We scooped RadioShack’s The Shack’s initial T-Mobile launch portfolio earlier this month and as the reborn retailer kicks off its T-Mobile offering, the one missing piece of the puzzle has just fallen into place. We knew Tmo’s new budget messaging machine was due some time this month and we knew The Shack would stock it from day one (today), so since it wasn’t available yesterday… One plus one apparently does equal two. Coming in an an ultra-affordable $29.99 after mail-in rebate on a 2-year contract, the Samsung Gravity 2 features a side-sliding QWERTY along with a 2 megapixel camera, MP3 player, Bluetooth and microSDHC support. In other words, it’s the perfect handset for a light user looking for a text-friendly cheapo or a tween looking for a phone that comes in “metallic pumpkin”.
RadioShack, or “The Shack” as it will soon be called, announced last month that it would be snuggling up with T-Mobile in locations across the country. What we don’t know — or didn’t know, rather — was exactly which handsets the retailer would be carrying when its T-Mobile offering goes live on August 19th. A ninja just hit us with a giant internal launch document that sheds light on various internal resources, training, merchandising (see the image to the right) and plenty more involved with the Tmo launch. All that stuff is pretty boring however, so we cut the fat and were left with the list of devices the Shack will be hawking, 11 in total, beginning two weeks from tomorrow:
- Samsung T239 (red)
- Sony Ericsson TM506 (amber)
- Samsung Gravity 2
- Samsung Comeback (red)
- BlackBerry Curve 8900
- Samsung Behold
- HTC myTouch 3G (black & white)
- Nokia 1661
- Samsung T239 (gray)
- Nokia 2760
- Samsung T349
Sure we already know plenty about each and every handset mentioned above, but you know you still want to hit the jump and check them out.
The good folks over at T-Mobile always do their best to bring hot new GSM phones to market as quickly as possible. With a subscriber count around 40 million however, manufacturers are seemingly more eager to deal with AT&T and its 80 million-or-so customers more often than not. Keeping that in mind, if T-Mobile can manage to bring the highly sought-after HTC Touch Pro2 to market before its GSM rival, it will definitely be a noteworthy coup. We still have no firm word on when AT&T will be cracking a champagne bottle on the Pro2’s hull but often-rumored August 12th launch date for T-Mobile’s sequel to the aged Wing just got a bit firmer thanks to the leaked sheet above. While pricing is still a mystery, we can assume it’ll come in towards the top of Tmo’s lineup and as such, a more affordable QWERTY option is rumored to become available the following week — the Samsung Gravity 2, another sequel. Though it was officially announced last week, there is still no official word on the pricing or release date for this messaging machine. While the handset’s price still alludes us, it looks like T-Mobile has August 18th pegged for its launch. Hit the jump for the supporting sheet for the Gravity 2 and let us know if either of these upcoming phones will have a place in your pocket and more importantly, in your heart.
Yes ladies and gentlemen pre-teen boys and girls, school is starting up again in just over a month and that means carriers across the country are going to start rolling out a bunch of new phones to gobble up the money you worked so hard to get over the summer. The latest in this crop of devices are the Samsung Comeback and Gravity 2 from T-Mobile. The Comeback, a device we’re sure most of you are familiar with by now, is a 3G-enabled horizontal clamshell with a full-QWERTY keypad, 2 megapixel camera, MP3 player and microSDHC support. The Gravity 2 isn’t much different except that it is a straight-up side slider and is considerably smaller. Sadly for those who are thinking about picking up a Comeback, which is available this very moment, we hit the nail squarely on the head when we said that it will be going for the absolutely ridiculous price of $129.99 on a 2-year deal after a $50 MIR. Insane. As for the Gravity 2, pricing and a specific release date have yet to be set, although it will be available sometime next month. Huzzah.