updated 04:30 pm EDT, Mon October 2, 2006
KRZR K1m at Alltel
Verizon trumpeted its exclusive KRZR launch just last week, but today the company can no longer claim sole rights to the hotly-anticipated RAZR sequel. Fellow US carrier Alltel has begun pre-orders for the K1m, giving cellphone users beyond Verizon's coverage area a chance to try the new music phone for themselves. No Alltel equivalent to Verizon's VCast download service exists, but subscribers can use the new phone with Alltel's EVDO service and reach 700Kbps download rates. Pricing is virtually even with Verizon as well: the phone will sell for $250 when it ships on October 5th. Rebates can bring the price down to as low as $150.