As if BlackBerrys competition in the business space wasnt already getting steep, Verizon Wireless today officially introduced a new smartphone weve been hearing about for a few weeks now. Verizon calls the Motorola Droid Pro the first Android-based smartphone optimized for business use. It can be pre-ordered at select Verizon retail stores and online starting tomorrow, Nov. 9. It will become available on Nov. 18, setting you back $179.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a new, two-year service agreement.
Droid Pro is global-ready, allowing customers to enjoy wireless voice service in more than 220 countries and data coverage in more than 200 countries, with more than 120 with 3G speeds. Powered by Android 2.2, Verizon says Droid Pro features and applications including Quickoffice Mobile Suite, 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities, and a QWERTY keyboard meet both business and personal needs.
Other features include a full QWERTY keyboard, a 3.1-inch touchscreen, a 1GHz processor and a 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash.
Droid Pro buyers will need to subscribe to a Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 monthly access and a 3G smartphone plan.