samsung intercept

We had a post all about finding the Intercept available for pre-order at the Sprint evp site ready to go, and then the press release rolled in.  Sprint has announced that the Samsung Intercept, the successor to the venerable Samsung Moment will be available Sunday, July 11, for $99 after rebate two-year agreement.  It's not the beast of a phone that the Epic 4G will be, but it certainly looks like a solid mid-level handset and at just under a hundred bucks comes at a decent price point.  Hit the break for the full press release from Sprint.

Combining the Power of Android with Sprint Value, Samsung Intercept(TM) Packs in the Features for Just $99.99
Full QWERTY keyboard, large touch-screen display and a premium social networking experience combine with the customization of Android to make Samsung Intercept a great value for businesses and consumers

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Jul 07, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Sprint (NYSE: S) and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States1, today introduced a stylish addition to its growing portfolio of Android devices with Samsung Intercept. In addition to the 3.2-inch, touch-screen display, 3.2 MP camera and video, and full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Samsung Intercept comes preloaded with social apps and one-touch picture posting to the top social sites.

Customers can purchase Samsung Intercept starting July 11 through all Sprint channels, including Web (www.sprint.com), Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and select national retail partners. Retail pricing will be just $99.99 (excluding taxes) after a $100 mail-in-rebate with a two-year service agreement on a new line activation or eligible upgrade on an Everything Plan with data. It will be available in two attractive colors - Gray Steel and Satin Pink.

Loaded with Android 2.1, Samsung Intercept provides access to popular Google(TM) mobile services, including Google Search(TM), Google Maps(TM), Gmail(TM) and YouTube(TM), and more than 50,000 applications available in Android Market(TM) today. It also features a powerful processor to make it a snap to maneuver within the device.

"Samsung Intercept is a valuable addition to our growing portfolio of Android phones with a rich Internet browsing experience, visual voicemail and practically all of the latest must-have features," said Kevin Packingham, senior vice president of product development for Sprint. "Best of all, at this price, we are able to bring the Android experience to a broader audience that will appreciate the versatility that comes with access to thousands of apps on Android Market. This is a great device for those who use their wireless device to manage a business or socialize with family and friends."

"The Intercept is a perfect example of Samsung's commitment to bring the latest Google mobile services, social applications and popular features to smart phones for the mass market," said Omar Khan, chief strategy officer for Samsung Mobile. "Users will enjoy the Intercept's stylish design, full QWERTY keyboard and access to full web browsing and Google services for a full-featured smart phone experience."

Great Price Without Sacrifice

Samsung Intercept makes menu and display navigation easy with a highly responsive optical joystick that virtually zips from item to item. It operates on the Sprint 3G network (EVDO-Rev. 0) and features Wi-Fi capability, integrated GPS navigation and accelerometer. Additional features include:

  • Home screen that scrolls right to left for more space to organize widgets and apps
  • 3.2 Megapixel camera and video camcorder
  • MP3 Player with MicroSD card slot (supports up to 32 GB)
  • Stereo Bluetooth(R) wireless technology
  • Visual voicemail
  • Sprint TV(R), Sprint Football Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup MobileSM
  • Access to social networking sites Facebook(R), Flickr(R) and TwitterTM
  • Access to personal and corporate e-mail
  • Easily view Word, Excel, PowerPoint on-the-go to maximize productivity

Samsung Intercept requires Sprint's industry-leading Everything Data plans with Any Mobile, AnytimeSMthat include unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from every mobile in America while on the Sprint network. Everything Data plans start at $69.99 per month - the same price Verizon and AT&T charge for unlimited talk only. (All price plans exclude surcharges and taxes.)

Sprint is the only wireless carrier to offer Ready Now service with trained retail associates to work one-on-one with customers to personalize their Samsung Intercept, set up features and demonstrate how it works before the customer leaves the store. Customers have the choice of sitting down with a Sprint retail associate at the time of purchase or they can schedule an appointment for a later time atwww.sprint.com/storelocator.

More Satisfied Than Ever

Offering affordable plans to such feature-rich smartphones like Samsung Intercept is one of many reasons Sprint has excelled in customer satisfaction. Sprint is the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, over the last two years, according to results from the 2010 American Customer Satisfaction Index.

Sprint's improvement was driven in part by substantial gains in two aspects of the survey. In the area of customers' perceptions of value, Sprint now leads both AT&T and Verizon. The company also achieved an impressive improvement in the area of customer loyalty. With these gains, the company's overall ACSI score jumped 14 points during the last two years. In the last six years of the ACSI survey, no other company has improved its satisfaction score by that many points in a two-year period.

