Without fanfare, Verizon Wireless has slashed the prices of almost all of its smartphones to $99 or less when customers sign a two-year contract. The move puts Verizon's smartphones into direct competition with Apple's iPhone 3G through AT&T, and increases speculation that newer smartphones may be coming to the carrier.
Every BlackBerry device from Research In Motion will now sell for $100 or less with the exception of the BlackBerry Tour (which Verizon launched July 12). All other smartphones will sell for $100 or less with the exception of the Samsung Saga. Both the Tour and the Saga sell for $199.99 with a two-year contract.
The price cuts have increased speculation that Verizon may be looking to clear out inventory as it prepares to launch new smartphones. Two of the major smartphones the carrier is expected to launch in the coming months are the HTC Touch Pro 2 and the Blackberry Storm 2.
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