U.S. Cellular's Pantech Verse does simple messaging

The aptly named Pantech Verse lets you compose your thoughts on a slide-up QWERTY keyboard.

The Pantech Verse from U.S. Cellular Lynn La/CNET

U.S. Cellular launched the Pantech Verse yesterday, a messaging phone with a vertical slide-up QWERTY keyboard.

Phone like the Verse may seem a dying breed when you consider all the smartphones making a splash at shows like CTIA and on store shelves, but there's an audience for those looking for simple and cheap.


The Verse has a 2.4-inch QVGA screen, a 2-megapixel camera, and a music player on-board. There are also U.S. Cellular mainstays like a ringtone storefront and a backup app. Bright green accents on a black body bestow some eye-catching flair.

The Verse costs $29.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate when you also sign a new service agreement, and $69.99 if you buy it prepaid, with no contract. Pantech's Verse is on sale now online.

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Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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