Calling a bottom-of-the-line, EV-DO-less clamshell the "Smooth" might be reaching, but then again, we can kinda understand Verizon's dilemma here -- it's not like you can call it the "Rough," the "Disappointment," or the "Crap" and expect to sell too many. The phone, which goes by the u350 moniker
when it's dealing with the FCC, should be within shouting distance of free on contract (after the $50 rebate is applied) thanks to a VGA cam, lack of memory expansion, and the aforementioned lack of 3G data. A good backup phone? Sure, but a smooth
backup phone? That's a stretch, guys. Look for this one to be on shelves before the month's out.
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