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    1. Nokia 6230 Phone (Cingular)
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    2. RIM BlackBerry 7290 Phone (Cingular)
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    3. Motorola i730 Phone (Nextel)
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    4. PCS Vision Picture Phone Sanyo
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    5. Motorola i530 Black Phone (Nextel)
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    6. PCS Vision Picture Phone Sanyo
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    8. Motorola i530 Yellow Phone (Nextel)
    $279.99
    9. Sanyo RL-7300 PCS Vision Ready
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    10. PCS Phone palmOne Treo 600 (Sprint)
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    14. PCS Phone Sanyo SCP-8100 (Sprint)
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    15. PCS Vision Picture Phone Nokia
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    18. PCS Phone Samsung VGA1000 (Sprint)
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    19. PCS Phone Nokia 3588 (Sprint)
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    20. PCS Vision Picture Phone Sanyo

    1. Nokia 6230 Phone (Cingular)
    by Nokia
    list price: $299.99
    our price: $99.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0006853TY
    Catlog: Wireless
    Manufacturer: Nokia
    Sales Rank: 64
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Amazon.com Product Description

    With Bluetooth, expandable MultiMediaCard memory, an FM radio, and support for EDGE high speed data, streaming video and video recording, the Nokia 6230 is a svelte powerhouse. For mobile Internet users and those who crave high end features, this phone delivers all the goodies in a tidy, unassuming package.

    Design

    Click the image to get a closer look at the 6230's features.
    At first glance, the 6230 looks like just another candybar phone from Nokia. Looks can be deceiving, though, as this phone packs a lot under the hood. The large 128 x 128 pixels TFT color display dominates the front of the phone and a five-way button just below it controls most of the phone's menus and features. The phone's 8 MB internal memory can be expanded using the MMC card slot located in the battery compartment (the phone ships with a 32MB card). Charging and data ports are placed on the phone's bottom edge. The 6230 also features a standard 2.5mm stereo headphone jack. The 6230 uses an internal antenna-- nothing to snag or break off. The VGA camera unit is housed on the back of the phone. Up/down volume keys are located on the left side. Finally, Nokia provides optional changeable faceplates for the 6230.

    Calling Features
    The 6230 boasts some powerful calling functions that make it a perfect part of a mobile office. A speakerphone makes it easy to converse without touching the handset-- a big plus for car users. Enhanced voice dialing supports voice controlled dialing of up to 25 contacts. There are also 16 built-in voice commands for controlling the phone's menus. Because the 6230 is Bluetooth enabled, wireless headsets can be configured with the phone for total handsfree operation. The phone supports Cingular's "Fast Forward" call forwarding device, which enables you to effortlessly forward your wireless calls to your land line phone.

    The 6230's internal and expandable flash memory can be used to hold up to 1000 contacts for quick access to email addresses and phone numbers. The phone lets you easily assign pictures to your most common callers. In addition to vibrating alerts, the phone supports polyphonic ringtones as well as MP3 ringers, allowing you to use portions of your favorite songs to alert you to incoming calls. Ringtones and pictures can be assigned to various incoming callers. Twenty-four ringtones come preloaded on the phone and more ringtones can be downloaded from Cingular's MEdia wireless web service.

    Messaging, Internet and Tools
    The 6230 is a top contender in the messaging and wireless Internet arena. Support is built in for sending and receiving pictures, text, graphics, sound and video via messages. When used in combination with the phone's built-in still and video camera, MMS opens up a whole new world of messaging fun. Instant messaging is also supported via AOL instant messenger and the phone ships with a built-in email client with POP3, IMAP4 and SMTP protocols support (Cingular messaging charges apply). There's also a built-in web browser for MEdia downloads and mobile web browsing. Cingular's MEdia service lets you receive and send emails, read news headlines, get weather updates, download games and ringtones, and more. T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

    Getting on the Internet is easy with the 6230. It supports the GPRS protocol, as well as the new, high speed EDGE data protocol. When used with a Cingular data plan and the phone's Bluetooth or USB data capability, the phone can be used as a wireless modem for laptops and PDAs.

    A number of handy software tools are bundled with the 6230 including a voice memo recorder, a calculator with unit and currency converters, a calendar with monthly views, a to-do list with priority levels, and an alarm clock with snooze. Via download on its Web site, Nokia offers a free application called PC Suite that facilitates easy synchronization of contacts, calendar events and other data between the phone and your PC. Synchronization is possible using Bluetooth or a USB data cable.

    Imaging and Entertainment
    Because the 6230 shines in the entertainment department. The phone's VGA camera can capture stills and video, both of which can be sent to your friends via MMS messaging or email, or to your PC via USB or Bluetooth. An included image-editing application lets you modify the pictures you take before you send them. Three minutes of video capture is possible with the 6230 as is streaming video, so long as you have a data service that supplies video content. With an optional stereo headset, you can listen to tunes on the phone's built-in FM radio or to MP3 or AAC audio files stored on a memory card. The phone also supports custom themes and wallpapers.

    Java support is built into the 6230, making it a powerful gaming companion for both online and offline games. The phone ships with two games, Beach Rally II, Golf. Multiplayer gaming via Bluetooth is supported and more games are available via the Cingular MEdia service.

