Cingular Wireless and LG MobileComm U.S.A. (LG Mobile Phones) today announced the availability of the LG CU500, a new 3G phone that gives customers access to Cingular Wireless data services at broadband speeds for faster and better performance. The CU500 is available exclusively to Cingular customers who are interested in an ultra- thin clamshell design that can easily handle their voice, data, messaging and music needs.
"The new CU500 signals the next level in high speed mobile capability," said Jeff Hwang, senior vice president of marketing and product strategy, LG Electronics MobileComm. "With the arrival of HSDPA technology, users can now download their favorite multimedia content at nearly instantaneous speeds. Having the ability to deliver this kind of innovation to our consumers in a sleek and attractive form factor is a testament to what is possible in today's advanced mobile landscape."
The LG CU500 provides fast and easy access to Cingular Video and a variety of other multimedia and messaging capabilities. The CU500 offers a full- featured music player, external music keys and optional Bluetooth Stereo headset to make listening to music on the go easy and, for the first time, truly wireless. Customers can also identify an artist's name and song being played on the radio, TV, or at a club with MusicID, Cingular's enhanced music recognition service.
With Cingular Video, customers can watch clips from their favorite shows, news, sports and movie trailers right on their device at broadband speeds over the Cingular 3G HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) network.
In addition to its entertainment possibilities, the CU500 also includes a 1.3 mega-pixel camera with rotating lens and video record lets customers capture those special moments as they happen in vivid detail and share them instantly with friends and family via multimedia messaging. Customers can also stay in touch with the people who matter to them most by using one of the preloaded Instant Messenger clients: AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), Yahoo! Messenger and MSN Messenger.
Cingular's 3G network is currently available in 18 major markets serving 54 communities and provides average download data speeds between 400-700 kilobits per second with bursts to over one megabit. The company expects service to be available in most major markets by the end of the year
The LG CU500 is available through select Cingular Wireless retail locations or via http://www.cingular.com/ for $99.99 with a 2-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.