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After a crazy amount of looking, I've settled on a phone. The Samsung SCH-u740. This is a fairly new entry to Verizon's stable and so far I'm pretty impressed. It flips open like any other clamshell, but also flips open sideways like a text pager. In this "rotated" mode, you have a full QWERTY keyboard for text entry.
This isn't the only phone with a QWERTY keyboard, but it is one of the smallest form factors I've seen with it. The phone is small and thin like a RAZR so its easy to carry in your pocket but still makes it very easy to type in a text message.
A nice surprise was Verizon's "Wireless Sync" service. They fully support Lotus Notes clients and Domino servers -- even asking during installation if I'm an iNotes user, the location of my ID file and personal address book, and the name of my Domino server. I was very impressed, as it installed and ran perfectly without a single problem in my Notes 8 client configuration. The set up even let me specify criteria on which inbox messages to trigger "push" synchronization on and which not. Wireless sync also supports Exchange, IMAP, and POP3 accounts. I've set up my primary Notes mail, calendar, and address book as well as an IMAP account for my Second Signal mail. Very nice. The logo on it says its using Intellisync for its smarts.
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