Verizon Wireless offers a variety of smartphones when you sign up for a one-year contract of wireless service. Smartphones require you to have a data plan in order to take advantage of the device's web browsing, email, and online gaming capabilities. Depending on your budget, lifestyle, needs and preferences, choose a Verizon smartphone that will work for you.
Apple iPhone 4
Retailing for $649.99, as of the time of publication, the Apple iPhone 4 is available at Verizon with a two-year contract for $199.99. The Apple iPhone uses Apple's popular phone operating system based on Mac OS X. The iPhone is available in white or black, and with either 16 or 32 GB of built-in memory for photos, video, music and data. The built-in 5.0-megapixel camera takes high-quality video and photographs. In addition to the standard smartphone offerings such as text messaging and web browsing, the Apple iPhone has optional Wi-Fi connectivity and lasts for up to 420 minutes of conversation on a single charge.
Google's competitor to Apple's iOS and the Blackberry OS, the Android operating system is available on smartphones made by Motorola, Samsung or HTC with Verizon wireless service. Ranging in price from $199.99 to 299.99, as of the time of publication, with a two-year contract, Droid smartphones come ready to sync with your existing Google accounts on Gmail, Google Calendar, Gchat and Google Voice, among others. With an applications store to rival Apple's, Droid smartphones offer many similar features as the iPhone. Some notable differences are Droid smartphones' ability to run multiple processes simultaneously, where the Apple iPhone can only handle one task at a time. Verizon's Droid smartphones offer 8.0-megapixel cameras, from 8 to 32 GB of memory, and up to 660 minutes of talk time on a single charge with the high-end Droid Charge from Samsung.
A perennial favorite among the business set, the BlackBerry Bold, Curve and Tour smartphone models are available from Verizon. BlackBerry is famous for its easy-to-use full QWERTY keypad that doesn't require the user to slide out or flip up to type. For those who don't enjoy the response used in touch-screen smartphones such as Droid or iPhone models, BlackBerry can offer a welcome break. As of the time of publication, all three BlackBerry models are available for an online discount of up to $50 with purchase of a two-year contract, and the Tour smartphone is 1 cent when you sign up for Verizon service. BlackBerry smartphones have cameras of between 2.0 and 3.2 megapixels, making them less powerful than their Droid or iPhone counterparts. BlackBerry smartphones from Verizon, other than the Tour, cost between $50 and $100 after online rebate.
Other Popular Smartphones
The HTC Trophy from Verizon uses the Windows Phone operating system and costs $149.99 with a two-year contract, as of the time of publication. With a full touch screen and virtual QWERTY keyboard, the Trophy also offers a 5.0-megapixel camera and 16 GB of expandable memory. The LG Revolution and Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphones both use Google's Android operating system. The Revolution is available for $249.99, and the Xperia Play is $199.99. Both phones feature 5.0-megapixel cameras capable of shooting video or taking pictures, and both phones have a total of 8 GB of available memory.
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