First, I would like to say, I hate people who expect EVERY phone to have EVERY feature ever made. Not everone needs bluetooth or greengums or redeye. Not everone needs an 8 megapixel camera in their phone. Not everyone wants PC Suite. Not everyone needs all the bells or whistles.
Sprint is notorious for offering nothing but expensive phones. I used to have Sprint, but cancelled because of high equipment costs.
Second, Its an entry level phone. It is designed for basic users. Not eveyone can afford alot for a phone. This phone is a nice, yet inexpensive, addition to Sprints montage. I give props to Sanyo for making it.
Really I believe Sanyo was just trying to do what Samsung has already done. When you think of Sanyo phones they pretty high, I own a Sanyo 5600 right now. I have owned a 5500, 8200, 7400. None of them were cheap phones at all, well you get some customers that want Sanyo but they can't afford to put out $100, $200 or more dollars. Everyone likes Sanyo, cause Sanyo is great. But they don't want to discourage they people who can't afford the gadget phones, they want everyone to be able to get a sanyo.
...for a business to get this for their company. It doesn't offer Vision so if the company doesn't subscribe to it, they will not get casually billed. It also doesn't have a camera. Most companies do not allow camera phones in their buildings because of proprietary information being leaked. Good move. Companies have an option now. 😉
I'm sure it'll be built with that patented Sanyo "clickety clack" hinge...but it's not exactly desirable. I don't know why manufacturers seem to think that "budget minded" goes hand in hand with no exterior caller ID and CSTN screens. From owning and using a Samsung a650 I can tell you that having to flip your phone open every time to check anything (incoming call, text message, etc...) can be a pain in the ass (although not a life ending pain in the ass). Give us a cheap monochrome exterior screen so we can see what time it is or who's calling, and give us a rinky dinky TFD/TFT interior screen so we can at least see what the hell we're doing (CSTN screens are like looking at a window through cotton).