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Verizon officially releases the LG Dare for $199

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Verizon officially releases the LG Dare for $199
Verizon has officially launched the LG Dare VX9700 through its on-line web site and TeleSales division, despite some people being able to order it since June 24th. The Dare is the 3nd non-smartphone incorporating a touchscreen, to be released by this carrier, following the LG Voyager and Samsung Glyde, and is intended to compete directly with Samsung's Instinct and Apple's upcoming iPhone 3G.

Features include a 3" diagonal WQVGA touch-sensitive display with light sensor to automatically adjust brightness, 3.2MP autofocus camera and flash with face detection technology, VGA video recording, built-in photo and video editing capabilities, HTML Browser, 3.5mm headset jack, movie quality video playback from memory card, updated media player with equalizer and Rhapsody support, handwriting recognition, drag and drop contacts with a unique photo interface, multitasking, Bluetooth 2.1, accelerometer, EVDO Rev A, microUSB, and support for up to 8GB microSDHC memory cards. All of this is packaged into a device measuring 4.10"H x 2.20"W x 0.50"D and with a weight of 3.76 oz. Pricing is $199 after $50 rebate on a 2-year contract, $249 after $50 rebate on a 1-year contract, and $409 full retail.

*UPDATE* For a limited time, Verizon is including a FREE 8GB microSDHC memory card with Dare orders placed on-line with a $79 Nationwide Basic plan (1350 minutes) or $99 Nationwide Basic Unlimited plan.

Verizon officially releases the LG Dare for $199


source: Verizon Wireless

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:42

1. (unregistered)


I'm getting one (or two) as well. Unfortunately, I'm a VZW employee, so I won't be able to order for several more weeks, I'm sure-

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 01:00

4. VZW Rep in Roc City (unregistered)


im in the same boat as u, i mite wait for my upgd or mite do it full retail, not sure yet

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 09:45

26. just got one (unregistered)


i just went through the same thing. i had to call verizon customer service and have them do it over the telephone. the service representative had to have her supervisor override it because it is only available on the web site. some sort of technical glitch right now. i'm sure after a few more phone calls, the web site will be repaired. can't wait to get it!!

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 11:52

38. codyphobi (unregistered)


www.vx9700.com has some specs on it as well. I ordered mine this morning and should have it tommorow. Best I can tell it is ONLY available on new contracts at moment and is not available for retail purchase ($409) Best wishes...i cant wait for mine.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 12:54

59. (unregistered)


HERE'S A LINK FOR THE LG DARE GUIDED TOUR:http://estore.vzwshop.com/dare/

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 19:42

85. (unregistered)


Just got hooked up with one today for FREE(tax only)...my friend is a manager at Verizon store and they just got in the shipment so i rushed down there to pick it up and extended my contract for 2 yrs. This phone is off the hook! The video capture is awesome and the touch response is definitely better than the Voyager. It's very compact and lighter than the enV2. Lovin it, now i just gotta find some way to put a new browser on it. Good luck you guys hope you get yours soon!

posted on 27 Jun 2008, 21:33

127. VZW Rep as well. (unregistered)


or you could put your time to better use and learn how to spell the word "might". no?

posted on 27 Jun 2008, 21:34

128. VZW Rep (unregistered)


Free you say? Your friend may not have his/her job very long.... Way to advertise it all over the world wide web. Idiot!

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 00:40

2. (unregistered)


i was wondering if anyone could solve my problem. i tried to upgrade my phone(and the other two on my account) but the dare is not on the list. i read that phones with html need nationwide plan and i have upgraded to that. the voyager and glyde show up but the dare doesn't. has verizon just not put it up on that part of the site yet or is there something else i need to do? i have also tried adding the phones into my cart but they don't show up. thanks for any help

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 00:58

3. VZW Rep in Roc City (unregistered)


if ur logged in and having the problem, logout, close ur browser and re open it, make ure ur logged in and that the nationwide plan is the pp ur on and try to upgrade then, if its still giving u an issue call customer service tomorrow or e services which actually can see the same thing u see

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 07:33

22. pvdovets (Posts: 4; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)


Just spoke to customer service. the system is jacked up and the update is not going though, it will not be available for upgrade till tomorrow. however apparently it is available in retail stores.... sound like i am going for a ride and getting imediate gratification.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 13:50

66. (unregistered)


i had same problem!! i just called this morning and they took care of it!! i tried for 3 hrs last nite!! it would only do it for new activation!!! bullshit!!!!

