Verizon (NYSE:VZ) and Pantech are offering an economical way to enter the smartphone arena on September 22 with the new Pantech Breakout. Verizon will be offering this phone for $100 after a mail-in rebate of $50 when bought with a 2 year service contract. Monthly contracts start as low as $40 for Verizon’s talking plan and $30 for data service plans.
The Breakout will feature a 1 gigabyte processor like most of the other Verizon 4G LTE phones but will have a smaller touch screen at 4 inches down from 4.3 inches in the other 4G LTE phones like the LG Revolution or the Droid Charge. The Breakout will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread that appears to have been customized by Pantech.
The size of the battery for the Breakout is not known nor is the battery life known. Other 4G LTE phones have had problems with battery issues so only time will tell how the Breakout will perform.
The smartphone also has support for Google Mobile Services and includes access to all the Android applications. It has both rear facing and front facing cameras for chatting and taking pictures.
The Breakout will be available for purchase September 22 only at Verizon Wireless stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com It appears to be an affordable choice to enter the 4G LTE Verizon phone market.