Basking Ridge, N.J. - Verizon Wireless will begin offering its second 4G LTE smartphone on April 28 when the Samsung-made Droid Charge becomes available at $299 with two-year contract.
It will join the HTC-made 4G ThunderBolt, which retails for $174 to $249 depending on the outlet. The carrier sold 260,000 ThunderBolts in the two-week period starting on March 17, the day the product was launched through all distribution channels, and the end of the first quarter, the carrier said in releasing its
The Charge, which uses the Android 2.2 OS, features 4.3-inch display featuring proprietary Super AMOLED Plus technology to deliver outdoor visibility and improved brightness and clarity, the company said. Features include rear-facing 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera for stills and video chatting, 1GHz application processor, HTML 5 Web browser, Adobe Flash, virtual QWERTY keyboard with Skype input technology, and mobile hotspot capability, letting up to five Wi-Fi devices simultaneously share a 3G or 4G connection to the Internet.
The phone also features access to Samsung's Media Hub content service, enabling users to download movies and TV shows for rent or purchase.
Purchasers must sign up for a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and an unlimited 4G LTE data package. Nationwide Talk plans start at $39.99/month. The unlimited 4G LTE data plans is $29.99/month. The mobile hot spot feature will be included free in the data plan for a limited time.