Pantech Link Brings Another Messaging Phone To AT&T - HotHardware
Pantech Link Brings Another Messaging Phone To AT&T

Pantech Link Brings Another Messaging Phone To AT&T

Do you love cheap? Who doesn't, right? As nice as today's smartphones are, they're still pretty expensive, and to be honest, not everyone uses them enough to really take advantage of the $30/month data plan. That's why texting and feature phones exist, and Pantech's latest is pretty robust considering the price. Launching this week on AT&T, the new Link is now available to users in the U.S.

It's being added to the carrier's line of quick messaging phones, offering a full QWERTY keyboard, an ultra-thin chassis (under 10mm), and a whole suite of AT&T services including AT&T Social Net and the new AT&T Mobile Share. The Link is obviously one of the slimmest phones on the market, and it sure looks a lot like some of last year's Nokia phones. It also boasts a 1.3MP CMoS camera, support for music playback, 3G, AT&T Address Book along with black/blue accents.

It'll be available for "a limited time" at $9.99 after rebate and a 2-year cnotract, but a voice plan + minimum $20 per month messaging or messaging and data plan are required. Hey, no one said staying connected was cheap, just the hardware itself.

Link incorporates key features that help do it all:

  • Ultra Thin Design – Measuring under 10mm, Link slides discreetly into the pocket of a favorite pair of jeans or summer button-down.
  • Quick Access to Messages – A full QWERTY keyboard helps send a wide range of messages in seconds – stay in touch with friends via text, email, picture mail, video messages, email, and IMs.
  • Easy Contact Management – AT&T Address Book is a service that allows users to manage and backup contacts via the Web at no additional cost.
  • Web and Social Media @ 3G – Browse the Web at the speed of 3G, while using AT&T Mobile Share to view and upload photos to any number of social networking sites in one place.
  • Music: Manage it – Use the onboard song equalizer to adjust the levels of music files, make and manage playlists using Napster® and eMusic® through AT&T Music.
  • Video and Camera – An integrated 1.3MP CMoS camera incorporates a range of customizable resolutions and picture taking controls.

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Not a bad little phone looks like an upgrade from the Blackberry pearl. For $9.99 this is a better looking phone than the many "pay as you go" phones around. The screen looks decent size, it will probably generate some good sales.

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For alot of the basic needs of a business phone this one has some pretty good features.

If it is as light as the new blackberry's then it should fly off the shelf. It is kinda odd that it only has a 1.3MP camera. You would figure that the current state of technology we would at least have something along the lines of a 3 or 4MP camera.

I do like the concept of a basic messaging phone like this one. It is also offered at a really good price!

So I must say, yes I do love cheap :)

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After owning and using this phone for a few months as my work phone (Heavy industry) it has proven to be tough and efficient ..Again it is a second phone and after work the Sim card comes out and goes into the Nokia E71 (Clean hands only)..The link is light, it is thin, and it sports a rubberized back that helps especially with greasy hands...It is not a Smartphone, but some of the features mock a Smartphone (Animated Icons) (Listening to the music player while running another App.) ..All in all I'm pleased with the device, it resembles the Nokia E71 well enough that there is no learning curve switching between them although there is slight Diff. with the Nokia QWERTY (not the links fault it is a Nokia thing)..Battery life is good..A couple of days in between charges, and that is with moderate to heavy use (Texting & talking)..I predict that the open face QWERTY phones are the wave of the future and this phone with it's feature rich Apps. will do it share in changing hearts and minds towards it..

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