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Finally: Verizon Wireless snags the Motorola Q9m

Verizon Wireless and Motorola announce the availability of the Motorola Q9m smart phone.

Motorola Q9m
Click on the image to start the Motorola Q9m slide show Corinne Schulze/CNET Networks

Well, I'll be darned. Wouldn't you know it? Verizon Wireless finally landed itself a new smart phone and a pretty exciting one to boot. Today, Verizon and Motorola announced the long-awaited successor to the Motorola Q and thy name is the Motorola Q9m.

The Q9m has added some notable improvements, including an excellent full QWERTY keyboard, a sexy red trim, and Windows Mobile 6 Standard Edition. Motorola also decided to give the Q9m a heavy multimedia focus, given the Q's popularity with the younger crowd and consumers in general. (Did you know that 90 percent of the people who bought the original Q were first-time smart-phone buyers?).

The smart phone supports Verizon's V Cast Music Store for over-the-air song downloads and even has a dedicated multimedia home screen. Digging the sound of the Q9m? Well, wait just a minute. You might want to read our full review to see why we have some issues with the smart phone. And don't forget to check out our photo gallery.

The Motorola Q9m is available for purchase online starting today and will be in stores on Wednesday, August 29 for $249.99 with a two-year contract and after rebates and discounts.

Motorola Q9m