Verizon Adds World 3G Smartphone


Basking Ridge, N.J. - Verizon Wireless is adding to its selection of 3G smartphones capable of operating around the world in 3G mode.

The carrier's LG-made touchscreen-equipped Fathom, a Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphone with slide-from-the-side QWERTY keyboard, operates in 3G mode in North American CDMA 1x EV-DO (Rev. A) 800/1900MHz networks and in 3G mode in overseas 2.1GHz networks in W-CDMA HSDPA mode. Users will be able to make voice calls in more than 220 countries and access 3G data in 110 countries, Verizon said. Data can be accessed at slower 2.5G EDGE speed in 90 additional countries.

The device, which features 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, will be available through the carrier's business channels May 27, Verizon Wireless Communications Stores,

the carrier's Web site

and indirect retailers starting June 3 at $149. The price in Verizon's direct channels is after a $100 mail-in rebate, which takes the form of a debit card, and with new two-year contract. Purchasers must subscribe to a minimum $39.99/month Nationwide Talk plan and sign up for a $29.99/month unlimited email and Web access plan.

The phone's 3.2-inch display features resistive touchscreen technology for use with included stylus. Other features include MicroSD slot supporting 16GB cards, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, MP3/WMA music player, WMV/ MP4/3GP-format video playback, USB mass storage capability, voice dialing, and Bluetooth 2.1 supporting such profiles as stereo, phone book access, basic printing, basic imaging, object push and file transfer.

The phone also supports the carrier's VZ Navigator turn-by-turn navigation service in more than 20 countries, including Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. 

The launch follows Verizon's recent launch of another LG smartphone, the


, which is LG's first U.S.-market Android phone.  The Ally features slide-from-the side QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen and became available May 20 at $99.99.


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