The Good The Samsung SGH-T349 is slim and lightweight with a dedicated messaging key and a nice partial QWERTY keyboard. Call quality is good as well.
The Bad The Samsung SGH-T349 doesn't have a great multimedia experience. Some people might not like the partial QWERTY keyboard.
The Bottom Line The Samsung SGH-T349 is a simple, good messaging phone from T-Mobile--as long as you're willing to use a partial QWERTY instead of a full keyboard.
Samsung SGH-T349 (T-Mobile)
While AT&T and Sprint have been dominant in the messaging phone space with phones like the Samsung Magnet and the LG Lotus, it isn't the only carrier that has regular phones with QWERTY keyboards. T-Mobile has also stepped in, with the Samsung Gravity late last year, and more recently with the Samsung SGH-T349. However, it doesn't have the traditional full QWERTY keyboard. In fact, it's the first messaging phone we've seen that has a 20-key keyboard similar to the BlackBerry Pearl's SureType keypad. We actually like it quite a bit, though we understand some people might not like the layout. Features are pretty simple, with a 1.3-megapixel camera, a music player, and Bluetooth, but don't expect 3G or GPS. The Samsung SGH-T349 is quite affordable at only $15 with a new two-year service agreement. You also can get it with T-Mobile's prepaid service for $99.99.
The Samsung SGH-T349 has a simple slab candy bar design, with a smooth rectangular shape and rounded corners. Measuring 4.49 inches long by 1.97 inches wide by 0.53 inch thick and weighing 3.2 ounces, the SGH-T349 is slim, lightweight, and feels good in the hand. It's also quite attractive with its pearl gray and lime green color scheme.
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