Verizon Wireless drops CDM8975 Push to Talk handset, business world yawns

cdm8975Verizon Wireless launched its creatively named CDM8975 Push to Talk handset today.  This new business-meets-multimedia walkie-talkie mobile phone was developed by Personal Communications Devices and comes dressed to impress, er, ready for the job site as it’s wrapped in an “industrial clamshell.”

The CDM8975 will be available beginning March 9th, online and in good ol’ fashion meatspace, for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year customer agreement.

Can’t you just feel the excitement building?! Specs after the jump…

The Verizon Wireless CDM8975 features include:

· Dedicated Push to Talk and speakerphone button

· Internal antenna “intenna”

· Bluetooth technology – headset, hands free (car kits), dial-up networking, stereo, phonebook access, basic printing, basic imaging, object push for vCard, and file transfer

· Media Center-capable – downloadable games, ringtones, wallpapers, location-based services and more

· V CAST Music with Rhapsody-capable – download music directly to the phone from a library of more than 5 million songs and get the master copy of the song on a PC free of digital rights management software that restricts how and where music can be played. Customers can also sync favorite tracks, albums and playlists from a PC.

· V CAST Video – download or stream video from the best names in news, sports, entertainment and more

· Text messaging

· Enhanced Message Service

· Multimedia Message Service

· T9 Predictive Text

· Phonebook with up to 500 entries with multiple contacts

· Push to Talk phonebook with up to 500 individual contacts and up to 100 group contacts with up to 50 members per group

· Expandable memory on an optional microSD™ memory card up to 8 GB (card not included)

· Web browser: WAP

· Customizable wallpaper

· TTY/TDD-capable

· Bilingual interface for English and Spanish

· Dimensions: 3.7″ (h) x 1.9″ (w) x 0.8″ (d)

· Weight: 3.2 ounces