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Instinct "fastest-selling" Sprint 3G phone

updated 08:55 am EDT, Thu June 26, 2008

Instinct Fastest Selling

Sprint today boasted that the Samsung Instinct is its fastest-selling device ever for the company's 3G network. The company notes that the touchscreen device is "breaking records" for first-week sales and touts that Samsung has had to step up production of the phone to meet a surge in demand; there are ongoing but allegedly temporary shortages of the Instinct at various locations in the US, according to Sprint.

The carrier also points to most users making heavy use of the data features, particularly e-mail, web, and map data for the built-in GPS feature. The shift is largely credited to the Instinct's better network support as the first Sprint phone to use EVDO Revision A, which typically pushes downstream speeds up to 1.4Mbps.

Sprint however has declined to publish definite numbers for the sales, making it difficult to compare the launch to that of the iPhone that the carrier is targeting with the Instinct. Apple is commonly though to have sold about 270,000 iPhones on its opening weekend despite the higher initial price, while Sprint in turn waited until after the pricing of the iPhone 3G to set a $129 price point, or $70 less than what Apple lists for its own device.

by MacNN Staff



  1. gambit-7

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Fastest-selling Sprint 3G phone"...

    There sure are a lot of qualifiers in that statement.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Fastest selling...

    So I hear that they're selling ten of those handsets a day. I am duly impressed. Yawn....zzzzzz

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    yea and???

    What's the point of bragging if you dont provide data to back it up! If you dont post your numbers, one can only assume there's a reason for not posting said numbers.

  1. suhail

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I wounder why their other phone, the ones that do not look like the iPhone, sell as well.

  1. yticolev

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Small fish

    Sure, best selling phone ever to an ever decreasing total number of customers. Not a lot to cheer about. Hopefully other companies will learn from the demise of an otherwise good company with horrible customer service.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Does Sprint...

    ...have ANY other 3G phones? Because, otherwise, selling 5 of them a day would qualify for their claim.

    Yeah, if they refuse to substantiate this with actual numbers, you know that, as usual, they are in trouble and just making stuff up.

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