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Still More Competition for the iPhone Verizon XV6900

Techstination feature for Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Still more competition for the iPhone. Verizon Wireless unveils the XV6900. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. It is Verizon's version of the HTC Touch….done in pure white….on sale this week on the carrier's Web site and later this month in stores. The touch screen handset includes stereo Bluetooth…the Windows Mobile operating system and a 2 megapixel camera….and is priced at about 250 dollars with a contract after a rebate. Whether it can take business away from the iPhone being sold exclusively by AT&T remains to be seen. Verizon Wireless Chief Operating Officer Jack Plating says another touch screen…the LG Voyager…has been holding its own as an iPhone competitor…

"It has fared very well. I mean what the Voyager has is beyond a touch phone, is heavy in what I call the utility view. Meaning that subscribers, in addition to the touch screen, they have the ability to open the Voyager up. They love the ability to type and text…whether it be an email through wireless sync or just a simple text message. Or by the way it has a terrific navigation system on this. So for those kind of consumers which fit the iPhone phenomenon very well, it's going quite well."

Verizon Wireless COO Jack Plating. The Voyager sells online for about 300 dollars with a two year contract. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.