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Nov 18, 2007, 12:17 AM
over in the "Samsung SGH-T809 / SGH-D820" discussion:

no video record sound

my samsung t809 just went mute on its video recording. i can not hear the sound on the recently recorded video. i already turned the video recorder sound on but still not working. i alrady browsed all the settings on my phone but it didn't help.

Jul 26, 2007, 9:13 AM
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GetJar and Movies

Can anyone give me a walkthrough on how to install javascript games on my T809. ie.

Also, I have converted some movies 3gp, but when i transfer them to my phone, it doesn't even see the file as being on the memory card. I am transferring using the USB cable to phone.

Using this app - 3GP converter (zip File) ... »

Thanks ahead of time.
I am also having a lot of problems with this. I am trying to get the java games to the phone, but no luck. I have tried utilizing the memory card and the phone to place the files on it. It seems to know that something is there but has a large NO si...
BiGg RiE

Oct 16, 2006, 3:00 PM
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******THE REAL REASON THE T809 WAS DROPPED!!!**********

I think this phone was discontinued because You can flash the t809 to the original version of the phone and use it the way it was ment to be used. I think tmobile got wind of people flashing there t809's to the d820 and getting alot of funtionality that the t809 lacked for free and they didn't like it Eh? .

Here's a short list of the benifits of flashing to the D820 which is the real version of the t809:

* Mp3 as ringtone support (no renaming needed)
* No Ascending ringer
* Vibrate and ring simultaneously
* Email client
* Change soft key functions
* Install non-signed java applications ie; opera mini, google maps etc.
* Unlock the phone (use on any carrier)

As you can see there are many benifits that address most of the issues...
How do you flash the t809 and could it cause problems? I am not the handiest when it comes to tech stuff...
I would also like to know how to flash the t809. Thanks
Yes,could you please show how to flash this phone, and slowly please for those that are not as tech savy as yourself...thanks. Smile
Hey guy I will be posting the links shortly so check back soon.
i also want to know how to flash the t809 thanks... Smile
i just want to thank you again to tell us how to flash the t809 to its regular self... Smile
Would LOVE to know how to flash to the other software. Please tell us.
wow..thats cool..u havent replied mate..can u give the link..thanx again
Here's the link: ... »

Sorry for the delay hope it helps you guys if you haven't googled it already.

Jul 12, 2007, 7:40 PM
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Motorola HT820 Headset with T809??

ok so I paired a motorolla HT820 bluetooth headset with my t809, its a music headset, but i get no music through it... i can talk on it but thats about it... how do i get music to play through the headset??
i believe the profile software needed is A2DP, is there anywhere i can get it?

Apr 1, 2006, 1:19 AM
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bluetooth connection

I have a Samsung t809 and I pair it to a Parrot CK3100 car device. My previous Motorola phones had no issues, in that every time I started my car, the phone and the Parrot would synch automatically. But with this t809, I have to go into settings each time and search for devices to connect to the Parrot. Is there a setting to have this happen automatically?
You may have to set the Parrot as a trusted device. If that doesn't work, try doing a soft reset on the phone.

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Mar 7, 2007, 7:04 PM
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Unlocked from Tmobile, Use on Cingular

I have a T809 that I had personally unlocked it from T-Mobile, and now I use it on Cingular.

I went through all the steps of making the internet, and the MMS on the Cingular network by typing in the *# numbers.

Now the problem still remains is, none of my programs will connect to any network, besides the internet and my picture messaging. I was wondering if there was a way, like I changed the network preference for the internet and MMS, to change the network prefences for AIM and my GMAIL programs by the *# numbers.

Can anyone help?

Sep 6, 2006, 12:49 PM
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saving sent messages in outbox?

hi just wondering if anyone knows how to save sent messages in the sentbox. i cant find the setting to save em. any help would be great. thanks in advance Smile
Hi, I bought this phone and am having the same problem as you in regards to the sent messages not saving in the outbox nor sentbox.

Have you been able to find a solution for this?

you have to wait until it says 'message sent', if you slide the phone down before that message, it will not save to your sentbox

Feb 14, 2007, 1:51 AM
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Can an unlocked t809 still access the secret menu?

im about to get an unlocked t809. can it still access the secret menu that you get to by typing in *#8999*8378# and then tweaking the H/W test settings? i really liked how loud and clear my old t809 was (rest its soul) but it recently took a five story drop. Sad
bump. anyone?

Feb 2, 2007, 2:15 PM
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GMail Mobile

I keep getting error "Must allow network access to send and recieve information" in order for application to work. I have all of my network settings set to always allow. Please help! Thanks
I'm having the same problem! I hope we can get a smart person to respond to your post.

Jul 16, 2006, 2:06 AM
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Firmware D820 PLEASE HELP

wut exactly dus firmware do?(wut is it) n r the D820 n T809 diffrent?PLEASE HELP
for the most part they are the same. except for a few things:
rings and vibrates at the same time
custom short cuts
ascending ringers for 2 secs not 7
theres now a red skin instead of tmobile one
pix on the camera are used as full wall papers so ...

Feb 1, 2006, 10:20 PM
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Just a couple ?'s for the users

Hi all...Im looking to get a new phone in about 2 months and im startin to look now...if i stay w/ tmobile im going with either the T809 or the MDA...depending on price and if i really want a windows based phone....

What i want to know is

1) hows the speakerphone during calls? loud?

