Sprint Samsung Instinct - Good Deal or Not?

Finally, after almost a year, there is a competitor to the Apple iPhone hitting the market here in the US, the Samsung Instinct M800. The touchscreen phone will be sold through Sprint for $129 with, of course, the obligatory 2 year contract. The low price tag shows the increasing competitiveness in the high end cell phone market that may mean good news for consumers although there may reasons for concern. Should you buy a Sprint Samsung Instinct or take a wait and see approach?

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The biggest downside of the low prices upfront is that vendors, like Sprint, will need to subsidize devices like the Samsung Instinct. This means that they’ll have to make their money back some how, either through higher monthly rates after a brief ‘honeymoon’ period or they’ll have to introduce new products that current ‘early adopter’ owners will have to pay a substantial fee to acquire.

The upside with the Sprint Samsung Instinct is that you won’t be nickled and dimed with fees for music. The Samsung Instinct will play standard MP3 files just fine so there is no need for an overpriced download service that’s required for some phones. Hopefully this indicates a new trend among cell phone service providers.

You can expect to pay at least $70 a month for a Sprint Samsung Instinct plan on top of the $129 for the phone itself. Given Sprint’s customer service, or lack thereof, you would almost have to pay me $70 a month for me to use them as my carrier. This price isn’t too bad for an unlimited data plan considering how much the price has come down since last year where expensive per minute charges were the industry standard.

As for the Samsung Instinct M800 itself, it strikes me as a device suffering from what some of us in the software industry call “creeping feature-itis”. This happens when project managers try to shoehorn every bit of functionality into a product to its detriment. From what I understand, there are features of the Samsung Instinct that work well, like the GPS interface, and others that are quirky or don’t work very well, like the keyboard and web interfaces. I guess we’ll have to hear unbiased reports from the early adopters to see how well the  Samsung Instinct works in the real world.

 


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4 Comments »

Comment by sprint instinct
2008-06-20 17:25:08

The Sprint Samsung Instinct is just what I’m looking for. Lots of standard features are on my list of must-haves in the Samsung Instinct M800, but on the other hand there are any geegaw enhancements that make the Samsung Instinct harder to use than a regular phone. There are many gotchas that go into choosing a cell phone and looking at the Sprint Samsung Instinct makes me think that it is a good price for a handset compared to the over-rated iphone. My one concern about the Sprint Samsung Instinct is whether it will have good coverage service on the Sprint network. Aren’t they struggling to gain market share after merging with Nextel? But I heard that they are busy setting up a 4G network, so will the Samsung Instinct be a good buy now or a stopgap choice til 4G is ready. I guess I need to make a decision and the Sprint Samsung Instinct might be the way to go in the meantime.

 
Comment by Vampire Bats
2008-06-20 20:33:13

i believe its a god deal, it has what i want, its a pretty darn good phone

 
Comment by joseph
2008-07-01 20:02:22

no1 get this phone!!
i went in to get it and the price per month was ok but i have a family plan and well too make things short sprint will nickle and dime you like crazy! this phone is great but believe me sprint will milk you dry

 
Comment by james braselton
2008-09-27 14:56:16

HI THERE I SAY THE SPRINT INSTINCT IS A DEAL FOR ME LIVE TV GAMES GPS 3.1 INCH TOUCH SCREEN VOICE TO ACTION BUTION LIKE STAR TREK COMUNICATERS.

 
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