T-Mobile Samsung Behold 2 Unveiled

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UPDATE 2: Official T-Mobile Press Release available after the jump!

Today T-Mobile has officially unveiled the Behold 2 at Samsung & T-Mobile’s joint press conference in New York City. Featuring a 3.2-inch AMOLED display, the Samsung Behold 2 will be running Samsung’s new and intuitive cube menu which provides quick access to six top multimedia features, including music, photos, videos, the Web, YouTube and Amazon MP3 for music downloads. What seems odd is that PhoneDog claims the Samsung Behold 2 will pack a $229 2-year commitment price tag instead of the $199.99 2-year commitment price our leaked T-Mobile document displays. Stay tuned, as we will keep you updated the minute we find out more! Hit the jump for first impressions from CNET and Engadget !

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UPDATE: CNET confirms a $229.99 2 year contract price

Engadget is also hearing a $200 price tag, though nothing has been confirmed yet.

Engadget Unboxing And First Impressions with Video (Click the link)

CNET Hands-On Impressions with Video (Click the link)

T-Mobile USA Launches the Samsung Behold II on November 18
Multimedia Powerhouse Joins Broad Selection of Android-Powered Smartphones for T-Mobile Customers

BELLEVUE, Wash., and DALLAS — Nov. 13, 2009 

Available exclusively from T-Mobile USA, the Behold II is the first phone from T-Mobile to feature a 3.2-inch AMOLED screen for crisper colors and wider viewing angles, which is paired with a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, zoom, flash, five shooting modes and video capabilities. Samsung’s intuitive cube menu also provides quick access to six top multimedia features: music, photos, videos, the Web, YouTube™ and Amazon MP3 for music downloads.

“With its first-rate multimedia capabilities front and center, the Samsung Behold II adds an exclamation point to T-Mobile’s already impressive Android lineup for the holidays,” said Wendy Piñero-DePencier, vice president, brand and calendar marketing, T-Mobile USA. “The combination of 3G speeds, its high-resolution touch-screen, and access to loads of entertainment features is sure to make the Behold II into a holiday hit.”

The Android-powered phone is equipped with Samsung’s innovative TouchWiz™ user interface for easy customization through movable widgets and one-touch access to commonly used features and applications. The Behold II offers three different home screens to organize multiple workspaces with favorite widgets and application shortcuts.

“The Behold II raises the bar to the next level to create a rich, customizable set of different user experiences,” said Omar Khan, senior vice president of strategy and product management for Samsung Mobile. “Combined with Samsung’s advanced AMOLED display technology, innovative TouchWiz user interface and the Android platform, users can create and enjoy a mobile experience unique to their needs.”

The Behold II features built-in Google™ mobile services, including Google Search™, Google Maps™, Gmail™, YouTube and Google Talk™, as well as thousands of applications and games available for download from Android Market™. The Wi-Fi-enabled Behold II also supports personal e-mail and corporate e-mail with Exchange ActiveSync, as well as instant messaging, and text, picture and video messaging. Additional features include assisted GPS, Bluetooth® 2.1, visual voicemail that allows for easier access and response to voice mail, support for up to 16GB of external memory, and includes a 2GB microSD memory card.

With support for T-Mobile’s rapidly expanding 3G network, Behold II customers can take advantage of a reliable wireless connection and fast download speeds when browsing the Web or downloading applications from Android Market. T-Mobile’s 3G network is currently available in 240 cities across the country. By the end of 2009, T-Mobile USA expects its 3G network to be available to reach approximately two-thirds of the U.S. population.

The Samsung Behold II will be available nationwide at T-Mobile retail stores, select authorized dealers and online at http://www.T-Mobile.com beginning Nov. 18, 2009.

 

— T-Mobile USA, Inc., the wireless leader in offering the broadest selection of Android™-powered smartphones in the United States, today announced that the Samsung Behold® II will be available beginning Nov. 18. The full touch-screen Behold II is a multimedia powerhouse with fast Web and data supported by Wi-Fi® and T-Mobile’s high-speed 3G network.

 

 

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  • MAXIMUS

    Happy Friday all. I have another rant.

    Why the hell are some of you bitching to those of us who have or are considering T-Mobile. The rants about getting raped by AT&T and Verizon with their more expensive rates. Did it ever occur to you that you might just be a bunch of cheap bastards. Hold on….I’m not saying there’s nothing wrong with that either. I was with T-Mobile for 6 years before I ditched them last Friday. Nothing wrong for looking for a bargain. There comes a point and time when you get tired of letdown after letdown in a product or service you’ve used for so long. Our needs and desires change as in the case of many of us. As our lifestyles changes so will the things we use. This is the crossroad we’ve hit with T-Mobile. Sometimes change comes at a price, one that I didn’t have a problem making. I can honestly say that after a week on Verizon I have no regrets with the decision I made. It’s been like trading in my Nissan Altima for a Lexus IS250. I enjoyed driving both cars but the Lexus fits my changing lifestyle and there’s no way to put a comparison on spending more for better performance. That’s what my experience has been thus far with the Droid and Verizon.

