Verizon Samsung Omnia price cut to $199.99

Less than a week on the market, and Verizon have already dropped the price of the Samsung Omnia.  The touchscreen smartphone now retails from $199.99 with a new two-year contract, thanks to a $70 mail-in rebate.  The move is likely a response to Apple's pricing for the iPhone 3G.

Running Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro, the Omnia has a full metal casing, 5-megapixel camera and EVDO Rev.A connectivity.  In an unusual move for Verizon, the handset's WiFi has been left intact.  The Omni has 8GB of internal memory, together with a microSD slot supporting cards up to 16GB in size.

While the price parity with the iPhone 3G is welcome, we'd prefer to see it via an instant discount rather than a clunky mail-in rebate.  We reviewed the Omnia last week; check out our opinions here.