Pantech Launches Its First U.S. Android Phone

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Atlanta - Pantech, known mostly for feature phones and messaging phones, will launch its first Android smartphone in the U.S. through AT&T.

The Android 2.2-based Pantech Crossover, priced at $69.99 with two-year contract and data plan, is targeted to first-time smartphone users who want to switch, or crossover from, messaging phones. It features slide-from-the-side keyboard, 3.1-inch touchscreen, 600MHz processor, 3-megapixel digital camera/camcorder with fixed-focus lens, 4x camera zoom, preinstalled 2GB microSD card, memory card slot supporting 32GB microSD cards, five customizable home screens, voice recognition, accelerometer, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and embedded mobile Wi-Fi hot spot to connect up to five Wi-Fi devices to the Internet via 3G cellular if the user pays for a tethering plan.

 The device, which becomes available June 5, is preloaded with the AllSport GPS app, which offers workout tracking, maps, a calorie counter and other features for active users.

  The triband-HSPA device operates in 3G HSPA mode in AT&T's 850/1900MHz bands and in foreign 2.1GHz bands.

  A minimum data plan of $15/month for 200MB of data is required. Using the mobile hot spot feature requires a minimum $45 a month DataPro 4GB plan.

 The phone will be among the phones promoted this summer on the Dew Tour, a national sports tour. Pantech is the tour's official handset sponsor.

Although the Crossover is Pantech's first Android smartphone in the U.S., it's not the company's first smartphone for the U.S. Pantech has offered a small selection of Windows Mobile-based smartphones. They included the dual-slider

Matrix Pro

, launched in 2009, and the dual-slider


, launched in 2007.


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