QWERTY!: AT&T unleashes four new messaging phones and new messaging plans

Noah Kravitz
 from Oakland, CA
Published: October 14, 2008

Finally you can all stop asking me when AT&T's gonna get them a QWERTY phone.  Boom!  Here's four for your SMS-fiending thumbs to drool over.  I'm going to be lazy and just cut-and-paste from the press release:

Pantech Matrix
The Pantech Matrix is available today in navy blue and black with green and will be available Oct. 16 in red. It is $79.99 with a two-year agreement and mail-in rebate1, and it features the unique dual-sliding, double-keypad design that is found on the popular Pantech Duo™ smartphone in AT&T stores. The Matrix features a 1.3 megapixel camera, instant messaging, Mobile Email, AT&T Navigator, AT&T Mobile Music, CV, AT&T Video ShareSM calling and more.

Pantech Matrix
 
Samsung Propel
A square slider with the best of AT&T's entertainment offerings such as instant messaging, Mobile Email, AT&T Navigator, CV, AT&T Video Share calling, AT&T Mobile Music, a 1.3 megapixel camera and more, the Samsung Propel slides upward for easy access to its full QWERTY keypad. Also available for $79.99 after a two-year agreement and mail-in rebate1, the Propel will be available in late October in blue, green, black with red, and white with red.

.Samsung Propel
 
Pantech Slate
The world's thinnest device with a full QWERTY keypad, the Pantech Slate will retail for $49.99 after a two-year agreement and mail-in rebate1. A bar-style phone with a 1.3 megapixel camera, instant messaging, Mobile Email and Bluetooth® connectivity, the Slate is available in black with royal blue and will also be available in late October.


Pantech Slate
 
AT&T Quickfire
A slider boasting a touch screen in addition to the full keypad, the AT&T Quickfire can read messages in portrait or landscape mode and also download music over the nation's fastest 3G network with Napster Mobile and eMusic Mobile. The AT&T Quickfire will be available in November in orange, lime and silver for $99.99 after a two-year agreement and mail-in rebate1.

Quickfire 

Also ... new Messaging Plans:

All quick messaging phones are compatible with AT&T's messaging plans that offer 200, 1,500 and unlimited messaging for $5, $15 and $20, respectively. AT&T FamilyTalk® plan customers can get unlimited messaging for all lines for $30.