Sprint customers will get to enjoy their version of the Samsung Galaxy S starting August 31st when the Epic 4G goes on sale for $249.99 with 2-year contract after a $100 mail-in rebate. Most of you are familiar with the Epic 4G by now, so let’s go over some of the highlights from the press release that reveal new information.
- A new reservation system will allow customers to order their phone starting this Friday, August 13th at Sprint.com/Epic4G while supplies last. Those who reserve online will then be able to complete their purchase on Tuesday, August 31 by picking up their phone in a local Sprint store.
- Just like the EVO 4G, a $10 per month Premium Data add-on is required which Sprint says will allow customers to “take advantage of a richer data experience than ever before”.
- The Epic 4G will ship with Android 2.1 and Sprint says they plan an upgrade to Android 2.2 in the “coming months”. Other Galaxy S phones have been rumored to see Android 2.2 updates in September, so expect more information next month.
I imagine this could be Sprint’s biggest launch this year as their 4G coverage area continues to expand and Samsung tries to capitalize on the HTC EVO 4G shortages. Sprint should also be commended for trying out a new reservation system. I like that it allows those who really want the phone to guarantee they get one and allows them to pick it up on their own schedule during launch day.
At $249 with 2-year contract, the Epic 4G is one of the most expensive Android phones. Sprint did not provide the off-contract pricing, so we will have to check with them and report back later. Clearly, Sprint is marketing the Epic to the high-end crowd so I bet they figure price will not be an issue. As they said when talking about the EVO, owning a 4G handset is similar to”the price for paying for a first-class seat on an airplane“.Show Press Release
New reservation system begins Aug. 13 for Samsung Epic 4G at
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Aug. 12, 2010 — The wait is almost over! Sprint (NYSE:S) today
announced pricing and availability for America’s first 4G-capable phone with a full QWERTY
keyboard and brilliant Super AMOLED touchscreen, Samsung Epicâ„¢ 4G, bringing customers
an all-in-one device for staying connected, getting work done and enjoying the latest in
entertainment while on-the-go. Samsung Epic 4G is the only 4G Galaxy Sâ„¢ smartphone and
the only one to offer a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Samsung Epic 4G will be available beginning Tuesday, Aug. 31, in all Sprint retail channels,
including Sprint.com, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and national retail partners, RadioShack,
Best Buy and Walmart, with Sprint Stores opening at 8 a.m. local time. It will cost $249.99
with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement, after a $100 mail-in rebate
For the first time ever, Sprint is offering customers a unique opportunity to reserve
Samsung Epic 4G for purchase. Customers can reserve their smartphone for purchase at
www.sprint.com/epic4g beginning Friday, Aug. 13., while supplies last. Customers who
reserve Samsung Epic 4G will be able to complete their purchase beginning Tuesday, Aug.
31, and must complete their purchase no later than 6 p.m. local time on Wednesday, Sept. 1.
Through the reservation process, customers will be able to reserve their devices online, pick
them up in a Sprint Store, and receive the full retail experience, including Sprint’s Ready Now
“With its beautiful display and slide-out keyboard, Samsung Epic 4G is a powerful tool for our
customers, and it extends Sprint’s 4G leadership with a second strong smartphone option,”
said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. “As we continue to lead the 4G revolution, we are proud to offer
our customers two 4G smartphones, the Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot and several 4G
USB modems to access the fast speeds on our 4G network in more than 48 cities today. 4G
enhances entertainment, gaming and business applications.”
Powered by the Androidâ„¢ 2.1 operating system, Samsung Epic 4G is part of a new breed of
Samsung smartphones offering the best in screen, speed and content quality for a premium
user experience, and offers a fully integrated multimedia, messaging and social networking
experience. It features an exceptionally thin smartphone design with a slide-out, full QWERTY
keyboard and 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display supporting a series of advanced
touchscreen gestures, including multi-touch pinch, long tap and zoom and vertical and
Samsung Epic 4G is the only 4G smartphone to offer three fast and easy ways to enter text
onto the device — a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard, virtual keyboard and Swype technology,
which allows users to input text faster and more intuitively with one continuous finger motion
across the virtual keyboard.
Additional industry-leading features:
- Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor supports amazing 3-D
graphics, faster upload and download times and the full richness of HD-like multimedia
- Dual camera: 5 MP camera/camcorder with autofocus, power LED flash and 4x digital
zoom for photos and HD video1 (720p) video recording, as well as a front-facing VGA
camera for video chat and more
- Visual Voicemail
- Mobile Hotspot capability supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G or
- Android Market for access to more than 65,000 useful applications, widgets and games
available for download to customize the experience
- Wi-Fi® b/g/n
- 1500 mAh removable battery
A Movie Theater in Your Hand
When Samsung Media Hub launches on Samsung Epic 4G, it will be the first and only 4G
handset to feature a video store with movies and TV shows available for purchase or rental
and video content set up for an HD-like entertainment experience on a handset screen. With
4G from Sprint, users will be able to get turbo-charged downloads of a full library of video and
literary content powered by some of the biggest names in entertainment.
