Pantech Marauder brings an entry-level, user-friendly Android smartphone to Verizon for $50

Verizon Wireless today announced the Pantech Marauder, a new entry-level smartphone that features Android. Not only is this smartphone entry level in its price, it’s entry-level in its implementation.

Pantech has offered up two modes of use: starter mode and standard mode. The former gives users a simplified user interface that shows four home screens with preset widgets, a quick dialer icon for placing calls from the home screen, and a simplified lock screen. Standard mode will give users more flexibility once they’re ready to do a bit more with their phones.

Those users will get up to 7 customizable homescreens and an Android experience that’s closer to stock with a customizable lock-screen.

Its specs are quite decent, too, as it features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth 3.0, a physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 4G LTE, and more. Expect this one to land August 2nd for $50. Read on for full press details.

BASKING RIDGE, NJ and HAUPPAUGE, NY — Verizon Wireless and Pantech today announced the 4G LTE-powered Pantech Marauder is coming exclusively to America’s largest 4G LTE network starting Aug. 2.  The Pantech Marauder provides first-time smartphone customers with a dual-interface option, allowing customers to fit the device to their lifestyles or specific needs.

Brought to market by Personal Communications Devices, LLC (PCD), the Pantech Marauder offers customers the option to choose between Starter Mode and Standard Mode.  Starter Mode is a simplified and more intuitive experience that is perfect for those who are new to the smartphone world.  This option eases first-time customers into the smartphone experience with the help of four easy-to-learn home screens featuring preset widgets and an uncluttered, easy-to-use lock screen.  Starter Mode also features a quick dialer icon that allows customers to make phone calls directly from the home screen.  Standard Mode is a general smartphone setting for those who are familiar with the Androidexperience.  It offers up to seven fully customizable home screens and a customizable lock screen with quick access to frequently used applications.  All settings are maintained when switching between modes so customers do not have to worry about losing information.

The Pantech Marauder features a virtual keyboard as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, making it the perfect choice for messaging aficionados and for those who want an excellent messaging experience.  With the 5-megapixel camera, customers can take pictures, capture high-definition video, and easily share them as well as video chat with family and friends, using the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.

Additional features

  • Notification Curtain that displays quick on/off settings, phone settings, connectivity and sync, social media and email
  • On device help section provides guided tours for first-time smartphone customers to help learn the tips and tricks of their new device
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM
  • Support for Google Mobile Services, including Gmail, YouTube, Google+, Google Searchand Google Maps, as well as access to the Google Play Store
  • Share media with friends and colleagues wirelessly to DLNA®-enabled devices
  • Bluetooth® Version 3.0 Support Profiles: headset, hands-free, object push, advanced audio distribution (stereo), audio/video remote control, file transfer and phone book access
  • Daily Life Assistants such as clock, calendar and weather
  • Easy access email that is compatible with Microsoft® Exchange, Yahoo!® Mail, Windows Live®, AOL®, Gmail
  • microSD card slot with support for up to 32 GB
  • Mobile Hotspot capable to share 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices

The Pantech Marauder will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com starting Aug. 2 for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.  Customers receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.  New customers that purchase a Pantech Marauder smartphone will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Share Everything plan.  Customers can purchase unlimited talk and text messaging with 1 GB of data for $90 monthly access.  Customers can visitwww.verizonwireless.com/shareeverything for additional information on data plans.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 94.2 million retail customers, including 88.8 million retail postpaid customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 78,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Pantech
Pantech Co., Ltd., is one of Korea’s top three mobile handset makers. Pantech has received wide-ranging industry recognition for its innovative handset designs, and has also introduced a significant number of breakthrough technologies in the mobile phone industry. Established in 1991, Pantech collectively has approximately 3,000 employees and 4 regional sales offices worldwide. For more information on Pantech, please visit www.pantechusa.com.

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  • http://twitter.com/timmyjoe42 tim bennett

    That doesn’t even look like an Android device.

    • Sondrek17

      Beg u pardon? Every single android phone is different, saying that that phone does not look like and Android phone is like saying “that rectangular screen at 46″ with plastic on the sides does not look like a tv

  • DATAndroid

    Why are dual core processors being considered as mid range? that really pisses me off. Anything with a 1GHz single core is high end in my opinion.

    • http://twitter.com/SpamStream lolwut

      Referencing the price likely

  • http://twitter.com/SpamStream lolwut

    I thought it said “murderer” at first.

  • CryptoNoel

    Does it have ICS??

    • Matthew Merrick

      well, wouldn’t have a multitask button if it was gingerbread…

      • CryptoNoel

        oh duh, thanks i didnt notice that! i thought they were the usual buttons lol…thanks! :D

  • RavenFox

    Impressed with specs for that price. Great deal right there.

  • Matthew Merrick

    any reason i would tell someone to get this over the droid 4? o_O
    (other than that great softkey arrangment)