T-Mobile and Samsung Officially Launches Gravity 3, Gravity T And Samsung Smiley

Let me just get this out of the way and say that for most of you, this isn’t the Samsung phone you are waiting for. For the rest of you, with prices at $75 or less they aren’t half bad options.

So here we go, Samsung and T-Mobile are officially announcing the release of the Samsung Gravity 3, Gravity T and Smiley.

Samsung Gravity T:

The Samsung Gravity T is a messaging powerhouse equipped with both a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard and a touch screen, making it easy to keep in touch with family and friends through messaging, social networking, and personal or Exchange e-mail. Featuring fully customizable home screens and task bar widgets, the Gravity T is 3G-enabled, delivering faster data speeds while surfing the Web via the Google search toolbar or T-Mobile web2go.

Samsung Gravity 3:

Available in a fun marine blue finish, the Samsung Gravity 3 is a 3G messaging device with the popular design of an external T9 keyboard and a slide-out, full QWERTY keyboard. The Gravity 3 features a dedicated physical messaging button with quick access to all your messaging needs, including personal and Exchange e-mail, text and picture messaging and the built-in social networking application — T-Mobile Social Buzz. With preloaded games such as “Guitar Hero 5,” the Gravity 3 keeps you entertained while on the go

Samsung Smile:

The Samsung :) is an accessible, messaging phone perfect for the novice texter. Featuring a unique rounded-edge design with a slide-up full QWERTY keyboard, the Samsung :) fits comfortably in the palm of your hand for easy text, picture and video messaging, IM and connecting with friends and family over T-Mobile Social Buzz — a preloaded social networking application.

Official Press Release:

T-MOBILE USA INTRODUCES NEW LINEUP OF SAMSUNG

MESSAGING-FRIENDLY PHONES

Next-Generation Samsung Gravity® Phones and New Samsung :)™ Offer a

Compelling Design for Every Text Savvy Customer

BELLEVUE, WASH. and DALLAS — June 23, 2010 — T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.1 today announced a new lineup of full QWERTY-keyboard phones available in unique designs to suit each customer’s messaging preference, including two next-generation Samsung Gravity® phones — Samsung Gravity® 3 and Samsung Gravity® T — and the Samsung :) (Smiley).

More and more families are finding that text messaging is one of the best ways to communicate. In a March 2010 internal survey, close to 70 percent of T-Mobile customers indicated that they had used text messaging to stay connected at least once within the prior 7 days. Over the past three years, the average number of text messages T-Mobile customers have sent and received per quarter has nearly tripled from 262 messages in Q1 2007 to 752 messages in Q3 20092.  In 2009, 250 billion text and picture messages were sent by T-Mobile postpaid subscribers, a 51 percent growth over the 165 billion messages sent over the T-Mobile network in 2008. The new lineup of Samsung messaging phones help to answer the call for affordable, easy-to-use phones as text messaging communication increases among families.

“T-Mobile knows the importance of staying connected to friends and family through mobile messaging,” said Paul Cole, vice president, devices and accessories, T-Mobile USA. “With our portfolio of new affordable messaging phones, the whole family is sure to find one tailored to both their needs and desires.”

Available exclusively through T-Mobile USA and powered by its high-speed network, the Samsung :), Gravity 3 and Gravity T offer the latest in messaging capabilities and easy access to the Web that keeps customers connected and up to date on the latest with friends and family. Each of the phones also includes a new social networking feature called T-Mobile®Social Buzz, which integrates popular social networking sites into one application. When not actively in use, Social Buzz continues running in the background and delivers pop-up message notifications to the phone’s home screen ensuring you are in the know on the latest updates. While in use, it gives the option to visit each social networking screen separately or visit an aggregated screen that includes messages from all communities in one simple-to-access place.

“We’re proud to continue the popular Gravity series of devices with sleeker designs and a fully customizable touch screen on the Gravity T, as well as introduce the Smiley with T-Mobile,” said Omar Khan, chief strategy officer for Samsung Mobile. “These three phones each offer top-notch messaging features and multimedia favorites together in one device.”

Following the success of the Samsung Gravity® and Gravity® 2, Samsung Mobile and T-Mobile are continuing the series with the availability of the Samsung Gravity® 3 and Samsung Gravity® T. The next generation of Gravity devices offers two designs that come fully equipped with slide-out QWERTY keyboards and a complete messaging suite, including Exchange and personal e-mail capability, calendar and contacts. The Gravity 3 brings an external T9® keyboard and a slide-out, full QWERTY keyboard, while the Gravity T features a customizable 2.8-inch touch screen that provides a premium touch and messaging experience at an affordable price. Both Gravity devices include a 2-megapixel camera and camcorder, built-in music player, HTML browser and support for up to 16 GB of expandable memory.

