Pantech Breakout: Budget 4G phone for Verizon

Summary:Verizon introduces the Pantech Breakout, a solid Android smartphone that has 4G LTE connectivity. The Breakout is only a hundred bucks with a new contract.

Verizon is not known for selling budget smartphones that work on its high-speed 4G LTE network, but with today's launch of the Pantech Breakout looks to change that. The Breakout is an Android phone with decent hardware that is available for just $99.99 (after $50 rebate) with a qualifying contract.

The Breakout's hardware is fairly typical for an Android smartphone, although shipping with version 2.3 (Gingerbread) of the OS is surprising on a budget phone. It has a 1 GHz processor and a big 4-inch display to go along with the LTE connectivity that is Verizon's fastest data network. It can also be used as a mobile hotspot (extra cost) to share the 4G network with up to ten other devices, leaving more expensive phones in the dust.

While the phone's hardware is not earth-shaking, it is very solid for the low entry price. I suspect this has something to do with the AT&T launch of its own LTE network this week. Competition is always a good thing.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Networking


James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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