AT&T releases Quickfire handset for messaging fans


AT&T does not want to miss out on the holiday season sales, hence releasing its AT&T Quickfire handset – the last of the four new quick messaging cell phones that were specially designed to cater for those who do plenty of text messaging, albeit allowing them to do so within a much shorter time and easier than ever before. Developed for AT&T by Personal Communications Devices LLC., the Quickfire boasts an interesting form factor, but once you take a look at the specifications, you will realize that this is not a high-end handset due to its feature set (or rather, the lack of it), so if you want a top-of-the-line phone, you’ll have to look out for other candidates.

The AT&T Quickfire comes in a slider form factor, and in addition to the full QWERTY keypad (an essential when it comes to any self-respecting messaging phone), you will also get an interactive touch screen display to help out in navigation of the user interface throughout various stages. The camera is not much to shout about – 1.3 megapixels ought to be enough to capture casual shots, but you can forget about it if you’re planning on using the Quickfire as a replacement for your dedicated digital camera. This 3G world phone allows you to read your messages in either portrait or landscape mode, and with a decent data plan, you are able to download music via AT&T’s 3G network using Napster Mobile and eMusic Mobile. Other features include AT&T Navigator that provides for turn-by-turn directions, although your use of it will be limited to a 30-day free trial, where you are required to fork out more money after that assuming you want to continue using this service.

You can choose from orange or lime and silver colors where the AT&T Quickfire is concerned. It will retail for $99.99 after signing up for a 2-year contract and a mail-in rebate.

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