Sprint Announces Samsung Intercept Coming July 11th at $99

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Sprint has just made the Samsung Intercept official for their network, even though the handset has purportedly already gotten into the hands of at least one new Android owner. The new phone will be available July 11th for the price of $99.99 after a mail-in rebate. Not a bad deal at all for a phone featuring Android 2.1, a 3.2-inch touchscreen display, and 3.2MP camera, not to mention a full slide-out QERTY keyboard. You’ll need to sign up for two years of Sprint’s Everything Data plan at $69.99 to take advantage of that pricing. Full details follow in the press release.

Combining the Power of Android with Sprint Value, Samsung Intercept(TM) Packs in the Features for Just $99.99
Full QWERTY keyboard, large touch-screen display and a premium social networking experience combine with the customization of Android to make Samsung Intercept a great value for businesses and consumers

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Jul 07, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) –

Sprint (NYSE: S) and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States1, today introduced a stylish addition to its growing portfolio of Android devices with Samsung Intercept. In addition to the 3.2-inch, touch-screen display, 3.2 MP camera and video, and full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Samsung Intercept comes preloaded with social apps and one-touch picture posting to the top social sites.

Customers can purchase Samsung Intercept starting July 11 through all Sprint channels, including Web (www.sprint.com), Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and select national retail partners. Retail pricing will be just $99.99 (excluding taxes) after a $100 mail-in-rebate with a two-year service agreement on a new line activation or eligible upgrade on an Everything Plan with data. It will be available in two attractive colors – Gray Steel and Satin Pink.

Loaded with Android 2.1, Samsung Intercept provides access to popular Google(TM) mobile services, including Google Search(TM), Google Maps(TM), Gmail(TM) and YouTube(TM), and more than 50,000 applications available in Android Market(TM) today. It also features a powerful processor to make it a snap to maneuver within the device.

“Samsung Intercept is a valuable addition to our growing portfolio of Android phones with a rich Internet browsing experience, visual voicemail and practically all of the latest must-have features,” said Kevin Packingham, senior vice president of product development for Sprint. “Best of all, at this price, we are able to bring the Android experience to a broader audience that will appreciate the versatility that comes with access to thousands of apps on Android Market. This is a great device for those who use their wireless device to manage a business or socialize with family and friends.”

“The Intercept is a perfect example of Samsung’s commitment to bring the latest Google mobile services, social applications and popular features to smart phones for the mass market,” said Omar Khan, chief strategy officer for Samsung Mobile. “Users will enjoy the Intercept’s stylish design, full QWERTY keyboard and access to full web browsing and Google services for a full-featured smart phone experience.”

Great Price Without Sacrifice

Samsung Intercept makes menu and display navigation easy with a highly responsive optical joystick that virtually zips from item to item. It operates on the Sprint 3G network (EVDO-Rev. 0) and features Wi-Fi capability, integrated GPS navigation and accelerometer. Additional features include:

Home screen that scrolls right to left for more space to organize widgets and apps
3.2 Megapixel camera and video camcorder
MP3 Player with MicroSD card slot (supports up to 32 GB)
Stereo Bluetooth(R) wireless technology
Visual voicemail
Sprint TV(R), Sprint Football Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup MobileSM
Access to social networking sites Facebook(R), Flickr(R) and TwitterTM
Access to personal and corporate e-mail
Easily view Word, Excel, PowerPoint on-the-go to maximize productivity
Samsung Intercept requires Sprint’s industry-leading Everything Data plans with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM that include unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from every mobile in America while on the Sprint network. Everything Data plans start at $69.99 per month – the same price Verizon and AT&T charge for unlimited talk only. (All price plans exclude surcharges and taxes.)

Sprint is the only wireless carrier to offer Ready Now service with trained retail associates to work one-on-one with customers to personalize their Samsung Intercept, set up features and demonstrate how it works before the customer leaves the store. Customers have the choice of sitting down with a Sprint retail associate at the time of purchase or they can schedule an appointment for a later time at www.sprint.com/storelocator.

More Satisfied Than Ever

Offering affordable plans to such feature-rich smartphones like Samsung Intercept is one of many reasons Sprint has excelled in customer satisfaction. Sprint is the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, over the last two years, according to results from the 2010 American Customer Satisfaction Index.

Sprint’s improvement was driven in part by substantial gains in two aspects of the survey. In the area of customers’ perceptions of value, Sprint now leads both AT&T and Verizon. The company also achieved an impressive improvement in the area of customer loyalty. With these gains, the company’s overall ACSI score jumped 14 points during the last two years. In the last six years of the ACSI survey, no other company has improved its satisfaction score by that many points in a two-year period.

The improvements in the ACSI survey come as Sprint has seen nine consecutive quarters of improved customer satisfaction and first call resolution. The company’s improvements have also been recognized by other independent third-parties, including Sprint winning the #1 spot for both overall satisfaction for wireless voice service providers and wireless data service providers in a Yankee Group and Mobile Enterprise magazine survey of large business decision makers. Sprint also ranked high in small and medium business customer satisfaction. Also noteworthy was Sprint’s two-year Reputation Pulse(TM) score increase in Reputation Institute’s 2010 U.S. Most Reputable Companies Study (published annually in Forbes). Sprint’s 18.22 percent gain puts its improvement in the top 10 percent of the 150 largest U.S. companies, ahead of both AT&T and Verizon.

