Ocean is immediately available for $295 at Helio retail stores in Santa Monica, Palo Alto, San Diego, Denver and NYC, as well as via helio.com or 1-888-88-HELIO. GameStop/EB Games will start offering Ocean next week, all other authorized retailers will start selling it shortly after.
Remember that Ocean is more than a phone and not just any QWERTY handset. With Ocean, you get voice, IM, text, email, search, music, video and the speed of 3G. Running over Sprint’s nationwide high-speed 3G network, you will enjoy a boatload of services like over-the-air music downloads, and video on demand. Ocean’s other features include a 2.0 megapixel high-resolution camera, an HTML browser, GPS-enabled Google Maps for mobile, Buddy Beacon, first-of-its-kind full Web search from the device home screen, integration of IM presence into the address book, GPS tagging of photos and videos, MySpace on Helio and much, much more.
Helio offers unlimited voice plan called All-In memberships for $145/month with unlimited voice minutes, unlimited data like text messages, picture messages, 3G network access and Helio services. Unlimited voice is also available with A La Carte membership for $125/month with pay-as-you-use data charges.
NOTE: Helio is subsidizing the MSRP for new members, so $295 is the price for them. Existing members have already received a subsidized device, so your cost is the full MSRP – $415.