T-Mobile USA will launch the Samsung Behold II, its fourth phone based on Google's Android platform, Nov. 18 for $229.99 with a two-year contract. The carrier had previously announced it would launch the device, but had not provided pricing and availability information.
The Behold II is Samsung's second Android phone in the U.S. market (Sprint Nextel has launched the Moment). It is also T-Mobile's most expensive Android phone to date. T-Mobile sells the Motorola Cliq for $199.99 with a two-year contract, and its other two Android phones, the myTouch3G and G1, retail for $150 or below.
The launch of the Behold II also solidifies T-Mobile's position as the most Android-friendly U.S. carrier, though both Verizon Wireless and Sprint now support two Android phones each. T-Mobile's partnership with Samsung also fulfills the carrier's promise that it would launch Android phones with two new handset partners besides HTC, which makes both the G1 and myTouch3G.
The Behold II combines both the Android and Samsung's proprietary TouchWiz user interfaces. The phone has three different home screens to drag and drop widgets and also features a cube menu to get access to music, photos, videos, the Web, YouTube and Amazon's MP3 music download service. The phone will have a 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen, WiFi, a 5-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.1 and support for both personal email and corporate email with Exchange ActiveSync.
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