Alltel on Thursday announced four new Android smartphones, including the LG Axis (free), Samsung Gem ($89.99), HTC Merge ($124.99), and Motorola Milestone X. The LG Axis and Samsung Gem both run Android 2.1, which is two generations old — the HTC Merge and Motorola Milestone X are likely the more attractive of the bunch. The HTC Merge sports a full QWERTY keyboard and runs Android 2.2 (Froyo) under HTC’s Sense user interface. Meanwhile, the Motorola Milestone X is powered by Android 2.2 and sports a 4.3-inch touchscreen display as well as an 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and 8GB of on-board memory. Alltel says the four phones are available now in stores and online, although pricing for the Milestone X has not yet been announced and the device was not listed on Alltel’s website at the time of this writing. Hit the jump for the full release.
Alltel Wireless Adds Popular Android Smartphones To Handset Lineup
Customers can choose from sleek, stylish multimedia devices
BEVERLY, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Alltel Wireless, a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlantic Tele-Network, has added four new handsets – the LG Axis™, Samsung Gem™, HTC Merge™, and Motorola Milestone X™ – to its robust smartphone lineup. All four phones, equipped with Google’s Android technology, are now available at Alltel retail stores and online at alltelwireless.com.
Whether looking for a slim, compact phone or into videos and messaging or quick access to applications on the go, such as e-mail and the Internet, Alltel customers can choose from a lineup of phones that offer unique user experiences.
Versatile and Sophisticated Smartphone
The LG Axis offers Alltel customers customizable applications and an entertainment experience that will keep them effortlessly connected to the things that matter the most. Equipped with Google™ Android 2.1 and access to the Android Market™, LG Axis provides users with more than 80,000 applications for music, games and other entertainment categories. The LG Axis also allows users the ability to customize up to five different home screens by adding or removing shortcuts to their favorite applications and widgets, creating a unique phone that is tailored to meet their personal needs.
LCD Touch Display Brings it all to Life
The Samsung Gem comes equipped with Android 2.1 and provides built-in Google mobile services including Google Search™ and Google Maps™ with turn-by-turn GPS navigation. The Google™ user interface applications also allow customers to integrate their Outlook, Facebook and Gmail contacts, putting everything right where they need it on the large touch screen. With the advanced touch screen display, text, picture and video message is made easy with the Swype virtual keyboard, an innovative system that allows users to simply slide their finger from key to key, only raising it in between words. Users will also be able to drag and drop various widgets and icons to personalize their own unique screen.
Multitasking Made Quick and Easy
The HTC Merge comes equipped with the Android 2.2 operating system and the HTC Sense™ user-friendly interface, allowing customers to effortlessly multitask and unite spreadsheets from work with your videos from home. With the HTC Merge, users can quickly and easily link to social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook and update their status while checking e-mails. This customizable smartphone allows users to organize e-mail, Facebook and SMS based upon their individual preferences and not by technology.
A Theater in the Palm of Your Hand
The Motorola Milestone X is great for downloading movies or recording video in vivid HD quality, and then watching the clips on the 4.3-inch high-res touch screen. The Milestone connects directly to a compatible HDTV with an optional HDMI® cable so users can experience captured photos and video in HD crystal clarity. The 8MP camera provides clear pictures and features touch-to-focus, dual LED flash, panoramic mode, face detection and more. The memory on this sleek, stylish and ultra thin phone can expand to 40GB (8GB on-board and up to 32GB optional removable) to store even more photos and media.
Alltel Wireless continues to be an industry leader, providing customers most recently with “The Best Value Unlimited Plans” which offer the most affordable and flexible options for those who love to talk and remain connected. Alltel Wireless also provides customers its exclusive “My Circle” feature – unlimited calling to and from any 5, 15 or 25 numbers on any network and unlimited text to their circle on select plans – as well as the innovative “Free Fridays” feature, where all calls on Friday are free on select plans.