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  • moinmoin666 - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    LAME, Fake-News :(

    $149 on contract...
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  • Red Storm - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    You must read a lot of lame, fake news then because this how cell phones have always been advertised. Reply
  • thewickyman - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    He does have a point, the price is $149 on contract after a $50 mail in rebate. So on contract the price is actually $199 up front. Reply
  • jordanclock - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    Unless you get it from Best Buy, you pay $149 and they handle the rebates themselves. Reply
  • Exodite - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    ...in the US. Reply
  • dennphill - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - link

    ...just before T'day, got this phone for $29.99 at Costco. (Actually receipt showed price at $99.99 with instant $70 rebate. Think a good deal.) I just came from a Verizon store where they wanted $149.99, and they told me no way to attach a lanyard. (I sail and have lost my share of phones in the drink before my last one - a Samsung Convoy - on which could attach a lanyard.) Verizon doesn't even know it's products - the Costco vendor immediately snapped off the rear cover, removed my lanyard from the Convoy and attached it to the Stratos! I'm happy. Now all I need do is figure out how to use a Smart(erthanme)phone. 4G, too. And a keyboard. Reply
  • shabby - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    This is last years samsung epic with lte. Reply
  • JasonInofuentes - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    I think it's fair to say that this is an opportunity for corporate clients who are frustrated by the absence of both Palm and RIM from competitive phones from a technology stand point. This isn't a huge market but its enough to consider going after, especially when you consider how many corporate types have a work Blackberry and a personal Android or iOS phone. Reply
  • thewickyman - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    The only thing that matters to a corporate client is long term support. Most of these android phones are designed for consumers and are just the flavor of the month. Shortly after introduction something faster comes out and thats what consumers hunger for.

    Most handsets that shipped with 1.x or 2.x OS never get updated beyond that and that kind of thing leads to such fragmentation. Not to mention all the various app stores outside of the official droid market place, and the different levels of hardware (cpu, gpu, and ram in each handset), screen resolutions, and OS level requirement for some of the apps business clients would use.

    A handset maker would have to come out with a design catered to the corporate clients before any serious consideration would be done. RIM and iOS have that support to a larger degree. The 3GS came out with iOS 3.0 back in 2009 and in 2 days it's getting iOS 5.0. Sure it may not get all the features with each update but it is still supported, still getting security updates, still getting some new features. And above all else, it is still being produced. The 3GS has had over 2 years on the market already and if the current line up is any indication it probably has another 2 years in it.

    The irony is the "freedom" android consumers want is the complete opposite of what corporate clients want. The idea of switching an established eco system from RIM or iOS into android is a HUGE undertaking even before handset cost comes into play. Without a big name like google launching a handset and putting 5 years+ of support into that handset, I doubt any big corporation would even entertain the idea of android at the table.
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  • JasonInofuentes - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    I'm not going to argue with you, I think you're right that enabling the type of full support that you see from RIM and, yes, iOS isn't likely to be an easy undertaking. I think Google made an intentional move not to support enterprise services in Android because they knew that they were going to be moving pretty fast and that the kind of legacy support that's necessary would be a burden they wouldn't want to deal with.

    That doesn't mean that manufacturer's can't make a shot. EAS and Afaria may not be the ideal means of managing and accessing corporate networks from mobile devices. But it is an option.
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  • RoninX - Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - link

    Who would buy this? Anyone who wants a physical keyboard with LTE. Can you name another option?

    Personally, I'm going to wait to see whether the Nexus Prime comes out in a slider, and whether we hear about the Droid 4/Maserati release date at the October 18 Verizon event.

    I'm also leaning more toward the Captivate Glide than the Stratosphere, but there's a tradeoff with a faster dual-core processor on the Glide, but a faster network (LTE vs. HSPA+) on the Stratosphere.
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