In an apparent bid to “counter” SMART’s awesome Netphone 701 and it’s new SMARTNET service, Globe is reportedly releasing an android phone called Cloudfone Ice (some say it’s spelled Cloudphone) priced at 4,900 pesos.

globe cloudfone ice

WTF is a Cloudfone Ice you ask? Well according to the intarwebs, it’s basically a cheap android device (rebranded Huawei U8500) with recycled Globe data packs built in. Yep, the Smartphone 701 not only has better specs but a better platform to support it.

The Globe Cloudphone is cheaper but IMHO if you’re going for an android phone, get the Smartphone 701 or wait for Smart’s 4 new NETPHONE hardware releases this 4th quarter of 2011. Methinks, The secret isnt just in the phone, it is also in the platform that supports it.

Complete GlobeFone Ice / HUAWEI U8500 Specifications

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
Announced 2010, June
Status Available. Released 2010, 3Q
SIZE Dimensions 112 x 58 x 12.8 mm
Weight 115 g
DISPLAY Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
Size 320 x 480 pixels, 3.2 inches (~180 ppi pixel density)
- Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Optical trackpad
SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack No
MEMORY Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Practically unlimited
Card slot microSD (TransFlash) up to 32GB, buy memory
DATA GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes v2.1 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels
Video Yes, 352×288@15fps
Secondary No
FEATURES OS Android OS, v2.1 (Eclair)
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, IM
Browser HTML
Radio FM Radio
Games Yes
Colors Black
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
- Digital compass
- SNS integration
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Talk
- MP3/WMA/eAAC+ player
- MP4/H.263/H.264 player
- Organizer
- Photo viewer/editor
- Voice memo
- Predictive text input
BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion
Stand-by Up to 300 h (2G) / Up to 350 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 5 h (2G) / Up to 4 h 10 min (3G)

GLOBE FAIL once again.