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Verizon and Samsung Announce the Galaxy Stellar, the Ultimate Starter Smartphone

Samsung and Verizon have teamed up to offer the Galaxy Stellar, an Android-powered smartphone for those new to the game, that may need a little extra help or simplicity. The Galaxy Stellar will be available online starting September 6 for free after a $50 mail-in-rebate.

This phone will carry two modes (dual-interface) to give those new to Android a way to easily handle the power inside a smartphone. For those that don’t need their hand held, there is a Standard Mode that acts and feels just like normal Android (with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface on top of it). For those that need some extra assistance, they will be able to operate in Starter Mode. Starter Mode simplifies the home screen with preset widgets such as favorite apps, favorite contacts, and settings. It also features a quick dialer icon that allows users to make phone calls directly from the home screen. It’s like a feature phone packed into a smartphone.

On the spec side of things, the Galaxy Stellar packs a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4″ WVGA display (800×480), 3.2MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, a micro SD slot for expandable storage, and connects to Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

If you were looking for an Android phone that wants to help you ease into the smartphone world, this may be a decent option. 


Features 4G LTE Connectivity, Dual-Interface Options and B2B Enterprise Solutions

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and DALLAS – Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) announced today that they will offer the exclusive Samsung Galaxy Stellar starting Sept. 6 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com.

The easy-to-use 4G LTE enabled Samsung Galaxy Stellar is designed to be compact so it fits easily in a customer’s hand and makes the first-time smartphone experience simple.  The Stellar features a dual interface option so customers can choose between Starter Mode or Standard Mode.  Starter Mode features a simplified home screen display with preset widgets such as Favorite Apps, Favorite Contacts and Favorite Settings for quick and easy access to frequently used apps and settings.  Starter Mode also features a quick dialer icon that allows customers to make phone calls directly from the home screen. Standard Mode provides customers with a more conventional layout and gives customers the traditional Android experience.  The Stellar also includes a Help app that features guided tours and tips for changing settings and more, so customers can master their devices.

Samsung Galaxy Stellar customers can take advantage of blazingly fast 4G LTE connectivity to access an array of convenient and multimedia rich apps. A suite of Amazon apps is included that offers customers easy ways to discover content such as watching movie trailers on the IMDB app, downloading audio books with the Audible app, and one-click ordering with the Amazon shopping app.  The Stellar also offers a variety of premium TV and film content for rent or purchase through the Samsung Media Hub.

The Galaxy Stellar is a SAFE (Samsung Approved For Enterprise) approved device featuring on-device AES 256-bit encryption, enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® and support for industry-leading Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions to make working on the go secure.

Additional 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 coverage areas
  • 4-inch WVGA display (800 x 480)
  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich – support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Maps and access to more than 600,000 apps available to download from Google Play
  • Suite of Amazon apps includes Kindle, Shopping, MP3, Zappos, IMDB and Audible
  • 1.2 dual-core GHz Snapdragon application processor
  • Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat and 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera with auto focus
  • Backup Assistant Plus – media management and online storage service designed to help customers store and access media content such as music, videos, pictures, documents and contacts.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11 a/b/g/n)
  • microSD card slot with support for up to 32 GB

Business features:

Samsung’s SAFE enterprise mobility solutions provide flexibility and connectivity for mobile workforces, ensuring that users are able to operate more efficiently while on–the-move.

  • Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® (EAS) – communicate directly with your Microsoft Exchange Server enabling push email, calendar and contacts
  • Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) Support from Industry-Leading Solutions Providers – supports industry-standard VPN protocols to help users efficiently tap into VPN networks and MDM capabilities that allow IT departments to effectively safeguard employees’ mobile devices and corporate data.
  • On Device Encryption –SAFE helps prevent unauthorized access to mobile data by leveraging the AES 256-bit encryption standard, encrypting all data, including app-specific internal data and internal/external memory.

Pricing and availability:

  • ·         The Samsung Galaxy Stellar will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com starting Sept. 6 for free after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.  Customers 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 purchasing the Galaxy Stellar will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless data plan.  Share Everything Plans allow customers to add the Stellar to their account for $40 monthly access.  For additional information, customers should go to www.verizonwireless.com/shareeverything
  • ·         For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go towww.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 94.2 million retail customers, including 88.8 million retail postpaid customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 78,000 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 Mobile

Samsung Mobile (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 visit www.samsungwireless.com.

Samsung, Stellar and SAFE are trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

  • Scott in MA

    This looks like a perfect first smartphone for my 16 yr old daughter. The price is right, the size is right, and it has fine specs. And I am now a fan of Samsung phones. It would not be my next phone (I got the Galaxy SIII a month ago and really like it.) but I think there is a market to get folks into Android with a decent device at a great price.

  • quiklives

    Glancing through the comments, I feel like people are missing the point. Obviously this phone isn’t marketed to the folks who read Droid Life, and hey guys, that’s OK!

