Samsung Vibrant Releasing July 15th, One Week Early?

UPDATE: And we’ve got picture evidence!

Hold the phone here!! Word has just come to me, via multiple sources, that the Samsung Vibrant is releasing July 15th, NOT the 21st as previously discussed. We are unsure as the reason for the pushup but perhaps T-Mobile is looking to move their hottest phone out to combat the Droid X, Evo and iPhone onslaught. We’ll update with more details as soon as hear more but for now, expect to purchase this device one week early!!


  • TomHorn

    Not being a current T-mo customer, is the ‘Basic Upgrade’ price the full price if I sign up for an Even More Plus plan, or is it going to be higher?

    • Animate

      Yep to my knowledge it is.

    • Fender

      Im siked…Ive been waiting for a decent android phone to come to T-Mo and now I can finally use my upgrade

    • Matlock

      It is not the full price! Basic upgrade still has some deduction done from the regular price of the phone. Still waiting to find out what the full cost of the phone will be!!

    • atul0002

      well i called radio shack and he said the regular retail price was $599.99

      I’m not on a contract and i wanted to buy it on payments but after talking to radioshack i know that T-Mobile only does it directly.

      • rob

        First of all, why are you buying would you buy your device at Radio Shack and not at a T-Mobile store? The price of the phone will be cheaper than that in the store anyway.

    • http://tmonews dcb

      even more plus plans are all no-contract so there are no discounts from invoice if you are on EM+….you get the better rate on the service

  • Matt

    If you get the Vibrant on the Even More Plus, yes you are going to have to pay the Basic Upgrade Price, as this is unsubsidized.

    • Full Invoice

      Basic upgrade is from 0 – 11 months, smallest discount
      Early upgrade is from 12 – 17 months, Medium discount
      Early upgrade plus is 18 – 21 months, almost full discount, excluding MIR
      Full upgrade is 22+ months, same as new contract

      EM+ is NO discount, MSRP, Full Invoice pricing

      EM+ is NOT basic upgrade

  • Matt

    Sorry to double post but that made me wonder…do you have to pay an upgrade/activation fee on an Even More Plus plan?

    • BAM

      No upgrade or activation fees for EMP customers – there’s no contract, so no fees. (But, no discount either.)

      • Matlock

        There is always an activation fee on EM+, you don’t pay an activation fee if you sign up for Flexpay. But on all Post-Paid activations there is always an activation fee, unless you have some sort of discount added on to your plan.

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        And don’t forget that the price paid can always be negotiated. When the Slide debuted some EM+ customers were posting in here that they asked and got $50 off and free shipping.

        I tried and the furriner (German)sounding CSR said “Herr Mikel der is no vay you are getting a dizcount.”

        That was a blessing in disguise because I went on eBay and bought a new Slide for $145 less than what I would have paid T-Mobile. (T-Mobile was $488 with tax and shipping; I paid $344 shipped on eBay). And yes, paying $488 for a Slide would have been insane. That’s a lot of money for a mid-range phone, no matter how nice it is.

        May shop on eBay for the SGS too. I have a nice HD2 that I can use for a few weeks and wait for the SGS dust to settle and for the phone to show up on eBay, for way less than what T-Mobile wants to charge me.

        If I want to order the phone on debut day I have to decide if that’s worth $150++ for the privilege. I am leaning toward thinking it’s not so I will have to enjoy the phone vicariously through all of you.

        Plus on eBay I avoid shipping and taxes (my HD2 was $500 after T-Mobile added California’s almost 9% sales tax and shipping).

    • Ktwist

      No Upgrade fee on existing EvenMore+ accounts because your paying them at full cost for the handset. If your a new customer though, you will have to pay a $35 activation fee if your approved for a normal postpaid acct and not a flex acct.

  • Barry

    ok no more hesitations on this device. I’m getting it I had no clue about $50 extra for a. year less of contract what. Now whose gonna say this phone isn’t worth $250 on a one year contract? if so you’re a serious hater or a good poker player

    • BAM

      I don’t know where you’re buying your phone, but as far as I know (as a Tmo employee) in CA we are NOT offering any 1-year contracts. As far as I know, it is not an option anymore. The listing there (although authentic) is incorrect. Maybe it differs in other states, but I doubt it.

