Verizon launches a bevy of new devices

Verizon Wireless announced five new devices, including its first phone running Windows Mobile 6.5 and a new netbook. The new products cut across a wide range of market segments, from smartphones to rugged devices to basic feature phones.

htc imagio verizon wirelessThe most impressive of the pack is the HTC Imagio, which runs Windows Mobile 6.5. The phone has global roaming capabilities, a 3.6-inch touchscreen display, 5-megapixel camera and is the first Verizon smartphone to access its VCast Mobile TV service, which costs $15 per month. The Imagio will be available beginning Oct. 20 for $199.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate.

Another big-ticket item Verizon announced is the Gateway LT2016u netbook. The netbook, which connects to Verizon's mobile broadband network, has a 10.1-inch screen, an Intel Atom N270 processor, a 160 GB hard drive and an integrated webcam. The netbook will be available starting Oct. 4 for $149.99 with a  two-year mobile broadband plan and after a $100 mail-in rebate. The device is the latest example of Verizon's netbook effort, which includes subsidizing the gadgets and offering them in Verizon-branded stores.

Verizon also unveiled several other phones. The Samsung Razzle is a messaging phone with a full Qwerty keyboard and a 1.3-megapixel camera, and will be available online beginning Oct. 6 for $69.99 with a two-year contract. Verizon also deepened its relationship with Nokia with the launch the company's 2705 Shade flip phone, which also will be available online Oct. 6 for $29.99 with a two-year contract.

Finally, Verizon also announced the Motorola Barrage, a rugged device that's waterproof and features push-to-talk capabilities and a 2-megapixel camera. The Barrage is available today online and in business channels for $129.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.        

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- see this Razzle release
- see this Shade release
- see this Barrage release

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