With MWC just over a week away, and new flagship models perched up on the horizon, carriers are about to start seeing a lot of new faces joining their smartphone lineups. But even before all those new players arrive, we’re seeing some fresh handsets joining the ranks at carriers like T-Mobile, which earlier today we learned is picking up the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL running Windows 10 Mobile. That’s not the only affordable new phone landing in the company’s stores, as word arrives that it’s being joined by the similarly budget-priced LG K7, as well as a new wireless hotspot offering from ZTE.
LG first introduced the K7 back at CES, and it wasn’t long after the phone went official that we saw T-Mobile speaking up about its plans to carry the handset. With a five-inch FWVGA display, Snapdragon 210 under the hood, and a pair of 5MP cameras, the K7 isn’t exactly a winner in the specs department (or even a runner up), but it does sell for just $140 – or less than $6 a month on installments. Could you get a much better phone for just a little more cash? Sure, but T-Mobile clearly still thinks that the K7’s appealing enough to draw in customers who are looking for low prices above all else.
T-Mobile’s also picking up the ZTE Falcon hotspot, a non-nonsense accessory that shares its LTE connection with up to 10 devices over WiFi. If you still haven’t picked up a family plan, hotspots like this can be a great way to get everyone online when going on trips, or just bringing internet connectivity to devices like portable game consoles or media players that might not otherwise have their own cellular radio. The ZTE Falcon goes for just about $80.