Sprint is also the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, offering wireless 4G service today for select devices in 36 markets. In 2010, Sprint expects to launch 4G service in multiple markets, including Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. For information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 48 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, and is the first and only wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless and instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. With its customer-focused strategy, you can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

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 visit www.samsung.com.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of (US)$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 188,000 people in 185 offices across 65 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

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  • swehes

    Pretty sweet looking keyboard. :)

  • Mattism78

    Bring on the Epic!

  • brianad

    android 2.2 upgrade?

  • name

    Intercept is not the flagship phone of Sprint (Evo and Epic are flagship phones of Sprint right now), why don’t Sprint just allow this phone on SERO plan.

  • edp

    This phone can’t even be considered the moment 2. More like the moment 1.5, exact same phone with different body and keyboard and the removal of the flash on the camera. Pure wackness!

  • Robfactory

    Ok, so the main differences between this and the EPIC is the camera and lack of 4G it seems. Is 3.2 to 5MP and 4G really worth an additional $100?

  • androidude

    No… the Epic has a 4.0″ screen, compared to the 3.2″ screen on this phone, Epic has a 1Ghz hummingbird processor, and a few other things that this mediocre device does not have.

  • johnnyboixxxd

    @Robfactory
    Dude i can tell you right now that isnt the only difference… the Epic 4G has a super amoled display this one doesnt.. the epic can be used as a hotstop and offer 4G speed to whatever its connected to, the intercept i highly doubt itll be hotspot capable… the epic is definitely gunna see 2.2 and most likely 3.0, again the intercept i doubt itll even see 2.2… And these are just the tip of the iceberg when it come to comparing the epic to this phone beleive me the epic is more than worth the extra 100$. Oh and im pretty sure the sdx community might even pick up the epic as their new developing toy and theres nuthing but great things to expect from those guys….

  • endless

    @name

    because sprint wants SERO dead.

  • Bill

    I was one of the lucky few to get the device early. (I dumped my Hero due to its continued bugginess…no more HTC crap for me…but I digress)

    This phone is amazing. This phone WILL be eligible for a 2.2 upgrade.

    Although the camera flash is gone, the device works like a charm. The build is solid yet he phone is light weight. The screen is bright (resolution is so-so especially for videos). The slider is snappy and crisp with none of the wiggle that plagued the Pre. The key responsiveness is good and the feel of pressing the keys is nice and “clicky” not rubbery Oh, and believe it or not, this phone can actually make and receive phone calls as well as texts.

    Handcent and The New York Times apps do not work on this phone, but those are the only two of my regular apps that didn’t work.

    Sure, the Epic is going to have a bigger screen and a bigger processor and do a few other things, but the 4G phones are an additional $120/year. Is a 4G pone really worht it right now? (As an FYI, Sprint is facing a potential class action suit here in California because they are charging a 4G fee in areas that do not have 4G service – a violation of the consumer protection laws here)

    I would not hesitate to recommend the Intercept to anyone. This is really a phone to beat if you want or need a physical keyboard.

    Looks like Sprint got it right this time!

  • MOLLY

    i WORK FOR SPRINT AND THIS PHONE IS GARBAGE.. REMINDS ME OF THE INSINCT HD WITH A KEYBOARD. THE ACTION LAWSUIT WILL BE DROPPED BECAUSE THE 10 DOLLAR DATA PACK ISNT ONLY FOR THE 4G BUT FOR THE PHONE ITSELF, IT ALSO ALLOWS YOU TO HAVE UNLIMITED DATA USAGE RATHER THEN HAVE A 5G CAP LIKE MOST CELL PHONE CARRIERS. PEOPLE WILL COMPLAIN ABOUT ANYTHING.. ITS BETTER THEN MAKING YOU ADD A 30 DOLLAR DATA PACK ON TOP OF YOUR PLAN, ALSO LIKE MOST CARRIERS REQUIRE WITH ANY DROID PHONE. AND FYI ALL THE GOOGLE PHONES FOR SPRINT WILL UPDATE TO 2.2 WHEN IT COMES OUT.

  • steve

    I am sure this phone is okay and yes the 10 fee does suck but I think the epic is worth it. The epic blows this thing away in every aspect. Screen res sucks on the intercept. They didn’t even put a much better processor in it compared to the moment. I saw on the site thats linked to sprint’s Twitter comment that this only has a 3.0 inch screen. This phone was outdated 6months ago. I guess it still wouldn’t be bad for a chick’s phone….lol.

  • Lindsey

    I love this phone! The only thing I’m not happy with is the battery life-it dies way too quickly.

