HTC Vigor to hit RadioShack on October 20th, Pantech Breakout to carry $149.99 price tag?Alex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Hot on the heels of the second appearance of the Samsung Illusion earlier today, we've got a boatload more leaked details on upcoming Verizon handsets, so grab a beverage (and maybe a little salt) and get ready. First up, the folks at Droid-Life just received a purported RadioShack screenshot which shows that the retailer may be expecting the Samsung Stratosphere on October 6th, the Illusion and HTC Vigor on October 20th, and the BlackBerry Curve 9370 at some point during October. These dates are all listed as "Dfill" (direct fulfillment), which suggests that Verizon may begin taking pre-orders for the devices that week. The leaked shot also lists the Pantech Breakout as coming on September 22nd and the LG Enlighten for September 29th.
Speaking of the Breakout, a separate image sent to Droid-Life has revealed that Pantech's 4G LTE-enabled handset may be priced at $149.99 with a two-year contract when it launches. If you'd prefer to go the contract-free route, you can expect a $359.99 price tag.
Finally, yet another photo has shown that both the HTC Rhyme and Samsung Stratosphere have made their way into Verizon's device management system. There's not really any new info to be found in the screenshots, but at least we know that the handsets are one step closer to launch.
So there you have it, Verizon folk. We're still waiting for Verizon or Pantech to come forward and officially make the Breakout official, but it'll be pretty awesome if the handset gets priced at $149.99/$359.99 when it's announced, especially considering the prices of other LTE devices. Meanwhile, the HTC Vigor seems to be on the minds of just about every Verizon customer out there, despite the fact that it's still a bit of a mystery. Considering that the Vigor has passed through the FCC and been the star of two photo leaks, though, it seems that we may finally be getting close to launch. Who's excited?!