AT&T recently started selling the Alcatel 871a - a basic phone with a QWERTY keyboard - through indirect channels such as Best Buy for $40. The phone sports a 2-megapixel camera, memory card slot, music player, Bluetooth, and 3G data. PCD is managing the phone's U.S. distribution for Alcatel. The phone is part of AT&T's GoPhone prepaid lineup, although it is not yet for sale through AT&T directly.
Verizon and PCD today announced the Pantech Marauder, a 4G LTE Android phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a "starter mode" for people new to Android or who prefer a simpler interface. The starter mode has four home screens with preset widgets, including a dialer, and a simplified lock screen. On-device guided tours also help new users learn the ins and outs. There is also a standard mode for users wishing more standard Android. Users can switch between modes at any time without losing any settings or data. Other features include a 5-megapixel camera, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA wireless media streaming, and a memory card slot. Distributed by PCD, the Marauder will go on sale August 2 for $100, with two-year contract and before $50 rebate.
Virgin Mobile USA recently made the PCD Chaser available for purchase on its web site. The Chaser is an Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone that has a 3.2-inch touch display and 800MHz processor. Stand-out features of the Chaser include a 3-megapixel camera with LED flash and camcorder; Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, and 3G; and 2GB memory card with support for cards up to 32GB. The Chaser is compatible with Virgin Mobile ID packs and VM Live media streaming services. The PCD Chaser costs $79.99 and is compatible with plans starting at $35 per month.
At the CTIA Wireless trade show, Phone Scoop found an unannounced handset from Pantech at the PCD booth that will soon be sold by Verizon Wireless's pre-paid business. The Caper is a monoblock QWERTY phone that has a basic feature set. It has a 2.2-inch display, a 1.3 megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, and supports messaging features such as instant messaging, SMS/MMS, email and mobile web. Pricing an availability haven't been announced for this phone.