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V Cast TV could launch March 1

It is expected Verizon will launch its V Cast TV service with the Samsung SCH-U620 in just more than a week.

Samsung SCH-U620 Mobi
Samsung SCH-U620 Mobi

The tech sites are buzzing with loads of Verizon Wireless dish today. First and foremost, it's now almost certain that Verizon's V Cast TV is aiming for a March 1 launch date. That's a bit sooner than we expected (Verizon originally said near the end of March) so it's very good news indeed. If you remember, V Cast so wowed us at CES that we chose it as our best in show pick for the cell phone category.

Though Verizon showed two V Cast TV phones at CES--the LG VX9400 and the Samsung SCH-U620 (aka the Mobi)--it appears the Mobi will launch first. That's a bit disappointing as we were partial to the LG handset but we're still eager to give the Mobi a formal review nonetheless. My: Tech News blog found the Mobi on Verizon's Testman Web site earlier today but we were unable to locate it when we looked. But in any case, the Testman site has always been a reliable indicator of what will be in Verizon stores soon. The Mobi should cost a reasonable $149.99 with a two-year contract, but we're still waiting on exact pricing details for the TV service.

Samsung SCH-U340
Samsung SCH-U340 Mobiledia
Nokia 6265i
Nokia 6265i Nokia

Also in Verizon land, a sharp-eyed Crave reader told us he sighted the Nokia 6265i on a Yahoo.com page. Though Verizon has yet to announce the phone, Yahoo lists it as "coming soon" for the carrier (it's available already with MetroPCS). On the other hand, Verizon has launched the low-end Samsung SCH-U340. Armed with a VGA camera, a speakerphone, and a simple flip phone design, the SCH-U340 is free with service.

Thanks Austin and Trevor