AT&T drops unlimited SMS requirement for messaging phones

By on April 11, 2011 at 6:04 PM.

AT&T drops unlimited SMS requirement for messaging phones

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 →

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T-Mobile Sidekick 4G hands-on!

By on March 22, 2011 at 8:10 AM.

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G hands-on!

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.

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Verizon adds LG Vortex, Cosmos to phone lineup

By on November 15, 2010 at 11:21 AM.

Verizon adds LG Vortex, Cosmos to phone lineup

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 →

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Verizon Wireless to launch Pantech Crux and LG Octane tomorrow

By on October 27, 2010 at 3:33 PM.

Verizon Wireless to launch Pantech Crux and LG Octane tomorrow

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 →

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