Verizon Releases Its iPhone Competitor

November 22nd, 2007 - 12:23 am ICT by admin  

Hoping to add yet more treats to the holiday feast of new devices, Verizon Wireless announced this week the availability of two new phones — the Voyager and the Venus, both made by LG.

Chief Marketing Officer Mike Lanman pointed out that the new phones offer both touch and tactile keypads, which Lanman described as a “winning combination that is rare on the market today.”

The Voyager, which is being compared by some observers to Apple’s iPhone, features a 2.8-inch external touch screen, an internal screen, a built-in music player, and soft keys. But, unlike the iPhone, it has a full Qwerty keypad that opens to the side, VibeTouch for tactile feedback, and 3G connectivity. It is priced at $300 after a $50 rebate and with a two-year contract, and goes on sale Wednesday.

Voyager Rap Song

If the Voyager is going to have a shot going against the iPhone, it will have to build buzz. Some signs of that level of interest are already appearing, such as a rap video on YouTube that literally sings the Voyager’s praises.

“You know what I’m real sick of?” the singer raps. “People complaining about how bad their phones are.” But the LG Voyager, he rhythmically continues, has a full HTML browser, mobile TV, full Qwerty keyboard, and touch screen. “The LG Voyager,” he concludes, “is the iPhone destroyer.”

The video, posted earlier this month and viewed nearly 30,000 times, was uploaded by LGVoyagerFan. He is reportedly a CBS employee in Baltimore named Rob Jackson, whose only connection to Verizon Wireless is that he loves the specs of the just-released device.

No rap videos have yet appeared on YouTube for the Venus, priced at $200 after a $50 rebate and also with a two-year contract. The Venus has dual external screens, the less-expensive model of which is touch-sensitive with…

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