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Verizon Wireless Adds Two More Handsets to its Summer Line-up

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BASKING RIDGE, NEW JERSEY and NEW YORK, USA – Verizon Wireless is gearing up for the summer season ahead with its impressive line-up of handsets. The latest two entries to figure in Verizon’s line-up are the QWERTY-slider Motorola Rival and the ruggedized Casio Exilim rotating-flip phone.

While the Motorola Rival is designed for quick and easy messaging, enabling customers to stay socially connected with its support for a host of instant messaging services; the Casio Exilim is a 5 megapixel camera-phone that is designed to meet military specifications for durability and rigidity.

Both handsets support Verizon the following lifestyle features: VZ navigator offering audible turn-by-turn directions for more than 15 million destinations in US, V-CAST Music with Rhapsody service offering more than 4 million songs for download over-the-air, the ability to sync it with PC/Macs; and Visual Voice Mail allowing customers to view, delete, reply, listen to and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions. These components are not free, the network charges US$2.99 per day for VZ navigator access, and US$2.99 per month for the Visual Voice Mail service.



Live images of Motorola Rival (Source: PhoneArena)

The Motorola Rival is a pocket-friendly side-slider phone featuring a full QWERTY backlit keyboard, a 2.2″ touch screen with a resolution of 176×220 pixels, a 2 megapixel camera with digital zoom and video capture, GPS, microSD memory card slot (expandable upto 8GB), Bluetooth 2.1, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and USB connectivity. It’s a 3G-capable dualband CDMA phone supporting CDMA2000 1xRTT/xEV-DO rev.0 connectivity.

The Rival uses a smart design for the backlit keyboard, such as that the keyboard lights up either characters, numbers, or symbols, based on the entry mode selected. In addition, the device features IM-style texting that organizes messages by contacts, displaying them in a chat-like format; and one-touch access to text message compostion, emoticons, symbols, IM and e-mail. Mobile IM offers instant connectivity to AOL, Windows Live and Yahoo Messenger, while Mobile Email allows access to the e-mail services of Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and Windows Live.

The device is available in tin silver and purple colours for customers in US online and at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores for US$99.99, after a $50 mail-in rebate on a two-year contract.

Ruggedized Casio Exilim in landscape mode


Just like the i-Mate 810-F, the Casio Exilim has also been designed to meet military-specification 810F standards which covers water (immersion and rain), humidity, salt-fog, shock, vibration, dust, solar radiation, altitude, and low and high temperature storage; thus making this device fully functional in almost any climatic condition.

Being an Exilim series device, its camera features include a 5.1 megapixel sensor with autofocus, flash and 3x optical zoom, resolution adjustment over a wide range (7 resolutions supported), dedicated camera and video key, video capture and playback, best shot mode mode offering 15 modes (person, scenery, night view, person and scenery, twilight, food, character, sports, party, monotone, sepia, reverse, high sharpness, high contrast and vivid), image stabilizer, autofocus capable of single point and 9-point focus, self timer (3, 5 and 10 seconds), and white balance (auto, sunny, shade, tungsten and fluorescent). Other features of the device include Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity and microSD memory card slot (expandable up to 8 GB).

The Casio Exilim is available in black and champagne colours to US customers online and at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores for US$279.99, after a $50 mail-in rebate on a two-year contract.

It has to be noted that Verizon is targeting two different categories of customers with its two latest offerings here. While the Motorola Rival is targeted at the IM/chat/text loving crowd with its full QWERTY keyboard and IM services; the Casio Exilim is for those camera enthusiasts looking for a sturdy camera-phone. The two devices cannot really be compared, but pricing wise, it can be seen that military-level durability does come at a steep cost.

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By , Chief International Correspondent on Jun 11th, 2009 GMT +2


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