It’s kind of hard to believe that they’ve already come along this far. With the pending release of the Samsung Conquer 4G, Sprint is on the cusp of releasing its 25th device capable of using its speedy 4G network. That’s a milestone on its own. It also helps that the Conquer 4G is pretty affordable.
In fact, it’s the first 4G smartphone to launch with Sprint at a sub-$100 price point. Of course, to get at the $99.99 price point, you’ll need to put your John Hancock on a new two-year service agreement. They’re also a $50 mail-in rebate via reward card. The Android 2.3 device comes with a 1GHz processor, 3.5-inch touchscreen, dual-mode 3G/4G connectivity, dual cameras, GPS, WiFi-b/g/n, hotspot capabilities, stereo Bluetooth, microSD slot, and Sprint ID.
It’s a bit of a shame that the main camera is merely 3.2-megapixels, but you still get the rest of the Android goodness that you’ve come to love, along with the speeds of 4G that you’ve come to desire. But hey, at $100, it’s not a bad deal at all. Let’s just hope that the battery life is up to snuff.
Sprint Makes it More Affordable to Experience 4G with the Aug. 21 Availability of Samsung Conquer 4G
Samsung Conquer 4G is the first 4G Smartphone from Sprint to launch under $100; features Android 2.3, a 1GHz processor, two cameras and Sprint ID for the ultimate 4G experience with easy personalization at an extremely affordable price
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As the first national wireless carrier to launch the groundbreaking data speeds of 4G, Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced with Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States1, Samsung Conquer™ 4G2. The launch of Samsung Conquer 4G, Sprint’s 25th 4G-capable device, marks Sprint’s first 4G smartphone to launch at less than $100 enabling Sprint customers to experience industry-leading features without breaking the bank.
“Samsung Conquer 4G delivers the latest Android experience with best-in-class features, including a fast 1GHz processor, dual cameras for video chat and 4G network speeds, at an exceptional value”
Samsung Conquer 4G will cost just $99.99 with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade and after a $50 mail-in rebate via reward card3 (pricing excludes taxes). It will be available in all Sprint retail channels, including Web sales (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-Sprint1), beginning on Aug. 21. Visit Sprint Community for more information.
“The price of Samsung Conquer 4G makes Sprint’s 4G speeds accessible to more customers than ever,” said Fared Adib, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “We are proud to deliver this dynamic device at a great value without sacrificing must-have technology. Our customers can really do more for less when this ultra-affordable 4G device is paired with the great value of our unlimited data calling plans.”
Samsung Conquer 4G is built on Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread, powered by a 1GHz processor and offers Sprint ID and the blazing-fast Sprint 4G speeds on America’s Favorite 4G Network4. It features an enhanced 3.5-inch touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera with flash and zoom and 1.3-megapixel front facing camera enabling video chat while on-the-go. Other key features include:
Dual-Mode 3G/4G device – dependable 3G nationwide coverage and turbo-charged Sprint 4G speeds where available
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and GPS capable
MicroSD card slot that supports up to a 32GB memory card (2GB card included)
3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capable, supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices on the Sprint 3G or 4G networks
Stereo Bluetooth wireless technology
Access to more than 250,000 apps through Android Market™
“Samsung Conquer 4G delivers the latest Android experience with best-in-class features, including a fast 1GHz processor, dual cameras for video chat and 4G network speeds, at an exceptional value,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “Conquer 4G continues Samsung’s commitment to delivering a quality smartphone experience at a variety of price points.”
Sprint ID delivers a variety of apps, widgets, shortcuts, ringtones and wallpapers designed to meet users’ specific mobile needs and interests in just a few simple clicks. Sprint ID packs are free to download with an Everything Data plan and users can download five at once – including E! (keep up with your favorite celebrities), Green (tips to live a greener lifestyle), MTV Music ID (mobile music experience), and Socially Connected (keep connected with friends on-the-go). To see all Sprint ID packs, visit www.sprint.com/sprintid.
Samsung Conquer 4G requires activation on one of the Sprint Everything Data plans plus a required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge – a savings of $39.99 per month vs. Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web, or $9.99 per month vs. Verizon’s 450-minute plan with unlimited text and 2GB Web. The Mobile Hotspot option is available for an additional $29.99 per month supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously (pricing excludes taxes and surcharges).
Sprint was unbeaten among major wireless carriers for customer satisfaction according to results from the 2011 American Customer Satisfaction Index. In addition to tying for first place among wireless carriers, Sprint was also the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, during the last three years, according to the survey.
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 71 markets in 28 states. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.
Sprint’s annual developer conference, now called the Sprint Open Solutions Conference, will be held Nov. 2-4, 2011, in Santa Clara, Calif. Throughout the three-day conference, developers, enterprises and entrepreneurs will learn about Sprint’s open enablement strategy, creating applications for 4G and 3D, enterprise machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions, go-to-market strategies, approaches to make developers more profitable, and current Sprint tools and capabilities across devices, networks and platforms. For additional information and to register for the conference, visit http://developer.sprint.com/devcon2011.
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 52 million customers at the end of 2Q 2011 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 Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. 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, wireless infrastructure and other telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.