Verizon Names Release Date for Business-Aimed Samsung Stratosphere

The latest Galaxy S smartphone from Samsung, slated to go on sale this week, is the first Verizon Wireless 4G-LTE handset with a slide-out, QWERTY keyboard something many business users look for when shopping for a new device.

Samsung StratosphereThe Samsung Stratosphere comes packed with other business features as well, including Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) which allows you to communicate directly with your Microsoft Exchange Server enabling push email, calendar and contacts; support for Cisco AnyConnect 2.1 SSL VPN with access to private corporate networks using industry-standard VPN protocols; encryption services; and support for Sybase Afaria MDM capabilities allow an integrated experience for the end user in the event it is required by their IT department or corporate policy.

There are features that the general consumer will also enjoy. The new smartphone runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and features Samsungs Super AMOLED screen technology, creating a display that the company says is great for watching video in bright light and outdoor environments. The Stratosphere has a 1GHz processor and a pair of cameras.

The new handset goes on sale online and in Verizon Wireless retail stores on Oct. 13. Itll set you back $150 after a $50 mail-in rebate and requires a new, two-year service agreement. Youll have to subscribe to a Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $40 per month and a smartphone data package starting at $30/month for 2GB.

Verizon Wireless promises download speeds of 5-12Mbps and upload speeds of 2-5Mbps in areas covered by its 4G network.

Android-powered handsets have made huge strides over the past two years, taking the U.S. market-share crown for several quarters. A comScore survey released last week shows the Google operating system has nearly 44 percent share from June-August. And with Research In Motion’s share down 5 percent from the previous three months, you can bet Android is taking a bite out of RIM’s enterprise customer base as well.

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