Yes, Virginia, there are other phones out there. Verizon has launched their LG Chocolate 3 Clamshell. The cellie features a built-in FM transmitter, and supports both Verizon’s EV-DO network for Net surfing and VZ Navigator for GPS service. It also supports Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and a micro SD slot, a 2-megapixel cam and holds 1GB of memory. Available in both black and blue, the 3.9 x 1.9 x 0.6-inch phone is going for $129.99 after mail-in rebate and with a 2-year contract.
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With all the miscellaneous junk we have floating around on our workspace, we could certainly use one of these. The Keyboard Organiser is the same size of a standard one but is a clamshell which, when you open it, can keep discs, notes, pens, paper clips, or anything else you want to stash. The device has 18 multi-media hotkeys, a PS/2 connection and works with Windows 98/ME/2000/XP. With a 1 year warranty, the Organiser is available for £24.99 (~$50.00.)
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Nokia has announced its new 6263 available through T-Mobile. The clamshell has a 2.2-inch, 16 million color QVGA display, an XHTML brower that can handle your e-mail, support for Java, Flash Lite and Bluetooth, and can be synced to your computer with its PC Suite software. It also features a 1.3 megapixel cam with video recorder, an FM tuner, and can hold up to 350 music tracks with its 512MB memory. The 6263 has a battery that can handle up to 3 1/3 hours of talk time or over 11 days of standby.
At a price of $79.99 with subscription after $70.00 instant discount and $50.00 mail-in rebate, visit T-Mobile’s site for more info. They are also throwing in a free Bluetooth headset with purchase. Such a deal.
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Virgin Mobile US has announced the wireless Aloha, its first LG clamshell . With dimensions of 3.5 x 1.9 x 0.9-inches and a weight of only 2.7 oz, the cell phone features a metallic white front and matte back. It has a 65K color display, MP3 ringtones, memory enough for about 199 contacts, voice-activated dialing, speakerphone, and a few games bundled inside for your amusement. The Aloha promises up to 180 minutes of talk time and 150 hours of standby time. Virgin plans to release the phone in September with the mini-price of $34.99 as part of their RE* Generation plan to raise awareness for at-risk and homeless youths by teaming with other companies such as LG.
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Sony Ericcson today announced the release of its Z550a quand-band clamshell phone, which has been designed just for the Americas. It features a 262k TFT display (220 x 176 pixels), a 1.3 Megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, a music and video media player, M2 (Memory Stick Micro) support, and 25MB of memory. You can send SMS/MMS/EMS or e-mail by POP or IMAP4. The Z550a also features full HTML browsing, an FM tuner, and Bluetooth capability. No news yet on price and availability, but check out Sony Ericsson to see if you should add it to your list for Santa this year.
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If you like Chocolate, but prefer it in a clamshell, here is a sneak-peak at the LG VX-8600. Similar to its VX-8500 mate (it has a lower resolution display), this model features EV-DO high-speed data, stereo Bluetooth, a 176 X 220 main screen with 262k colors, a 128 X 128 external screen with 65k colors, a 1.3 megapixel cam, a microSD card slot, and music player with external WMA/MP3 controls. Although no pricing or launch date has yet to be set, rumor has it that this exclusive Verizon Wireless gourmet Chocolate will be available for our stockings this holiday season.