Nope, we didn't screw up the image here -- the LG CU500v
is, for all practical purposes, identical to the older CU500
, save for the critical detail that the CU500v's firmware supports Video Share
. We can basically think of the new feature as a poor man's video calling; video is transmitted only one way during calls, though callers with compatible handsets can switch direction mid-call. Rumor has it AT&T intends to launch true video calling along with its HSUPA network
, but for the time being, this is as good as it gets. The good news? With a swiveling 1.3 megapixel cam, microSD expansion, stereo speakers, external music controls, stereo Bluetooth, and a slim, metallic body, the phone is no slouch -- and being the first kid on the block with Video Share is only going to run you $29.99 after the typical contract and rebate discounts.
[Thanks, Kyle A.]Update:
Um, April fools, or something! The CU500v has been taken down
from AT&T's site after apparently being put up prematurely. Oh well, we didn't want crippled video calling anyway! Hmph!