Soon T-Mobile will begin to sell what they’re calling the first no annual contract 4G smartphone. The Samsung Exhibit II 4G will go on sale at Walmart stores October 27th and cost $199.99. That will be followed by a release at T-Mobile retail locations on November 2nd with or without a contract – the latter option will cost $29.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate. Not too shabby when you consider most smartphones cost $200+ after signing a 2-year agreement.
Features for this Smartphone include a 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen, a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4G connectivity, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, WiFi, a 3 megapixel camera (there is the rub), GPS and Bluetooth.
Clearly the Samsung Exhibit II 4G is not a premiere phone, but nor is it targeted at that audience. After all, they are selling at Walmart, which is known for rock bottom prices and strong arming manufactures into offering their products at almost cost. However, this is a big win for Samsung and T-Mobile since it allows them to tap into a demographic that may have not been previously available at their retail locations.