Dallas iPhone carrier
will expand its Android smartphone selection to eight models with the staggered rollout of three new Motorola-made phones starting this month.
The 3G models, priced from $79 to $129, run the Android 2.1 OS and feature the latest version of Motorola's Motoblur social-network aggregation service. In an unusual move, AT&T is pricing the phones through its channels without rebate, matching the practice by large CE chains such as Walmart, Best Buy and RadioShack.
All three also feature 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, include access to AT&T's 23,000 U.S. hot spots, and have corporate email syncing, FM radio, MicroSD card slot with capacity to 32GB, stereo Bluetooth 2.1 with enhanced data rate (EDR), 3-megapixel camera and Adobe Flash Lite.
The first model to become available is the $79.99 Motorola
, due Oct. 16. It is a square model that pivots open to reveal a square QWERTY keyboard below the pivoting 2.8-inch 320 by 240 QVGA TFT touchscreen. The keyboard has a dedicated fifth row for numbers. The camera is fixed-focus with digital zoon. Dark sapphire and saffron battery covers are included in the box. Processor speed is 720MHz. Memory capacity consists of 512MB of embedded memory and included 2GB MicroSD card. The device will be available Oct. 16.
at $99.99, due in time for the holidays, steps up to add full-size slide-from-the-side QWERTY keyboard, 3.1-inch 320 by 480 HVGA touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom gesturing, laptop-like track pad to navigate with fingers off the screen, camera image editing, full push corporate email, support for Microsoft Exchange, unified inbox and such IT-compliance features as remote wipe and password enforcement.
, also due in time for the holidays, steps up to an 800MHz processor, 3.7-inch 480 by 854 FWVGA touchscreen, and has Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certification to stream video to certified networked PCs and TVs.
The latest iteration of Motorola's Motoblur service, like before, syncs contacts, posts, messages and photos from favorite social-media sites, work and personal email, and
, then automatically delivers them to the phones' home screen. Motoblur service also locates and remotely wipes lost or stolen devices as well as automatically restores a user's contacts, log-in information, home screen customizations and email via one username and password.
The enhanced Motoblur services adds such new features as social-networking filters and message widgets, enabling users to filter social-network accounts by contacts or contact group. Another new feature is screen customization, letting users move and resize preloaded widgets on up to seven home screens. It also has a battery manager, personal and corporate email pushed directly to the device, and additional social-networking functionality, such as re-tweeting and Facebook comments.