, for a promotional price of $80 without a contract (it'll normally retail for $130). The M835 -- also known as the Ideos -- is a petite handset that uses a 2.8-inch QVGA display, runs on Froyo and has a 3.2 megapixel camera with video capture. It also offers room for a 32GB microSD card, if needed. Obviously, we're not expecting the greatest performance here, but it's a viable option for first-time buyers and anyone who doesn't hunger for the latest and greatest phone specs. Between this and the Ascend II coming out this week, it's looking like the prepaid march is gaining serious steam.

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MetroPCS Offers Back to School Bargains on New Android Smartphones and Feature Phones

DALLAS – (July 12, 2011) – High schoolers, college students and parents can have it all this back to school season with a variety of phones at great prices from MetroPCS Communications Inc. (NYSE: PCS), including the new Huawei M835 Android smartphone, retailing for $79, and the Samsung Freeform III, retailing for $49. With unlimited talk, text and Web service plans starting at just $40 per month, including all applicable taxes and regulatory fees, going back to school with MetroPCS means students and parents don't have to stretch their budgets now or for the rest of the year in order to have the latest in apps, entertainment and organizational tools essential for the school year.

MetroPCS' Huawei M835, powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo), is perfect for first-time smartphone users or those who want a smartphone on a budget. Loaded with DTS EnveloTM Virtual Sound Technology, the M835 delivers crisp and clear audio for music, entertainment and gaming. With access to more than 100,000 applications on the Android MarketTM, the Huawei M835 is a mobile entertainment center for the most plugged-in students. The SWYPE-enabled Huawei M835 also includes GPS navigation, 3.2 megapixel camera with video capabilities and an MP3 Music Player. All of these features are available with MetroPCS' $50 smartphone service plan, including all applicable taxes and regulatory fees – about half the cost of smartphone service plans available from other carriers today.

Another great back to school choice is the affordable, new Samsung Freeform III, which keeps students' social lives in full swing with unlimited messaging, email and access to social networks. Featuring a QWERTY keypad, 1.3 megapixel camera and MP3 music player, the Samsung Freeform III is available on MetroPCS' $40, $45 or $50 monthly service plans, which include all applicable taxes and regulatory fees.

In addition to launching its new Huawei M835 and Samsung Freeform III phones, MetroPCS is offering special back to school promotional pricing on the Kyocera Torino (retailing for $29), Samsung Messenger III (retailing for $69), Samsung Galaxy Indulge (retailing for $299), and LG Optimus M (retailing for $99).

"MetroPCS understands the importance of value-conscious options when it comes to wireless services and is dedicated to offering affordable and flexible service plans with no hidden costs or charges," said Tony Lau, staff vice president handset product management, MetroPCS. "This back to school season, MetroPCS wants students to have access to the coolest phones and offerings by providing a variety of our smartphones and messaging phones that meet the needs of our customers without breaking the bank."