September is the month of the feature phone at Verizon Wireless thanks to launches of the Samsung Rogue, Samsung Intensity, Nokia Twist and soon the Motorola Entice. Our ninja just hit us with all the Entice info fit to print and those looking for a cheap phone with fair specs definitely won’t be disappointed. Those looking for anything else, on the other hand, definitely will be disappointed. The Entice is an entry level clam shell that will replace the Motorola W755 in Verizon’s lineup. Features include a 2.2-inch color display with a resolution of 176×220 pixels, 1X/EV-DO connectivity, 2 megapixel camera/camcorder, built-in music player, microSD expansion (up to 8GB), one touch access to Bluetooth, music and speaker phone, threaded messaging, 2.5 mm headset jack and support for all of the Verizon-specific services like V Cast, Chaperone, VZ navigator. The phone will be available online starting September 22nd and will appear in other channels when the current stock of W755′s has been depleted. In terms of pricing, you’re looking at $39.99 after a $50 mail in rebate and a 2-year contract, $109.99 after a $50 mail in rebate and a 1-year contract or $219.99 for full retail. Hit the jump for the full slide, some closeups of the handset and the detailed specs.
It might not have a spot for microSD cards or even an EV-DO radio, but Pantech’s Verizon-bound Escapade is a special phone nonetheless. You see, the Escapade, which is all set to launch on August 21st, will be one of the few non-smartphones offered by Big Red that is capable of operating overseas on GSM networks. Without it, you’d pretty much have no choice but to get a loaner phone or pony up the big bugs for a smartphone. Spec wise, as we already alluded to, the Escapade is more like a blast from the past than anything new, but it does have a 2 megapixel shooter as well as GPS. So not only can you take some grainy snap shots while on vacation in Rome, but you can also navigate your way down its maze of winding roads and passages.
What comes in Sparkling Rose, 24k gold plate and is “shorter than your favorite lipstick”? The Sony Ericsson Jalou by Dolce&Gabbana, hello. Introduced today as a limited edition piece, the designer-branded clamshell offers a “host of features to keep you entertained and looking fabulous” such as a 3.2 megapixel camera with video recording, aGPS, monoband UMTS/HSPA (2100MHz), a monochrome exterior display that doubles as a mirror for the vain and a bunch of exclusive pictures and videos from the Dolce&Gabbana women’s Autumn/Winter 2010 runway show. Just in case special edition phones aren’t your thing but you still want to make a fashion-y statement, you can always pick up the Jalou in Deep Amethyst, Aquamarine Blue or Onyx Black sans Dolce branding sometime in Q4.
Yes ladies and gentlemen pre-teen boys and girls, school is starting up again in just over a month and that means carriers across the country are going to start rolling out a bunch of new phones to gobble up the money you worked so hard to get over the summer. The latest in this crop of devices are the Samsung Comeback and Gravity 2 from T-Mobile. The Comeback, a device we’re sure most of you are familiar with by now, is a 3G-enabled horizontal clamshell with a full-QWERTY keypad, 2 megapixel camera, MP3 player and microSDHC support. The Gravity 2 isn’t much different except that it is a straight-up side slider and is considerably smaller. Sadly for those who are thinking about picking up a Comeback, which is available this very moment, we hit the nail squarely on the head when we said that it will be going for the absolutely ridiculous price of $129.99 on a 2-year deal after a $50 MIR. Insane. As for the Gravity 2, pricing and a specific release date have yet to be set, although it will be available sometime next month. Huzzah.
Sony’s Ericsson’s day in the sun continues with the announcement of the AT&T-bound W518a. Slim and sleek, this clamshell Walkman phone packs as much music-centric functionality as it can into a tight little package. Highlights include “Shake Control” technology that allows users to shuffle, skip and control volume by shaking the handset, and “Gesture Control”, which lets users ignore incoming calls or snooze alarms by waving a hand over the camera lens. Pretty sweet. Beyond that, the W518a touts a host of social networking features — just like every other handset in the world these days — and of course the beloved Walkman music player. Pricing is set at a very reasonable $49.99 after rebates on a 2-year contract and like the C905a, this little guy will hit store shelves this Sunday, July 19th, Hit the jump for more angles.
Despite it being another sleepy Sunday, yesterday Samsung decided it was good timeto announce four new entry-level handsets that it hopes will prove popular with the average consumer. Starting off with the S6700 that Samsung has previously shown off at various trade shows, we find a dual-band HSDPA slider with a 2.4-inch QVGA display, 3 megapixel camera with auto-focus and dual-LED flash, GPS and 120MB of internal memory plus microSDHC support. Next up we have the C5510 with its basic 2 megapixel shooter, smaller 2.2-inch QVGA display and microSDHC support. Taking a more music-centric approach is the M2510, which has dedicated music keys, a 3.5mm headphone jack, DNSe audio enhancement, FM radio tuner with RDS and a 1.3 megapixel camera. Finally we have the M2310, the only clam shell device in the bunch and easily the most underwhelming handset we’ve seen in quite some time. It has a VGA camera, 9MB of internal memory, 8GB microSD support and quad-band EDGE connectivity. Pricing and availability for the S6700, C5510, M2510 and M2310 have yet to be announced.
