The newest touchscreen phone...for landline!

AT&T has announced its HomeManager, a 7" touchscreen device by Samsung that looks to revitalize landline communication by bundling it with other services.

The HomeManager device offers converged content through its simultaneous connection to a broadband router and to a landline. Voice calls can take place both over VoIP or landline, and address book syncing from AT&T Mobile Backup allows customers to port their mobile device's contacts over to the HomeManager base station. The touchscreen device acts as a portable speakerphone, but also comes with a Dect 6.0 cordless handset for regular conversations.

AT&T and Samsung's HomeManager

The 800x400 24-bit color touchscreen also accesses Internet content such as news, weather, and e-mail in addition to a touchable (finger or stylus) Yellow Pages interface. It can double as a digital frame when not in use, as it accepts SD cards or USB flash memory. The unit's internal storage is limited to 256 MB.

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AT&T and Samsung's HomeManager Cordless Handset Initial launch markets for the device will include nine US cities: Chicago, Atlanta, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles. Service will cost an additional $299 for customers with either an AT&T landline, high speed internet connection, or U-Verse package. Connectivity requirements include broadband internet with a spare Ethernet port, and either a landline or VoIP line with telephone adapter.

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