Beginning on July 13th, Verizon will introduce its new music-centric device, the Chocolate 3. Unlike the first two LG Chocolate phones that were sliders (VX8500, VX8550), the new VX8560 model will be a clamshell avaliable initially in Black and Light Blue. Features will include: 1GB of internal memory, microSDHC support up to 8GB, 1.76" 176x220 pixel external display with navigation wheel, 2.2" internal QVGA display, 3.5mm headset jack, 2MP camera, stereo speakers, and Bluetooth ver 2.1. The Chocolate 3 will also be the first Verizon device to have an integrated FM Transmitter so that you can listen to your stored music on any near by FM Radio Receiver. Pricing is expected to be $129 after $50 rebate with a 2-year contact, $199 after $50 rebate with a 1-year contract, and $299 full retail.
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*UPDATE 1* The Chocolate 3 can only be sold and activated on a Verizon Nationwide Calling plan. Customers using an older plan (such as Americas Choice) will have to update before purchasing.
*UPDATE 2* Both the Black andLight Blue versions of the Chocolate 3 are now listed on Verizon's Testman site. New devices are often spotted on this site a few days before their launch. Pricing is shown at $129 after $50 rebate with a 2-year contract. We have also heard that the device may be available with older plans, but in order to use the services (Dashboard, Rhapsody), you need a Nationwide Plan.
thats funny theyre marketing it as such, dashboard is actually the name of the "red bar" vzw ui. if you find some early articles about the switch back from the vx7000 days youll hear it referenced as such, though they never really stuck with the name
No..I was right when I said FM Transmitter. There is no radio built into this phone. It transmits your saved music to a radio such as your car stereo or any other radio for that matter.
"The Chocolate 3 will also be the first Verizon device to have an integrated FM Transmitter so that you can listen to your stored music on any near by FM Radio Receiver."
I've had a V710 forever and I'm more than a year past my free every two.. looks like I'll finally be upgrading! I'd perfer the Dare but really don't need all the glitz and glamour... Choc3 should do it unless there's something better!
doesnt anybody think that this isnt really the upgrade to the 8550 but the 8600 - i mean the 8600 was supposed to be the flip chocolate - soooo wouldnt that mean that this is really the upgrade to that?
i disagree with that - the numbers are sequential... but really. when it comes down to it - no external music controls on the 8700 and the fashion label on the it would really make me belive it was just a different line. the 8600 had the red touch controls on the outside just like the 8500 and the 8550 for that matter...i think verizon just got rid of the 8600 early and adopted the 8700 because alltell took the 8600 as thier flagship phone
Well, I dont think the model numbers mean a thing. For example, Theres The V which is the 9800, then the EnV which is the 9900 and then the Voyager which is the 10000 but they also have the EnV2 which is the 9100. If the numbers really mattered the EnV2 would be the 10000 and the voyager will be the 9100.
Upon prior launch of the LG Decoy (LG-VX8610)... I thought the Decoy was the new Chocolate, and the LG 8560 was the new replacement... going by looks and functionality alone, instead of the sequential numbers in the names. But, I was wrong... and even though I would prefer a slider phone to match up with the other past 2 Chocolates, this may be a new change that the Chocolate is needing to redeem itself from problems from the prior two sliders.
I can't imagine the fm modulator being strong enough to make it a great feature... the FCC has pretty much regulated fm modulator strengths to the point where there are useless. Ask anyone who has bought the newest generation sirius/xm radios....
lol i like how people are angerd at the phones being "crippled" keep in mind its a damn phone. and its meant for one thing. so all of you people who expect to get handed everything you want in a phone keep wishing and if you dont like the phone dont buy it and move on to a different phone that will let you wreck the damn thing so you void the warranty. have fun
Maybe if Verizon would just release phones that allow the user to enjoy all the features promised by their devices without lockouts people wouldn't have to void their warranties to get what they paid for. If you're buying a phone to just make calls you won't be buying one like this. They make cheaper ones that serve that purpose just fine.
Um... Is it just me or is there also a typo in that picture taken from the testman site? Why would one color be a 2.0 MP camera, and One be a 1.3 MP camera, but still be the same phone, same price, same launch date... Any comments? hehe.
