Samsung Vibrant Available for Half Off

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The list price for T-Mobile’s newly-released Samsung Vibrant is $200 with contract, but some online stores are selling this powerful Android OS smartphone for half that.

There’s a catch, though: this deal is available only to those who are switching to T-Mobile to get this model.

Wireless carriers regularly offer special deals to new customers, hoping that discounts on phones will lure in additional subscribers. But carriers almost never advertise these deals on their own websites. Instead, these special sales are handled by other retailers.

Samsung Vibrant from T-MobileThat’s why both Amazon.com and Wirefly are listing the Samsung Vibrant at $100 to new T-Mobile subscribers. This carrier’s current customers, even ones that qualify for a subsidy, have to pay $200.

Overview of the Samsung Vibrant
This smartphone is a version of the Samsung Galaxy S, so it has a tablet shape with a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen. AMOLED displays provide more vibrant colors than standard LCDs, and are thinner and use less power. 

The Vibrant runs Android OS 2.1 on a 1 GHz Samsung Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor.

As it is based on Google’s operating system, this model comes with a suite of communication, entertainment, and productivity applications. Many of these will tie into Google services like YouTube and Gmail, but users will also be able to get their business mail through Microsoft Exchange.

It comes with a 2 GB external memory card, and users will have the option of switching this out with higher capacity cards, up to 32 GB.

This device can connect to T-Mobile’s 3G (HSPA) network, and the Vibrant offers GPS functionality with access to turn-by-turn navigation as well as the Swype text input system.

It also features a 5-megapixel camera with digital zoom and auto-focus, and a video camera for high-definition (720p) videos and photos for playback on an HD television.

 

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