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FCC Approves Samsung CDMA Smartphone

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Nov 9, 2004, 10:41 AM   by (staff)

Documents made public today on the FCC web site offer a glimpse of the Samsung SCH-i640, a new Windows Mobile Smartphone for CDMA networks. The clamshell-style phone will run Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, and features dual color displays and a full-size SD card slot. The documents include multiple references to Verizon. One document refers to an i645 variant with a camera, although that version was not included in the hardware approved by the FCC. The i640 is the apparent successor to the SCH-i600, Samsung's first Windows Mobile Smartphone, which was released by Verizon in November 2003, and later by Sprint this past September.

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Nov 30, 2004, 8:41 PM

Too bad...

Just too bad that AllTel will probably not pick it up at all... Mad Confused Sad Crying or Very sad

"It ain't broke, it just needs Duct Tape!"

Nov 17, 2004, 10:38 PM

Phone available??

I need to replace my V60S NOW, and was about to get the V265 until I saw this Samsung, which is exactly what I've been holding out for...

Anyone have any idea when we will be able to buy this phone? (I know, good question... Verizon isn't exactly known for providing us with phones on a timely basis.)

Nov 12, 2004, 6:32 PM

No bluetooth / No buy

I don't understand why samsung is against bluetooth functionality. My only guess is that they are coming out with a bluetooth like feature of their own to use with all samsung phones. Mad
Maybe they're just waiting for the standard to mature more?!

Nov 9, 2004, 1:16 PM


No Camera??? What were they thinking?
They were probably thinking this is a business phone, and why cheapen it with a camera. This could be exactly what I'm looking for, although I'd prefer Palm to Windows. I have no use, nor want, a camera in my phone - just a good phone, good service,...
Well, as mentioned in the text, there is an i645 variant with a camera that may see the light of day. Samsung will most likely need additional FCC approval for that version, which hasn't happened yet, but I wouldn't rule it out. It's possible V...
No camera is a good move to attract business users, especially attorneys. Camera phones are not permitted in Federal Courts. I have been looking for a solid tri-mode cdma smartphone w/o a camera for some time. Hopefully this will be it. The Kyocera...

Nov 9, 2004, 9:07 PM

This is good BUT...

...I wished that the i640/i645 ran under Palm OS for Smartphones software (Namely Garnet for Smartphones and/or Cobalt for Smartphones) instead of Windows Mobile 2003 for Smartphones.
Ah, then what you want is the Samsung i550: »


Nov 9, 2004, 5:24 PM


if this phone will not have bluetooth i will be maaaad
No Bluetooth. It appears it will have infrared, but I'm not 100% certain on that.
dude..count on it not having bluetooth man, verizon and there crap cdma network, verizonwireless are totally behind the times of what people disire..i have been a customer of verizon for 6 years always hoping the next phone will be the good one..well ...
The FCC documents show bluetooth as a menu option on the phone, but state that there is no bluetooth hardware on the phone. That leaves the SDIO slot as the only BT option. As far as I know, there are no SDIO cards that support the headset profile.
no bluetooth, no buy

Nov 12, 2004, 8:16 AM

Treo 650

The I 640 sounds like a strong offering however it does appear to have some limitations. Those seeking a sound PDA phone with powerful app support and currently with SPrint should look into the Treo 650. Bluetooth, 300+Mhz processor, support for Exchange Mail and attachments. All in a Palm platform.

Nov 9, 2004, 5:09 PM

sch-i640 - tri-mode???

Does anyone know if this is expected to be a tri-mode (cdma digital and analog) phone?
'Fraid not. What the FCC approved was strictly dual-band digital-only. No analog.
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