X-tc from Virgin Gr8 4 Txting


Virgin Mobile announced the X-tc from Kyocera Wireless. The phone has a slide-out
QWERTY keypad for text fiends and fans.

The  X-tc offers IM and email support. The device sells for
$99.99 without an annual contract and will be in retail stores
in April.

The X-tc is scheduled to go on sale online at on April 6. Features of the X-tc:

    1.3 MP camera, with a large 2.4" TFT QVGA screen, Stereo
    Bluetooth and Micro SD card slot for memory cards up to 8GB.
    Room for 500 contacts and voice recognition to call them.
  •  Music Player with dedicated music keys and playlist management.
  •  Messaging support includes SMS, MMS, photos and IM.
  •  Predictive text input for rapid key entry.
  •  Web browsing capability with direct links to key social networking

"Our five million plus customers just sent and received 1.1 billion
messages in December! Messaging is immensely popular among our customer
base, so this is one more device to add to the wide selection of sleek and
affordable handsets for which Virgin Mobile USA is known," said Matias
Monges, Vice President, Mobile Devices, Virgin Mobile USA.

"Kyocera and Virgin Mobile USA have experienced great success pioneering
the affordable texting device category and X-tc continues that trend as our
third-generation text-centric handset," said Eric Anderson, Vice President
of Global Sales, Kyocera Wireless Corp. "We acquired tremendous experience
with the very popular Switch Back and Wild Card products for Virgin Mobile
USA and we've taken that education to the next level with a more powerful
and consumer friendly wireless handset. We believe Virgin Mobile customers
will love it."