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Sprint Launches GSM/CDMA Smartphone from Samsung

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Feb 17, 2008, 1:54 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Feb 18, 2008, 11:49 AM

Today the Samsung i325 ACE went on sale on the Sprint web site. It is a dual-mode phone containing both CDMA/EVDO for use in the U.S. and GSM/GPRS for roaming abroad. Similar in basic appearance to the Samsung BlackJack, it runs Windows Mobile 6 Standard (Smartphone) and has a full QWERTY keyboard for text input. It includes a microSD slot that supports cards up to 2GB, and also has stereo Bluetooth and a camera. It is available online for $200 after rebates and new two-year agreement.



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Feb 18, 2008, 10:56 PM

Another Sprint Blunder!!

These phones (CDMA/GSM combo) are such a niche device.

The Samsung ip830w was a complete failure. The only reason the BB 8830 does well is because it's a Blackberry and the first to Sprint with a trackball, external memory, and voice dialing.

I don't know one person who makes a buying decision on a device based on the idea of overseas roaming capabilites. Not to say that those people aren't out there, but it is quite a small demographic.

Sprint needs to start appealing to the masses if they are going to make any type of move in the right direction
I somewhat agree with you, but there's quite of few people who like their BlackJack and Blackjack II's on AT&T and wish to stay with Sprint. The GSM side to them is an afterthought. Other complaints is it doesn't support the US GSM radios, to me if ...
This is a key move to get business accounts. Our company standardizes on VZW, and people are defecting because we have no mobile service in Europe and the smartphone options suck (no blackberry servers). I'm almost ready to switch to AT&T because of t...
DE 2 Philly

Feb 19, 2008, 11:27 PM

Got it today

I just got it today and so far so good. I had the MOGUL and it was ok. Its very lightweight and has to be Sprint thinnest smartphone yet, it also fits in your hand pretty good as it is not as wide as the Q's. The Live TV looks and plays good etc. etc. Only downside is the 1.3 mp camera (not 2mp) & only 2gb external memory (not 4gb)but I can live with that! 🙂
Let me know who it works.
I just returned my Motorola Qc9.

May be I will go and order mine today.

Feb 18, 2008, 11:13 PM

Is th GSM part unlocked?

If I had this phone and I take it to Europe, can I use my European SIM card (O2) in it or is it locked to specific networks? Anyone know?

How do you switch modes (CDMA-GSM)? Is that a power of and power on change? I presume so.

Feb 17, 2008, 6:58 PM

VERY NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nice to see this great addition to Sprint awesome smart phone line-up! Man we got the touch, XV6800, 755p all before verizon! When will verizon get this 2012 neener-neener 😁

I love Sprint unrestricted unlimited 15 dollar data!!!!!!!!!!! LOVIN SPRINT!!!
The screen looks like they shrank it 😕
CAD 5000

Feb 18, 2008, 10:40 AM

Supports up to 2GB mirco sd, Wow

Really? That sounds lame.
You beat me to it, doc! You would think that with a Windows Mobile 6 phone that it would take more. Hell; even when you get the Windows Mobile 6 upgrade on the original i607 Blackjack (at&t), even THAT can take micro SDHC cards (i.e.: 4GB, 6GB, etc......
Yea that kinda sucks. I have a Mogul right now w/ a 4gb card & I just ordered this and Im pretty dissapointed; but o-well. I also didnt like going from a 2mp to a 1.3mp but I dont use my camera very often so its no biggy.

Feb 18, 2008, 11:53 AM

The Question Is .. .. ..

Could you use this pile of crap in the US on GSM out of the box?

Second question: Why would you want to?

Me either.
PEZ said:
Could you use this ... in the US on GSM ...?


Feb 17, 2008, 5:05 PM

For use in the US too

That is a change from the other Quad band phones that have come out in the past. This is nice. So does that say they have roaming agreements with ATT or Tmobile or both?
wombough said:
That is a change from the other Quad band phones that have come out in the past. This is nice. So does that say they have roaming agreements with ATT or Tmobile or both?

Neither. Like the BB 8830 Wor...
Sorry, we worded that badly. When we said:

It is a dual-mode phone containing both CDMA-EVDO and GSM/GPRS radios
for use in the U.S. and roaming abroad.

...we meant "It is a dual-mode phone containing both CDMA-EVDO (fo...
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