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Nov 11, 2005, 10:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Hands-on report from the Samsung launch event in New York City for their late-2005 / early-2006 lineup.

Samsung introduced a handful of major new phones this week at a low-key event in New York City. They included the company's first WCDMA phone for the U.S., first GSMM Push-To-Talk phone, a RAZR-like phone, and a new music phone.

Also on deck was the i830, a spinoff of the i730 Windows Mobile PDA-phone currently offered by Verizon. The i830 is exactly like the i730 spec-for-spec, except it adds GSM for world roaming, while removing Wi-Fi. The i830 is Samsung's 2nd CDMA+GSM hybrid world phone for the U.S., following the A790 currently offered by both Verizon and Sprint.

Actually, it could technically be their 3rd such phone, depending on release dates, since Samsung was also showing off the A795, which is simply an A790 without a camera.

There wasn't really any point in taking photos of the i830, since it looks identical to the i730.

There was another phone that wasn't announced or shown at the event, but was in the press kit they handed out.


The T709 is a new slide-style GSM phone for T-Mobile with Wi-Fi. It also has EDGE high-speed data, a 1.3 megapixel camera, and speakerphone. It will join several other GSM / Wi-Fi phones coming to the U.S. in the first quarter of next year, including Motorola's A910.

It's important not to confuse the T709 with the T809, which is a different Samsung slider coming to T-Mobile soon.

About the author, Rich Brome:

Editor in Chief Rich became fascinated with cell phones in 1999, creating mobile web sites for phones with tiny black-and-white displays and obsessing over new phone models. Realizing a need for better info about phones, he started Phone Scoop in 2001, and has been helming the site ever since. Rich has spent two decades researching and covering every detail of the phone industry, traveling the world to tour factories, interview CEOs, and get every last spec and photo Phone Scoop readers have come to expect. As an industry veteran, Rich is a respected voice on phone technology of the past, present, and future.


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Nov 29, 2005, 9:58 AM


Comp USA a computer store in the Philadelphia area ran an ad in the Sunday Paper and has the SPH-A920 for $ 149.99 with a 2 year contract and expects stock units by 11/30/05. This looks like one nice phone.

Nov 18, 2005, 11:56 PM

services on Sprint handsets

Does Sprint disable their handsets services like VZW does???
For instance would a BT Sprint phone have FULL BT or just BT for headset and no OBES or DUN?
thanks again.
Not anymore! Both the a900 and the a920 have FULL bluetooth capabilities, OBEX, DUN, headset (of course). I have been able to play around with both of these handsets and according to the samsung rep I spoke with and my personal tests with the handsets...

Nov 28, 2005, 1:43 PM

A929 release

😁 this phone was release and is availble in most sprint stores nationwide, go pick up yours

Nov 17, 2005, 11:19 AM


An e-mail to Sprint this week indicated that the A920 will be avaliable on-line and at stores before the end of November. Looks like a nice product.
Release dates are 11/20 for the a920 and 12/1 for the a900


Nov 15, 2005, 10:18 PM

Internal Memory Allocation (A900)

What is that screen shot showing? Is that the allocated table for downloads? For photos? Or the total available memory systemwide?
Nonetheless, on the A800, you can have that very same screen.

Menu> downloads> options> memory status

Only difference is the A800 is allocated for 6MBs of download space, which is not it's total onboard memory. Is this how you got to the menu it...
I honestly don't recall, although I think it was from the Photo/Video menus.

It certainly is frustrating that Samsung still doesn't have true shared memory in most of its phones.
These are the specs for the memory on the A900:

64MBytes RAM; 128MBytes ROM; 52 Mbyte total download capacity

I have no idea what that means so if anyone does please enlighten me πŸ™‚
A user on SprintUsers with a test A900 said the total space on the handset registers at just under 70Mbs.

A quick visit to SamsungUSA.com and a search for the A900 quickly yeilds it's respective PC sync program. Looks like it will be able to be us...

Nov 11, 2005, 4:27 PM

voice to text

will the a900 have voice to text capabilities for text messaging?

and will it support bluetooth DUN?
I think so on both counts, although I can't specifically confirm either one.

Nov 16, 2005, 6:47 PM

In a good spot.. where from here???

Hello phonescoopers, my name is James and I ahve some questions for all forums crawlers out there about cell phones carriers and manufactuerers. Right now I'm am going month to month with Sprint because my contract ran out in July, with that and the approaching holidays in mind, I was wondering what some of you thought about changin carriers or staying with Sprint. J.D. Power says taht where I live (MA) Verizon or T-Mobile would be the best for call quality which is what is most important. I know Sprint is going through a merger and have teamed up with some big-name companies to provide lots of extras with their service. My question is which do phonescoopers find the best. keep in mind i would probbly not be using any of the extra download s...
to go to a retail store...

Nov 11, 2005, 1:19 PM


I like the A900! πŸ™‚
I agree despite the lack of the memory card slot. Phones are phones, MP3 players are MP3 players and digital cameras are digital cameras. I'm not going to McDonalds to go grocery shopping, rent a movie and get fast food just like I'm not using my ph...

Nov 13, 2005, 2:28 PM

Sprint / Samsung MM - A940 ?

I am curious why the Samsung MM - A940 was not included. I would be interested in this one because it has a fully enabled BlueTooth with OBEX. Is it an older phone? -Lorna
It's already been announced and is already on sale. It was at the event, but we focused on the new phones that were being announced and shown in public for the first time.

Nov 16, 2005, 12:09 PM

709 vs 809

Do we know how the T809 and the T709 will compare? What are the differences and what are the similarities. It seems the 809 is going to be much thinner but what about features?
The T709 has Wi-Fi, EDGE, a 1.3 megapixel camera, MP3 player, and speakerphone. It might have a memory card slot, although I'm not sure. It might have Bluetooth, although I doubt it.

The T809 has everything the T709 has except Wi-Fi. It's also thin...

Nov 12, 2005, 12:50 AM

Samsung T709 features?

Rich Brome!
Does Samsung T709 has Quad-band and Bluetooth?
cause I will wait for T709 if it does has same features like T809 and wifi.

Nov 11, 2005, 1:37 PM

Specs of Samsung T709?

Where can I find the specs for Samsung T709?
I like T809, but I would like to compare with T709. T709 looks smaller and has a better looking. Also Wifi is a huge feature. At least I would not buy another phone in awhile.
Does anyone know?
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