Alltel gets the Scoop with three new phones

Alltel adds the LG Scoop and Samsung Muse to its lineup along with a red version of the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130.

Alltel's LG Sccop Nicole Lee/CNET Networks

Alltel added three cell phones to its growing lineup today. In addition to picking up its a red version of the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130, the nation's fifth-largest carrier also added its take on the LG Rumor (the LG Scoop that we saw at CES ) and the new Samsung Muse.

Alltel's Pearl is identical to not only its existing 8130 but also to the Pearls from Verizon Wireless and Sprint. Inside you'll find the full set of BlackBerry features plus a 2-megeapixel camera. Likewise, the Scoop is largely similar to Sprint's Rumor. Features on the messaging-centric phone include a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and a speakerphone, but Alltel added support for its Axcess Voice2TXT service as well. And in another change from the Rumor, the Scoop comes in citrus orange, slate gray, and turquoise blue.

The Samsung Muse is a slim flip phone in midnight blue. It offers a 2-megaoixel camera, GPS capabilities, stereo Bluetooth, a music player, and it is compatible with Alltel's new Celltop music-streaming application.

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