AT&T Announces Quickfire, Samsung Propel, Pantech Matrix and Slate

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According to a recent Nielsen, many U.S. consumers now use their phones for texting more than for talking. AT&T also reported in its second quarter earnings that text volume had tripled compared with the second quarter 2007. In light of this growing popularity of text messaging among consumers, AT&T today announced four new phones designed specifically to make texting simpler and faster. All will be available for the upcoming holiday season. According to Carlton Hill, vice president of Devices and Product Development for AT&T's wireless operations, "This new line of mobile phones will be a hit with both the text messaging generation and users who want to more easily use other functions on their phone, from mobile e-mail to typing in a search term on the pre-installed YELLOWPAGES.COM... For a lot of reasons, more buttons are better."

Pantech Matrix

The first phone, the Pantech Matrix, is available today and features a full QWERTY keyboard (as do the other three). Like the Pantech Duo it features a dual sliding double keyboard. It features a 1.3 megapixel camera, instant messaging, Mobile Email, AT&T Navigator, AT&T Mobile Music, CV, and AT&T Video ShareSM calling. The Matrix retails for $79.99 with a two year agreement and after a mail in rebate and comes in navy blue, black with green, and red.

Samsung Propel

The Samsung Propel will launch in late October. It is a square slider that features instant messaging, Mobile Email, AT&T Navigator, CV, AT&T Video Share calling, AT&T Mobile Music, and a 1.3 megapixel camera. It will also retail for $79.99 with a two year contract and after a mail in rebate. It will be available in blue, green, red, and white with red.

Pantech Slate

The Pantech Slate will also be available in late October and supposedly will be the world's thinnest device featuring a full QWERTY keyboard. This bar-style phone with a 1.3 megapixel camera, instant messaging, Mobile Email and Bluetooth® connectivity. It will retail for $49.99 with contract and rebate and will be available in black with royal blue.

AT&T Quickfire

Finally, AT&T's own Quickfire, a slider featuring a full touch screen and keypad, will be available in November. This phone offers both portrait and landscape mode and operates on AT&T's 3G network. It will be available in orange, lime and silver for $99.99 after a two-year agreement and mail-in rebate.

All four phones are compatible with AT&T's messaging bundles that offer 200, 1,500 and unlimited messaging for $5, $15 and $20, respectively. AT&T FamilyTalk® plan customers can get unlimited messaging for all lines for $30.

[via AT&T]