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MetroPCS adds Messager II

The Messager II offers a full keyboard and midrange features.

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The Messager II offers a full keybaord. Samsung

Update: On Wednesday, August 26, Cricket also announced that it would offer the Messager II for $199.

A product with one of the most head-scratching names in cell phone history got a boost this week when Samsung announced an update to one of its messaging phones. The Samsung Messager II (that's right, it's not a typo for messenger) is an update to the original Samsung Messager that we reviewed earlier this year. Also called the SCH-R560, it's now on sale at MetroPCS for $149 (MetroPCS doesn't require contracts).

Like its predecessor, the Messager II offers a full QWERTY keybaord in a slider, though slightly tweaked, design. Features are also upgraded. You'll get a 2-megapixel camera with video recording, organizer features, a speakerphone, messaging, stereo Bluetooth, and support for EV-DO networks.

(Source: MetroPCS via Phonescoop)