Samsung Epic 4G will also share user-generated video content with other devices thanks
to Samsung’s exclusive AllShare service. AllShare wirelessly shares stored music, pictures
and HD video to other DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certifiedâ„¢ home electronics,
including HDTVs, monitors, digital cameras, printers and more. Through AllShare, users will
be able to capture moments with the phone’s camera and camcorder and wirelessly show
them to friends or family on their DLNA-certified HDTV or download music from a PC to
Samsung Epic 4G and take it on the road.
Ideal for Gaming
Samsung Epic 4G’s brilliant Super AMOLED touchscreen display offers the best representation
of color on a mobile phone that matches original content more than 100 times the
contrast quality of other leading displays. It also features faster response time, which
reduces “ghosting” images, wide viewing angles to prevent blurring or distortion and a thinner
design to offer more accurate and responsiveness to touch.
In addition to the dynamic screen, Samsung Epic 4G’s six-axis motion sensing uses an
accelerometer and geo-magnetic sensor to fine-tune its ability to interpret simple movements
and provide an optimal gaming experience. When the phone tilts up and down or left and
right, the game can immediately respond in the same direction.
A demo of Asphalt 5, a popular racing game, is preloaded exclusively on Samsung Epic 4G
allowing users to take full advantage of these advanced gaming capabilities.
Tremendous 4G Tool for Business
Samsung Epic 4G is designed to deliver one of the best multimedia experiences for business
users in several vertical industries, such as healthcare, education, public safety, construction
and professional services, through superior speed and display innovation. It offers support
for push email and integrated calendar services, including Exchange ActiveSync, Googleâ„¢ and
Yahoo!®, as well as full support for Google Mobile Services.
With Android’s open-software platform, businesses can benefit from several productivity-
enhancing applications available in Android Marketâ„¢, including bar code scanning, signature
capture, document viewing and the ability to stream and upload video for customer approval
and archival purposes.
Sprint plans to upgrade Samsung Epic 4G to Android 2.2 in the coming months. With the
Android 2.2 upgrade, customers can expect improved EAS support, improved browser
performance, including Flash 10x support, voice dialing over Bluetooth® and application
storage on external memory.
In order to provide the best experience, Samsung Epic 4G will use Sprint’s industry-leading
Everything Data or Business Advantage Messaging and Data plans, which include unlimited
Web, texting and calling on the Nationwide Sprint Network to every mobile in America with
Any Mobile, AnytimeSM. Everything Data plans start at $69.99 per month. A $10 per month
required Premium Data add-on will allow customers to take advantage of a richer data
experience than ever before.
Additionally, an optional pricing add-on will turn Samsung Epic 4G into a mobile hotspot
connecting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, gaming devices and digital
cameras, simultaneously at 4G speeds where available and at 3G speeds anywhere on the
Sprint 3G network for just $29.99 per month (excludes surcharges and taxes).
With the Sprint Free Guarantee, customers can take advantage of Samsung Epic 4G for 30
days. If not completely satisfied, customers may return the device within 30 days to get
reimbursed for the device purchase and activation fee, get both the early termination and
restocking fees waived, and receive a full refund for the monthly service plan charges.2
Blazing trails with Sprint 4G
Samsung Epic 4G joins a powerful list of 4G-capable devices from the only national wireless
provider to offer 4G service today. Sprint 4G offers a faster wireless experience than any
other U.S. national wireless carrier, and Sprint is the only national carrier offering wireless 4G
service today in 48 markets. Sprint 4G delivers download speeds up to 10 times faster than
3G3, giving Samsung Epic 4G the fastest data speeds of any U.S. wireless device available
As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint made
history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008. Sprint currently offers 4G service
in these markets: California — Merced, Modesto, Stockton and Visalia; Delaware — Wilmington;
Florida — Jacksonville; Georgia — Atlanta and Milledgeville; Hawaii — Honolulu and Maui; Idaho
— Boise; Illinois — Chicago; Maryland — Baltimore; Michigan — Grand Rapids; Missouri — Kansas
City and St. Louis; New York — Rochester and Syracuse; Nevada — Las Vegas; North Carolina
— Charlotte, Greensboro (along with High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (along with Cary,
Chapel Hill and Durham); Oregon — Eugene, Portland and Salem; Pennsylvania — Harrisburg,
Lancaster, Philadelphia, Reading and York; Texas — Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi,
Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco
and Wichita Falls; Utah — Salt Lake City; Virginia — Richmond; Washington — Bellingham,
Seattle, Tri-Cities and Yakima. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.
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
About Sprint Nextel
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services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users.
Sprint Nextel served more than 48.1 million customers at the end of the second quarter
of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative
technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United
States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including
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