Verizon Wireless Flips over Chocolate

Believe it or not, the iPhone 3G isn’t the only new phone making its debut. For some reason, Verizon Wireless and LG Electronics chose to unveil the new flip-style LG Chocolate 3 today as well, but it’s not going on sale until Sunday.

The third-generation of Chocolate music phones, the Chocolate 3 is the “marquee” music phone for the new V CAST Music with Rhapsody subscription service. Designed to be a top-notch music machine, the new Chocolate has a built-in FM transmitter so you can listen to its music through a car or other stereo system. It also boasts dual speakers, a Bluetooth headset for wireless stereo sound and multitasking abilities so you can listen to music while using other phone functions.

It might not have much internal memory, but it can support an 8GB microSD memory card. And it has something you won’t be seeing on the iPhone anytime soon – Flash. The Chocolate 3 is the first Verizon Wireless phone to feature the Dashboard a graphically rich portal powered by Adobe Flash Cast technology that delivers personalized multimedia and entertainment services directly to the phone. Dashboard supports 13 different channels, including four fixed – Mobile Web, VZW Showcase, Get Channels and Search – plus the choice of nine additional channels you can choose to have appear on your phone.

The new Chocolate will retail for $129.99 after a $50 rebate and with a new two-year commitment.