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LG Enlighten to achieve retail zen September 22nd on Verizon

Brian Heater

There are a number of ways to achieve inner-peace, like years of meditation, for example -- or you could just pick up an $80 Android handset. LG finally made official the release of its Enlighten handset today. The Gingerbread phone features a 3.2-inch display, a QWERTY slide out keyboard, a 3.2 megapixel camera and an 800MHz processor. The largely unexceptional bit of hardware will be hitting Verizon's site on September 22nd, followed by a September 29th debut in Verizon retail stores. It'll run you $79.99 with a two-year contract after a $50 mail in rebate. Enlighten yourself with the press release after the break.

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Verizon Wireless and LG Mobile Illuminate With LG Enlighten

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and SAN DIEGO, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Verizon Wireless and LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. (LG Mobile), today announced LG Enlighten(TM) will be available online at beginning Sept. 22, and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning Sept. 29.

Powered by Android(TM) 2.3, LG Enlighten is ideal for messaging, email and apps in a slim and affordable smartphone. Customers can stay connected and up-to-date on news and their social life on the nation's most reliable network.

Key features:

Android 2.3 Gingerbread

3.2-inch touch screen display (320 x 480)

800 MHz processor for performance and multi-tasking

Full QWERTY keyboard with large keys for easy typing

Adobe® Flash® 10

3G Mobile Hotspot allows users to share a data connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices

Seven customizable home screens with shortcuts to apps, favorites and widgets

Customizable apps menu

3.2-megapixel autofocus camera and camcorder

Additional features:

Support for Google(TM) Mobile Services, including Gmail(TM), YouTube(TM), Google Search(TM) and Google Maps(TM), as well as access to more than 250,000 apps available to download from Android Market(TM)

Bluetooth® 3.0 Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)

Wi-Fi connectivity (b/g/n)

Exchange support

Suite of messaging options, including text, picture, video and voice messaging and mobile instant messaging

2 GB microSD(TM) card pre-installed

Pricing and availability:

LG Enlighten will be available for $79.99 after a $50 mail in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.

Customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for 450 minutes per month and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.

Verizon Wireless Mobile Hotspot data plans are available beginning at $20 for 2 GB.

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