LG Rumor no longer a rumor

Sprint's new messaging phone is packed with features but 3G support is lacking.

LG Rumor
LG Rumor Sprint

It hasn't been a rumor for a couple weeks now, but today the announcement came from Sprint on the release of the LG Rumor. (There's one name we really don't get).

Based vaguely on the earlier LG F9200, the Rumor has a slider design that hides a full QWERTY keyboard. You can get it in an eye-catching blue-and-black color scheme, pictured here, or a more pedestrian silver. The feature set isn't too shabby. It includes Bluetooth, a media player, a 1.3-megapixel camera, Sprint Navigation, integrated access to Facebook and Xanga, a 4GB capacity MicroSD card slot, and POP3 e-mail. Missing, however, is support for Sprint's 3G network; instead the Rumor's data speeds top out at 2.5G 1xRTT.

Sprint is positioning the Rumor as an "affordable" device--the EV-DO support does cost a few extra pennies--so we'll be curious to see how all those multimedia services will fare in a 2.5G world. The Rumor will be available for purchase for $79 with service.

 

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