The Samsung :)™ features a compact, rounded-edge design, a slide-up vertical QWERTY keyboard and a dedicated shortcut for quick access to messaging applications, including text, picture, video and instant messaging, as well as Exchange and personal e-mail capability. The :) offers an easy-to-use interface, a built-in camera and camcorder, a music player and support for expandable memory.

With T-Mobile’s web2goSM service, all three devices can access the Web (optimized for the phone), personalize the phone’s Web home page for easy one-click access to favorite websites, receive fast and easy search results and live news feeds with web2go, and have access to a plethora of T-Mobile offerings, including the latest ringtones, games and wallpaper.

Starting today, the Samsung :), Gravity 3 and Gravity T are available in T-Mobile retail stores, select authorized dealers and online at http://www.t-mobile.com. For more information about Samsung Mobile’s new lineup of messaging devices exclusively with T-Mobile USA, please visithttp://www.t-mobile.com or http://www.samsung.com/newsroom.

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  • mikey_

    Lets hope this isn’t the anticipated surprise mentioned in “Clue #4″

    Congrats to T-Mobile on their Father’s Day sale success though.

  • Logan

    Not available online…just yet.

  • Ray

    I’m going to grab the Gravity T. But if SMS isn’t threaded…Guess I’ll be waiting.

    • Logan

      Same here!

    • Mohammad

      it’s not threaded. I played w it today. didn’t like it. the slide out qwerty keypad wasn’t that comfortable to use especially the spacebar which doesn’t work if you press at the center. plus $75 is too much for it. it should be priced $50.

      • Ray

        Seriously? Guess I’ll be waiting then. *sigh*

      • Logan

        Threaded message is not much of a big thing for me… Would be really nice. I’m gonna get one anyway. :)

      • watbetch

        Threading messaging is certainly on the Gravity T right?

      • Ray

        I just find it weird that it wouldn’t be threaded. I mean, its a messaging phone after all?

  • Don

    Do any of these come with a standard headphone jack?

  • Don

    I answered my own question. All three come with the micro usb charging port which you have to put an adapter into for headset use, like the G1 has. I guess it’s a step in the right direction as it’s not a samsung proprietary port.

  • Brian

    all garbage

    • Logan

      Maybe to you, but to the majority of America, probably not.

  • slyman

    dood wtf is this!!! man tmobile needs to step it up with their phones!!! better get the iphone 4

    • haha

      im just saying if you knew anything about business you wouldn’t just assume its a snap of a finger and “we get the iphone” good try. alot of you seem upset by these phones? its not like were saying these phones are for EVERYONE, but we do have a large customer base who needs a simple phone like any of these. its all in who you market to. would we like to offer something like the EVO, sure…why WOULDN’T WE?????? its not as if we sit around and go “you know what people want…the evo, but F*&^K them” and…all im sayin is….if you knew about the 20+ handsets we are set to drop over the next year…alot of you would stfu..

  • Davidohio

    There phones are ok for teen texters but I am waiting for the 4 or 5 high end phones coming out over this summer starting with the Samsung Vibrant (Galaxy S) that will be announced tomorrow.

  • TMoFan

    These are great looking phones! Does anybody know how these phones compare to the Nuron? (turn-by-turn GPS, apps from Ovi store, etc.)

  • Reece

    The Samsung :) eh?

    One of the more clever names I seen yet. Shows up nicely for the blogs & stuff

  • jimbo

    Not everyone wants a data phone these are nice devices for the teens and older folks who want to look cool with a fancy phone with not to many features the won’t use

  • iFloss™

    To tell you the truth I’m actually pretty dumbfounded as to why Samsung hasn’t released a Bada OS phone on t-mo. The phone they used to showcase the OS was pretty sexy and there was a review on it by either gizmodo or engadget and they gave it a pretty solid review as far as hardware was concerned. They also concluded that the OS wasn’t even bad, it was actually pretty good.

    We should see a Bada OS phones, that would be awesome.

  • iFloss™

    To tell you the truth I’m actually pretty dumbfounded as to why Samsung hasn’t released a Bada OS phone on t-mo. The phone they used to showcase the OS was pretty sexy and there was a review on it by either gizmodo or engadget and they gave it a pretty solid review as far as hardware was concerned. They also concluded that the OS wasn’t even bad, it was actually pretty good.

