Verizon Wireless today launched the Samsung Illusion, an Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone that costs $79.99 on contract.
Wireless and Samsung have managed to slip another Android smartphone for sale
ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
which are preparing to launch the Galaxy Nexus as the first Android 4.0 "Ice
smartphone in the U.S. next month, introduced
the Samsung Illusion, an Android 2.3 Gingerbread handset powered by a 1GHz
processor that costs $79.99 on contract.
At a time when
Samsung and Verizon are pumping out 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) phones such as
the Galaxy Nexus, the Illusion is a no-frills, candy-bar-shaped smartphone equipped
with a 3G radio and a 3-megapixel camera.
also features Swype gesture input software, support for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
Office Exchange-based email, contacts and calendars for business users, and
access to Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android Market application store, as well as
Gmail, YouTube, Search and other Google mobile applications.
The phone has
2GB of on-board memory, expandable to 32GB via a microSD card. A mobile hotspot
feature lets users connect up to five WiFi devices for $30 a month.
particularly interesting about the Illusion is its pricing scheme. The Samsung
Illusion will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com on Nov. 23.
who can wait a day, the Illusion will be available free with a new two-year
customer agreement between Thanksgiving (Thursday, Nov. 24) and Monday, Nov. 28
29, the phone will be available for $79.99 again. However, the handset won't be
available in Verizon's retail stores until January 2012.
is the latest low-cost Gingerbread phone, following Verizon's Pantech Breakout, Sprint's Samsung Conquer
and AT&T's Motorola's Atrix 2
, which all cost $99
also teamed with T-Mobile to launch a white version of the popular Samsung
Galaxy S II smartphone. Specs for the white version will be the same as T-Mobile's existing, black Galaxy S II, which includes a
4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus (Super active-matrix organic LED Plus) display and a
announcement was clearly geared to whet users' appetites for a premium white
Android smartphone this holiday season.
have additional details to share soon, including when you can purchase the
white Samsung Galaxy S II in the coming weeks, but it will be available in time
for the holidays," a Samsung spokesperson told eWEEK.