updated 10:30 am EDT, Wed June 10, 2009
Moto Rival now at Verizon
In addition to the Exilim, wireless provider Verizon Wireless announced on Wednesday it has added the Motorola Rival messaging handset to its lineup. First spotted at the start of May, the Rival sports a touch-dial pad and a face that slides open horizontally to reveal a backlit QWERTY keyboard. The handset is meant for users who use text-messaging, IM programs and e-mail heavily, as evidenced by the keyboard's dedicated emoticon and symbols keys as well as a shortcut to text messages, IM programs and e-mails.
The Rival also has a 2-megapixel camera, a microSDHC memory card slot for adding up to 8GB of external storage and a 3.5mm headset jack for connecting headphones and headsets. Verizon's paid services, including V CAST Music with Rhapsody, V CAST Video, Visual Voice Mail and VZ Navigator are also supported by the Rival.
Available in Tin Silver or Purple, the Rival is priced at $100 on a two-year contract after using an online discount.