U.S. Cellular to launch five handsets in June

By on June 2, 2009 at 2:07 PM.

U.S. Cellular to launch five handsets in June

According to an alleged internal memo courtesy of one of our ninjas, it looks like U.S. Cellular is jumping on the “month of the mobile” bandwagon by releasing not one but five handsets this month. Ranging from a simple flip phone to a Windows Mobile smartphone, there really is something for everyone:

  • Motorola Hint QA30 – June 4th. Re-release of the somewhat problematic handset.
  • LG UX840 Tritan – June 8th. Slider with 3-inch QVGA touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard, full HTML browser, music player, G sensor, Bluetooth and 3 megapixel camera. Will require US Cellular’s premium data/Internet package for $19.95 per month.
  • Samsung Axle R311 – June 10th. Your basic clam shell feature phone.
  • Samsung Code – June 18th. Windows Mobile 6.1 candybar with front QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth and 2 megapixel camera. Will require Windows Mobile Package.
  • BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8320 – Expected release late June, possibly around June 20th.
  • LG UX700 – Late July/Early August. Slim candy bar with a 3-inch touchscreen, virtual QWERTY keyboard, full HTML browser, music player, Bluetooth, and a 2 megapixel camera. Will require U.S. Cellular’s premium data/internet package for $19.95 per month.

A pretty decent lineup and impressive launch schedule for this small US carrier. Golf claps. Hit the jump for a closer look at the above memo.

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Motorola QA30 Hint now available from MetroPCS

By on April 14, 2009 at 9:37 AM.

Motorola QA30 Hint now available from MetroPCS

QWERTY handsets aren’t exactly in abundance right now from MetroPCS, so messaging fiends who enjoy ridiculously cheap unlimited plans should be pleased to learn that the scrappy young carrier has officially launched the Motorola Hint. For those who follow MetroPCS, it isn’t exactly a surprise that the Hint has arrived as chatter surrounding its impending launch has been surging for a while now. Even still, Moto’s QWERTY slider is now the most compact handset with a full keyboard MetroPCS has in its repertoire. It’s also the most expensive, ringing up at $249. With the recent launch of the Samsung Finesse and now the Hint becoming available, it looks like MetroPCS is stepping it up when it comes to its handset lineup. Now if we could only get some more extensive coverage, we’d be in business.

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Canada continues to be attacked by low-end QWERTY sliders as the Motorola Hint prepares to land on Bell on April 9

By on March 30, 2009 at 2:00 PM.

Canada continues to be attacked by low-end QWERTY sliders as the Motorola Hint prepares to land on Bell on April 9

Motorola’s Hint QA30 is a device that we aren’t afraid to say that we’re not too fond of. A short, fat QWERTY slider whether open or closed, the Hint just doesn’t feel quite right (in our minds, not our hands) no matter how hard we try. But then perhaps we shouldn’t be slinging too much criticism as low-end QWERTY devices are primarily snapped up by youths who don’t quite have the finances to procure something with a little more kick. It doesn’t have the worst specs with EV-DO Rev. 0, a 2.5″ QVGA display, 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities, GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth 2.0 and support for microSD/microSDHC cards of up to 32GB, but it’s certainly no must-have for those who are looking for the next best thing to smartphone. So what is this going to cost the Canadian consumer? Bell has apparently set the pricing for the Hint at $129.95 on a three-year contract and $329.95 off contract which seems to indicate that Bell’s is betting that the Hint will be able to offset some of the damage done to their bottom line by the recent introduction of three low-end QWERTY devices from Rogers, the LG Neon and the Samsung Propel and Gravity.

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Alltel’s Motorola QA30 officially announced as the Moto Hint

By on November 25, 2008 at 3:39 PM.

Alltel’s Motorola QA30 officially announced as the Moto Hint

Either the timing was just right or Alltel really knows how to move. Either way, the recently-acquired US carrier just made its latest handset official and it definitely has a good chance of being popular among the younger crowd. Just yesterday we saw the Alltel-branded Motorola QA30 and today it it has been announced as the Motorola Hint. We’re not sure what it’s hinting at but here’s a quick recap of the specs:

  • 1x-EVDO connectivity
  • 2.5 inch TFT display with 320 x 240 pixels and 65K colors
  • Threaded messaging
  • Full HTML browser
  • Facebook access
  • Email, IM
  • 3.5mm headset jack (nice!)
  • Stereo Bluetooth 2.0
  • USB 2.0
  • 2MP camera
  • MicroSD / MicroSDHC card support, up to 32GB

Not bad at all. It will also ship with applications such as Alltel Navigation powered by Telenav, XM Radio Mobile and Aricent Celltop. The Motorola Hint will become available on November 28th, Black Friday, though pricing info is not yet available. The handset also doesn’t seem to be listed on the Alltel site yet, though there is an image of it in a cycling banner on the homepage.

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Motorola QA30 QWERTY slider shots leaked, headed to Alltel

By on November 24, 2008 at 2:14 PM.

Motorola QA30 QWERTY slider shots leaked, headed to Alltel

No it’s surely not the Alexander we’re all waiting to hear more about, kind of, but it looks like Motorola has a QWERTY slider in store for us by way of Alltel. The bad news is that it won’t be home to Android, Windows Mobile or any other smart OS. The good news is that, umm, it could have really good battery life thanks to a dumb OS and a 65K color screen, maybe? Specs, Jeeves:

  • 1x-EVDO connectivity
  • 2.5 inch TFT display with 320 x 240 pixels and 65K colors
  • Threaded messaging
  • Full HTML browser
  • Facebook access
  • Email, IM
  • 3.5mm headset jack (nice!)
  • Stereo Bluetooth 2.0
  • USB 2.0
  • 2MP camera
  • MicroSD / MicroSDHC card support, up to 32GB

The QA30 surely won’t be winning any races, or design awards, or performance contests, or beauty pageants – but it may well be a welcome addition to the Alltel lineup. Beyond that, it may be a rare case of Alltel being the first to get its mitts on a new handset. Or, it may be that we just haven’t seen leaks out of the other carriers signed on for the QA30.

[Via Unwired View]

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