It’s not going to set the world on fire, but the Pantech Link handset will offer AT&T customers a super thin and cheap way to browse the web and bang out messages.
The crazy thing about this handset is that it is quite slim and will only cost $10 with a new, two-year contract and a data and messaging plan of at least $20 a month. It also rocks:
* Ultra Thin Design – Measuring under 10mm, Link slides discreetly into the pocket of a favorite pair of jeans or summer button-down.
* Quick Access to Messages – A full QWERTY keyboard helps send a wide range of messages in seconds – stay in touch with friends via text, email, picture mail, video messages, email, and IMs.
* Easy Contact Management – AT&T Address Book is a service that allows users to manage and backup contacts via the Web at no additional cost.
* Web and Social Media @ 3G – Browse the Web at the speed of 3G, while using AT&T Mobile Share to view and upload photos to any number of social networking sites in one place.
* Music: Manage it – Use the onboard song equalizer to adjust the levels of music files, make and manage playlists using Napster and eMusic through AT&T Music.
* Video and Camera – An integrated 1.3MP CMoS camera incorporates a range of customizable resolutions and picture taking controls.
So, I wouldn’t run to the store to get this because I need the full functionality of a smartphone, but this could be a good, cheap option for you if a full data plan is not worth it. If you’re reading this site, I get the feeling you’d quickly start to feel the limitations of this device – you won’t get access to really good apps, for example. It definitely does seems like a great handset to get your text-happy teen, though.