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RELEASE: Samsung i600 Windows Mobile Smartphone from Verizon announced
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 10.11.03 - 15:00:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 8380x
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BEDMINSTER, N.J., DALLAS, REDMOND, Wash., - For mobile professionals seeking a better all-in-one wireless phone with a familiar PC experience, Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's best, most reliable wireless network, today announced the exclusive availability of the Samsung SCH-i600 Smartphone. The i600 is the first Microsoft Windows Mobile-based Smartphone from Samsung.

The i600 is an integrated device with a sleek, clamshell design that combines Verizon Wireless' NationalAccess service with Microsoft's comprehensive Windows Mobile software which includes Pocket Outlook, Pocket Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger, Microsoft Windows Media PlayerT and ActiveSync.  It also features an SDI/O Expansion Slot for memory expansion, added hardware accessories and additional applications that can be loaded on the device.

The Samsung i600 allows Verizon Wireless customers to access the familiar and powerful Windows Mobile software user interface. Customers can synchronize information directly from their desktop PCs as well as over-the-air with Wireless Sync from Verizon Wireless.  Easy to install and use, Wireless Sync and Windows Mobile will let customers send and receive e-mail and sync their tasks, calendar and contacts. The i600's single inbox allows customers to view all incoming e-mails, voicemails, and TXT messages at a glance, while the convenient one-handed navigation and predictive text entry eliminate the need for a stylus and make entering text and information quick and easy.

In conjunction with today's availability of the i600 Smartphone, Verizon Wireless also announced the launch of a new application download store, powered by Handango.  Customers can visit from their PCs or phones to purchase, download and install a wide variety of productivity, reference, and entertainment applications as well as ringtones and themes using ActiveSync via their PCs or over-the-air, directly onto the i600 Smartphone.

"The i600 is the ultimate, all-in-one tool for busy professionals," said Bill Stone, vice president of marketing for Verizon Wireless. "The foundation of Verizon Wireless' nationwide network in combination with business essential tools from Microsoft, Samsung's design innovation and Handango's downloadable content offering takes office mobility to a new level.  The i600 will become the new standard for all-in-one wireless devices."

"The i600 is a powerful communication device for anyone who needs both a wireless phone and PDA at their fingertips," said Peter Skarzynski, senior vice president of Samsung's wireless terminals division.  "We've developed the essential communication tool by combining a sleek clamshell design with Microsoft's familiar software and Verizon Wireless' high-speed network."

"First and foremost, the i600 is a great wireless device," said Pieter Knook, senior vice president of mobile and embedded devices at Microsoft Corp. "But what truly sets it apart from others is its ability to help mobile professionals integrate their PC desktop information and applications with our familiar Windows Mobile software over Verizon Wireless' high-speed network from a stunning Samsung handset."

"Using Verizon Wireless' high-speed network to download games and content for the sleek, powerful i600, only enhances an already-amazing mobile user experience," said Laura Rippy, chief executive officer at Handango". At customers can choose from hundreds of productivity-boosting, life-enhancing and just downright fun applications and digital media."

The i600 Smartphone features an advanced 65,000-color display that provides brilliant illustration of multimedia, games, Web sites and emails.  Consumers will find the i600 easy to use and loaded with useful features such as an external screen for caller ID, a speakerphone for easy hands-free communication and Advanced Voice Recognition from Voice SignalT for voice activated phone book, digit dial and menu commands.

