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Verizon Announces the Pantech Marauder at $49, Made for Smartphone Newbies

The Pantech Maruader first leaked last week as the Star Q, but the specs that accompanied the leak were all sorts of wrong. The device actually has a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, likely the same chipset that is in the Incredible 4G LTE. It also has a 5MP camera, 1GB of RAM, and will be available for $49 on August 2 after a $50 rebate.

Verizon is directing this device at first time smartphone owners, or those that are coming over from having feature phones for years. The UI looks super simple, almost feature phone-esque, but the price is the key here. Not a bad option for those making their first smartphone purchase that aren’t planning on using much data with Share Everything. Then again, the Galaxy Nexus can be had for $50 more and is 10x the phone. 

Pantech Marauder™ To Launch On The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network

Dual-Interface Option and QWERTY Keyboard Make Pantech Marauder the Perfect Crossover Choice for Basic Phone Customers Switching to a Smartphone

BASKING RIDGE, NJ and HAUPPAUGE, NY — Verizon Wireless and Pantech today announced the 4G LTE-powered Pantech Marauder is coming exclusively to America’s largest 4G LTE network starting Aug. 2.  The Pantech Marauder provides first-time smartphone customers with a dual-interface option, allowing customers to fit the device to their lifestyles or specific needs.

Brought to market by Personal Communications Devices, LLC (PCD), the Pantech Marauder offers customers the option to choose between Starter Mode and Standard Mode.  Starter Mode is a simplified and more intuitive experience that is perfect for those who are new to the smartphone world.  This option eases first-time customers into the smartphone experience with the help of four easy-to-learn home screens featuring preset widgets and an uncluttered, easy-to-use lock screen.  Starter Mode also features a quick dialer icon that allows customers to make phone calls directly from the home screen.  Standard Mode is a general smartphone setting for those who are familiar with the Android experience.  It offers up to seven fully customizable home screens and a customizable lock screen with quick access to frequently used applications.  All settings are maintained when switching between modes so customers do not have to worry about losing information.

The Pantech Marauder features a virtual keyboard as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, making it the perfect choice for messaging aficionados and for those who want an excellent messaging experience.  With the 5-megapixel camera, customers can take pictures, capture high-definition video, and easily share them as well as video chat with family and friends, using the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.

Additional features

  • Notification Curtain that displays quick on/off settings, phone settings, connectivity and sync, social media and email
  • On device help section provides guided tours for first-time smartphone customers to help learn the tips and tricks of their new device
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM
  • Support for Google Mobile Services, including Gmail, YouTube, Google+, Google Searchand Google Maps, as well as access to the Google Play Store
  • Share media with friends and colleagues wirelessly to DLNA®-enabled devices
  • Bluetooth® Version 3.0 Support Profiles: headset, hands-free, object push, advanced audio distribution (stereo), audio/video remote control, file transfer and phone book access
  • Daily Life Assistants such as clock, calendar and weather
  • Easy access email that is compatible with Microsoft® Exchange, Yahoo!® Mail, Windows Live®, AOL®, Gmail
  • microSD card slot with support for up to 32 GB
  • Mobile Hotspot capable to share 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices

The Pantech Marauder will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com starting Aug. 2 for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.  Customers receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.  New customers that purchase a Pantech Marauder smartphone will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Share Everything plan.  Customers can purchase unlimited talk and text messaging with 1 GB of data for $90 monthly access.  Customers can visitwww.verizonwireless.com/shareeverything for additional information on data plans.

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 largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 94.2 million retail customers, including 88.8 million retail postpaid customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 78,000 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 4 regional sales offices worldwide. For more information on Pantech, please visit www.pantechusa.com.

  • InvaderDJ

    All these on contract budget phones just make me roll my eyes. They’re such horrible deals. At most this phone should be free, but it would probably be better if the customer got money back for it.

  • Champion1229

    Phones like thes actually drive people away from Smart Phones! My Aunt upgraded to a basic android phone that her carrier (US Cellular) told her would be a nice beginners phone, needless to say she hated it! The battery lasted 6 hours on a charge, it randomly restarted, and was overall a pain. She ended up going back to a dumbphone.

  • Then again, the Galaxy Nexus can be had for $50 more and is 10x the phone.

    Does the multiplier come from that magical “Samsung” logo?

    Because I don’t really see a QWERTY keyboard on the Galaxy Nexus?..

  • droidman101

    These are surprisingly good specs. All that is needed is screen size and internal storage to make a final call though.

  • Knlegend1

    For an android newbie? Why though is this phone not intimidating or something? Oh its the price $49 seems like a great entry level. Until they get it and there all sorts of bugs making them wantitng to return to their feature phone. Smh

  • the Nexus is 10x the phone? With no keyboard and a last generation CPU?
    10x the software sure, but 10x the phone? Please.

  • arturo_bandini


    I knew the good phones would start coming after the plans changed.

  • Sp4rxx

    This would be a perfect phone for my mom and dad – simple and easy to use.

  • nightscout13

    Packed to the gills with bloat right? Probably has VZ Navigator installed, but not google maps…..

    • Sp4rxx

      That stuff doesn’t matter to the market they’re shooting for – though, of course, it matters to us 😛

    • KleenDroid

      I wonder how many out there actually pay for VZ Navigator not knowing they have access to Google Maps….

