Samsung ATIV Odyssey could be free on contract from Verizon

Samsung ATIV Odyssey could be free on contract from Verizon
Back in the waning days of October, we passed along the word from an insider who said that Big Red would be offering a mysterious Samsung manufactured Windows Phone 8 model for free. We were told that this would not be the Samsung ATIV S, and when the Samsung ATIV Odyssey was introduced at Microsoft's October 29th event, none other than Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the device would be coming to Verizon before the end of the year. While the executive didn't mention it, it could be that the Samsung ATIV Odyssey will be the free phone mentioned by the insider.

Verizon CMO Tami Erwin said today that the carrier will have a Windows Phone 8 model at three important price points, $200, $100 and $0. The HTC 8X is the $200 model (ok, $199.99 to be precise), the Verizon exclusive Nokia Lumia 822 is priced at $99.99 and that would leave an opening for the $0 model. Considering that images of the Samsung ATIV Odyssey leaked on Monday showed a low to mid range smartphone, it looks like the nation's largest carrier might already have a Windows Phone 8 model in mind to be offered free with a signed two-year contract.

source: TheVerge via UnwiredView


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ATIV Odyssey
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh

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8 Comments

1. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Free on contract? No downside to that. Good call, Big Red.

3. metalpoet unregistered

Okay correct me if im wrong but i dont think this device has a front facing camera...

4. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

it looks like it does

5. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I agree with tigermcm, it does look like it may have one. I would be surprised if it didn't. A lot of phones now come standard with the front-facing camera, even free on-contract phones.

7. metalpoet unregistered

ok awesome! :) im looking to this phone for my verizon work phone

2. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

good choice if you don't have the money. if you have the money, I would recommend something else, like the htc 8x if you like wp8 or droid dna otherwise

6. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Where's the Nokia love?

8. OccupyAJob

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Not happening. Sorry, the specs already beat the current HTC and Nokia offerings. No way it's going to be free and drive those other two sales in the pit. There was a second Samsung WP leaked in the Apple suit code named "Marco." Be on the lookout for it to be the freebie.

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