AT&T unleashes new messaging phones and cloud services
AT&T announces four new messaging cell phones and cloud-based services to enhance messaging, media sharing, and contacts management.
These services will first debut on the Samsung Strive (see below) and include three tools: AT&T Address Book, AT&T Mobile Share, and next-generation messaging. The latter simply brings a reply-all feature to text messaging, enabling users to respond to up to 10 contacts at once, while AT&T Address Book allows you to sync and back up your phone's contacts to an online address book where you can also send text messages and import contacts from any Web-based accounts.
Like AT&T Address Book, AT&T Mobile Share is also a cloud-based service that lets users share their photos and videos (10MB cap on file size) with friends and upload them to their PC, social networking sites, and a Web-based storage locker. You can then access these files from your computer or your handset at any time.
AT&T Mobile Share does come with a fee, however. It costs $10 per month for 50 media transfers (there's an alternative pay-per-use option at $0.35 per transfer) and includes online storage of 250MB at no charge. Customers can purchase an additional 10GB of storage for $5 per month.As for the devices, here's a breakdown of each, including some details about availability.
Samsung Strive: Available starting March 21 for $19.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate, the Strive features a slider design with a full QWERTY keyboard and a 2-megapixel camera. It will be available in two color combinations: black with silver or purple with charcoal.