Did anyone else expect to see the alleged versatility of the HTC Ozone? I sure didn’t. The Ozone is an HTC Snap variant that’s apparently hitting Verizon Wireless (s VZ) within the next 2-4 weeks. Not only is a CDMA version of the 3G-totin’ Snap, but some internal docs that surfaced on BGR show plenty more to like.
Based on the docs, the Ozone will be a “world phone,” meaning that it works on the U.S. CDMA/EVDO Rev. A standards, but also works with GSM, GPRS and EDGE. Making the Windows Mobile 6.1 (s MSFT) handset even more appealing, at least to me, is the Modem Link option shown on the docs. That adds a whole new layer to the Ozone by using the phone as a 3G USB or Bluetooth modem. I suspect that feature will cost extra, but I wouldn’t expect it to be more than $30 a month. And unlike many other Verizon handsets of the past, GPS should be enabled and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi is included. Unfortunately, like other HTC Snap handhelds, you lose the trackball function. It looks like Verizon wanted a custom directional pad instead.
In my mind, this is exactly the type of package Verizon needs to offer in a handset. Too often, features are disabled or missing. And hot phones that hit other carriers often don’t appear on Verizon’s network until months and months go by. Looks like the Ozone is snapping them into a more competitive mode.