Verizon sets loose the Casio Brigade

Verizon sets loose the Casio Brigade
We knew it was eventual going to happen, though a few days earlier than we were anticipating on the 14th, but Verizon has officially made avaliable the Casio G'zOne Brigade C741 through its web site for $249.99 after a $50 rebate with 2-year contract. The Brigade is the first PTT device that opens up to reveal an internal QWERTY keyboard for easier messaging. Features of the rugged phone include MIL Specs 810F for resistance to water, dust and shock, 2.9" 400x240 pixel resolution internal TFT display, 1.2" 128x96 pixel resolution PMOLED external display, 3.2MP autofocus camera with LED flash and flashlight mode, Document viewer (word, excel, powerpoint, pdf),  Bluetooth, music playback, 500 entry phonebook, 2.5mm headset jack, and supports microSDHC cards up to 16GB. One noticeable difference with this G'zOne device is that it's the first in the series to have an HTML browser, which also means that it will require a data plan of $9.99 or higher.

Casio G'zOne Brigade Hands-On | Specifications

source: Verizon Wireless



1. dap34

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 28, 2009

$249.99 for a two year contract on For that price, no thanks.

13. PhoneWar

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 11, 2010

Ya that pricing is a bit out there. Besides, how many construction workers do you see needing to have a full keyboard while on the jobsite? Maybe one and he is the foreman who probably has a Blackberry or Laptop. Price needs to drop fast.

2. rehnhart

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 27, 2009

I like the idea of a rugged messenger phone, but feel it's over priced. I think a better price point is $150. You can buy a waterproof cell case for $25 and make any phone waterproof and shock resistant.

3. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

And unlimited data cost $30, unreal. The price will drop soon, doubt the data requirement will

5. Fan_of_Fanboys

Posts: 101; Member since: Nov 13, 2008

I remember everyone complaining about the $15 Vpak unlimited data. Ha it seems like great option in comparison.

4. Fan_of_Fanboys

Posts: 101; Member since: Nov 13, 2008

I have been saying all along it is overpriced. $150 is the price point for a phone like this. And Verizon has been doing so much better w/ phone prices lately. I think this may actually be the most expensive phone they have now.

9. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

Sprint did this with the Instinct HD, took almost 6 months to bring the price down. Verizon is a lot better on subsidies so I doubt it be that price for long

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

All of the G'zOne phones are priced high. Why? Because they're supposed to be able to get their ass handed to them and still keep ticking. It's worth it for the construction workers and such who don't usually have to pay full retail price when their phone gets hit, dropped on concrete or in water. However, for the rest of us: if you're going to spend over 200 dollars for a Verizon phone, just get the DROID. Much cooler phone, and the Corning made Gorilla glass and metal construction makes it a lot tougher than any smartphone has a right to be.

6. ggsquared

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

Does not require the $9.99 data if you put $5 unlimited PTT on the plan.

12. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

This has to be clarified becasue the current ptt phones, which also fall in the 3G MM class don't require ptt or data. I doubt this will skate the requirement

14. ggsquared

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

Already been clarified and $5 ptt works and data then $1.99. Sold out of my first order already on Friday.

16. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

Nothing about this is clear, online it doesn't say either/or and ui'm reading hit and miss with telesales.

7. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Blackberry Curve and an Otterbox will do the trick too, if customers don't mind paying the extra $30/mo. I'd like to see this drop in price by $50-100, but we'll see. If customers pay, there's no reason to lower the price.

8. jcoberg10

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 30, 2009

the Gzone rock is $199.99 so that one would have to drop first for this phone to drop.

10. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I called this a month ago. I knew it would require data, but everyone gave me a negative and said I didn't know what I am talking about. Who was right? I was... but maybe they will substitute that requirement with PTT plans instead if it won't sell.

15. ggsquared

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

The $5 PTT is one of the 3 options from the get go. Not everyone will sell it at such a high price as well. Find a good local agent. G

17. dmarco unregistered

$250 bucks is that really big money for yall? What a bunch of broke ass people. Do you all have $19 watches too? This is a quality phone. Nice stuff costs money. Get real jobs and quit whining! BTW, this is an fantastic phone -- worth twice that!

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