Basking Ridge, N.J. - Verizon Wireless plans a Wednesday launch of the Samsung Illusion Android smartphone at $79 through its online store with availability in carrier stores in January.
For a limited time beginning Thanksgiving Day through Nov. 28, Verizon will sell the 3G phone online for free with two-year service agreement.
Features include Android 2.3 OS, curved-glass display with Swype text-entry technology, 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird application processor, HTML web browser, 3-megapixel camera, Microsoft Office Exchange support, six-axis accelerometer with compass, Bluetooth 3.0 with stereo Bluetooth, and MicroSD card slot with support for up to 32GB. A 2 GB card is preinstalled. It also features mobile hotspot capability to share a 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled 802.11a/b/g/n devices.
The rear casing and battery cover are made from 70 percent post-consumer material, and 35 percent of the front casing is post-consumer material, Samsung said.
Earlier this year, Sprint also launched a $79 Samsung Android 2.3 phone with 1GHz processor, the Samsung Transform Ultra.