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Samsung 2 Moto SLVR Moto PEBL  

Motorola's big announcements at 3GSM (at least for us 3G-impaired folks in the U.S.) were the eye-catching PEBL V6 and SLVR V8.

There were reports of an iTunes phone being announced at the show, but it turns out some reporters misunderstood what they were being shown when there was a private demo of the iTunes software using a Motorola E1060.

In fact, the E1060 will not ship to the public with iTunes. Rather, in about a month, Motorola will announce the real iTunes phone, which will ship in the second quarter. At the same time, they will also announce the ROKR, which will take the concept a step further, and "change the concept of what a music phone should be," according to Motorola President of Personal Devices Ron Garriques. The ROKR is planned to ship in Q4, and will presumably contain a hard drive.

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Anyway, the SLVR V8 is the rumored bar-style version of the popular RAZR V3.

But the SLVR is much more than just a repackaging of the RAZR - it adds a good number of new and upgraded features, as well. Chief among these are EDGE high-speed data, video capture, and a TransFlash memory card slot. Other added features include Push-To-Talk, MP3 player, and a new home screen with dynamic info such as news, weather, sports scores, etc.

The SLVR does unfortunately step down to a tri-band antenna, though, as opposed to the quad-band capability of the RAZR. But otherwise the features are the same or better.

The SLVR is expected to be available in the third quarter (around July - September), in tri-band versions for both sides of the Atlantic.

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