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AT&T Makes Stylish Slide With Moto Z9

New slider smartphone blends Web access, media player, GPS location services and video sharing.

AT&T introduces a new smartphone from Motorola today. Called the Moto Z9, the slider phone is equipped with AT&T's GPS-based Navigator service. "Fashion and purpose rolled into one device," is how AT&T executives described the new phone.

In addition to the location-based functions, Moto Z9 also features Video Share technology for sending live, one-way video and audio to other users with compatible phones. The Moto Z9 is also equipped with Motorola's CrystalTalk technology, which reduces the impact of environmental noise for greater clarity, according to the vendor.

The Moto Z9 slider phone is equipped with AT&T Navigator, a GPS-based location service.
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"Moto Z9 is a stylish and durable slider that fits consumers' lifestyle and lets them do more on a mobile phone," said Tracey Koziol, corporate VP, Mobile Devices, in a statement.

AT&T unveiled the phone Tuesday at the CTIA conference in Las Vegas; the carrier also said it has exclusive U.S. rights to the new smartphone. The Moto Z9 is available now only from AT&T-owned stores and authorized dealers. It's priced at $250 with a two-year service agreement; in addition to a monthly subscription, other charges may apply for add-on data services, the carrier said.

The device supports Bluetooth HFP, A2DP, AVRCP profiles, and features a large display, 3G data transfer speeds, and a variety of intuitive music functions. The handset simplifies finding favorite songs and playlists with one-touch access, the carrier said. An additional service, AT&T Mobile Music, provides access to downloadable music from eMusic and sideloading compatibility from Napster To Go and any unrestricted MP3 audio file.

The Moto Z9 supports up to 8 GB of memory, with an optional removable microSD card. The phone is also equipped with an Opera 8 browser and 2.0-megapixel camera.

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