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Verizon Announces the Pantech Breakout as its Cheapest 4G LTE Device to Date, Drops Price to $99

The Pantech Breakout is official as Verizon’s cheapest 4G LTE device to date and will be available just as we said, on September 22.  Originally thought to be $149 on 2-year contract, Big Red has decided to shave an additional $50 in order to drop the price down to $99.  With its 4″ screen, 1GHz single-core processor, and Android 2.3, that’s not actually a bad price at all.  Still not sure that this is the device for Android gurus or tech addicts, but it could be a great option for those new to the smartphone game.  And don’t forget, that you can download all of its stellar wallpapers here.    

VERIZON WIRELESS TO LAUNCH PANTECH BREAKOUT™

Pantech Breakout Combines Tremendous 4G LTE Speed and the Latest Features with Affordability

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Verizon Wireless and Pantech today announced the Pantech Breakout™ will be exclusively available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning Sept. 22.

The Pantech Breakout smartphone, brought to market by Personal Communications Devices, LLC (PCD), shines with super-fast downloads packaged in a slim and attractive design. Customers will have access to custom Pantech widgets and can share media files between Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)-enabled devices by using the Net Media app on their Pantech Breakout.

Additional features:
· Powered by 4G LTE – customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G mobile broadband coverage areas

· Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread

· 1 GHz processor

· 4-inch capacitive touch display (480 x 800)

· 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™

· 4G LTE mobile hotspot supporting up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices

· Virtual QWERTY keyboard featuring SWYPE™ technology for quick and easy typing of messages and emails

· 5-megapixel autofocus rear-facing camera with HD video capture up to 720p

· VGA front-facing camera for still shots and video chatting

· Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11 b/g/n

· Bluetooth® 3.0 support includes headset, hands-free, object push, advanced audio distribution (stereo), audio/video remote control, file transfer and phonebook access

· 8 GB pre-installed microSD™

Pricing and availability:
· The Pantech Breakout will be available on Sept. 22 in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $99.99 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 that purchase a Pantech Breakout smartphone will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Pantech
Pantech Co., Ltd., is one of Korea’s top three mobile handset makers. Pantech has received wide-ranging industry recognition for its innovative handset designs, and has also introduced a significant number of breakthrough technologies in the mobile phone industry. Established in 1991, Pantech collectively has approximately 3,000 employees and 6 regional sales offices worldwide. For more information on Pantech, please visit www.pantech.com.

  • Anonymous

    This is great news! I don’t know much about Pantech but as long as they are making a quality phone that works, then I like it. This is what needs to happen for 4g to catch on. Without low priced phones, no ones mother is going to upgrade to 4g. I hope to see more of these offerings this year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Gulyas/709632554 Daniel Gulyas

    Solid. Not going to argue with this. Not for techies, but it’s hard to justify a Revolution over this. (Charge still has that beautiful SAMOLED screen, and Thunderbolt has the dev community). A solid pickup.

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  • Anonymous

    $99 on contract and $360 off contract?  If it’s easy to root and put custom roms on, this might be a great phone for cheap LTE and someone who doesn’t need all power of all the new dual-core phones.  The 1Ghz Snapdragon is still plenty powerful for lots of stuff one can do on a smartphone.

  • Lam Nguyen

    I love the physical buttons!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

    I don’t remember ever seeing a 3G phone for that cheap at launch

  • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

    Pantech is the Insignia of the phone world.

  • Anonymous

    I was thinking the same thing about the battery. This practically unknown brand would make a phone with the best LTE battery life lol.

  • http://twitter.com/WaltPartlo Walter Partlo

    This the phone my wife will be pointing at when I go to get the replacement for my Droid.

    • Anonymous

      leave her home and go in about a month or so……. lol

      • http://twitter.com/WaltPartlo Walter Partlo

        I”l be going in when the Prime is available.  Or my OG D1 dies.

  • http://twitter.com/compywiz Jason Schollenberger

    If they can make this phone for $99 there is absolutely no reason why we should be paying $300 for other LTE devices.

    • Anonymous

      300 is high yes but the specs of the bionic make it worth 200 if not 250. I wish they were cheaper but they aren’t so you pay to play.

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      No one is making a phone for $99. The phone cost closer to $200 to manufacturer. The money is in two years of high cell service rates.

  • Anonymous

    LTE is a good deal at $300. This is a steal for the connection speed.

  • MJZ

    even better if Radio Shack sticks to their $100/off promotion. free LTE phone if that works. 

    • Anonymous

      that too. lol

      • Anonymous

        the sad part is it has Gingerbread out of the box…………….
        …Thunderbolt, I’m still waiting.

  • Anonymous

    Not to bad for those who don’t want to spend $300 on a phone.

    • Anonymous

      or they can go to radioshack and get something else for thier money. the specs look nice, but if they want something familiar in Name brand they can go that route. 

      • Anonymous

        Well this has specs very similar to the charge thunderbolt and revolution. Just saying some people don’t care about having the latest and greatest or want a huge phone.

        • Anonymous

          its right in the middle. smaller than a thunderbolt and bigger that the incredible 1. i happened to like the performance of the HTC phones. I dont know much about the Pantech line. The funny thing is watch, this will be the phone with the BEST battery life on the 4G line up.

      • Bill Jenkins

        I know. I saw the Droid 3 at radio shack for $99 also. It may be a 3g only phone but its dual core with a slideout keyboard

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