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Helio Introduces Drift With New Location Services

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Nov 9, 2006, 12:00 AM   by (staff)

Helio today is introducing the Drift, the third phone for the young MVNO. The Drift is Helio's first phone from a major brand: Samsung, and is also the first phone on Helio to offer location based services (LBS). It is a slim slider featuring a QVGA screen, stereo Bluetooth, 2 Megapixel camera, 128 MB of memory and microSD card slot. Helio members with a Drift will have access to turn by turn driving directions using Google maps including traffic updates. Drift owners will also get to use Buddy Beacon, a location-based friend finder, to locate and call nearby friends who opt to be found. It also allows users to text offline friends requesting that they turn their buddy beacon on. The Drift is available in black or white for $225.

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Nov 10, 2006, 1:38 PM

I'll wait...

And see if the rumor that Danger designers are designing a new slider for Helio with the help of another phone OEM.

They tote this myspace thing on a phone without a KB, and that is a bit silly.

If Danger helps them design something, it will be a winner - or, at least something much better than these phones.
I agree that the mobile MySpace thing does seem a bit silly without a keyboard. But...

This is the most **** I've ever seen jammed into a phone of this size. The fact that they got a GPS receiver in there (that apparently works, according to the en...

Nov 14, 2006, 10:36 AM

drift on back order and credit issues

Just thought I'd share my experience so far:

First of all, if you have bad credit, Helio might be the carrier for you. I tried ordering online but after the credit check finished, it said they could not extend credit to me at this time. I was bummed so I called their customer service to see if there was anything they could do about it. The guy was totally like -- hey buddy, no problem! He told me that if you refuse to give them your SSN, they can't (or typically don't) deny you credit. He was able to get all my info from the web order I had just put in and override the credit thing.

Needless to say, I was pretty psyched at that point since I usually have to put down a deposit since my credit sucks. Anyway, once everything was confirmed...

Nov 10, 2006, 3:37 PM

So Helio will make it?

Haha, I had heard in early summer from a guy who works for Helio that he didn't expect it to last the year, and now all the KickFlips are sold and they are coming out with more! Well, I say "good job" to Helio, keep going for Amp'd's throat!
years not up yet.........
Many months ago I coudln't flip a channel without seeing a Helio commerical. Now they ads are noticiable gone from the shows I watch. This might be due to demographics and the fact I don't watch a lot of TV any more as to me not seeing it though.


Nov 9, 2006, 2:20 PM

Since this phone is CDMA...

...will I be able to use it with Verizon?
The phone works with Helio only... which uses Sprint's Network... CDMA does not funtion like GSM where GSM phones can be unlocked and used on different networks. This is why people use GSM phones for travel and not CDMA phones.
Wireless Buddy

Nov 9, 2006, 7:30 PM

Great price

$225 is a great price for this phone. i mean 2 mp cam! Very Happy
Yeah, but is it auto-focus, or just a pin-hole lens??? Auto-Focus makes quite a difference

Nov 9, 2006, 12:26 PM

This phone is going to ROCK!!!

this phone is going to rock!!!best handset out there in the market when it comes out... the price is kind of high but still!! pretty darn good!!! i wish i can see the back and the side of this phone!!!! can you put them up please?? on the Samsung Drift specification? THANK YOU~
you guys already told me you are going to get the pictures so NEVER MIND~ thank you guys
I am so skeptical of any MVNO new handset launch, especially a high end niche product like this, how many do they really envison selling?
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