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Sprint to offer iPhone competitor

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LAS VEGAS, April 1 (UPI) -- U.S. wireless giant Sprint said Tuesday it would introduce a touch-screen music phone to compete with Apple's iPhone.

Sprint announced at the CTIA Wireless convention in Las Vegas it would offer the Samsung Instinct, which features a large screen, full QWERTY keyboard and a voice-to-action button. The phone is expected to have peak download speeds of 3.1 Mbps and upload rates of 1.8 Mbps.

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Sprint Senior Vice President of Product Development John Garcia said the phone is designed to simplify the user-experience.

"The end result is a great-looking phone that makes the value of Sprint's fast NOW Network come to life but, most importantly, it is fun and easy to use," Garcia said in a release.

The phone multitasks to some extent, allowing users to play music in the background while surfing the Internet, texting or playing games. The phone comes with a 2GB microSD card. Memory is expandable to 8GB.

The price hasn't been set for the device.

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