AT&T to come up with 4 new messaging phones and 3 new services

AT&T to come up with 4 new messaging phones and 3 new services
The second-largest carrier in the U.S., AT&T, has just announced its plans to deliver three new services to its users, as well as a total of four new messaging phones. We’ll begin with the phones…

First, we have the Samsung Strive. To be released on March 21, the Strive will be a simple messaging handset, equipped with a 2MP camera, 3G and a 2.6-inch QVGA display. It will slide vertically to reveal a full QWERTY, the keys of which seem to be shaped similarly to a BlackBerry’s keyboard. The price of the Samsung Strive will be temporarily set to $19.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.

Samsung Strive Specifications

Then comes the Samsung Sunburst – a touchscreen phone with a rather futuristic design, which we like, at least on the official photos. The Sunburst will shine on you with a 3-inch WQVGA display, 2MP camera, microSDHC slot, GPS and EDGE support. The Samsung Sunburst will also become available on March 2, but for $39.99 with a two-year contract and after $50 mail-in rebate.

Samsung Sunburst Specifications



The other two offerings come from Pantech, but there are no images of them yet. The Pantech Link is said to be a slim, full QWERTY device that will be available in the following weeks, while the Pursuit will combine a touchscreen with a portrait-sliding QWERTY keyboard. It should be available in the summer in green or blue colors.

Now, let’s see what AT&T has prepared on the software front. Keep in mind the following three services will make their debut with the Samsung Strive’s launch on March 21.

  • AT&T Address Book will sync your contacts with an online server, you’ll always have your phonebook backed-up and you’ll also be able to access and manage it from either your phone or computer. It will also allow you to import contacts from other web-based sources like e-mail accounts. Using it will be free of charge.

  • Next Generation Messaging will bring features, such as “reply all” functionality that will let you respond to up to 10 contacts, a threaded-style conversation display and a consolidated inbox.

  • AT&T Mobile Share will let you share photos and videos (maximum file size is set to 10MB) from your cell phone with your computer, social networking sites, people and a personal “storage locker” on the Internet. Users will be able to access the content in their storage lockers from a computer or a phone. AT&T Mobile Share will be available for $10 per month for 50 media transfers. Pay per use price will be $.35 for a single transfer. Your maximum storage limit will be 250MB, but this can be expanded to 10GB more, for another $5 per month.

So, now that you know what AT&T is going to release real soon, are you satisfied? Feel free to use the comments below to express your opinion.

source: AT&T

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11 Comments

1. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

AT&T Address Book's free of charge caught my eye. I know Sprint charges for a feature like this, so to hear that AT&T is going to let us use it for free is just music to my ears. The Next Generation Messaging sounds wonderful too. Can't wait to try them both out. :)

3. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

Sprint charged for that service years ago. It is included in your plan now

6. CODYPHOBIA

Posts: 58; Member since: Jun 21, 2008

Backup Assistance from VZW (Free for MyVerizon subscribers) does the same thing as well. They have had it for at least 3 years now.

8. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Good to know AT&T is joining the fray. I know CDMA carriers probably required a feature like that because you can't just save up to 250 numbers in a SIM and swap it out. But I'm glad AT&T is coming out with a feature that can manage my contacts that's saved in my phone. :)

2. scottmbolt unregistered

"AT&T Address Book will sync your contacts with an online server, you’ll always have your phonebook backed-up and you’ll also be able to access and manage it from either your phone or computer. It will also allow you to import contacts from other web-based sources like e-mail accounts. Using it will be free of charge." ... AKA "Google Contacts". Another FREE service provided by Android and Google :-D And that Samsung Sunburst is one hella ugly phone. I looks like some sort of underwater-James Bond meets inspector gadget-Device.

4. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

Well, if you noticed, the phones Google Contacts seems to work with are smart phones only. This AT&T Address Book would be a great addition to everyone else who doesn't use smartphones, like most of the people in your family probably. And I think you can't judge phones based off pictures until you've seen it in person. I thought the other Samsung phones were ugly as well, but I recently walked into AT&T to buy a Motorola Backflip and saw them in person. They are actually really nice looking phones. I'm sure this one will be a surprise as well.

5. fsjon

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 03, 2009

That address book service is available to ALL phone not just Android. All smartphone already has a service like that, Microsoft myPhone for example. This service is more catered to feature phones.

7. scottmbolt unregistered

No... I am sure this "Sunburst" is quite ugly.

9. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

I didn't know AT&T sold anything but the iPhone. *sarcasm intended*

10. redmaxer

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 11, 2009

pantech link is on the att page go to the site.

11. knuckleballer34

Posts: 119; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

I hate being a downer, but the Sunburst looks like a telvision remote from another planet. On the other hand, I can see At&t selling a lot of Strives.

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