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Foose’s new phone: AT&T ‘s Huawei Impulse 4G

UPDATE:  I am sorry everyone, but I jumped on the Apple bandwagon and I am now the semi-proud/confused owner of an iPhone 5

Good morning.  I spent almost all yesterday figuring out how to work my new phone, the Impulse.  Its been a while since I’ve had a touch screen and a smart phone.  But after much time spent with it, I can finally write a review:
(If the alarm clock doesn’t wake you up, try these alternatives)

Modes:  GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 WCDMA 850 / 1900 / 2100
Weight: 4.41 oz   (125 g)
Dimensions: 4.72″ x 2.56″ x 0.46″   (120 x 65 x 11.6 mm)
Form: Factor Bar
Internal Antenna
Battery Talk: 4 hours max.   (240 minutes)
Standby: 240 hours max.   (10 days)
1500 mAh   LiIon Battery
Display Type: LCD (Color TFT/TFD)
Resolution: 480 x 800 pixels, 3.8″ diagonal
Colors: 262,144 (18-bit)
Platform / OS Android version 2.2
Processor 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7230
FCC ID QISU8800 » (Approved Oct 19, 2010)
QISU8800-51 » (Approved Jul 19, 2011)

Bluetooth Supported Profiles: HSP 1.1, HFP 1.5, OPP, PBA, A2DP, AVRC Version 2.1+EDR
Camera Resolution: 5+ megapixel, auto-focus, LED flash
Email Client Protocols Supported: POP, IMAP, GMail, Exchange
GPS / Location Type: A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Rating: M3, T4 (very tele-coil compatible)
High-Speed Data Technology: HSPA 14.4
Memory Card Slot Card Type: microSD (TransFlash) 4 GB card included / supports up to 32 GB
Mobile Hotspot up to 5 devices
Real-Music Ringers Supported Formats: MP3
Text Messaging (SMS) View Style: Threaded
Touch Screen Type: Capacitive
Video Capture Resolution: 720p HD
Voice Dialing Type: Speaker-independent (automatic)
WAP / Web Browser Browser Software: Android browser (WebKit-based)

Other features: Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Custom ringtones and graphics, digital TTY/TDD, Flight mode,
FM Radio, Games, 3.5 mm jack, Instant Messaging, MMS, Music player, Pic ID,
Predictive entry swype, Ringer ID, Streaming Video, Speaker phone, USB mode/storage,
Vibrate modes, and Wi-Fi

SUMMARY: By far one of the most interesting phones, and I’m in some position to make this call, since I went through about 11 phones while with Sprint (Only 1 survived intact)  The Android OS is definitely a new experience for me, a good one too.  The battery life is questionable, the background stuff uses a lot of juice, like the location services for example.  On that note, there is an app that displays each service that is consuming the most amount of battery, so you’ll know which ones to stop to save your battery.  Another cool feature is the Swype input feature, basically you “swipe” over the keys you want to enter, so if I wanted to type in “Skyline” I’d start at “S” and swipe my finger to “k” then to “y” then to “l”, etc etc and it’d come out as “skyline”

What’s a phone without apps?  Well, after testing a good bunch of them, I personally recommend:
Flashlight by Nikolay Ananiev – A great app to turn your LED flash into a flashlight!  Or a strobe light, or whatever you feel!
Vlingo by Vlingo Corp. – Pretty much the Siri of the Andriod world.  Has an in-car mode, customizable spoken greeting, and is amazingly accurate voice detection!


  1. Comments  Rachel   |  Saturday, 22 October 2011 at 1:14 AM

    did you ever figure out how to put vibration on the impulse for text messages? I just got this phone and I cant figure it out…

  2. Comments  Foose   |  Saturday, 22 October 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Best thing I could come up with, since the phone doesn’t have a “Vibration Only” feature for the text messages is put the ring tone for “Notifications” to “Silent” then set the “Vibrate” mode to “Always” so you won’t hear anything when a text (or any other notification like email) arrives, but it’ll just vibrate.

