Official: Verizon Drops Samsung Fascinate in Two Days (Sept 9)

It doesn’t get much closer than this.  For some reason, Verizon decided to wait until the eleventh hour to make the announcement that their Samsung Galaxy S series phone, the Fascinate, is dropping soon.  Officially confirmed today, the long held rumor was that September 9 would be the day that the 1GHz beauty would arrive.  This brings the fourth iteration of the carrier branded Samsung handset to the United States.  Like its siblings, the Fascinate features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, Android 2.1, and Swype’s virtual keyboard.

Look for the Fascinate to hit Verizon’s website tomorrow, September 8th, with stores following the day after.  Final pricing is the familiar $199.99 after $100 mail-in rebate and two-year service agreement.  Full press release, and another two pics, after the jump

*****PRESS RELEASE*****

Samsung Fascinate™, a Galaxy S™ Smartphone, Available Tomorrow on the Verizon Wireless Network

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced that the Samsung Fascinate™, a Galaxy S™ smartphone exclusively from Verizon, will be available online on Sept. 8 and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on Sept. 9 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

Powered by Android 2.1™, the Fascinate refines customers’ social networking experiences with its Super AMOLED™ Screen Technology, advanced touch screen capabilities, Samsung 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor, and virtual QWERTY keyboard featuring SWYPE technology. Additionally, the Fascinate comes pre-loaded with Amazon’s Kindle for Android app, and it boasts an array of accessories, including:

  • Charging Cradle – Doubles as a phone charger and includes a micro USB wall adapter so customers can view movies, display digital photos, and listen to music. It can also be used as a desktop speakerphone to make hands-free calls, and it comes preloaded with the Samsung “Desk Home” application, which allows customers to switch brightness levels from day to night and provides one-touch access to Samsung Widgets and Bing Voice Search. The charging cradle is available for $29.99.
  • Car Dock – Attachable to the windshield or dashboard, the car dock displays turn-by-turn GPS navigation instructions, rotates freely between landscape and portrait modes, and features a preloaded Samsung “Car Home” application, giving customers access to everything the “Desk Home” app can do while on the go. The car dock is available for $39.99.
  • Backup Battery Charging System – Includes a 1500 mAH battery, battery charger and Y-cable for charging a phone and spare battery simultaneously. It is available for $39.99.

Pricing and Plan Information

Verizon Wireless customers who purchase the Samsung Fascinate will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. Samsung Fascinate customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan (beginning at $39.99 monthly access) and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan (beginning at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access).

For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

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3 Comments

  1. chad
    September 07, 10:32 Reply

    I guess The Verizon store in pembroke pines Florida already knew about the phone cause they had it behind the counter and the guy let me mess with it its actually very cool super smooth and responsive really bright screen and a great size not to big not to small pretty awesome phone

  2. opiate46
    September 07, 11:03 Reply

    Too bad you’re stuck with Bing when you get it though. And as for the docks, good luck getting one. Samsung has been “out of stock” on the ones for the other phones for forever as best I can determine. Verizon needs to stop meddling and let a good phone be good.

  3. Riddlin
    September 08, 09:18 Reply

    Bing or Google search? Really not a huge deal to me. Verizon has the phone online for buy one get one free.

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