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 01:02

5. Dalumberjack (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Jun 2008)


just talked to them. They said after 12 midnight it will show up online as upgradeable. It just isn't 100% official yet in their system till it turns 12am.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 01:07

6. (unregistered)


ha ha ha i got mine :)

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 01:23

8. Dalumberjack (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Jun 2008)


you can order it online. You just cant get the additional 100 bucks off as its not available for upgrade at the moment

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 02:49

16. (unregistered)


did this person you talked to mention where it has to be 12am for it to be official because its past 12am in the continental us and i really want this phone

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 01:11

7. (unregistered)


Is it still free overnight shipping online?

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 01:23

9. Dalumberjack (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Jun 2008)


yes

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 01:31

10. (unregistered)


Cool. Another question, is verizonwireless network down right now or something? I can't complete my upgrade and it gives me this message. "Your request failed and cannot be completed online. Please contact Customer Service for additional information at 1.800.922.0204." I want to hurry up and orderthis so i can sleep! I can not go to sleep, I can't wait!!!

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 01:33

11. (unregistered)


Nevermind, I just saw post #9. Thanks. Do you know when it would be available for the upgrade?

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 13:52

68. (unregistered)


i am the say way!!! like a kid couldnt sleep!! couldnt order phone till this morning i was online trying like hell at 12am it got me sick!!!! im a phone junkie!! i nedd help

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 14:48

74. (unregistered)


i was the same way too... i couldn't sleep... i woke up at 6am just to call them... i had to call back at 8am-- thats when telesales were open..... but ordered it ... and getting it tommorrow....

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 01:50

12. (unregistered)


Do you have to have a nationwide plan or whatever to get this phone? cause im on a familyshare plan ithink...

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 02:21

14. (unregistered)


i think you need nationwide for any phone with html browser, so yes . but, the nationwide is the same price as the old plans the only difference is mobile web doesn't use airtime minutes anymore. they charge 1.99 for 1mb of data not sure what that translates to in real world but if you want the phone you have no choice

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 12:57

61. Leo (unregistered)


You don't have to change your plan. I have America Choice Family plan with 4 lines and upgraded one line to Dare. VZ rep told me that I don't have to switch and if I just want access to internet to get Web Mobile 2.0 plan for $5/months. If you want to take advantage of VCast options, make sure to get $15/month VCast Plan that covers wireless web, VCast music, video and games.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 14:02

69. (unregistered)


you were miss informed. the 5/month plan still gets per minute charges and i believe per kb charges. now the 15/month vcast is unlimited

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 21:56

96. Leo (unregistered)


You are absolutely right. I just called VZW and now they sing a different song...you do have to switch to Nationwide plan and $15/month will buy you unlimited web. It is basically defeats the whole purpose why I bought that phone. I guess I will refuse a shipping and will wait to see what IPhone will look like.

posted on 27 Jun 2008, 11:03

107. Anomalies (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Jun 2008)


Please I'm begging you to switch to AT&T. First of course, you'll probably have an early termination fee on all four lines, so if you're on a variable etf, we're looking at like $100 per line at minimum, $175 at maximum? Okay so there's $400-$700 to cancel your lines. On top of that, you're going to be paying for four phones with AT&T and a $36 activation fee per line(so $144). So now our total is $544-$844. Now I'll be generous and say that you're a selfish man and you only buy yourself an iPhone at $200, then for your family you get 3 crappy free phones. So not including tax, that brings us up to roughly $744-$1044. Oh we're not done yet, you're going to have a $30 data plan you will NEED to accompany your iPhone. So thats $30/month. Now your phone is going to be a 2 year contract.. $30 x 24 months? Oh wow thats $720!? (versus the $320 for VZW's vcast/unl data for the dare) So wow, lets see now we're looking at $1464 - $1764 !? All the things I just mentioned are a lot better than just changing your plan, I'm sure. Seriously, switch to AT&T, go. Try AT&T they have a 30 day return policy, so we'll see you crawling back here in 2 weeks.

posted on 27 Jun 2008, 21:38

129. (unregistered)


