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Cricket releases compact little TXTM8

Cricket releases the TXTM8, a PCD device with a full QWERTY keyboard for--what else?--texting.

Cricket's new TXTM8
Cricket's new TXTM8. Leap Wireless

When we first saw the TXT8026 at the PCD (Personal Communications Devices) booth at this year's CTIA, we thought for sure it would be a successor to the Verizon Wireless Blitz--they're both square and slightly chubby, with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Now it appears regional carrier Cricket has first dibs at the little messaging phone, and they've dubbed it the TXTM8, pronounced "textmate"--get it? Features include a 1.3-megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, voice recognition, a music player, and a microSD card slot. You can get it now for $159.99 without a contract.

(Via PhoneScoop)