Our first thought when we saw Boy Genius Report's
alleged shots of Moto
phones that'll find a home on Verizon
in 2009 was, "holy cow, these look fake." And yes, granted, they're all renders -- but what really set off the alarms for us was the fact that they look... well, nothing like Motorolas. At all. But then we thought about it for a second and realized that hey, you know, when you're a once-great cellphone manufacturer losing market share hand over fist and you're looking for the Next Big Thing, you probably want to try something a little new, a little fresh, and a little crazy. So on that note, Verizon can apparently expect a "Rush 2" early in the year that continues Moto's contribution to the low-cost messaging phone
trend; the "Calgary" (pictured), looking like a high-end Sidekick Slide
minus the Sidekick; the "Inferno," presumably succeeding the ZN4
(which was coincidentally codenamed "Blaze"); and finally the gorgeous "Flash," which -- as far as we're concerned -- should just take the A3000's
place. So yeah, these could be an elaborate hoax, but for Motorola's sake, we hope they're not.
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