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Verizon Wireless thumbs its nose at the iPhone

Verizon plans its own party on the iPhone luanch day.

It's not the only game in town

With the iPhone completely dominating cell phone news this week, it's easy to forget that other cell phones exist. Crave wonders why any manufacturer or service provider would see the PR benefit in making an announcement this week, but that hasn't stopped T-Mobile from unveiling its Hotspot @Home and Sprint from taking the wraps off its new LG Muziq phone.

But today Verizon Wireless revealed that it was hosting its own party to match the Apple and AT&T events on the iPhone launch day. In a press release, the carrier invites shoppers to test-drive "the leading wireless company with the most reliable voice and data network". Meow.

The carrier also invites shoppers to check out its selection of music cell phones, including the LG VX9400, which is on sale for $99.99. That's a good deal for a cool phone, but the keep in mind that the spiffy V Cast Mobile TV service (something the VX9400 supports) is available only in a few cities. Yet unlike the iPhone, the LG handset does offer 3G.

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Buyers will also be able to download songs wirelessly at the stores from Verizon's V Cast Music service. As everyone knows, the iPhone will not support tune downloads over the air. But the best news is that customers will get a free Music Essentials kit, which normally sets you back $30. That's exceedingly generous of Verizon, considering the kit is needed to even sync a phone with a PC. We don't know why Verizon just doesn't give you the kit in the first place, but that another story.

So if you've decided you're too cool for the iPhone, or you refuse to leave Verizon for AT&T, you'll be pleased to know that Verizon has you covered. Verizon stores and kiosks will stay open until 9 p.m. And you can be sure these stores won't have a line.