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Verizon Hopes to Kill iPhone with Voyager
Thursday, October 4th, 2007 at 8:45 AM - by
Verizon unveiled its Voyager cell phone on Wednesday that is designed to compete with Apple's iPhone. Verizon's Chief Marketing Officer, Mike Lanman, is so sure Voyager will trump Apple's offering that he dubbed in an iPhone killer, according to Reuters.
"We think it'll be the best phone... this year," he said. "It will kill the iPhone."
Verizon's iPhone competitor: Voyager
The company hopes its offering will give iPhone the knock down by offering some similar features along with a fold-out mini keyboard. Like the iPhone, it will include a touch-sensitive interface, a Web browser, and a two megapixel digital camera.
Despite Verizon's high hopes, the Voyager may not hit Apple as hard as the company would like.
"People who want a high-end media phone and want to stay with Verizon will certainly give that one a hard look. I don't know that it would pull anybody away from an iPhone," said Avi Greengart, an analyst for Current Analysis.
Verizon isn't sharing yet what the Voyager will cost, but it is expected to come in around US$400 to match the iPhone's $399 price tag. The company plans to ship the Voyager before the end of November.
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