Verizon Samsung Fascinate

None of this could come as any surprise to any of you, seeing as how we've broken the launch info on the Verizon Samsung Fascinate several times over now. But here it is anyway, all official-like (mostly): One sale online tomorrow (Wednesday) for $199.99 after contract and $100 rebate, in stores Thursday. Exactly like we told you.

A couple other nuggets of note: The desktop dock is going for $29.99, the car dock for $39.99, and there's a "backup battery charging system" (a spare 1500mAh battery, charger and cable to charging it an your phone at the same time) for $39.99.

And about that "mostly official-like" line: We've got the entire press release after the break, but the source link has since died, so take that how you want. Or just bask in the knowledge that you're an Android Central reader and have known most of this for days now. [PR Newswire]

Update: And it's officially official again.

Samsung Fascinate™, a Galaxy S™ Smartphone, Available Tomorrow on the Verizon Wireless Network

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced that the Samsung Fascinate™, a Galaxy S™ smartphone exclusively from Verizon, will be available online on Sept. 8 and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on Sept. 9 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

Powered by Android 2.1™, the Fascinate refines customers' social networking experiences with its Super AMOLED™ Screen Technology, advanced touch screen capabilities, Samsung 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor, and virtual QWERTY keyboard featuring SWYPE technology. Additionally, the Fascinate comes pre-loaded with Amazon's Kindle for Android app, and it boasts an array of accessories, including:

Charging Cradle – Doubles as a phone charger and includes a micro USB wall adapter so customers can view movies, display digital photos, and listen to music. It can also be used as a desktop speakerphone to make hands-free calls, and it comes preloaded with the Samsung "Desk Home" application, which allows customers to switch brightness levels from day to night and provides one-touch access to Samsung Widgets and Bing Voice Search. The charging cradle is available for $29.99.

Car Dock – Attachable to the windshield or dashboard, the car dock displays turn-by-turn GPS navigation instructions, rotates freely between landscape and portrait modes, and features a preloaded Samsung "Car Home" application, giving customers access to everything the "Desk Home" app can do while on the go. The car dock is available for $39.99.

Backup Battery Charging System – Includes a 1500 mAH battery, battery charger and Y-cable for charging a phone and spare battery simultaneously. It is available for $39.99.

Pricing and Plan Information
Verizon Wireless customers who purchase the Samsung Fascinate will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. Samsung Fascinate customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan (beginning at $39.99 monthly access) and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan (beginning at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access). For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 92 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, Nasdaq: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungwireless.com.

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There are 25 comments

rayzaname says:

Impressive hardware, but the default search engine is apparently Bing... and can't be changed! That would be an instant deal-breaker for me. Here's the Engadget review: http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/07/samsung-fascinate-review/

BoNg420 says:

If this is rooted, that will not be a problem.

rayzaname says:

Understood, but I find it unacceptable to have to do that right out the box in order to get Google Search and Navigation. Consumers shouldn't buy into that. I'd recommend any "Droid" branded phone in VZW's lineup before this...

cj100570 says:

If this is the route Verizon is going with it's future Android devices I can see myself parting ways with them come February when I plan to replace my Incredible. When they signed that search deal with Microsoft I knew they'd be pushing Bing, woke up to an install link forced onto my Storm last year, but to make it the default on an Android phone and not have a way to change it is no bueno!

rayzaname says:

I was in the same boat when VZW "Bingified" my Storm2, removing any trace of Google Search. Honestly though, I don't think they will do that with any of the "DROID" branded phones.

Taz says:

I was looking forward to this phone, but after reading all the reviews and seeing what verizon has done to the phone. I will stick with my INCREDIBLE !

Archerdude says:

It was kindo of funny, Engadget was bashing on verizon for hampering the phone. After i read the article i noticed verizon was advetising on there site.

Cobra507 says:

Does anyone know if the BOGO rumor with this phone is true?

BoNg420 says:

Do we have root for it yet?

Se7enth Sinn says:

Lets see some benchmarks Phil

Se7enth Sinn says:

I was hoping for a Video Benchmark but thanks..
Also, did you ever get your hand on the Sony Xperia x10?

dcbelcher says:

My Incredible has been the best smartphone that I've owned. I say no new toys until they can beat my Incredible in these areas:

- Front Facing Camers
- LTE
- Over 1Ghz processor, preferrably multi-core
- SuperAMOLED capacitive or better
- Higher resolution screen
- Gorilla Glass
- Thin

That's all. Is that too much to ask?

oscarahj says:

You forgot better batter life.

TheBronze says:

Whats with the pricing? $200 AFTER you pay them $300 and they sit on your $100 for a month or two, earning interest? No thanks. And mobile Bing? MS had better deliver on that one. The IE that was on my BJ2 was painful. The webkit browser on the captivate is totally kick ass.

sookster54 says:

It's funny, everyone BUT Telus gets dibs on these Galaxy S variants... lol Telus gets the Apollo (I'm going to check it out regardless).

TheBronze says:

Wow. Engadget really slammed the phone hard.

jdposhkus says:

I fingered one at the store the other day. I was underwhelmed. I think that VZW is not going to let any device without the Droid moniker have the top spot.
As it was mentioned at the top...I will not give up my INC. until such time as there is a truly WORTHY replacement. This is not that device.

bxojr says:

Hmm. Apart from the Bing thing, most of what Engadget complained about was general to the entire Galaxy S line, not specific to the Fascinate. And the Galaxy S phones have gotten pretty much rave reviews everywhere else. So I'm not inclined to pay too much attention to what Engadget has to say.

Sounds to me like if you have a problem with Bing, the Fascinate isn't for you. I don't particularly care, so I'll still be picking mine up the day after tomorrow.

icebike says:

You missed the part about the lock ups?

bxojr says:

No, I didn't miss that part. That's one of the complaints that seems to be about the Samsung software (which is common to all Galaxy S phones). Later in the same paragraph they essentially say as much.

moises1204 says:

i wonder if Verizon let you do a test drive like sprint does, and if you don't like it you can return the phone and the contract and only pay for what ever minutes you used?

Taz says:

I think they have a 14 day return policy, If you dont like it return it.

theoneuafter says:

Wow I was beyond excited for this device. After Engadget and what others say, not so true anymore. It was the X or Fascinate for me. Now I'm leaning more to the X. I like Google alot and don't want to give it up and be forced to use Bing even with root. I'm not comfy with rooting yet so I want my preferences right out of the box.
That's a shame........what a waste.

BoNg420 says:

Wait till November, there will be that new HTC phone thats similar to the EVO coming to VZW. Don't get the X.