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Compact Clamshell Coming to Alltel

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May 5, 2006, 12:04 PM   by (staff)

The FCC today approved a new entry-level Pantech phone for Alltel. The PN-218 is a restyled version of the CDM180 currently sold on Verizon. The PN218 uses the same small clamshell form and has the same features - dual color displays, both horizontal rather than vertical, a VGA camera with flash, and speakerphone.




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May 8, 2006, 1:32 PM

Stubby little bastard

But otherwise pretty neat looking. The question is: Will it fit properly in your pocket?
Something THAT small, how could it not fit in your pocket?!?!?!?!?

May 5, 2006, 12:13 PM

Could this happen?

I believe Alltel will one day be purchased by the great and mighty VERIZON WIRELESS. The way the Cellular Industry is going, I believe there will only be three or four major carriers! I know Verizon will be one and also Cingular and Sprint. So enjoy T-Mobile and USCC while they last!

But I do believe Alltel will bow down to the GREAT and MIGHTY VERIZON WIRELESS
Im not sure why you would suggest that Verizon might buy Alltel. Carriers use the same phones re-branded all the time. Plus, with Alltel having a network that is similiar, if not better than Verizon and plans that include more minutes, it seems Alltel...
A couple things here.... T-Mobile is owned by Deutsche Telekom and will never get bought out by a big guy cause they are a big guy. Alltel and USCC however are fair game. Lastly I hope people know to never buy a phone that starts with letters PN. PN-2...
I'm not a T-Mobile subscriber, but they are backed by the strong German T-Mobile, and they have over 20 million subscsribers, so they seem like a strong company to me.

But I certainly agree with'ya about Alltel, I'm actaually surprised Veriaon hasn...
ALLTEL is a pretty big company as well, and is owned by the Ford family. They are very much active in Mergers buying up smaller regionals, and I dont see them being acquired anytime soon. No way Tmobile is getting bought, they have way too much Germ...

May 5, 2006, 4:14 PM

Who esle thinks this phone is a waste of time?

Am I the only one, or is this thing ugly as sin? It looks like a squished Audiovox flip...
It's for people who want some looozer free phone that does nothing but make and recieve calls, such people don't know what they're missing out on. . .

Yup indeed, UGLY, I could imagine cell phones looking like an old Ericcson phone from the mid-l...
It's junk, let Alltel have it.
I do thing it is a UGLY phone,but there are people out there that would buy it.

May 7, 2006, 5:44 PM

I really don't see a problem with this phone...

Sure, it may be ugly, it may lack the features that all of us techno-geeks want...but you have to look at it from a marketing standpoint...

there are a lot of aging "boomers" who want a smaller than a brick, free (or close to it) phone... I personally think it will sell fairly well due to its compact size...

you all have to remember that not everyone out there needs a phone that has GSM 850/900/1800/1900 WCDMA 1900/2100 CDMA 850/1900 iDEN 800 AMPS 800 plus any others i'm missing, a 3425mp camera, speakerphone, bluetooth, AM/FM/XM radio, an nvidia graphics set, being 1 mm thick, built in carrier pidgeon, semifore flags, phazer color printer, a live band that pops out of the phone and plays to let you know you're ringing, PTT, Wi-Fi, a f...
If they're targeting an older crowd...a much larger keypad would be needed. Bright display with large, easy to read numbers and letters. Loud volume, and a simple menu.

Some things this phone lacks. At least from what I've heard from testers...
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