Irvine, Calif. - Boost Mobile, one of Sprint's prepaid brands, launched its first touchscreen phone equipped with slide-out QWERTY keypad.
The $149 Samsung-made Seek is a feature phone that lacks a smartphone operating system such as Android or Windows Mobile but offers multiple messaging options, access to social-networking sites, MP3 player and downloadable content. It incorporates clients for such email services as Gmail, MSN and Yahoo!, as well as IM clients for Yahoo!, AIM and Windows Live Messenger.
The phone is available through Boost Mobile retail stores and select independent wireless dealers. By the end of August, the Seek will be available at Best Buy and RadioShack, and in September it will be in Sprint stores, followed by Target stores in October. On Aug. 25, it becomes available at
The device features 2.6-inch QVGA touchscreen display, 1.3-megapixel camera, wireless web access, stereo Bluetooth, music player, MicroSD card slot supporting 32GB cards, GPS, speakerphone, voice recognition, and downloadable content such as games and ringtones.
The company promotes the Seek for use with its Boost Mobile Monthly Unlimited offer, which includes nationwide voice, text messaging, web, email and IM for $50 per month.