LG Versa now available from Verizon Wireless

By on March 1, 2009 at 11:35 AM.

LG Versa now available from Verizon Wireless

Right on time, the hit-or-miss LG Versa has made its sales debut online and at Verizon stores. This modular LG phone will set you back $199 with a $50 mail-in rebate and a 2-year contract, as reported. Official specs from the site:

  • 1900/800 MHz CDMA
  • EV-DO Revision A (Rev. A)
  • 3.0″ display with 262K color, 480 x 240 pixels, ambient light sensor and proximity sensor
  • 2.0 Megapixel Camera & Camcorder with Autofocus, Flash & Image Editor
  • Virtual QWERTY Keypad & Detachable QWERTY Keypad
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Music Player for MP3, WMA, Unprotected AAC & Unprotected AAC+ formats
  • External memory card slot that supports up to 16GB microSD
  • 2.5 mm headset jack
  • Text, picture and video messaging with threaded messaging
  • Support for a variety of Verizon services including: Mobile Email, Mobile IM, Mobile Web Email, My Verizon, VZ Navigator, Chaperone Parent/Child
  • Mobile Broadband Connect Capable (tethering)
  • Speakerphone and voice commands
  • Bilingual interface – English and Spanish
  • OTA Device Software Update
  • 4.16” (h) x 2.07” (w) x 0.54” (d), 3.81 ounces
  • 1,100 mAh battery providing up to 290 minutes of usage time or 430 hours standby time

If anyone dares to take the plunge and purchase this unusual device, definitely hit us up in the comments and let us know what you think.

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Verizon’s Versa headed to market on March 1?

By on February 15, 2009 at 9:00 AM.

Verizon’s Versa headed to market on March 1?

If you’re a Verizon customer who is looking to get a new touchscreen device without breaking the bank, you might want to mark down March 1st in your calendar. Rumor has it that’s when the LG Versa will go on sale and while it might not be the most impressive phone Big Red’s stable – with its dumb phone OS, simple 2 megapixel camera, a basic web browser and a dreaded stylus-operated touchscreen – it does have a rather peculiar way of adding attachments that some people are sure to think of as being the neatest thing since sliced bread. You see, the Versa is designed to allow users to customize it for certain tasks through after-market purchased dockable modules. Like what, you ask? Some of the modules we’ve seen include a “how bad are the default speakers” speakers, the “are you admitting that typing with a stupid stylus is an exercise in futility” full-QWERTY keypad and our personal favorite, the “why the hell does that guy need to attach a bulky add-on to his phone to get Wi-Fi” Wi-Fi antenna. Get the feeling that it’s in your best interest to save up a little longer and get a Dare?

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Another spy shot of the LG VX9600 Versa emerges, soft keyboard confirmed

By on February 5, 2009 at 2:24 PM.

Another spy shot of the LG VX9600 Versa emerges, soft keyboard confirmed

The upcoming LG VX9600 Versa will ship with a modular physical QWERTY keyboard – yes, we all know this. The presence of a “soft” keyboard however, has been questioned by many. Thankfully, a newly leaked image and information posted on Howard Forums will serve to put that debate to rest. According to HoFo user Snap315, the Versa will feature an on-screen keyboard that will be present in the browser, notepad, for texting and other applications much like the Dare. The on-screen keyboard appears to be an improvement over the Dare’s keyboard though, and features directional arrows, dedicated “.com”, “@”, comma and period buttons as well as colored keys to indicate non-letter keys like the “Clear”, “Done” and “Shift” buttons. From the looks of things, Versa keyboard will also retain the “pop-up” letters (while typing) that were present on the Dare and made popular by the iPhone. So there you have it folks – with the Versa sporting both an improved on-screen keyboard and a detachable physical QWERTY keyboard, it looks like you can have your cake and eat it, too.

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Kodak sues LG and Samsung over camera phone patents

By on November 19, 2008 at 8:12 AM.

Kodak sues LG and Samsung over camera phone patents

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Eastman Kodak announced on Tuesday that it has filed complaints alleging patent infringement against LG and Samsung in both the United States District Court for the Western District of New York and the US International Trade Commission. The disputed patents involve technology related to image capture, compression and data storage and a method for previewing motion images. The complainant asks for compensation for damages resulting from the alleged infringement, though the the amount of damages was not disclosed. Kodak also seeks injunctions to prohibit Samsung and LG from subsequent importation and sale of products, believed to be the Samsung Blackjack II and the LG Dare, cited in the complaints. Both Samsung and LG will fight the patent infringement allegations with LG’s spokesman Choi Jun-hyuk saying, “Our digital-camera technology is different from the one used by Kodak. We haven’t infringed upon Kodak’s related patents.” That makes it pretty clear LG is not going to lay down, roll over and hand Kodak a big wad of cash. It looks like we have another Battle Royale brewing over emerging technologies, though this time it’s not CDMA chip sets but diminutive camera phones that are caught in the legal cross hairs. We will have to keep our eye on this to see if it is just a bunch of posturing by big companies in order to negotiate a settlement and sign licensing agreements, or if these filings will indeed trickle down and have an effect on consumer camera phone availability.

[Via CNN Money]

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LG Dare Now Available on Verizon Wireless

By on June 27, 2008 at 12:04 PM.

LG Dare Now Available on Verizon Wireless

In yesterday’s post about the Samsung Instinct, we semi jokingly suggested that the Instinct was Sprint’s attempt to keep customers from jumping ship come July 11th. Apparently some readers were offended by the allegation and here at BGR we try not to make the same mistake twice. So with regards to Verizon’s newly-released LG Dare we’re going to keep this post serious. We will not say that like the Instinct, the Dare is Verizon’s attempt to wrangle would-be ship jumpers with a sleek touch-only handset. We will not make jokes about the familiar form factor or metal accents. No, dear friends, we will not say things like Verizon higher-ups would set their LG distribution contracts ablaze if it would result in even the slightest possibility of Apple cranking out an iPhone EV-DO. We’re better than that. In fact, we won’t even mention the iPhone a single time in this post. Nope, not one iPhone reference. So the LG Dare is now available for Verizon Wireless customers looking for some touchy goodness. Proximity sensor, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, 3.2 megapixel camera, EV-DO Rev A, HTML web browser; the Dare has all the goodies you can handle. Maybe. A click on the read link, $199 and a 2-year contract will get you in the door. Definitely a good option for the “keepin it real” crowd still paying homage to the CDMA networks of our fathers. Wait, was that a joke? Crap.

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LG VX9700 Dare for Verizon Caught in the Wild

By on June 6, 2008 at 11:12 AM.

LG VX9700 Dare for Verizon Caught in the Wild

Back in March when we first told you about the LG VX9700 that would be making its way to Verizon Wireless, a brief but interesting conversation took place in the comments section. It went something like this:

my brother said there is no VX9700 coming out for verizon, he hasnt even heard of it, and hes the store manager there, he did say the EnV 2 is supposed to come out this month.

your brother is an idiot

Now we’re not necessarily agreeing that the guy’s brother is an idiot, but the image above speaks volumes. In the midst of 3G iPhone-mania, there will still be no iPhone coming to CDMA carriers anytime soon. Maybe you don’t care, maybe you do or maybe you pretend not to care. Whatever the case may be, Verizon does care and it continues to snatch up, shall we say, iPhone-inspired devices like the LG VX9700 Dare. That’s said, the Dare does indeed look pretty darn smooth. Word is the touchy-feely EVDO-packing Dare will be making its way to a Verizon store near you sometime in July. What do you think, drool or drop?

[Via engadget]

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