Verizon to sell rugged Casio phone for $150

G'zOne Ravine 2 is a global phone with GPS apps

Verizon Wireless announced a rugged Casio push-to-talk cell phone that will go on sale Nov. 23 for $149.99 after rebate.

The G'zOne Ravine 2 cell phone from Verizon Wireless.

The G'zOne Ravine 2 is designed for outdoor workers and adventurers, Verizon said. It is equipped with an Opera Mini browser and runs the Brew Mobile OS, but Verizon didn't call the device a smartphone and didn't provide its processor size.

The focus is on ruggedness, not computing speed. The phone meets a U.S. military 810G standard for resistance to water, shock, dust, vibration, high altitude and other environmental factors.

A global phone, it can be used in 200 countries and supports GPS in a variety of applications. It has a single 3.2 megapixel camera and a 1.38-in. color display, well below the 3.5-in. to 4-in. displays in the latest non-durable smartphones.

It also comes with a microSD card slot that supports up to a 32 GB card.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed . His e-mail address is mhamblen@computerworld.com .

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