T-Mobile preps for holiday cheer

John Walton
Cell Phone Editor
Published: November 11, 2008

T-Mobile's got your friends and family in mind for the season, and has announced a fresh line-up designed to keep you in touch. They're offering three new phones for taking pictures, texting, and gifting, plus a digital picture frame that uses a SIM card.  Add to this another Companion Flights airline promotion, and you've got a pretty good recipe for happy T-Mo holidays.

First, I want to get to the cameo. It's a picture frame with a phone number. You can send the gadget surprise pics via MMS or email, so it's a great gift for family members. Update your loved ones with snaps from your phone on vacation, or email some hi-res photos from the desktop. Numbers *can* be blocked from the cameo, so think twice--but not three times--before mooning your buddies during their family Thanksgiving dinners. It requires a monthly plan with a one-year contract, and will be available soon.

If you're looking for a gift phone, the Samsung Behold might fit the bill, and it went on sale yesterday, Nov. 10th. With a full touchscreen, Samsung's TouchWiz interface, GPS, "full HTML browsing," and myFaves compatibility, this sexy 3G device could make a decent present at $150 (after contract and rebate). It also has a 5 MP cam with flash and video capture capability.



Motorola's Motozine ZN5 is a T-Mo exclusive, and is being hyped as a true camera replacement. It's on the shelves now, and features a 5 MP camera with Xenon flash, Kodak optics, and "ultra-fast" shutter response. The phone is apparently incidental to the camera that is the ZN5.

Starting on the 17th, you can get Samsung's slide-out QWERTY texter, Gravity. It's designed for email, IM, MMS and video messaging. But if virtual visits aren't enough, you can take advantage of T-Mobile's Free Companion Flight 2008 promo. Extend or enter into a 2-year contract between 11/19 and 12/24, and be eligible for a free round-trip airline ticket with the purchase of one at full value from a special T-mo site.

So, Happy Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, X-mas, Festivus, New Year's (and any other seasonable wishes), from your pals in pink at T-mo. I think I have a future as a salesman... Maybe not.