LG CU500V finally launches with AT&T branding

LG CU500V finally launches with AT&T branding.

LG CU500v with AT&T branding
LG CU500v with AT&T branding LG

No, we're not pulling your leg--the LG CU500v has indeed launched after a premature announcement last week , complete with AT&T branding all over it. As you'll recall, this update to the LG CU500 incorporates something new for the U.S. cell phone market, namely video calling via Video Share. The video is transmitted only one way for now, but those with compatible handsets can switch the direction of the video. Also, the AT&T branding is not only visible from the exterior of the phone--several applications have also been rebranded. For example, Cingular Mail is now AT&T Mail, and so forth. Aside from the video and the AT&T rebranding, it's the same as the LG CU500--1.3-megapixel camera, quadband support, a microSD card slot, and more. You can get the LG CU500v for $29.99 after you sign a two-year contract and get a hefty discount and rebate.

Update: We've just received word that while the LG CU500v handset was launched today, the Video Share service itself won't be launching until "later this summer," which probably means the date will be different depending on where you are in the country. Stay tuned for more information on the Video Share roll out.

Read the full CNET Review

LG CU500V (AT&T)

The Bottom Line: The LG CU500V is one of the fastest phones we've ever tried, with swift downloads, impressive video-streaming speeds, and the ability to make video calls with AT&T's Video Share service. The feature set is impressive; the picture and audio quality are great; and the slim, attractive design is a bonus. / Read full review

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Nicole Lee is a senior associate editor for CNET, covering cell phones, Bluetooth headsets, and all things mobile. She's also a fan of comic books, video games, and of course, shiny gadgets.



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