Verizon Makes 4G LTE More Affordable with a Breakout Release

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Verizon Wireless is adding a more affordable smartphone to its LTE 4G network, with the addition of the Pantech Breakout. 

Pantech Breakout The Breakout will go on sale Thursday and will retail for $100 after a $50 rebate and a two-year contract. Verizon previously marketed 4G LTE smartphones as high-end devices with the Droid Bionic and Droid Charge each costing $300, however the Pantech handset marks the first reasonably priced phone on the carrier’s high-speed network. 

The Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread-based device will sport a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen, and a 1 GHz single-core processor. It will feature a 5MP camera-rear-facing camera with support for 720p video as well as a VGA front-facing one.

The Breakout is going to have custom widgets from Pantech and will be able to share media files using Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) technology. The low-priced smartphone will come preloaded with an 8GB memory microSD card and can also create a mobile hotspot that can connect up to 10 devices to a portable Wi-Fi network. 

This is the first high-profile device for Pantech, a Korean phone manufacturer known for making affordable handsets. The Breakout is the fifth smartphone for Verizon’s LTE network, meanwhile the carrier’s biggest competition, AT&T, just launched its 4G LTE network on Sunday, though the high-speed connection is currently only available in five cities. AT&T has yet to announce an LTE-equipped smartphone, only launching a USB data card, mobile hotspot and tablet for its 4G network.




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