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Samsung Trender: Messaging on the cheap

Without much fanfare, Sprint releases the Samsung Trender, an affordable and "fashionable" messaging phone.

Samsung Trender Sprint

The HTC Evo 3D is one of the most anticipated phones of the year, but it's not going to be for everyone. If it's something simple and affordable you're after, then the Samsung Trender might be more your speed.

Available now from Sprint for $29.99 with a two-year contract, the Trender is a messaging phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a touch screen. The handset comes preloaded with an instant messaging client and provides access to popular e-mail services, including Gmail, Yahoo, Windows Live, and AOL. The Trender also supports threaded text messaging and comes with a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, 3G, a built-in music player, and a microSD expansion slot (supports up to 32GB cards).

Sprint dubs the Samsung Trender as a "fashionable" way to stay in touch, that is, if you consider purple and flower motifs fashionable. If not, you can go with the more classic black-and-sapphire-blue model.