updated 03:35 pm EST, Mon November 6, 2006
Verizon Black Sapphire
Verizon has opted to include the Black Sapphire flip-phone in its near future lineup, online sources report. Best-known as a clamshell equivalent to the LG Chocolate which has already proven popular with Verizon subscribers, the Black Sapphire will switch from GSM to Verizon's CDMA networks, bringing with it the option of connecting to EVDO for Internet access. The design primarily improves on the Chocolate by including separate music controls on the outer shell. Expected to ship for Verizon subscribers on November 15th, the Sapphire will be priced at $250 without a contract, or as little as $180 with a two-year plan.