The improvements in the ACSI survey come as Sprint has seen nine consecutive quarters of improved customer satisfaction and first call resolution. The company's improvements have also been recognized by other independent third-parties, including Sprint winning the #1 spot for both overall satisfaction for wireless voice service providers and wireless data service providers in a Yankee Group and Mobile Enterprise magazine survey of large business decision makers. Sprint also ranked high in small and medium business customer satisfaction. Also noteworthy was Sprint's two-year Reputation Pulse(TM) score increase in Reputation Institute's 2010 U.S. Most Reputable Companies Study (published annually in Forbes). Sprint's 18.22 percent gain puts its improvement in the top 10 percent of the 150 largest U.S. companies, ahead of both AT&T and Verizon.

Sprint is also the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, offering wireless 4G service today for select devices in 36 markets. In 2010, Sprint expects to launch 4G service in multiple markets, including Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. For information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

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 48 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, and is the first and only 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, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless and instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. With its customer-focused strategy, you can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com orwww.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

 

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Samsung Intercept available Sunday, July 11, for $100 after contract with Sprint

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on sprints news release the screen size is 3.0 inches and 240 x 400 resolution, the moment had a screen size of 3.2 inches and 320 X 480 resolution. It seems that the new phone has reduced the screen to make the phone smaller. It also had the camera flash not included. The price with a two year contract is 99 including a 100 rebate.

then i feel sorry for whichever kid is getting the Moment. Don't waste your time. I'm 13 and I hate this piece of junk. You might as well get them the Epic 4G too.

Preety much gonna be an updated Moment. I personaly am gonna wait for the Epic 4g to hit the shalves. Wife is gettin the Intercept and one of the kids will be gettin my Moment.

Not to sound stupid but after skimming the specs of the Samsung Intercept and the Samsung Moment, how exactly are they different? It seems like they are the same exact phone in a new body.

The Intercept is the "updated" version of the Moment but from what I have seen the specs look to be practically identical. That is why I asked, what exactly is new or different between the two? Is there really any advantage to getting a Intercept vs. Moment?

I was one of the lucky few who got their hands on the phone early. I got the phone two days ago at Best Buy. (I dumped my Hero because of its bugginess. No more HTC junk for me...but I digress...)....

The Intercept is a GREAT phone. It is smaller and lighter than the Moment. AND the phone WILL be eligible for the 2.2 upgrade. The phone has stock 2.1 loaded - no TouchWiz to clog up the pipes. The Intercept is snappy and responsive with a solid build and a nice keyboard with "clicky" keys which allow for accurate and quick input for texts and emails. The slider is crisp and without a lot of wiggle....

Generally, the phone has the same specs as the Moment with just one major exception - the flash is gone from the camera. A little bit of a bummer, but it is not a big deal - the camera works very well in low-light situations. Overall I have to give this phone a big thumbs up! It's a head and shoulders above the Hero.....

Some people may wait for the Epic. But do you really need a 4G phone? (especially considering that the 4G fees will be an additional $120/year) Sure, the Epic will have a bigger screen and a marginally faster processor, but unless you're a gamer or plan to watch alot of videos, the Intercept should do the job for you very well....

Now a couple of cons: Handcent doesn't work with this phone nor does the New York Times app. Everything else from my Hero works like a charm.....

My recommendation? Get one fast!

Does it seem to have the advanced battery life the Moment showed after the updates? I am leaning towards this model if the battery can hold.

The processor is same as the moment 800 mhz, the phone is small including the screen 3.0. Went to the local Sprint store and the phone looks and handles nicely. The processor only appears to be 200 mhz slower than the yet to be released Epic but the Epic's processor has many enhancements to do tasks with less steps involved and thus makes the phone much faster than the 200 mhz difference.
I think the Intercept is a very good smart phone but I will wait for the Epic mainly for the larger screen and better resolution.

This phone is slick. More than Moment update. Battery seems to last forever by comparison and many software improvements, including pinch to zoom.

I wonder if it will be available at Best Buy... looks like I will be making a call soon to find out, trying to avoid that 100 mail-in rebate. This will be a great phone for my wife while I hold out for the Evo.

Radio Shack carries the Intercept for 99.99 and no rebate. If you want an extended warranty it is around 130 for everything covered for 2 years.

I'm getting this phone. I will hand it down to Daughter with Epic comes out, maybe. One thing that has me looking hard at Epic is camera rez and HD camcorder capabilities, but really if I wanted to use the phone to record video, live band performances, I would have a problem with lighting...I would b better off with real HD camera firewired to notebook with 4G to stream live.