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Verizon Wireless Takes on iPhone

The company will roll out new devices before Thanksgiving.
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iPhone this holiday season with four new devices that have various multimedia capabilities.

In particular, the Voyager, made by South Korea's LG, appears set to be the closest competitor to the iPhone. The phone will have a large external touch-screen and opens laterally to reveal a full QWERTY keypad. The Voyager will also have a camera, an HTML browser and the ability to let owners watch videos and listen to music.

The other multimedia phones are the Juke by Samsung, the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 smartphone and the Venus by LG. All of the phones will be in stores before Thanksgiving.

"We are excited about these devices," said Mike Lanman vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. "Our fourth-quarter device portfolio includes best-in-class multimedia wireless phones that offer customers the latest in innovative technology and an array of features. Whether customers are seeking a cool, hip, fashion-forward music phone, a device that will help them stay connected to the office, or an entertainment-rich device that can also function in a business setting, we will have it."

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