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Globe’s CloudFone Ice is a Huawei U8500

Saw this newspaper ad by Globe this afternoon and found two unfamiliar handsets being featured, one of which is a very affordable Android phone called CloudFone Ice.

Alongside it is another qwerty handset named CloudFine Temptation.

I’m not very familiar with the name of the handset and not sure if this is a new offering but based on the comments and emails sent to me today, it looks like a new one.

I quick search on the CloudFone directed me to a page on GSMArena identifying it as the Huawei U8500. Now that phone sounds familiar to me as I’ve seen it at CommunicAsia 2011 back in June (just did not bother tinkering a lot with it since it’s an entry-level phone).

The Huawei U8500 has a 3.2″ display (320×480 pixels) running on Android 2.1 (there’s Froyo 2.2 update available here ) and has WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth, GPS, FM Radio and 3.15MP camera with up to 32GB storage via microSD card.

No details on the processor, internal storage or RAM but considering this is an entry-level handset, don’t expect something above-average.

Globe offers the CloudFone Ice free with Plan 499 or only Php4,990 on a prepaid kit. Nevertheless, it’s pretty much one of the most affordable Android phone in the market now (along with the Cherry Mobile Eclipse 2.2 and the Alcatel OneTouch Duo 890D).

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

33 Responses

  1. Avatar for nica mota nica mota says:

    ok nmn ung cam nia,,mlinaw sia,,but pag gabi mdyo malabo.pero pag me lightz ok sia,,

  2. Avatar for Name: danrey Name: danrey says:

    Ok raman pero ang cam pero ang games lag gyud cya.

  3. Avatar for michelle quiao michelle quiao says:

    what about the camera feature? it says it has 3.5 megapixel cam. compare to samsung champ it has 1.3 meagapixel cam pero ang linaw ng kuha. im planning to buy this phone. concern ko lang is the camera kung okay ba talaga kung worth it ba. hope may mag cooment . TIA!

    • Avatar for michelle michelle says:

      hello po san po pwd bumili ng housing po ng cloudfone..ice…basg n po ksi ung mirror ng fone q..plz,,,,

  4. Avatar for pabs pabs says:

    I just bought mine at globe via a postpaid plan at 599 unli last april. It looks and feels good. Call quality is excellent. But my complaint is it lags in all department. I ‘ll keep the plan but I think I will have to buy a new phone probably the Lumia 610. Tsk tsk…

  5. Avatar for rica mananquil rica mananquil says:

    where i can find the 3g when im about to call for another 3g done…

  6. Avatar for roniboy roniboy says:

    alcatel onetouch glory 918n 5999 lang android phone din..check this out!

  7. Avatar for jhallen jhallen says:

    san nakakabili ng cloudfone ice

  8. Avatar for lailalai lailalai says:

    am almost convinced to get this phone but my worry is where to find a service center for it if ever there would be problems. please help…

  9. Avatar for keeely keeely says:

    If i bought the handset for 4000+,. what if i will use smart simcard.?? will it work.? is this open line for all.??

  10. Avatar for Dennis Dennis says:

    I went to Globe’s buss center in SM Dasma and that was the 1st time I saw the Cloudfone Temptation, (I just didn’t care much with the Ice one) I think the temptation is a way better deal than any other android qwerty phones out there, it’s got almost everything you’d look for, 528 MHz? not bad at all, and i find it very decent enough to carry around (doesn’t look cheap). but just like any not-so-popular brand, It’ll be hard to find a service cntr for it if you need some fixing for your device.

  11. Avatar for Name: chloeZ Name: chloeZ says:

    cloudfone vs netphone. when it comes to specs, i would rather choose the cloudfone. plus it is more appealing than netphone.

  12. Avatar for makulit makulit says:

    any news where I can buy this phone?

  13. Avatar for Bob Bob says:

    I got Smartnetphone and I like it…free chat, free fb, free tweet…they have 4 packages you can choose…P20,30,40 per day or P999 per month….I like it…in fairness, what doe Cloudephone offers? Cheap phone?more pls.

  14. Avatar for Leslie Leslie says:

    people dont be conceived with lower price. lower price means low quality. I’ve tried Smart Netphone and im very much satisfied with their smartnet service. you can surf FB and twitter for free and chat for free as well. you can visit their website to further check :-)

  15. Avatar for Paige Paige says:

    wow! android phones are raining at very low prices… :)

  16. Avatar for supernaut supernaut says:

    Been using this phone for more almost a year now. Still satisfied with it. For the price, panalo to :)

  17. Avatar for Val Val says:

    Hi Sir Abe, I just found out that the CloudFone Temptation is also made by Huawei, the Huawei Boulder.

  18. Avatar for Totem Totem says:

    So is it available already in any Globe centers? or only in selected stores??

    • Avatar for domo love domo love says:

      yup!!! you can buy it in any globe store but some globe store doesnt have any stocks so hurry and grab one …because ill get one but here in bacoor they dont know when they will have stocks i will try to find in mall of asia…

  19. Avatar for loadex loadex says:

    Samsung Galaxy mini now at P6990… is this better than this cloudfone ice?

  20. Avatar for Noir Noir says:

    Looks like I read your post wrong. I thought your budget was 10K.

    Anyway

    This one has to be the cheapest Smartphone you can get. So it is not really a bad buy

  21. Avatar for Hakeem Hakeem says:

    2.3 gingerbread is for tabs i think. too much to expect it from a sub-5k phone. lets be realistic guys.

  22. Avatar for Noir Noir says:

    @Momo

    Better check out the Sony Xperia Mini(New One)

    You can get the phone for 9850 PHP.

    Specs are in GSM Arena. QUick SUmmary:

    1Ghz 2nd Gen CPU
    512 RAM
    3.0 Inch Screen
    Android 2.3
    5MP Camera

    It makes Sumsung Fit,SMart Netphone,Alcatel obsolete(Or any other phone in the 10K price range)

    • Avatar for Momo Momo says:

      @NOIR: Thank you, I appreciate your advice! I’ve seen sony xperia already. Unfortunately, it’s a little out of my price range. I only have a budget of 5k for an entry level phone. My thinking is that, if I will shell out 10k for a smartphone, I might as well get a tablet.but that would mean more many pay out of my pocket. So I chose to be practical nalang since there’s gotta be a new phone eventually out in the market din.

  23. Avatar for Law Law says:

    friends, the xda developers site has a stock froyo rom for the u8500:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1011527 … there are roms for other huawei devices also. cheers

  24. Avatar for tipler tipler says:

    really globe? cloudfone? lawl.

  25. Avatar for MOmo MOmo says:

    Hi Yuga! Would it be possible if you make a review out this phone? I would really appreciate it. I’m planning to buy and entry level phone with specs that can somehow be at par with phones priced at 10k. I saw the spec of cloud and for an entry level, I’m quite impressed. It has 3g and 802.11 b/g/n and it runs in android already.

    It’s not much compared to the latest ones but what i’m really after is to maximize all functions. So please help me make up my mind to get this or the other options you provided like eclipse and alcatel.

  26. Avatar for PJ PJ says:

    will it use cloud computing line smart’s netphone?

  27. Avatar for Jay Jay says:

    @Arvee – Double your budget from this price and you’ll start seeing decent 2.3 devices

  28. Avatar for Jay Jay says:

    Android 2.1? I’d pay a little more than 5k if it was at least Android 2.2.

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