updated 09:50 am EDT, Thu October 1, 2009
New Verizon handsets offer variety
Verizon Wireless has introduced three new handsets recently, including the Motorola Barrage, Verizon Razzle and Nokia Shade. The Barrage is the most unique as a ruggedized flip phone that meets the MIL-SPEC standard for resistance to submersion in water for up to 30 minutes as well as humidity, shock, vibration and exposure to sun. It otherwise has push-to-talk functionality and integrates a 2-megapixel camera.
Users can access Verizon's VZ Navigator turn-by-turn, V CAST Music with Rhapsody, and V Cast Video on Demand services on the handset's 2.2-inch main screen. The music can play music files, which are stored on an external microSDHC memory card, with up to 16GB capacities supported.
The Verizon Razzle is a PCD-built candybar with a swiveling bottom that has an alphanumeric keypad on one side and a full-QWERTY keyboard on the other. It has a 2.2-inch display, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and Bluetooth support. The feature phone can access the web, the VZ Navigator service and V CAST Music as well. Songs can be saved onto external microSD cards, with a 1GB card included with the handset.
The third new handset is Nokia's 2705 Shade, which becomes one of Verizon's smallest handsets. It will be offered in a version with a 1.3-megapixel camera, and one without. Verizon and other retailers will offer Xpress-on color covers for the device, allowing users to customize its appearance to their tastes. Both versions share Bluetooth functionality, with sync and charging done thanks to a microUSB port.
The Verizon Barrage is now available, priced at $130 after a two-year contract and a $50 mail-in rebate. A version without a camera will be available on October 21st. The Razzle will be available from Verizon's online store on October 6th for $70 after a two-year contract. The Nokia Shade will be exclusively sold online for a limited time starting October 6th, with users opting for a camera-equipped model receiving a free purple Xpress-on cover and a picture frame lanyard. The Nokia 2705 Shade will cost $30 on a two-year contract.