Thanks to Bell Canada, Canadian cellphone users will soon be able to get their hands on the Samsung Instinct touchscreen handset that’s been reviewing so well. If they don’t mind using Bell Canada.
The Instinct will have the same custom interface as the US version so it will compete pretty well against the iPhone 3G coming to Rogers, but Bell Canada is hoping to best Rogers with their data plan pricing.
Look for the Instinct to be available in stores in Canada on August 8th for $150 with a three-year contract , $250 with a two-year contract, $400 with a one-year contract, and $450 without any contract.
Sprint put a lot of money into promoting the new Samsung Instinct touchscreen phone and so far so good–the Instinct is the best selling EV-DO device ever resulting in product shortages in some parts of the country.
John Garcia, president of Sprint’s Wireless Division, says “we had high expectations going into the launch so our initial order to Samsung was the largest for any Sprint EVDO handset to date.”
According to some Sprint customers who presumably were not paid for their comments and purchased for the device like good boys and girls, even though their comments appear in the press release itself, it’s a hit:
- It’s awesome. I have been a Sprint customer for six years. This device offers every single Sprint feature down to the smallest and jam-packs them all into one device. It is just an amazing device. – William Leak, Millville, NJ
- Instinct offers easy access to everything I need when I’m traveling or at work… even my music! It’s everything I want in a phone and more. – Stanley Long, Philadelphia, PA
- I purchased it because it’s the hottest phone out there and I love the huge screen. – Stephan Boyett, West Orange, NJ
- I was out of contract and stayed with Sprint because of this phone! Also your everything plan includes everything, not like AT&T. – Daphne Wilson, White Plains, NY
- I was blown away the first time I saw the device. The more I play with the device, the more I love it. – Jennifer Hayes, Edison, NJ
For more info check out the entire press release here.
Good news if you’ve been anxiously awaiting Sprint to get the new Samsung Instinct handset–it will be hitting stores this Friday, June 20th, and sell for $129.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate for signing a new 2-year contract.
You will need two of Sprint’s Simply Everything plans to activate the phone. By “Everything” they mean unlimited mobile Internet and messaging, not voice.
$69.99 gets you 450 minutes of talk-time and $89.99 gives you 900.
If you really want “Everything” including unlimited voice, you’ll need the $99.99 plan.
For more info about the Instinct check out this site.
The release date for the upcoming Samsung Instinct touchscreen phone for Sprint has been announced and will be June 20th.
No pricing has been released yet but it could have a tough time against the 3G iPhone which is expected to be announced on June 9th and ship not long after that.
The Instinct is supposed to be competitor to the iPhone and I’m sure it will be a nice phone and all, but I don’t know how it won’t be buried by 3G iPhone hype/news but we’ll see I guess.
UPDATE: The Instinct is here and officially released on June 20th for $129.99 after a rebate and signing a new two year contract. For more info check out this post.
Retail market watcher NPD Group is reporting that cell phone sales were down 22% in the first quarter compared to the same quarter last year.
If I’m reading this correctly, it’s also saying that it’s the first time sales have fallen between the busy holiday quarter and the first quarter.
RIM isn’t so concerned since they actually increased their sales and edged out Sanyo to become the fifth largest cell phone manufacturer.
Here’s how things break down:
- Motorola: 27%
- Samsung: 18%
- LG: 17%
- Nokia: 8%
- RIM BlackBerry: 5%
Not making the list was Apple, but don’t feel bad for the Cupertino-based company–I think they’ll be okay. In the nine months up to March of 2008 they managed to sell 5.4 million iPhone’s. Pretty good for a new player in the highly competitive cell phone industry.
This morning Sprint announced their first quarter results and as expected had bad news for investors. The companies profits were down roughly 9 percent, or $9.3 billion, over this same time last year.
The customer defection away from Sprint seems to be continuing as Sprint announced that they had lost 1.09 million subscribers in the first quarter but has hopes that its WiMAX service, Simply Everything plan and upcoming Samsung Instinct phone will help turn things around.
The new Samsung Glyde cellphone is now available on Verizon.
Features of the Glyde include:
- QWERTY keyboard
- 2 megapixel camera with flash and autofocus
- microSD slot
- Full web browser
Something the Glyde does NOT support is Verizon’s VCAST mobile TV service so if that’s something that interests you keep that in mind.
Look for the Glyde to hit stores this week for $249.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and with a new contract.
No question that OLED TV’s have gorgeous image quality, but its currently too expensive for most to even consider getting.
For example, Sony’s 11-inch XEL-1 OLED TV will set you back $2,500.
Samsung SDI’s vice president of marketing Woo-Jong Lee says that medium and large sized OLED displays are coming beginning in 2009, with Samsung expecting to double their current production capacity to 3 million OLED panels in 2009 and double it again to nearly 6 million in 2010.
Increasing the production efficiency should mean cheaper pricing for consumers.
I wouldn’t expect them to get to LCD or plasma-like pricing for a few more years still, but it’s a great step that I’ll sure be watching.
Yesterday Samsung launched their new Soul slider phone for Europe.
Later this month the handset will be available in France, the UK, and Germany through major European mobile carriers and most of the GSM-supporting open markets.
Features of the Soul include:
- Touchscreen interface that adapts to your usage
- Quad-band GSM
- 7.2Mbps HSDPA
- 2.2-inch QVGA display
- 5 megapixel camera with image stabilization, a Power LED flash, 4x digital zoom, face detection, and QVGA video recording
- FM radio
- microSD slot
- Bluetooth 2.0
“The navigation panel’s icons change according to function. For example, when in music mode, music related icons will light up on the navigation indicators,” the company said in a statement. “When in camera mode, camera related icons such as zoom and brightness icons will appear.”
Draped in pinstriped-silk, the new Samsung and Armani LCD HDTV comes in your choice of seasonal colors…no, not really. It’s a TV, it’s plastic, and it’s black.
Apparently they have wood in there somewhere too, but it looks quite a bit like every other HDTV out there right now.
The TV was shown off at the Milan International Furniture Fair in Italy and has features like:
- Glass-fronted 100Hz LCD screen for reflecting everything in your room back at you while you try and watch a television program or movie
- Full HD support
- HDMI input
- A unique pebble-shaped remote control (yes, I’m serious)
- A four-mode lighted power switch that can be used to “customize the display of the two companies’ logos on the television” (yes, I’m serious here too)
That’s all that’s known about them at this point.
If I sound a bit less than impressed I am because I really don’t get it. Maybe I’m tired and overworked or maybe, just maybe, this TV is really no big deal and is a silly attempt to capitalize on a silly partnership between Samsung and Armani.
A 46- and 52-inch version are expected to be released this year in Europe, Korea and Russia; no word yet on pricing or availability in the US.