T-Mobile Opens Up Three Samsung Flip Phones

Wireless operator T-Mobile has launched three new Samsung clamshell-style mobile phones desined to appeal to a broad range of everyday cell phone users.

The all-white Samsung t609 functions as an MP3 player, sports a microSD slot for pictures and tunes, a 1.3 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom and video capture capability, Bluetooth for synchronization and hands-free connectivity, a built-in speakerphone, compatibility with AIM, Yahoo, and ICQ instant messaging, and support for dealing and launching applications via voice commands. Th t609 is about $150 after rebate, with qualified service plans.

The Samsung t209 is available in red and blue supports Yahoo and AIM instant messaging and offers a speakerphone, voice notes, MMS messaging, and the usual passel of bundles mini-applications like a stopwatch, phone book, alarm, calendar, and calculator. But the best part may be the price: just $20 after rebate with qualified calling plans.

The Samsung t319 offers a VGA camera with a 4x digital zoom, Yahoo, AIM, and ICQ messaging, text and picture messaging, a built-in Web browser, speakerphone, and external caller ID display. Not high-end, but not high-price either: roughly $40 after rebate, with qualified service plans.

The new Samsung phones are available immediately through T-Mobile retail locations and from T-Mobile’s Web site.