AT&T claims that the Slate is the “world’s thinnest device”. AT&T complemented the release of the Pantech Slate at the end of 2008 with three other text-friendly cell phones: the AT&T Quickfire, Samsung A767 Propel and Pantech Matrix C740.
The Sony Ericsson W350, by the way, claims to be the “thinnest flip phone available” today. By contrast, the Sony Ericsson W350 is 0.41 of an inch thin (or 10.5 millimeters).
As for the popularity of texting, studies say the majority of people have never texted before. For those who do, though, many are rabid texters.
A Nielsen study revealed that U.S. consumers now use their cell phones for text messaging more often than for talking. To make that statement, 50,000 people were queried who were thought to represent the average U.S. cell phone population.
The data, which was gathered in the second quarter of 2008, revealed that on average each user sends 357 texts a month versus 204 voice calls.
Enter the Pantech Slate C530. Designed from the ground up to specifically target heavy textaholics, the price can come all the way down to a budget-priced $49.99 after a $50 AT&T mail-in rebate and a two-year service contract.
Without a two-year AT&T service contract or mail-in rebate, you’re looking at a not-so-affordable $249.99 at no-commitment pricing.
Beware the battery on the Pantech Slate C530. It only rates at up to 3 hours of talk time and up to 10 days of standby time (if you’re not using the handset at all).
The Pantech Slate C530 measures in at 4.2 inches by 2.5 inches by a very thin 0.39 of an inch. The handset weighs 3.2 ounces.
Cell Phone Service Carrier
The Slate is sold by AT&T.
Differentiation in the Marketplace
This handset’s prime differentiation is its thinness and low price for a handset with a full keyboard.
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