Samsung Intercept

Virgin Mobile officially announced the Samsung Intercept's pricing and availability today. After small updates through Facebook and our showing it to your first at Target, we finally know that the Intercept is officially available beginning today at Target stores across the country. The Intercept will retail at $249.99 -- just like we saw earlier. The phone will make its way into other major retailers by mid-October. Full press release after the break.


Virgin Mobile Energizes Mobile Marketplace by Introducing Android Handset on a Nationwide, No-Contract Plan

 

Samsung Intercept Delivers Smartphone Luxuries

with Monthly Unlimited Plans

 

WARREN, N.J.  Oct. 4, 2010 – The line between prepaid and postpaid mobile offerings has become even more blurred as Virgin Mobile USA enters the Android™ smartphone market. Beginning today at Target stores nationwide, Virgin Mobile adds the Samsung Intercept™, running on the Android mobile operating system, to its affordable, no-contract lineup of handset and service offerings. The Intercept will roll out to other major retailers throughout the month and will be available for purchase at virginmobileusa.com by mid-October for $249.99.

 

“As smartphone users come up for contract renewal and examine their monthly costs, they will start to wonder why they are paying more each month when they can get similar services from Virgin Mobile at a fraction of the price,” said Bob Stohrer, vice president-Marketing, Virgin Mobile USA. “With the Samsung Intercept on Android, Virgin Mobile is leading its customers into new, eagerly awaited territory while expanding our potential customer base.”

 

The Android device gives Virgin Mobile customers full integration of social networking apps, Microsoft Outlook Exchange e-mail and advanced messaging capabilities. Users of the Samsung Intercept also have access to more than 80,000 applications currently available on the Android Market™, and can sign up for one of Virgin Mobile’s Beyond Talk™ plans which include e-mail, data and Web along with 300, 1200 or unlimited voices minutes per month and are perfect for the person always on the go.

 

In addition to a 3.2-inch touch-screen display, a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 3.2 MP camera and video, the Samsung Intercept also comes preloaded with multiple applications, including such favorite social apps such as You Tube®, Facebook® and Google Talk™ as well as the Virgin Mobile Live app used to access Virgin Mobile’s branded music stream.  Additional features include:

 

·         Contact and calendar sync via ActiveSync

·         Android Web browser

·         Access to the Amazon® MP3 store

·         Full integration of Google Apps™, such as Google Maps™, Google Talk, Gmail™ and Google Navigation™

·         Document file viewer

·         Portrait and landscape screen orientation

·         Dedicated keys for quick access to social networking

·         Numerous video and music file types supported

·         Built-in music player

 

The Samsung Intercept, paired with Virgin Mobile’s no contract Beyond Talk service options at $25, $40 and $60 a month, offers one of the best smartphone values in the industry.

 

About Virgin Mobile USA
Virgin Mobile USA, one of Sprint's prepaid brands, offers millions of customers control, flexibility and connectivity through Virgin Mobile's Beyond Talk™ plans for mobile phone service and prepaid Broadband2Go high-speed Web access. Virgin Mobile branded handsets are available at more than 40,000 retail stores, including Best Buy, Radio Shack, Target and Walmart. Top-Up cards are available at approximately 150,000 locations nationwide and can be used for Broadband2Go services. Purchase and experience Virgin Mobile on the Web and at Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and www.virginmobileusa.com.

 

Reader comments

Samsung Intercept available today, online later this month

17 Comments

I'm thinking keyboards are making a comeback.

Once the device is big enough to support the screen size that people want, adding keyboards seems to not add anything but a slight thickness.

Jerry's video about the G2 shows that this additional thickness is just not all that much.

If Sammy does as good a job as HTC in making a sexy slider, keyboards may be back in style.

No it is not. It's been out on Sprint for a couple of months now. Think of it as the Moment, but shinier.

Prepaid customers get the shaft. Crap service and overpriced phones. I bought my Evo no contract for 300$. This phone does not even compare in terms of hw. I would rather buy an Evo and try to get it flashed or just go with sprint prices are not much off.

It's all about the contract buddy.
Contract people pay higher rates to make up for the phone subsidy.
You get what you pay for......

But your service costs $80/mo. On VM, it's $40. Who's getting the shaft now?

I know, I know, the Intercept is no Evo. But just wait until the prepaids start getting the top devices. The writing is on the walls for these overpriced "postpaid" smartphone plans.

I thought Virgin Mobile piggy backed on Sprint towers, so shouldn't it theoretically have service comparable to Sprint?

I'm surprised there isn't more excitement about this. This is all kinds of awesome.