Through the end of this year, the i600 Smartphone will retail for $399.99 after a $100 instant rebate, with a two-year agreement on a calling plan of $39.99 or greater and the PDA/Smartphone unlimited NationalAccess plan at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store or by calling 1-800-2JOIN-IN. 
The PDA/Smartphone feature is available at $24.99 monthly for 5MB NationalAccess allowance or $44.99 for unlimited NationalAccess allowance when added to any calling plan of $39.99 or higher.  A PDA/Smartphone plan is required to use NationalAccess and Wireless Sync services from Verizon Wireless.  For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services visit

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Matt R. on 10.11.03 - 17:46:11

I would like to comment on one thing mentioned in this article....the statement "nation's best, most reliable wireless network"....  Unfortunately from my experience with CDMA networks I do not agree with this statement.  Both Sprint and Verizon claim to be the most reliable network but yet it's almost impossible to call any of their subscribers from US GSM networks (T-Mobile, AT&T).  Luckily I am a subscriber to T-Mobile (praise the technology) and whenever I try to call any of my friends either on Verizon or Sprint network the call does nto go through.  Once it goes through, it's really bad on the CDMA receiving end.  Also I've never seen anyone talk on CDMA phone inside of the buildings...yet I joke with my friends and quite often get weird look from people when I go inside of any building, march right to the elevator, and keep talking without loosing the signal all the way up to the destination floor....AND NOT ONCE I HAD TO SAY "Can you hear me now?"  So CDMA - Can you hear me now?

On the other hand I give kudos to CDMA for data speed - something GSM can be jealous least for now. 

So now I'm ready for some flaming e-mails coming my way....

Posted by Thomas A on 10.11.03 - 19:30:04

Actually, your experience with callig from GSM networks to Verizon matches a partner of mine who has T-Mobile.  (I have Verizon).  He has reported many times trying to call me and not getting through.  Since he lives in Europe, there is no choice to put him on Verizon, so I am finding myself having to get a GSM phone.

Posted by Matt R. on 10.11.03 - 23:42:17

Good choice Thomas....Us, GSM users, need to recruit as many as we can and convert them to the good side of wireless world....

Posted by chris on 02.12.03 - 23:44:07

well i just got the phone its great, but, and it seems alot of software will not install on it

i wanted pocketnotes.  nope dont work,  weather,  nope dont work

remote desktop,  nope dont work

Posted by MalKiE on 18.01.04 - 03:14:34

I have the i600 (verizon cdma) and I used to have the n400 (sprint cdma) and while I have not had the pleasure of trying a GSM/GPRS network, I can say that I can make/recieve calls INSIDE buildings and in remote areas using verizon where with sprint my calls were echoie and difficult to maintain (dropped if service was even available) My choice to go with cdma had alot to do with the phone itself (simply amazing) and the fact that only approx. 20% of the american market is geared towards GSM users. Until that number grows significantly I will stick to Mob Rules.

Posted by Jerry on 05.02.04 - 15:01:05

Any one know how to prevent this thing from downloading my entire inbox everytime I wirelessly sync my email?  I would like it if it only downloaded ne messages if possible.


Posted by Dan on 07.02.04 - 08:54:19

Not to flame, but I've had just to opposite experience. I've had Cingular, T-Mobile, and AT&T with a stint of Sprint in between. I love GSM technology, but the fact is (at least in Southern CA) that the GSM buildout has been extremly slow. I live in central San Diego and work in a building on one of the busiest commercial streets in SD and cant get a GSM signal at either location. Verzion on the other hand is full strength at both places. I also chose to go to Verizon because of their AMPS network, which is a great backup when driving cross-country or when camping in remote locales. I've been told that AT&T is in the process of converting a lot of the their 850MHz TDMA gear to support GSM. With a 850MHz capable handset it may improve in-building coverage, but it's still not enough in my area.  I'm gonna miss my Moto MPX200, had it for a week but a great phone is no good without network coverage.



Posted by Solomon on 13.02.04 - 03:17:40

There is a feature in under your settings I think.  Check your user's manual again.

Posted by Jerry on 24.02.04 - 22:56:16

My IT department is tellingme that the need to purchase a new server in order to support the phone (Ala Blackberry).  Anyone here know if this is true?  Or why it would be?  I want to be able to get emails via my outlook and the verizon email service only seems to work if my computer is on and remote sync is running.  Any help would be great.

Posted by pappu on 04.02.05 - 18:26:21

plsi m interested

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