Verizon Wireless will start selling the LG Vortex in stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com on Nov. 18, the same day it will start selling the LG Cosmos Touch with a full QWERTY. The LG Vortex runs Android 2.2 and targets first time smartphone users. Here is more info on this upcoming Android smartphone along with pricing info:
LG Vortex features:
* Powered by Android 2.2 ? Offers customers support for Google Mobile Services, including Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Voice and access to Android Market * Preloaded with Bing Search and Bing Maps * 3.2? touchscreen with tactile feedback for fast and accurate touch vibration response * Wi-Fi Connectivity * 3G Mobile HotSpot capable * Virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype technology installed * Bluetooth 2.1 capabilities with support for Bluetooth Profiles Supported: Headset, Hands-Free, Dial-Up Networking, Object Push, Advanced Audio Distribution (stereo), Audio/Video Remote Control, Phone Book Access, and File Transfer * microSD card slot with expandable memory up to 32 GB
* Customizable home screens with shortcuts to text messages, e-mail, apps, favorite social networking sites and widgets * Customizable to 5 or 7 home screens * Proximity sensor instantly locks touchscreen while talking on the phone * Pre-installed LG Apps, including My Status with Twitter for LG and Facebook for LG Visual Voice Mail capable * Skype mobile capable * Android Market ? Choose from thousands of downloadable apps * Full suite of messaging options ? Text, picture, video and voice messaging; corporate and personal e-mail accounts supported * VZ Navigator capabilities ? Access for customers to receive audible turn-by-turn directions to millions of points of interest and share the directions with others * 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera and camcorder with flash that includes: o Five different camera resolutions and three different video resolutions o Macro Mode for detailed, up close pictures o Image editor with zoom, rotate, resize, crop, added frames and stamps o Customize brightness, white balance, shutter sounds, color effects and use self-timer o Optimize video quality with normal, fine or super camcorder settings o Video recording time up to 16 GB
Pricing and availability:
The LG Vortex will be $79.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. The phone comes in black and violet colors.
LG Vortex customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access. Email and Web for Smartphone plans start at $15 monthly access for 150 MB.