updated 03:10 pm EDT, Fri September 22, 2006
KRZR K1m Verizon Debut
The KRZR line of of cellphones has already been introduced in Hong Kong, but the deliberate absence of information about other regions has left Americans without definite information about the options available in their own country. A new discovery indicates that the first US carrier to receive a version of the eagerly anticipated phone will be Verizon Wireless, which has inadvertently posted an instructional guide for the unreleased model on its website. The posting reveals that Verizon will be using the less common KRZR K1m, which reduces the quality of the 2-megapixel camera to 1.3 megapixels in exchange for dedicated music playback controls on the outer shell. Verizon's choice of phone also reveals a largely unknown difference between the K1 and K1m models: unlike the GSM-based K1, the K1m connects to CDMA cellular networks and supports EVDO for high-speed mobile Internet access. Exact launch information is still unavailable, but the presence of the finalized online guide points towards a release within the next few weeks.