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Jan 8, 2005, 8:42 PM

Bluetooth on Samsung

Samsung is usually on top of things, but they still have not acquired bluetooth on their phones. I know that CDMA phones don't have bluetooth (excluding Motorola v710), but Samsung GSM phones should have it right? Why or why not?
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Jan 25, 2005, 7:07 PM

Will this phone be able to play MP3 ringtones?

For a phone this new, I would expect it to play MP3's as ringtones, but it is not listed under the specs page. Will this phone be able to play MP3's ?
1 replies

Jan 23, 2005, 6:35 PM

sch-a890 v. vx8000 v. v710

I am very confused over which phone to get on feb 1. What is the difference in screen size b/w these 3? For those of you who have played around with the vx8000 is it very oversized? how would it feel in a pocket? I appreciate the help. Thanks
6 replies

Jan 10, 2005, 8:04 PM


No speakerphone???? is this True???
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Feb 2, 2005, 2:19 PM

ringer quality?

can someone please tell me how the volume/quality of the ringers on this model are? i need a loud ringer. also, does it have the ring/vib function similar to the LG vx6000?
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Jan 24, 2005, 7:42 PM


I'm sorry for saying this, but doesn't this phone look kind of ugly? Well it's kind of my opinion but it anyone tell thinks this just comment because last time I said that the vx8000 was ugly everyone spazzed out on me.
10 replies

Feb 3, 2005, 11:34 AM

No Reviews On This Phone??

There are no reviews on this phone. It seems most people are choosing the other two because of the speaker capability. I find it interesting (stupid) that the 890 has an outside speaker to play V-cast only. The 8940 is actually smaller than the 890 which is only slightly smaller than the 8000. I currently own the 8000 but due to the low earpiece volume and large size, I am going to verizon to do a more thorough inspection. I would like having the independent voice recognition, something not featured in the 8000 or the 8940. Does anyone who owns this phone have a good review for it?

Feb 2, 2005, 1:45 PM

Samsung A890 problems out of the box

Just bought the Samsung this morning. Didn't realize that it had no speakerphone, stupid me, bad assumption on my part. For the price you would think it would include a common feature like a speakerphone.

So I get home and the phone battery is almost dead which is to be expected. I attach the charger and the phone won't charge. I call the Verizon store and they are so surprised and asking me, do you have it in the charger correctly, blah blah blah. Bottom line is the phone seems ok but I am now suspect of the quality. I was looking at the new Audiovox first and the sales rep tells me that he doesn't think Audiovox makes a good phone and that the Samsung is the better model to take. The LG is just too big for me. I like my Verizon ...
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Feb 1, 2005, 7:20 PM

stop don't buy!!!!!!

I just came back from the verizon store. When I asked them if there is a data cable and software program so i could back up my contacts, like i have had on all my other phones they said NO! None of the three new EVDO phone will allow this. This is there is no way to back up your contacts and no way to use the phone as a modem! I have over 300 contacts and if i can't back up my phone for get it. Verizon sucks! Verizon has a service that you have to pay for every month to back up your contacts over the their get it now network. It costs, I think 4$ a month. Crooks.
If I am wrong please corect me, because i really want one of these new phones.
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Feb 1, 2005, 3:47 PM


I was just in the verizon store @ lunch and saw the samsung sch-a890. Awesome.....but it has no speakerphone. It's the best size of the 3 phones that came out today.

Jan 29, 2005, 12:22 PM

VX 8000, SCH-A890 both In stores yesterday

Just a little note that both of these phones were received in the vzw stores yesterday, but they're not available for sale yet. When you scan them they're not listed in the inventory yet.
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Jan 21, 2005, 12:46 PM

Review of Verizon's VCAST service and other 2 phones offered

December 16, 2004
Verizon Devices Use
High-Speed Network
For Voice, Web, E-Mail
December 16, 2004; Page B1

The most important development this year in U.S. wireless communications wasn't the headline-grabbing mergers of various wireless carriers. It was the quiet, gradual rollout by Verizon Wireless of a technology called EV-DO, which for the first time is providing broadband-speed Internet access over the air from anywhere in the cities where it has been deployed.

This new Verizon network, which the company calls "BroadbandAccess," promises users in 18 cities so far that they can get on the Internet at typical speeds of between 300 and 500 kilobits a second. That's the equivalent of w...
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Jan 27, 2005, 1:43 PM

Speakerphone: Full or Half duplex?

The title says it all, does anybody know if the speakerphone on this phone is full or half duplex?

thanks, chris
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Jan 27, 2005, 2:48 PM


There is no speakerphone on the sch-a890 right?
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Jan 23, 2005, 6:37 PM

3d menu??

Can someone also please explain in detail what consists of this 3d menu on the samsung a890? Is it worth getting the phone for? Thanks
1 replies

Jan 17, 2005, 8:18 PM

nice phone!

Samsung rep came to our location with the 890

really nice design
its more compact than the lg vx8000 with a less bricklike shape
very light

the menu/camera operation was very smooth like the new samsung a790 global phone and other lg's out there(present samsungs have long load times for the camera)

basically i'm looking forward to this phone's release...alot nicer than the 8000 in my opinion
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Jan 11, 2005, 11:26 AM

Stay the course, a thousand points of light

Would you people quit arguing over which carrier is better. Different things work for different people, lets just leave it at that.

Has anybody out there actually used the 890?

Does it have video because someone in a different forum said it didn't, but it is listed as if it does have video record.

How does it compare to the vx8000 or the Audiovox 8940?

Can you mute the shutter sound?

Does it have more than one alarm?

We need info.
So please, if you have used the phone let us know some of the things about it.

You guys are all dirt rockers, Verizon is the best.
4 replies

Jan 19, 2005, 10:17 PM

Pricing: SCH-A890, VX8000, CDM-8940

This was posted by VZWEmployee over at Howardforums: ... »

SCH-A890: $319 2year, $369 1year, $439 full retail

CDM-8940: $294 2year, $349 1 year, $419 full retail

VX8000: $269 2year, $319 1 year, $389 full retail

The VX8000 will have a $70 Rebate. No info given on if the CDM-8940 and SCH-A890 will have rebates also.

Jan 19, 2005, 2:30 PM

a890 or vx8000???

OK. Here's the deal. I'm in the market for a new cell phone from Verizon. I qualify for the New Every 2 program and I can get a new cell phone as of March 31, 2005. I currently have a Motorola T730 and had a Samsung SCH-a530 both with Verizon. I have been doing research on some phones and have narrowed my selection down to 3 phones. I am now contemplating on the Samsung SCH-a890, the LG VX7000, and the LG VX8000. I don't know what the best is. The only reason I am looking at the VX7000 is in case the a890 and VX8000 aren't good. Mostly I am curious about the a890 and VX8000. From anyone's perspective or knowledge, can you please tell me how everything is. How are the User Interfaces, custumization abilities, camera qualities. Anyt...
1 replies

Jan 19, 2005, 3:33 PM


does the a890's camera swivel like th elg vx7000? Laughing
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