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Motorola's Backflip Landing March 7 On AT&T

AT&T is the last major wireless network operator in the U.S. to launch an Android handset. Though one in is on the way -- Motorola's Backflip -- the company said today that it plans to have a total of five Android handsets available by the end of June this year.

AT&T is the last major wireless network operator in the U.S. to launch an Android handset. Though one in is on the way -- Motorola's Backflip -- the company said today that it plans to have a total of five Android handsets available by the end of June this year.Motorola first announced the Backflip in January during the Consumer Electronics Show. The phone is a second and more interesting take on the CLIQ. It has the same front, but instead of having a slide-out keyboard, the Backflip features a novel QWERTY keyboard that's on the back of the device. It also has a mousepad behind the screen that lets users navigate through menus and such. Overall, it feels better than the CLIQ did, and will run MOTOBLUR. It's not as sexy as the Droid, but it's a solid third effort for Motorola.

Though everyone *knew* that the Backflip was headed to AT&T (it supports AT&T's 3G bands), AT&T hadn't officially confirmed the device before today. AT&T says that the Backflip will go on sale March 7 for the price of $100 (after $100 mail-in rebate).

AT&T spokesperson Seth Bloom also noted an email to InformationWeek, "The Motorola Backflip [is] the first of five Android devices coming to AT&T in the first half of this year."

Bloom didn't indicate what those other devices would be, nor exactly when they'd become available. However, we know that Dell has several Android handsets in development, including the Mini 3. Earlier this year, AT&T indicated that Dell, Motorola and HTC would be the companies to help it flesh out its Android line up this year.

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