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Sprint's iPhone Killer to Debut June 20

The rumors are true. Sprint confirmed that it will debut the Samsung Instinct on June 20. The phone, which has been pegged as the carrier's answer to the iPhone, is expected to cost between $200 and $300 and will be available initially to Sprint's "Simply Everything" rate plan customers.

The EV-DO Rev. A phone features a camera, video camera, music player and a turn-by-turn navigation. It comes with a touchscreen and has Web browsing capabilities.

According to Sprint, Sprint confirmed that the Samsung Instinct, Sprint's answer to the Apple iPhone, will start showing up on store shelves on June 20.

The phone, expected to cost between $200 and $300, initially is expected to be available in limited markets. It also will be available first to Sprint customers who sign up for one of the company's "Simply Everything" plans. Sprint said the phone is expected to be in short supply initially, and is recommending that potential buyers pre-register at Sprint's Instinct Web site.

The Instinct includes standard features -- camera, videocamera, music player -- and adds turn-by-turn navigation and a number of other features.The Instinct was developed jointly by Sprint and Samsung. The phone includes full HTML Web browsing and other features included in the iPhone. However, unlike the current iPhone, it works on Sprint's next generation high speed network.

Although Apple and CEO Steve Jobs have stayed mum on the release of the much anticipated 3G iPhone, analysts are widely expecting the second generation phone to be unveiled on June 9. Jobs kicks off the Apple 2008 Worldwide Developers Conference 2008 that day. [FierceWireless]

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