Samsung Clamshell Phone with BlackBerry Connect Comes to T-Mobile

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T-Mobile USA is now offering the Samsung SGH-t719. Although most people would not consider this a smartphone, it nevertheless offers support for RIM’s BlackBerry Connect service, bringing users access to push email.

It uses a clamshell design, with a small grayscale exterior screen, and a 2.2-inch, 176-by-220-pixel color display on the inside.

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Although the t719 doesn’t have a full QWERTY keyboard, it does have RIM’s SureType keyboard, in which each key handles two letters.

This device can do more than just email. It also offers wireless calendar synchronization and remote address lookup.

It also offers Bluetooth, a swivel-lens 1.3 megapixel camera with video capture, and a video player that supports MP4 and 3GP.

Even though the t719 doesn’t run a smartphone operating system like Symbian or Windows Mobile, users have the option of installing Java applications.

It is a quad-band phone, meaning it can be used in the U.S. and around the world.

The Samsung SGH-t719 is available now from T-Mobile USA’s web site for $200 after a mail-in rebate.

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