And that makes four. Samsung's Galaxy S smartphone has now managed to
invade all four of the major U.S. carriers, which is a feat that few
phones will ever achieve. It goes by different names on different
carriers, and a few minor tweaks have been made on each, but it's safe
to say that the Verizon
Wireless version may have been the most
anticipated. Called the "Fascinate," the phone has launched today and is
available to order online tomorrow, with in-store availability scheduled for the 9th .
It ships with Android 2.1, so already we're anxious to see if Froyo will
come soon. There's also a 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor, pre-loaded Swype
app, pre-loaded Kindle app, a Super AMOLED display (touch) and support
for Verizon's 3G network. As with most major smartphones these days, it
will sell for $199.99 on contract after a $100 mail-in rebate. Maybe Samsung
saved the best for last?
Samsung Fascinate™, a Galaxy S™ Smartphone, Available Tomorrow on the Verizon Wireless Network
IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 $199.99 after a $100 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 adapter 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 $29.99.
* 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 $39.99.
* 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 $39.99.
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 $39.99 monthly access) and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan (beginning at $29.99 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.