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Verizon Releases the Blitz Messaging Device
      08/25/08 03:16 PM

For those who text a lot but don't need the power of the BlackBerry, Verizon has an answer for you: Verizon announced today that the Verizon Wireless Blitz is available online at and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores.

Designed for the heaviest of texters, the Blitz comes complete with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and easy access to a dedicated My Messaging key, making this the must-have phone at schools from coast to coast.

The Blitz is a text messaging powerhouse with a 2.2-inch screen ? ideal for browsing the Web or checking e-mail. The phone is a music player ready for any party ? on or off campus. It is equipped with an MP3 player that can access Verizon Wireless? V CAST Music with Rhapsody?s library of more than 5 million songs that can be downloaded to a PC and side-loaded with the included USB cable, synchronized with a Bluetooth speaker or played right from the speakerphone. Most music downloaded onto the PC using V CAST Music with Rhapsody is free of digital rights management software, which means the music can be played on multiple devices.

Additional features of the Verizon Wireless Blitz include:

Expandable microSD memory port with up to 4 GB support
1.3 megapixel camera features:
Self-timer: off, three, five or 10 seconds
Color effects: normal, antique, black and white, and negative
Resolution adjustment landscape: 1280 x 960, 640 x 480, 320 x 240, 160 x 120
Capture mode: portrait and landscape
Dedicated camera key
Self-portrait mirror
Supported Bluetooth profiles: headset profile, hands-free (car kits) profile and advanced audio distribution profile (stereo)
Media Center-capable ? downloadable games, ringtones, wallpapers, location-based services and more
Mobile Web-capable ? customizable, enhanced wireless access to the latest in news, sports, weather and more
Mobile Email ? access to MSN Hotmail, America Online and Yahoo! e-mail accounts
Mobile IM capabilities
Picture messaging
VZ Navigator ? get visual and audible directions to thousands of destinations, locate businesses and other points of interest, get maps of a location and share directions with others
Chaperone Child-capable ? allows the Blitz to have its location shared with family members via the Chaperone Web site, the Chaperone Parent application or Child Zone SMS Alerts
Speakerphone with dedicated speakerphone key
Voice commands
Calculator, calendar, alarm clock, world clock, notepad and stopwatch
Phonebook with up to 1,000 entries
Speed dialing
Display: 220 x 176 pixels, 262K Color TFT
Dimensions: 3.5? x 2.6? x 0.7?
Weight: 5.1 ounces
Headset jack: 2.5 mm
SAR: head 1.19 W/kg; body 0.694 W/kg
Handset insurance: yes
Hearing aid compatibility = M3
Usage time: up to 280 minutes or
Standby time: up to 280 hours

The Verizon Wireless Blitz is available for $69.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year customer agreement. Customers can sign up for V CAST Music with Rhapsody for a $14.99 monthly subscription.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to


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