LG AX490 with Fastap debuts on Alltel

Jul 31 2006 - 04:27 PM ET | LG Mobile Phone

LG AX490Alltel became the first US carrier to launch a handset with the unique Fastap keypad layout. The LG AX490 was announced today and will go on sale starting August 3rd. Fastap is a licensed key layout technology that puts a 26-letter keyboard inbetween a more conventional keypad. While the tech is up for grabs by anyone who wants to pay a royalty, so far LG has been the most receptive. Canadian carrier Telus launched the LG 6190 with Fastap back in 2004 and saw a surge in data revenue from its users. The actual design of the handset is based off of a race car.

Besides the unique keypad, features of the AX490 include:

  • Bluetooth
  • VGA camera with flash
  • Speaker-independent voice recognition and speakerphone
  • 128×160 pixel screen with 262k colors

Alltel will start selling the AX490 next week for $59.99 after a $40 mail-in rebate and 2-year service agreement.

Two more images of the LG AX490 are available below.

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