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New Net10 Samsung Galaxy Discover Android ICS phone - $69.99 at Radio Shack

This week's RadioShack newspaper ad features a new NET10 Android phone, the Samsung S Galaxy Discover, which on sale for $69.99 now through Feb 16. This phone is not exactly unknown, its interactive tutorial and PDF manual (view online) have been been available for a couple of months. But this is the first time I've heard of it actually being offered for sale anywhere.

The Discover is a GSM phone that uses the AT&T network. That makes its sudden appearance all the more surprising as Net10 and sister brand Straight Talk recently stopped selling AT&T SIMs online and have limited the availability of AT&T based phones to the few markets where AT&T is the only carrier providing service.

The $69.99 sale price is a surprise too as early leaks suggested that the phone would be priced around $150. According to the ad, the Galaxy Discover's regular price is $99.99. Even at that price this phone looks like a great deal. For one thing it's running the relatively recent Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. All but one of NET10's Android phones, including the flagship Samsung Galaxy S II, are stuck on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The only other NET10 model with ICS is the $149.99 LG Optimus Extreme.

The Galaxy Discover's specs are quite a bit better than most sub-$100 prepaid Android models. The screen is a 3.5 incher with a resolution of 320 x 480 px and there's 4 GB of internal memory and 512 MB of RAM. By comparison NET10's $79.99 LG Optimus Logic has a smaller 3.2 inch, 240 x 320 px screen with only 1 GB of internal memory and 384 MB of RAM. I expect the Galaxy Discover's performance will be better than the Logic's and the screen will be much sharper. The extra screen size should make the onscreen keyboard easier to use too. Full specs:

Platform: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System
Camera: 3.0 MP Rear-facing Camera with video recording
Display: TFT display, 3.5" Screen Size, 320 x 480 Pixel Resolution
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth® 3.0, USB 2.0 microUSB
Network: 2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G HSDPA 7.2 Mbps 850/1900
Memory: 4 GB User Memory, 512 MB RAM, up to 32 GB MicroSD
Sensors: proximity, accelerometer
Processor 800 Mhz
Battery: 1300 MAh, up to 8.5 hours talk tine, 11 days standby
Dimensions: 111.9 x 61 x 12.7 mm, 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.5 in
Weight: 122 g, 3.3 oz

The Galaxy Discover is not currently available on the RadioShack site and may be hard to find in stores. Here in the San Francisco Bay area, I could only find one Radio Shack that had it in stock. It's not possible for end users to check Radio Shack store availability online, but if you call a RadioShack store, employees can check inventory at nearby stores for you.

Incidentally, the phone pictured in the RadioShack ad (below) is definitely not the Samsung Galaxy Discover. It looks like the LG Optimus Logic with an Andoid ICS homescreen image Photoshopped onto it.  However the ad copy refers to it as the Samsung Galaxy Discover which is pictured above in a photo I snapped of the in-store display at a local RadioShack.



NET10 and Straight Talk generally share the same devices so I expect that the Samsung Galaxy Discover will eventually be available from Straight Talk as well.

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  1. This is definitely a hoax, that phone is NOT available for purchase from RadioShack, for $70(or anyone else for that matter) if you click on purchase now, it will show a different product.

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    1. It's true that the phone isn't available online but it's not a hoax, I saw it today in my local RadioShack sale priced at $69.99 with a regular price of $99.99. I've updated the post with a new photo showing the store display.

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  2. Thanks for this.. I was just wondering, how do you get updated with the latest prepaid news? I mean you get the info first before the public.

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  3. My guess is that this is a trade secret that allows the owner, Yeswap, to have a competitive advantage in wireless news. I don't think he'll share trade secrets.

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    1. There aren't really any secrets. I follow lots of companies and other bloggers of Twitter and Facebook and use RSS feeds from blogs and forums as well as Google search alerts. I also have a few contacts in the indusrty.

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