Your an idiot. you will just end up paying more for data with the iphone. god people are stupid!

posted on 27 Jun 2008, 21:40

130. (unregistered)


LOL! OMG! That was awesome. I love intelectual people. Hes so right on this.

posted on 28 Jun 2008, 04:22

135. Anomalies (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Jun 2008)


Thank you :D

posted on 18 Jul 2008, 20:07

143. jjcgama (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jul 2008)


I got the Dare for my son and also activated it on the old america's choice plan. I was just wondering if your phone can download Backup Assistant, or send and recieve photos or videos. His phone can send text messages and recieve them but does not do the other things I mentioned. I am asking this because I'm not sure if there is a problem with the phone or it's because I activated it on an old plan. Being I did the activation myself (I work at for an Authorized Retailer) and tried to bypass using the new Nationwide plan, I don't want to call Customer Care and get the location I work at in trouble for activating it on an old plan. I just want to make sure that it's not a problem with the handset.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 02:20

13. (unregistered)


My phone will be in Friday :D and my SD card sometime next week (I didn't get it through verizon). Now I'm just trying to decide if I should get a bluetooth headset or not as I don't actually make phone calls all that much.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 02:47

15. (unregistered)


wtf iv never tried to get a phone the second it comes out but it doesnt make sense that verizon would make it easier for new customers to get the phone before people who they already have contracts on

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 20:31

88. (unregistered)


Actually it makes pretty good sense. They got your money, they want other peoples too.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 06:09

17. alienhuntr (unregistered)


Does this phone have a virtual qwerty layout or do I have to toggle through the letters like using a typical numeric keypad but without the numbers?

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 07:12

21. (unregistered)


It has a QWERTY and the other two types of input

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 12:36

55. (unregistered)


it has hand writing recognition. and you can also hand-write messages on your pictures.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 07:04

18. thephonegeek (unregistered)


hey im trying to get a dare today but i was wondering from what ive heard to you have to have a special plan to get this phone cause i only have the family plan 700 minutes with unlimited texting and i dont know if thats ok or not

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 07:07

19. (unregistered)


hey, im trying to get a dare today but was wondering if you had to have a special plan because im not sure, i have the 700 minute family plan with unlimited texting, so would i still able to purchase the lg dare or not?

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 09:29

25. (unregistered)


You will have to move to Nationwide Pricing other than that you are kosher

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 07:08

20. (unregistered)


Yes it does have a virtual qwerty keyboard like the iphone

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 09:06

23. ? (unregistered)


i wonder how long you'll have to keep your basic plan in order to get the free 8GB deal online. a month? 24 hours? seems stupid to only offer the basic.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 09:20

24. (unregistered)


I just did a speed test and got 1800 kbit a second

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 10:28

27. Trevor Widger (unregistered)


I thought about getting this phone, but then I realized it will probably just be another cheap iPhone knockoff. I made the mistake to buy a Voyager, thinking that it would be pretty much the same as the iPhone. However, the Dare does have an accelerometer, and a 3' touch-screen. So, I suppose it's a little closer to the iPhone. But why not just upgrade to the real thing? Unless you don't have AT&T coverage in your area I highly recommend just buying the iPhone 3G (the real thing) for the exact same price on July 11.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 10:36

28. (unregistered)


...or, unless you don't want AT&T

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 10:36

29. (unregistered)


can the iphone record videos? or record them at 120 fps? and play them back in slo-mo? or a 3.2mp camera? oh and att network? not even comparable to vzw... but i see your point. compared to all the things i have listed, the iphone sounds real nice lol (thats a joke if you didnt know)..... didnt the prada phone come out before the iphone?

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 10:39

30. (unregistered)


Why do all these iPhone fanboys try to push it like it is heroin? Do any of you tools get commission? The iPhone is a great device......but here is the hard truth....if I want an iPhone....I'LL GET ONE. It just so happens, I don't.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 10:59

31. mclifford81 (unregistered)


I have had mine for one day now, I ordered it on the 24th and received it yesterday.. The phone works pretty well, but the accelerometer needs work as it is very slow detecting movement when turning it on its side, the touchscreen needs to be more responsive as well. Also the biggest annoyance is the sound clarity.. Its not that great when talking on the phone it is all choppy and there is a metallic noise when voice comes through.. The phone also doesnt remember if you turn flash on for pictures and the auto focus isn't very responsive either.. Picture quality was better on the env.. I have iso set to auto though and picture format is on auto, it may change if the setting was to sports since the iso would be higher.. Still all in all its a pretty cool phone, just needs some updates and heck if Wifi was available on the phone it would be a step above the Iphone..