      • pimpstrong

        its 1 full year (12 months into contract) worth of upgrade not a 1 year contract. $199 full upgrade is 22 months into contract or a brand new one ya know?

    • Fish

      do keep in mind…samsung dropped service on the behold 2…

      it’s an awesome phone for sure…but will samsung continue pushing out updates? it’s got samsung’s version of blur, which is 1 reason people think moto phones aren’t being updated either (specifically the cliq).

      i like samsung, but after the behold 2 i’m hesitant. might stick with mytouch, htc…

      • Longinus

        you can turn off touchwiz. the phone should come pre-rooted for that capability.

  • Thanh

    yeah no thanks….. just got the Iphone4….. cuz i was tired of waiting for a worthy phone to replace the G1…. Tmobile doesn’t even take care of their early adaptors that basically created the launch craze of the Android and G1. I really wish they would have up’d their phone bank sooner because AT&T definitely isn’t as fun to deal with as Tmobile.

    • swehes

      Return your Iphone. Get the Vibrant. Sell it when you see another phone you like coming out that supports HSPA+. There is nothing anyone can give me to make me go back to AT&T’s bloated plans and services. HSPA+ is being rolled out and it is faster than Sprints Wimax. And Probably will be faster than Verizon’s LTE (at first). You won’t regret it… I hope.

      • tpavey

        I don’t think there will be much of a reason to upgrade to the first HSPA+ phone out. I think it will be a long time before people start to see speeds over 7.2Mbps consistently.

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        Same here. I will never go back to AT&T.

        And while it did not make a difference for me, I suspect that AT&T’s recent changes probably made it the enemy to a lot of its current customers (going to tiered data with artificially low caps, doing away with unlimited plans, while in the same breath pushing phones that assure overage charges on data plans).

      • pimpstrong

        my 2010 laptop on wifi G gets 8-9Mbps DL from 16Mbps comcast internet so If I’m walkin around getting 5+ on my phone then I’m a happy ass man.

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        Pimp… my ass is happy too, it’s always cracking a smile.

  • Jsteuer

    I might be incredibly late…but I talked to a guy from tmo…and he said the 15th.

  • ObsceneJesster

    Looks like Radio Shack along with all other retail outlets will have the phone available on the 15th.

  • Shawn

    When I first heard about this phone, I was on the fence. Then the hands-on videos started popping up, and despite its lack of a physical keyboard (I think it would take me quite some time to get used to Swype), I was taken in by this phone. It’s a beast of a system for T-Mobile, their most powerful to date, and the stunning display, 720p video recording and large storage space all were factors that roped me into this phone.

    I sold my Motorola on Ebay and planned on picking up the Vibrant on the 21st. A week earlier would be fantastic. Can’t wait!

    • Stiiiwaiting

      It may not take you as lokng as you think to get the hang of swipe. I watched a two minute videor on it, and now rarely use the keyboard.

    • Matlock

      Swype maybe takes a few hours to get a hang of, its super easy to use. I was once like you and only believed in having a phone with a physical keyboard. Now, Im a proud owner of an HD2 and a N1, and soon to be More than likely a Samsung Vibrant also!

    • Macknifetx

      I installed Swype on the MT3G and love it. Took me a few minutes to get the hang of it, but would have a hard time going back to a regular QWERTY device.

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  • Rob Arms

    I talked to the manager at my local T-Mobile store 2 days ago. He said that they are no longer doing 1-year upgrades even if the customer pays a bit more for the phone. Only 2 year upgrades. Anyone got something confirmed more recent than 2 days ago? I typically always get a 1 year upgrade and hope it’s really still around.

    • ThisGuyJohn

      I never knew about their 1 year upgrades, (this would be the first phone I care about to research on) usually having my aunt deal with that. But I’m the only one left with the ability to leave TMO or get a full upgrade. I really hope I can get the full 1 year upgrade. How much more would the phone be (take a guess if anything) with the 1 year vs the 2 year upgrade?

      • Matlock

        you can sometimes get a “1 year” upgrade, if you are on a family plan that’s 89.99 or higher before taxes. ‘the way it works, you sign up for two years, but at the one year mark, every year you can upgrade for the 2 year price, as long as you keep on signing up for 2 years!

