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Saygus VPhone to Be Verizon's First Open Development Handset

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Nov 10, 2009, 5:27 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Nov 10, 2009, 6:13 PM

Today Saygus told Phone Scoop that its V1 Android handset — to be branded as the VPhone — will be Verizon Wireless' first Open Development Initiative handset. The V1 boasts some impressive specs, and is just "days" away from certification on Verizon's network. The stand-out feature of the VPhone is going to be a video sharing service that will allow two people to share a live, two-way video feed. It will also be able to act as a Wi-Fi router, similar to the Novatel MiFi. According to the Saygus web site, the VPhone has a 3.5-inch, 800 x 480 pixel, high resolution capacitive touch display. It is powered by a 624MHz processor, has a 5 megapixel main camera and a VGA camera that faces users. It supports EVDO Rev. A, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, accelerometer, digital compass and microSD cards up to 32GB. The device is a sideways slider that has a full QWERTY keyboard. Saygus said that because the VPhone is an ODI device, it won't be beholden to some of the restrictions placed on Verizon's regular handsets and it will support applications such as VoIP via the 3G network. Saygus believes the device will be available late 2009 or early 2010 through most of Verizon's sales channels. The VPhone was recently approved by the FCC.

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Nov 14, 2009, 1:59 PM


does anyone know if there an app for BBM .. which is main reason i stay with Blackberry. if so im will be getting android phone

Nov 13, 2009, 12:08 PM

Hotspot and phone concurrently?

Anyone know whether or not you can have a phone call and hotspot connectivity at the same time? Say... for webinar/conference calls?
I know that the Droid and Eris allow conversation simultaneously with Wi-Fi data, so it's possible. No clue what this thing can do.

Nov 11, 2009, 11:41 AM

Unlocked right?

Well according to the In-depth review, this phone will not be supported by Verizon or be able to make use of their exclusive services. I see no reason for this phone to be locked to their network since it will obviously marketed as an unlocked phone? So is it safe to say that it can run on most domestic CDMA networks?
Sprint does not allow non-Sprint handsets on its network though. ESN/MEIDs have to be loaded into their switch like Verizon. It is not a simple matter of flipping a SIM card in the phone as with GSM. I am unsure about the smaller carriers but unles...
By definition, this phone will not be unlocked. "unlocked" refers only to GSM phones, since carriers "lock" them to only work on their SIM cards. This phone does not use SIM cards, so the term unlocked doesn't apply to it. Further more this phone will...

Nov 10, 2009, 6:05 PM


Geez, after lagging as long as they have, Verizon is certainly making up for it this month. This phone really does seem as too good to be true. When I was in Korea recently, video calling was all the rave and really awesome. If Verizon pulls off LTE implementation across its network and keeps their voice call quality, they will be THE cell phone provider in the US period. Where's the Sphone!
I Like the concept of this phone. I bet it will do well which is good for me because I guarantee others will follow. I will stay with sprint and wait for them to have video sharing-calls thats cool. Sphone where are you? Laughing

This will be very i...
You make a great point! As long as they keep their calling network even, then they get the point on the scoreboard! Don't forget the 3G coverage too! Hope there are no emergency outages due to the holiday buying rush that's sure to come for this new d...

Nov 14, 2009, 12:35 PM


I thought droid was Verizon's 1rst open development handset.

Nov 10, 2009, 6:11 PM

Who really cares?

Feel good BS aside, this sounds like a way for Verizon to offer something that is really of no benefit to consumers or anyone other than people who dick around with their phones while trumpeting it as "the future."

So when this no-name device screws up, where am I going to go for support? Is it going to be like the days of Windows Mobile where the minute something touches it they recuse themselves of any responsibility if the phone keeps locking up?
go hug your iphone.
I think if AT&T were offering this device your tune would be a WHOLE different song.
Don't you seriously have anything better to do with your time than be a complete Verizon hater?

Please, take up a hobby like putting ships into bottles and get off the internet.
By supporting unbranded devices on the network, Verizon is losing the stranglehold grip on "Full Retail Price" that they've had for years.

Under a locked down device distribution system, VZW has created its own monopoly over its handset supply chai...

Nov 10, 2009, 8:53 PM

Wi-Fi router, similar to the Novatel MiFi.

would u be able to use this for online gaming on like a ps3 or 360
Yep. The MiFi is not unique. Data cards have been capable of being used with routers long before Novatel launched MiFi for Sprint and Verizon. It is just that the MiFi makes it easier and carriers support it.
ONLY Clear has speeds sufficient enough for online gaming.

