The Samsung Intercept is officially heading to Virgin Mobile in the U.S. market. Samsung’s latest Android offering runs on Android 2.1 with a 800MHz processor, 3.2 inch QVGA display, 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a four row QWERTY keyboard with a dedicated number row. The Samsung Intercept measures 4.6 x 2.2 x 0.6 inches and weighs a mere 4.6 ounces.
Based on images from the user manual, it looks like the Samsung Intercept features many of the customized Android apps from their TouchWiz 3.0 builds of Android, though the home screen appears to be taken from stock Android with a traditional application drawer.
For a limited time, the Samsung Intercept is exclusively available at your local Target store. The phone is selling for a $249.99, but keep in mind that Virgin Mobile’s rate plans start as low as $25 a month. For those of you on a restrictive budget, a low-end Android phone with dirt cheap rates could be a life saver.
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Virgin Mobile Energizes Mobile Marketplace by Introducing Android Handset on a Nationwide, No-Contract Plan
Samsung Intercept Delivers Smartphone Luxuries
with Monthly Unlimited Plans
WARREN, N.J. – Oct. 4, 2010 – The line between prepaid and postpaid mobile offerings has become even more blurred as Virgin Mobile USA enters the Android™ smartphone market. Beginning today at Target stores nationwide, Virgin Mobile adds the Samsung Intercept™, running on the Android mobile operating system, to its affordable, no-contract lineup of handset and service offerings. The Intercept will roll out to other major retailers throughout the month and will be available for purchase at virginmobileusa.com by mid-October for $249.99.
“As smartphone users come up for contract renewal and examine their monthly costs, they will start to wonder why they are paying more each month when they can get similar services from Virgin Mobile at a fraction of the price,” said Bob Stohrer, vice president-Marketing, Virgin Mobile USA. “With the Samsung Intercept on Android, Virgin Mobile is leading its customers into new, eagerly awaited territory while expanding our potential customer base.”
The Android device gives Virgin Mobile customers full integration of social networking apps, Microsoft Outlook Exchange e-mail and advanced messaging capabilities. Users of the Samsung Intercept also have access to more than 80,000 applications currently available on the Android Market™, and can sign up for one of Virgin Mobile’s Beyond Talk™ plans which include e-mail, data and Web along with 300, 1200 or unlimited voices minutes per month and are perfect for the person always on the go.
In addition to a 3.2-inch touch-screen display, a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 3.2 MP camera and video, the Samsung Intercept also comes preloaded with multiple applications, including such favorite social apps such as You Tube®, Facebook® and Google Talk™ as well as the Virgin Mobile Live app used to access Virgin Mobile’s branded music stream. Additional features include:
• Contact and calendar sync via ActiveSync
• Android Web browser
• Access to the Amazon® MP3 store
• Full integration of Google Apps™, such as Google Maps™, Google Talk, Gmail™ and Google Navigation™
• Document file viewer
• Portrait and landscape screen orientation
• Dedicated keys for quick access to social networking
• Numerous video and music file types supported
• Built-in music player
The Samsung Intercept, paired with Virgin Mobile’s no contract Beyond Talk service options at $25, $40 and $60 a month, offers one of the best smartphone values in the industry.
About Virgin Mobile USA
Virgin Mobile USA, one of Sprint’s prepaid brands, offers millions of customers control, flexibility and connectivity through Virgin Mobile’s Beyond Talk™ plans for mobile phone service and prepaid Broadband2Go high-speed Web access. Virgin Mobile branded handsets are available at more than 40,000 retail stores, including Best Buy, Radio Shack, Target and Walmart. Top-Up cards are available at approximately 150,000 locations nationwide and can be used for Broadband2Go services. Purchase and experience Virgin Mobile on the Web and at Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and www.virginmobileusa.com.