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      For those wondering about others getting one year upgrade pricing remember, anything and everything is negotiable. Supervisors or retentions can go so far as even giving you a free phone if the situation warrants it.

      When there was a brouhaha over the Touch Pro2 pricing last August a supervisor felt bad that I got conflicting information. With the click of a few keys he took $150 off the price of the phone, gave it to me on a one year contract and I got free overnight express shipping.

      Many people posting the great deals they have received simply got a special accommodation. It’s not because the deal they got is standard pricing.

  • Dave

    Well apparently i’m getting my new phone next week. I might wait until September (supposedly September 9th to get the HTC Vanguard thou), idk.

  • Barry

    Not cool but its definitely pictured with the other purchasing options either I’ll have one :-)

  • ObsceneJesster

    @Rob Arms…T-Mobile did away with the 1 year upgrades about 6 months ago. I was sad to hear this news as-well. Guess I just have to pay retail price for my phones because I aint signing a 2 year contract.

  • watbetch

    What does this mean for people like me that preordered through RS? No static with them right?

    • bbbsss

      Damn YOU UGLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • watbetch

        You’re a moron

    • sami

      he’s right. you are ugly

      • watbetch

        It’s from Bridezillas

        You’re both morons.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Was at a retail store here in San Francisco, the one that gives me all kinds of “inside” info.

    They confirmed the SGS goes on sale next week, on the 15th. The guy said the store got the bulletin announcing such.

    (No luck on someone having the phone. Will ask the manager on Friday or Sat. if someone has it.)

    • stan

      The demo devices were supposed to ship yesterday. So they probably won’t get it till Monday or Tuesday.

  • taaars

    Im getting two vibrants, only going to cost me 80 bucks for happy

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    • Jay


    • NiiDiddy

      yea how??

      • taaars

        Let just say Tmobile owed me a couple phones, Im paying the difference in cost.


  • Matt

    …I was able to get a 1 year contract extension through Customer Service a couple weeks ago…Granted that was on an HD2 upgrade that I now am regretting, but it is still possible.

  • vinny

    Have the Nexus One with Froyo update. Love this phone, should I get this new Samsung? I like all the entertainment features added to this phone. There are a few more phones coming up the pipeline very soon, should I just wait for the other devices and pick the best??
    T-Mobile is turning into the best network in the country, the speeds will be killer, prices are great and they are jumping on cool devices. Those I-phone buyers must be pissed with that bogged down network and AT&T is talking about snagging the HTC desire in a week or so. Can you imagine trying to make a call or download a document? Forget about it. They will have some killer phones but one bogged down network to use them on.

  • soniccool

    What does this mean for those who pre ordered in Radio Shack?

  • David

    Spoke to T-mobile Customer Loyalty and he denied knowing anything about an early release of Vibrant….will wait and see!!

    • NiiDiddy

      they did the same thing to me. dude didnt even know it was originally coming out on the 21st…had to point him to their own website at where it mentions the original date as the 21st.

  • bubbles

    I pre ordered at the shack, however I may just sell the 50.00 card to my friend. I am going to wait for 7/15 and make sure I get a device through t mobile direclty than going to cancel my pre order at the shack. I can have it overnigted and be here a few days prior to the 21st. I am ready to get put down my N900 and get some Android love. I love my n900 but Android is better than maemo5.

    • remister

      Im looming on my n900 also. I can’t wait till they finally put meego on it, the ui look amazing!

  • Belcher

    YEAH, what about us suckers who ordered from the I hop they take care of us, I don’t want to start my Vibrant on a bad note

  • Puck70

    Just got off web support with RS. They say the pre orders are still scheduled to ship on the 21st. And only RS has the 199 price.

  • ObsceneJesster

    According to this article on Engadget all retail stores will have the phone available on July 15th. Yes that even includes Radio Shack. If you want the phone that badly and for some reason it’s not available till the 21st at Radio Shack then just use the $50 gift card to purchase something else at Radio Shack. I know that’s what I’ll be doing.

  • andyandy

    I preordered at RadioShack so I’m hoping they push up the date as well. They do have this posted on the site:

    Q. If I place a pre-order reservation, when will I receive my smartphone?
    A. We will process orders on the first day that the Samsung Vibrant is available. The official launch date is scheduled for July 21, but is subject to change.

