T-Mobile quietly launches a new ultra-affordable phone from a little-known brand


The new Wiko Voice has arrived, and if you have no idea what it is, don’t worry, you’re probably not alone. Established since 2011 in Marseille, France, the Wiko brand (timidly) attempted to break into the ultra-competitive US smartphone market for the first time in 2019 with a Incredibly inexpensive Boost Mobile exclusive model called Ride.

Wholly owned by Chinese original design manufacturer (ODM) Tinno Mobile, the European company has found modest success in the old continent with its portfolio of ultra-low-priced Android devices, while predictably failing to sell itself. establish in the United States.
Nonetheless, Boost Mobile has taken its most cash-strapped prepaid customers to two more “rides” in the past three years, and now Wiko is essentially trying to take its US presence to the next level with the aforementioned Voice. Seemingly pronounced as “voice”, this decidedly humble Android 12 handset exclusively passed to be won at T-Mobile and Subway by T-Mobile with little to no fanfare at some point over the past few days.
Priced at $126 for “Un-carrier” postpaid subscribers and $119.99 as far as Metro customers are concerned, this thing is understandably fully compatible with T-Mobile’s “national” network… minus 5G support. That’s right, Magenta is still launching 4G LTE-only smartphones in 2022 for some reason.

The rest of the 6.5in’s spec sheet isn’t great either (to say the least), including outdated or simply disappointing features like a 3GB RAM paired with 32 GB of internal storage space, a very modest dual rear camera system consisting of 13 and 2MP sensors, a single 5MP selfie shooter and a disappointing HD+ resolution (1600 x 720 pixels) for this fairly large screen .

The 3,400mAh battery under the Wiko Voice’s distinctive-looking hood is probably its biggest redeeming feature, promising up to 29 hours of uninterrupted talk time between charges using that low screen. resolution and undoubtedly frugal quad-core processor.

If you’re feeling anxious about buying a new phone made by a Chinese company for data privacy reasons, you might also be happy to know that the Wiko Voice technically comes from Tinno USA, a North American subsidiary. of the aforementioned ODM. Then again, T-Mobile currently sells a number of devices from much more established and well-known brands like Motorola, Samsung, and even TCL for less than $200 a pop, which makes it pretty hard to recommend purchasing the Voice. in place. Maybe when it inevitably drops to $0 with a new line of services.


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