    We should see a Bada OS phones, that would be awesome.

  • Dave

    The Gravity T is perfect for my young teenage daughter who does NOT need an Android superphone with the required $30/month data plan. But this one passes her “cool looks” test and allows her to text and Facebook like crazy.

    • I_Hate_Rebates_2

      Agreed – I’m sitting on a 5-line family plan with two teenagers and one pre-teen. They all got new phone earlier this year [two touch screen non-data required phones and the Samsung Comeback]. I an not interested in spending the additional $90 per month / $720 per year for them to cruise the internet at will – they can do that at home on the laptop. All of them message like crazy and the only wish is that these low-end phones had WiFi access – other than that, they are perfect. Also, if lost or stolen, I kept their old phones.

      So the basics are these…Two Smart Phone, Three Not-So-Smart Phones, Shared Minutes, Unlimited Messaging, Two Data Plans. I would assume I’m a fairly normal consumer with that – the only thing I’m thinking about is adding the WebToGo [for $10 / mo] to the texting phones for limited internet access – but we’ll see.

    • Alishin Wareya

      How can they ‘facebook like crazy’ without the data plan?

  • Antonia

    This is the perfect phone if you want to text/talk. The 10.00 internet package on it offers an “enhanced” web experience, should you want to check email, google, get google 411, etc. It offers a bigger screen to view the “mobile” version of web sites.

    There is a very large amount of people in the US that don’t want or need a full smartphone. This was created to give them a phone that was useful and set for their needs. Overall, it’s a great phone.

  • socalfrank

    Yawn

  • http://none Geeky Dad

    Excellent options for the kids! Thanks T-mobile!!! $10 is good deal and for the ‘kids’ iTouch with ‘free’ internet access is great companion. Agreed that WiFi on the phones would be nice. LOVE IT that there is full QWERTY keyboard without sucking $30 extra a month for the kids!!! Cheers!!!!!! :)

  • NiiDiddy

    true, this may not be for me, but i am sure it will still sell well, and suit others. glad t-mobile is catering for all kinds of customers with all kinds of backgrounds and niches. it took a lot to write this since i thought this was a regression in t-mobile’s part. but frankly everyone’s gotta be catered for, not just us hungry techies or tech savvy, business people.

  • http://www.tiainterweb.net domain names

    These are great looking phones! The Samsung features a compact, rounded-edge design and a dedicated shortcut for quick access to messaging applications, including text, picture, video and instant messaging, as well as Exchange and personal e-mail capability.

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone agree that they should stop focusing on the gravity series so much and make a Samsung Comeback 2, one that’s sexy like the enV series. THEY SHOULD MAKE A COMEBACK TOUCH LIKE THE ENV TOUCH. That would be niiiceee… I like the form factor of those type of phones but the comeback is just UGLY. Please make a pretty successor T-Mobile!!

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  • NorCal

    i often use a talking headset on my cellphone, thus freeing me to type notes for my conversation. so far i am unable to find an adapter that can plug into the micro-USB port on my grivity-t; and the other end for either a 2.5mm or 3.5mm female port for a standard headset with mic.

    i bought numerous adapters for this attempt, but none works.
    the closest i get is for someone to hear me, but i can’t hear a thing on my headset.
    maybe months down the road, someone will market one.

  • NotHappy

    I am seriously unhappy with the Gravity T. There is no message threading which I do NOT like. I may have 5 text messages going with 5 different people. How the hell am I suppose to remember what my last texted was to a particular person when that person decides to reply back to me an hour later. No, I have to exit the Inbox, scroll down to the Sentbox. Once in the Sentbox, I have to scroll down to find my last text that I sent that person. Come back out, go back to the Inbox and reply. That is totally ridiculous. And they say that this phone is the “Messaging Powerhouse” give me a flippn break, NOT. The touch screen never seems to cooperate, it has a mind of its own. I hate this phone. The only thing good about it is that I DONT need a data plan to be able to USE a ph that I already spent a fortune on. GIVE ME A BREAK. This cell ph business has really become a Racket. Now u can watch TV on ur ph. Ya, let me be driving in my car going 55 mph and let me watch the TV on my phone because I already paid $400 for the ph and I am paying $30 extra for the data plan to be able to do this and then what ever else hidden fees I am paying for!!!! So if there is a way to “THREAD” on this ph, can someone please let me know, thank you