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Last Updated: July 10th, 2010

This morning, AT&T announced that the Samsung Captivate (aka Galaxy S i9000) would go on sale July 18th at a new contract or upgrade price of $199. The Galaxy S will be a watershed in AT&T’s release history: Captivate will be the first high-end Android device to reach an AT&T store and sit side by side with (or perhaps in an unlit corner far away from) the iPhone 4.

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There does not appear to be a pre-order option, so you anxious AT&T users will likely have to get to your local AT&T store July 18th to pick up your device if you want it on release day. How many units Samsung will be able to provide on initial release will be a major factor in the device’s success with AT&T; fickle customers are likely to seriously consider an iPhone 4 if the Captivate is not adequately supplied.

The blade is, of course, double-edged in this regard. Many AT&T stores periodically sell out of iPhones, and Samsung may be hoping to cash in on impatient customers waiting to get their smartphone fix. More details as they unfold.

Planning on buying a Captivate? Think it will be a flop? Let us know below.

Credit: Engadget Mobile

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Aaron

    It certainly looks a lot like an iPhone.

    <AppleBash>
    Smart customers will choose the Captivate, and hopefully ignorant customers will think it looks close enough to an iPhone not to notice the difference :P
    </AppleBash>

    On an unrelated note, how awesome would a gathering called "Apple Bash" be?

  • Deon

    I hope they don't neuter it like they did to the Backflip. If they remove all the Google apps and force the default search engine to yahoo and disallow installation of unsigned apps it's just going to be a shame. I wonder how this stacks up to T-Mobile's Samsung Vibrant (still based on the Galaxy S). Also this article specifically mentioned it was based on the Galaxy S i9000, is there a difference between the Galaxy S and the Galaxy S i9000?

  • http://chloescookieblog.com Chloe

    YAY!! I AM SO GETTING ONE! done with my iPhone 3G. Do I have to camp out in front of an AT&T store? :(