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Samsung, U.S. Cellular remind us of basic phones

The Axle promises functional features in a simple design.

The Axle lands at U.S. Cellular Samsung

With the Palm Pre and Apple iPhone 3G S grabbing so much attention in the last couple of weeks, you might think that basic phones are becoming extinct. But don't worry, as that is far from the truth. Even this week when fancy smartphones are all the rage, Samsung and U.S. Cellular have got your back.

The new Samsung Axle has a minimalist flip phone design in simple gray. Cell phone watchers will recognize that the Axle shares its shape with MetroPCS' Samsung Byline. Features are low-end, but functional. You'll find Bluetooth, a speakerphone, voice commands, messaging, a VGA camera, and a personal organizer. You can get it for as low as $40 with service.