Prepaid phones used to be clunky, mostly unattractive and feature-less clunkers, but boy were they cheap. Plus, knowing you're not signing your soul away for a year or two offers much relief to the lesser quality of what you can get as a prepaid option. AT&T is now changing much of that by introducing the LG Thrive, a Froyo based Android phone that bring plenty of punch for the $179 contract-free asking price. Read past the break for more info.
The Thrive brings a 600MHz processor, 3.2-inch (480 x 320) screen, a 3.2 megapixel camera and unlimited WiFi usage on the entire national AT&T WiFi Hot Spot network. Its decededly plasticky body isn't the hottest thing around, but for an entry-level phone, there's worse. The blue version above is the Phoenix, identical in specs, but it'll run you $50 and it's available only on a two-year contract with mandatory data. AT&T is also serving up a mildly attractive 500 MB for $25 a month for the prepaid version, if you're so interested. Plus, this thing runs Froyo from the get-go, something some of its higher-end brethren launched within the last year can't say for themselves.