Verizon Wireless have announced the HTC Ozone, their counterpart to Sprint's Snap. The QWERTY-blessed Windows Mobile 6.1 phone has EVDO Rev.A support, VZ Navigator for audible turn-by-turn directions and a 1,500mAh battery. It's also a global-roaming phone, and comes complete with international power adapters.
To enable that there's a pre-fitted GSM SIM card, and in a pleasant change for Verizon devices the Ozone offers WiFi b/g too. Visual Voicemail is an option - for $2.99 per month - and the Ozone supports Exchange and webmail email, preloaded IM clients for AIM, Windows and Yahoo! Messengers, and a one-touch messaging shortcut key.
It's also surprisingly affordable. Verizon are asking $49.99 (after a wretched $70 mail-in rebate) assuming you're willing to sign up to a two-year agreement, while VZ Navigator is the usual $9.99 per month add-on. The Verizon HTC Ozone will be available from June 29th online, and in stores from July 13th.
HTC Ozone Brings Verizon Wireless’ Smartphone Lineup To New Heights
BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and BELLEVUE, WA — Verizon Wireless and HTC today introduce the Verizon Wireless HTC Ozone™. This easy-to-use smartphone combines a simple design with a host of connectivity options that include the nation’s largest wireless 3G network, global roaming and Wi-Fi, making it a smart option and, at $49.99*, a great value for first-time smartphone users or savvy business professionals.
Available color: Black
Ergonomically-designed QWERTY keyboard for fast and easy typing
Flexible connectivity options with Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, global roaming capabilities and support for Wi-Fi
1500 mAh battery delivers extended operating time
Includes international charging adapters to stay powered up while abroad
VZ Navigator(SM) – get audible turn-by-turn directions to more than 15 million points of interest and share the directions with others
Visual Voice Mail – view, delete, reply, listen to and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions
Mobile IM – connect with friends on AOL® Instant Messenger, Windows® Messenger and Yahoo!® Messenger
Mobile Email – access to popular e-mail services such as Yahoo!®, Hotmail®, AOL® and Windows® Live Seamless Microsoft® Exchange synchronization with Microsoft® Office Mobile for maximum productivity
Access to most frequently used features with a simplified “sliding panel” user interface
One-touch messaging key for quick connection to friends and family
* Price and availability:
The HTC Ozone will be $49.99 after a $70 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.
VZ Navigator is available for $9.99 monthly access, and Visual Voice Mail is available for $2.99 monthly access.
Customers can purchase the HTC Ozone beginning June 29 online at www.verizonwireless.com, by calling 1-800-2 JOIN IN, or through business sales channels. It will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on July 13. 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.