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It is not considered an advanced messaging device, since it is not a smartphone and lacks a QWERTY keyboard, but does allow for simple text and pictures messages to be sent and received. Text messages can be entered by using the touchscreen or the slide-out dialpad with T9 predictive entry. Picture messages operate the same way, except that you can attach a picture stored in the phone’s memory or microSD card to send to another phone.

Unfortunately, it does not come preloaded with an instant messenger program or e-mail application. However, Alltel’s Axcess Web home page does allow you to use the WAP browser for accessing Yahoo, GMail, AOL, and Windows Live E-Mail accounts.

Connectivity and Data:

The Glimmer is a dual band all-digital device that operates on the 800MHz and 1900MHz CDMA Alltel Wireless network and is capable of roaming on the Sprint CDMA network. Non-voice data, such as Web and E-Mail, are transmitted using the 3G EVDO Rev 0 network, but will default down to the slower 1x Digital while roaming.

Bluetooth version 1.2 is supported and allows for up to 25 pairings. Supported profiles include hands free, headset, advanced audio distribution A2DP/AVRC, object push, dial up networking, file transfer, basic printing, and phone book access. When paired to our Jabra 250v and using it for calls, we were able to get up to 25 feet of static free performance, and with the Motorola HT820 and S9 we were able to get up to 30 feet of stereo music without static.

There is a built in microUSB port to allow for a PC connection, yet the cable is not provided in the retail package. With the phone set-up as USB Mass Storage and connected to a PC, you can directly access the microSD card for copying music, picture, and videos. However, this can also be done with a traditional SD memory card reader.

The Glimmer could made use of an HTML browser for the large display, as one is used on the LG Voyager, Viewty and Vu, but unfortunately comes with a standard WAP browser provided by Openwave Systems. It will connect to Alltel’s Axcess Web home page, which provides links to tones and pics, news, email, socialzone, sports, weather, and entertainment. There is also an address bar to manually enter in other WAP and HTTP sites. While in an EVDO coverage area, most WAP site will load in under 10 seconds, with HTML sites taking 30 seconds or longer (PhoneArena took 45 seconds), but they will not display and format correctly for the screen. Because of the limitations of the browser, we cannot recommend it for people who are interested in viewing normal web site while on the go. A better choice would be a phone with a full HTML browser. However, we were able to use the WAP browser without problem with the Mobile YouTube site and stream videos directly to the phone.

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