Verizon Wireless and Motorola today announced the Rival, a messaging phone with a QWERTY keyboard and a "touch dialpad" when closed, similar to the LG Neon for AT&T. Other features include a 2 megapixel camera, threaded messaging, 3.5mm headphone jack, memory card slot, EVDO data, GPS navigation, and visual voicemail. The Moto Rival is available starting today for $99.99 after $50 mail-in rebate, with a new two-year contract.
It is about time that Moto entered the fray. They had the window to make the Razor the defacto standard in cell phones but they lost it. They need to catch up with this "me to" device and then leapfrog with a platform product that uses their advanced technology, cooperative patents and manufacturing expertise. Dump the Q and Razor and come up with a new name for a new product with advanced chipsets like Gobi (Fenway). Whatever it is better have a mirrored finish.