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Verizon takes new shot at iPhone with Glyde

updated 08:15 am EDT, Thu May 8, 2008

Samsung Glyde at Verizon

Verizon this morning unveiled its anticipated release of the Samsung Glyde. The carrier's CDMA adaptation of the European, GSM-based F700 scales the camera down to 2 megapixels (with autofocus and flash) but otherwise aims at providing an iPhone-like experience while also mending some perceived gaps from its US rival; like the LG Voyager, the Glyde includes 3G Internet over EVDO, a full HTML browser and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Samsung, however, drops the digital over-the-air TV tuner in favor of built-in GPS navigation.

The US carrier also touts a more customized media playback experience with both Samsung's own dedicated media player software and a customized interface for Verizon's in-house services, including the V CAST Music store. Storage is handled primarily through a microSD card slot.

Unlike recent Verizon launches, the company promises a very quick launch and plans for the Glyde to reach stores by Friday. Pricing is $250 after factoring in a two-year service plan and a mail-in rebate.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jhawk95

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Verizon not a phone maker

    Verizon does not take the shot.... Samsung does... get your headlines right.

    Verizon is not a phone maker and when and if Apple ever decides to make a CDMA version of the phone and make it available to Verizon they will eat it up and offer it to their customers.

    There is not one mobile carrier in the world who does not WANT to offer the iPhone if they are allowed to by Apple. At this time, they are all just trying to fill in the gaps with these "me too" products until that happens.

    The problem is that all those phones lack one essential item to make them truely comparable to the iPhone..... OSX.

    Just ask Sprint, they are hemmoraging customers so bad right now, mosty to AT&T in the States, it is pitiful. And the HTC Touch "iPhone killer" is not flying off the shelves nor saving their customer base from leaving Sprint.

  1. jscotta

    Joined: Dec 1969


    OS X


    I can't speak to your comments on HTC Touch success or lack of, but I can say that I agree that OS X is the iPhone's true advantage.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    OS X is the key....

    Everyone seems to think it's just the touchscreen that needs to be copied to beat the iPhone. They believe that WinMo 6.1 is equal to OS X and I don't quite understand why. Because they allow apps to run in the background?

    The iPhone has system integration from top to bottom using iTunes and Apple's stores and high quality customer support. Now the HTC Diamond comes along and it's like they think they got the iPhone beat just like that. The Diamond hasn't been field-tested in quantity yet, so who knows how well it will hold up.

    The story goes that Apple went to Verizon first and Verizon didn't want to deal with Apple probably because they didn't want to get stuck with some revenue payments or thought the iPhone would fail miserably due to it's high cost. I think Verizon miscalculated miserably.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The story goes that Apple went to Verizon first and Verizon didn't want to deal with Apple probably because they didn't want to get stuck with some revenue payments or thought the iPhone would fail miserably due to it's high cost. I think Verizon miscalculated miserably.

    Since it is just a story, speculating can go all over the place. I'd heard Verizon didn't like the fact that they could not handle customer service the way they normally do when it comes to hardware problems (that is, bring in a phone the first year, if it doesn't work, they'll replace it, no questions asked). Apple likes to control everything, so I'm sure iPhones have to be sent to them for fixing. Maybe Apple wouldn't give them a long-term exclusive contract, so they didn't want to basically help make the iPhone a success, then watch the competitors just jump in and take their customers. Or perhaps the inability to advertise the product.

    Or maybe they just didn't like the idea that they (a) had to charge one price for the model, without being able to offer any type of incentive plan, (b) not being able to offer the phone with different plans, and (c) having to kick-back money to Apple on each user.

    But, it is all speculation. And to say Verizon miscalculated only belies the bias that you think everyone will be owning an iPhone within the next couple of years, and, as such, Verizon is as good as dead without it.

  1. jhawk95

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I mean Testudo,

    Do you have to comment on EVERY SINGLE story in these forums when you obviously have nothing noteworthy or factual to contribute?

    It's like you just want to see your name in here... the equivilent of a bumbling idiot who just want to hear his own voice.

    But then again, I guess you do want to hear your own voice to drown out all the voices you must hear in your head.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I Never Believed It

    I never believed the "Apple went to Verizon first" story.

    It would make no sense whatsoever for Apple to make two inherently different versions of the iPhone (CDMA vs GSM).

    Yes, Nokia and Samsung do, but they have to. Nobody is breaking down the door to buy a Samsung or Nokia.

    The iPhone is an invaluable commodity. It all comes back to supply and demand. You flood the market with S***** phones that cost nothing, there will be no demand. You make an exemplary product hard to get, and the demand for it will blow up.

    Nobody knows how to do that better than Apple.

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