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 12:31

50. (unregistered)


#34, the only good thing about having wi-fi is that it's free (sometimes), you don't really need wi-fi when you have EVDO coverage.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 11:05

32. (unregistered)


might be a stupid question (could already be answer in the description above), but can you put an .avi movie (or any type of movie of that sort) on your memory card and play it on the phone?

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 12:24

47. (unregistered)


#35, the answer is no, but you can convert your .avi to 3gp or 3gpp2 format and it should work just fine.

posted on 04 Jul 2008, 16:07

142. (unregistered)


once converted how do i play it on my phone? synced it in the music folder(the only folder) but it doesnt play

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 11:17

33. Trevor Widger (unregistered)


The Prada came out before the iPhone so LG would look like they came up with the idea. The iPhone does not have an excellent camera (in fact it is hardly a camera) because Apple is a marketing genius! This year, thousands of people will buy the new iPhone 3G which still only has only a 2.0 MP camera. If you look on all of Apple's tutorials for the phone, not one of them is about the camera (because it does nothing except take pictures). A person who has never seen the back of the phone would not even know it had one (if it wasn't for the camera app on the home-screen) Next year the camera will be one of the most important things on the phone! It will have one of the best qualities possible (5 MP or maybe something better by then) with flash, zoom, color effects, maybe a front camera for video chats, etc. Just wait, Apple did not make many changes to the phone this year. It did absolutely nothing to the camera for a reason. They are taking it one step at a time. This year faster data and GPS, next year the best camera around. I'm not trying to trash talk about all the other touch-screen phones, but the reason they were even made was to compete against the iPhone! Before the iPhone ever became a rumor the only touch-screen phone you could get was a smart-phone. Now look, we have the Viewty, the Venus, the Voyager (my phone), the Diamond, the Vu (which went to AT&T for the reason being: people couldn't afford the original iPhone), you get the idea. The iPhone took 2 and a half years to create while the Dare, like several other phones, only took a few months. I thought they were all the same: a touch-screen phone, so I was perfectly happy with my Voyager. Then I received the chance to use the iPhone's technology, after that moment I realized what my phone was: a cheap knock-off of the iPhone. Then I started looking into a whole slew of touch-screen phones...I was amazed at how many there had become! I was doing research before the iPhone came out and I could find only 5 or 6 now there are at least 20, 30, maybe even 40 in a few months. Bottom line is this: if you are looking for a phone like the iPhone but on a different network, save yourself the trouble, because you're not going to find it.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 11:53

39. MMEERR (unregistered)


You assume that we are all suppoessed to beleive everything you are saying just because you are saying it. You obviously have no idea what you are talking about and your opinions are completely biased towards the iPhone. I will agree the iPhone is a COOL device, but there are many things it is lacking. And, FYI, the Dare has been in the works for almost a year. Apple's true stength is their ability to market a mediocre product to the masses and make them think its the best thing since sliced bread... I love Apple products, I'm just sick of everyone comparing EVERY touch screen device to the iPhone. Do you really think that if the iPhone was never created that we still wouldnt have a single touch screen device?!?

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 12:03

43. (unregistered)


I couldn't agree more, touch screen phones have been around for almost 10 years now

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 12:26

48. (unregistered)


did you say the diamond? like the htc diamond? because last time i checked that was a smartphone... i call bullsh*t on trevor lol

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 12:54

60. (unregistered)


HERE'S A LINK FOR THE LG DARE GUIDED TOUR:http://estore.vzwshop.com/dare/

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 13:27

63. (unregistered)


you did research before the iphone came out, and there were 4 or 5.... so the iphone was first? lol trevor your not sounding too smart on here lol

posted on 27 Jun 2008, 14:38

116. XxTNTxX (Posts: 12; Member since: 12 May 2008)


does that mean you are switching to AT&T soon to get the iPhone 3g?

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