New 'Pantech Marauder' Coming to VZW: Budget Phone With Slider Keyboard for $50

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  1. dgstorm

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    If you, or a family member, are in need of a new phone on Verizon, but don't need all the fancy bells and whistles of the flagship devices like the RAZR MAXX and the Galaxy S III, then perhaps this third party budget phone might fit the bill. The Pantech Marauder has an interesting sounding name, even though it is from a little known company. It has decent specs, including 4G LTE, for the price of $49.99 on a new contract (after a mail-in rebate). It also has one intriguing unique feature. It's a dual-mode phone, and it's secondary mode is called Starter Mode. This is a full screen touch-screen dialer, which is basically like training wheels for folks who aren't used to Android yet. Hmmmm... Perhaps this would be the perfect first smartphone for grandma. Here's a spec list followed by the press release,
    • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
    • 5-megapixel camera
    • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
    • 1GB RAM
    • Starter Mode

     
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    Actually not too shabby.
     
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    For a "budget" device heck no it ain't shabby. 1.2 ghz dual core and 1GB ram?? Not far off the "flagships"

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    Yeah, sure. My stupid D3 has a 1GHz dual-core and 512MB RAM. This...crappy little tricycle...kicks my phone's butt. :angry::angry::angry::angry: Me not happy. OH AND DID I mention that it's a 4G PHONE?!?!?!? ARGH.

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    Lol didn't see your 4g line was about to ask if d3 was a 4g

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    not bad for 50.00 and you get to go family data :blink:
     
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    Ugh. Love it when "budget" phones are better spec'd than the "flagship" phone you bought last year. I wouldn't care as much if we weren't locked into 2 year contracts. Oh well, soon I'll be buying Nexus devices from the play store and saying sayonara to contracts.
     
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    Exactly!! I wont ever go on contract again because of stupid Verizon making us lose our unlimited data if we do. Boo Lame!!

    id rather pay the high price to the google play store and buy off contract than to lose the ability to do 100 Gb a month and not get charged 5000 dollars.
     
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    I wonder if this phone will be budget friendly on a off contract price.
     
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    Phonearea claims it will have a 1.2GHz CPU. So not sure which is true, 1.0 or 1.2?
     
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    Matt, I'd put your D3 with its 1GHz dual-core and 512MB RAM, not forgetting that far better keyboard and last but far from least the BUILD QUALITY of the Motorola phone against that Pantech any day, perhaps not for performance comparison, but otherwise. Twice the RAM, yeah, 20% faster clock speed, yeah, 4G, well...yeah, but how about phone quality, durability, (potentially greater) freedom from bugs, radio performance, battery life, I mean let's see the actual real-world comparisons before you dis your D3.
     
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    Also... that's technology... you buy it today, 6 months from now, if that long, its outdated and near obsolete.. if not completely obsolete... :eek:
     
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