Verizon has a pretty sweet deal for those just joining the smartphone community. It is offering the Samsung Galaxy Stellar for free, provided users sign up for a two-year contract and a corresponding data plan. This contradicts the earlier rumor that the phone will be sold for $99 by Big Red with a contract.
The Samsung Galaxy Stellar, which was earlier known as the Samsung Jasper, appeared just a few days ago on Best Buy. Said retailer is offering the phone for $499.99.
The device is equipped with the Stater Mode feature that promises to make the phone user-friendly. Starter Mode gives users a simple homescreen that has widgets for the user’s preferred apps. However, they can always opt to use the Standard Mode, which gives users the original Android home screen.
The Samsung Galaxy Stellar has pretty decent features, especially for those who have not tried smartphones before. For one thing, it offers 4G LTE connectivity, allowing users to browse the Internet at high speeds. For its hardware, the Stellar sports a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon with a clock speed of 1.2GHz. It also has Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich onboard, but at this point it is unknown whether it will be given a Jelly Bean update in the future. There is also 768MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot in case users need more space. It furthermore sports a 3.2-megapixel camera that has the autofocus feature, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls.
The phone is a Samsung Approved For Enterprise (SAFE) handset, which means that users are provided with security features like Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and support for On-Device Encryption. The Stellar is powered by a Lithium-Ion battery that promises up to 9 hours of use.
Interested consumers may purchase the Stellar on Verizon’s online store as well as retail outlets beginning Thursday, September 6th. There is a $50 mail-in rebate for the phone.