Leaked ad shows Verizon bound Samsung Galaxy Stellar for $99.99 with Starter mode and Amazon apps
0. phoneArena 24 Aug 2012, 12:40 posted on
A leaked ad shows a new handset for Verizon called the Samsung Galaxy Stellar which will apparently be sold for a penny under $100 with a signed two-year pact; the add mentions a "Starter mode" and says the phone supports Amazon apps...
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2. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1275; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
It's going to be the Samsung Galaxy Fire!
3. roscuthiii (Posts: 1801; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Not sure what to make of that kind of advertising... Starter mode? Fitting in the hand? Amazon Apps?! Is this going to be a Verizon Jitterbug-type phone, or a new cheap 7" tablet or even phablet (Ugh, I can't believe I just type 'phablet'... twice now!)? Note II? Galaxy Player???
4. Nico85 (Posts: 11; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)
Agreed. It sounds like it wants to compete directly with the LG Lucid as a 1st time smartphone
5. akhi216 (Posts: 61; Member since: 01 May 2011)
This article raises the concern of whether the phone has Google and Amazon apps or if it strictly has Amazon apps.
6. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 384; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
Amazons Appstore sucks in comparison to Google Play! They better include Google Play....
7. J-LoTheGreat (Posts: 32; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
Actually the starter mode is also on the Pantech Marauder. While it is not a Galaxy S3 or other top-model. It does give people the simplicity of basic! It is not an "old person"
phone, it is a simplistic mode to help people become comfortable with the OS first.
8. jesusLTEchrist (Posts: 11; Member since: 21 May 2010)
Yeah hasty generalization calling it an old person but you got the point. Its all about getting new demographics into smartphones. There isn't much room to increase market share for smartphones v basic phones(which increases arpu/brand loyalty both long term and short term) without targeting younger and younger kids with smartphones or targeting older/less techy people that have avoided getting smartphones. New data plans = lowering entry point for teens who's parents already have a smartphone
Phone with starter mode and amazon apps = lowering entry point for people who tried a blackberry once got confused and avoided technology since then.
9. J-LoTheGreat (Posts: 32; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
Absolutely! I can agree with you 100%. It is a whole new world out there. I remember when Companies had 4-5 Smartphones and 2 dozen Basics. Seems now that the tables have completely done a 180. There are only about 5-6 decent basic phones and 2 dozen smartphones. Finally they have realized that they don't need to sacrifice quality to get a smartphone into someone's hand. i.e. Motorola Citrus.