Pantech Jest headed to Verizon

Pantech and Verizon Wireless have announced that the Pantech Jest will be coming to Verizon as an exclusive device. The new device is a slider phone that is built around keeping the user in touch with friends and family using social networking and messaging.

The jest has a slide-out portrait mode QWERTY keyboard. The screen of the handset is a 2.6-inch 262K color TFT and the user can customize all the phone's icons. The device has a 2MP digital camera that can shoot still shots and record video.

The handset also has full text, video, and voice messaging capability as well as mobile I'm and chat apps. The phone has access to Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. The device can be had for free during the special launch promotion and will land in stores on July 5 for $69.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.