    I swear the Walmart preorder said the 15th when I tried it like an hour ago, but I just looked again and it says 21st…

  • wooshring

    Regarding RS:….Just talked to my local Radio Shack Mgr. & YES!!!…it IS going to be released on the 15th…he said to expect a call on the 14th to remind me to pick up on the 15th…Good Job T-MO!

  • drmosh

    I can confirm this, I spoke to a tmobile inside guy and he said the phone will be in stores next week.

  • Lamar

    Damn they are making it really hard to not want this phone.

  • YR11

    Anyone know if the Vibrant will be sold through Best Buy?

  • Shawn

    I want this phone also, but you guys have to remember, in 2 months there is suppose to be a new phone coming out in september, also one around the holidays.
    So all of you who get this phone now, are going to cry 2 months from now, because the rummored phones in the next couple months are probably going to have flash with the camera, front facing camera (ffc), and possibly even a faster processor and maybe hspa+.

    There are too many rumors that an even more awesome phone is around the corner.

    I’m like you guys, I don’t know what to do! I wish I could see a 100 percent accurate time table of up-coming phones.

    This phone is a turn off for me because it doesn’t have a flash. I don’t really care about FFC yet, but if other phones in this price range have it, so should the vibrant. i.e. the evo and droid x.

    • Shawn

      so the website says september a new hspa+ phone is coming out september 9, then another one november 5th! … here is a copy and paste:
      Spetember 9 is 2 months away!!!!!!!!!!!!

      “This new information lines up nicely with the leaked T-Mobile roadmap that revealed an Android handset called the HTC Vanguard that is tentatively scheduled for a launch on September 9th. We expect the second HSPA+ handset will be the much rumored HTC Project Emerald, which is slated for November 5th.”

      • Shawn

        Here is another website with a time table for upcoming releases. Supposedly a 2ghz phone will be coming to t-mobile, but i dont know when.

        I don’t know about getting the Vibrant now, I mean 2 months to wait for a cool hspa+ phone isn’t too long to wait. But I wouldn’t wait more than 2 months for the next best thing.

      • swehes

        I have waited almost three years for an Android run Cellphone. I’m waiting no longer. However I am buying this phone off contract so when the next one comes, I either sell my current one and buy the new phone or I give my current one to my wife and still get the new one. :) Win win for all.

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  • wooshring

    @SHAWN…”This phone is a turn off for me because it doesn’t have a flash.”
    Won’t it have flash with the Android 2.2 release?

    “All of you who get this phone now, are going to cry 2 months from now”

    & then we’ll cry 2 months from then….and so on….and so on…and so on.
    There will ALWAYS be something better around the corner!
    Can’t just sit back & wait for “The next big thing”….you’ll never get it!

    • wooshring

      sorry…i didn’t see “A” flash….you’re flash on camera

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    As I did with the HD2 before its debut date:

    From now until maybe the 12th or 13th keep going into your local T-Mobile CORPORATE store and ask if anyone has the SGS Vibrant for you to see.

    When you see it make sure to take some pics with your cell phone and post them on the Net for us to enjoy. What would be cool is to take some video shots.

    This worked with the HD2. We were able to see some pics of the phone before it went public.

    Looking forward to your successful spy mission.

    • bbot

      Yes please!!!

      I will do the same, and will post if I get any good clips. The only thing I’m on the fence about is weather or not this phone will have the superior ‘night-mode’ I’ve heard mentioned in other posts around the net regarding the Galaxy-S international version. If the vibrant does indeed have the ‘night-mode’ then there will be no reason to sweat the missing flash. As much as I’ve tried I cant seem to find any video of it…

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        Somewhere on the Net there was a guy who posted video and pics in low light situations, forgot where that was. The end result was that the Samsung Galaxy S did very well in low light situations.

        These phones are pretty much the same as what we will be getting. (Yeah, yeah, “Flash Whiners” (not you bbot) there’s an FFC and LED flash on some, e.g. the UK version. Take the pain people.)

