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Review: Helio Fin

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Sep 5, 2007, 11:47 PM   by Eric Lin

Helio's first flip phone washes up on shore. Is there a shark in the water or did someone's surfboard crack on the rocks? With Video Tour.

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Walking into the Helio store in Palo Alto, it came to our attention that although we've taken lots of pictures and video of recent Helio handsets, it's been over a year since we've reviewed one in-depth.

The Fin is Helio's first attempt at America's favorite form factor - the flip. It is based on Samsung's Ultra series platform like AT&T's A717 or Sprint's M610, but could a little Helio magic make the Fin stand out the way so many of their other phones do?

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Sep 8, 2007, 3:30 PM

I wanted to switch to Helio but...

I wanted to switch to Helio this week but I can't. Helio wants a $350.00 deposit from me to give me an account. That is just crazy, I don't have immaculate credit but I certainly don't have horrible credit. No other provider has ever required a deposit from me at all, let alone $350.00 and I have had most of the major providers here in the US. So with this deposit, the termination fee from my current provider, the cost of the new phone and the last bill from my current provider I would be looking at close to $1000.00's just to switch to them.

You would think they would be doing whatever they can to get more customers. The employee's at local stores have also commented on losing many new customers because of this confusing high deposit.

I came across this site
http://www.hellohelio.net/ »
which is buying out your current providers termination fee in order to switch to helio. It may not fix the deposit situation, but it at least lessens the cost $200 or so. I have an ocean and I lov...

Sep 7, 2007, 3:35 PM

Nice review...

...Eric! ๐Ÿ˜‰
i can't believe it's been so long since we did an honest full review of a helio phone.
eric Lin

Sep 7, 2007, 11:31 AM


i want to note that i updated the "customize" section. it was brought to my attention after i published the review that i COULD change HOT to include my own RSS feeds. i have changed this section to reflect how this is done.
The SPH-m610 was the Ultra Range flip Sprint carried. The SPH-m620 is the Upstage.

Sep 6, 2007, 2:19 PM


Maybe helio should use the slogan "raising the bar" they seem to be the ones who are setting the agenda on whats cool in a phone.
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