Virgin Gives Birth to One-Eyed Monster

The verdict is still out on Virgin Mobile's new Cyclops phone (the red and white is too Santa Claus for us), but the one-eyed monster will have a few, albeit modest, features. In addition to its 1-megapixel cam, it'll have a new feature called TXT Tones ($1.50/each), which lets you pair incoming text messages with a distinct ringtone. It'll also have Mobile Audio Messaging, a way of sending recorded voice messages as instant messages (sounds a little silly to us, why not just type your message or leave a voicemail). Pricing hasn't been set on the latter, though chances are you can expect a nice gouging from the one-eyed monster. The Cyclops will be out Thursday for $100 bucks.

Virgin Mobile Intros Kyocera Cyclops [via Electronista]