    I feel like this would be a good jumping off point for my mom to switch to a smartphone, for instance. I have a GNex running AOKP and have my home screens set up very clean and minimalist, and I can almost see her eyes cross when I hand her my phone. It just doesn’t make any sense to her….I would hate using this phone, but that doesn’t mean I have to hate the phone, it just means I won’t be using it. Except maybe to help my mom get hers set up one of these days.

  • not sure why so many people are flaming this phone… you already know it’s not your next device, so why hate on it? it’s people that act so elitist on both sides that drive each other nuts.

    we love android because of the choice – not because we have to be spoonfed cookie-cutter phones. every phone/tablet appeals to a different type of folk. plus it’s free – most people will end up giving this to their kids. in two years once they love android, then they can upgrade.

    • mustbepbs

      Spoonfed…cookies…cookie dough?

      I like this comment already.

  • nightscout13

    OR, maybe if all these OEM’s would stop skinning their phones, then people wouldn’t be confused with the UI. Realistically, the confusion comes from huge differences in UI.

  • Finally. I am definitely trading in my Nexus for this powerhouse.


    • Diablo81588

      Funny thing is, its faster than your nexus and has an SD card slot!

      • RAZR owner detected.

        • Diablo81588

          Nope 🙂

          • Depending on the unspecified snapdragon processor, yes, it could be faster. It’s probably not the S4 though. I could be wrong.

          • mustbepbs

            I thought I read somewhere it was the S4 “Lite”. Meaning ****.

          • zaxwashere


            its like driving with your foot on the brakes

  • Robert Jakiel

    A phone with equivalent specs to the iPhone 4S w/ a larger screen, ICS and LTE for FREE. Anyone else besides me see a winner here?

    • nightscout13

      It is not equivalent to the 4S. Some points are stronger, others not.

      • Siri doesn’t count as a spec! Hah.

        • nightscout13

          I did not even mention Siri (which was an acquisition). iPhone has a better camera, and the PowerVR SGXMP Graphics chip.

          • It t’was just a joke sir (which was supposed to be imploded with the ‘hah’). I suppose I will have to make it more clear next time… hah…

  • zUFC

    WTF!!!!!!!!!! this thing has onscreen buttons. Yet i have to live with the stupid ones on the S3?

    • Knlegend1

      Wow that’s crazy lol. Actually its kind of F’d up.

    • ocdtrekkie

      The buttons are on the bezel beneath the Samsung logo on this phone. What’re you talkin’ about?

      • zUFC

        just noticed that. it threw me with the design. the S3 look totally different. good catch but no need for the old “what are you talking about” comment. Ever look at something quick before? And it’s still just a jab at the hard buttons on my phone (which i hate).

    • c4v3man

      Just root, rom, and use softkeys. I think you can even disable the capacitive ones on the S3.

  • Lucky Armpit

    That’s pretty cool! A smartphone can be quite intimidating, regardless of the operating system, especially to people that are still using flip phones (like my mother and father-in-law). Kudos to Verizon and Samsung for making a device that allows the completely green user to dip a toe into the smartphone waters. This can only be good for Android, as it shows that the perception that Android is only for power users is not true.

  • Knlegend1

    Yuck!!!! Yo its devices like this that will make people feel like android is an inferior product to ios.

    • KleenDroid

      I don’t think this looks like a bad phone or anything. But I do agree that the manufacturers should just produce top tier phones and just let time reduce them in price as new products come out.

      However the specs on this phone are not bad and it is a bit smaller for someone who prefers a smaller phone.

      • Knlegend1

        It just doesn’t make sense on a major carrier. Metro and things like them sure but it doesn’t belong on Verizon or any of the other big carriers.

      • I agree also but even after awhile the older top tier phones can look a little intimidating. I say let the top their devices trickle down in price but offer a phone like this to beginners. Cut out the mid range phones. Maybe bring in a beginners phone annually or biannually to ween feature phone users off of them and on to Android.

  • you shouldnt have to dumb down android to show it to people. its not that hard to use in the first place. I guess it makes sense for the elderly who dont want a crapple device, but people should really learn how to use their phones instead of having a company install unnecessary stuff to dumb it down for people, which makes them not learn more about it. I guess that’s my opinion, but i’d have to see the software in person to see how it is.

    • HotRodJohnson

      I have been predicting a dumb down mode for smart phones for a a year or so now. You could argue that the camera button itself on some start phones (or the camera icon on the lock screen) is a dumb down option. Not everyone wants to use a smart phone. Some people would rather just have a plan feature phone, so I see a market for this type of thing and honestly wonder why it hasn’t happened sooner. The smart phone is a convergence devices that has more functionality than some people will ever want to use. Starter modes could also allow users to go straight to the functionality they are trying to get to. Also when we look at Android moving into things like cameras, there will probably be more push into this direction.

  • Even beginners want a good camera! 3.2 megapixels?!

    • KleenDroid

      All the kids use those cameras for is Facebook and sexting back and forth. It will just fine for that.

    • c4v3man

      I agree.. you’d think they could at least toss the 5mp crap sensor from the Galaxy Nexus in there…

  • r0lct

    With that chin is it a Droid ReCharge? UnderCharged? I just can’t make up my mind.

  • KleenDroid