A Moto Barrage for Verizon

The new Motorola Barrage for Verizon Wireless offers a rugged design and support for 3G networks.

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Verizon Wireless rounded out its big day Wednesday by announcing the Motorola Barrage. The rugged flip phone joins the Samsung Razzle , the Nokia Shade , and the HTC Imagio as the newest handsets in the carrier's lineup. It goes on sale on October 1 for $129.99 with a two-year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate.

We're guessing the "Barrage" name comes from the fact that the handset could handle a barrage of the elements. Like Moto's Nextel phones, the Barrage is certified to military specifications for high and low temperatures, shock, vibration, dust, and the like. It's also waterproof and can be submerged in up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

Its features include push-to-talk, a 2-megapixel camera, VZ Navigator, stereo speakers, dedicated music controls, a speakerphone, messaging, and a personal organizer. As a 3G (EV-DO Rev. A) phone it also supports V Cast video and V Cast Music with Rhapsody.

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