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Another Entry-Level Android Hits Market

11/10/2010 01:05:06 PM Eastern
Basking Ridge, N.J. - Another sub-$100 Android smartphone hits the market Nov. 11 with the launch by Verizon Wireless of the Motorola Citrus at $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and two-year customer agreement.

The Citrus follows the recent launch by T-Mobile of four Android phones priced from $9.99 to $99.99 and Sprint's launch of two models at $49.99 and $99.99.

The launches represent an expansion of the Android OS into new lower price tiers.

 The touchscreen-only Motorola Citrus operates on Verizon's slower 1x EV-DO Rev. 0 data network and features Android 2.1, full touchscreen, onscreen keyboard equipped with Swype, preloaded Bing Search and Bing Maps, 528MHz processor, and Backtrack touchpanel, already available on several Motorola phones. The Backtrack touchpanel on the back of the phone lets users navigate websites, home screens, emails, music and more without the user's fingers obstructing the display.

 Citrus users must subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide plan (beginning at $39.99 monthly access) and a Data Package (beginning at $15 monthly access for 150MB)

  T-Mobile's low-priced Android phones are the:

  --T-Mobile Comet, available Nov. 3 at $9.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year service agreement and qualifying data plan;

--LG Optimus T with Google, available Nov. 3 at $29.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year service agreement and qualifying data plan;

 --Motorola Charm, available at $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and two-year agreement with qualifying data plan; and

 --ruggedized Motorola Defy at $99.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year agreement and qualifying data plan.

  For its part, Sprint's entry-level models are the LG Optimus, which became available Oct. 31 in Sprint channels at $49.99 after $100 rebate with data plan, and the Sanyo Zio from Kyocera. It debuted Oct. 10 in Sprint channels at $99.99 with two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate. Sprint's Optimus operates in 3G mode on Sprint's CDMA 1x EVDO Rev. A network and incorporates mobile Wi-Fi hot spot.

 Although Verizon added an entry-level Android phone from Motorola, the carrier also recently added a high-end Motorola model, the Droid Pro, promoted as the first Android smartphone optimized for business use. It became available Nov. 9 as a pre-sale order at select Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com and will be available in Verizon's stores Nov. 18 at $179 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

 The Droid Pro is bar-style, global-roaming phone with hard QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen, a 1GHz processor, latest Android 2.2 OS, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for displaying web video, multitouch 3.1-inch display, and such corporate features as Exchange email and Gmail for business and built-in security features such as VPN integration, remote wipe of device and SD card, and complex password support. Device and SD card encryption will be available in early 2011, Motorola has said.

 The Pro operates in Verizon's 800/1900MHz Rev. A network and roams in 850/900/1800/1900 GSM/EDGE networks and in 3G W-CDMA HSPA networks in the 850/1900/2100MHz bands.
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