Following my earlier posting of Samsung's SCH-i830 launch, here is the official press release with some more information:
Samsung Telecommunications America today introduced its SCH-i830, the ultimate tool for the global business traveler, which will be available for Verizon Wireless' large account enterprise customers on January 10, 2006, and for consumers on January 24, 2006. As the latest smart phone collaboration between Verizon Wireless and Samsung, the i830 is much more than a wireless phone - it's similar to a personal computer with a full QWERTY keyboard and access to E-Mail and documents, and also comes equipped with quad-band frequency that will work internationally where networks are supported.
The i830 is exclusive to Verizon Wireless and allows international travelers to
keep one phone and one phone number almost anywhere they go, via its dual mode,
CDMA/GSM functionality. The multifunction device fills the need for a single
high-end wireless phone that can be used globally without sacrificing voice
capabilities, while delivering ease-of-use and convenience through its design
and its ability to handle data and messaging tasks.
The i830 is designed for business travelers who want to stay productive while on the road. Equipped with
VZE-Mail including Wireless Sync as well as Windows Mobile and Pocket PC
applications, this wireless workhorse allows consumers to check and respond to
E-Mail, develop, review and edit most document file types.
The full QWERTY keyboard, revealed by sliding the phone's screen, makes
developing and maintaining critical documents a breeze. Additionally, Picsel
Browser allows consumers to view full versions of PDFs, images and PowerPoint
files at any time.
"The i830 builds on Samsung's tradition of developing high-quality
converged devices that allow busy consumers to remain connected and
productive no matter where they travel. With a compact form factor,
abundance of familiar Windows Mobile features and the power of Verizon
Wireless's high-speed EV-DO network, the i830 is the ultimate productivity
device on the market," said Peter Skarzynski, senior vice president,
The device's Bluetooth wireless technology, which supports certain profiles,
as well as its built-in speakerphone, gives consumers the flexibility of
hands-free communication. Additionally, the i830 features an SD I/O expansion
slot for increasing the phone's memory, as well as stereo speakers for improved
sound quality when viewing videos or listening to MP3 files via Windows Media
The i830 will be available to enterprise customers through Verizon
Wireless business sales on January 10 and will be available for order in the
1,900 Verizon Wireless stores across the country for US$ 599.99 with a two-year
customer agreement on January 24. For more information on Verizon Wireless
products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call
1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to http://www.verizonwireless.com.
Cheers ~ Arne