We are seeing the growing trend of consumers moving from their “old” feature phones to smartphones. Of course, this trend should not be surprising to anyone, with the increased functionality, features, and apps available to you. Even though it is an upgrade, it’s not the easiest switch to make, to the more “complicated” smartphone. Navigating new operating systems, and getting the most out of your device, is difficult for some.
What if there was a “starter” phone that could help with a smooth transition? Now there is, with the Pantech Marauder, coming soon to Verizon Wireless.
Specifications of the Marauder include:
- 4″ capacitive touch display
- full QWERTY keyboard (slide-out)
- 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- microSD support
- 5MP rear camera
- 4G LTE capable
The best feature about this device is the choice between “Starter” and “Standard” modes. The Starter Mode provides a “more simplified and intuitive experience” and features only four home screens with preset widgets, and a simple, uncluttered lock screen. The mode makes the device very easy to use and is a great way to start with the Android OS.
Of course, if you already know your way around, you can use “Standard” mode with its fully customizable 7 home screens, and a customizable lock screen with access to your frequently used apps. You can also switch between modes without losing any information.
Unfortunately, the Pantech Marauder does not feature the best specifications, but this is reflected in its low price tag. Granted, this is not a bad thing, as this device is meant to be an entry-level phone, and is ideally suited for anyone looking to move into the world of smartphones and the Android OS. And of course, you’ll be able to enjoy everything Android has to offer at blazing fast speeds thanks to Verizon’s extensive 4G LTE network.
The Pantech Marauder will be available from Verizon Wireless from August 2, for only $50 (with a $50 mail-in rebate) with a 2-year contract.
What are your thoughts? Would you recommend the Pantech Marauder to anyone looking to switch to a smartphone? Are you thinking about buying this device? Let us know in the comments section below.
BASKING RIDGE, NJ and HAUPPAUGE, NY — Verizon Wireless and Pantech today announced the 4G LTE-powered Pantech Marauder™ is coming exclusively to America’s largest 4G LTE network starting Aug. 2. The Pantech Marauder provides first-time smartphone customers with a dual-interface option, allowing customers to fit the device to their lifestyles or specific needs.
Brought to market by Personal Communications Devices, LLC (PCD), the Pantech Marauder offers customers the option to choose between Starter Mode and Standard Mode. Starter Mode is a simplified and more intuitive experience that is perfect for those who are new to the smartphone world. This option eases first-time customers into the smartphone experience with the help of four easy-to-learn home screens featuring preset widgets and an uncluttered, easy-to-use lock screen. Starter Mode also features a quick dialer icon that allows customers to make phone calls directly from the home screen. Standard Mode is a general smartphone setting for those who are familiar with the Android™experience. It offers up to seven fully customizable home screens and a customizable lock screen with quick access to frequently used applications. All settings are maintained when switching between modes so customers do not have to worry about losing information.
The Pantech Marauder features a virtual keyboard as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, making it the perfect choice for messaging aficionados and for those who want an excellent messaging experience. With the 5-megapixel camera, customers can take pictures, capture high-definition video, and easily share them as well as video chat with family and friends, using the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.
- Notification Curtain that displays quick on/off settings, phone settings, connectivity and sync, social media and email
- On device help section provides guided tours for first-time smartphone customers to help learn the tips and tricks of their new device
- 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM
- Support for Google™ Mobile Services, including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google+, Google Search™and Google Maps™, as well as access to the Google Play Store
- Share media with friends and colleagues wirelessly to DLNA®-enabled devices
- Bluetooth® Version 3.0 Support Profiles: headset, hands-free, object push, advanced audio distribution (stereo), audio/video remote control, file transfer and phone book access
- Daily Life Assistants such as clock, calendar and weather
- Easy access email that is compatible with Microsoft® Exchange, Yahoo!® Mail, Windows Live®, AOL®, Gmail
- microSD™ card slot with support for up to 32 GB
- Mobile Hotspot capable to share 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
The Pantech Marauder will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com starting Aug. 2 for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. New customers that purchase a Pantech Marauder smartphone will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Share Everything plan. Customers can purchase unlimited talk and text messaging with 1 GB of data for $90 monthly access. Customers can visitwww.verizonwireless.com/shareeverything for additional information on data plans.
For more 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.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 94.2 million retail customers, including 88.8 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 78,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
Pantech Co., Ltd., is one of Korea’s top three mobile handset makers. Pantech has received wide-ranging industry recognition for its innovative handset designs, and has also introduced a significant number of breakthrough technologies in the mobile phone industry. Established in 1991, Pantech collectively has approximately 3,000 employees and 4 regional sales offices worldwide. For more information on Pantech, please visit www.pantechusa.com.