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Sprint TV Phone Leaked On FCC

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Jun 2, 2006, 5:26 PM   by (staff)

The FCC today approved the Samsung SPH-M250. A label in the documents confirm this mystery phone is for Sprint. The phone is clearly a clamshell model with Bluetooth. After careful comparison of the test photos to Samsung models, it appears to be a version of the B250, a TV phone Samsung launched in Korea. The B250 has a lid that rotates 90 degrees to watch video in landscape mode. It is possible that this phone is simply a video focused EV-DO handset that will present Sprint's streaming video in landscape. However because the phone was only approved on 1900 MHz band and is not dual-band like Sprint's other handsets, there is likely something more to this phone. It is likely that the phone is 1900 only because of some antenna issues with a mobile TV technology in the 2.5 GHz band and that Sprint will either test or even launch live-TV service with this phone. Sprint has already been running mobile TV trials using TDtv technology from IP Wireless in their 2.5 GHz spectrum.

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Jun 2, 2006, 6:16 PM

One Word: UGLY!

That horizontal screen makes the phone look ugly. I like the live tv part though.
terryjohnson16 said:
That horizontal screen makes the phone look ugly. ...

It rotates. It's only horizontal when you want to watch TV.
It's ONLY horizonal (Widescreen) when watching tv, otherwise, it's a normal flip phone, the screen rotates for tv viewing.

In these coming years, more, and more increasing displays, on cell phones, laptops, and especially televisions, will ALL be w...

Jun 2, 2006, 11:22 PM

They had this phone at the Qualcomm shareholder meeting

It was running MediaFlo
But, Verizon Wireless is going to be using MediaFLO, not Sprint PCS
That was a prototype. Samsung has already produced about a half-dozen different TV phones using this exact form factor - some commercial, some prototypes for demo only.

Jun 4, 2006, 11:54 AM

Korean Phone

I rented this phone when I was traveling in Korea last month, this phone is awesome! REAL Live TV, widescreen viewing, etc..

Nearly every young kid has his phone over there, mainly because it is in alot of popular tv dramas and Samsung AnyCall is sponsored by Korean celebrities

it cost $460-600 USD though for this phone with a new line of activation in Korea...but hopfully much cheaper here in the US

I cant wait for this phone to come out!!!

Jun 2, 2006, 5:37 PM

Sweet Action!!!

I can't wait to get this in our store!! Give it to me now!!!!!!!!!! Smile

(I'm sure it has a pretty hefty price tag tho)
THIS, though not necessarily on Sprint's network, but --IF-- I have to leave Cingular, for this handset I will, THIS is what I've been waiting for! ! ! ! Widescreen viewing, heck yes, the ONLY way to go! ! ! ! ! ! !

Jun 3, 2006, 6:41 AM


Now the number of phone-related car accidents will definately go up.

Jun 2, 2006, 7:09 PM

M250 = Uproar 2??

I read that the numerical name of the Uproar 2 was the M250, so could thisbe it? But I guess it wouldnt make sense since this doesnt seem to be a music oriented phone, but I just wanted to mention that. Smile
I saw the same rumor a couple weeks ago.

I assume someone just saw the M250 model number - and that it was coming to Sprint - and (incorrectly) assumed that it was the Uproar 2 since the original Uproar was the M100.

But I'm 99% sure that the M2...
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