Sprint News Release: Samsung’s First Android-Powered Phone, Samsung Moment with Google, Coming Soon to America’s Most Dependable 3G Network
Beginning Nov. 1, customers can purchase Samsung Moment through all Sprint channels including Web (Cell Phones, Mobile Phones, and Wireless Calling Plans from Sprint.com, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and our national retail partners.
The Samsung Moment will be the second Android smartphone to run on the Sprint 3G network, as the carrier announced last month that the Android-based HTC Hero would go on sale on Oct. 11
Retail pricing will be $179.99 (excluding taxes) after a $50 instant savings and a $100 mail-in-rebate with a two-year service agreement. Pre-registration for this phone begins today at Sprint.com/moment.
The Moment’s 800-MHz processor should give the Android OS the power it needs to blaze through multi-tasking with minimal lag, The Samsung Moment could show the real power of Android.
The Moment will also have a 3.2-inch AMOLED touch screen, and the slide-out full QWERTY keyboard, hopefully it won’t cannibalize sales of the touch-screen-only Hero.
Like the Hero the Moment features include Visual Voicemail, Wi-Fi, GPS, EV-DO 3G, autofocus 3.2-megapixel camera (the Hero comes with a 5-megapixel camera), Bluetooth, and access to the Android Market.
Other features of note include the optical joystick navigation device, Built-in microSDHC memory card slot that allows for up to 32GB of additional storage space to be added to the phone (a 2GB card is included). There is no mention of support for the Sprint Music Store; however, the Amazon MP3 store comes pre-installed. The companies claim that the Moment integrates with popular social networking sites Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr, too. Email is covered by Microsoft Exchange and IMAP/POP support as well as compatibility with typical mail systems like AOL mail and Hotmail
Like many of Sprint’s handsets the Moment will come preloaded with Sprint applications including TeleNav, Mobile TV and NFL Mobile. Customers will be happy to learn that the Moment has a standard 3.5mm headphone jack and access to corporate e-mail with Active Sync.
The Moment will be available November 1 for $179.99 after a $100 mail in rebate and a new two-year contract. When you combine this with the Hero, and the upcoming Palm Pixi, it looks like Sprint will have a solid smartphone portfolio for the holidays.
AT&T is currently the only major U.S. wireless carrier to not have an Android phone in its lineup, as Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile have all either started selling Android phones or have made plans to sell them in the near future.
Verizon and Google made big headlines yesterday when the two companies jointly announced that they will be working together to develop Android-based smartphones, PDAs and netbooks, and to deliver users applications sold through the Android Market app store. Verizon says it will have two Android-based handsets on the market by year-end with more to come by 2010.
The Android platform, which was developed by Google in 2007, is a Linux-based open platform for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and some key mobile applications. Google has been promoting the platform as a way to spur innovation in developing mobile applications that will give users the same experience surfing the Web on their phone as they currently have on their desktop computers.
Edit: Here’s a video look from PhoneDog