Verizon Wireless Rocks Mobile Music as Chocolate by LG Makes Its American Debut

Full-featured Global Sensation Arrives in the U.S., Exclusively through

Verizon Wireless

Jul 31, 2006, 01:00 ET from Verizon Wireless

    BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and SAN DIEGO, July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon
 Wireless and LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. (LG Mobile Phones) are
 bringing the hottest mobile device to the U.S. with the debut of Chocolate
 by LG. Available exclusively through Verizon Wireless, Chocolate is the
 ultimate mobile phone, loaded with hot features, such as V CAST, V CAST
 Music, and fabulous tools like VZ Navigator(SM), all packaged within a
 smooth slider design.
     Chocolate by LG is a work of art -- both in looks and features -- with
 its sleek, ultra-thin minimalist style and silky-smooth slide design, users
 will be lured in by Chocolate's glowing red touch sensitive keypad. V CAST
 Music customers can browse, preview, download and play high-quality digital
 music from their phones over Verizon Wireless' broadband network or in the
 Verizon Wireless V CAST Music online store. With more than 1.3 million
 songs to choose from, Verizon Wireless customers can download the songs
 they love most, accessing their music collection anywhere they go.
     "In a world where quality wireless service is a table-stake, Chocolate
 sets a new standard for wireless handsets," said John Stratton, Verizon
 Wireless vice president and chief marketing officer. "This is a lifestyle
 device that reflects the discerning taste of a customer who relies upon the
 Verizon Wireless network to stay connected, but wants a device that speaks
 to the innovation and personalization that can be achieved with music."
     In addition to its advanced multimedia capabilities and chic styling,
 Verizon Wireless has included the features customers have come to expect
 including V CAST Video and 3D Games, a 1.3 mega pixel camera, Bluetooth(R)
 capabilities, a microSD(TM) memory expansion slot that supports the newest
 SanDisk 2GB cards and access to VZ Navigator and turn-by-turn navigation
 with audible voice directions to most addresses in the U.S.
     "We agree, Chocolate by LG is this year's must-have mobile device,"
 said Mr. Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A, Inc. "With
 sophisticated American users in mind, this is the next generation of the
 Chocolate design for the U.S. Verizon Wireless' features and
 functionalities, such as V CAST and V CAST Music, make Chocolate the
 ultimate entertainment and communication device."
     Chocolate is taking the global handset market by storm, selling more
 than 1 million units since its international launch outside Korea and has
 won two global design awards (the 2006 iF Design Award and Reddot Design
 Award for its unique styling and user interface).
     Chocolate as offered by Verizon Wireless offers the following
 additional features:
     -- Music player with customizable audio effects and UI player themes
        (supports mp3 and WMA formats)
     -- Speaker for music
     -- Dedicated music key for easy access to playlists
     -- Multitask while playing music -- send messages, browse the Web, change
        your phone settings and more
     -- My Music -- All songs, manage playlists; songs are auto organized by
        artist, genre, album; manage your music settings
     -- Music only mode (RF off, except Bluetooth)
     -- Standalone mode (RF off, for use with wired headsets for listening to
     -- Set alarm using music
     -- microSD memory port -- store music, customer generated pictures, video
        and sounds
     -- 1.3 mega pixel camera and camcorder
       -- Resolution: 1280x960, 640x480, 320x240, 176x144, 160x120 pixels
       -- Record up to one hour of video
       -- Digital zoom: up to 2x
       -- Self-timer: three, five or ten seconds
       -- Customizable brightness, white balance, shutter sound, color effects,
          night mode
       -- Mirror for self-portrait capability
     -- Video player
     -- Get It Now(R)-capable -- download games, ring tones, wallpapers and
     -- Mobile Web 2.0(SM)-capable -- customizable, enhanced wireless access to
        the latest in news, sports, weather and more
     -- Bluetooth Capable* (v1.1) -- compatible with devices that support the
        headset, hands-free, Serial Port (SPP), Dial Up Networking (DUN), and
        Object Push (OPP) profile for vCard exchange
        -- Advanced audio Distribution Profile (for Bluetooth stereo headset
           support for listening to music**)
        -- Save up to 20 Bluetooth pairings
     -- Speaker-independent voice recognition: call, send message to, go to,
        check, lookup, My Account
     -- TTY/TDD support
     -- Voice memo recording
     -- mp3 ring tone support
     -- 12 ring tones and vibrate and silent modes
     -- Ultra-thin, stylish slider design with unobtrusive internal antenna
     -- Red touch navigation keys (protected when inactive)
     -- Flash user interface themes for personalization
     -- Flash wallpapers with fun animations
     -- TXT, PIX and FLIX Messaging-enabled -- send and receive messages with
        text, sounds and customer generated photos and videos
     -- Web-Based e-mail and instant messaging
     -- My Account -- access balance, minutes, usage and payment info
     -- Personal Tools -- calendar with scheduler, alarm clock, notepad, plus
         world clock, calculator and Ez tip calculator tools
     -- Speed dial with 98 entries and one voice mail default
     -- 500 contacts address book with five numbers, two e-mail addresses and a
         picture ID for each entry
     -- Technology: CDMA
     -- Frequency: 1.9 GHz CDMA PCS, 800 MHz CDMA (digital dual-band)
     -- Data transmission: high-speed EV-DO
     -- Dimensions: 3.80" h x 1.88" w x 0.69" d
     -- Weight: 3.53 oz.
     -- Displays: 262K color TFT, 240x320 pixels, 11 lines
     -- Standard battery: 800 mAh Li-Ion polymer
     -- Usage time: up to three hours 30 minutes, or standby time: up to
        16 days
     Chocolate by LG is available today at
 for $149.99 after a $50 instant online discount and new two-year customer
 agreement. It will also be available in more than 2,100 Verizon Wireless
 Communications Stores including those in Circuit City on August 7 for
 $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and new two-year customer agreement. V
 CAST Music songs cost $0.99 if purchased from the PC or $1.99 if purchased
 and downloaded over the air onto a V CAST Music phone.
     For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a
 Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2-JOIN-IN or visit
     * Chocolate by LG does not support all Bluetooth object transfer (OBEX)
     ** Streaming audio not supported through Bluetooth stereo headset.
     About Verizon Wireless
     Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless
 network, serving 54.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in
 Basking Ridge, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon
 Communications (NYSE:   VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more
 information on the Web at To preview and
 request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of
 Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia
 Library at
     About LG Electronics, Inc.
     LG Electronics, Inc., (KSE: 06657.KS) is the leader in consumer
 electronics and mobile communications. The company has more than 72,000
 employees working in 77 subsidiaries and marketing units around the world.
 LG Electronics is the world's largest producer of CDMA handsets, optical
 storage devices, residential air conditioners and home theater systems.
 With total revenue of more than USD 35 billion (consolidated USD 45
 billion), LG Electronics is comprised of four business units: Mobile
 Communications, Digital Appliance, Digital Display and Digital Media.
     LG Electronics' goal worldwide is to create and enable the intelligent
 networking of digital products that will make consumers' lives better than
     About LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company
     LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is the world's leading
 manufacturer of WCDMA (UMTS), CDMA. The company provides a total range of
 wireless solutions, and is rapidly establishing a global presence as it
 cultivates international market share in 3G handsets. For more information
 please visit

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