HTC Ozone (AKA Snap) Coming to Verizon, TooS

This $50 HTC Dash sequel has already been announced for other carriers under names like the Snap, but now it's coming to Verizon as the HTC "Ozone."

It's a Wi-Fi-wielding 3G QWERTY worldband (complete with international plugs!) Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone that runs a palatable $50 with contract. It goes on sale online June 29 and in stores July 13th.

HTC OZONE BRINGS VERIZON WIRELESS' SMARTPHONE LINEUP TO NEW HEIGHTS

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and BELLEVUE, Wash. – 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

Key features:

· 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

Lifestyle features:

· VZ NavigatorSM – 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.