Just as we heard earlier in the week, the Samsung Illusion will be launching for Verizon on November 23rd. However, there seem to be some major caveats to the launch, as it won’t be as widespread as some had anticipated. In fact, Verizon is keeping this launch strictly online for a little while, which should make sales of the device a pretty interesting number come next year, when the handset finally lands in stores.
Verizon has officially announced the Samsung Illusion will be available beginning November 23rd, but only online through their portal. The phone will be available for $79.99 with a new, two-year contract — but there isn’t any mention of a mail-in rebate this time around. But, you can get it for free if you order the Illusion between November 24th and November 28th, so keep that in mind if you know someone who would love this mid-range device, but you don’t want to pay anything for it.
The Illusion will launch with Android 2.3 right out of the box, and a 1GHz processor under the hood. You’ll find WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth, as well as a 3MP camera around back. It will support a microSD card up to 32GB in size, so you’ll have plenty of storage if you want it.
Lastly, the Illusion won’t be landing in stores until January 2012, so if you wanted to get a hold of this device to try it in hand before you buy it, you’ll have to wait. The full press release is below.
BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced the Samsung Illusion™ will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning Nov. 23 for $79.99 with a new two-year customer agreement. The Illusion will be available for free with a new two-year customer agreement between Thursday, Nov. 24 and Monday, Nov. 28 as an online promotion.
The sophisticated Samsung Illusion smartphone features a sleek form factor and is powered by the nation’s most reliable 3G wireless network. The Illusion boasts a 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird Application Processor, 3.0-megapixel camera, HTML Web browser, music player and integrated contacts, calendar and social networking applications, as well as access to more than 300,000 apps available to download from Android Market™.
Android 2.3™ Gingerbread – support for Google Mobile™ Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™, Google Search™ and Google Maps™
SWYPE™ Technology – input text faster and in a more intuitive way with one continuous finger motion across the screen keyboard
Corporate email support for Microsoft Office Exchange® – customers can synchronize corporate email, contacts and calendars from their office email
Full suite of messaging options, including text, picture and video messaging
Mobile Hotspot capability – share 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices
6-axis accelerometer with compass
Bluetooth® 3.0 technology – support for headset, hands-free, stereo, phonebook access and object push for vCard and vCalendar
Wi-Fi Connectivity 802.11 a/b/g/n
microSD™ card slot with support for up to 32 GB (2 GB pre-installed)
Additional features – Designed with the environment in mind:
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Platinum Rating – the Samsung Illusion scored 84 out of 119 points to receive the “Platinum” UL rating
Rear casing and battery cover are made from 70 percent post-consumer material and 35 percent of the front casing is post-consumer material
Packaging made from bleach-free paper (post-consumer waste) and printed with vegetable ink
Box material uses 60 percent recycled paper (post-consumer waste)
High-efficiency charger with full-charge alarm
The Samsung Illusion will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com on Nov. 23, and will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in January 2012.
Customers that purchase a Samsung Illusion smartphone will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.
For more information on the Samsung Illusion or for other Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Media can access high-resolution images of the Samsung Illusion™ in the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.)
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 107.7 million total wireless connections, including 90.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with nearly 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungwireless.com.