A Rokr or a Rizr?

Alltel releases the Motorola Z6m.

Motorola Rokr Z6m
Motorola Rokr Z6m Alltel

Alltel landed itself a slick new cell phone today: the Motorola Rokr Z6m. A music-focused feature set gives the Z6m the Rokr name, but it is really just another Moto Rizr. It has the same (but still attractive) slider phone shape. Verizon Wireless released the nearly identical Moto Z6tv last month, but as its name suggests, that model is centered more on television.

Features on the Rokr Z6m include an MP3 player, a 2-megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, an expandable memory slot, support for TeleNav's GPS application, and a standard 3.5mm headset jack. The phone is now on sale for $129 with service. And GSM folks, don't despair as Moto loves you too. You can buy an unlocked version of the handset for $279 on Moto's Web site.

From what we can tell, it looks much more promising than the last Rokr handset to land at a U.S. carrier. We'll be able to say for sure once we get a review in our hands. And if all goes well, that should happen in the next couple of weeks.

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