2) hows the RF? i currently have the Samsung E105 and get about 3 maybe 4 bars outta 5...will this be compareable..i cant sacrafice service and when i had the Moto V300 i didnt like the service in my house

3) Has anyone used Opera Mini?
if so how does it work w/ the T809 & Edge...

o and one more edge available on LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK (Specifically Commack, NY)

Thanks to all who answer

1. great, i can hold leave it at my desk and walk across the room and have a good convo.

2. depends where you live, phx, az has good service and i get it pretty much anywhere..

3. no.. never heard of it?
First and foremost I jsut gotta say this phone is BOMB!!...

the speakerphone is fantastic, very clear, loud and doesnt distort...

the signal on it is awesome too, havent had any problems w/ it whatsoever..
Sorry if this is too late...
I am trading the MDA for a Samsung. The MDA has a horrible battery life and many mobile users complain about an eco and a tunnel affect (i dont hear either). I like the ring (sounds like a payphone) and the web browser ...
3. Opera mini will NOT work on the T809 as T-Mobile has disabled this, amongst other things. The only way (as of now) to be able to add applications to the phone is to flash your phone with D820 firmware. Then opera mini works just fine Wink

Jan 1, 2007, 9:34 PM
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Dec 31, 2006, 4:25 PM
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Watching full Hollywood movies on your T809

Hi folks. I've spent quite a few hours this weekend using trial-and-error in getting so that I can watch full movies on the T809. Finally I started having successes getting slightly shorter films on there -- like some Chaplin and Buster Keaton films, and now finally I've got North by Northwest and some other full-length features on there. HITCHCOCK ON MY T809!

In a nutshell, although there is specific software by Makayama that purports to do the conversion for you, I found I had the best success by (1) using ImTOO 3gp video converter, (2) finally hitting on a collection of configurations for bitrate, frame rate, etc., and (3) if the file size gets more than a certain size, using ImTOO to split it into two one-hour chunks.

I wrote up a...

Dec 8, 2006, 12:00 PM
over in the "Samsung SGH-T809 / SGH-D820" discussion:

PC or Mac phone manager.

Please forgive me if I missed finding this in my search.

Is there any phone manager software out there that allow you to go thru all the possible configurations/settings of your phone?

I know there is more then a few pieces of software that allow you to do phonebook, mms, calendar and that sort of thing.

I have tried MobileMAster, MobTime, PCStudio, Oxygen, Clever Cell & Wammu.

Thanks in advance.

Nov 21, 2006, 11:43 AM
over in the "Samsung SGH-T809 / SGH-D820" discussion:

2.5mm headset adapter?

I am thinking of purchasing this phone and have read some descriptions indicating that it comes with an adapter which would allow me to use the phone with a headset that has a standard 2.5mm miniplug. However, I can't seem to find any information to confirm that. Can anyone tell me whether the phone comes with such an adapter or whether and where it can be purchased aftermarket? Thanks
I am pretty sure that you will not receive this adapter with your phone. I did not. On ebay, I purchased an adapter for $6 dollars with shipping which is a very good price. I believe this is the best thing to do.

Nov 20, 2006, 7:17 PM
over in the "Samsung SGH-T809 / SGH-D820" discussion:

Music videos

how can i put a music video on this wut kinda file does it have to be

Jul 13, 2006, 10:14 AM
over in the "Samsung SGH-T809 / SGH-D820" discussion:

Permanent text message icon?

Got my T809 a couple weeks ago, very happy with it. However, I have a constant "new text message" icon visible on the main display, with a kind of flashing red bar in the upper right corner of it.

I have no new text messages anywhere; people have texted me since this icon appeared, and it seems to do nothing. Has anyone seen this / know how to fix it?

Never mind... it means the SIM card is full of SMS messages.

Oct 28, 2006, 4:12 PM
over in the "Samsung SGH-T809 / SGH-D820" discussion:

Different Browser?

Hey peeps. What other browsers can we use on this T809. The one I have will not load a large page. Any suggestions?
If you flash to the D820 you can install opera mini on there. Or any other java based mobile browser for that matter.

Oct 26, 2006, 11:38 PM
over in the "Samsung SGH-T809 / SGH-D820" discussion:

can it ring any louder?

Hey guys just got a simple question i work at sonic and it's pretty loud inside there i was wonderin if there was a way to make the phone ring any louder.... i set it to volume five... i've gone to the secret menu and adjusted the ring volumes still rings so quietly i can barely hear it when there's noise when it's quite it's like being at a concert when i get a phonecall...b ut any other time i miss my call

anyone have any tricks or know of different settings i can use through the secret menu to get a louder ring????
any help would be greatly appreciated : )
I would just say -- choose a different TUNE. some of the tunes really ring clear, and others seem more quiet, at the same volume level. choose one that comes across really shrill. this is a LOUD phone.

Feb 1, 2006, 12:53 PM

Build Quality


Great comments on the 809's build quality. This is an issue that has prevented me from purchasing any type of slider format handset. Not only to I find them cumbersome, but they're just itching to be broken. Having not seen your name before in these pages...welcome!
My A800 has lasted for a year and weared fine. I have dropped it many times and it is scratched extensively, but it still works with nice action.
Jesse actually did the review on the LG vx8100. Here's the link: »

I think he does a good job and will be a great fit here at PhoneScoop
I think the build quality isn't as bad as is being portrayed. The sliding mechanism has loosened slightly in my use. However all in all i think it a very well put together phone. Now I've only had it for a little over a month as stated in my review, s...
zero worry whatsoever about the physical quality of my T809. solid and good. anyway, a slider is less worrisome than a clamshell with regards to "itching to be broken!" ... you want a candy bar phone if that's your worry
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