Five new-ish phones for Verizon announced


Look how big I made this photo of the BlackBerry Curve!

It’s one of five sorta new handsets that’ll be available on the Verizon network in the not too distant future. Let’s run through them all one by one, shall we?

BlackBerry Curve 8330

curvePerhaps the most exciting addition will be that of the BlackBerry Curve. It’s RIM’s smallest and lightest full-QWERTY smartphone at 4.2” x 2.4” x 0.6”and weighing only 4 ounces.

You’ll get a 320×240 resolution, 2-megapixel camera, MicroSD expansion up to 8GB, EVDO data speeds, and it’s compatible with Verizon’s VZ Navigator location-based mapping and directions service.

It’ll be available in May (no firm date yet) for $270 after a $50 mail-in rebate and 2-year service agreement.

Full press release here.

HTC Touch (VX6900)

HTC_Touch Commonly known as the HTC Touch and already available on the Sprint network, the VX6900 will be nearly identical between Verizon and Sprint-Nextel.

The big selling points include Windows Mobile 6 Professional, which allows you to view and/or edit Microsoft Office files, 2.8-inch touchscreen featuring HTC’s quasi multi-touch interface, 256MB ROM and 128MB RAM, and microSD expansion up to 8GB.

I have the Sprint version and if you’re a stickler for being able to type stuff, you’ll want to look for a phone with an actual keyboard. This guy’s nice for media-centric stuff, though.

It’ll be available in April sometime for $350 after $100 mail-in rebate and 2-year service agreement.

Samsung Alias

Then there’s the Alias from Samsung that Peter told us about earlier today.

It’ll be here in the middle of April for $130 after a $50 mail-in rebate and with 2-year service.

It’s got a 1.3-megapixel camera (with flash), vertical and horizontal flip-out screen, QWERTY keyboard plus regular phone keypad, Bluetooth, and microSD card slot.

The phone keys are pretty small, so make sure you’re buying this for frequent texting, not frequent dialing.


motoq9c The business-like version of the Q9m, the Q9c takes most of what’s available with the Q9m and adds VZ Navigator capabilities.

It comes with Windows Mobile 6 Standard, 1.3-megapixel camera, 128MB of on-board memory, stereo Bluetooth, and full QWERTY keyboard.

It’ll be available in April for $250 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two-year contract.

LG enV2

LG And last but not least, the successor to the enV is the aptly-named enV2. It de-chunkifies itself versus its predecessor while at the same time enlarging its external keys.

It comes in two colors (black or maroon) and features a 2-megapixel camera, multimedia playback and recording, Bluetooth, microSD up to 8GB, VZ Navigator capabilities, and instant messaging programs.

It’ll be available in April sometime for $130 after a $50 rebate and two-year service agreement.