updated 05:20 pm EDT, Thu April 9, 2009
Trance at Verizon April 24
The Samsung Trance U490 handset is rumored to be released on provider Verizon on April 24th, BGR reported on Thursday. The mid-level slider will have audio specialist Bang & Olufsen's ICEpower hardware and related sound processing software, and will be capable of streaming music to two separate Bluetooth stereo connections simultaneously. The dual-band CDMA phone sports a 2.1-inch, 176x220 display and has a 1.3-megapixel camera. It has just 1GB of internal memory, but can be expanded via a microSD card slot.
Apart from the Bluetooth connection, there is a 3.5mm headset jack, and Verizon's V-CAST music service and Rhapsody will be supported. Music will have to be synchronized from a PC to the phone via a cable connection, as over-the-air downloads are not possible. Users should also get a shortcut button to access their music, and can organize it by creating playlists. VZ Navigator will be preloaded as an option for assisted GPS.
The Trance U490 will cost nearly $50 after a $50 mail-in rebate on a two-year contract with Verizon, $120 after a $50 mail-in-rebate on a one-year contract or $220 unsubsidized. [image via PhoneArena]