MTS Launched Duet II with Android 2.3 for Rs 5199: Does it Make Any Sense?

mts-duet-2India’s pure-play CDMA player MTS India has launched another CDMA & GSM dual SIM Android smartphone – Duet II for Rs 5199. MTS is pushing its CDMA+GSM dual SIM Android smartphones to capture data market from GSM customers. Earlier MTS had launched Duet smartphone with similar features.

Duet II is actually ZTE N855D and it comes with 4 inch display, 1GHz processor, 3.2 MP camera, 1650 mAh battery and usual connectivity options. The biggest disappointment of this device is it runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

MTS is continuing to bring older Androids in Indian market and yet dreams to become leading data service provider with their smartphone offerings.

Specifications of MTS Duet II:

  • 4” TFT LCD display, 320x480p
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm SnapDragon 7625A processor
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 120 MB built-in, 32GB via microSD
  • Android 2.3
  • 3.2 MP Rear Camera, no front camera
  • CDMA (1x voice & data + EVDO rev A upto 3.1 Mbps; locked to MTS) + GSM (all networks)
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, microUSB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Motion and Gravity Sensor
  • 1650 mAh battery
  • Box contents: • Handset • Charger • USB Cable • Battery • Headset • Quick Start Guide • Warranty Card

When you buy MTS Duet II smartphone you can avail 1GB HSD data & 1x unlimited data and unlimited local onnet minutes and 1000 minutes of local offnet calling per month for 2 months for Rs 599.

My Take:I must say these phones are blunders from MTS’ data focused voice enabled strategy at a point when around 50% of Android devices run on Android 4.1 or 4.2 Jelly Bean. I simply do not understand why MTS is making deals with these OEM companies to bring older Android-run smartphones. Compared to Tata Docomo CDMA who tied up with HTC to bring affordable CDMA+GSM smartphones, MTS is dealing with Alcatel, ZTE and Huawei who are not big names in Indian market.

Also as MTS is trying to be the data operator for GSM customers there is no sense to offer voice minutes with FRC. 1GB UL does not suite also. The FRC is a not cheap deal, I must say. Reliance is offering 3GB data per month for 12 month with HTC Desire VC. People are ready to buy good smartphones at an affordable price. But it does not mean MTS can launch several piece of junks with dinosaur-version of Android.

At this point the old question comes back! Why does MTS not support imported RUIM slot-less unlocked CDMA smartphones via MEID registrations? There is no definite answer from them while Reliance and Tata both allow the same.

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  • saikat das March 30, 2014 3:47 pm

    I also must add that gsm network should have 3g data connectivity but MTS is compelling customers to use their data plan only. Customers should have freedom to choose from CDMA or gsm data network in this phone

  • hitendra swami March 6, 2014 8:33 pm

    this phone is superb …..
    i just bought this phone for usings as a wifi hotspot for my pc but i got surprised when i used this phone….
    i love this phone…. it cant even hang when the ram is only 2 mb free….. it is totaly unbeleveable for aal the samsung users …. i m using a lot of applications all the time but it never have any complaimt like hanging and low battry backup ….even if i use whats app, facebook, messanger,nimbuzz, google +,gmail,google+messanger, and a lot of applications …..some of my friends also get surprised when the used my phone and i asked to guess its ram …. all of them saied that it is running over 1gb or 1.5 gb ram…. and then i told them that it is running over 256 mb ram then they laughed and said that im joking …… ..my one friend also purchased this ..although he have a samsung note ….. zte is little bit costly but superb

    • prasad mayya April 16, 2014 9:28 pm

      me too….. last week bought for 3200Rs ( 2nd hand thr ebay )

  • aravind November 13, 2013 6:32 pm

    Mtnl always thinking about customer satisfaction, but here (Chennai) Bsnl is Sleeping with their 1990′s plan.

  • kavin October 4, 2013 4:45 pm

    wish u mentioned about ram… 256 mb? do u think any educated guy who want to use phone for data will buy android 2.3 with 256mb ram… people are sick of 1gb ram and now moved to2gb at premium, at least 1gb ram and android 4.1 must..
    mts is useless company. why waste time in discussing it..wish videocon or uninor was there…
    india has got an useless company eating spectrum and spoiling others..
    poorest coverage and poorest phone makes it non worthy of any discussion even though it may offer 10gb for 10 rs… no where evdo signal cathes up…my vodafone 256kb is superfast to 144kbps mts..

    • S.Sudhakar October 4, 2013 5:25 pm

      Well said.

      • upesh October 6, 2013 10:33 pm

        But not much well

  • KAPIL K. DEV October 4, 2013 4:35 pm

    Rs 5199 for this handset is not worth buying, but if they can sell it for Rs 2000 – 2500, then people will buy it. Also MTS should reduce their data charges. They are claiming that their data charges are lowest but it is not true. Their data charges are either equal or Rs 1 – 2 lower than major service provider. Who will buy the network locked data card or hand set to save Rs 1 or 2

  • Kanaga Deepan N October 4, 2013 3:52 pm

    For Rs5200/- this MTS DumbPhone is coming with
    256 MB of RAM
    120MB storage
    4″ HVGA (why NOT give 6″ QVGA screen)

    Looks like MTS is going to OEMs, which are about to dump their unsold phones of three years old onto ocean and then made a deal with them for as costly as Rs10 per KG of mobile phones…

  • S.Sudhakar October 4, 2013 3:51 pm

    Oh no. I think MTS buys handsets from the third class companies (lava, karbonn, g-five, xolo, micromax etc) and sells it in the name of MTS.

    Who will use a seperate mobile for voice, SMS and data?. This phone’s specification is worse than third class company phones.

    To MTS :
    Do not dig your own grave by launching waste handsets featuring imcomplete specifications. Nokia is digging its own grave by forcing windows o/s and abandoning the Symbian o/s in its phones and was bought by microsoft. Now, the microsoft is digging its own grave !!!. So do not be a part of it (digging your own grave).

  • deepak October 4, 2013 3:23 pm

    only 2 kind of person will buy this phone
    1st who do not know anything about android
    2nd idiots

    samsung galaxy star or micromax karbon phone has much better specufication