AT&T has announced that the Samsung Galaxy Appeal will be available under its Go Phone deals starting June 5. The phone happens to be the first slider Android smartphone that AT&T sells with the GoPhone data plans. The handset will first come to Walmart for $149.99, followed by other AT&T GoPhone distribution channels, beginning July 15.
For those of you who are not aware of Ma Bell's offer, the GoPhone pay-as-you-go plans provide affordable data options, available in 1GB for $25 a month, 200MB for $15 a month, or 50MB for $5 a month. Along with the data packages you will have to choose from either the $50 Unlimited Talk & Text nationwide plan or the $25 Unlimited Text with 250 minutes natiowide coverage. Unlimited Wi-Fi usage comes free, so you won't have to worry about losing connection when you're on the move. Of course, that still depends on the proximity of an AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot, of which the carrier claims to have more than a thousand across the U.S.
By releasing the Samsung Galaxy Appeal under the GoPhone plans, AT&T is providing customers on tight budgets with the chance to taste the Android experience. The Samsung Galaxy Appeal certainly fits the GoPhone plans, as the entry-level phone comes with a slider QWERTY keyboard, perfect for texting and emailing.
The Samsung Galaxy Appeal also boasts a 3MP rear-facing camera with 3X zoom, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 3.2-inch touch screen display, 512MB of RAM and 1.8GB of ROM, expandable microSD card, and a 1300 mAh battery offering 7 hours talk time and 300 hours of standby time. Full specs in the press release below.
In the processor department, the device is packed with a decent 800 MHz ARM Cortex A5, the Qualcomm MSM7225A. The chip should be enough to provide a decent experience across the entire functionality of the device.
As for the environment-conscious, you'll be glad to know that Sammy claims that the Appeal is made of 80% recycled materials. Also, the packaging materials used lesser paper than the packaging of other Samsung phones. So, budget-friendly and nature-friendly!
AT&T Announces Its First Prepaid Side Slider Smartphone, Samsung Galaxy Appeal™
AT&T GoPhone® Helps Customers Keep Costs Under Control While Still Enjoying Benefits of Smartphone Ownership
DALLAS, May 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Beginning June 5, AT&T* GoPhone customers looking for a prepaid Android smartphone will have another option with the Samsung Galaxy Appeal™, available at Walmart. The Galaxy Appeal will also be available in all other AT&T GoPhone distribution channels beginning July 15th.
The Galaxy Appeal is the first smartphone offered with AT&T's GoPhone service that features a slider QWERTY keyboard that makes it perfect for texting and emailing. It operates on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and features a 3.2-inch touchscreen. The 3-megapixel rear-facing camera with 3x zoom lets you capture important moments and allows for video recording at 24 frames per second. Additionally, Galaxy Appeal's plastic parts are made of 80-percent recycled material and the phone ships with reduced packaging material compared to other Samsung devices, cutting back on paper usage.
Customers who want to get the most out of their smartphones while still keeping their budget in check can benefit from AT&T's new GoPhone smartphone plans and data packages. The Galaxy Appeal brings together the convenience of full-keyboard texting and the rich Android experience and apps with AT&T's affordable data plans:
1GB for $25 per month
200MB for $15 per month
50MB for $5 per month
All data packages are available on the $50 Unlimited Talk & Text nationwide plan for GoPhone smartphones and the $25 Unlimited Text with 250 minutes nationwide GoPhone plan. They also include unlimited Wi-Fi usage at thousands of AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots from your smartphone.
GSM Quad-band: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
UMTS Tri-band: 850/1900/2100MHz
Dimensions: 4.41″ (H) x 2.27″ (W) x 0.56″ (D)
Weight: 4.3 oz
Display: 3.2″ HVGA TFT 480×320 color screen
Internal memory: 512MB RAM, 1.8GB ROM
External memory: Expandable up to 32GB with microSD™ card
Battery: 1300 mAh, Lithium ion (Li-ION)
Processor: 800MHz ARM Cortex A5, Qualcomm MSM7225A
Camera: 3MP w 3x Zoom and Video Recorder
Talk time: up to 7 hours
Standby time: up to 300 hours
HAC Compliant: M3 Rating, TTY Capable