T-Mobile Motorola Charm

We've known the Motorola Charm would be coming to T-Mobile, and now it's official. Let's look the details:

  • Android 2.1.
  • Motoblur
  • The "Backtrack" rear touchpad.
  • 2.8-inch touchscreen.
  • Full QWERTY keyboard.
  • Adobe Flash Lite.
  • 3MP camera
  • Motorola's CrystalTalk audio enhancements.

Pricing (we've seen it touted as a free back-to-school special) and availability weren't announced , other than "this summer." Full presser after the break. [Motorola]

Libertyville, Ill. — July 7, 2010 Motorola (NYSE: MOT) today announced the upcoming availability of Motorola CHARM™, a touch screen smartphone that packs a social networking punch with Android™ 2.1, MOTOBLURTM enhancements, a compact design and a BACKTRACK™ feature that makes screen navigation even more intuitive.

Motorola CHARM is expected to be available this summer exclusively in the U.S. for customers of T-Mobile USA, Inc.

“Motorola strives to provide an increased customizable user experience, which is enabled by our latest enhancements to MOTOBLUR and featured on the new Motorola CHARM,” said Jean Pierre Le Cannellier, vice president, Americas Marketing, Motorola Mobile Devices. “Combine that with a compact design, easy handling and all the features you would expect from a smartphone, and we believe that CHARM with MOTOBLUR adds the social ability and workability consumers are looking for.”

Motorola CHARM provides consumers all the features of a smartphone with the intuitive navigation of a 2.8 inch touch screen – all in a compact, pocketable design that makes messaging a snap using the combination of a full QWERTY keyboard and touch screen. The BACKTRACK navigation pad, located on the back of the smartphone directly behind the home screen, is similar to a laptop touch panel and enables an unobstructed view of the Web, texts, e-mails and news feeds. Plus, with Android 2.1 and enhanced MOTOBLUR features, CHARM offers new customization and filtering options.

“Being social with friends and family comes naturally for T-Mobile customers, and we think mobilizing their social experiences should be effortless,” said Saj Sahay, director of product management, T-Mobile USA. “With the new Motorola CHARM and enhancements to the Android and MOTOBLUR experience, we’re bringing more social skills to our broad portfolio of Android-powered smartphones.” 

Motorola CHARM will be the first device in the U.S. to feature an enhanced version of MOTOBLUR built on Android 2.1, which syncs contacts, posts, messages, photos and much more in easy to manage streams — from sources such as Facebook®, MySpace, Twitter™, Gmail™, work and personal e-mail. MOTOBLUR now allows for even greater customization, providing users more options to follow who and what really matters.

MOTOBLUR filters can be selected from a single social networking account, contacts, group or messaging account so that users can select only the information they want to stream live to the Happenings and Messages widgets. Users can move and resize pre-loaded home screen widgets to personalize up to seven home screen panels for an even more custom experience.  Lastly, consumers can manage their phone’s battery consumption by selecting different power modes to conserve battery.

Contacts in MOTOBLUR are automatically synced to the phone from personal and work e-mail and social network accounts. MOTOBLUR will continue to provide convenience and peace of mind, as lost devices can be located from a secure personal information portal and even remotely erased if necessary. In addition, one user name and password brings back contacts, messages and connectivity to previously configured networks and e-mail providers.

Last, but not least, Moto Phone Portal enables you to access and manage your phone’s data from any browser through a USB or Wi-Fi connection. Edit content and view important phone information while at home or on-the-go. Leave pictures on a friend’s PC, share a video at the local Internet café or share a presentation during an important business meeting.

Additional features on Motorola CHARM include:

  • Adobe® Flash® enabled Web browsing experience to view most of today’s content-rich sites
  • Full suite of Google™ services including: Google Search™, Google Maps™, Gmail™ and access to thousands of apps on Android Market™
  • Pinch to zoom functionality and two-finger swipe to easily surf the Web and sort through photos
  • Capture sharp photos with a 3MP camera and KODAK PERFECT TOUCH technology for better, brighter pictures
  • One-touch social media uploads to Facebook®, MySpace, PicasaTM and PhotoBucket®
  • CrystalTalkTM PLUS for enhanced audio and call quality with a second microphone for increased voice quality while filtering out background noise
  • Corporate email pushed immediately to the device for instant inbox updates

Availability

Motorola CHARM with MOTOBLUR is expected to be available exclusively to T-Mobile USA customers this summer.  For more information on Motorola CHARM with MOTOBLUR, please visit here.

 

Reader comments

T-Mobile Motorola Charm gets official, still square

16 Comments

It's not aimed at the kind of folks who hang out here. For a lot of people who do a lot of texting, this phone will be just fine.

I really wish something like this came to Verizon. I have wanted an android phone in this form factor since I left blackberry. I am so digging this device.

Very easy to see where they are going with this... the teen or pre-teen market. Very smart on T-Mobile's part. This gives them an Android phone for the younger set and one that they should be able to relate to in terms of the form factor.

Obviously this isn't for the serious business user or older individual that would want a more upscale, powerful phone. This is an obvious competitor to the lower end Blackberrys that a lot of the kids are using now. Smart move Motorola and T-Mobile!

i remember ten years ago the idea that a kid had a cell phone was proposterous. five years ago every kid had a phone and now every kid is gonna have a smartphone in another year. great marketing on the companies' parts. no complaints tho, the more kids have access to electronic communication the safer they are (in theory) and the less likely they are to pay attention in school :oP ! This rear trackpad idea seems like it has some serious potential. Not necessarily on this device, since it's kinda funny lookin and relatively useless compared to the monster android devices like the dinc evo and x, but now that android is finally making a jump at non-touch screen phones i see this being a precursor to the next big thing.

eh, i dont see anything wrong with it. its a pretty cool device actually, especially when you consider that only young kids will be walking about with it.

& i believe it does have a touch screen.

@awfredricks ---- in that case my post is half-useful lol but i agree. i doubt wealthy businessmen will be using it, but for a teenager it's legit. if i were a freshman in high school and got that under my christmas tree i'd be psyched

I agree, the Microsoft Kin totally bombed out, but this one may have a chance because:

1) it's an Android phone. The name alone along with the app set may carry this phone

2) It's probably going to be free after rebate. Great phone to give to that 10 year brat who has been whining about wanting a phone so they can text their friends all day...

3) T-Mobile might actually put this service at a decent price point unlike Microsoft who from what I hear f**ked up their deal with Verizon so Verizon charged full price service for those phones...