Samsung's Galaxy S line of phones - all essentially the same, marched out across a gamut of carriers - is set to hit Verizon in the US. The 1Ghz, Android 2.1-powered Samsung Fascinate will cost $US200 on contract (after a dreaded $US100 mail-in rebate), and customers can pick one up online tomorrow or in stores on September 9. Like all the other Galaxy S phones, it's been promised a Froyo update soon.
SAMSUNG FASCINATE™, A GALAXY S™ SMARTPHONE, AVAILABLE TOMORROW ON THE VERIZON WIRELESS NETWORK
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and DALLAS – Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced that the Samsung Fascinate™, a Galaxy S™ smartphone exclusively from Verizon, will be available online on Sept. 8 and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on Sept. 9 for $US199.99 after a $US100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.
Powered by Android 2.1™, the Fascinate refines customers' social networking experiences with its Super AMOLED™ Screen Technology, advanced touch screen capabilities, Samsung 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor, and virtual QWERTY keyboard featuring SWYPE technology. Additionally, the Fascinate comes pre-loaded with Amazon's Kindle for Android app, and it boasts an array of accessories, including:
· Charging Cradle – Doubles as a phone charger and includes a micro USB wall adaptor so customers can view movies, display digital photos, and listen to music. It can also be used as a desktop speakerphone to make hands-free calls, and it comes preloaded with the Samsung "Desk Home" application, which allows customers to switch brightness levels from day to night and provides one-touch access to Samsung Widgets and Bing Voice Search. The charging cradle is available for $US29.99.
· Car Dock – Attachable to the windshield or dashboard, the car dock displays turn-by-turn GPS navigation instructions, rotates freely between landscape and portrait modes, and features a preloaded Samsung "Car Home" application, giving customers access to everything the "Desk Home" app can do while on the go. The car dock is available for $US39.99.
· Backup Battery Charging System – Includes a 1500 mAH battery, battery charger and Y-cable for charging a phone and spare battery simultaneously. It is available for $US39.99.
Pricing and Plan Information
Verizon Wireless customers who purchase the Samsung Fascinate will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. Samsung Fascinate customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan (beginning at $US39.99 monthly access) and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan (beginning at $US29.99 for unlimited monthly access). For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.