AT&T has dropped its requirement that all customers purchasing “quick messaging devices” — or QMDs for short – subscribe to an unlimited texting plan. According to Fierce Wireless, AT&T implemented the rule in January 2010 before quietly discontinuing it sometime in February of this year. The unlimited texting plan was priced at $20 per month, and while it’s no longer mandatory, AT&T does recommend that customers purchasing a messaging feature phone continue to sign up for an unlimited plan. AT&T’s portfolio of QMDs includes the Samsung Strive, LG VU Plus, Pantech Impact, and Samsung Solstice II, among others. AT&T subscribers can also opt for a cheaper $10 monthly plan that provides just 1,000 text messages per month. More →
As tech writers we get to play with a ton of phones, but nothing really takes us back to our high school days like playing with a Sidekick — and we just had a chance to sit down with the first one powered by Android. Built by Samsung, the Sidekick 4G features Android 2.2 (Froyo) and, despite our initial fears that it would be a lackluster device compared to the high-end beauties recently announced, we were pretty pleased with what the Sidekick 4G offers. It includes a horizontal-slider form factor, a throwback QWERTY keyboard with rounded keys, and more power under the hood than any Sidekick before it. Hit the jump for our hands-on with the Sidekick 4G, and some initial impressions.
Today, via two separate press releases, Verizon announced the addition of the LG Vortex – a full-touchscreen, Android 2.2 smartphone — and the LG Cosmos — a full-QWERTY messaging phone — to its handset lineup.
The Vortex will boast a 3.2-inch touchscreen display with haptic feedback, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, 3.2 megapixel camera, micro-SD card slot (with support for up to a 32GB card), SWYPE keyboard, 3G hotspot capabilities, and Android 2.2; the Vortex will also be Binged-out. The handset will be available, starting November 18th, for $79.99 with a 2-year agreement after a $100 mail-in rebate.
The Cosmos will sport a 2.8-inch WQVGA touchscreen display, horizontal-slide-out QWERTY keypad, Bluetooth 2.1, micro-SD card slot (with support for up to a 16GB card, 1.3 megapixel camera, and the ability to fill three different home screens with widgets. The device will be available beginning on November 18th for $49.99 with a 2-year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate. More →
Verizon Wireless today announced the upcoming availability of two new feature phones, the Pantech Crux and the LG Octane. The former, a full touchscreen offering from Pantech, features a 3-inch display with a virtual QWERTY keypad, a variety of widgets, mobile IM and email support, a 1GB microSD card with support for up to 32GB, integrated social networking features and a full HTML Web browser. The LG Octane sports a landscape-oriented clam shell design and features dual displays, a physical QWERTY keypad, a 3.2-megapixel camera, up to 16GB of microsSD storage, email support, Visual Voicemail and a full HTML Web browser. The Pantech Crux will cost $49.99 with a new 2-year agreement after a $50 mail-in rebate, and the LG Octane will be $99.99 on contract after a $50 mail-in rebate. Both devices will be available online and in stores starting tomorrow, October 28th. More →