Verizon announces the Samsung Saga i770 and Samsung Renown

By on November 14, 2008 at 4:41 PM.

Verizon announces the Samsung Saga i770 and Samsung Renown

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That rumored launch date of November 14th for the Samsung i770 “Saga” was spot on. Right on time, the Saga made its debut on Verizon’s website and is now available for sale online and via telesales / B2B. You will have to wait until December 1st to walk into a store and pick one up. The Saga will set you back $199 after a $70 MIR and a 2-year contract, $269 after a $70 MIR and a 1-year contract or $389 with no contract and no rebate. Remember the Samsung i770 is the first of Verizon’s handsets to require a mandatory $29.99 data plan. All in all, the Saga is a pretty solid handset that might be an attractive upgrade for current Motorola Q users and others who prefer a front-facing physical keyboard. Saga owners wont have to leave their flip phone loving friends behind when they jetset to Europe as Verizon also launched the Samsung Renown, a world phone in clam shell form. Like the Saga, the Renown has both CDMA and quad-band GSM, a 2MP camera and multiple messaging options. The Renown comes in just below the Saga, with a price tag of $179.99 after a $50 MIR and a 2-year contract. Unlike the Saga which is available now, the Renown will not be available until November 19 via B2B, telesales and online. It also won’t land in the stores until December 1. Hit the jump for the full set of specs for both handsets.

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Samsung i770 to hit Verizon Wireless on November 14th for $199

By on November 11, 2008 at 2:26 PM.

Samsung i770 to hit Verizon Wireless on November 14th for $199

A leaked Verizon document reveals that the Samsung i770 will be available via B2B, telesales and online starting November 14th. That is in 3 days! In typical Verizon fashion, the handset will then make its store debut a few weeks later on December 1st. The i770 will come in at a cool $199 after an $80 mail-in rebate. Just as a refresher the i770 is a Windows Mobile 6.1 professional device with both CDMA and GSM support for global roaming. It has EV-DO Rev. A, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, microSD expansion and a 2 megapixel camera. Coincidentally, it will launch the same day as the new “mandatory” data plans so you can expect to pay a minimum of $29.99 per month for data with this hot new phone. Now if Verizon can just get the ball rolling on the Touch Pro and the Samsung Omnia, then Verizon Wireless customers could really have an extra Happy Holiday season! We won’t hold our breath waiting though, as you know how Big Red is with getting new phones out the door.

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Leaked document hints at a release date for the Verizon Wireless Samsung Omnia

By on November 1, 2008 at 12:39 PM.

Leaked document hints at a release date for the Verizon Wireless Samsung Omnia

A document leaked by VZW E, a well known tipster over at Howard Forums details the training dates of some upcoming Verizon Wireless smartphones. The Blackberry Storm and Touch Diamond were mentioned in a previous leak of training information but this information about the Samsung Omnia is new. Rumored to be coming to Verizon in November, previously leaked documents contained the very broad “coming in November” target release date. According to this new document, the Omnia training is slated to begin November 15th which means we can expect the Omnia to hit the shelves soon there after. The optimistic among us are hoping for a possible release during the last week of November but we will most likely see the phone arrive sometime in December. This is great news for all of you who are anxiously awaiting the Omnia but the document does leave us wondering what happened to the HTC XV6850 a.k.a. Touch Pro, and the Samsung i770 Saga both of which were rumored for a November release along with the Omnia. With no apparent training dates showing up on this document and rumors of delays circulating for both handsets, it looks like we may have to wait a bit before we can get our grubby mitts on the XV6850 or the i770.

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Spy shot of the Verizon Samsung i770

By on October 8, 2008 at 10:54 AM.

Spy shot of the Verizon Samsung i770

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A spy shot of the Samsung i770 next to its predecessor, the i760, emerged on Tuesday courtesy of Howard Forums member TK093. The upcoming i770 is longer and a lot slimmer than the i760. The i770 maintains its slim profile by shedding the slide out keyboard of the i760 in favor of a full front Qwerty keyboard. The front of the phone is dominated visually by a giant silver ring that encircles an optical touchpad. Similar to the i780, the optical touchpad can be used to control the onscreen cursor. Confused by the idea of a touchpad on a touchscreen device? Don’t worry, there is a toggle switch on the side of the phone that allows you to switch from this unique virtual mouse mode to regular D-Pad mode. According to TK093, the i770 still has the top power button that is used to wake up the phone. Ugh, a minor annoyance but at least there is a system setting that allows you to switch between “wake up with the power button” or “wake up with any button”. No release date or pricing has been announced. We can only hope the release is soon as the aging i760 really needs a replacement and Verizon desperately needs some fresh, new Windows Mobile Professional phones, even this mediocre offering, in its lineup. Hit the jump for a snapshot of the ultra-slim side profile of the i770.

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Windows Mobile 6.1 coming to Verizon Samsung i760

By on June 5, 2008 at 6:48 AM.

Windows Mobile 6.1 coming to Verizon Samsung i760

The Samsung i770 may be the talk of the town at the moment, but it looks like the current i760 might be getting a little bit of love before it gets phased out. Rumor has it that the i760 will be the recipient of a fresh Windows Mobile 6.1 update sometime this month. Carriers are beginning to roll out the 6.1 updates in earnest, so this seems entirely plausible, though we don’t have any specifics in terms of an actual date. We’re still betting on the upcoming i770 as the real prize in Verizon’s future lineup, but this should hold you over until you can get your hands on the new model.

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