I often find myself checking out other sites when a new phone is announced. So yesterday after Sprint and Motorola announced the Photon 4G and Triumph I looked to see other sites thoughts about these devices. Mainly, I wanted to see what they said about the Triumph. Don’t get me wrong, the Photon 4G looks good. The idea of a 4G World Phone is great. And the fact that is dual-core and works with the laptop and multimedia dock like the Atrix 4G makes it even better. But if you have read my “Where are the high-end prepaid smartphones?” article – and if you haven’t you should – you know that I am a fan of prepaid devices but wondered when one like the Triumph would be released. To say that I was angry about some of the remarks I saw would be an understatement.
To some people it may seem weird that I would be angry about other people’s thoughts on prepaid devices. And I know everyone is welcome to their own opinion and I would never want anyone to feel like that couldn’t voice it. But at the same time, the amount of people saying things like “it’s good for a prepaid phone” or it ONLY have a 1 GHz processor, it’s not the best thing out but its good enough for a prepaid customer” somehow really gets to me.
I mean, the Triumph has the same processor as the Thunderbolt and same clock speed as many of the devices people consider high-end. So why is it now that there is a prepaid phone coming to the market with specs like this , is it not good enough? The same people who would call the HTC Droid Incredible 2 or LG Revolution a high-end device are the ones saying these things. And then it hit me, it’s because it’s a prepaid phone.
In many ways it is like when a teenage does something amazing and people are say “its great, for a teenager”. We relegate all of the accomplishments of prepaid carriers as something that is good for what it is. Well I think it’s just good. Prepaid should not be such a dirty word. We have carriers like MetroPCS offering 4G service and Visual Voicemail, Virgin Mobile offering unlimited text and data on all of their plan starting at only $25 a month, and Simple Mobile offering you that ability to get whatever GSM device you want. How can you think anything other than this is great. On a prepaid carrier, there are no Early Termination Fees, no two-year contracts, and you get all of the important features that you get on a postpaid account.
Times have changed. Years ago, if you had a prepaid phone you got the cheapest phone the carrier could get and didn’t get the same services or features as postpaid customers. It also meant you weren’t in a position to sign a contract. That is went the stigma of prepaid started. But in the last 8 years or so, this has changed drastically.Now you can get some great phones, features and services. And many people are deciding to go prepaid just because the cost benefits. Maybe I was wrong to question the lack of “higher-end” devices in the market. Maybe I am just adding to the stigma that prepaid. But my questioning was not to say that what off-contract carriers were offering was not good. I guess It was just the American lust for more, or to be more accurate, bigger while still keeping that lost monthly cost balance. Well, Virgin Mobile is doing that now. The Triumph has the same; if not better; specs and features than what is considered high-end on a postpaid carrier. If a phone with a 4.1 inch screen, 1 GHz processor, HDMI out, a 5 megapixel HD camera, a VGA front-facing camera, EV-DO Rev A data(that means it runs on the highest end of Sprint’s 3G)and a no contract monthly plan that has unlimited text and data for $25 a month is not just all around good, then we really need to reevaluate what we consider good.