Cingular to sell slim Samsung phone with keyboard

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cingular Wireless, the No. 1 U.S. wireless service, said on Monday it would sell a slim cell phone from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. with a computer-like keyboard and a music and video player aimed at attracting both business and consumer customers.

The BlackJack, the latest device with both entertainment and business features such as e-mail, follows the footsteps of the "Q" phone from Motorola Inc. and the Pearl from Research In Motion Ltd., both launched earlier this year.

Cingular, a venture of AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp., said the phone, which runs software from Microsoft Corp., would sell for $199 to customers who sign up for a two-year service plan.

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