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.
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.
Instagram's Direct Messages Now Support Landscape Video
Instagram today updated its private messaging tool, making it easier to share certain types of videos. Moving forward, people sending permanent pictures or movies to friends won't have to crop them before sending.
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.
Google to Strip SMS from Hangouts May 22
Google today outlined a number of changes to its various messaging services, including a dramatic shift for Hangouts. Starting May 22, Google Hangouts will no longer support SMS for text messaging between phones.
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.