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Verizon Turns iPhone Killer Loose

The Voyager is expected to be in stores by Thanksgiving.

Verizon (VZ) - Get Report pulled back the curtain on Voyager, its hotly anticipated iPhone killer.


first reported in May, Verizon along with its phone partner


have developed a wide touch screen phone that is similar in style to


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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

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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


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- 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



Verizon shares were near a 52-week high, up 26 cents to $45.60, in premarket trading Wednesday.