Verizon Wireless is launching its Motorola Citrus Android 2.1 smartphone for $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. The holiday-priced device balances the $179.99 Motorola Droid Pro.
Verizon Wireless said
it is launching the Motorola Citrus Android smartphone Nov. 11 for a
wallet-pleasing $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate.
Selling a smartphone for $50 is certainly aggressive for the holidays, but
is not in the league of high-end Android handsets such
as the Samsung Galaxy S line or Motorola Droid devices. Fittingly, Verizon
billed it as an "affordable, entry-level, customizable smartphone."
The Citrus is based on Android 2.1, which first appeared on Google's Nexus One
10 months ago. Most Android 2.1 devices, such as the HTC
Droid Incredible, Droid X and others, were upgraded to Android 2.2 over the
summer. Google is preparing to launch
Android 2.3 any day now.
While most of Verizon's Android handsets are preloaded with Google Mobile
applications such as Google Search and Google Maps, the Citrus comes with Bing
Search and Bing Maps. Verizon's Samsung Fascinate also comes with Bing Search
and Bing Maps out of the box.
The Citrus features an on-screen QWERTY keyboard and Backtrack, a touch
panel located on the back of the device that lets users navigate and scroll
through Web sites, home screens and other content while keeping the display
free and clear.
The Citrus is also environmentally friendly. It is encased in 25 percent
recycled plastic and is PVC- and BFR-free.
See more specifications here
Verizon will sell the device at its stores and online here
. Consumers who buy
the phone will receive a mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card that may be
used as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
Citrus owners will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide plan
and data package, which start at $39.99 and $15 per month (150 MB),
the Citrus along with its cousin, the Spice, the
Droid Pro and several other smartphones as the meat of Motorola's holiday
lineup at the CTIA show Oct. 5.
Verizon Wireless is accepting
pre-orders for the Droid Pro now. The
enterprise-oriented handset will retail in stores Nov. 18 for $179.99 after a