Verizon Announces CDM-8900 Camera Phone

The Get It NowSM-enabled CDM-8900 is a compact handset (measuring just 3.3 x 1.6 x 0.9”) with a built-in 300-pixel high-resolution digital camera and color screen. This sleek handset has aself-timer, brightness control and self-portrait reflector. Customers simply snap a picture with their camera phone, enter a Verizon Wireless phone number or any e-mail address, and hit send to sharethe photo fun with another Verizon Wireless customer, any e-mail address or virtual photo album.

Customers have the option of paying for each picture message, $0.25 for each message sent or received, plus airtime, or select from bundled picture messaging Pix Paks:

  • $2.99 per month for 20 messages, and only $0.25 for each additional message sent or received, plus airtime
  • $4.99 per month for 40 messages, and only $0.25 for each additional message sent or received, plus airtime

For a limited time, customers can sign up for two of Get It Now’s most popular selections, TXT Messaging or Picture Messaging, for $4.99 monthly access with unlimited use through March 31, 2004. Customers who choose both will be billed $7.99 monthly access, a $2.00 monthly savings through March 31, 2004.

Customers can also choose from over a hundred pay-as-you-go downloadable applications that range from ring tones to games to maps and other productivity tools from Get It Now, the Verizon Wireless virtual mall. With its 65K-color, TFT, primary interior display serving as its range finder, the clamshell-styled CDM-8900 also features 32 polyphonic ring tones, a blue keypad backlight and two-way short messaging service (SMS).

“Our new CDM-8900 camera phone meets the needs of today’s mobile lifestyle and provides a compact, full-featured, reliable solution for personal and business applications,” said ACC President and CEO, Phillip Christopher.

The Audiovox CDM-8900 is offered for $99.99 after a $70 mail-in rebate with a two-year customer agreement and is available in more than 1,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, at participating RadioShack locations and on the Web at For more information on picture messaging from Verizon Wireless and to view a flash demo of the service, visit  

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