When the term "low-maintenance" appears in the first sentence of a phone's press release, you can pretty much guess what it's all about. Sure enough, the CDM8635 being offered through well-established industry middleman PCD to US Cellular keeps things simple with a 1.3 megapixel camera, 2.2-inch color and 1.5-inch monochrome displays on the inside and exterior, respectively, dedicated shortcut keys for top phone functions, and voice-activated dialing; we don't have pricing details just yet, but we can assume it'll be dirt-cheap on contract. Look for it to hit USCC's online store some time today -- and in the meantime, follow the break for PCD's press release.

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PCD and U.S. Cellular Launch the CDM8635

CHICAGO-(June 1, 2010)-Personal Communications Devices, LLC (PCD) and U.S. Cellular announce the availability of the CDM8635, a highly advanced yet low-maintenance compact flip phone designed for ease of use and maximum phone functionality.

"It's all about what our customers want, and some of them simply want a phone without any of the extra features," said David Macedon, Device Manager for U.S. Cellular. "The CDM8635 is just that and is incredibly user-friendly."

The CDM8635 offers a simple solution for any consumer to stay connected without any confusing, high-tech gadgetry. Its large external display font makes it easier to read. Voice-activated dialing makes it easier to dial, and a Noise Suppressor option makes it easier for the listener to hear. Four essential shortcut keys and a convenient menu coach feature that explains functions make navigation simpler.

Key features of the CDM8635:
Displays: 2.2 inch 260K color TFT main display
1.5 inch mono LCD external display
Memory: 1 GB Flash/ 512 MB RAM
Shortcuts: Four dedicated shortcut keys for zoom, speakerphone, alarm and picture albums
Communications: Readout menu message, wider font option for easier viewing, voice-activated dialing, Noise Suppressor, Slow Speech option, frequency altering for hearing compensation
Camera: 1.3 megapixel CMOS
Power: Lithium-ion 920 mAh battery, rated for 4.1 hours of talk time
Dimensions: 3.9 inches x 2.0 inches x 0.8 inches

CDM8635 will be available at U.S. Cellular retail locations or via www.uscellular.com on June 1, 2010.