Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Stellar revealed to be $99, has a “starter mode”


We have’t heard much about the Samsung Galaxy Stellar since it showed up on a rebate form last month. We still don’t know too much about the device itself, but a couple of new details have come to light courtesy of Droid-Life. For starters, it looks like the phone will debut at $99, making it a fine device to aim at the mid-range or entry-level market.

We’re also exposed to knowledge of a “Starter mode,” and while the still image doesn’t explain what, exactly, this mode will do we’re willing to bet it’ll simplify the Android experience for those not used to smartphones.

That, alongside its price point, makes us all the more confident that this won’t be a juggernaut of a device, but it will still be one to keep on your radar. Even if you don’t want it yourself, you’re sure to come across someone who wants you to recommend a smartphone that’s easy to use.

Hopefully users are given the option of disabling Starter mode once they feel they’re ready to dive even deeper into the beautiful world of Android. Oh, and this thing will have 4G LTE, but that’s no surprise considering all of Verizon’s future smartphones will no doubt come with the high-speed radios inside.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Am I the only person who’s looking at “Shop, STAY ENTERTAINED with AMAZON APPS” as being significant? I’d be willing to bet this is one of the rumored “Kindle phones”.

    1. Spotted that too, was wondering why it says that.

    2. I’m guessing that’s just for the Amazon shop app and the Amazon MP3 app

      1. We will see. Nothing’s stopping Verizon or Samsung from launching a phone with the Amazon App Store as default instead of the Play Store. Aim it at the same folks who buy Kindle Fires

  2. Jitterbug for Android?

  3. Maybe starter mode launches iOS! Lol!

  4. The new T-Mobile S3 leak includes Easy Mode. It basically just a customized homescreen with big old simple to use widgets:

  5. The Pantech Marauder already has a “starter mode”. It is a different look to the phone that makes it “easier” to use. Nothing special. From VZW website: “Easy–to–use interface
    The Marauder was designed with new smartphone users in mind. An optional Starter Mode provides a streamlined layout with a simplified menu, bigger graphics, and quick tips. You can also make a call right from the home screen, a convenience unavailable on many smartphones. Whenever you’re ready, jump to Standard Mode for the full experience.”

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