The Samsung Instinct, touted as a worthy rival to the iPhone, has gone on sale in the US at a reduced price.
Wireless phone network Sprint is offering the touchscreen handset for USD$129.99.
The drop in price from the expected USD$ 199.99 is a move clearly intended to fuel rivalry with the new iPhone before it comes on the market next month.
Sprint’s an unlimited data plan (at $69.99 per month) and two year contract agreement are similar to AT&T’s iPhone options.
A worthy and elegant rival to the Apple handset, the Instinct measures 117 x 56 x 12.7mm and weighs 127 grams.
It features GPS, EV-DO connectivity for high speed data transfers and a 3.1 inch TFT touchscreen display with 240 x 400 pixels.
There’s a full HTML browser, Sprint Email, Sprint TV, Sprint Music Store, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, Microsoft’s Live Search, speaker-independent voice dialing, a 2 Megapixel camera with video, and expandable memory (up to 8GB).
The handset is MMS-capable and its 1000 mAh battery can provide up to 5.75 hours of talk-time.
The Instinct can be bought online, from Sprint’s official website or in all of the carrier’s US stores.

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