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Verizon Wireless, Samsung offer camera phone

BEDMINSTER, N.J.-Verizon Wireless announced it will sell a new Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. camera phone with a unique rotating screen design for $180 with a two-year agreement. Sprint PCS sells a similar Samsung camera phone for around $200.

The Samsung SPCH-a610 for Verizon features an integrated digital camera and support for Verizon’s BREW application download service.

“We are proud of our ability to consistently provide consumers with trend-setting products and, with the introduction of the SCH-a610, we are able to strengthen Samsung’s position at the forefront of wireless imaging technology,” said Peter Skarzynski, senior vice president of Samsung’s wireless terminals division. “With its patented rotating design and industry-leading TFT color screen, the user-friendly SCH-a610 helps raise the standard for embedded camera phones while giving consumers a stylish device to complement their lifestyles.”

Separately, Samsung introduced its new developer Web site at http://developer.samsungwireless.com to encourage the development of enterprise applications for its Palm OS-based SPH-i330 and SPH-i500 and its Windows Mobile SPH-i700 and SCH-i600 devices.

In other device news, PalmOne Inc. announced it will sell its Treo 600 smart phone through T-Mobile USA Inc. for $500 with a service contract. The phone has been available through Sprint PCS and other carriers for several months now.

Finally, Nextel Communications Inc. announced a new line of Nascar-themed mobile phones based on the Motorola Inc. i736 device. The phones will feature a checkered flag and an enlarged Nascar Nextel Cup Series logo, as well as signatures by popular drivers including Rusty Wallace and Dale Earnhardt Jr. The phones are part of Nextel’s major Nascar advertising campaign.

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