[Via GSM Arena]
Right on time, the Pearl Flip has made its official debut on Verizon Wireless’ website and is now ripe for the picking. Surprisingly, sort of, the Pearl Flip has already been discounted — selling for $79 after a $70 mail-in rebate and two year contract instead of the announced $129.99. Apparently, Verizon included the Pearl Flip in that $50 price drop when it ended the BlackBerry BOGO promotion. For those who prefer a more personal shopping experience, the Pearl Flip is also available in stores today. Now with the 8230ccccccc out of the way, Big Red can focus on bigger and better ‘Berrys (Tour, anyone?).
Right on cue according to our scoop, Verizon launched two new devices today in the Motorola Rival A455 and the Casio EXILIM C721. The Rival is a pretty standard messaging device that has a full QWERTY keypad, a 2 megapixel and a 2-year contract price of $99 after a $50 MIR. Have at it, tweens. The EXILIM on the other hand, which goes for $279.99 after rebates on a 2-year deal, features a 2.3-inch pivoting QVGA display, 5.1 megapixel camera with auto-focus, flash and 3x optical zoom, GPS and all of the standard Verizon apps that you would expect. Oh, and it also meets Military Specifications 810F standards making is dust and water resistant. So what say you, people — do either of these devices strike your fancy or are you waiting for something bigger and better to come along?
Read (Moto Rival in silver; purple also available)
Read (Casio EXILIM C721)
*sniff* We thought this day would never come but Verizon has officially announced the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230. Available starting June 19th, Verizon asks that you fork over $129.99 after a $70 mail-in rebate on a 2-year contract. As for the specs, you know the deal: OS 4.6.0, 324MHz processor, external display, vertical QVGA internal display, SureType keypad, 2 megapixel camera with flash, GPS, so on, so forth. Anyone excited? The Pearl Flip is just as cool as the Tour, right?
Today Nokia announced three new devices that it hopes will makes serious inroads in emerging markets. While they certainly aren’t much to write home about from a phoneaholic’s perspective, they are definitely interesting in that they place particular emphasis on entertainment and social media. Nokia seemingly feels the time is right to thrust mobile internet and social networking upon the up and coming masses and we’re more than eager to see how it works out. Provided data costs are reasonable, Nokia’s effort could certainly provide a means of low-cost entertainment that is well placed in emerging markets. Hit the jump for more details on the 2720 fold, 2730 classic and 7020.
As expected, the Samsung Alias 2 is now available from Verizon Wireless. The dual hinge clam shell with dynamic electronic ink keypad will set you back a mere $79 after a $50 MIR/online discount with a 2-year contract. A 1-year contract will cost you $149 after a $50 MIR/online discount and full retail is $259. If you need more than one Alias 2, the phone is part of Big Red’s classic buy-one-get-up-to-four-free offer. Just a word of caution as the additional free handsets do require a 2-year commitment. If anyone heads out to his or her local Verizon Wireless store and picks up this bad boy today, give us a shout in the comments with your first impressions.
A couple of our VZW ninjas sent along the contents of a memo setting an April 1st release date for the upcoming Samsung Smooth U-350, successor to the current U-340. This entry-level handset will feature a 128×160 65K color TFT display, 1xRTT support, VGA camera, Bluetooth, GPS and support for a suite of VZW-centric services like Chaperone, VZ Navigator, Mobile Email and Mobile Web. The phone is reportedly arriving in some stores now so if you really want this blue-gray clam shell, you may be able to sweet talk your way into getting one early. In terms of pricing you’re looking at either $30 with a 2-year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate, though we’re told it may end up being $50 after rebate through some channels. Hit the jump for a full rundown of the specifications and few more close-ups of this little handset that could.
Thanks, VZWNinja and anonymous!
Nokia’s latest offering for Verizon Wireless, the 7205 Intrigue we first heard mumblings of back in November, is now available online. The surprisingly sexy 7205 shapes up like so:
- CDMA, 1X/EV–DO Rev. A
- 2.2″ internal display with QVGA Resolution
- 1.9″ external display, 176×32 white PMOLED
- 2.0 megapixel camera/camcorder with flash
- GPS enabled/E911
- 2.5mm headset jack
- microSD expansion (up to 8GB)
- Music player with external touch sensitive controls
- Playback of MP3, WMA, unprotected AAC, and unprotected AAC+ formats
- V CAST Music with Rhapsody
- Chaperone® Parent/Child
- VZ Navigator capable
- Visual Voice Mail capable
- OTA software updates
- Eco–friendly charger uses up to 50% less energy than Energy Star requirements
- Dimensions: 3.56″(h) x 1.85″(w) x 0.55″(d)
The Intrigue is available with a pink keypad or silver keypad and will run you $129 after a $50 rebate with a 2-year contract, $199 after a $50 rebate with a 1-year contract or $299 at full retail. Hit the jump for a few more images of this sleek new flip phone.