Samsung Indulge

We've been onto MetroPCS' plans for a new 4G LTE phone for a while now and it appears it'll be arriving to customers shortly. The previously outed Samsung Forte is now the Samsung Galaxy Indulge. Android 2.2 is loaded on the horizontal, Swype-enabled QWERTY and it is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and 3MP camera. Listed at $399.99 with no contract this could be a great device for MetroPCS when it hits later this week. Full presser's after the break. [MetroPCS]

DALLAS– February 9, 2011 - MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS), the nation's leading provider of unlimited, no annual contract, flat-rate wireless service, and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the number one mobile phone provider in the U.S. 1, today introduced the world's first commercially available 4GLTE enabled Android™ smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Indulge™.

At about half the cost of other 4G smartphone service plans today, consumers can truly have it all with MetroPCS' $50 and $60 4GLTE smartphone service plans, which include all applicable taxes and regulatory fees. MetroPCS is delivering this unmatched value with unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE Web page browsing, along with data access to streaming audio, video and gaming content, downloads and Android applications.

"Our commitment to offering premium, feature-rich smartphones was once again fulfilled today with the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Indulge, which will allow consumers to experience the vast benefits of both MetroPCS' 4GLTE services and the Android operating system," said Roger D. Linquist, president, CEO and chairman of MetroPCS. "Mobile consumers no longer have to choose between low cost service and high-end Android handsets. Instead, they can truly have it all by being able to select from a full spectrum of feature and smartphones paired with 4GLTE services at an unmatched value."

Powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo), the Galaxy Indulge is the perfect smartphone for those who want to manage every aspect of their lives from a mobile device. MetroPCS' 4GLTE service delivers lightning fast Web page browsing and also allows customers to watch and listen to exclusive entertainment and multimedia content from their favorite shows through the MetroSTUDIO application. Quick access to the Android Market™ provides more than 100,000 applications to consumers' fingertips and Android's intuitive user interface with Samsung TouchWiz enhancements makes customizing the device's home screens simple and easy. The Galaxy Indulge's combination touch screen/QWERTY keyboard means consumers can send messages via e-mail, SMS or social media channels through whichever input method they choose.

"The Galaxy Indulge integrates two of Samsung's core product investments; the Android platform and bringing powerful and intuitive 4G-enabled devices to the U.S. market," said Omar Khan, chief strategy officer for Samsung Mobile. "The Galaxy Indulge is loaded with the speed of the Android OS, true mobile broadband connectivity and a 1GHz processor with rich multimedia features for premium movie and TV content."

The Galaxy Indulge provides complete access to Google Mobile services, including Google Search™, Google Maps™, Gmail™ and YouTube™. This sleek smartphone features a 3 megapixel camera and camcorder with auto-focus, music player, Stereo Bluetooth® capabilities and expandable memory storage up to 32GB. Additionally, the Galaxy Indulge includes a 4GB microSD™ card, preloaded with the action film "IRONMAN 2," produced by Paramount Pictures2.

The Samsung Galaxy Indulge is the second LTE-enabled mobile phone offered by MetroPCS, following the Samsung Craft TM which was introduced in late 2010. The Galaxy Indulge will be available in MetroPCS stores and online later this week with a suggested retail price of $399 plus tax.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Indulge arrives on MetroPCS this week for $399

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$400 for this phone and people are bitching about a 10" tablet costing $800.

We all need to bitch about why an unlocked and/or off-contract phone costs over $500. There's no way the carriers and manufacturers are not price fixing.

Complaining won't do any good. Voting with your wallet is the only message that really matters. This phone at $399 really isn't a rip off though. You her cheaper rates from this carrier because there is no subsidy. We have gotten to used to $200 high end subsidized smartphones to the point that many people have an unreasonable belief I'm what hardware costs to make and market. We all want a $500 Xoom with no required data plan and no.contracts just like the iPad. The fact is that none of the manufacturers of Android tablets can compete with Apple when it comes to economies of scale with the possible exception of Samsung.
They have already established the price they are willing to sell a tablet for. The Nook Color is the only tablet that's quality that meets these price demands and its being sold at cost by Barnes and Noble in order to get you to buy digital books.

I remember seeing this

http://www.androidcentral.com/droid-incredible-costs-manufacturers-nearl...

