Pantech Wireless

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Pantech Wireless
Type Private
Industry Wireless
Founded 2002
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Key people Beyong-Yeop Park: Founder, CEO
Charles Park: CEO, NAM
Wyatt Whaley: Vice President, Product Planning, NAM
Website www.pantechusa.com

Pantech Wireless, Inc. (PWI), formed in 2002, is the North American subsidiary of Pantech, one of Korea’s three largest mobile phone manufacturers.

Background[edit]

PWI has created wireless products for major North American carriers including AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel and Virgin Mobile.

Benchmark handsets created by PWI for the North American market include the popular line of dual-sliding, double-keyboard devices such as the Pantech duo, Matrix, and Pantech Matrix Pro smartphone. PWI also manufactures Slate, “world’s thinnest phone with a QWERTY keyboard,”[1] and C3b, “the world’s smallest camera flip-phone.”[2] Additionally, PWI created the Breeze, a handset that utilizes the principles of Universal Design, which are a set of guidelines that ensure consumer electronics products are of optimal ease of use for customers of all ages, and those with disabilities.

Products North America[edit]

Product Name Date Carrier
Hero May 2006 Helio
DM-P100 Apr., 2006 Disney Mobile
C300 Jun., 2006 AT&T
PN-218 Aug., 2006 Alltel Wireless
C120 Oct., 2006 AT&T
C3 Nov., 2006 AT&T
Ocean Feb., 2007 Helio
C3b May, 2007 AT&T
DM-P205 May, 2007 Disney Mobile
C150 Jul., 2007 AT&T
Pantech duo Oct., 2007 AT&T
Pantech duo (red) Feb., 2008 AT&T
Breeze May, 2008 AT&T
C610 Oct., 2008 AT&T
Matrix Oct., 2008 AT&T
Slate Oct., 2008 AT&T
C630 Dec., 2008 AT&T
Ocean 2 Feb., 2009 Virgin Mobile
Matrix PRO Feb., 2009 AT&T
Breeze (black) Feb., 2009 AT&T
Link Apr., 2010 AT&T
Breeze II May, 2010 AT&T
Pursuit Jun., 2010 AT&T
Ease Jun., 2010 AT&T
Laser Oct., 2010 AT&T
Crossover Jun., 2011 AT&T
Breeze III Jul., 2011 AT&T
Pursuit II Jul., 2011 AT&T

Pantech Company Timeline[edit]

  • 1991: Established Pantech Co., Ltd
  • 2002: Established Pantech Wireless, Inc. (PWI) in North America
  • 2003: Formed a J/V – Dalian Daxian Pantech Communications Co, Ltd in Dalian, China
  • 2003: Company begins developing Pantech branded products
  • 2004: Pantech debuts first GSM handset with fingerprint recognition
  • 2005: Acquired SK Teletech owning SKY brand, the most upscale premium brand in Korea
  • 2005: First entered Japan market among Korean handset makers delivering 1st model to KDDI
  • 2006: First PWI branded device, PN-218, offered through Alltell
  • 2006: PWI launches C300, “world’s smallest camera flip phone,” with AT&T
  • 2006: PWI manufacturers Ocean, first dual-sliding, double keyboard handset, created for Helio
  • 2008: Slate, “world’s thinnest phone with a QWERTY keyboard,” created for AT&T
  • 2009: Launched Breeze, an easy-to-use and “top performing” handset for AT&T
  • 2009: Launched ‘Matrix Pro’, a dual sliding smart phone for AT&T
  • 2010: Launched Impact, Pantech's first haptic, dual key-board 3G Quick Messaging phone for AT&T
  • 2010: Launched Reveal, a slider with simultaneous numeric and QWERTY keypad 3G Quick Messaging phone for AT&T
  • 2010: Link, Pantech's ultra-slim and sleek messaging phone launches at AT&T
  • 2010: Launched Breeze II, the successor to the Breeze, easy-to-use handset for AT&T
  • 2010: Pursuit launches for AT&T as Pantech's first phone with touchscreen
  • 2010: Launched Pantech Ease, the first simplicity-centric phone for AT&T with keyboard and touchscreen
  • 2010: Laser, AT&T's thinnest phone with sliding keyboard, is launched
  • 2011: Crossover, Pantech's first Android smartphone in the U.S., is launched
  • 2011: 20th Anniversary of Pantech Wireless, Inc., U.S.-based subsidiary of Pantech Group
  • 2011: Pantech announces exclusive handset sponsorship of Dew Tour
  • 2011: Pantech announces sponsorship of Dew Tour Pro Athletes, Bucky Lasek, Brett Banasiewicz, Greg Lutzka, Ryan Devenzo
  • 2011: Inaugural Pantech Open in Ocean City, MD for Dew Tour Action Sports Competition

Awards[edit]

  • 1995: Pantech creates the world’s first CDMA product
  • 2005: Pantech honored with the Best Mobile Phone Application distinction at the Asian Mobile News Award
  • 2005, 2006, 2007: Pantech receives seven iF Design awards and four red dot Design awards for excellence and innovation in mobile phone design
  • 2007: Pantech’s IM-U200 (Korean market) awarded ‘Best of Innovation’ at CES International

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pantech and AT&T Debut "World's Thinnest QWERTY Keyboard" Handset" (Press release). Pantech Wireless. 2008-08-14. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  2. ^ The world's smallest flip camera phone, CNET, 2008-05-15, retrieved 2009-09-24 

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