Verizon has officially announced that the Samsung Fascinate - one of the last Galaxy S family smartphones to arrive as a US variant - will go on sale tomorrow, September 8th, online, followed by in-store availability on Thursday September 9th. The Fascinate - which has a 4-inch AMOLED display, 1GHz Hummingbird processor and runs Android 2.1 - will be priced at $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and presuming a new, two-year agreement.
The Fascinate is the first of the Galaxy S series to use CDMA rather than UMTS/HSPA for its connectivity. Unfortunately it's not a world phone, so there's no GSM connection for use outside of North America.
Verizon will also offer a number of accessories, including a charging cradle for $29.99 that functions as a speakerphone dock and comes with a "Desk Home" app for using the Fascinate as a widget/search display, and a Car Dock for $39.99 for using the Fascinate as a PND. Finally there's a Backup Battery Charging Station, for $39.99, which can rejuice both the supplied second battery and the Fascinate itself.
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.
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