Verizon ( VZ) pulled back the curtain on Voyager, its hotly anticipated iPhone killer.
As TheStreet.com first reported in May, Verizon along with its phone partner LG have developed a wide touch screen phone that is similar in style to Apple's ( AAPL) popular iPhone. One surprise that may trump Apple's effort is the Voyager's flip-open design featuring a Qwerty-styled keyboard and a second screen. The phone also has a Web browser, media player, Bluetooth, a camera and possibly GPS navigation No price has been announced, but Verizon does expect to have the phone available around Thanksgiving. The timing is key for Verizon, which has seen a too many customers switch service to AT&T ( T) where the iPhone is sold exclusively. If the Voyager is delivered on time and not terribly flawed, it could give Verizon Wireless - jointly owned by Verizon and Vodafone ( VOD) - an answer to AT&T and the iPhone.
Verizon also introduced two sleek new music phones and its version of the BlackBerry Pearl from Research in Motion ( RIMM). Verizon shares were near a 52-week high, up 26 cents to $45.60, in premarket trading Wednesday.