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Samsung Fascinate Retired at Verizon, New Device Ready to Take its Place?

No, we didn’t put the word “RETIRED” on that screenshot.  That’s actually how Verizon is referring to the status of the Samsung Fascinate as of this week.  The device has been pulled from Big Red’s online shop and will probably be just as tough to track down in store.  As far as we know though, the device will still receive Gingerbread, but after that, support will likely dwindle.  Not a bad run for a non-DROID branded device, except for the amount of time it took to see Froyo of course.

So if a device is on the way out, does that mean that something will replace it?  We would certainly hope so.  Right now there are rumors of a device from Samsung called the Stratosphere, which may or may not be the Galaxy S II.  We’re pretty sure that it will be one of Verizon’s next 4G LTE devices, but other than that, device specifics have not been revealed.  Or it could end up just being that Epic 4G-esque device with a slideout keyboard that we saw a couple of weeks ago.  Maybe a Fascinate II?  It is anyone’s guess at this point.

Fascinate owners, sad day or just shoulder shrug-worthy?

Cheers Spaniard and Sam!

  • Anonymous

    And here I was thinking that the Fascinate was succeeded by the Charge…

  • Bradjwill

    As poor as the Fascinate has been with Touchwiz, I would be so happy to see Samsung not ship another phone to VZW. Unless that phone was a Google Phone in the first place. I learned my lesson. Stick to the Droid branded ones.

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  • Anonymous


  • Yeah, I’ve had mine for like almost 9 months.  It was time for a new phone anyway. (sarcasm)…. well on to the next piece of obsolete non-updated shiny thing.

  • Brent Farago

    Shoulder shrug.  That phone sucks bad.  Too long to get the Froyo update, too many problems ever since.

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  • Grimis15

    I actually love my Fascinate. Sure its had a couple of issues like missed calls, missed texts, bad GPS, bad updates, slow updates but I love it. Honestly, I’d buy it again based on what was available at the time from Verizon. Seriously think about it an X, Droid 2, Incredible which was a good phone but lacked the hardware or screen. I’ve been Fascinated for the past 10 months. The developers we’ve had on this phone have done amazing things. MIUI, CM7, SUPER CLEAN, etc. WOW! Oh yeah, I’m enjoying Vanilla Gingerbread as i type this with Flex T-9.

    Don’t hate, get a Fascinate! :p

    • Droiddoes

      Summed up this phone perfectly- missed calls/texts, no GPS, bad/slow updates. Sounds like a real winner to me. Maybe I’ll take this fascinating phone to Vegas.
      If the phone was so good, Verizon would not have canned it.

      • Anonymous

        The Droid 1 was good, as was the Incredible, and they’re EOL–they’re old. So’s the Fascinate. I’m not saying the Fascinate _is_ good, but your logic sucks.

      • droidownsjoo

        Do you even have the phone? Every phone reaches EOL. Name one smartphone that came put around the the time of the fascinate and is still active. You cant, because thats not how the mobile industry works, sonny. Unless your RIM and don’t release phones, ever.

  • Adam

    My Fascinate is a POS. So many times when I turn the screen on KI only get lighted buttons, so I have to take the battery out and turn in on all over again.

  • I would think that slider would come out first before gs2

  • I just went in today to get a new Fascinate since my 3G kept cutting out.

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  • Ror1997

    Complain about the fascinate all the time, but i had a thunder bolt and dropped it from about 3 feet and the screen cracked, but i dropped this off of a house about 15-20 feet and it had 1 scratch on the top

  • People trash the Fascinate all the time. What makes anyone think the GS2 on Verizon is going to be any better? It could end up being just as bad.

  • Jim Dandy

    This phone’s lifespan was horrible 😛

  • Anonymous

    And yet the Continuum is still up there…and on sale no less….what a bunch a tards over at VZW

  • Anonymous

    A better version of the Droid Charge would be nice.

  • Anonymous

    Well the one vzw rep did tweet about a fascinate 2 when they mistaked the sgs2 that it would have lte.

