Verizon unveils the Samsung Trance

By on April 23, 2009 at 7:48 AM.

Verizon unveils the Samsung Trance

Just as we said in our exclusive post a few weeks ago, Verizon Wireless has just announced that the Samsung Trance will go on sale Friday, April 24th for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in with a two-year contract. For those of you not familiar with the device, the Trance is a mid-range phone geared towards those seeking out a decent MP3 player replacement. As you’ll recall, the Trance packs Bang & Olufsen ICEpower external speakers, 3.5mm headphone jack, 1GB of on-board memory and microSDHC support for a card up to 16GB. The rest of the specs are as follows:

  • 2.1-inch display with 176 x 220 resolution
  • CDMA 1X 800/1900mHz Digital Only
  • 1.3 megapixel camera
  • 1GB of Internal memory dedicated to Music, up to 16GB microSD expansion
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • Bluetooth
  • Mobile email, mobile web, VZ Navigator, Chaperone Parent and chat capable
  • V CAST music with Rhapsody support
  • Music Player for MP3, WMA & unprotected AAC & unprotected AAC+ Formats
  • One touch access to music and ability to create & manage playlists and to multitask while listening to music
  • Sync music from PC to phone (over the air music downloads are not supported)
  • Text, Picture, and Voice Messaging with threaded messaging feature
  • Tools: Alarm Clock, World Clock, Calculator with Converter, Stop Watch

Anyone out there going to be picking up a Trance this Friday?

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Verizon Wireless Samsung Trance to launch April 24th

By on April 9, 2009 at 1:36 PM.

Verizon Wireless Samsung Trance to launch April 24th

Thanks to one of our ninjas we got word that the Samsung Trance U490 will launch via all available channels on April 24th. The Trance is a mid-level, music-centric offering that is a nice replacement for the aging Samsung Juke. Music playback on the Trance will be powered by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower sound technology and includes a novel music sharing feature that allows playback on two simultaneous Bluetooth stereo connections. In addition to its impressive music capabilities, the Trance also packs the following into its slider form factor:

  • 2.1″ display with 176 x 220 resolution
  • CDMA 1X 800/1900mHz Digital Only
  • 1.3 Megapixel Camera
  • 1GB of Internal Memory Dedicated for Music, up to 16GB MicroSD expansion
  • 3.5mm Headset Jack
  • Bluetooth
  • Mobile Email, Mobile Web, VZ Navigator, Chaperone Parent and Chat Capable
  • V CAST Music with Rhapsody support
  • Music Player for MP3, WMA & unprotected AAC & unprotected AAC+ Formats
  • One touch access to Music and ability to create & manage playlists and to Multi-task while listening to music
  • Sync Music from PC to Phone, Over the Air Music Downloads are not Supported
  • Text, Picture, and Voice Messaging with Threaded Messaging Feature
  • Tools: Alarm Clock, World Clock, Calculator with Converter, Stop Watch

Keeping with its mid-level status, the Trance will retail for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a 2-year contract, $119.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate and a 1 year contract or $219.99 for full retail.

Thanks, VZWNinja!

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Samsung Trance mock ups surface

By on March 21, 2009 at 11:44 AM.

Samsung Trance mock ups surface

The folks over at Samsung have certainly been busy little beavers over the past few months — apparently Samsung’s recession antidote is to crank out handsets like crazy. Fair enough, as the company is certainly putting some solid new gear on the market and the upcoming U490 Trance is no exception. Falling into the entry to mid-level category, the Trance is headed to Verizon Wireless and will reportedly be a bulkier but way more feature-packed replacement for the Juke. Here’s what has been reported so far:

  • Slider form factor, hidden touch-sensitive buttons on face
  • 1.3 megapixel camera
  • 1GB internal memory
  • microSDHC support up to 16GB
  • 3.5mm stereo audio jack
  • large speaker on the back
  • Mobile Web 2.0 browser
  • No EV-DO (boo)

Not bad, provided the added features don’t push the price too high above the Juke it replaces. The Samsung Trance is slated to hit Verizon shelves some in Q2 so expect it to make a cameo at CTIA. Hit the jump for the full set of slides along with an FCC shot of the back.

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