ATnT and Pantech announced today that the Pantech duo is now available in the U.S. exclusively from ATnT. The device features the convenience of both a full QWERTY and a numeric keypad in one sleek 3G device. Here is more info:
"The Pantech duo is a global smart device that takes "cool" to a higher level in redefining form and function. Boasting an innovative dual-sliding, double-keyboard design, the Pantech duo marks a new breed of mobile handset - created to address the lifestyle needs of both business customers and consumers. In addition, the UMTS/HSDPA-enabled Pantech duo is one of the first devices in the AT&T portfolio to be powered by the Windows Mobile 6 operating system. AT&T has the broadest portfolio of Windows Mobile devices of any U.S. carrier.
The Pantech duo redefines the way that users interact with their cell phones by responding to the long-standing need of customers for a handset that intuitively and stylishly transitions between their personal and professional lives and allows them to make phone calls or type with equal ease. The drop-down QWERTY keyboard is perfect for writing e-mail and editing Microsoft Word and Excel documents; the numeric keypad is ideal for sending quick texts and dialing on the run. A flip of the wrist brings users into contact with either keyboard and any mobile need. The lean design houses both keypads and a large color screen that measures only 4.02 inches tall, 1.97 inches wide and .83 inches thick.
Staying Entertained With the Pantech duo, staying entertained has never been easier. Dynamic AT&T Mobile Music and CV services let customers manage a variety of multimedia libraries, download and play stereo-quality music, watch popular TV shows and view exclusive content from HBO, MTV, and ESPN, among others, on the handset?s robust 240 x 320 pixel screen. Also onboard are convenient and widely used features, such as Internet Explorer Mobile, Windows Media Player 10 Mobile and Stereo Bluetooth.
Office on the Road The operating backbone of the Pantech duo is Windows Mobile 6, which provides users with the familiar look and feel of their desktop computers at home or in the office. Included in the Pantech duo is Office Mobile, so people can view PowerPoint presentations, as well as view and edit Microsoft Word and Excel documents. Windows Mobile 6 also delivers the ability to view e-mail messages in their original rich HTML format with live links to Web sites and Microsoft Office SharePoint sites, which means that text and images are displayed as they would be on a Windows PC.
The Pantech duo and all Windows Mobile 6 devices include Microsoft?s Direct Push Technology for up-to-date e-mail delivery and automatic synchronization of Outlook calendars, tasks and contacts through Microsoft Exchange Server. The Pantech duo also will support System Center Mobile Device Manager, the comprehensive, enterprise-grade mobile management security and access server at around the time Mobile Device Manager is available in the second quarter of 2008. The product was announced last week by Microsoft at CTIA Wireless I.T. and Entertainment 2007.
In addition to having the ability to take the office on the road, the Pantech duo provides consumers with numerous methods to stay connected by offering a choice of personal e-mail and messaging options. These include the AT&T Xpress Mail push e-mail service, which supports most popular POP3/IMAP personal e-mail services; instant messaging capabilities; and the ability to send and receive multimedia messages with color videos and photos. Taking productivity one step further, the Pantech duo leverages the unique capabilities of UMTS/HSDPA technology from AT&T, which allows for the simultaneous transmission of voice and data services so that users can make voice calls while sending e-mail or browsing the Web.
- Form Factor: Two way slider - Band/Modes: GPRS/EDGE quad-band - UMTS/HSDPA dual-band (850/1900Mhz) - Dimensions: 4.01 x 1.97 x 0.78 inches (102 x 50 x 19.9 mm) - Display: 2.2" 262K TFT (240*320 pixels) - Camera: 1.3 megapixels - Sound: 64k Polyphonic, MP3, WMA, WAV ring tone - Multimedia: MP3, AAC, AAC+, MPEG4, H.263, WMA, WMV - Connectivity: USB, Bluetooth Stereo (1.1, 1.2) - Internal Memory: 50MB - External Memory: Micro SD
Pricing and Availability The Pantech duo is available now in the U.S. exclusively from AT&T for a special introductory price of $199.99 at AT&T retail stores nationwide, online at http://www.wireless.att.com, at select national retailers and through AT&T?s business-to-business sales organizations. Unlimited monthly data plans, which include corporate e-mail, are $44.99 a month with a voice contract. Personal data plans, which include personal e-mail, begin at $29.99 a month for 20MB of data. AT&T also offers an international data plan for the MOTO Pantech duo ? 20MB in nearly 30 countries ? for an additional $24.99 a month. For more information on the Pantech duo, please go to http://www.wireless.att.com/pantechduo "