Cingular launches BlackJack smart phone with keyboard

Cingular has launched a mobile phone in the US that delivers video and business apps

Cingular Wireless this week announced plans to sell BlackJack , a smart phone designed to handle video-on-demand and business applications.

Samsung Telecommunications America and Microsoft developed BlackJack, which includes Windows Mobile 5.0, a qwerty keyboard, high-resolution, QVGA color screen and Stereo Bluetooth 2.0 with stereo headset support.

The handheld is an MP3 player, shows streaming video including HBO content, supports high-speed Internet access over Cingular's 3G and Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution (EDGE)network, and has a 1.3-megapixel digital camera. Customers can link their personal or work e-mail accounts to the device using Good Mobile Messaging.

Cingular is a joint venture between AT&T and BellSouth. AT&T is acquiring BellSouth, but the deal has not been finalized. Although the Department of Justice approved the deal in October, the FCC has yet to make a decision.

Cingular says the device will be available Nov. 16 for US$200 with two-year activation and unlimited data plans. It will be for sale at Cingular retail locations or via the wireless service provider's Web site.

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