  • Stephen D

    Just as I dump mine for a Droid 3. It was a great phone(with root) and I never understood all the hate. It still has the best screen and fastest CPU among all of the Cortex A8 bases phones. I had been running CM7 and a 1.6ghz OC and the phone was very fast and stable. With the DJ05 radio, and all that followed, the GPS was fine in mine. But it was time to move on. I wanted a dual core phone with a keyboard. I’ll certainly miss the screen and unlocked bootloader, but I really missed the call and build quality of a Moto phone. Out of the box, the D3 is a much much much more polished device than the Fascinate was without serious modification. 

  • Anonymous

    this actually isnt a bad phone if you dont care about overclock and changing roms every 10 min.
    id buy this phone for 150~ off contract, but not much more

    didnt it have a really nice screen and 1GHz cpu?

    • Anonymous

      Super amoled and hummingbird processor

  • Knightcrusader

    I hope the Slider one is coming out soon then, I love 4G but I need a keyboard back. Touch-only isn’t cutting it.

    • Anonymous

      what is the draw of the keyboard? 

      • Knightcrusader

        Two reasons for me: Tactile feedback of the keys being pressed helps me with speedy typing. I have fat fingers and I don’t get the same reassurance when I tap a screen, and I often hit the wrong keys. Auto-correct always gives me the wrong suggestions so I don’t even bother with using it anymore.

        And, it aggravates the piss out of me that I have to use at least half of my screen to pop up a keyboard to type with when I can just slide out a keyboard and keep all the message viewable.

        A little extra thickness is good for my large hand to hold on to when I’m using it. I love the feel of my Thunderbolt with the extended battery cover.

  • Taylor Hunt

    Can we get a Google phone on Big Red please?

    • EC8CH

      Here Here!

    • Anonymous

      Nexus prime is most likely a verizon phone.

  • MFG

    Here’s hoping it’s the GSII. This kind of makes sense with that rumored August release, right? SOMEthing is going to happen soon, especially when you consider those telescopes Samsung sent to some blogs.

    • Anonymous

      I hope so, or August is going to be one long month.

      • Anonymous

        Man, my sentiments exactly.

        Galaxy S II debuts at MWC in mid February.  Galaxy S II gets released about 2 months later in Europe/Korea.  It’s looking like the US will wait until September to see it, which is approaching 4 and a half months after it’s initial release.

        That’s crazy, considering it went from show floor to hands in less than half that amount of time.

  • I have a fascinate and frankly, it sucks.  It’s super buggy, laggy, crashes and needs to be restarted daily, gets bogged down, lacks enough RAM to even run PvZ, etc.  I want to throw mine in the river pretty much daily.  Good thing I’m stuck with it for another 10 months.

    • Anonymous

      Cyanogenmod is your friend.

    • Stelv81

      Good luck finding the river with the Fascinates awesome GPS. Rooting does fix some of the issues at least.

    • MFG

      Sell it on Craigslist or trade it for something else. You can probably get an Incredible for your Fascinate. Some really good trades on Craigslist.

    • Tyler Durden

      I have a Fascinate and love it. But it has been flashed/rooted… You should head over to XDA.

    • Wyatt Tyree

      that has nothing to do with the phone. I have a fascinate and i don’t have a single problem, never any bugs, least laggy phone i have ever seen, never crashes, and stupid fast. i know several people who have the Droid X and are miserable with it because literally nothing works on it, even after 2.3. The GPS works better than there’s also. The problem isnt the phone, its whatever you have been installing to it and your lack of the ability to maintain and protect your phone correctly

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully they’re replacing it soon. And hopefully that replacement will be the SGSII.

  • Anonymous

    this news arouses me.

  • Spikepark

    Probably because these phones can’t even receive an incoming call.

    • Droiddoes

      Yes, loads of complaints online about this phone, especially with missing incoming calls.

    • That update went out I believe to fix that like 2 weeks ago

      • DroidOG

        Yeah and I believe it was two months too late. Who makes a phone that cannot receive incoming calls???

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      • Anonymous

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      • Anonymous

        Wth! I got interrupted by a phone call!