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 (005930.KS: Quote, Profile, Research) 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 (MOT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and the Pearl from Research In Motion Ltd (RIM.TO: Quote, Profile, Research), both launched earlier this year.
Cingular, a venture of AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and BellSouth Corp. (BLS.N: Quote, Profile, Research), said the phone, which runs software from Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research), would sell for $199 to customers who sign up for a two-year service plan.

The No. 2 U.S. mobile service, Verizon Wireless, owned by Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Vodafone Group Plc (VOD.L: Quote, Profile, Research), now sells the “Q” for $99 after a rebate.

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