Motorola A4500 approved by FCC; new QWERTY world phone for Verizon

By on April 28, 2009 at 2:56 PM.

Motorola A4500 approved by FCC; new QWERTY world phone for Verizon

Well, we have good news and bad news. The good news is that Verizon seemingly has yet another new world phone coming its way, this time from Motorola. The bad news is that it’s definitely not one of the sexy new handsets we scooped last year. While we continue to wait (impatiently) for stunners like the Flash and Calgary, the upcoming A4500 (aka, Napoleon) will do little to appease our need for sleek new designs from Moto. It will however, service as a viable option for world travelers looking for a simple QWERTY option from Verizon complete with the ability to roam globally. Reported specs include CDMA, EV-DO, quad-band GSM, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity, a fingerprint scanner, a 2-megapixel camera, a memory card slot and of course the QWERTY keyboard. Also, Windows Mobile 6.1 is still the OS of choice of course. It’s not exactly exciting but it’s also not a bad package at the right price, we’d say. Sure, we scooped it to no end way back in July of last year but feel free to hit the jump for a few more shots from the FCC doc anyway.

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Motorola’s Napoleon begins to trickle into the wild, still not headed for carrier shelves

By on February 26, 2009 at 4:51 PM.

Motorola’s Napoleon begins to trickle into the wild, still not headed for carrier shelves

Remember the Motorola Napoleon we hipped you to oh, maybe, 8 months ago? Well, the little bugger has started to hit the streets, prompting rumors and questions about its impending arrival on your local neighborhood carrier’s shelves. Sadly (or perhaps not-so-sadly depending on how you look at it), the Napoleon won’t be hitting the consumer channels any time soon. Moto has decided to make this one available only through exclusive government distribution channels, though the phone itself is running on Verizon’s network. No justification has been given for this rather odd move, but we can only imagine that the company was worried about cannibalizing its already spotty Q9 sales….or perhaps it has an even more impressive phone coming down the pipeline? Either way, we’re told the over zealous amongst us can probably find one of these suckers on eBay, so let us know if you decide to hunt one down.

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