  • chris

    f**kin sucks I have this phone and is the slowest phone eva..it download speed are the worst…and as far as the camera go it pure bo..how can u come out with a phone that has andriod 2.1 and take away the camera flash..also the 3g speed thing that’s boshit as well cuzz I’ve had this phone for quit some time now and it has no 3g speed when I tell uit don’t..as far as for the respons of the soposelity responsive keys on the phone its bo as well..I have to tap this thibg like 10 to 15 time befo it responds..and the screen re…sucks..if u have this phone don’t let that 3g or update to andriod fool u its a no no it doesent get 3g nor is it gonna be updated simpily due to the fact that the moment will not be gettin an up date what’s makes u think this phone will be seening that the moment and the intercept both has the old and outdated procesesor…and hardware….sooner or later I’m gonna switch to verzion seening that theirs phones actully does what it says..and they have way better screen res..and faster phone with a way better processor…sprint ur time is just about up..theirs only one ohone gvood phone sprint has and its that evo 4g and mabe that so call epic4g don’t see the b.I.g diffrence form it and the enterpect they look like cusions ir big brother and little brother if u ask me..I’m just saying why would I wanna get a so called better phphone if its looking like the same old wack intercept…just saying..

  • sprinter?

    I have this phone and I am pretty dissapointed with it. It is CONSTANTLY freezing on me:(

    for example: i go to make a call and it takes like over 5 seconds to load it. then i click on the person i want to call and it takes around 10 seconds to show up on the progress bar that its actually calling and then it takes like 5 seconds to actually show up the photo of the person the end call button and all that junk. That reminds me… it takes sooo long to hang up a call. and once i was calling someone and i got the voicemail and it froze and the voicemail kept recording and i couldnt get the phone back off to take out the battery ughh it was horrible. and i still have like around 1 more year with it because of the stupid contract!!!! GRRRRRRR!!!!!

  • http://sprintsamsunginterceptsux.com Sprint Samsung Intercept Sucks

    The Samsung Intercept from Sprint sucks arse. This is not just the worst phone I have ever owned, it’s the worst piece of crap technology I have ever purchased. Nothing I have ever owned or used was anywhere near this unreliable and unstable, and I have owned some crappy stuff.

    The phone is junk, simple as that. This is my first and last Android (P)OS. The phone goes black frequently in the middle of calls for no reason and has to be hard booted to work again. Call history and voicemails disappear without explanation.

    The phone barely works and malfunctions during calls about half the time. Bluetooth doesn’t work at all at this point. The voice mail feature doesn’t work half the time (the phone wont download them and then downloads duplicate copies). The email download feature doesn’t work on a consistent basis.

    Oh, but supposedly I can watch Sprint Cup car racing or the NFL on my (non-functional) phone. Awesome. Because watching tiny unidentifiable cars the size of bedbugs on a phone with a screen that is smaller than a credit card is really important to most people, whereas making calls with it is, well, a novelty.

    We bought two of these Russian Trabants of the mobile phone world (1 for my wife and 1 for me). When I returned it to Sprint within 30 days, they said “oh, it should not do that” and gave me a brand new one. Within a few days, that one was doing all the same (wrong) things, namely, sucking.

    So then they said “let us remove the task killer application we put on there when you bought it. That’s the problem.” Of course, that was not the problem, but now it’s, “Sorry, you are outside of your 30 days. Let us take it in the back and pretend we did something with it since you waited two hours for service.”

    Now my wife and are stuck with these crappy POS SPRINT ANDROID SAMSUNG INTERCEPT PHONES. Let me repeat that SPRINT ANDROID SAMSUNG INTERCEPT PHONES SUCK. I have lost so many calls and so much productivity with these I am better off not having a cell phone at all.

    I have been a Sprint business and personal customer for over a decade and am contemplating switching to a new provider over this debacle. I could not be more disappointed that someone would roll out a piece of crap like this in today’s market. I don’t even care about the contract penalty.

    DO NOT BUY THIS POS PHONE UNLESS YOU ARE A REDNECK WHO WANTS TO WATCH CAR RACING IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND AND DONT NEED TO MAKE ANY CALLS. THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR SOMEONE WHO NEEDS A RELIABLE PHONE.

  • Intercept or Inferior?

    This phone is more than horrible along with Sprint’s network. I switched to Sprint from T-Mobile, but that was only so I could lower my phone bill. The Intercept is incerdibly laggy, and any apps you download will only slow down the phone even more. I had the Moto Cliq and myTouch 3G with T-Mobile. Other than the SD card issues with MT3G and the monthly price with T-Mobile, I had no problems with T-Mobile. The Intercept is the Moment just with less. There’s no camera flash, the screen resolution is lower, the web moves slower. There’s much about this phone that actually makes it a poor choice. If I could trade this phone in for the Moment, then I honestly would.

  • mammadukes1

    just got this phone but probally will not keep it- buttons r to small,slow downloading. switches screens easily- but i do like all the apps and the pre-loaded tv etc, so unless you have really slinder fingers i wouldnt buy it- guess i should have went to the store to check them out first

  • Sophia

    dude luvv it!!!!!

  • Sophia

    i like the fone cuz mine has a 4g nework i downloadid