HP Returns To U.S. Smartphone Market

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is returning to the U.S. smartphone market with a 3G worldphone that will be available on the


network in the coming weeks.

The HP iPAQ Glisten, based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system, features AMOLED touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard at $179. The price is after a $50 rebate in the form of a promotion card and with two-year data-plan contract. AT&T did not announce the date of availability.

The HP Glisten

The device, AT&T's first smartphone with AMOLED display, is targeted to mobile professionals and will be available through AT&T business services, HP corporate sales, AT&T and HP Web sites targeted to small and medium businesses and consumers, and third-party e-commerce sites. Sales through AT&T-owned stores and brick-and-mortar retailers aren't included in the announced distribution plans.

The 3G HSPA phone also features a Web browser with flash support, GPS and Wi-Fi, including automatic access to more than 20,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots included with select smartphone data plans.

Other features include integrated inbox that summarizes recent emails, calls and texts. Voice Commander voice-recognition software reads text messages, emails and appointment details and enables voice prompts to begin messages and dial contacts.

The device also comes with a preloaded Facebook application and 3.1-megapixel camera.


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