updated 11:05 am EDT, Thu July 3, 2008
Samsung Instinct for Bell
Bell Canada today said it would be the first carrier outside of Sprint to carry the Samsung Instinct. The touchscreen cellphone will keep the same custom interface designed by the US carrier and will be Bell Canada's most direct answer to the iPhone 3G's appearance on Rogers with similar features. Bell's version of the phone should have the same EVDO Revision A-based 3G Internet access, true GPS, and full HTML web browser as the American model.
In a unique twist, however, Bell also promises less expensive and more varied Internet access than either Sprint or what Rogers will offer for the iPhone 3G: the handset will qualify for Bell's $10 unlimited on-device browsing plan, which should allow most users to get at least web browsing for significantly below the $60 minimum plan for Rogers' iPhone and Sprint's $70 plan. Extra plans will also be available to listen to Internet streaming versions of some SIRIUS satellite radio stations and to watch 20 Internet TV stations.
Bell plans for the Instinct to reach stores on August 8th and will sell the phone for as little as $150 on a three-year contract; its price increases to $250 on a two-year plan, $400 for one year, and $450 for a contract-free edition.