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Verizon's Samsung Intensity II available online

Samsung and Verizon are billing the Samsung Intensity II as an eco-friendly messaging phone. You can start buying it online Thursday for as little as $50, and in stores in coming weeks.

The Samsung Intensity II is now available online, Verizon and Samsung announced Thursday. The slider phone will be available in stores in the next few weeks.

Following in the footsteps of the Samsung Intensity, the Intensity II has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, music player, and GPS.

Samsung Intensity II

The new model also has an eco-friendly slant. It's partly made from recycled plastic, with its battery cover extracted from 35 percent post-consumer materials. In addition, the packaging is partially made from recycled paper and partially printed with soy ink. Inside, an eco-calculator can track your car's fuel mileage, calculate the auto's efficiency, and estimate the amount of carbon dioxide your ride gives off.

The phone features a 2.2-inch QVGA (240x320 pixels) display, Bluetooth support, and a microSD card slot with room for up to 32GB of external memory. Other features include voice command, instant messaging, mobile e-mail, and a browser. There's a 1.3-megapixel camera (same as the original Intensity) with night vision; a hub for accessing social-networking accounts (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace); a calendar; and ringtones.

Verizon's own subscription-based services include VZ Navigator for turn-by-turn directions, and music services such as V Cast Music with Rhapsody, V Cast Song ID, and VZW Tones.

The Samsung Intensity II comes in deep gray and metallic blue. You can purchase it online, or pick it up in Verizon stores in the coming weeks for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

We'll have a review of the phone once we get a model in our hands.