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Samsung Stratosphere, Verizon’s first QWERTY LTE phone, coming October 13th

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Samsung Stratosphere, Verizon’s first QWERTY LTE phone, coming October 13th
Update: The Samsung Stratosphere, the first LTE-enabled Verizon phone with a full QWERTY keyboard, is finally official! After a couple of appearances here and there, the Samsung Stratosphere is finally ready to grace Verizon on October 13th.

The Stratosphere features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p videos and a 1GHz Hummingbird processor. It’s also powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Nothing that would necessarily scream high-end, but nor does the price, which stands at the rather affordable $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and on a 2-year agreement.

But of course the most important thing here is the killer combo of a five-row full QWERTY keyboard and 4G LTE service. Judging by the imges, the keys are decently spaced with the arrow keys and some other buttons greyed out to stand out. This would appeal to business professionals, Verizon says, but so will the 1.3-megpixel front-facing camera - a nice addition for video conferencing. Finally, the phone comes with enhanced business security features.

Hit the press release below for all the fine details around the launch of the Stratosphere.

source: Verizon Wireless

Samsung Stratosphere, Verizon’s first QWERTY LTE phone, coming October 13th
Samsung Stratosphere, Verizon’s first QWERTY LTE phone, coming October 13th
Samsung Stratosphere, Verizon’s first QWERTY LTE phone, coming October 13th


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posted on 10 Oct 2011, 03:34

1. daniyo (Posts: 46; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


it doesnt look that much like the epic. looks like its thicker

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 04:23 1

2. roldefol (Posts: 2975; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


It's slightly taller, exactly the same width and very slightly thinner.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 06:31 3

3. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


woohoo verizon finally getting a slightly modified epic....verizon sucks and is overpriced

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 07:01 1

4. roldefol (Posts: 2975; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


You get what you pay for. Where I work I get a strong 3G signal with Verizon while AT&T and Sprint are stuck on 2G and T-Mobile is roaming.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 08:06 1

5. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


i go with sprint because they have quality customer service good phones and are much cheaper

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 08:22 1

6. roldefol (Posts: 2975; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Yeah, but if I can't get a signal, it's not worth it. People like to throw around "X provider sucks" when it's all based on their own experiences and local coverage.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 08:26 2

7. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


you have a point. verizon may have superior coverage but everybody has their own opinion on matters of this sort.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 11:57 1

8. MorePhonesThanNeeded (unregistered)


It's for those who don't want to deal with sprints network. There is a reason these guys are third, I don't care about cheap phones alone. I want a total package and Verizon gave me this, I've had T-Mobile and AT&T and settled on Verizon even though they were more expensive than T-Mobile. I have not had much in the way of issues when using my phone, got replacements without a deductible twice. Their tech support is quick and very knowledgeable, because I have been with them going on 5+ years have unlimited everything that I need most.

My buddy just got back with sprint with a SGSII, great phone btw, but their WiMax is hit or miss, not what you would call solid performance and we live in the greater metro area of NYC. Sprint can stay where they are, away from me. VZW may not get the greatest phones the fastest, but when they get phones they are guaranteed to work without fail, except for the Storm(that was BB fault).

Last we checked, it's a fact that VZW has a great network, and has some of the best phones and their stuff just works, even if it is a little pricier. You get what you pay for and great service and great phones that do their job and loyal customer perks can't go wrong can you? Sprint last year gave their fledgling WiMax customers the shaft, $10.00 extra for service that they didn't even have...wow. I hope Sprint knows what they are doing with that unlimited plan and the iPhone 4S landing on their network, that could screw them more than the AT&T/T-Mobile merger.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 12:16

9. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


i had VZW at one point and will admit they have great phones if you have the money but the plans are to pricey for me. and yes i agree that Wimax is a bunch of BS. i am with sprint with my crappy Echo until i get $600 to pay full retail for whatever is the best phone on the market at the market hopefully at one point or another if sprint releases it the google nexus prime. if they do not release it i will hold off until either A)my Echo breaks which sadly wont happen (ive tried) or B)sprint finally gets their LTE up and running and i can buy one of the LTE phones.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 13:50

10. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


who's choice was it to get the echo....yours.

i have had verizon for along time. but now i belong to sprint. obviously the unregistered user doesn't read the updates sprint will be rolling out. in the meantime sprint is fine. its voice is much better than what i find in washington state. tmobile's american base is in bellevue, yet i manage to get 5-10 drop calls a week.

i don't have that type of problem with sprint. yes verizon is better at voice (barely) and data (bandwidth speed) but then again especially considering the price difference. the plan i was using with verizon with discount was alot more than the 56.xx a month i pay for sprint.

i have gone into the store and replaced my phone without a fee with sprint when i have insurance as well.

sprint now has the iphone. lte is coming and my bill will be 56.xx a month.

in ten years when i have something to show with the money i saved lets talk about which service is better.

most americans should think about cost effectiveness and what we really need instead of paying the overcharges america's cellphone service provides

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 16:29

11. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


you are right about cost effectiveness. i only got the echo because it was free on wirefly and looked like a good phone. it could have been an excellent phone if it would have been released in say 2010 or 2009. i got it so i would have time to save money to upgrade to a LTE phone next year when they start rolling out of the production lines

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