Cingular Unveils New 3G Windows Mobile Smartphone

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Cingular Wireless has just announced that it will begin offering the Samsung BlackJack later this week. This will be a slim Windows Mobile Smartphone with a built-in keyboard and support for this carrier’s 3G cellular-wireless network.

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Cingular offers other WM Smartphones, but this is the first that can access its HSDPA network.

The carrier is emphasizing this device’s multimedia capabilities. Users will have access to Cingular Music, a music subscription service, and Cingular Video its on-demand streaming video service. Video can be played on this model’s QVGA screen

But the BlackJack will be about more than just entertainment. It’s built-in QWERTY keyboard will allow users to more easily type emails, and this smartphone will include Microsoft’s push email system.

In addition to its 3G capabilities, the BlackJack will be a GSM phone with support for the 2.5G standard EDGE. It will also include Bluetooth 2.0, which will allow it to use stereo headsets .

This model is an updated version of the Samsung i320, which debuted in Europe over the summer. The major change is the inclusion of HSDPA support.

Pricing and Availability

The BlackJack will be available November 16, 2006 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a two-year activation, a qualified voice plan, and an unlimited data plan. 

It will be available in Cingular retail stores nationwide, from select dealers and national retailers, from this carrier’s web site, and through Cingular’s B2B direct sales team.

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