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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 8562x
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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 http://www.handango.com/verizonwireless 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 http://www.handango.com/verizonwireless 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 www.verizonwireless.com.

Cheers ~ Arne

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