Verizon Announces the LG Enlighten; Coming September 22nd for $80 on Contract

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Verizon seems to be on a roll with new Android smartphones, especially in the mid-range segment. After the announcement yesterday of the new HTC Rhyme, today they announced the LG Enlighten. This device is a QWERTY slider with decent specs and an even better price. The LG Enlighten will launch tomorrow, Sept. 22nd, for $79.99 on a new individual contract. With third party sales like Amazon or Wirefly, this mid-range device could move closer to the budget-friendly tier of pricing. Here's a set of specs, and the full press release below:
  • 800MHz processor
  • 3.2 inch HVGA display
  • 3.2 megapixel camera and a front-facing camera
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread with LG’s custom UI
VERIZON WIRELESS AND LG MOBILE ILLUMINATE WITH LG ENLIGHTEN™

Multi-tasking and Customization are Easy with LG Enlighten on the Verizon Wireless Network

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and SAN DIEGO - Verizon Wireless and LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. (LG Mobile), today announced LG Enlighten™ will be available online at Cell Phones - Smartphones: Cell Phone Service, Accessories - Verizon Wireless beginning Sept. 22, and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning Sept. 29.

Powered by Android™ 2.3, LG Enlighten is ideal for messaging, email and apps in a slim and affordable smartphone. Customers can stay connected and up-to-date on news and their social life on the nation’s most reliable network.

Key features:
· Android 2.3 Gingerbread
· 3.2-inch touch screen display (320 x 480)
· 800 MHz processor for performance and multi-tasking
· Full QWERTY keyboard with large keys for easy typing
· Adobe® Flash® 10
· 3G Mobile Hotspot allows users to share a data connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices
· Seven customizable home screens with shortcuts to apps, favorites and widgets
· Customizable apps menu
· 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera and camcorder

Additional features:
· Support for Google™ Mobile Services, including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Search™ and Google Maps™, as well as access to more than 250,000 apps available to download from Android Market™
· Bluetooth® 3.0 Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)
· Wi-Fi connectivity (b/g/n)
· Exchange support
· Suite of messaging options, including text, picture, video and voice messaging and mobile instant messaging
· 2 GB microSD™ card pre-installed

Pricing and availability:
· LG Enlighten will be available for $79.99 after a $50 mail in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
· Customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for 450 minutes per month and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.
· Verizon Wireless Mobile Hotspot data plans are available beginning at $20 for 2 GB.
 

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I'm a cell phone snob. I like top of the line stuff and it's really not much more expensive, so why not? I see someone pull out something like this and I think "You poor dumb SOB."
 
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