The phone's A-GPS receiver enables you to access Verizon Wireless's VZ Navigator service for turn-by-turn directions and you can also choose the option for the Verizon Wireless Chaperone service, which enables parents to quickly locate kids on-the-go from a home PC. Other features include a 1.3-megapixel camera/camcorder, Bluetooth for handsfree communication and stereo music streaming, MicroSD memory expansion (up to 8 GB), access to mobile email and instant messaging services, and up to 5.25 hours of talk time.
Enjoy fast 3G speeds via the Verizon Wireless EV-DO network and enjoy GPS location services and all your favorite tunes via V CAST Music with Rhapsody.
In addition to the V Cast Music service, this phone is also compatible with the Verizon Wireless V CAST Music with Rhapsody, which enables you to access this exclusive digital music service for RealNetworks and for MTV Networks. V CAST Music with Rhapsody delivers unlimited monthly access to music on up to three Rhapsody-compatible mobile phones and players and online on multiple PCs and Web browsers. In addition, customers who purchase music over-the-air are able to download the master copy of the songs or albums to their PCs free of digital rights management (DRM) software that restricts how and where music can be played.
The V Cast Video service enables you to stream or download video clips to your phone from a variety of news, entertainment, sports, and weather channels, including CNN, ABC News, E!, CBS Sports, The Weather Channel, and VH1.
With this GPS-enabled phone, you'll be able to access the Verizon Wireless VZ Navigator service (additional charges applicable) for voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions, heads-up alerts, local search of nearly 14 million points of interest in the US (such as landmarks, restaurants and ATMs), and detailed color maps. And the Chaperone service lets you easily locate your loved ones from your Verizon Wireless phone or PC in real time. After defining a zone, such as an area designating a school or summer camp, you'll be sent an alert via text message when the Chaperone handset enters or leaves the zone.
Getting on the Internet is easy using the Verizon Wireless Mobile Web 2.0 package, which allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. The Verizon Wireless Media Center wireless download service is also fully compatible with this phone. This pay-per-download service features application downloads, games and productivity tools. You can also personalize your handset with ringtone downloads using the Media Center service.
The Verizon Wireless Dashboard
Dashboard is an easy-to-use application, which acts as the primary platform for discovering, purchasing, and personalizing multimedia content and services on your device. It provides access to personalized channels like V CAST Music & Video, Mobile Web, ringtones, games and more.
The VX8360 features a traditional clamshell design with a large 2-inch 240 x 320-pixel internal display with support for 256K colors, as well as an external TFT LCD with a 96 x 96-pixel resolution (for displaying incoming call information, battery life, signal strength, graphics, photos and more). Music playback control keys are also located on the front cover. Most of the phone's features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button on the handset's backlit control pad.
The VX8360's built-in address book can store up to 1000 contacts for quick and easy management of phone numbers and email addresses. Meanwhile, a speed dialing feature allows you to dial up to 99 numbers virtually instantaneously. The phone comes with built-in polyphonic ringtones plus a vibrating alert. Ringtones can be assigned to specific callers so you don't have to look at the phone to know who's calling, or you can match pictures with callers to identify them.
This phone provides the latest version of Bluetooth connectivity--version 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), which makes pairing with the included headset as well as other Bluetooth devices a snap. With EDR, you'll get a faster connection than with the previous version, which makes transferring files and using the phone as a modem for your laptop hum along nicely. And with the embedded A2DP Bluetooth profile, you can stream your music to a pair of Bluetooth stereo headphones or other compatible devices.
The 1.3-megapixel camera offers three resolution modes (1280 x 960, 640 x 480, 320 x 240) and includes a self-timer (3, 5, and 10 seconds), and white balance controls. You can also edit images right inside the phone with tools for zooming, rotating, and cropping. It also records video clips (176 x 144 pixels) from 30 seconds (for sending via MMS) or up to 1 hour (for saving to memory card). You can also set videos under 5 MB in size as your screen's wallpaper.
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The LG VX8360 weighs 3.35 ounces and measures 3.73 x 1.97 x 0.87 inches. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5.25 hours of talk time, and up to 641 hours of standby time. It runs on the CDMA 850/1900 frequencies and the Verizon Wireless 3G (EV-DO) data network.