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Samsung Stratosphere Announced by Verizon, Available October 13 for $149

No surprises here, but we still wanted to point out that the Samsung Stratosphere is finally “official” on Verizon. Available this Thursday (October 13), this is one of the cheapest 4G LTE phones at just $149 after $50 rebate. It is essentially the Samsung Fascinate but with a keyboard and 4G LTE. Full specs can be found here and here.

More pics and other specs after the break.  

FIRST 4G LTE SMARTPHONE WITH QWERTY KEYBOARD FOR VERIZON WIRELESS: THE SAMSUNG STRATOSPHERE

Features a 4-inch Super AMOLED™ Display, 1 GHz Processor and B2B Enterprise Solutions

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced the Samsung Stratosphere, a Galaxy S® smartphone, will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning Oct. 13.

The Samsung Stratosphere is the first 4G LTE smartphone from Verizon Wireless equipped with a five-row QWERTY keyboard and designed with Samsung’s four-inch Super AMOLED display.  Additionally, the Stratosphere supports enhanced B2B-enabled connectivity services from Cisco, the most comprehensive mobile implementation of Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® (EAS) and support for secure remote device management from Sybase ® Afaria®.

Ideal for the business professional, the Samsung Stratosphere offers robust data management support.  The Stratosphere will support Samsung’s Enterprise Platform enhancements such as VPN, encryption and Mobile Device Management (MDM).  EAS includes features such as direct push, email, calendar, contact sync and Global Address List (GAL), as well as EAS policies including storage card encryption, device encryption, and simple and complex password support, all essential for streamlining business on the smartphone.

Key features:

  • ·         4G LTE – customers can expect fast download speeds of  5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE mobile broadband coverage areas
  • ·         Five-row QWERTY keyboard
  • ·         Samsung Super AMOLED Screen Technology makes watching movies, viewing videos and playing games come to life, even in bright light and outdoor environments
  • ·         Android 2.3 Gingerbread – support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Search, Google Maps™ and access to more than 250,000 apps available to download from Android Market
  • ·         Samsung 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor
  • ·         Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat and 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash (720p HD playback and 480p DVD-quality recording)
  • ·         Mobile Hotspot Capability – share 4G connection with up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices or a 3G connection with up to five devices
  • ·         AllShareÔ – enables wireless connectivity through Digital Living Network Alliance® (DLNA), so customers can send multimedia content to other DLNA Certified®-enabled devices such as TVs and laptops
  • ·         Samsung Media Hub – Samsung’s own content service, offering a vast lineup of critically acclaimed films and TV programs for rent or purchase
  • ·         Bluetooth® 3.0 technology – support for headset, hands-free, stereo, phonebook access, and object push for vCard and vCalendar
  • ·         Multiple video file formats supported, including DivX and XviD
  • ·         Wi-Fi Connectivity (802.11 a/b/g/n)

Business features:

Samsung’s enterprise mobility solutions will provide flexibility and connectivity for mobile workforces, ensuring that users are able to operate more efficiently on the go.

  • ·         Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® (EAS) – communicate directly with your Microsoft Exchange Server enabling push email, calendar and contacts
  • ·         Support for Cisco AnyConnect 2.1 SSL VPN – supports access to private corporate networks using industry-standard VPN protocols with enhanced security of 4G LTE networks helps users tap into VPN networks with no waiting
  • ·         Encryption Services – users and IT administrators can initiate a remote wipe command to erase private information
  • ·         Support for Sybase Afaria® – MDM capabilities allow an integrated experience for the end user in the event it is required by their IT department or corporate policy

Pricing and data packages:

  • ·         The Samsung Stratosphere will be available on Oct. 13 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online atwww.verizonwireless.com for $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.  Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
  • ·         Customers that purchase a Samsung Stratosphere smartphone will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visitwww.samsungwireless.com.

  • Zephyrzypher

    Have this phone and its nothing but problems. Save your money! Also i hardly use the keyboard, i type ten times faster on the on screen one.

  • Anonymous

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  • rob

    No bing?

