Cingular to offer BlackBerry killer

Cingular Wireless has announced plans to offer Nokia's E62 device to U.S. consumers--for the stunningly low price of $150. It's an agressive move on the part of Cingular whose competitors, T-Mobile and Verizon, already offer popular smartphones like the BlackBerry and Motorola's Q. The E62 runs on the Symbian platform, which has proven popular in the Asian and European markets. Unlike the BlackBerry, Nokia's device boasts compatibility with a number of email applications and is comparitively smaller and lighter to boot. Will these features, coupled with the device's attractive price point, be enough to unseat the incumbent in an already crowded market? Cingular and Nokia certainly hope so.

For more on the E62:
- read this article from the International Herald Tribune