Update (January 15, 2011): To centralize the conversation, I'm closing the comment threads on earlier Dell Streak blog posts. If you would like to comment or ask questions regarding #dellstreak, please see the latest Dell Streak blog post.
I know many of you have been waiting for official pricing and carrier information on Dell Streak, so I’ll just cut to the chase.
Update: Several of us have been seeing requests for us to provide access to the #dellstreak source kernel from customeres like podginator and KingStreetMike. Here's my response on Twitter:
Update: As of today, Dell Streak is available to purchase for US customers. There's several different ways to publish. You can configure online by going to Dell.com/mobile. You can also call 800-308-3355 to buy the Streak. Chat is also an option 24/7: from the Dell Streak product page, choose the Chat Now link, then Electronics and Accessories Sales Experts.
Those who have registered (or will register) for the pre-sale will be getting an email Thursday morning, this week from Dell that will allow you to place an order for a Carbon Black version before it goes on sale to the general public. If you still haven’t registered, you still have some time to do it, but you’ll need to hurry. See my earlier post on how the pre-sale process works for more detail.
Update: In the #dellstreak tweetstream and elsewhere, many of you are asking about whether the $549 version will be unlocked. To be clear, the answer is no. Here are my two tweets on the topic that summarize where we are at this point:
In my last Streak update post, I clarified a few things. One thing to reiterate is that we will ship Streak to customers in the US with Android 1.6. We will offer an over-the-air upgrade to Android 2.2 later this year. Here's the Dell Streak product page. Click on the Tech Specs tab on that page to see those.
And here's a quick video overview of what Streak can do:
Like I mentioned before, when you place your order from the order link that will be in the email you receive this Thursday (if you register for the pre-sale), you will be able to order Streak accessories from the configurator. These include things like a spare battery , travel AC adapters, the Streak premium wallet case and more. Here’s a bit of background on a couple of the other cool Dell Streak accessories you’ll be able to order through Dell.com:
We appreciate all the interest from customers. If you’ve already pre-registered for a Dell Streak, expect an email from Dell soon. To keep up on the latest Dell Streak news, check out the #dellstreak hashtag on Twitter.
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thanks for the update!!
Sorry yall took too long teased too much and fell behind. I grabbed a captivate and have zero regret.
Count me in the camp who scratched the Streak off my "buy" list a while back. I kept coming here hoping the price would be lower, the Android version would be higher and the TMobile option would be reopened. None of those things happened.
WILL AN UNLOCKED ON BE AVAIL UPON RELEASE?
Lionel, will they actually ship Thursday, or when will the phones start shipping?
Also, will they be available in AT&T stores on Friday?
So... no cherry red one? Maybe you shouldn't have had Kevin Andrew in the above video show off a red one. Any ETA on red? If an ETA can't be given, what is the motivation for me to buy a black one, if the red one comes out in ~2 weeks?
If we pre order, can we do the two year contract and get the subsidized price?
Seriously!? $550 for an extra 0.7" of screen and a front facing camera. No thanks. Way to stay competitive Dell.
I want to know how valid this notice is three weeks ago thru this same blog by the same person we got the same invalid notice so whats up Dell? I too have bought a captivate but still can return it and buy a Dell Streak but want to know its for real this time!!!
Why not GIVE those that pre-registered a FREE car kit? We, after all, have waited two weeks with nothing. I'm just going to delete my pre-sales email and wait for the Galaxy Tab this fall as well as a probable T-Mo HTC device next month.
Why is color such an issue? I don't get it .... it takes a year of development to get the guts of the device and yet more time to somehow get the color cases? Really?
Flatly -- I'm not going to buy one at all. I may reconsider if you ever launch a larger one this winter or next year.
What a colossal let down...why Dell? I had such high hopes for the Streak. Now I'm not so sure.... :(
I really, really wanted one of these months and months ago.... now it's just "meh"
Dell Streak when purchased without contract will NOT be locked to AT&T. You will be able to use it with T-Mobile 2G/EDGE
All is not lost, there are still hopes that Wal-Mart, Wirefly, BestBuy can run a sale. And if that doesn't happen, then there is always the Samsung Tablet coming soon.
Why not let Dell know what you think?
@nateysmith: The Streak will go on sale Friday at Dell.com/mobile. We'll work to the orders that come in Thursday soon after. Can't give you an exact ETA, but we understand it's a priority. They will ship soon.
lionel will it release unlocked also thursday?
So Lionel Menchaca, will the Dell Streak (that I and many others have signed up for pre-sale) be available unlocked @ the 550USD price? if not will Dell be selling it unlocked soon? If not, you have more clients. Me included.
Count me with those that won't be ordering at launch. $300/$550 is just too much, the pre-sale "enticements" are too feeble, and the pricing on the accessories is a joke. Can't even imagine how much a (proprietary) spare charging cable will cost. I'll wait to see what discounts are available after launch before I consider buying.
I think the price is too expensive.
Will the Streak be available for purchase in AT&T stores on Friday?
Lionel - For people who are not living within the United States and are interested in buying this device at launch, will there be a direct download for Android updates available or will the updates be over the air only?
kbdabraham - First, the pricing WAS NOT announced. It was leaked and unofficial, meaning there was no certainty that it would be the final release price. Second, you may think we're just "whinny punks", but the only way Dell will know what their potential customers are dissatisfied with is if they post on forums like this that Dell actually sees. This isn't just an information site, it's a place where customers can provide feedback as well, and if Dell wants more customers for their products, they SHOULD care about what the "whinny punks" say, especially in a crowded smartphone market.
If we all wait a couple months, this thing will go on sale as the execs freak out about the low sales numbers. It happens with many, many Dell products.