Jul 15 AT 12:31 PM Nick Gray 98 Comments

Samsung Vibrant gets off to a slow start at T-Mobile stores

The Samsung Vibrant (a Galaxy S phone) has finally launched in the United States.  T-Mobile is the first carrier to release a Galaxy S phone and will most likely look to take advantage of their early launch to get a few steps ahead of their competition.  The Samsung Vibrant is without a doubt the most advanced Android powered phone on T-Mobile’s network.  The handset features a 4 inch capacitive Super AMOLED Display, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 1500mAh lithium ion battery, 5MP camera with 720p video recording, 2GB microSD card preloaded with the movie Avatar, the new SIMS game from EA, all running on Android 2.1.

T-Mobile is selling the Samsung Vibrant for $199 after instant discounts and a $50 mail-in rebate card.  Customers taking advantage of T-Mobile’s Even More Plus plans will have to pony up $499 in order to get their hands on the Samsung Vibrant.  If you are looking to save a little bit of cash, keep in mind that you can pick up the Samsung Vibrant from our online store for as little as $149 without needing to hassle with the rebate.

Even though the Samsung Vibrant could give the DROID X (which is also launching today) a run for its money, T-Mobile doesn’t seem at all interested in hyping up the launch of the Samsung Vibrant.  I made my way to two different T-Mobile stores today to see if there are any customers lined up to make their purchase of the new smartphone.  Both stores were pretty desolate and neither of them had any display units or promotional materials out for their customers to see.  I had to ask a sales rep about the phone.  He returned with a new Vibrant a few minutes later and casually mentioned “I guess we should get this display unit set up.”

My fear is that the lackluster launch at T-Mobile could also be repeated at the other carriers since the Galaxy S is technically not an exclusive phone for any other them even though they all have their own names and subtle features differences.  The only phone that truly stands out in the mix is the Samsung Epic 4G which is heading to Sprint.  So… how many of you picked up the T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant today and was your experience at the T-Mobile store any different than mine?

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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