    Hope that helps!

  3. Comments  Vickie   |  Sunday, 23 October 2011 at 9:55 PM

    I just got my phone and I can’t figure out how to put personal ringtones to my contacts, if you could help me I sure would appricate it. Thank You in advance 🙂

  4. Comments  Foose   |  Monday, 24 October 2011 at 12:16 AM

    Ok, Vickie! go to your “Contacts” and lets say you have a person named “Larry”, press his tab, and you should be on the screen with two categories “Details” and “Call Log.” Press the “Settings” button (2nd button from the left on the bottom of the phone, has 4 horizontal lines, the top being longer) and press “Options.” From there, go to “Ringtone”, press it and you can select from music or ringtones. Hope that helps!

  5. Comments  Vickie   |  Monday, 24 October 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Thank you so much I got it, your on my go to list now lol again Thank You So Much

  6. Comments  Foose   |  Monday, 24 October 2011 at 3:24 PM


  7. Comments  Jeff   |  Thursday, 27 October 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Foose Thanks a lot for the tip about the music ringtones. I just got the Impulse 4g and couldn’t figure out how to do it until I came here! Very much appreciated!

  8. Comments  Tiffany   |  Sunday, 30 October 2011 at 7:34 PM

    wait i dont get how to make it vibrate for text messages.. i tried what you wrote but its still not working for me =/

  9. Comments  Foose   |  Monday, 31 October 2011 at 3:28 AM

    Tiffany: You mean you set the ring tone of the notifications to “Silent” and the vibrate setting to “Always”?

  10. Comments  Michael   |  Monday, 31 October 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Is there anyway to set a different tone for the text message beside the given set list they give you? I want to set this text tone for my phone but I can’t set it as a text tone. Only as a ringtone.

  11. Comments  Foose   |  Monday, 31 October 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Michael – I’ve been fiddling around, and so far I havent found a way to get text tones onto this phone. Ill get back to you once I find a way

  12. Comments  Angie   |  Monday, 31 October 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Can you change the messaging format to look like a conversation rather than all my sent messages together and all the received messages together? Makes it hard to read a conversation. Thanks!

  13. Comments  Foose   |  Tuesday, 01 November 2011 at 1:23 AM

    Tiffany: After going to your text messages, press the settings button, go to “settings” scroll down to “Vibrate” and select “Always vibrate” then for the ringtone, select your default or a separate tone for the notifications. Does that help at all?

  14. Comments  Foose   |  Tuesday, 01 November 2011 at 1:25 AM

    Angie: So far, I can’t find a way to alter the conversation format. What kind of layout did you have in mind? The format its in seems pretty easy for me

  15. Comments  Foose   |  Tuesday, 01 November 2011 at 1:36 AM

    Michael – To use custom ringtones for your phone ringtone, your alarm or your text message notification, simply copy an mp3 file to one of the following folders:


    Then when you go into the “Notification” settings, the ringtone you want should appear on the list. Hope that helps!

  16. Comments  Vickie   |  Tuesday, 01 November 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Hey it’s me again a friend of mine has a cd collection outta this world, I was wondering if I could put them on my phone and if I can do I have to convert them to mp3’s, if so could you explain how to do this Thanks again I told you, you were go to person and I sure appricate you Thanks in advance again 🙂

  17. Comments  Foose   |  Tuesday, 01 November 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Im not 100% sure of the formats, but mp3’s are advisable because of their high quality to file size ratio, however i have heard the phone reads .wav files too…. (wav format = average quality, and huge file size)

  18. Comments  Carrie   |  Tuesday, 01 November 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Did you have any luck saving pictures from received text messages to the gallery on your phone?

