AT&T launches six new phones

AT&T Mobility launched six new phones focused on messaging and email ahead of the 2009 CTIA Wireless trade show, cementing its focus on quick-messaging phones.

Saying that text messaging and email are the "killer app" for data usage, the carrier unveiled a lineup of phones ranging from Nokia E71x smartphone to the low-cost Samsung Magnet. This launch is similar to the one AT&T made last October when it launched a lineup of handsets geared toward text messaging.

The most high-profile of the new phones is the long awaited E71x. The handset, which is just 10mm thin, features HSPA, GPS, WiFi and runs on the S60 Symbian OS. It will sell for $99.99 with a two-year contract, and a $50 mail-in rebate. The phone will be available in late April or early May.  

AT&T also launched the Samsung Propel Pro, which runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 and features a full Qwerty keyboard. The phone will be available in April for $149.99 with a two-year contract and and a $50 mail-in rebate.

Another one of the flashy phones AT&T launched is the Samsung Impression, which is the first phone to retail in the United States with a full AMOLED display. The phone has a 3.2-inch screen, 3-megapixel camera and has a full keyboard. The phone will sell for $199.99 with a two-year contract and and a $50 rebate.

Some of the less high-end phones AT&T launched include the LG Xenon. The phone has HSPA support, a touchscreen, full keyboard and a 2-megapixel camera. It will sell for $99.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.

AT&T also launched the LG Neon, a quick-messaging phone with a 2-megapixel camera. The phone will be released in late April or early May. Pricing was not immediately available. And finally, AT&T launched the Samsung Magnet, a bar-shaped quick-messaging phone with a VGA camera. The Magnet will be released in late April or early May.   

For more:
- see this release
- see this article
- see this slideshow of the phones

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