As a cellular service provider, Verizon serves dozens of cellphone makers such as Apple, Samsung and HTC. As a cellular phone manufacturer, however, Verizon produces only a handful of cellphone models that operate on its service. As of 2011, Verizon manufactures and sells only two distinct cellphone types: the Verizon Wireless Escapade and the Verizon Wireless CDM8975. When attempting to determine which Verizon-manufactured cellphone is best for your business needs, there are several criteria to consider.
The retail price of the VWE is $200, while the retail price of the VWC is $140, as of June 2011. With a two-year Verizon cellular service contract, the VWE’s price goes down to $80, while the VWC’s price goes down to $20. Additionally, if purchased online, both phones receive discounts. The discounted price of the VWE is $30, while the discounted VWC is free.
Many business people use their phones' multimedia tools to engage in business and marketing strategies such as document and photo sharing, video and audio podcasts and even video conferencing. Both the VWE and the VWC have limited tools for these types of multimedia business strategies. Both have built-in cameras. The VWE’s camera has a 2.0-megapixel sensor, while the VWC camera has a 1.3-megapixel sensor. They can be used to shoot both still and video images. Additionally, the VWC has a music player and a removable memory, and push-to-talk capability, while the VWC doesn't.
As more and more business transactions and interactions occur from mobile locations, a business person's cellphone requires a long battery life to ensure that it won't die during such business interactions. The VWE comes equipped with a standard lithium-ion battery that provides 316 hours of stand-by time and 226 minutes of talk time. The VWC comes equipped with a standard slim lithium-ion 1,100-mAh battery that provides 89 hours of stand-by time, and 285 minutes of talk time.
In addition to mobile telephone capabilities, more and more business people require their phones to have additional computing capabilities such as the ability to send and receive email or access a mobile broadband network. While neither the VWE nor the VWC are 4G, email, HTML Web browser or Wi-Fi ready, the VWC is mobile broadband capable, meaning it's able to access Verizon's proprietary mobile network, which allows it to download and share files with other Verizon cellular service customers. The VWE, however, isn't mobile broadband capable. Additionally, neither acts as a mobile hot spot. However, both can access Verizon’s mobile Web as well as Verizon’s service feature VZ Navigator. Neither phone can be used to access social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.
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