Published in Mobiles
AT&T to add three new BlackBerry devices
Will offer the Palm EOS later in the year, if successful
U.S. cell phone carriers are widely criticized by many for the slow lead time that it takes for them to add new devices to their line up. AT&T looks like the carrier to go with in the U.S. if you want access to the latest devices, at least for the remainder of this year. AT&T looks to have a very big lineup that will be adding a variety of new models of smart phones in the second half of this year.
First up will be the new devices from RIM. Other than the Storm, which went to Verizon as an exclusive, AT&T has been very strong with their previous BlackBerry offerings and the rest of 2009 will not be any different. AT&T will launch the Onyx, Magnum, and Gemini BlackBerry smartphones before the end of the year. The new 3G addition to the Pearl family is also expected, but this time around it will be a non-flip styled version.
In addition to the new BlackBerry offerings, it appears that AT&T is watching the launch of the Palm Pre very closely with plans to offer the Palm EOS later in the year if Sprint’s sales of the Pre with its new WebOS live up to all of the hype.
Beyond the new BlackBerry offerings and the possibility of addition of the Palm EOS, it looks like AT&T will cover its bases by adding its first Android offering in the form of the HTC Lancaster, which is a QWERTY slider that offers styling that is similar to the Touch Pro2.
AT&T will also be adding some Windows Mobile devices, most of which are expected to use the latest revisions to the Windows Mobile OS. Windows Mobile devices expected to be added include the HTC Fortress, which is expected to be sold as the Touch Pro2, and the HYC Warhawk, which will likely be known as the Touch Diamond2. The new HP iPAQ K3, which is now confirmed to be running Windows Mobile 6.5, will be added before the end of the year, as well.
With the current trend of most consumers moving toward smartphone devices, it would appear that AT&T will have its bases covered with a variety of devices. Our insiders tell us that we can expect to see AT&T move to offer some excellent pricing on older models in order to move inventory in an effort to make way for the new models being added.