Nov 10, 2009, 8:19 PM

Open Development and Apple

If this is truly legitimate then theoretically Apple could do the same thing as Saygus. Basically, create a device that passes Verizon testing and sell directly to those eighty plus million Verizon customers.
Love or hate the iPhone, if Apple made a CDMA iPhone, VZW (this time) will snatch it in a NY minute, and have cute little commercials showing how much better it will be on their network then AT&T's, and I don't blame them.

I also think, VZW would...
Apple just resigned their contract to us, AT&T. I have heard so many rumors, and people come to our store all day long swearing that their carrier (and Ive heard some ridiculious claims including Sprint all the way to MetroPCS and Boost!! I know you w...
Will never happen. And - who really wants one? (other than 12-18 year olds) I don't want a phone that has to be hacked in order have my choice in third party applications. +1 for Saygus though

Nov 11, 2009, 12:16 PM

DVD Feature

"Combining the stereo multimedia capabilities with the mobile Internet connection you may watch full-length DVD quality movies from anywhere within wireless range on the screen of the V1â„¢ or play online games at your option." from Saygus' site...

Nov 10, 2009, 5:56 PM


Drooling I cant wait to see how this actually performs. Nice to see VZW loosening up a bit.
I have to admit a good deal of skepticism though. I mean we are talking Verizon Wireless right? These are the guys who refused to open up the V710 Bluetooth profiles instead choosing to settle a class action suit. Unbelievable!
Lucky we still have Cellswapper.com
Yes, verizonmaster, I agree that it is good to see some of the other carriers "loosen up a bit" as you put it. I see a lot of great ideas for phones in the air, but somehow the good ideas are not always taken too well by the phone carrier companies. L...

Nov 10, 2009, 8:17 PM

So, who the hell is Saygus anyway?

Never heard of em and I bet everyone else here hasn't either lol. After visiting their rather sparse website I'm guessing they don't make the phone either. Anybody know?
Sounds like a robot from the original Star Trek series.

http://androidcommunity.com/saygus-vphone-v1-shows-u ... »
Nope! I've never heard of them!
They don't make the phone either? What do you mean? I never heard of them and I was assuming that was actually what they did: MAKE the phone?! But what do I know......

But yes, I think most of us have never heard of them. Don't feel alone!
Quote from the site:

Saygus's mobile, real-time, two-way video calling technology allows families, individuals, business and medical, military, governmental and security personnel access to high speed data information at low transfer speed rates, t...

Nov 10, 2009, 10:31 PM

November 27, 2007

http://news.vzw.com/news/2007/11/pr2007-11-27.html »

They promised this two years ago and I never thought that I would see the day. Now I am wondering how this is going to work. Will I keep my existing calling plan (minus TEC) and subscribe to those other features from Saygus?
I feel like a kid, the week before Christmas. The anticipation is making me sick! OK, so if this DOES work like bringing a CPE to VZW then my line would remain out of contract. That is SWEET! I want to know more. Yes, I feel as though I have betr...

Nov 10, 2009, 6:19 PM


So, it won't be sold by Verizon, be in their stores and won't be subsidized, so I bet it's going to be um, $450 to $500. Let's see!
Exactly! It is going to be up there. There was a guy complaining that VZW would not allow him to bring over his handsets from a Canadian provider a few days ago. I TOLD him there was NO WAY they would EVER allow unbranded or another carriers brande...

Nov 10, 2009, 7:24 PM

Saygus rate plans?

I am unsure of the execution. I suspect that one may have to sign up for service through Saygus. They do not have any rate plans listed on their sites though the do discuss features such as:

Three-Year Extended Warranty – One Year Manufacturer’s and Two Years Extended Available For One-Time Fee
Remote Save Capability – Save ANY Information AND Live Video Calls Entered to Remote Servers and Protect Against Data Loss For Monthly Fee
Insurance – Protect Against Loss, Theft, or Out of Warrantee User Damage For Monthly Fee
VMS – Video Messaging Service Offering Video Messages Like Text Messaging for $2.99/Mo. Unlimited.
Either I can activate my Saygus device on my existing line and pay Saygus an additional fee for the Extended Warranty, Insurance and Video Messaging Service or everything will be subscribed through Saygus. I'm not sure yet but it is very exciting.

Nov 10, 2009, 5:47 PM


tell me more. Maybe I won't need those two CDMA/LTE iphones after all. If this were on some sites, I might consider it a hoax.
I'm with you. Sounds almost too good to be true Surprised
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