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Virgin Mobile lands Kyocera Switch Back

Virgin Mobile lands Kyocera Switch Back

Kyocera today confirmed what we expected by announcing that Virgin Mobile will carry its new QWERTY keyboard phone. Originally called the Strobe and first introduced at CES last January, the Kyocera Switch Back offers a full QWERTY keyboard, dual 65,000-color displays, e-mail, instant messaging, a VGA camera, a speakerphone, 256MB of memory, gameplay, and a wireless Web browser. Armed with exclusive MTV and other youth-oriented content, Kyocera is positioning the Switch Back as an alternative to the T-Mobile Sidekick II. In our opinion, though, the phone is certainly useful, it's not the prettiest mobile on the market. The Kyocera Switch Back will be available late this month for $149.