Verizon exec hits the gym, loses the unreleased Motorola Shadow instead of weight

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Note to self: keep an eye out for unreleased smartphones in ridiculous places. Hanging out in a random beer garden in Palo Alto? Oh, hello there, fourth-generation iPhone. Hitting the gym? Lookie here, it’s the unreleased Motorola Shadow Android phone for Verizon!

The tale, as it goes so far: an employee at a Verizon corporate gym in Washington was doing his rounds, and stumbled upon the handset you see above. He unlocked it — presumably to identify who owned it — and spotted a text confirming that the handset was unreleased.

He snapped a pic and sent it off to Gizmodo, dialed up the person they figured was the owner, and away it went into the hands of an unnamed Verizon employee — but not before the spy-shot taker was allegedly able to confirm the 16 gigs of internal storage, Snapdragon processor, 4.3 inch screen, and the 8 megapixel camera.

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