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/2df4ccp

  • LionStone

    That is a great price! I am going to get it…for my dad :) It will be a perfect first smartphone for him…heck, he’s probably gonna get it for $50. after the rebate and upgrade, but maybe for free since he’s going from feature phone to smartphone. I think they are giving a perk for that no?

  • Anonymous

    my best friend’s mom makes $78 an hour on the computer. She has been out of job for 9 months but last month her check was $7587 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it here HardRich.com

  • Droidzzz

    This is a major competitor to the Droid 3 now, especially if the screen is 4″ or larger (probably not larger).  Don’t know about y’all but I’ll take 4G and SAMOLED over dual core and pentileness every time.  The Samsung probably gets better battery life, too!

  • Colbyj26

    Hey I bought this phone for my girlfriend 2 yrs ago, it was called the Rouge then

  • Nerdydesi

    If only this had current specs, I’d be all over it. I love my physical keyboards. But to choose between a mediocre slider or a high end slate. Damn it, why can’t I have both!? Waiting for the Droid 3 LTE then….

  • Anonymous

    No thanks I wasn’t all that intrigued by the Samsung Epic 4G last year and pulling an Apple and just changing some stuff around and putting it on a new character won’t interest me at all lol.  

  • Jason Purp

    Why’d they bother

    • Nerdydesi

      Not everyone wants or needs superphones like us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/borgey401 Andrew Borges

    ZOMG WE WANT NEXUS DAMN IT VERIZON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    LOTS OF LAUGHS. I rather get the Flu, than get this phone.

  • Booboolala2000

    So this has gingerbread but the charge doesn’t?

  • Anonymous

    Maybe.  Depends on whether the Nexus Prime comes out in a slider, and also on when we can expect the Droid 4/Maserati…

    • Adam Elghor

      dude come on the nexus isnt going to have a slider….

      *u mad bro (ha beat you to it bitches!)

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    For God sakes just give us the Nexus!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    This may be a good phone for my wife, she still thinks that she needs a keyboard. For me on the other hand, I am holding out for the G-Nex!!!

    • Nerdydesi

      Wow, excuse your wife for wanting a keyboard. Excuse all of us crazy people who still like keyboards on their phones. Would you prefer using Swype on your desktop/laptop?

      • Anonymous

        Blink and breathe. I am not downing people for needing a keyboard, but once screens got to a certain size I noticed that it was MUCH easier to use a screen keyboard than a physical keyboard (and I do not have large hands. Another reason that I said it the way I did is because I see MANY OG Droid owners using the screen keyboard than sliding out the physical keyboard.

        • Nerdydesi

           It sounded like to me you were dogging on your wife for still wanting a keyboard in this day and age. Its a shame that keyboards are dying out and everyone wants virtual keyboards.

          • Droidzzz

            It’s called Swiftkey.  Download it and use it for a week.  You’ll forget all about physical keyboards.

          • http://profiles.google.com/xzillerationer timn M.

            I have that. I use it on my DROID 2, and I still mainly use the physical keyboard.

          • Anonymous

            I do know a lot of women who prefer a PK b/c of their choice of fingernail length.  

        • Cyrano

          I mean, you kind of were, though. “She still thinks that she needs a keyboard” means she doesn’t really need one, she just thinks she does.

          Different strokes for different folks. I prefer a HW keyboard, my brother prefers Swype.

          Some food for thought, we did a typing test and I still smoked his ass.

    • Anonymous

      My thoughts exactly….

  • http://www.facebook.com/LuisElTiburon Luis Rojas

    Screw the Nexus! I want this!

    • Adam Elghor

      /sarcasm?

  • Anonymous

    Nope…

  • Manny

    If anyone is interested, here’s the partial system dump for the Samsung Stratosphere, courtesy of P3Droid. It contains wallpapers, apps, ringtones, etc. http://bit.ly/pQnQo7

    http://www.mydroidworld.com/forums/stratospher-discussions/9540-samsung-stratosphere-system-dump-partial.html

    • Anonymous

      Nah…

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      Pass

  • Djenks24

    Nope, Nexus:)