As expected and previously reported exclusively here on PhoneNews.com, Verizon has launched the long-awaited Casio C741 Brigade rugged push to talk/messaging device.
The Brigade is the first messaging and multimedia device from the manufacturer that is also M810 certified for resistance to shock, dust, water and extreme temperatures.
Technical specifications consist of EVDO Rev. A support, QWERTY keyboard, 2.9 inch wide display at WQVGA resolution, dedicated messaging keys, text to speech, document viewer supporting Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint, PDF and TXT documents, 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash, Bestshot photo selection with six total modes available and face detection.
The rest of the specifications include Clear talk noise reduction and voice recording, speakerphone, GPS support via VZNavigator, microSDHC expansion slot VCAST Music/Video support and Bluetooth with stereo audio support.
Pricing is set at $419.99 Retail/Month to Month, $369.99 on a 1 year agreement or $299.99 after a new 2 year agreement both before additional $50 rebates, bringing the totals to $319.99 and $249.99 respectively.