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Verizon Intros iPhone-Like Smartphone

10/03/2007 11:21:00 AM Eastern

Basking Ridge, N.J. — Verizon Wireless introduced four cellphones today, including a high-end smartphone called the Voyager that could compete with the Apple iPhone.

The Voyager, supplied by LG Electronics, is similar to the iPhone in that it offers a large touchscreen, extensive Web browsing, email and multimedia capabilities; however, it will have a faster network connection.

The Voyager also includes a camera and can fold open to reveal a QWERTY keyboard and a second screen that isn’t a touchscreen, according to the Associated Press. It further includes a microSD memory slot that holds up to 8GB of memory; it is expected to be available in November. Verizon as not set a price.

Verizon also pre-announced the Juke, a music-ready phone by Samsung due to ship in the near future, and a version of the BlackBerry Pearl and the Venus by LG that are due in November.

The Juke has a swivel design that lets it flick open 180 degrees to reveal a keypad. It has 2GB of internal storage, VGA camera and Bluetooth stereo for music support. It plays back MP3, WMA and unprotected AAC files and will be available in blue, red and teal.

The LG Venus is a music-ready phone that has two screens, including one that is touch sensitive and controls the phone’s music player and camera. It has a camcorder function and a microSD slot, and it supports MP3, WMA and unprotected AAC files.

Joining these is the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 smartphone with wireless EV-DO connectivity and built-in GPS capability that provides turn-by-turn directions when the user subscribes to the VZ Navigator service.

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