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Verizon Wireless snags Samsung Omnia

The Samsung Omnia finally lands with a U.S. carrier. Verizon announces it will start offering the touch-screen smartphone in stores on December 8.

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Well, Verizon Wireless is certainly kicking off the holiday season with a bang. In just the past couple of weeks, we've seen the release of the RIM BlackBerry Storm, the Samsung Saga, the HTC Touch Pro, and now, the Samsung Omnia.

The Samsung Omnia will cost $249.99 with a two-year contract and will be available online and through business channels first starting November 26. The Windows Mobile smartphone will then make its way to stores on December 8.

Verizon's Omnia offers a lot of the same great features as the unlocked GSM version, which we reviewed in September, including a large touch screen with Samsung's customizable TouchWiz user interface, a 5-megapixel camera, integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. Plus, it adds support for the carrier's EV-DO Rev. A network, which allows for faster Web browsing and downloads.

Like the Storm, the Omnia is not the best smartphone for those who need a messaging-centric device, since the onscreen keyboard is a bit cramped. But which of the two full touch-screen smartphones is better: the BlackBerry Storm or the Samsung Omnia? Well, read our full review of the Verizon Wireless Samsung Omnia to find out, and check out our hands-on photo gallery.