LG Cosmos

LG and Verizon Wireless today announced the Cosmos, a low-end device with a full QWERTY keyboard, 1X connectivity (no EVDO), 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, speakerphone, and GPS.  Reminiscent of the LG Rumor, the device will be available on March 25th for $30 with a new two-year agreement.

The full press release is below.  Personally, I like the fact that Verizon is expanding their low-end (read: NON-data centric) lineup.  Anyone planning to pick one up?

New LG Cosmos Gives Customers the Universe with Slide-Out QWERTY Keyboard, Built-in Social Networking Features and More
BASKING RIDGE, N.J.; SAN DIEGO; and LAS VEGAS – From CTIA WIRELESS 2010®, Verizon Wireless and LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. (LG Mobile Phones) announced LG Cosmos™ will be available on March 25 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com.  Equipped with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for easy text messaging and built-in social networking tools and features, LG Cosmos allows customers to keep their friends in the know while keeping up with life on the go.
Key features:
Compact, friendly and stylish candy bar phone with a rounded shape and metallic finish
Web-based e-mail, instant messaging and chat
Text, picture and voice messaging
One-touch speaker phone
Speaker-independent voice commands, including Call, Send Msg To, Go To, Check, Contacts, Search, Redial, My Verizon and Help
Voice clarity – Auto adjust voice clarity based on surrounding noise level
Bluetooth® 2.1 capabilities with support for the following profiles: headset, hands-free, phonebook access and object push
Send calendar events, contact information and print photos via Bluetooth
Dedicated favorites shortcut keys for up to 10 contacts
Micro USB charging port
USB charging via computer
GPS support for enhanced location accuracy
Additional features:
Access to Twitter, Facebook®, MySpace and other social networking sites
1.3 megapixel camera that includes:
o    Three different resolutions
o    Zoom up to 2.0 times
o    Noise reduction to improve image quality in low-light environments
o    Image editor that allows users to zoom, rotate and crop any picture
o    Insta-uploading of pictures directly to online albums and Facebook
o    Customizable shutter/cue sound, brightness, white balance, color effects, photometry, self-timer and night mode
Pricing and availability:
LG Cosmos will be available on Thursday, March 25, online at www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores for $29.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.  Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Media can access high-resolution images of LG Cosmos in the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.)
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 91 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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