Motorola Citrus is available via Verizon

As planned before Verizon Wireless started selling the budget smartphone Motorola Citrus yesterday. This is a low end device, which is equipped with 3-inch QVGA touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS, 3-megapixel camera without autofocus, and MicroSD slot with 100MB of on-board storage.. The smartphone runs Android 2.1 with Motorola’s Motoblur social-networking and security extensions, which tie in sites like Twitter and Facebook and allow for remote wiping. The browser on the Citrus will come pre-loaded with Bing Search and Bing Maps. The device is designed to work in CDMA EV-DO Rev. 0 networks.

Motorola Citrus has several features that distinguish it from other similar phones. Among them is the fact that the 25% of the phone and its packaging are made of post-consumer recycled plastic and Motorola touted the Citrus as an eco-friendly device. But the main ”highlight” of this smatphone is its touchpad BACKTRACK on the back side of the case. This panel allows you to navigate through menus and programs without touching the touch screen.

The phone will retail for $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and two-year Verizon contract.