  19. Comments  Foose   |  Tuesday, 01 November 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Tried it out myself, best I can do for now is:

    -When you get the text with the picture, press and hold the picture until a menu appears
    -Select the “Copy attached to SD” card (should have come with a 2gb)
    -Go to “Gallery” and the picture you got in your text should be in “Downloads”

  20. Comments  EmyleeNicole   |  Wednesday, 02 November 2011 at 5:26 PM

    How do you get to your ringtones on this phone!? It’s so confusing ):

  21. Comments  Foose   |  Wednesday, 02 November 2011 at 11:22 PM

    EmyleeNicole: try this–
    From the Android Markey, install Astro File Manager

    Open Astro (I think it will default to your SD Card, if not, scroll up or down and find your SD Card)

    Tap on SD Card

    Press the Menu button, then select New, then select Directory.

    Here you can enter the name of the folder. Type in Media and click Create.

    Tap on Media so it opens the folder

    Create another folder and name it Audio

    Tap on Audio so it opens the folder

    Create two folders here named Notifications and Ringtones

    Save your music or sounds in the appropriate folders and they will then be available in Settings where you can select them for ringtones or notification sounds.

    Hope this information helps.

  22. Comments  Tim   |  Thursday, 03 November 2011 at 9:51 PM

    how to get the phone to read my text out load?

  23. Comments  Annie   |  Thursday, 03 November 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Hello & thanks for the tips!!

    How do you save photos that are sent in a text messages?

  24. Comments  Foose   |  Friday, 04 November 2011 at 12:15 AM

    -When you get the text with the picture, press and hold the picture until a menu appears
    -Select the “Copy attached to SD” card (should have come with a 2gb)
    -Go to “Gallery” and the picture you got in your text should be in “Downloads”

  25. Comments  Foose   |  Friday, 04 November 2011 at 12:16 AM

    Tim: Can you be a little more specific? The text convos are threaded, so you should be able to see your sent texts already

  26. Comments  Michael   |  Wednesday, 09 November 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Foose I love you

  27. Comments  Foose   |  Wednesday, 09 November 2011 at 1:15 PM


  28. Comments  Melissa   |  Sunday, 20 November 2011 at 2:51 AM

    I set individual ringtones and pic ids for my contacts and it shows that they are set but when someone calls it just shows the droid pic and uses the default ringtone

  29. Comments  Foose   |  Friday, 25 November 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Melissa: Sorry about the delay, but I just tested putting a pic to a contact and a unique ring tone, and they showed up fine. You went through the whole “contacts -> select contact -> edit contact” etc etc? Or did it work itself out yet?

  30. Comments  Anonymous   |  Sunday, 27 November 2011 at 11:10 PM

    just got this phone and just logged onto facebook. Now I cant log out. Can’t find account or anything. Help!!

  31. Comments  Foose   |  Monday, 28 November 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Anonymous: Ok… On the top where it says “Facebook”, tap that, you should be directed to another screen containing “News feed, profile, friends, messages, places, groups, etc” Press the “settings” button on your phone, and then press “Logout” Done!

  32. Comments  dylan   |  Wednesday, 30 November 2011 at 1:59 PM

    my phone freezes up sometimes and turns off at random some times as well is their an app or something i can do to fix this or stop it from happening ? also i have a problem connecting to internet when im not using wifi any way to fix that too? thank you

  33. Comments  Foose   |  Wednesday, 30 November 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Hmmm, I’m not sure if there is an app for those issues. Could be either a hardware or firmware defect. Did you try a cold or a complete reset or updating the phone? If that doesnt help, try switching the phone out with at&t

  34. Comments  dylan   |  Wednesday, 30 November 2011 at 11:31 PM

    Ive tried switching it out an i cant without paying. I havent tried reseting it because wont that erace my stuff? An what would reseting it do any way like what might make it stop if i did

  35. Comments  Foose   |  Thursday, 01 December 2011 at 7:53 AM

    Sorry I mis-spoke, I meant a factory reset. Basically it involves deleting all information stored in the device. This is essentially the same as reformatting a hard drive. A factory reset may become necessary from time to time on a device which is no longer working. It should be used with caution, as it destroys all data stored in the unit. Many problems with a hand held electronic device such as freezing can be resolved by performing a factory reset or hard reset.
    To do this: Menu -> Settings -> Privacy -> Factory data reset (I recommend backing up all data before attempting this)

