will ship August 22nd for between $300 and $500 depending on the contract, according to The Boy Genius Report
. Thanks to some leaked slides, we now know that the CDMA, Verizon exclusive Windows Mobile 6 running smartphone
will go for $349.99 with a two year contract, $399.99 on a 1 year, and $469.99 sans contract. On top of that there will be a $50 mail in rebate offer and a few extra bonuses in the box including a 128 MB miniSD card, a phone sleeve, and a data cable. For some reason
for money reasons, Verizon is emphasizing the music playing "V-Cast
" abilities of the phone, which seems a little odd on a smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard. Ah well, we'll hold off judgement until it's released in a few days.
*Verizon is currently in the process of acquiring AOL, Engadget's parent company. However, Engadget maintains full editorial control, and Verizon will have to pry it from our cold, dead hands.