Samsung Fascinate Available Practically Free for New Verizon Customers

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The Samsung Fascinate launched last week. It normally sells for $200, but consumers willing to switch to Verizon Wireless to get this high-end Android OS smartphone can purchase it at a significant discount: just 1 cent.

This new model offers a 4-inch AM-OLED touchscreen, 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, and much more.

There are often special deals available to those who are willing to change their wireless carrier. A couple of such deals allows new Verizon subscribers to get the Fascinate for almost nothing, providing they sign up for a two-year service contract.

Samsung Fascinate from Verizon WirelessThe online retail giant Amazon.com is asking just $.01 for the Fascinate, while the mobile phone site Wirefly has a deal almost as good: $10.

Both of these offers are only good for those signing a new contract. Current Verizon customers who are renewing a two-year contract can get this smartphone for $100 from Amazon.com or Wirefly.

Overview of the Samsung Fascinate
This model has a tablet shape with a 4-inch WVGA touchscreen. The Fascinate doesn’t have a physical keyboard, but ships with the Swype on-screen text-entry system.

The Fascinate is debuting with Google’s Android OS 2.1, but an upgrade to version 2.2 is in development.

This Samsung device supports Verizon’s 3G network and includes Wi-Fi b/g/n. It is also able to combine these functions and act as a Wi-Fi hotspot to share its Internet connection with other computers.

It includes 2 GB of internal storage and is bundled with a 16 GB microSD memory card. Users will have the option of purchasing higher capacity cards, up to 32 GB.

The Fascinate sports a 5.0-megapixel camera with auto-focus and an LED flash. This supports HD (720p) video recording and playback.

Other features include Bluetooth and a 3.5 mm headset jack.

As it runs Google’s operating system, the Fascinate comes with a suite of communication, entertainment, and productivity applications. Many of these tie into Google services like YouTube and Gmail, but users are also able to get their business mail through Microsoft Exchange.

It is part of the Samsung Galaxy S series.

 

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