attWhile it’s believed that texting and email are the killer apps on mobile phones, AT&T today (Mar. 30) announced a range of smartphones and quick messaging phones. Called integrated devices, they’ll be available in AT&T stores and through online channels in the coming weeks. 

In the smartphone category, AT&T debuted the Nokia E71x and the Samsung Propel Pro, two stylish smartphones that, it says, inspire fun, while delivering serious functionality.

In addition, the Samsung Impression and Samsung Magnet, and LG Xenon and Neon emerge to the lead AT&T’s lineup of quick messaging phones and expands the number of full-keyboard mobile phones in AT&T’s lineup to seven. 

Nokia E71x

Claimed to be the thinnest smartphone on the market, the Nokia E71x, will be available in the coming weeks for $99.99. It features a black steel finish. The Nokia smartphone, based on S60 on Symbian OS offers the Wi-Fi and the flexibility of many Symbian-based applications, in addition to AT&T’s services, including AT&T Navigator. 

Samsung Propel Pro

The Propel Pro, a full-QWERTY silver and chrome compact slider smartphone with Windows Mobile 6.1 allows users to run enterprise applications on the same platform they use to text and send photos. Evolving from the Samsung Propel, business users and consumers looking for a full-feature smartphone with Wi-Fi will look to the Propel Pro, available in April for $149.99.

Samsung Impression

The commercially available AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) screen promises one of the brightest and clearest displays in the U.S. and is paired with a keyboard underneath a slim, metallic blue quick messaging phone that’s all touch screen on the outside, all buttons on the inside. On sale for $199.99, the Impression has an included 3.0 megapixel camcorder-capable camera, 3.2-inch screen, and full browser.

LG Xenon

A quick messaging phone with customizable and intuitive user interface, the 3G-powered LG Xenon snaps 2.0 megapixel photos. It offers the full suite of AT&T entertainment services such as AT&T Navigator, Napster Mobile, eMusic Mobile, and more. Xenon will be available in three colors: black, blue and red for $99.99. 

LG Neon

According to AT&T, teens and text-happy adults will enjoy the LG Neon, a low-cost touch screen device available in the coming weeks. The green and white quick messaging phone features a full keyboard, 2.0 megapixel camera, and access to Instant Messaging, Mobile Email, AT&T Music, and the mobile Internet.

Samsung Magnet

The Magnet is a slim orange and black bar-shaped device that will appeal to users who need a low-cost, quick messaging phone. The Magnet features a WAP browser and integrated camera in its sleek package and will be offered at an affordable price in the coming weeks.

All six devices can be paired with messaging bundles offering 200, 1500, and unlimited messages that cost $5, $15 and $20, respectively. Unlimited messaging is available for AT&T FamilyTalk plan customers for all lines for $30. Data plans vary per device.

Samsung Impression and Propel Pro will arrive in AT&T stores on April 7 and 14, respectively, and the LG Xenon will go on sale on April 8. The Nokia e71x, LG Neon and Samsung Magnet will be available in the following weeks, says AT&T.

Photo courtesy: AT&T

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About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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