Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Cool inexpensive phones from Sprint

Sprint just announced the availability of the Samsung Rant and Samsung Highnote, both exclusive to Sprint. Both phones use Sprint's Now Network, which features the "Simply Everything" price plan and Mobile Broadband's immediate access to exclusive content including NFL Mobile Live.

Samsung Rant costs $49.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate. Samsung Highnote is priced at $99.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate. Both devices can now be purchased at www.sprint.com, 1-800-SPRINT1 and Sprint retail locations.

Samsung Rant and Samsung Highnote are among the first devices to feature Sprint's new One Click customizable user interface, which was awarded Best Overall Product of CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment 2008. Samsung Rant was honored as Best Cellphone of CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment 2008.

Samsung Rant is the first device to debut at less than $50 offering the fast data speeds of Sprint's mobile broadband network (3G), Sprint-exclusive content and innovative applications all at a price previously available only on basic, voice-only devices. It features a smooth horizontal slide with a full QWERTY keyboard making it easy to send email or text messages. Samsung Rant is available in red or black, with Best Buy offering an exclusive purple color option.

The music-focused Samsung Highnote slides up to reveal a dial pad and slides down to showcase its stereo speakers. Its unique scroll wheel makes it smooth to use. Samsung Highnote is available in red or blue.

One Click gives users of either device the ability to easily access the features they use most in just one step. One Click allows users to personalize their home screen and bring the Now Network right to their fingertips by selecting and organizing features and content such as text messaging, Google search, Sprint Navigation, email, favorite Web sites, music and call log.

One Click makes it easy for users to access advanced features including Sprint TV with an extensive selection of live and on-demand programming, Sprint Music Store offering over-the-air downloads of full-length songs and Sprint Radio with more than 150 channels. Sprint Navigation with GPS-enabled audio and visual turn-by-turn driving directions and Sprint Mobile Email for access to POP3 email including AOL, Yahoo!, Windows Live and Gmail as well as corporate email are both just one-step away through the One Click interactive carousel.

One Click allows users to access Google on their home screen so they can take advantage of the high speed of the Now Network to search the Internet and access other Google services in just one step. People can use One Click to add shortcuts to their favorite Internet sites so they can be accessed directly from the home screen, and have the ability to download applications and services from the Web without restrictions.

Additional features of both Rant and Highnote include a 2.0 MP camera/camcorder, stereo Bluetooth with audible caller ID, expandable memory up to 16 GB and speaker-independent voice recognition. Samsung Highnote has a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack.

Customers purchasing devices at Sprint retail locations can get the most out of their phone by having it personalized just for them before they leave the store. With Ready Now, Sprint retail associates work with new or existing customers to explain, set up and demonstrate the features and applications of their new phone.

Sprint's Ready Now program is a first in the industry - no other wireless company offers a similar customer experience. The service is available whenever the customer wants it; however, only existing Sprint customers have the option to schedule an appointment online by visiting www.sprint.com/readynow.

To take advantage of all the great features on these new phones without having to worry about additional monthly charges, Sprint customers can sign up for the $99.99 Simply Everything plan, which includes unlimited domestic calling, messaging, email, Web surfing, GPS navigation, Sprint Music Premier, Sprint TV Premier, NFL Mobile Live, NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile, Direct Connect and Group Connect on compatible phones. The Simply Everything plan is available to current customers without renewing their contract. New service requires a two-year agreement.
This is a preview, not a review.

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