Mumbai, July 8, 2010: In a move that would redefine the Smartphone user experience in the country, Reliance Mobile and Samsung Mobile today announced the launch of India’s first Android powered CDMA handset Samsung Galaxy i899. Combing a unique blend of performance and elegance, Samsung Galaxy i899 will offer an enhanced experience of seamless Speed Data on the Move offering speeds upto 3.1 Mbps to Reliance Mobile customers. The new Smartphone available only on Reliance Mobile network will also be the first CDMA device to be launched in India pre-installed with Android Market – an online applications store developed by Google for Android devices.
“The launch of Samsung Galaxy i899, Smart Phone, is in line with our strategy to offer next-generation services with unmatched voice clarity, hi-speed wireless data network access and ultra-fast application downloads on India’s largest and only nationwide CDMA mobile service to Reliance Mobile customer,s” said Vrajesh Shelat, Head of Handset & Data Services, Reliance Communications.
The futuristic touch-screen CDMA smartphone would also enable high-speed access to popular social networking sites like Facebook, Orkut, MySpace, YouTube as well as Gmail, GTalk and Google Maps. Featuring a 3.2” AMOLED touch-screen, a 3.2 megapixel camera, a media player and expandable memory upto 32GB, Samsung Galaxy i899 comes with popular Smartphone features including support for phone, email, text messaging, Wi-Fi, HTML web browser and more.
“Empowering Reliance Mobile customers to access work and personal information on the move in addition to a host of fun applications, the feature-rich Samsung Galaxy i899 is a powerful, smart and stylish communication device that would redefine the Smartphone user experience in the country,” Mr Shelat added.
Announcing the launch, Mr. Ranjit Yadav, Director – Mobile and IT, Samsung Electronics stated, “With this association we hope to target a large consumer base of Reliance Mobile subscribers by offering them the feature rich Galaxy i899 – India’s first CDMA Android Phone. Applications from the Android Market can be easily downloaded and installed on to the Galaxy i899 very fast, thereby opening up an entirely new world of applications for the mobile phone users , which they can further customize as per their preferences. Consumers can also enjoy enhanced experience of several data speed dependent applications on the Hi Speed Data network of Reliance Communications. With this launch, we have considerably strengthened Samsung’s CDMA portfolio in the Indian market.”
Attractively priced at Rs. 19,900/-, Reliance Mobile customers upgrading to Samsung Galaxy i899 will also get Free Data Usage on Reliance Netconnect Broadband+ – 10GB for 1 month for prepaid customers and 15 GB per month for 2 months for post paid subscribers.
The smartphone features built-in Wireless Broadband support that offers data speed of upto 3.1 Mbps allowing customers to access Android Market to browse and download thousands of exclusive, free and powerful third-party applications on this platform. The vast reach of Reliance Mobile’s CDMA will allow the Smartphone user to access high speed internet connection anytime, anywhere.
The new Samsung Galaxy i899 on Reliance Mobile CDMA network offers:
* Display: 3.2” HVGA, 16M color, AMOLED with touch screen panel
* Camera: 3.2 Mega Pixel with Auto-focus and LED flash
* Connectivity : Bluetooth 2.1(HSP/A2DP) / WiFi / USB 2.0
* Data: Download Internet Speeds up to 3.1 Mbps; Upload Internet Speeds up to 1.8 Mbps
* Browser : Mobile Safari web browser supported
* Memory: 230 MB built-in memory, expandable upto 32GB through microSD slot
* Battery: 1440 mAh battery capacity
* DivX Video Playback Supported
* Preloaded Apps : Android Market, Google Maps, Facebook, Gmail, Google Talk, MySpace, Orkut , YouTube
* Users can download and install various apps from Android Market