If you have been wondering when a Windows Phone 8 device might land on US Cellular, we have some good news for you because today is the day. The carrier has added the Samsung ATIV Odyssey Windows 8 powered smartphone to its portfolio. You can grab the phone from carrier’s website for an affordable price of $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. The rebate comes in the form of a MasterCard debit card. However, the rebate does not apply if you are an existing customer and upgrading your phone, in which case the handset will cost $99.99. Either way, you will have to sign a new 2-year contract with US Cellular.
US Cellular has been promising a Windows Phone 8 devices for some time and now it appears that the carrier is going to make good on the promise. From what we can see in the leaked render, the Samsung Ativ Odyssey will be available for US Cellular customers in the near future. However, it will not be the only addition to the carrier’s portfolio. Apparently, the LG Optimus F7 Android smartphone will hit the US Cellular store too.
Just when we thought that Samsung would give us a break from big surprises after the Galaxy S4 release, it appears that once again we will be kept on tenterhooks for a while. The company has just announced its “Premiere 2013” event during which it will apparently announce two new devices – from the Galaxy and Ativ lineup. Galaxy is Samsung’s most recognizable brand, while Ativ is a fairly new family of Windows 8 smartphones, consisting of two phones so far: the Ativ S I8750, and the Ativ Odyssey I930. In this respect the event will be pretty unusual, since it is not very common for a manufacturer to present an Android and Windows Phone 8 handset at the same time.
The Samsung ATIV Odyssey is one of those phones that you just want to have because it looks cool, runs Windows 8, supports 4G LTE on Verizon network and offers pretty decent set of specs. The one thing that could be discouraging was probably the price. “Was” because although the handset went on sale just week ago at price $49.99, it got already discounted by Best Buy and now is up for grabs for free. If you are not tempted enough already, keep on reading.
The Samsung ATIV Odyssey, the first manufacturer’s Windows 8 smartphone, was first expected to be released in December on Verizon network, but for some reason the launch date was changed. A month ago, the carrier announced that the phone will be global ready and will be available on January 24th and here it is, right on schedule this time. The new Samsung ATIV Odyssey will set you back just $49.99 after $50 mail-in rebate, if you agree to sign a new 2-year service agreement with Verizon.
We have been hearing about Samsung ATIV Odyssey since November last year, when it was announced for launch on Verizon Wireless network by the end of 2012. It did not launch though, and today Samsung finally confirmed that the handset will hit the stores in “the coming weeks”. Verizon did not reveal any details on pricing but the rumor has it that the ATIV Odyssey may be available for $49 or even free on contract making the device an affordable smartphone for people on tight budget.
All we had so far about the Samsung ATIV Odyssey were unconfirmed rumors and the fact that Verizon did not release the handset in December as was expected. Now we something more concrete. First of all, unfortunately we have to disappoint those who hoped that the handset will be Verizon’s variant of the ATIV S, which means it won’t be a premium level device. The Odyssey will be rather entry-level handset reportedly going for free on contract when it finally hits shelves.
Last week Verizon Wireless announced that the Samsung ATIV Odyssey, a Windows 8 based phone, will be available before the end of the year. Verizon didn’t share more details about the phone.
Today, thanks to courtesy of @evleaks, we can see the Samsung ATIV Odyssey pictured for a first time. Based on the picture we are able to figure out that the smartphone will feature a rear camera with flash, front-facing camera, microSD card slot, and 4G LTE support. The rest of the ATIV Odyssey specs and features remain unknown for now. Verizon is busy preparing for a press event tomorrow during which the Droid DNA phablet will be announced.