The Party Line — Phone Buzz of the Day


Here are some of today’s phone conversations I enjoyed reading or viewing on the web, along with some brief thoughts:

T-Mobile discounts phones on Friday (T-Mobile) — Take your pick from the Motorola CLIQ, BlackBerry Bold 9700 with Wi-Fi calling or the Samsung Highlight — they’re all dropping by $50 in price this weekend. That brings the CLIQ and Bold 9700 down to $149.99 each. By the middle of 2010, I’m wondering if this will the new upper barrier for smartphone pricing.

Like Verizon, AT&T offers pay-as-you-go 3G (GigaOm) — It sure isn’t the best price per megabyte, but AT&T is joining the part-time data party. These deals aren’t for heavy-duty data users but they do appeal to those who need wireless broadband every now and again. A $15 day pass nets you 75 MB, one week costs $30 and provides $250 MB, while a monthly purchase of $50 offers 500 MB.

Hello Samsung Omnia II (Gearlog) — So maybe the T-Mo deal above isn’t floating your boat. Or perhaps you’re happy with Verizon’s network and Windows Mobile 6.5 is on your wish list. The Samsung Omnia II might do the trick and it lands today both in Verizon’s retail stores and their website for $199. If the price doesn’t attract you, that 3.7″ AMOLED display with an 800 x 480 resolution could. It’s perfect for the Xvid and DivX support that comes with the handset.

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