Motorola's texting phone Hint has made the journey from Alltel to regional budget carrier MetroPCS. The square slider offers a full QWERTY keyboard and a midrange feature set that includes stereo Bluetooth, USB connectivity with PC syncing, a music player, a microSD card slot, 140MB of internal memory, personal organizer options, support for 3G, a speakerphone, and a 2-megapixel camera.
Once an exclusive purveyor of basic phones with minimalist designs, MetroPCS has made its handset lineup a bit more interesting in recent months. First it introduced the Samsung Messager, another QWERTY messaging phone. Then last month it offered its first smartphone, the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330, and just two weeks ago at CTIA it got its first touch-screen phone when it launched the Samsung Finesse.
Since the company does not offers contracts, the Hint QA30 will be more expensive from MetroPCS than from other carriers. But even at $249, it's not a bad deal.