      • nightscout13

        Some people do. Back in 2008-2009 when i had a blackberry with Verizon, they disabled the GPS sensor if you sideloaded any Mapping Apps. It’s amazing they were able to get away with it back then.

    • Jordan

      It has support for Google maps. Read under additional features.. (I’m sure your comment was sarcasm but just in case.)

      • I am sure it was but still I could see verizon doing that.

        • Jordan

          Yes Verizon is too far down the wrong path.

      • nightscout13

        Ya it was sarcasm, but i bet when the senior citizens go buy this phone at a Verizon store, the employee’s will push VZ Navigator onto them.

  • LionStone

    Another jab at the Dinc4…yea, same S4 in the S3 and One X, just underclocked. And for another $100., you can get a Dinc4 that will last you ALL day and has great radios.

  • Buckoman

    Well, while the Nexus IS 10x the phone, I doubt people who were on feature phones wouldn’t be more confused with it. Its a small niche for Pantech, but it’s a niche nonetheless. Let’s hope that this phone works for those people as much as it says it does.

  • galaxy nexus is free at bestbuy mobile starting this week

  • moelsen8

    alternatively, you could just sell it with a phone icon on the homescreen right out of the box.. right? or bring back old school blur!

  • This phone makes as much sense as putting a V6 in a smart car. I guess the specs are really there for the future, so in 2 years, at least your phone can keep up with things.

    • Apostrafee

      You’re right also the ability to switch from a basic UI to full Android is great for older people and just people who may have a difficult time with “complicated” Android. I work at a Verizon store and really for me it’s nice to be able to offer this.

  • zepfloyd

    I hate phones like this. It gives Android a bad name and credence to the detractors who claim Android is on half the feature phones anyway.

    • Sp4rxx

      Why? If nothing else, it attracts more people who don’t want all the bells and whistles of a phone like the Nexus (not saying anything bad about the Nexus!!!), therefore bolstering the Android army with people who want a simple Android phone.

      • Hunter

        The Nexus has bells and whistles? How come no one told me? I thought I was getting the “pure google” experience

        • Sp4rxx

          ….that’s only after the salt and pepper shaker app.

      • zepfloyd

        So when it’s slow, crashes and bloated, never updated, and breaks those people can surely say “glad I joined that Android army”!!

        • Is it slow because it only has a dual-core CPU clocked at 1.2GHz and 1GB RAM?

          I mean, surely Galaxy Nexus is a quad-core device clocked at 2 or even 3GHz and with 2GB RAM, right?

          • zepfloyd

            Surely the Galaxy Nexus is stock Android and not running some amazingly half assed craptastic skin, right?

          • I see you have already measured the performance of this device.

            Can you post the benchmarks?

          • beachbum7

            That may just be the first time someone’s ever used Pantech and benchmarks in the same setence. LOL.

          • I’m still interested. If he’s so sure it’s slow, surely he has experienced it first-hand?

          • zepfloyd

            Get a grip, you’re comparing a budget device with a 3.8in screen and WVGA resolution to the Nexus? Benchmarks, which obviously don’t exist on an irrelevant unreleased device would be not comparable anyway. I don’t get your point, and it seems clear you don’t understand mine. I don’t even care about the Nexus really, I use a GS3 daily now. Pantech makes crappy budget devices, it’s not even at the same table, but I guess some love South Korea’s 3rd choice.

          • My point, as opposed to the Nexus crowd, is: choice is good.

        • Sp4rxx

          It won’t crash and run slow if you run it stock …. AGAIN catered to the people who are minimalistic and not fully in to data consumption and installing apps…

          My OG droid runs stock now (previously running cyanogen) and has bloatware in the original Android OS, but still runs like a champ.

          Simple answer – don’t overload it with useless apps and it will be fine. The demographic this phone is for aren’t the people like you or I that customize.

          • zepfloyd

            That’s fair, (Keep in mind the OG was also a flagship) and I’m not saying it isn’t potentially capable, this is solely about perception here and a severely dumb down version presentation out of the box.

    • PuzzleShot

      To its credit, it bumps up expectations for low-end to dual-core processors and 1 GB of ram, plus it has a Standard mode as well which brings the interface closer to stock.

  • moozicmon

    The Gnex is actually $1 at Best Buy this week.

    • Knlegend1

      Right lol, what better way to introduce someone to smartphones. Android 4.1 I’m assuming on Verizon and its free.

      • Buckoman

        4.1 won’t be available until Christmas in two years.

  • DJyoSNOW

    *cough* FUGLY *cough*

  • Aardvark99

    Great name for a newbie smart phone. Here grandma, now you can keep in touch with the grand kids. “Oh this is nice, is it an iPhone?” NO IT’S FRIGGIN MARAUDER!!!! AAAAAAAA! (**explosion**)

    • ddevito

      +1 – I can’t stop laughing

    • Neiladvice

      Great name for a newbie smart phone. Here grandma, now you can keep in
      touch with the grand kids. “Oh this is nice, is it an iPhone?” NO IT’S
      FRIGGIN MARAUDER!!!! AAAAAAAA! (**explosion**)@Aardvark99:disqus, My neighbour Ruth showed to me that indeed it is possible to earn some green working over the http://www... I couldn’t beleive how simple it was… See yourself http://neilstips.blogspot.com

  • John Burke

    90$ for 1GB of data, unlimited TXT & talk, really? Wow

  • Apostrafee

    This is excellent!