Finally, Verizon Gets a Decent Smartphone

As a Verizon Wireless customer, I'm pleased that the service has the best coverage and voice quality in the United States, which is important when you travel as much as I do. But Verizon's Achilles Heel has always been its phone selection. The wireless carrier is slow to adopt leading-edge phones and offer its customers anything better than "buy one phone get one free" bargain-basement crud. That's going to change, if briefly, in early 2006, when Verizon will finally begin offering a Windows Mobile 5.0-based Smartphone, the Treo 700w. Expect the new Treo to be EVDO-compatible, with a 1-megapixel digital camera, 64MB of RAM, Secure Digital (SD) compatibility, and onboard Wi-Fi. It's a Christmas miracle. Or it would be, you know, if it were available in time for Christmas

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