Sure, this thing will no doubt come with exorbitant data fees, but if you can stomach the monthly bill, Samsung’s decision to sell the Instinct to our friends up North could be a pretty attractive proposition. The company has announced that they will begin offering the Instinct in conjunction with Bell Canada, beginning August 8th. As a quick refresher, the Instinct sports a full touchscreen, EV-DO Rev. A, GPS, a full HTML browser, and much more, an in a relatively attractive little package. Sure, it’s no iPhone, but for those that are tethered to a CDMA account for whatever reason, this might help to fill the void. Expect to be able to nab it for $150 on a 3-year contract, $250 on a 2-year bid, $400 on a 1-year contract, and $450 with no strings attached.
In a move that smacks of desperation marketing genius, Sprint has quietly launched a new Samsung Instinct competition. The rules are simple: record a video of you and/or your friends getting crazy with your new Samsung Instinct, upload it to YouTube, and enter it into the contest. Sprint will debit $20 to the first 1,000 entrants. End of story. The producer of the winning video will receive the $10,000 grand prize. Nice. The contest is set to go live on the 30th of June, so you have a couple of days to practice your Instinct antics before you share your gift with the world.
Yeah, you read that one correctly. The Grocery Outlet of the cellular world, Sprint, has finally come out with the Samsung Instinct at the low price of $129 on a 2-year contract after a $100 mail in rebate. This is $70 less than the initial price of $199, which was announced only a little over a week ago. iPhone 3G ripple effect, anyone? Regardless of the reason, this is certainly good news for consumers hoping to grab a touchscreen device compatible with Sprint’s network. We’ll refrain from passing judgement on the handset until we get our hands on one, but $129 for an EV-DO Rev. A, GPS, A2DP, and SprintTV-equipped device ain’t bad at all.
Just in time for the arrival of the Samsung Instinct, Sprint is preparing to unleash a new set of plans on an unsuspecting public. Starting June 15th, the carrier will be making a number of significant changes. The full rundown is detailed below, but expect new single-user lines starting at $39 for 450 minutes, no more free incoming plans, and the end of separate pricing structures for Sprint and Nextel handsets. The ever-exploitable SERO plan remains ripe for the picking, but will sadly not be compatible with the upcoming Instinct. Check out the full list of changes:
- There will no longer be separate CDMA (Sprint) and iDen (Nextel) plans
- Power Pack and Free Incoming plans are gonzo
- Users can mix and match CDMA and iDen on the same plans (before you had to have separate accounts)
- Single user lines start at 450 or 900 min for $39 and $59 respectively
- Talk/Message/Connect gives unlimited messaging and Direct Connect (Walkie Talkie) but no data – $49.99 for 450 minutes, $69.99 for 900 minute or $89.99 for unlimited.
- Everything Plans (include messaging and data) – $69 for 450 minutes, $89 for 900 minutes or $99 for unlimited minutes
- Unlimited plans include navigation, TV and Direct Connect
- Smartphone MUST be activated on a talk plan with a Vision Pro pack ($30) – or on an Everything plan
- Share plans (aka Talk Share) start at $69.99 for two lines with 700 minutes – add a phone is $9.99 per to a max of 5 total phones on the line
- The Talk/Message Share plans run $99.99 and $149.99 for 1500 and 3000 minutes and unlimited messaging, additional lines are also $9.99. Finally, the Talk/Message/Data Share plans run $129.99 or $169.99 for 1500 and 3000 minutes, unlimited messaging and data. Besides browsing, these plans include Sprint Navigation, Sprint TV and Sprint Radio. Additional lines can be added for $19.99 apiece.