        In the meantime, check out these YouTube videos on the SGS:

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        Here’s some low light and other tests of the SGS, the PC World one got the most press on comparing the SGS with other smartphone cameras:

      • badbob001

        Night mode simply means that it takes a longer exposure so more light is captured. The downside is that there is more noise, you have to hold the camera very still, and most importantly, your subject has to hold still for a few seconds as well. So it’s great for taking test shots of your pet rock next to your keyboard, but not so good for candid people shots, especially kids.

      • bbot

        Thanks for all that good info, I really appreciate it! I’m can’t wait to get my hands on one and see for myself! Badbob – good point.

  • Nick

    hey guys so will Radio shack also have it on the 15th, as I already pre ordered it with radio shack

  • raymustachio

    I pre orrdered through Walmart. Does anyone know if they will be shipping early as well?

  • ItsMichaelNotMike
  • DefD

    Man, that’s killer news. I pre-ordered on the 1st to replace my G1–which is acting more and more like it’s going to s**t the bed any day now.

    I figured it would be released early, because last week after ordering over the phone with RS, I had to call back with a question. I didn’t even ask about the release date but the person said during our convo that “it looks like the soonest we’ll be receiving any Vibrants is next week.” Meaning THIS week, as I spoke to them on the 1st.

  • Jimbo

    No one year contracts only on buisness accounts with more than 10 lines no way any of you are getting anymore of a discount than your eligible for tmobile is getting strick on this maybe retention might do somthing but if they did anything last 6 months they will say here is ur etf sad to see u leave there’s my rant

  • Barry

    *Somewhat off topic*I see “the best marketing carrier” as some people say which may or may not be true has stolen a page from Tmo. I saw where vzw is doing some kinda twitter game and/or a scavanger hunt for the DX

    *On Topic* Did anyone pre oreder this phone through Tmo if so how ? was it through customer care or tmo website ? Sorry I never pre ordered a phone before. Always got my phones from ebay after my initial phone.

  • Darien

    you cant preorder this from tmobile, only from radio shack. and i plan on being at the store on the 15th to pick this bad boy up

  • Daniel

    RadioShack chat support says that the official release date is July 15th, and that people who pre-ordered with them should expect their phones around that time.

  • Barry

    Ok cool that was my initial plan

  • Barry

    Ok cool that was my initial plan. Thanks

  • ateoate

    this is verified, the release date for the “vibrant” is july 15

    • sami

      verified by whom?

  • Animate

    well the captivate is hitting AT&T on the 18th…off contract for…350.

    Kill me now.

    • Lamar

      wait what?! arent they the same phone?

      • Animate

        Exactly! Once you get down to it they all are the same phone. Avatar and the sims damn sure aren’t worth an additional 150.

    • Darien

      you realize AT&T has the highest of all 4 carriers prices for family plans? Im not sure about single line prices but their 3g speed is just plain slow because of everyone and their brother owning an iphone. Who cares if it costs 400 plus off contract anyways? Its a smartphone, even the MyTouch costs 399 off contract, so what is the problem?

  • Wilma Flintstone

    wait, isn’t july 15th when Verizon is releasing the Droid X?

    • Wilma Flintstone

      sorry David but this phone will combat against the other versions of the galaxy s, not the evo, droid X or even the iphone 4.

      • DefD

        You’re saying the Vibrant won’t compete against the Evo? That’s hilarious. Have you used the Evo? I don’t have any experience with the Droid phones, but provided the Vibrant doesn’t drop signal based on where you touch it or end/mute/speakerphone calls when your cheek touches it, it will very much compete with iPhone 4. iPhone 4 is a hype machine, go play with one and you’ll see.

      • Wilma Flintstone

        yeah I agree with you on the iphone being nothing more than a name brand. iPhone is old tech to me and I’d never buy one of them. iPhone 4 is a joke.

        I have used the Evo and I had no problems with it whatsoever. Now of course that’s not to say that there aren’t any because all phones have problems even the vibrant will especially seeing as it’s made by samsung (who make good tech but the quality of pgone builds are not that great). Evo is what the HD2 should’ve been and I’m typing this message from my HD2 now. I’ve had waaaayyyyy too many problems from the HD2. I’m on my 3rd replacement HD2 now due to hardware and serious software issues. From my experience with the Evo, it was a great phone.