  36. Comments  Patty   |  Tuesday, 06 December 2011 at 9:57 PM

    I’ve tried adding a picture to the number so I have picture ID and when the phone rings the pic doesn’t show up. Can someone give me step by step directions? thanks

  37. Comments  dylan   |  Saturday, 10 December 2011 at 4:06 PM

    How do you back up the data befor resetibg it I dont wanna loose any thing I havd on tjeir

  38. Comments  Foose   |  Monday, 12 December 2011 at 1:02 AM

    When you plug in the phone to the computer, turn on the file management, and then about 4 folders should show up on your desktop. That’s your info, and you should copy and paste that somewhere, or you can wirelessly back up your data OR go to settings, go to privacy, then check the “back up data”

  39. Comments  mandi   |  Saturday, 17 December 2011 at 11:13 AM

    how do you fix the messaging so the messages are in order and not organized by who sent them? Right now it has all of the person I am texting messages grouped at the top and mine at the bottom, so in order for me to read their message I have to scroll up and find it.

  40. Comments  Foose   |  Sunday, 18 December 2011 at 12:54 AM

    I dunno how you ran into that one! I’m using “Messenger” and it has them organized by who sent what most recently. Are you using the same one?

  41. Comments  SCw   |  Saturday, 24 December 2011 at 9:39 PM

    I want oovoo on my Impulse but it says that it is not compatible. Is there a way that i can get around that and put it on my phone somehow? But the thing is i have skype so why can’t i download oovoo?

  42. Comments  Cary   |  Sunday, 25 December 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Thanks for the info! Any idea how to perform a reset when you are locked out! My daughter enabled the pattern lock and forgot the pattern, so I can’t go about it the usual way!!

  43. Comments  Foose   |  Monday, 26 December 2011 at 11:11 AM

    To SCw: I actually haven’t heard of oovoo until now, but I reckon it’s very similar to Skype from what I read online. Unfortunately I only found that oovoo is compatible with the Evo, iphone, ipads, and galaxy, just to name a few. I hate to say it, but the Impulse is in a lower class compared to those phone, and I didn’t find it on the android market either =\

    To Cary: There is a rumor of a few loop holes, especially if you call the handset, which shouldn’t require you to unlock your phone,a and during the call, you can hit the “home” or “back” button to enter the main menu, then proceed to the settings to change the security lock codes/methods…. scratch that, I just tried that and it didnt work. You might have to go into the coding and add in KeyguardLock.disableKeyguard() so when you turn on the phone, it SHOULD bypass the lock screen. You’ll have to look for something liek “”
    Just be warned I havent tried this yet since I’m at work without a cable.

  44. Comments  SCw   |  Monday, 26 December 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Awwww mannn… okay well thankyou for the info!

  45. Comments  Ryan   |  Monday, 26 December 2011 at 11:54 PM

    Help, I need my messaging on vibrate. My phone is on silence mode, i put the vibrate on always, and the notification ringtone is on silent, but its not working, no vibration is coming from the phone. Can you give me directions on what to do exactly?

  46. Comments  timothy   |  Wednesday, 11 January 2012 at 6:22 PM

    How do I set like my notification ringtone to like a actual song?

  47. Comments  Foose   |  Thursday, 12 January 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Timothy: “To use custom ringtones for your phone ringtone, your alarm or your text message notification, simply copy an mp3 file to one of the following folders:


    Then when you go into the “Notification” settings, the ringtone you want should appear on the list. Hope that helps!”

  48. Comments  tim   |  Friday, 13 January 2012 at 8:36 PM

    i followed instructions to set ringtones for notifications but still none of my songs r showing up

  49. Comments  Daniel   |  Sunday, 22 January 2012 at 12:13 AM

    I just sent a message to 2 people, and now my phone doesn’t show new messages in the notification bar. Any ideas?

