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Alltel delves into the touch-screen phone game

The Samsung Delve is a new touch-screen phone for Alltel.

The Delve offers a touch-screen phone. Samsung

Alltel is the winner of a new touch-screen phone from Samsung. The Samsung Delve, aka the r800, offers a thin candy bar design with an expansive touch screen and few physical keys. It shares some of the characteristics of both the Samsung Omnia and Instinct, but it shows its own unique design touches such as a tapered bottom and silver Talk and End buttons.

Features include a 2-megapixel camera, a 3.5mm headset jack, Samsung's TouchWiz interface, a microSD card slot, EV-DO 3G support, Bluetooth with a stereo profile, a speakerphone, a virtual QWERTY keyboard, a 500-contact phone book, personal organizer options messaging, e-mail, and a full HTML browser.

From what we can see, it looks like a sharp addition to Alltel's lineup. It will be available November 6 for $199 with a service contract and a $100 mail in rebate.