The Z6c operates on Verizon Wireless' CDMA network in the United States, but it can also be used on GSM networks outside the U.S. provided by other carriers that Verizon Wireless has signed roaming agreements with, as well as other countries that use CDMA technology.
But customers will first need to add a global service to their calling plans to use the Z6c overseas. Customers will be charged $1.29 or $2.49 a minute, depending on which of the 180 supported countries they're calling from. International text messages cost 25 cents a message.
The phone itself has a slide-out keypad and comes with support for multimedia services provided by Verizon Wireless, such as V-Cast Video and V-Cast Music. Customers, however, have to be present in the V-Cast coverage area to receive the services.
Other features include stereo Bluetooth, a 2.0-megapixel camera, and up to 4 Gigabytes of expandable memory.
The Z6c is currently available online and through Verizon Wireless' business sales for $180 after a $50 rebate and a two-year contract. The phone will be available in stores starting next week.
The release of a world edition phone is one of several efforts by Verizon Communications, Verizon Wireless' parent company, to expand its global footprint.
Last week, Verizon disclosed plans to roll out its fourth-generation mobile broadband network using a technology called Long Term Evolution, while also adopting a common access platform with Vodafone to provide services worldwide based on the technology.
Verizon and Vodafone, the joint owners of Verizon Wireless, will begin testing LTE starting next year. Verizon will collaborate with consumer electronics makers, in addition to mobile phone makers, such as LG Electronics, Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, and Sony Ericsson, to roll out different devices with embedded LTE functionality.
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