(ended) Impulse 4G by AT&T review & giveaway


I am not an early adopter when it comes to cell phone technology.  It’s not that I’m not interested or won’t use it, it’s that with as much time as I spend at home, I haven’t been able to justify the cost when I spend most of my time at home anyway where I have a computer and an iPad.

The cell phone I currently have is tied to my husband’s corporate plan.  We pay like $10/mo for it and we share minutes.  I make and receive very few calls, but it’s definitely nice to have in case of an emergency.

The phone itself, well….it’s a dinosaur.  It’s my husband’s old phone.  It has spent time sitting in a bucket of water.  It has been dropped.  It has been stepped on, I would be surprised it it had been driven over.

Yet it keeps on ticking.

Which means I have no real reason to get a new cell phone.

Which is SAD.

You should see me try and text message on that thing.  It takes forever.

Recently I had the opportunity to try out a brand new cell phone. A SMARTPHONE actually. What a huge difference from my old phone.

Impulse 4G by AT&T

From the perspective of someone who has never used a smartphone, the AT&T Impulse 4G is a great first step into the modern world.  I think I did have a bit of an advantage having used an Android tablet at one point and because I own an iPad but the setup was easy and it didn’t take long to figure out how to get all my accounts linked up and begin using all the great features that make this a smartphone.

The phone has great call clarity, though I did experience some network issues (no bars) a few times while traveling around with it, I thought the calls were much clearer than on my old phone (not AT&T).

The Impulse is the perfect size, it’s wider than my flip phone but not too wide to where it is uncomfortable and overall the screen is a decent size for texting, surfing and sending emails.  Occasionally the data speeds drag a bit, but again, overall I can’t complain especially considering I didn’t even have data on my old phone.

I also like that the Android interface is pretty standard across the phones so upgrading your phone later is a pretty seamless thing.  No more having to learn where all the settings are on a new phone with a new way of doing things.  So long as you stick with Android, everything is pretty much the same!

It has been a learning curve, however, with the touch screen and having to swipe my finger to answer the phone.  The first couple of weeks I missed every call because I couldn’t get the “swipe” just right.  I’m a pro now though.

I have to say that while I don’t need a smartphone on a regular basis, I’ve been having a lot of fun with it and it certainly has allowed me to participate in social media more when I am out and about.  Taking pictures of my kids.  “Checking in” from places on Facebook.  And the ever popular, taking pictures of my food and pictures of my daughter at Taco Bell.

Overall I thought the call clarity on this phone was fantastic compared to my old phone.  I have a few issues with having “no bars” when we were in the middle of a cornfield, but it was rare and 95% of the time I had no problems with calls or data on the AT&T network.


One winner will receive an Impulse 4G to be used on the AT&T network.  The phone DOES NOT come with a sim card so you would have to take it to an AT&T store and start a new plan, or current AT&T customers can simply switch out their existing card.

ARV $379.99 non-commitment price

HOW TO ENTER (mandatory):

To enter, leave a comment telling me why you want to win this phone.


Must complete required entry in order to qualify for extra entries.

The extra entries on this post are UNLIMITED.  You may comment as many times as you want with any one of the following (your answer must be different each time):

  • The name of a Christmas song
  • The name of a Christmas dish or yummy treat
  • The name of a reindeer
  • The name of a Christmas movie

This means you can list every Christmas song you can think of as a separate extra entry, then list every Christmas dish you can think of, then list every reindeer, and so on.  But each must be in a separate comment.

Good luck and have fun!

Fine print:

Please leave a separate comment for EACH extra entry indicating that you performed the required entry.  Provide links to Tweet, etc. as required for the entry.

Giveaway is open to the USA and ends on December 20, 2011 at noon CST. Winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries and will be contacted by email. Winner will have 24 hrs to respond.  Please add kim@accidentalmommies.com to your trusted email filter.  If original winner does not claim their prize within 24 hrs, it is forfeit and a new winner will be selected promptly.  Prize must be claimed on December 21st.

Note: I received similar items to the product shown for my participation in this promotion.

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Odds of winning are not increased by a purchase.

Please note that this prize may not arrive before Christmas, but we hope it will!


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  1. Stephanie W. says

    I would love a smartphone to keep connected with facebook and email on the go.