With the wireless world watching with bated breath for AT&T to unveil pricing and availability for the Apple iPhone, AT&T showed that it isn't entirely obsessed with the Apple handset.
The service provider unveiled two new ultraslim handsets from Samsung Friday.
The handsets come loaded with access to advanced wireless features, including AT&T Mobile Music, Cellular Video, MobiTV, MobiRadio, and Bluetooth technology.
The Samsung SGH a717 clamshell design phone will be available beginning Monday, and the SGH-a727 bar-style phone will be on the market within weeks, according to AT&T and Samsung Telecommunications America. "The a717 and a727 are our slimmest handsets optimized for AT&T's 3G network," said Peter Skarzynski, Samsung VP, in a statement.
The handsets' quad-band GSM technology (1900/850/900/1800 MHz) enables callers to use the phones in more than 190 countries. AT&T said customers on the 850 MHz and 1900 MHz bands will be able to operate at speeds of 400 to 700 kbps with bursts of more than 1 megabit on AT&T's HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) network.
Both phones require a two-year contract. The a717 will be priced at $149.99, and the a727 at $99.99.
The phones will support AT&T's Video Share service, which allows called subscribers to view one-way streaming video, provided both caller and the receiver of the call are on certain AT&T networks. The service is scheduled to debut this summer.
The phones also contain now-standard features such as digital cameras, instant messaging, and various text-messaging features.
AT&T is the exclusive U.S. provider of Apple's iPhone, which is scheduled to be in users' hands later this month. The iPhone operates on AT&T's Edge network and also has Wi-Fi capability for high-speed data capability.