    A friendly note…stop hating on us….we want things to get better at T-Mobile….we just can’t sit around forever waiting for it to happen.

    • Tam

      Amen brother, i bounced when i heard they were seriously gonna price this at 229, that set me over the edge, i’ve been waiting since april for the galaxy, since it passed the fcc, and they release this, pushed me over the edge to verizon and the droid, now i have a family plan with my wife and get a discount from my work so the price is not “ass-raping” me and the network is bigger and the customer service is on par with tmo’s, i loved t-mobile but this was the last disappointment for me.

  • deeznutz

    T-Mobile bites the big one. EOM

  • Grr

    One other thing about Verizon, I have a lot of respect for them but don’t be gullible about Verizons “3G” network either. Verizon’s “3G” maxes out at 1.4 Mb/s. Verizon and Sprint really abuse the word “3G” because they are barely considered to be a 3G technology. T-Mobile and AT&T technology (though AT&T has to do some hardware replacements first) is capable of 7.2 MB/s currently. Thats with adequate circuit capacity which in many areas they don’t have yet. But the these 3G technologies have a roof of 21MB/s currently and roadmapped to 84 MB/s. So, don’t confuse Verizon and Sprints “3G” with AT&T and T-Mobiles. They are way different and Verizon and Sprints is way inferior as far as speed. The advantage that Verizon and Sprint do have is their “3G” was a fairly simple upgrade to existing “2G” hardware. AT&T and T-mobile’s required new hardware deployment everywhere.

    I have to give Verizon credit, they have fooled a lot of people and offer a good enough product that people don’t realize it. I will be interested to see how well they handle the LTE deployment because this time they will truly have to build out their network with new equipment. Verizon has really been a thorn in the sides of AT&T and T-Mobile during their deployments on towers Verizon owns. There could be some serious payback when Verizon needs to make tower changes on towers AT&T or T-Mobile owns.

  • BKJames

    One more thing to add. lots of you guys are saying “wait till next year” Alright that’s cool, we’ll have the fastest network and all that and better phones, but how much will those phones costs? The HTC HD2, the Nokia 900 and etc? If Tmo is charging $229 for this crappy outdated phone, what will they charge for these two phones if they hit Tmo? Like I said before cheaper phone rates can only go so far (and the prices aren’t that cheap anymore)if the phones costs a arm and a leg. Next year will bring a new iPhone and successor to the Droid and I bet their prices will still trump the “best” we will carry.

  • MAXIMUS

    Grr That’s funny that you’d mention such inaccurate numbers above Verizon’s data caps. I’ve been performing tests on my Droid courtesy of Speedtest.net’s app and there are areas in my work and home where I’ve exceeded 3Mbps – CONSISTENTLY. Can you explain this away? I don’t see how you can attempt to make such claims without ample support. In recent months there were some speed and reliable reports done by a number of tech sites, most of the reports rate VZW’s network with high marks and speeds that beat out even AT&T.

    Can you please give links to supporting data? Thanks.

  • rushmore

    MAXIMUS,

    I am testing a Droid as well and the speed seems very fast. Stream HQ Youtube and Jetflcks over 3G with no stutters.

    In fact, I went to compare my G1 and Droid’s signals in spots where Tmo has one GSM bar or no service at all. The Droid streamed Youtube and Jetflicks perfectlt in those place too. Wild.

    Conclusion. Tmo service sucks in KY and Verizon rocks. Wish it was the other way around due to the N900 and the lower service prices.

    • WXman

      I disagree. I live in central KY and we tried Verizon last year for about two weeks….HATED it. Had no service at my house in an urban area…had no service in Walmart…it sucked. Switched back to T-Mo fast after that.

    • roy

      switch to verizon plain and simple

  • Eric

    The phone is 199.99 the new prices put in stores include things like blue tooths or starter acc kits but the pricing we have received is 199.99.. we already have the price cards

  • Kickstar13
  • Vikingsfan45

    OH TMONEWS FYI NOKIA n900 is not going to be carried by any carrier so you can give up those dreams…………. NOKIA said its not going to be carried by any carrier so thats one high end phone thats not coming to t-mobile…. and lets be honest……. the HTC HD2 is not coming out on t-mobile…. if they can’t get a decent android phone even tho they pioneered it how can they get a high end phone like that. t-mobile just dosen’t have the cake to snag a phone like that its going to at&t or verizon most likely at&t if i had to guess so what do we have to wait for the fender MYTOUCH lmao another sub par … par at best android phone….. lol they just going to keep launching crappy phones like the t-mobile tap and over pricing it….. really i walked into a store and t-mobile had it priced the same as a samsung behold…. really 129.99 before mail in rebate i have to pay 130 for a phone that has a crappy screen little “3G” enabled but no 3G service or i can get a behold thats been out for a year but has a 5 megapixel camera COME ON T-mOBILE YOUR PRICING HAS TO MAKE SENSE……….