  50. Comments  TomZ   |  Sunday, 22 January 2012 at 1:06 PM

    I know this may make me sound really stupid but what doesthe two arrows that make a circle at the top of the screen mean? Also how do you set up a new folder for media, pictures etc, on here?

  51. Comments  AD   |  Wednesday, 25 January 2012 at 6:51 PM

    how do i remove the email alerts from the impulse 4g, and also if im playing music the only way i can turn the music off is by turning off the power. do you know if this the only way to turn off the music?

  52. Comments  Byron   |  Tuesday, 31 January 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Can’t get on wifi. Help

  53. Comments  Karissa   |  Tuesday, 21 February 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Foose, I have no idea how to set an alarm on my impulse. Do you know how?

  54. Comments  Karissa   |  Tuesday, 21 February 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Yes. I just figured it out. If you open up the tab where all of your stuff or junk is there should be a clock app or button. Click that. Then you can set an alarm.

  55. Comments  Naota   |  Tuesday, 21 February 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Hi Karissa. Thank you for sharing the information with everyone here. I appreciate it! If you have any other questions feel free to let us know.

  56. Comments  shannon   |  Wednesday, 29 February 2012 at 3:01 PM

    i have a contact set with a personal ringtone but when they call it still plays my default ringtone. help

  57. Comments  AMber   |  Wednesday, 29 February 2012 at 9:02 PM

    how do you delete the ringtones that you put on there?

  58. Comments  him   |  Friday, 09 March 2012 at 3:31 AM

    How do you delete ringtones- I used bluetooth so how do I delete plese answer because I see someone asked the same question an there hasn’t been a reply yet

  59. Comments  alex   |  Sunday, 11 March 2012 at 10:59 AM

    i puy a password lock on my impulse but i forgot it, do u know hoe i can reset it or get my password?

  60. Comments  him   |  Sunday, 11 March 2012 at 8:52 PM

    foose are you there i need your help —–i was setting a notification ringtone but i used bluetooth to qet my music on the phone —-i went to the bluetooth folder an copied a ringtone to the notification folder it works fine but y does the ringtone show up 2 times in the (settings)- phone ringtone



  61. Comments  him   |  Sunday, 11 March 2012 at 8:54 PM


  62. Comments  cshester   |  Sunday, 29 April 2012 at 8:42 PM

    I’ve noticed a couple of questions not being answered on the deletion of ringtones. I’ve also noticed that my post of a few months ago is not even posted. I however would like to know how to delete ringtones once applied onto the at&t ‘s impluse 4g phone Any suggestions, hints, or direct answers will be greatly appreciated. Please be polite and indicate that you don’t have a solution to the question.

  63. Comments  Allison   |  Monday, 30 July 2012 at 3:26 PM

    I clicked on gallery and when it opened, it said “there are no items in your collection.” I had lots of pictures in the gallery. I tried turning my phone off and taking out the battery and then turning it back on and it still said I had no items in the gallery. Do you know how I can fix this? If not, is there some way I could back up my data onto a computer?

  64. Comments  Albert Ashford   |  Tuesday, 31 July 2012 at 10:00 AM

    To back up: Connect your phone to a computer, enable the storage, go into the DCIM folder, move all the pictures to your pc

    As for the gallery, make sure the pics are in the DCIM folder?

  65. Comments  Christine   |  Saturday, 18 August 2012 at 10:29 PM

    My phone keeps saying “invalid card” and only lets me make emergency calls , why ?

  66. Comments  Albert Ashford   |  Saturday, 18 August 2012 at 10:36 PM

    It sounds like the SIM card isn’t connecting correctly or it’s broken =/

  67. Comments  Terry   |  Saturday, 25 August 2012 at 11:47 AM

    How do I make new folders for my photos on the Impulse by AT&T? It has two folders but I would like to break down even farther.

  68. Comments  Albert Ashford   |  Sunday, 26 August 2012 at 2:46 AM

    Menu -> File Manager -> DCIM -> Camera -> Settings -> More -> New Folder

  69. Comments  Ron   |  Monday, 27 August 2012 at 2:53 AM

    How do I change my SD card from the 2gb card that came with it to an 8gb card?