$164 to build a droid incredible. So these phone prices are really high at $600 and then a tablet costing $800. The only difference in the hardware pretty much is the larger screen and maybe some extra stuff internally. I would say its probably $250 tops to make a tablet. Its not like they are losing money selling you a phone at $200. Yes I am aware that carriers don't get them at build price, but they aren't paying $400 + for them I bet either. Overall they make their money on your service. You think it really costs them $80 to provide you with service? Hardly. That's nearly all profit after a few months the phone has been covered for their price.

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Galaxy tab only $205 to make.
http://www.isuppli.com/Teardowns/News/Pages/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-Carries-$205-Bill-of-Materials-iSuppli-Teardown-Reveals.aspx

Just about everything you said is wrong.

$399 is a rip off for a $150 phone. Just like every other smart phone that's unsubsidized. And a subsidy should mean that if you bring your own hardware then your monthly rate should be cheaper since the carriers are not subsidizing your device.

And you are trying to tell me Motorola can't compete with Apple on economies of scale? Do you know how many phones Motorola sells?

$599 for a Droid X 9 months after it was released is nothing more than price-fixing from the carriers and the manufacturers.

And there is no way Apple is losing money on the $499 iPad from the hardware side. Even if Apple only made $50 or $100 profit that's still a lot considering the millions being sold. Not to mention that 30% they collect on apps sales.

Except for the Z & X keys, which look like they into a real small spot. Never seen anything like that before.

most people tend to forget even though the manufacturing cost may be low the makers of the phone also throw in the extra to make up for the ads they have to pay for to make the phone know its how they make some sort of profit.

I had MetroPCS once and it was great until I moved out of the coverage area. If they ever go full nationwide and undercut everyone's prices while offering unlimited talk,text, and web, I'd go back to them instantly.

And yes, there definitely is price fixing in the industry.

This is pretty much the same build as the Samsung Transform. I enjoy the Transform but I wish Samsung would have thrown in the Hummingbird instead of this crappy Third gen 800mhz cpu. I might grab this phone if LTE is in Boston. No FFC or flash isn't that bad of a trade off for a lightning fast cpu and 4G for less.

For people complaining about the cost remember Meyro PCS uses the European and Asian phone pricing model. You pay full price up front but less monthly. The total cost to own end up being much cheaper than on all the other carriers.

I saw this and said FINALY, I can get a High end Android device on a Pre-Paid carrier. Then I saw that it is a Samsung device. Hmmm....I still don't trust them...BUT they are releasing it with 2.2 installed. I can live with that.

I also did some Math.

$400 for the phone plus $60/month for 24 months is a $1,840 total cost of ownership over 2 years.

At a discounted price of FREE, a 1Ghz processor Samsung phone on ANYONE ELSE is AT LEAST $80 * 24 months = $1920....but that's not quite accurate. You see, Metro's $60/month INCLUDES tax. If I go T-Mobile or Sprint I am paying TAX on that bringing total cost to $90/Month plus or $2,160 over 2 years. So the REAL savings is $320 over 2 years. Again, this is assuming the phone is free.

All this being said, the REAL advantage of getting this phone would be that I would NOT be under contract. And that is VERY attractive.

Financially however, I need to see if I can get wifi calls on an LG Optimus V. If I can get that working, then 2 years of service plus the phone will only cost $750.

I saw this and said FINALY, I can get a High end Android device on a Pre-Paid carrier. Then I saw that it is a Samsung device. Hmmm....I still don't trust them...BUT they are releasing it with 2.2 installed. I can live with that.

I also did some Math.

$400 for the phone plus $60/month for 24 months is a $1,840 total cost of ownership over 2 years.

At a discounted price of FREE, a 1Ghz processor Samsung phone on ANYONE ELSE is AT LEAST $80 * 24 months = $1920....but that's not quite accurate. You see, Metro's $60/month INCLUDES tax. If I go T-Mobile or Sprint I am paying TAX on that bringing total cost to $90/Month plus or $2,160 over 2 years. So the REAL savings is $320 over 2 years. Again, this is assuming the phone is free.

All this being said, the REAL advantage of getting this phone would be that I would NOT be under contract. And that is VERY attractive.

Financially however, I need to see if I can get wifi calls on an LG Optimus V. If I can get that working, then 2 years of service plus the phone will only cost $750.