Motorola and AT&T Announce the Karma
Today AT&T and Motorola together announced the Karma QA1, a new messaging phone that has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and homescreen access to social networking sites such as Facebook and Myspace. The Karma features an integrated, threaded messaging center that lets users see all their messages in one place. The Karma also comes with a 2 megapixel camera, video share capabilities, microSD card support, and stereo Bluetooth. It has quad-band GSM/EDGE radios as well as 850/1900MHz HSDPA. It will be available starting June 28 for $80 after rebates with new agreement, including a mandatory $20 messaging plan.
Phone Scoop gets some hands-on time with a whole bunch of new phones, including the BlackBerry Tour, Motorola Karma, Nokia E72, Samsung Exclaim and the Sony Ericsson Satio.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Instagram Simplifies Disappearing Message Behavior
Instagram today rolled out a new style for sharing ephemeral messages with others. Disappearing photos and videos are still shared via the Direct messaging tool, but moving forward they are included within ongoing threaded conversations between people or groups, rather than pulled out separately.
Facebook Reminding Users to Download Messenger
Facebook has begun reminding mobile users about its upcoming plan to carve the messaging feature out of the main app in favor of the stand-alone Messenger application. Facebook initially announced the change in April.
Yahoo's New Messaging App Adds Live Video To Your Texts
Yahoo! today launched Livetext, its new messaging app to compete with services like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Snapchat.
Looks like the hint...........
For the whiners...
As far as this goes, I have AT&T...Ive tried signing up with sprint and verizon and when you buy a PDA phone, you cant skip the option to add data. This is the same thing. If youre looking for a normal phone? Buy a normal phone. Don't get a text specific device.