Verizon's Samsung Gem smiles for the camera once again, Big Red launch imminent
The Verizon-branded Samsung Gem might be the cheapest gem of a phone that's coming up in the near future, but it grabs another prize as well – for one of the longest delays. It was first leaked out as early as August of lastyear, only to appear again now in all of its Froyo glory. This time, it's in a box, which hints at a very near launch – actually some third-party retailers have reportedly started taking deliveries, but Big Red's official outlets are to release it soon as well. Actually, the phone was already launched on some regional carriers, including U.S. Cellular recently, which has it for the hard-to-beat $29.99 on contract.
Spec-wise, the Samsung Gem is no front-runner of technology with rather modest 3.2-inch WQVGA capacitive touchscreen, 800MHz processor and a 3.2-megapixel camera, but it aims to offer the basic Android experience for a very affordable price. Oh, and that diamond-shaped button takes center stage as the geek-magnet in the Gem. Already feel attracted? We are, to the price - it's not yet announced, but something tells us it will be low.
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1. the Godfather (unregistered)
This phone has already been released. Third party exclusive since three weeks ago. We have sold a dozen or so of them in my stores.
2. misteranderson (unregistered)
I was going to say, I've had this phone in my store for about 2 and 1/2 weeks at least now.
3. cellularconnection (unregistered)
same here, i thought that it might have been delayed due to bugs and they were letting us sell them just to test them out, but i haven't had any with problems come back yet. sold a few dozen since 2-3 weeks ago. not a bad phone but for 29.99 and no mail in rebate its hard to beat for the tight pocket people.
4. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6135; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
One ugly ass phone Samsung. the only ugly thing is the bottom part
7. haroonazeem638 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)
I think it's really pretty SPECIALLY the bottom part. Just my opinion
5. intheknow (unregistered)
Yes...it has been avail for 3-4 weeks via VZW indirect channel. I've heard this may be released via big box as well.....not sure. Great value and highly profitable for indirects. Cheaper than the Vortex and a much better device....faster processor, better screen, better build quality. Perfect entry level android. The Moto Cirtus has it beat $$$ wise by maybe 10-15 bucks..but the Citrus (for lack of a better word) is a "lemon". One of the highest return phones in VZW's line-up
6. cthunder (Posts: 104; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
Screw the Samsung Gem! When is the HTC Merge coming to Verizon? Where the hell is my phone? Pls those of you who work for VZW let us know what the scoop is.