It's not running Android, webOS, or any other popular smartphone operating system, but the Motorola Entice W766 is certainly a decent mid-range device. Landing on Verizon Wireless today, the W766 offers a 2 megapixel camera, microSD card slot with support for up to an 8 GB card, VZ Navigator, external touch sensors for the built-in MP3 player, and Bluetooth. Expect it to be available online today for $39.99 after a $50 instant rebate with a new two-year agreement, and in stores later this month for the same price (with a mail-in rebate in lieu of an instant one).
The full press release can be found below. After what seemed to be a marketing attempt to re-brand EVDO as "3G," it's interesting to see the carrier return to the "EV" icon. For those of you that use Verizon, what do you think - is it worth considering as a replacement to your W755 (or any other device, for that matter)?
VERIZON WIRELESS AND MOTOROLA INTRODUCE THE MOTOROLA ENTICE W766
Pocket-Friendly Phone Will Entice Customers with Its One-Touch Access to Multimedia Features in a Classic Flip Design
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Verizon Wireless and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced the availability of the Motorola Entice™ W766. Designed for one-touch access to popular features such as a music player, camera and speakerphone, this feature-packed phone offers a classic flip design that will keep customers entertained and connected while on the go. Because the phone runs on Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, customers can expect to make data downloads and transfers quickly and reliably in more places.
External touch sensors for easy access to popular features such as the music player and speakerphone
Flip design with large and bright displays for easy reading
Built-in 2.0 megapixel camera and camcorder
Support for up to 8 GB of optional removable memory (microSD™ card sold separately)
Bluetooth® capabilities supporting A2DP, HSP and HFP profiles
Supports a wired USB 2.0 connection
Supports a multitude of Verizon Wireless services, including VZ NavigatorSM, Family Locator, Mobile Email, Mobile IM and Dashboard
Backup AssistantSM to keep a copy of the phone’s address book on a secure Web site
IM-style texting for a simple view of text trails by contacts, so it feels like having a natural conversation
Price and availability:
Motorola Entice W766 is available online today for $39.99 after a $50 rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. It will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores later this month for the same price after a $50 mail-in rebate. Customers will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Media can access high-resolution images of the Motorola Entice W766 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 data network, serving 87.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 87,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: 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.
Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and is focused on advancing the way the world connects. From broadband communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility and public safety solutions to high-definition video and mobile devices, Motorola is leading the next wave of innovations that enable people, enterprises and governments to be more connected and more mobile. Motorola (NYSE: MOT) had sales of US $30.1 billion in 2008. For more information, please visit www.motorola.com.