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Pantech Breakout Set To Be Formidable Rival To iPhone 5 Lite

Verizon Wireless rolled out a new smartphone yesterday, the Pantech Breakout, whose main selling point is the fact that it is a 4G/LTE Android smartphone, which costs as little as $99 after rebates.

The price excludes the cost of a two year contract with a 2GB monthly data plan but is still way cheaper than the usual $249 Verizon charges for its other top of the range 4G smartphones.

The smartphone houses some familiar hardware and software like: a 1GHz single core SoC, possibly a Qualcomm Snapdragon, Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread, a 4-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, GPS and you can connect up to 10 devices to the LTE connection.

There's also a front-facing VGA camera and a rear one as well plus onboard Swype and full access to Android Market. Unfortunately for non-US customers, the Pantech Breakout (and indeed the whole Pantech range) is not available outside the US for now and is not available as a SIM Free device.

By offering a cheap handset, Verizon is trying to increase its LTE userbase significantly; it has already confirmed that potentially around 185 million of its customers will get 4G coverage by the end of the year.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.