With the goal of bringing new competition against the Apple iPhone, Motorola introduced a touch-sensitive smart phone Tuesday for the U.S. market that would be marketed by Verizon Wireless and that would provide subscribers with many of the same interactive features that have made the iPhone popular. Priced at $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate, the new Motorola “Krave” is modeled upon a similar touch screen phone that was designed by Motorola for Chinese subscribers and that has proven to be popular among customers in that nation. The Krave features a see-through cover that flips over to reveal a virtual touch-screen keypad. A Motorola spokesman commented that, “the clear, touch-enabled flip over the large, high-resolution touch screen is nothing like you’ve seen and yet it’s totally intuitive.” Users will be able to access mobile television, navigation and other popular features and make calls via speaker by touching the cover and without having to flip the cover open. In addition to providing customers with Internet connectivity and access to e-mail, the Krave boasts up to 8 GB of expandable memory for storage of music, video and other files. Users will also be able to take photos and record videos with the device, which is capable of uploading picture and video files over the air to the Internet. Verizon customers will be able to purchase the Krave phone at the $149.99 discount with a two-year contract that covers the carrier’s slate of V-Cast music, video and television services.