It is a typo. You can check out the phone on verizon's testman site athttp://testman.verizonwireless.com
Once your there just change your zip code location to 99999 and the phone will appear in the list of cell phones.
Is it just me (idk it this matters of course) but on the update picture notice that there is a difference in the camera's on the black and light blue model? One says its 2MP and the other 1.3MP. Its probably a typo but that is the first thing i noticed...
this is anonymous from #5 above.... the choc3 is out... its 12:30Am on the 13th...
I will NOT be getting the choc3 flip as verizon is forcing the upgrade to the national plans with this phone.
I like my 450 minutes and $5 for 250 messages.. .why should I pay $60/month for that?
F verizon.. time to find a new carrier once my america's choice is no longer valid.
Srory verizon, even your dare and choc3 isnt enough to get me to spend that much to have funny txt chat with my friends... time to find another carrier.
uhhh you can still do a national 450 min plan with a $5 txt option for 250 messages (for camera or non camera phones). just activated a customer yesterday with it. sales reps WILL tell you tho we dont have those plans anymore cuz they wanna push the select plans.
Thx... (this is the same guy from#5 and #54).. good to know you can do it in store but you can't do it online. If you upgrade online you are forced to do the upgrade... good to know you can still keep the old plan though... Maybe I'll try it out... will probably avoid it since I'll loose the $50 online rebate.
how can you saw the new plans and old plans cost the same???? The America's Choice plan, you paid 39.99 for 450 minutes and could surf forever night and weekends.. now, you MUST have a data plan for anything data related. and there is no more $5 for 250 text messages... with my company discount, my bill is a little over $40/month... to get anything close to what I have now with the National Plans, I'll be paying over $60... and surfing the web is priced per megabyte? and you pay for thier ads? yea, there's a great deal... looks like I'll be going to T-Mobile first chance I get just to maintain a manageable price plan...
With the new National plans you can get 450 minutes for 39.99 and mobile web is accessible at 1.99 per megabyte (I think that's like 20 web pages on the cell phone). But anyways you can also still get the $5 for 250 text. That hasn't changed. And if you want unlimited web instead of paying 1.99 per mb, you could always pick up the vcast package for $15. Verizon's always had that as an option and you get unlimited data with that package.
And with the America's Choice plans you had to pay $5 a month just to web, and it took away from your minutes. But with the new plans you can look at 40-60 web pages a month and it'll cost you $4-6 and doesn't take away from your minutes. So it's like almost the same you'd be paying per month.
With the new National Plan you get your 450 minutes plan for 39.99, add in your $5.00 250 text, and say you use the web a bit throughout the month and view 40-60 pages. Your plan will cost the same price you've been paying.
And even if you left Verizon why would you go to one of the crappiest companies? T-mobile get real. Just remember you get what you pay for.
Fm transmitter was the whole reason why I bought it.
i've had it for two days. I'm not really happy with the FM transmitter quality in my car but it seems to work better in my wife's (2003 versus 2007 Elantra, aftermarket stereo versus factory stereo). It plays fine over my home stereo system as long as it is near it. It is very sensitive to where you place it in the car, it makes noise when you move it around . And good luck finding an empty radio frequency in a city (manual recommend a frequency that is empty between other empty frequencies for optimal sound quality) ! It transmits over the radio station signal but there is more background noise. I've been able to get good stereo quality with varying luck, maybe I haven't found the right frequency yet, although I've tried a bunch. Signal quality keeps changing as I drive around and I don't like messing with the phone when I'm driving.
I would much rather connect it to an auxiliary port, easy enough with the 3.5 jack, but I don't have one in my car.
Picture quality is pretty good, it is easy to use. Rhapsody software is giving me hard time transferring my existing music to the phone though. It says 8 sec and 5 min later nothing is still happening. It worked fine the day before. I haven't been able to figure out how to use Windows Media Player Sync option yet, it can't find the device. I think Rhapsody might be the only way to get the files on it.
I like the phone overall. I'll keep it if I am able to work my way around the quirks.