Verizon Wireless and Samsung today announced the March 1 availability of the Brightside, a touch phone that also has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The display measures 3.1 inches and the Brightside runs Qualcomm's BREW MP operating system that incorporates social network and messaging apps. It includes Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, GPS, an HTML web browser, and EVDO Rev 0 3G. Other features of the Brightside include a 3.2-megapixel camera, corporate email support, the ability to view Microsoft Office documents, and support for microSD storage. The Brightside costs $99 after a $50 rebate.
I have been patiently awaitng the arrival of the Brightside when I read Samsung was offering a new basic phone thru Verizon.. I had an Env3 that I thoroughly loved, but when it died, the Octane was not available, so I waited on the Brightsides arrival since it was just a basic phone with a touch screen. NUMEROUS articles online said low end or free with upgrade was what all were anticipating. SO WRONG !!! $99 after $50 rebate and two year agreement seems steep for just a basic phone and texting. Now that the Brightside is out, NOW Verizon has added a couple under basic that are now available under FREE. The Octane popped up yesterday as a Certified Preowned, is it worth the chance since its not "new" to try it ? I really CAN'T afford t... (continues)