Samsung and T-Mobile USA have been snuggling up close to develop two new QWERTY-blessed featurephones for avid texters. The Samsung Comeback SGH-t559, shown here and in a video unboxing after the cut, and the Samsung Gravity 2 SGH-t469 both have a 2-megapixel camera and support for T-Mobile's 3G network.
Unboxing video after the cut
Of the two devices, it's the Comeback which is more interesting. It has twin displays and a clamshell design, hinging open to reveal the full QWERTY keyboard and secondary call controls. It also has Bluetooth, a microSD slot good with up to 16GB cards, SMS, MMS, email and IM support. It's on sale in T-Mobile stores now, priced at $129.99 with a new two-year agreement. More live photos here.
As for the Gravity 2, that has a more traditional slide-out keyboard, a single screen and the same suite of messaging as the Comeback. There's also stereo Bluetooth and a microSD card slot, plus it's thinner than the other device. No word on pricing, but it will hit T-Mobile stores come August.
Samsung Comeback for T-Mobile unboxing and hands-on:
DALLAS and BELLEVUE, WASH. — July 22, 2009 — Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) and T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced their latest text-friendly messaging phones, the Samsung Comeback™ (SGH-t559) and Samsung Gravity™ 2 (SGH-t469).
Complete with full QWERTY keyboards, T9® predictive text and auto word completion, the Comeback and Gravity 2 are available exclusively through T-Mobile USA. Powered by T-Mobile’s high-speed 3G network, the new phones also offer fast downloads and quick access to the Web to stay up-to-date on the latest news, weather and entertainment.
The Samsung Comeback™ is a stylish messaging phone with a unique side-flip that reveals a full QWERTY keyboard. Available in pearl white plum or frost silver cherry, the Comeback takes messaging to the extreme with access to E-mail and text, picture, video and instant messaging. A built-in 2-megapixel camera with digital zoom and T-Mobile’s 3G network allows customers to easily take and send pictures to friends and family or upload images to their favorite social networking sites. The Comeback also features a MP3 player and support for up to 16 GB of expandable memory.
Following the popular Samsung Gravity that launched last year, the Samsung Gravity™ 2 also features a horizontal, slide-out QWERTY keyboard and boasts a thinner, sleeker design. The Gravity 2 offers a pair of fun color options – berry mauve and metallic pumpkin, multiple messaging capabilities, a 2-megapixel camera and camcorder, a built-in MP3 player and expandable memory up to 16GB.
With a rich Web experience through T-Mobile’s web2goSM service, both the Comeback and Gravity 2 can access the entire Web, optimized for their phone with a personalized home page for easy one-click access to favorite Web sites, fast and easy search results with Yahoo OneSearch, live news feeds with the web2go widget, and a plethora of T-Mobile services including the latest ringtones, games, wallpapers and applications.
“Our customers send and receive a lot of text messages, therefore it’s important that we offer phones that compliment the way our customers communicate,” said Wendy Piñero-DePencier, vice president, brand and calendar marketing, T-Mobile USA. “We’re excited to be working with Samsung on these two new messaging phones, the Samsung Comeback and Samsung Gravity 2.”
The Comeback and Gravity 2 complement T-Mobile’s existing line-up of text-friendly Samsung handsets including the Samsung t349 (SGH-t349), a bar-style messaging phone featuring a 20-key, partial QWERTY keypad. The t349 offers access to E-mail, Instant Messaging and picture, video and text messaging, as well as several multimedia features.
“Samsung’s new messaging phones are fun and easy to use to match the needs of our customers,” said Paul Golden, Chief Marketing Officer for Samsung Mobile. “The Comeback, Gravity 2 and t349 offer the best in messaging, fun color options and access to customers’ favorite multimedia features.”
The Comeback is available in T-Mobile stores starting today for $129.99 with a two-year service agreement, the Gravity 2 is anticipated to be available in August and the t349 is available now for $14.99 with a two-year service agreement*. For more information about the Samsung Comeback, Gravity 2 and t349, please visit www.samsung.com/newsroom or www.t-mobile.com.
For information where T-Mobile 3G service is available or to see T-Mobile’s Personal Coverage Check tool, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com/Coverage.
* Pricing is subject to credit approval, subject to change, may include mail-in rebate and may require data plan. Some features and services incur separate, additional charges.
About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungmobileusa.com.