        Now I want you to explain this, how is the vibrant going to compete with other companies high end devices when they have better versions of the vibrant and their high end devices edge out even their versions?

      • Wilma Flintstone

        now don’t misinterpret what I’m saying as meaning that the vibrant isn’t a good or at least decent phone because it is a pretty good phone minus the missing features that I wanted it to have meaning that’s my opinion.

        The vibrant is a good phone but the other companies versions are slightly better than the Tmo version minus memory which can be upgraded by buying a bigger sd card. So how is the vibrant going to compete with the superphones of the other companies when it can’t even compete with the other companies versions of the vibrant?

      • DefD

        Don’t get me wrong, the Evo is a great phone IMHO. I’ve used it extensively. However, by all accounts, the display on the Vibrant is hands down superior to that of the Evo. There are many accounts of the Hummingbird processor outperforming the Snapdragon as well. Not just with superior graphics processing (which there is no denying), but also in that it executes application code faster as well. Better processor, better display: two HUGE advantages over the Evo.

        Vibrant’s camera has a physically larger aperture, allowing for more light entry to the sensor. Vibrant’s camera software has “night shot mode” which eliminates the need for a flash and produces a better image than one shot using a flash. Evo does not have this software feature and is reliant on the flash in low light. Vibrant’s camera software also has panorama mode which guides you through taking panoramic shots and afterwards fuses them all together into one picture. Evo does not. There are also several other camera software features that Vibrant has, but Evo doesn’t.

        Vibrant has a six axis sensor (gyro). Evo does not. Vibrant is capable of b, g, and n wifi. Evo only does b and g.

        Sure, Evo has a FFC. And I’ll admit that it’s casing feels nice and sturdy. And if video call capabilities are more important to someone than processing power & performance, display quality, connectivity, and software options, then the Evo wins. However, for those of us who would rather have 85% of the rest of the phone be just plain better for what we actually use the phone for primarily, the lack of FFC is a non-issue.

        The Epic has a slide-out qwerty which is quite cool. I’d really like one personally, but the on-screen keyboard in 2.1 is great IMHO. And with Swype to boot (which I use easily in portrait mode on my wife’s MT3GS), I’m not feeling the need for a hardware keyboard anymore. Sprint’s plans are more expensive, and they WILL charge me $10 more on top of the regular rate for 4g which isn’t anywhere near my area. So my monthly rate would go up by $30 over what I pay on Tmo. A flash and FFC are not worth a $30 a month rate hike along with Sprint’s terrible customer support (I know from experience).

        I’m not sure why anyone would think the Captivate is superior to the Vibrant considering they are essentially identical except for the casing. AT&T is a rip IMHO. Their network sucks (in my area at least) and they charge too much. No brainer there.

        Verizon’s Fascinate is no better either IMHO. It may have a FFC and flash, but they tossed out Google search at the heart of the OS and replaced it with Bing. Enough said. I wouldn’t even consider looking at the phone.

        So I’m not sure what all the bandwagoning is about with folks trying to say the Vibrant is the worst of the bunch. I simply don’t see it. It’s identical to the Euro Galaxy-S but with 4 buttons and no track pad.

      • DefD

        Sorry, I meant to say it’s identical to the Euro model except for the buttons, no track pad, and no FFC.

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        DefD … a SUPERIOR post compared to the superficial and unfounded posts/comments by others.

        An intelligent comment with evidence to support what one is saying is a far more enjoyable read than the moronic dissing half the people in here post.

        I note that no one comments to people like you who actually provide details to back up your assertions and conclusions. That’s because they don’t know what they are talking about and simply post crap to have something to say.

  • Corey

    I’m really considering getting this over the HTC Vision

    • sami

      it’s all about timing. are u willing to wait?


    Whats come in the box???

  • Barry

    so for sake of argument lets just say vzw version is better just because of the precious flash everyone bitched about being missing (which isn’t on the original galaxy s) and you can’t compare sprint’s sgs pro cause its a completely different phone (like comparing the touch to the touch pro) what makes the vibrant inferior to the captive? Its not cosmetics and the captive is gonna run a locked down version of android just like their other android devices. I’m sorry I don’t see it.

  • Barry

    *insert captivate where necessary*