    • roy

      no you dont have to buy anything… all this whining and complaining cracks me up, my girlfriend has mytouch 3g and loves it, what you guys gotta realize is these are phones! you all expect it to cook you dinner wash your dishes…..we dont have to do anything , nobody has you guys on your knees with a tmobile salesman pointing a gun to your head making you buy… i have had tmo for 9 years have 5 lines 1800 min unlimited messaging 2 data add ons my faves i pay 165 a month our sales manager has verizion for him his wife and daughter with no data 1200 min 3000 tex messages and his average bill is 275..is that really worth it ??? if so, stop the complaining pay your cancellation fees switch to verizon and be stuck with the same phone for 2 years… end of story

      • Robert

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…. first off you don’t pay $165 per month for 5 lines with 2 data add ons and unlimited messaging… and if you do you have a much better plan than I do and I’ve been with them for just as long and have about as good a plan as they’ve ever offered grandfathered and pay $10 more per month than you do for 4 lines and only 1 data add on.

        Second… if your ‘sales manager’ is really paying that much for that crappy plan then he is a COMPLETE idiot because they offer far better plans than that which do include data…..

        So something is SERIOUSLY wrong with you trying to attack someone else with a bunch of made up numbers.

      • roy

        look below yours rob straight off the verizon web site for a individual plan…. no thanks!

  • roy

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  • roy

    hey rob does it look like i made that up! thats post below yours is straight off the verizon website FOR INDIVIDUAL PLAN, i pay 89.99 9.99 unlimited tex 24.99 web 19.99 for blackberry add on caller tunes 1.49 add it up! is that made up?? look at your plan maybe you need to re eval. if you thing that droid is worth that price then move on….na na na na, na na na na goodbye.

  • Just a guy

    You know what i cant figure out? there are so many people on here that do nothing but bitch about tmobile. you people do realize this is a T-MOBILE

  • Just a guy

    you know what i cant figure out. there are so many people on here bitching about tmobile, and i dont know if you realize but this is a TMOBILE fansite. its somewhat astonishing to me how ignorant people are. and alot of these people are so angry. what is the big deal? did tmobile steal your corn flakes this morning? i understand some of the frustrations, cause i work for the company and ive been frustrated as well. but people, you have to understand that we are talking about electronics here. they are NEVER going to work 100 percent of the time. and they are NEVER going to please every customer out there. whether it be verizon, or sprint, or att, or tmobile. people are gonna be pissed off. but if you love verizon, go bitch about tmobile on their website. cause your doing nothing but stirring the pot on here. dont get me wrong, i find it hilarious, but i think your wasting you time.

    • davis

      RAM is the single most important spec, if the phone isnt snappy, it doesnt matter how pretty it is. Do you realize that the g1 has 192 ram? it was one of the main complaints about the phone. So what does TMO do? They spend a year getting together the next Android phone, the MyTouch3g. Now the MT3G was already available in europe as the “Magic”. The “Magic” has 288mb ram, thats more than even the verizon droid has. But when TMO gets it to the states they rename it to The MyTouch 3G and give it 192mb ram, the EXACT SAME amount as the g1 which is over a year older than it. The problem is that smartphones are on a level of their own, they are so, so much more than cell phones, but TMO wants to bring the technology along slowly to milk customers for all theyre worth, and its not gonna work because their competition is doing what any smart carrier would do, theyre creating a phone to overcome the iphone. TMO is acting like android is another “sidekick”, a popular phone with a specific demographic, and to treat google android the same is uninformed and ignorant. TMO just doesnt have a section of the company that analyzes new technologies and how their competition uses them. I dont hate TMO, but i am bewildered by and feel sorry for them.

  • coolfx35

    I ordered mine today so hope to get started within the next few days. Can’t wait to take a crack at the Samsung Behold II. From what I read on http://www.Behold-Android.com, The Behold II include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, a 5-megapixel camera, and up 16GB expandable memory via the microSD slot. Samsung stated that the smartphone follows on the success of its Samsung Behold and takes it to the next level with the addition of Android, bringing support for Google services and Exchange ActiveSync.

  • http://www.gsmcellulars.com samsung behold II

    Yep we have to wait for the Samsung Behold to arrive in the UK and the rest of Europe. Still Samsung said it would be available for Christmas so it won’t take very long anymore for this Samsung Touchwiz powered handset to arrive here. Otherwise you can choose for the phone shown in the video below: the N900!