AT&T Expands Touch, Keyboard Selection - Twice

AT&T Expands Touch, Keyboard Selection

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Dallas - A sextet of new cellphones from AT&T will expand the carrier's selection of touchscreen and keyboard-equipped phones, which will include the carrier's first two Windows Mobile 6.5 PDA phones.

All six models - two each from Pantech, Samsung and HTC - become available in October and November. Three models - the HTC Tilt2, Pantech Impact and Samsung Flight - feature a touchscreen and a hard QWERTY keyboard. Two touchscreen-only models are the HTC Pure and Samsung Mythic. The model without a touchscreen but with a hard QWERTY keyboard is the Pantech Reveal. All touchscreen models also feature a virtual QWERTY keyboard.

The Windows Mobile models are the HTC Pure and the HTC Tilt2, both with an advanced version of HTC's TouchFLO 3-D user interface. The Samsung and Pantech models feature full Web browsers, and they are the carrier's first to come preloaded with AT&T's faster HTML mobile browser and ATT.net Web service, which use Opera browser and Opera data compression to allow for faster HTML page delivery.

The new browser delivers three windows to the Web. From the homepage window, subscribers browse the Internet. A second window provides location-aware local news, weather, and points-of-interest (POI) information as well as access to maps, driving directions and traffic information. A third window delivers headlines from news, sports and entertainment sites.

Among the Windows Mobile models, the HTC Pure became available at AT&T retail stores nationwide and online at www.wireless.att.com for $149. The HTC Tilt2 will be available in the weeks following at $299. The prices are after $50 mail-in rebate and with two-year contract with a minimum $69.99/month service plan.

The touch-only Pure features 3.2-inch WVGA touchscreen, 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with video capture, expandable memory, gravity sensor and ambient light sensor. The HTC Tilt2 features slide-out QWERTY hard keyboard and 3.6-inch widescreen WVGA display, which can be tilted up. The speakerphone features dual speakers and dual microphones with noise cancellation, and HTC's Straight Talk, which allows for simplified conference calling and turns on the speakerphone by turning the device over. It also features a 3.2-megapixel camera.

Both HTC models sport such Windows Mobile 6.5 improvements as improved browser with Flash support and redesigned Start Menu.

In 2009, AT&T will support Microsoft's Windows Marketplace for Mobile, enabling application downloading to the Pure and Tilt2 as well as to other Windows Mobile devices, the carrier said. Marketplace purchases will be added to subscribers' monthly bills. AT&T will likewise support Windows Marketplace downloads to smartphones using other Windows Mobile versions when Microsoft makes that service available sometime later this year, AT&T added.

Among the Pantech models is the non-touch Reveal, whose numeric keypad slides up to reveal a QWERTY keyboard that remain active simultaneously to let users access letters and numbers simultaneously. It's due Oct. 18 in red or blue

Pantech's Impact triband-3G worldphone features haptic-feedback OLED touchscreen with slide-from-the-side QWERTY keyboard. Sliding out the keyboard reveals a second display screen that makes it easier to type long messages, the company said. It's available in pink or blue. AT&T did not specify whether it would be available in October or November.

In the Samsung portfolio, AT&T plans November availability of the Mythic touchscreen-only phone with MediaFLO-based AT&T Mobile TV service. It will be available in black with 3.3-inch touchscreen that scrolls left to right on the home screen to display additional application icons. It features Samsung's TouchWiz user interface with widgets to customize the user interface. Pricing wasn't announced.

Samsung's Flight, also due in November, features touchscreen and slide-down QWERTY keyboard. The user interface provides one-touch access to functions like shortcuts, favorites and messaging. It will come in choice of red or silver. Pricing wasn't announced.

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