LG Versa hits Verizon Wireless stores March 1

The LG Versa touchscreen mobile phone goes on sale Sunday, with an emphasis on versatility that includes the ability to detach a QWERTY keypad.

The phone will sell for US$200 after a $50 rebate at Verizon Wireless stores, the carrier said. A new two-year wireless subscription is also required.

In addition to the detachable keypad, the LG Versa, manufactured by LG Electronics MobileComm USA, incorporates an accelerometer now popular in many smartphones to rotate images on the touchscreen from portrait to landscape.

The Web browser supports Flash video and allows customers to keep up to three windows open at once. A virtual keypad on the touchscreen is also available. The interface is available in English and Spanish.

The device also includes a 2.0 megapixel camera with video capabilities, a 2x zoom and a music player that allows users to create and manage playlists. A 2.5 mm headset jack is provided. It also supports voice, video and text messaging and several mobile IM and mobile e-mail services.

A microSD slot can support a card of up to 16GB, although the card won't be available until mid-March. Visual voice mail is supported, giving users the ability to delete, reply and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to messages or voice instructions. However, that service will cost $2.99 a month in addition to a voice or data plan.

The LG Versa runs over Verizon's CDMA and EV-DO Rev. A wireless voice and data networks. Bluetooth 2.1 EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless is supported as well.

The battery supports 290 minutes of use and 430 hours of standby time.

The LG Versa is black with a chrome border and measures 4.16 x 2.07 x .54 inches, weighing 3.81 ounces.

This story, "LG Versa hits Verizon Wireless stores March 1" was originally published by Computerworld.

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