Samsung Instinct to Challenge the iPhone


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Sprint Nextel Corp. will be taking on the iPhone with a lower price for its own touch-screen smart phone, the Samsung Instinct.

The carrier said Wednesday that the Instinct will cost $129.99 when released on Friday. That compares with $199 for the cheapest model of the new iPhone, which goes on sale July 11 with AT&T Inc. as the carrier.

The Instinct shares many features with the new iPhone, including access to a fast wireless data network and a GPS receiver. Sprint was unusually involved in the phone's development, and plans to promote it heavily.

The new iPhone costs half as much as the old one, since AT&T is now subsidizing the hardware, much like carriers do for other phones. Previously, Apple had a unique arrangement with AT&T under which the phone was sold at full price, but Apple got a share of wireless service revenue from the carrier.

Before the announcement of the iPhone price cut, Sprint had indicated that the Instinct would cost more than $200. Afterward, it said it would match the price. Wednesday's announcement lowers the price further, and points to the intense competition in the smart-phone market, which has been very strong the last six months.

The Instinct's price is with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate.

The purchase price of a smart phone is only a fraction of the total cost of ownership, since the phones require a data plan. The cheapest monthly plan for the Instinct will cost $69.99, which ends up closer to $80 with taxes and fees. The cost for two years of service is then about $1,900.


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It looks pretty good actually. And we have a higher chance of getting it here than the iPhone so...


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but this will be lot expensive than iphone! expect above 40 k


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Is it the one with cartoonish icons?


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Is it the one with cartoonish icons?
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not sure, but only Moto phones have cartoonish/childish icons and menus :P


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but this will be lot expensive than iphone! expect above 40 k
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Wouldn’t the iPhone be around that same range for us?

Here’s a review from Gizmodo.


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Wouldn’t the iPhone be around that same range for us?

Here’s a review from Gizmodo.

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i phone would be less than 30K i think!


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Let see which one is better iPhone or Instinct and in how many price we may get.

what is the os of the Instict?


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Let see which one is better iPhone or Instinct and in how many price we may get.

what is the os of the Instict?

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I still think Apple’s got it nailed with the iPhone. The Instinct is a close competitor but it isn’t really that close either.

I think the OS is proprietary.


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What is the iphone os?


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What is the iphone os?
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OS X