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Casio G'zOne Brigade marches into Verizon

Verizon announces the immediate availability of its latest rugged cell phone, the Casio G'zOne Brigade.

Casio G'zOne Brigade
Casio G'zOne Brigade Verizon Wireless

For the rock 'em, sock 'em, beat 'em up cell phone types, Verizon Wireless launched a new rugged handset on Thursday called the Casio G'zOne Brigade.

Much like the G'zOne Boulder and Rock, the Brigade is MIL-STD-810F-certified, so it's water-resistant and can withstand shock, dust, vibration, humidity, and other elements. Unlike the other two, the Boulder is the first rugged device in the States to have a full QWERTY keyboard, which is housed in a horizontal clamshell design.

The messaging-centric device also has a text-to-speech function to read back your e-mails and text messages to you and includes a full HTML Web browser and document viewer.

The handset also features push-to-talk capabilities, stereo Bluetooth, GPS, and a 3.2-megapixel camera, and supports a number of Verizon services, including VZ Navigator and V Cast Music and Video. The Casio G'zOne Brigade is available now, online and in Verizon stores, for $249.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.