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AVAILABILITY: Samsung confirms European launch and availability of the SGH-i780 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 15.02.08 - 11:42:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 17366x
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During an off-site briefing with Samsung Europe, the Korean mobile phone manufacture confirmed that the anticipated Samsung SGH-i780 Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone got its European launch this week.
While carriers like Orange UK and Telefónica Movistar are confirmed to carry Samsung's latest smartphone, other carriers will follow but Samsung didn't disclosed which carriers these are.
Nevertheless, Samsung also confirmed that shipments to the open market has also started which means you should be able to get a localized i780 from carrier independent mobile phone shops in your country soon as well.

Prices depends on the country but without a contract, it should be available for something around 549 Euro.

UPDATE: German Handit.de, a Windows Mobile specialist and online shop had it (the German version) in stock already but it's already sold out. Next shipments are expected for end of this month. And - best of all - the current price is 489 Euro only!

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by Jamie on 15.02.08 - 18:14:45

Does this mean its going to be available soon Sim free or only through a Network do you know?

Im in the uk and was ordering through expansys who now have told me its slipped to the 17th of march.


So is it first going to be availble through a carrier then launched sim free?

Thanks

Posted by skinner on 15.02.08 - 18:17:53

YEEEEEEEES!
I've been waiting for this day for sooo long big_smile
*dancing*

Posted by Arne Hess on 15.02.08 - 18:39:28

@Jamie: SIM free into the open market. I'm sure Expansys gets its stock soon... smile
Now I'm waiting that Expansys Germany lists the German QWERTZ version as well which will be available from Samsung as well as the French AZERTY version...

Posted by Jamie on 15.02.08 - 18:44:01

Arne Hess wrote:

@Jamie: SIM free into the open market. I'm sure Expansys gets its stock soon... smile
Now I'm waiting that Expansys Germany lists the German QWERTZ version as well which will be available from Samsung as well as the French AZERTY version...

Ok great thanks....So do you think its going to be availabele before the 17th of march then?

http://www.expansys.com/p.aspx?i=158053

Its listed there as the 17th.

Ive just noticed though orange uk are now shipping id much prfer the sim free model though.....Just dont know whether to hang out for the sim free model or not?


So what do you think Arne?......before the 17th of march

Thanks alot

Posted by Arne Hess on 15.02.08 - 18:54:48

Puh, that's a tough question... Don't have any information from Expansys yet, all I know is that Samsung has started shipping the i780 and normally Expansys gets its hands on these devices pretty quick...
If you want it now, maybe Orange might be the best bet. However, I always prefer unbranded SIM free devices anyway, so I would prefer an original i780... But again - I have no information if Expansys will hit the 17th or if they will fail...

Posted by vikram12 on 16.02.08 - 07:23:27

i hve been waiting for this handset from a long time. its a great handset ever produced by smasung . IS this wll be available as contract mobile phones or pay as you go phones.

Posted by skinner on 19.02.08 - 11:00:02

The QWERTZ-version is still available here: http://www.pdamax.de and it's 480,- Euros.

Posted by Arne Hess on 19.02.08 - 13:17:49

@skinner: Thanks for the update. Quite a good price and good to know it's still available from PDA Max. Any experiences with them?

Posted by skinner on 19.02.08 - 16:20:07

Hi Arne,

no experiences with PDAMax until now, but the usercomments on the shop's bulletinboard seemed quite content. I ordered my device yesterday evening and it's been handed to UPS this morning so i'll let you know what's in the package when it arrives wink)

the only small nag i found was the hefty premium on creditcard-orders.

thx for your work Arne!
skinner

Posted by twips on 20.02.08 - 02:26:20

Skinner, is this Grant?

Posted by skinner on 20.02.08 - 16:10:32

twips wrote:

Skinner, is this Grant?

Nope, i'm not Grant or i don't get what you mean wink

btw: UPS is a day late... need... my... phone... :-D

gtx,
skinner

Posted by Stephan on 20.02.08 - 21:25:55

Best price in Germany is 411,74€!

http://www.idealo.de/preisvergleich/Off … msung.html

Stephan

Posted by skinner on 21.02.08 - 13:07:30

Stephan wrote:

Best price in Germany is 411,74€!

http://www.idealo.de/preisvergleich/Off … msung.html

Stephan

Did you check for QWERTZ-keyboard? I called some of the dealers with offerings below 480€ and they only had QWERTY, which might be a problem for some.

...still waiting for my phone... damn UPS wink

gtx,
skinner

Posted by Steve Gazard on 21.02.08 - 21:06:27

and .. myself in the UK desparate to get hold of a QWERTY one cant get one anywhere!

If anyone does know where I can get one let me know.

Posted by skinner on 22.02.08 - 01:05:24

Steve Gazard wrote:

and .. myself in the UK desparate to get hold of a QWERTY one cant get one anywhere!

If anyone does know where I can get one let me know.

http://photoporst-online.de/product_inf … s_id=74349

they deliver outside of germany for a premium of 20euros... and you have to pay up in advance or directly to the delivery guy.

mine arrived today, here's what i think so far:

pros:

- keyboard
- 2 batteries and extra charger included
- GUI speed
- speech & sound quality
- Opera 8.65 included

cons:

- no GPS-software included and GPS not working 100% as of now, there's a rumor that Samsung will soon ship a Garmin XT demo on microSD to it's dealers
- no Google Maps or Google Search Integration
- no IMAP IDLE on Outlook Mobile
- screen a bit blurry (Cleartype off)



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