2/20/2008 11:03:00 AM
Cheap instant messaging phones to arrive in droves
A slew of low-cost instant messaging phones look set to hit the market in the coming months.
Manufacturers such as LG, Motorola and Sony Ericsson have responded to calls from operators to produce phones which slide open to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard.
None are show-stoppers, but appear to be produced to satisfy the operators.
The idea is to sell the devices at low prices in the prepay market for around £50 to encourage young users to send messages to each other.
Manufacturers have developed a facility that allows a conversation over text message to be displayed like online ‘messenger’ services available through the likes of Yahoo! and MSN.
Operators want to encourage greater take-up of data services on their networks outside the business market, and have identified teenagers as the ideal demographic.
As well as being cheap, the devices will come out in a range of bright colours later in the year.