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Verizon Wireless Intros Low-Cost World Phone

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Aug 20, 2009, 10:33 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Today Verizon Wireless announced the Escapade, a new entry-level handset that has quad-band GSM/EDGE radios and can roam in countries around the world. The Escapade, made by PCD, is a clamshall that has CDMA 1x for data in the U.S., dual displays, a 2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth and GPS. The Escapade will be available starting August 21 for $30 after rebate with new agreement.

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Aug 20, 2009, 5:06 PM

Big Question: Will It Roam On GSM Domestically?

If so, this will be a must have for truck drivers as well as world travelers, who don't necessarily want or need a smartphone.
Nope. Verizon has no GSM roaming agreements in the U.S. or Canada.

Aug 20, 2009, 3:42 PM

The Art of Spin

Am I insane, or is Verizon really pushing the fact that they have something all of us GSM carriers have had forever... Phones that work around the globe.

Maybe I am just a little crazy.

Maybe I'm just a die hard T-Mobile guy.
Verizon (and sprint) phones use CDMA technology, so as a default their phones will not work in popular destinations like Europe.

I won't get into the whole GSM V CDMA debate here, there is already a lot of info about that stuff.

With people trav...

Aug 20, 2009, 10:49 AM


It seems kind of odd timing for such a phone. Presumably, such a phone would be targetted towards people who travel for pleasure, not business and are just interested in a low cost way of keeping in contact with home and their fellow travellers.

With the economy the way it is, fewer people are vacationing abroad, so I don't think the demand will be what it would have been a few years ago.

Those who can afford trips to Europe and elswhere would probably be looking for a higher end phone.
Good point. I like your smooth style of addressing the topic at hand. You may one day be the next person that people ask questions to.

Slammer, I know you always hang out in the news section. Tell me a little bit about yourself, do you only hang ou...
heres what I think. This is the first vzw cheapie quad band gsm phone right?

they are following how this has gone all along. If they plan to go gsm (sim cards to the layperson). Then you start with inexpensive phones to build a following and just m...
Good point: Fewer people might be vacationing abroad and this phone is aimed at the pleasure traveler for sure.

For years my wifes side of the family got the Cingulars and the AT&T phones because they had that ability to go global if they needed to...
Not really, there are alot of people that travel due to there jobs, yes even in this economy, and they dont need or want a smart phone or high end phone. They just want a phone to make calls abroad. I recently closed an biz account for 30 lines and ...
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