As promised, U.S. Cellular is now offering the Samsung Acclaim Android powered smartphone. Based heavily on Sprint’s Samsung Moment design, the Acclaim features a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen, a 3 megapixel shooter with LED flash, stereo Bluetooth for wireless headsets, WiFi, and Android 2.1 Eclair.  The phone offers users up to 8 hours of talk time and 18.8 days of standby. The Samsung Acclaim is on sale now for $99.95, with a mail-in rebate, and two year service agreement.

The unreleased Samsung Intercept for Sprint seems to have been sold prematurely over at Best Buy Mobile.  The device, which is expected to be available on July 11, was sold accidentally by a Best Buy Mobile employee and has shown up on YouTube in all its glory.  The entry level smartphone sports Android 2.1, a 3.2-inch touchscreen, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that looks very much like the one found on Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S-based Epic 4G.

Sprint has finally released the Android 2.1 update for its Samsung Moment Android powered smartphone.  We’ve heard no official announcement yet, but the update file is now available on Sprint’s website. The update promises the following upgrades: 2.1 Android update (Éclair). Keypad backlight optimization. Bulk Bluetooth contact push. Various Bluetooth fixes. Increased speed and performance. Swipe to Unlock/Mute/Speakerphone. New camera features Pandora enhancements You can find the update page here. [via PhoneArena]

We are happy to report that the rumor about the Sprint HTC Hero and the Samsung Moment getting updated to Android 2.0 in the first half of 2010 was incorrect. Straight from Sprint’s official twitter account is the confirmation that the Hero and the Moment will be updated to Android 2.1, skipping right over Android 2.0. The date for this update is still set for the rather broad time frame of the first half of 2010 but we will continue to hold out hope that these updates drop sooner rather than later. [via GearLog]

In an informal and non-committal manner, Sprint announced today via Twitter that the HTC Hero and the Samsung Moment will be updated to Android 2.0 in the first half of 2010. Both handsets are still running stock Android 1.5 and are lagging a bit behind the current crop of handsets which are rocking Android 2.0. Let’s hope all parties involved stay on top of things and get these updates into the hands of consumers sooner rather than later. [via Engadget]

Best Buy put out a release touting its selection of 5 Android smartphones that are available for $99.99 this holiday season. The HTC Hero and Samsung Moment are down to $99.99 from Sprint’s normal $179.99.  T-Mobile’s myTouch 3G and Motorola CLIQ are down to $99.99 from $149.99 and $199.99, respectively.  Best Buy is also offering the HTC DROID Eris for $99.99, which is the same as Verizon, but Best Buy notes that with any of its phones, there are no mail-in rebates to deal with to get the good prices. Oddly, the press release doesn’t mention when the prices go…

It seems that Amazon has dropped the price of the Samsung Moment for Sprint by quite a bit.  Originally listed for $179.99 with a 2 year contract, the Moment is now available for the very low price of $79.99. While far from being the most exciting Android smartphone on the market, the Moment is one of the few available with a gorgeous AMOLED touchscreen display and it does have a speedy 800MHz processor. [via]

Best Buy has put out a press release touting new low $99 price points for the HTC Hero and the Samsung Moment on Sprint.  Both phones require a 2 year agreement, of course, but the price comes from instant rebates – no mail-in rebates required. Best Buy says the offer runs through the end of December.

Sprint’s Samsung Moment Android smartphone is now available for purchase for $179.99.  If you head on out and buy one of these AMOLED-equipped smartphones, leave a comment at the end of this post and let us know what you think. By the way, you can read my full review of the Samsung Moment at – 2 HD videos and plenty of photos  included.