CTIA Fall 2007
UT Starcom also showed a few of the phones they've recently released with some of the prepaid carriers. Including the Virgin Mobile Super Slice. It's not terribly obvious what makes this so "super" since there are no obvious upgrades other than the larger screen. However the keypad is no longer the SLVR wannabe that the Slice had, and it is much nicer to use.
The Cricket Mini was not working for us, but it is a tiny little phone that reminds us of another Motorola - the U9. (Only it's much, much smaller. did we mention it's tiny?) The navigation keys are rather odd - the up and down keys are huge while the left and right keys are tiny little slivers sandwiched between the other navigation keys. You might miss them and think the phone only has scroll keys.
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UT Starcom also showed off a new clamshell that has the most unique design we've seen from the company since, well, we can remember. It has an organic high tech design like something out of a sci-fi movie and a hinge that creates this smooth curve like some sort of high tech boomerang when it is opened.
The 8075 comes in two flavors. The black one works on CDMA 850 / 1900 networks while the white 8076 adds 1700 MHz for carriers like Metro PCS and Cricket who both won big in the AWS auction last year. So far there were no working models, so the specs might change, but like most UT Starcom models, it is an entry level phone with Bluetooth, a VGA camera and a monochrome external display.
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