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Verizon Intros Pantech Marauder for Smartphone Newbies

Making the jump from a basic phone to a smartphone can seem intimidating, but a new handset from Verizon is hoping to make the transition a little easier.

The Pantech Marauder will be available on Aug. 2, and comes with two different modes: Starter Mode and Standard Mode. In Starter Mode, the Android smartphone presents a more user-friendly interface, with preset shortcuts to the more important features, such as phone calls and a simplified lock screen.

Once you become more familiar with the device and the operating system, you can switch over to Standard Mode, which offers the usual Android experience. You get seven customizable home screens and the ability to add frequently used apps to the lock screen.

The Marauder also makes typing easy with a full physical keyboard, in addition to the 3.8-inch touchscreen. The handset offers 4G and Bluetooth support, and is equipped with a five-megapixel camera on back, and a microSD expansion card slot.

The Pantech Marauder will cost $49.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik