Samsung has scored a coup. The Korean handset maker now has its flagship Galaxy S smartphone on all four of the Tier 1 U.S. carriers, and also is bringing the device to regional operator U.S. Cellular.
As had been expected, Samsung unveiled different versions of the device--which is based on Google's Android platform--for Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ), Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) and T-Mobile USA, as well as U.S. Cellular (AT&T Mobility's (NYSE:T) version was announced earlier this month). While not unprecedented, the move likely will push Samsung toward its goal of tripling its global smartphone sales this year.
The Sprint version of the device, called the Epic 4G, is the most notable. It is Samsung's first WiMAX-powered handset and Sprint's second, after the HCT Evo. Like the other variants of the Galaxy S, the device runs Android 2.1 and sports a 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, 4-inch Super AMOELD screen and 5-megapixel camera. However, unlike other versions, it also offers a full Qwerty keyboard and a front-facing camera for video chatting. Sprint and Samsung did not release a specific release date or pricing on the gadget.
As for other carriers, Verizon's version of the Galaxy S will be called the Fascinate, while T-Mobile's version will be called the Vibrant. Earlier this month AT&T landed its version, the Captivate. Verizon an T-Mobile did not provide a price for their respective versions, but T-Mobile said the Vibrant will be available July 21. U.S. Cellular is also expected to launch the Galaxy S this fall.
Additionally, Samsung and U.S. Cellular announced the Acclaim, another Android phone. The device has Android 2.1, a slide-out Qwerty keyboard, 3.2-inch touchscreen and a 3-megapixel camera. The Acclaim will be available July 9 for $99.95 after mail-in rebate.
- see this Verizon release
- see this Sprint release
- see this T-Mobile release
- see this pair of U.S. Cellular releases
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