– Pantech, known mostly for feature phones and messaging phones, will launch
its first Android smartphone in the U.S. through AT&T.
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
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
, launched in 2009, and the dual-slider
launched in 2007.