That rumored launch date of November 14th for the Samsung i770 “Saga” was spot on. Right on time, the Saga made its debut on Verizon’s website and is now available for sale online and via telesales / B2B. You will have to wait until December 1st to walk into a store and pick one up. The Saga will set you back $199 after a $70 MIR and a 2-year contract, $269 after a $70 MIR and a 1-year contract or $389 with no contract and no rebate. Remember the Samsung i770 is the first of Verizon’s handsets to require a mandatory $29.99 data plan. All in all, the Saga is a pretty solid handset that might be an attractive upgrade for current Motorola Q users and others who prefer a front-facing physical keyboard. Saga owners wont have to leave their flip phone loving friends behind when they jetset to Europe as Verizon also launched the Samsung Renown, a world phone in clam shell form. Like the Saga, the Renown has both CDMA and quad-band GSM, a 2MP camera and multiple messaging options. The Renown comes in just below the Saga, with a price tag of $179.99 after a $50 MIR and a 2-year contract. Unlike the Saga which is available now, the Renown will not be available until November 19 via B2B, telesales and online. It also won’t land in the stores until December 1. Hit the jump for the full set of specs for both handsets.
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Read (Samsung Saga product page)