I know the Intercept doesn't hold a candle to the Galaxy S offerings by Sammy, but think about what this means for a second:

You can get the exact same phone on Sprint for $100+$70/mo+junk fees with 2 year agreement. On VM, it's $250+$40/mo for 1200 minutes (more than most smartphone users will ever use) and no contract (break even point is only 5 months). In other words, you'd pretty much have to have rocks in your head to buy an Intercept on Sprint.

As the prepaid providers start getting better and better devices, this is going to create downward pressure on prices for "postpaid" subscribers. The days of $80-minimum smartphone plans on Sprint are numbered.

That's not an apples to apples comparison.

You can get the Intercept pretty much anywhere for between -$50 and $50 on a 2 year contract with Sprint, and with 1 minute asking about discounts you should be able to get 15-25% off your monthly bill.

So the math for your average educated consumer is...

Sprint 2 year contract, average pricing: $0.01 (amazon) + ($70 x 24) x .85 (15% discount) = $1428 over 2 years, $59.5/month

VM, 2 years of service, assuming no price increases: $249 + ($40 x 24) = $1209 over 2 years, $50.38/month

Considering on Sprint you would get better customer service and unlimited mobile calling (to any mobile device) I would say there is not much of a price benefit to using VM for Android phones.

And since Sprint is putting out new 3G android devices which should be head and shoulders better than current offerings at that sub $100 price point, the benefit becomes more marginal.

JMO

I ended up searching 4 targets to get this phone and have to give it my thumbs up so far. Coming from a Nexus One I was paying $40 per month but though that if I could only pay $25/mo and be able to sell my Nexus for an extra $200 over what the Intercept costs then it just might be worth it.

I still can't believe I get data and text but I'm paying for is only $25/mo!

I have to say it was quite an adjustment getting used to the Intercept after coming from a blazing fast Nexus One. If you've had any type of 1ghz processor you can definitely feel a small lag on the Intercept that can translate to other "problems" before you learn to relax on the 7 extra seconds it takes to load webpages. Another problem at first was that I didn't understand how the extra lag translated to the soft keys on the front of the phone (back, home) and would constantly think they are not working and pressing them multiple times in frustration when I actually just needed to get used to the 2-3 seconds of lag adjustment.

Coming from an N1 or Vibrant or Hd2 you will def had a small lag learning curve in the first few days but after that you relax and have a Zen moment that a slightly slower phone is ok when your saving almost $50/mo compared to what others are paying. No small chunk of change.

Another adjustment was getting used to the downgraded features of my N1 such as:
- 3 inch screen vs 3.7
- strange 240 by 400 resolution
- 3 megapixel camera with no flash
- 800 mghz processor
- plastic tft screen compared to glass amoled
- Rev0 vs RevA radio that picks up 3g speeds about

Both times I was ready to take back the Intercept "gahd how could I downgrade myself in all of these features?!" Or "gah why does this phone lag 2-4 seconds" but I realized I only wanted a phone for the specific features of:
- Messaging
- Google maps navigation
- Browsing the web at 1/2 the speed of my N1 (On 3g speedtests I get about 800 kbps vs 1600 on my N1)
- Playing emulators (Nesoid works great and now I have keyboard for real buttons!)
- Facebook

The Intercept takes care of all of these things perfectly for me which is why I can recommend it fully. $25/mo is an amazing deal and beats the hell out of anything that's currently on the market. Its just that if your used to instant gratification then you'll have to get used to waiting a second or two as the price for saving $50/mo.

Also just incase anyone was wondering, Virgin Mobile uses the Sprint network so coverage is the same as Sprint.

Hope this helps anyone out there on the fence. I'm happy I made the switch but you gotta give a few days to get used to the speed before getting frustrated.

Looks to me like this means you can now get an Android phone with "unlimited" data for $25/month...is this correct?

Low end phone or not, this is a very interesting option if all is as it appears.

It covers a broad base of consumers and that's excellent. However I prefer nationwide coverage, ground breaking hardware, customer support. Call it vanity but 4.3" HD screen 8 megapixel camera, dual led flash, 1gig omap processor separate graphics processing, wifi tethering, and the pure awesomeness of the DroidX I will spend the extra cash for instant gratification. My phone made my laptop unnecessary and I love that. But that's for me. Not everyone.

I am really considering this. I was planning on moving from my old 2G iPhone to Android on another carrier simply because ATT is stupid expensive. Seriously though, this would be a lateral move for me, but drop my families monthly rate of $110/month for an iPhone and a dumb phone to $50/month for two Androids.

Hell, Count me in!