Alltel scored a coup today when it became the first carrier to offer the Samsung SCH-r510, a handset we first saw earlier this year at CTIA. Also called "The Wafer," the r510 exemplifies Samsung's overt obsession for slim phones. The candy bar cell phone, which is just 0.33 inch thin and weighs only 2.7 ounces, bears a strong resemblance to the earlier Samsung Trace for T-Mobile. Though I get the meaning behind the "Wafer" name (it's wafer thin) I can't say I like it very much. I keep thinking of a vanilla wafer.
Inside, the wafer offers a respectable feature set, including a 1.3-megapixel camera, an MP3 player, an expandable memory slot, stereo Bluetooth, and support for Alltel's new Celltop application. You can get the Wafer for $49.99 with a two-year contract.