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Best Buy Offers Samsung Fascinate in Free Phone Friday Promo

The Samsung Fascinate (our review) is featured today in Best Buy’s “Free Phone Friday” promo and should tempt the heck out of you.  While the phone still runs on Android 2.1, lacks a notification light, has weirdly lit soft keys and looks like an i*hone, it’s still one of the better Android devices I’ve played with.  Now would be a good time to think about buying one, my friends…  

Drum roll, please….here are tomorrow’s free phones:Verizon Wireless Samsung Fascinate in black sku 1200475, Sprint Sanyo Zio sku 1363136, AT&T BlackBerry Bold sku 9574221, and T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold skus white 9925757/black 9668754.

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This Friday, October 22nd, visit Best Buy to find out what four smart phones we offer FREE with 2-year activation. Choose from Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile. While supplies last. No rainchecks. Not valid on prior purchases. No price matches. Data plan may be required. On Thursday 1:00 p.m. CST we’ll announce which phones we offer FREE with 2-year activation. STAY TUNED…Free Phone Friday is only a few days away!

See store or bestbuy.com/mobile for details.

More information can be found here: http://social.bestbuy.com/oDv

Anyone running to grab one?

Via:  Best Buy Facebook

  • Stephen D

    This is better than any current Droid device. Don't like TouchWiz? Download LauncherPro. Don't like Bing and bloatware? Do this: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=798064

    TW isn't that bad. The music and video players are very nice, and have support for 5.1 surround sound. The puzzle unlock is actually pretty cool. If you get a message or e-mail, more puzzle pieces will appear, and you can jump to them by dragging the correct puzzle to the unlock piece.

    Then, there's the hardware. The GPU is amazing. Framerates are well above 30 in any game and they are just so smooth. The CPU is better than any out there, and the phone runs really smooth. And then there's the amazing screen. It seriously makes my Panny plasma look like crap.

    Android 2.2 is coming soon. Birdman released something that lights up the soft keys when you get a notification, and there's also NoLED which puts a dot on the screen. The soft keys are lit just like any other Android device, although they don't stay lit long enough, but devs are working on a hack for that. And although I dislike it a lot, I gotta admit that the iPhone is one of the nicest looking phones. So having a design that resembles the iPhone isn't a bad thing at all.

  • The350zWolf

    Newegg is giving the Droid2 FREE with a new 2 year contract, one penny cheaper than Amazon

    • bamadroid

      haha, love the haters on the fascinate. I had the Droid Incredible(returned twice), Droid X(which is sluggish as hell, also had to be returned due to a speaker issue), so finally I decided to get this phone. Best phone I have owned, had to download k9 mail to get pop3 emails on a consistent basis. The phone is FASTER than the droid X, not as fast as the Incredible, but I can go all day with a full charge and still have 40% the next morning…

  • http://twitter.com/Pollita_Droid Erica Marchand

    My girlfriend is very excited about this.. shes been drooling over the iphone for sometime and i was able to talk her out of that but then we were playing with the fascinate and she really like it, so it looks like im going to best buy today to pick up one of these. and hey a free phone is a free phone. If you dont like the phone dont get it plain and simple!

  • Jamesd1757

    I want that puzzle lock ported to droid

  • Marsgrafx

    sooo is this not worth it or should i wait.. i have a storm 9530 now.. i want to switch to andriod phone.. but i love the BBM.. and i dont know if i should wait and see what rim comes out with ????

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

      I've never met a former Lackberry user who was disappointed after switching to Android (especially Storm users). However, I have made fun of many people who bought new Lackberries instead of Android powered devices and realized their phones can't do an eighth what my original Droid can.

      • Marsgrafx

        well put .. nice.. yeah man i really want a droid.. just biding my time..
        i have read that this phone though is all BING.. and not GOOGLE.. that sucks.. and the memory in it isnt like other droids.. pretty low.. not sure .. i want to switch .. but i think i will have to wait alittle longer..
        still trying to decide which one too.. droid 2 .. incredible..X.. htc.. motorola.. samsung.. etc… ????

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

          Bing Schming… As Stephen just posted, http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=798064

          As for the memory, I believe it has just as much, just a lot of it is used by the OS or something and for some reason they counted it against the Fascinate but not the DX. I am reasonably sure it has just as much RAM as the DX and Incredible, but I'm not nerdy enough to give a definitive answer.

          If i was in the market for a new phone, I'd definitely be looking at the Fascinate (since Moto betrayed me with the locked bootloaders)

          • Marsgrafx

            What about it being fully loaded with BING instead of GOOGLE?
            does that make a big difference with phones?

  • Pena Rueben

    What about existing customers? Do you have to have an upgrade to get it free?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

      Obviously lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

    i dont get it. why did birdman switch? whats the appeal?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

      1 GHz Hummingbird Processor (better than the Xs/2s processor apparently), 4″ SAMOLED screen, unlocked bootloader? What more do you want?

      • Paradisimo

        I just switched to this from a D1. The screen is amazing, it's super fast, took me 20 mins to get rid of Bing and with the Lag Fix I'm getting a Quadrant score of 2290!! I think I can do without a notification light for that. Especially since NoLed basically works the same.

  • http://twitter.com/djinnmage Allen Harvey

    This was offered on October 1st too.

    I'll be picking this up for my wife tonight. She's long overdue for an upgrade and Free is Free! No I*hone for her next year :)

  • steve

    im on my way right now to get the phone. will sell my iphone 4, the screen on the Fascinate is so much better…oh and i love the size of the screen as well.

  • Lserfoss

    I would love a rom for this phone. The unlock screen is the best out right now.

  • http://twitter.com/c_heuer Christopher Heuer

    Do you have to be eligible for a 2-year upgrade at vzw or just willing to extend your contract by 2 years?

  • http://matt4542.net Matt4542

    Kellex will buy me a full retain one. He loves me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

    this phone isnt all that once you have it. it pretty much sucks. every one i tried had some force close issue.

    • Marsgrafx

      ALL PHONES HAVE ISSUES.. some more than others.. and some get fixed with OS updates..

    • http://twitter.com/Pollita_Droid Erica Marchand

      all android phones have some issues

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

      You clearly don't own it then… Which is funny because you speak like you do in one sentence and not the other

  • TheDrizzle

    Still waiting on T2…

  • cyberclaus

    Still over priced. LOL!!!

    • kellex

      Hah classic.

  • El El Kool J

    Co-worker has this phone.. he says it has horrible signal issues.. not good.. we live in Florida, but he went to visit his family in Pheonix and had alot of signal issues there too.. not good.. :(

  • Soap

    Wasn't this phone being marketed to the ..ehhm.. female demographic?

    • Michael_NM

      So am I, what's wrong with that?

      • kellex

        Michael wins.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

          and Kellex, thanks for marketing to our female readers. Maybe people would give Android a less geeky rep if we had more women?

        • Michael_NM

          Me likes that very much. :)

    • Lt. ShineySides

      Birdman has one now LMAO

  • Jeff

    Wasn't this the free phone a couple weeks ago too?

  • Michael_NM

    Here's hoping for free tablet Fridays in the future!

  • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

    zOMG 1st?!?! WooT!

    • http://matt4542.net Matt4542

      Pwned I'm first. cause I am lower than your comment :D

    • Mrpicolas

      You sir fail LOL… jk