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Pantech today announced that it'll soon have a new Android-powered smartphone on AT&T, but besides announcing the name of the device, the company is being pretty quiet about it. The Pantech Flex is a 4G LTE handset that runs an unspecified version of Android, and Pantech says that it'll be available from AT&T sometime "in the coming months." Other details about the Flex are still up in the air.

So just what might Pantech have up its sleeve for AT&T? For now we'll have to wait for Pantech to spill the beans, but anyone that's feeling impatient can hit up the Pantech Beach Championships, where the phone will be on display at the Pantech Experience. The Pantech Beach Championships is taking place in Ocean City, Md., from August 16 through August 19. If you're not in the mood for a quick jaunt up to Maryland, just stay seated and we'll feed you more details on the Flex as we get them. 




Top Action Sports Athletes Bucky Lasek and Brett Banasiewicz

To Compete As “TEAM PANTECH”


ATLANTA – August 16, 2012 – Pantech Wireless (www.pantechusa.com), the U.S.-based subsidiary of Pantech Co., Ltd., announced today that two premier BMX and skateboarding professional athletes -- Bucky Lasek, and Brett Banasiewicz -- will represent the innovative and leading wireless device manufacturer as Team Pantech when they compete in the 2012 Dew Tour.

Pantech also announced that attendees of the Pantech Beach Championships will get an early peek at Pantech’s newest 4G LTE smartphone, Flex, at the Pantech Experience onsite.  Flex will be available at AT&T stores and www.att.com in the coming months.

Pantech is the official wireless device partner of the 2012 Dew Tour, the world’s premier action sports tour that kicks off next week and concludes in December.  As the first of three events encompassing the 2012 Dew Tour, the title-sponsored Pantech Beach Championships will take place in Ocean City, Md. Aug. 16-19.  (http://www.allisports.com/dew-tour/event/ocean-city-2012).

The Dew Tour Pantech Beach Championships will air live on NBC Sports Network on Friday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET, on Saturday, August 18 on NBC at 1 p.m. ET, and on Sunday, August 19 on NBC at 2 p.m. ET.

This marks the second season that Pantech will sponsor Lasek and Banasiewicz.  Two of the most recognizable names in action sports, these athletes were selected to represent the Pantech brand because of their superior athletic ability and dedication to their sport.

“These remarkable athletes are role models to our core audience and have a tremendous positive impact on the sport and the Pantech brand,” said Erin Magee, director of channel marketing, Pantech.  “Bucky and Brett are excellent brand representatives and we are excited to have such a strong roster of Pantech athletes in the 2012 Dew Tour.”

“Pantech continues to show solid support for the action sports community and I’m honored to once again be part of Team Pantech,” commented Lasek.  “Pantech wireless products are ideal for keeping me connected to my friends, family and fans.  With great speed, innovation and design, they are easy to use and offer cool features that enable me to stay on top of my life.”

Lasek and Banasiewicz will participate in special autograph sessions at Dew Tour events.  Dew Tour fans will also have the opportunity to interact with the Pantech brand and products, such as the new Pantech Flex, at the Pantech Experience during the 2012 Dew Tour events.

As fans enter the Dew Tour Pantech Experience, they will register on a Pantech Element, Pantech’s waterproof tablet and receive a unique PIN.  The PIN will be used for checking in at different interactive kiosks within the Pantech Experience to win prizes and share their interactions on their personal social media platforms.  From a Social Jukebox to a Pantech Element Dunk Tank to Dew Cup photos, fans will participate in an interactive and social journey during their Pantech Experience visit.

For long-distance fans, Team Pantech will be featured in daily highlight reels on Pantech TV, available for viewing on the Pantech YouTube channel each day of competition.  Fans can also keep up with their favorite Pantech athletes on the Pantech USA Facebook and Twitter pages.

About Team Pantech

Known to the world as one of the greatest vert skateboarders, Baltimore, Md. native Bucky Lasek will be the hometown favorite at the Dew Tour season opener.  After winning the skateboard vert final in last year’s Ocean City event and edging out action sports powerhouse Shaun White, Lasek will look for a repeat performance.  At 39 years old, Lasek continues to tear up record books and is one of the most decorated athletes in his sport. With aggressive and innovative style, Lasek also impresses in the best trick and bowl contests too.

From South Bend, Ind., Brett Banasiewicz, 17, may be one of the younger BMX competitors in Dew Tour, but he’s far from inexperienced.  Attacking the course with speed, style and fearlessness, cleanly executing tricks many pros will not attempt, he quickly earned the nickname Mad Dog.  He continues to be one of the most consistent BMX riders in both Park and Dirt, finishing in the top four overall for the last two years at Dew Tour events.

Complete 2012 Dew Tour schedule:

Event                                                                      Date                                      Location

Pantech Beach Championships                  August 16-19                      Ocean City, Md.

Toyota City Championships                         October 18-21                   San Francisco, Calif.

Mountain Championships                            December 13-16               Breckenridge, Colo.

About Pantech

Pantech Wireless, Inc., an Atlanta based subsidiary of Pantech Co., Ltd., researches, markets and develops wireless handsets, tablets and telecommunications products throughout North America as part of the Pantech Group. For additional information, visit the PWI website at www.pantechusa.com and connect socially on Facebook and Twitter.

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