  70. Comments  Foose   |  Monday, 27 August 2012 at 7:35 PM

    First, turn off your phone. Then remove the back cover. The SD card slot is near the bottom of the phone next to the SIM card. Press the SD card inwards (Follow the diagram on the phone) and release. Be careful, its prone to shoot out. Then simply put the new SD card in until it clicks. Done!

  71. Comments  Erika   |  Tuesday, 28 August 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Hi, Recently when i take pictures I’m only able to review that last picture I took; to see the others I have to go into the camera folder and review them all individually. Is there a way to save them all to view them from the camera?

  72. Comments  Foose   |  Tuesday, 28 August 2012 at 7:08 PM

    When in camera mode, theres a small picture of the last picture you took in the upper right hand corner. When you press that, it brings up the picture in full screen, and you can review the previous pictures in the camera album by swiping your finger across the screen. To review them in thumbnail mode, press the folder icon at the top of the screen, or to view the different albums, press the gallery icon at the top next to the folder icon.

  73. Comments  Erika   |  Tuesday, 28 August 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Foose-I do that click the little thumbnail i mean and it only says 1/1 when I try to swipe to see the others but when I go in the actual folder the rest are all in there?

  74. Comments  jessica   |  Friday, 31 August 2012 at 2:42 PM

    I am trying to unlock my huawei impulse u8800-51, I ordered an unlock code from but they could not get my unlock code, how do I get my unlock code? I don’t want to pay too much and I’m not with at&t anymore so j can’t get it from them. So please someone help me!! I just want to use my phone with my new phome account that I have with T-Mobile. Help!!

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  77. Comments  dawn   |  Saturday, 27 October 2012 at 3:30 PM

    How do I get my impulse to copy and paste I got the copy but don’t show paste in more

  78. Comments  Ellie   |  Wednesday, 31 October 2012 at 8:02 PM

    I need help I dropped my phone and it works but it has colorful lines through it what do I do?

  79. Comments  Naota   |  Sunday, 04 November 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Hi Ellie. This usually means dead pixels and faulty connections. You have the option to get a new screen and install it, but honestly that is more trouble than it is worth. You may need to look to ebay for the part, or a new/refurbished phone.

  80. Comments  daniel   |  Monday, 05 November 2012 at 7:32 PM

    hey i cant find a way to change my text mesages from showing the messages in a conversation. They appear showing on the top the messages im recieveing and at the bottom the messages i sent. Dont like it i would like for it to appear in a conversation way.

  81. Comments  daniel   |  Monday, 05 November 2012 at 7:36 PM

    its daniel again i have a samsung andriod

  82. Comments  Foose   |  Thursday, 08 November 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Hey Daniel! I just turned on my old Impulse and I couldn’t find any way to cahnge how the text messages are displayed, they should be by default in a cascading format. What model is the Samsung? And what version of android?

  83. Comments  jose   |  Saturday, 08 December 2012 at 9:25 PM

    My doesn’t my photos get saved on my gallery I always want to go back and look at them but they aren’t there ?? Please help

  84. Comments  Erika   |  Thursday, 27 December 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Hi my phone keeps saying it is 90% full however I only have like 5 apps download and i deleted over 400 pics but it still is saying this any idea why?

  85. Comments  Foose   |  Friday, 28 December 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Have you tried re-calibrating the battery by charging it as much as it can go, then letting the battery drain completely, then charging it fully again?

  86. Comments  Mindy   |  Tuesday, 19 February 2013 at 10:21 PM

    I have a Impulse 4G phone and i like it and all but theres one problem with the music app. You cant see what kind of ringtones you have under: artists/albums/songs/playlists! I see them in the file manager and i can use as ringtone but i just want to know why those ringtones isnt under artists/albums/songs/playlists. Is there a way to fix it or is that music app broken? Please email me back under Thanx!!

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