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While the lot of us are looking for the most modern, intense hardware we can get our hands on, there are still those who don't need all of the bells and whistles of powerhouse smartphones like the Droid Bionic or Galaxy S II. For the mid-range crowd, Verizon has just announced the LG Enlighten, a Gingerbread handset with a slide-out QWERTY.

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The full specs are far from impressive, but it could be perfect for the tweener of the family, someone new to smartphones, or anyone who wants some Android goodness on a budget:

  • 3.2-inch 320x480 display
  • 800MHz processor
  • 3.2MP rear shooter
  • Slide-out QWERTY
  • Android 2.3

The Enlighten will be available online beginning September 22 and in stores on September 29 for $80 with a two-year agreement after a $50 mail-in-rebate.

BASKING RIDGE, NJ and SAN DIEGO, CA — Verizon Wireless and LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. (LG Mobile), today announced LG Enlighten™ will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning Sept. 22, and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning Sept. 29.

Powered by Android™ 2.3, LG Enlighten is ideal for messaging, email and apps in a slim and affordable smartphone. Customers can stay connected and up-to-date on news and their social life on the nation’s most reliable network.

Key features:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 3.2-inch touch screen display (320 x 480)
  • 800 MHz processor for performance and multi-tasking
  • Full QWERTY keyboard with large keys for easy typing
  • Adobe® Flash® 10
  • 3G Mobile Hotspot allows users to share a data connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Seven customizable home screens with shortcuts to apps, favorites and widgets
  • Customizable apps menu
  • 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera and camcorder

Additional features:

  • Support for Google™ Mobile Services, including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Search™ and Google Maps™, as well as access to more than 250,000 apps available to download from Android Market™
  • Bluetooth® 3.0 Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)
  • Wi-Fi connectivity (b/g/n)
  • Exchange support
  • Suite of messaging options, including text, picture, video and voice messaging and mobile instant messaging
  • 2 GB microSD™ card pre-installed

Pricing and availability:

  • LG Enlighten will be available for $79.99 after a $50 mail in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
  • Customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for 450 minutes per month and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.
  • Verizon Wireless Mobile Hotspot data plans are available beginning at $20 for 2 GB.

For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.podoco.net zach

    this is the true LG Ally 2. keyboard looks exactly the same