    Vital Statistics
    The Nokia 6230 weighs 3.42 ounces and measures 4.06 x 1.73 x 0.79 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4 hours of digital talk time, and up to 9.4 days of digital standby time. It runs on the 800/1800/1900 GSM/GPRS frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

    What's in the Box
    Nokia 6230 handset, battery charger, lithium-ion battery. ... Read more

    Features

    • Supports streaming video and audio
    • Support for high speed EDGE data networks
    • Integrated VGA camera/camcorder
    • 65,000-color TFT display
    • Bluetooth wireless technology

    Reviews (35)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A phone that has just about everything.
    This phone is great!It is bluetooth enabled, it's small and easy to use. The phone takes pretty good quality pictures and it has video recording for up to 15 sec. and it has a radio! It's an awesome phone. If you want a reliable and fun phone this is the one to have.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Phone
    I bought this phone after reading through the reviews at Amazon. I am very content with this. The pros of this phone have been extensively discussed in the older reviews. I would like to re-iterate them anyway

    pros

    1.excellent call reception relative to my old t610 (i switched carriers as well, so it could vary based on your location)
    2.good speakerphone - loud and clear
    3.nice decent camera (in my opinion - people should go for a digital camera if they need hi-resoultion photos)
    4.small and sleek, lightweight
    5.nice big display, even visible in bright sun-light
    6.bluetooth is cool - you dont have to pay anything to use this. if you have a bluetooth adapter (in your computer),you can connect your cellphone through the adapter. you can copy *any* mp3 - downloaded from *anywhere* and use it as ringtone - absolutely ***no extra cost** to pay to cingular. not jst mp3 - you can copy pictures, games and other applications downloaded from internet - just google it.

    (if you need bluetooth adapterd for computer, check out DBT-120 from Dlink. There are other adapters too. So this is just a suggestion)

    cons

    1.back cover of cellphone feels fragile. wish it was more sturdy
    2.joystick little clumpsy - i still have to learn to use it. it is 5-way, but getting to click the center is difficult. you might click 'up' or 'down' instead of 'center' especially if you have a larger thumb
    3.Nice to have feature like 'customizable ring-tones for specific callers' is not available

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good Phone with Features for Borderline Nerd
    I use the bluetooth feature to transfer music, images, videos between my phone and my laptop.If you have Windows XP SP 2 on your computer, you must disable its Bluetooth software and use the software for your bluetooth device.There's a guide that helps you on the net, just google it.The latest Nokia software suite will let you manage your memory card and application installation from your computer.I also use it to connect to the internet either through cable (133kbps bandwidth entire connection with Cingular MediaWorks) or bluetooth (54kbps bandwidth).Please note that this is not the rate that you are connected to internet, but the rate that you are connected to thephone, internet connection is more like 16-40k, close to 56k modem.Enough to browse emails.Ok, enough about this.

    Pros:
    1. Good features: bluetooth, memory card, music player, FM player
    2. Small, Sturdy, buttons soft.
    3. Signals are pretty good.
    4. Camera takes good pictures.

    Cons:
    1. Speakerphone died within a month.
    2. Screen too small.
    3. Hard to open back plate, latch is not intuitive.
    4. Battery life is fair.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!
    of course I bought this phone 5-7-05, so I don't really have that much info on it.If you're not into "exploring" the features of this phone, you're in for a lot of fun.This is not user friendly. .. even after reading the instructions in the manuel.On the other hand, this phone is packed w/ features I'm dying to try out. The camera quality is awesome and it's pretty sweet that you can have video w/ good sound quality! You can't zoom in to take a picture but you can zoom in on the picture after it is taken.You can rename the pictures. There aren't many ring tones so you're going to have to download though blue tooth... which is 3 cents per kb. So if you have a long song or picture that is 100kb.. that's $10.Yeah, it doesn't seem so bad - until you get the bill.
    Phones tend to have problems w/in 3 months so I'll update this then.So far I'm very satisified and it beats the heck out of any motorola I have ever had! too bad I hate cingular. =(

    -speaker phone works awesome
    -I like how the pic of the person calling me is on the lower right of my wallpaper
    -there is a calender with reminders of b-days, meetings, notes
    -light phone (get a thumb crap from the small key pad)
    -doens't look cheap

    4-0 out of 5 stars Missing the i
    No doubt this is the classiest feature packed phone Nokia has. And I was all excited about buying at the cost of transferring my service from T-Mobile to Cingular. Then Nokia announced 6230i, removing all the drawbacks of the 6230 Eg: Bigger screen (208*208) as opposed to 128*128. A 32mb card (6230 has 8mb). and the camera res goes up from .3 Mp to 1.3 Mp!!! If u ask me im content with my ol faithful 8290 till some service provider releases the 6230i. Coz I cannot buy 6230 knowing theyve enhanced it, that too for a good reason. ... Read more


    2. RIM BlackBerry 7290 Phone (Cingular)
    by Research In Motion
    list price: $399.99
    our price: $199.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0006852GS
    Catlog: Wireless
    Manufacturer: Research In Motion
    Sales Rank: 403
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    This update to the tried and true BlackBerry 7200 series adds support for Bluetooth, a brighter display, quad-band GSM and 32 MB of internal memory. This integrated phone, email client (with support for corporate email servers), organizer and web browser is the ultimate weapon for mobile professionals.

    Design
    The 7290 follows the standard BlackBerry form factor-- a large 240 x 160 color screen placed above a QWERTY thumbpad. The screen offers plenty of real estate to view your emails, web browser content, messaging sessions and attachments. The popular BlackBerry user interface is here, too, which makes it easy to navigate the phone's functions. A jog dial is located on the right side of the unit for quick scrolling through menus and emails. There's also a standard 2.5mm headset jack that can be used with the included headset. A removable lithium-ion battery is housed in the rear of the unit.

    Calling Features
    Many of the calling capabilities folks have come to expect in a wireless phone are present in the 7290. The unit's Bluetooth capability means you can use a wireless headset with the phone for handsfree calling. A vibrating alert, speed dial, and a contacts list/address book that is limited only by the unit's 32 MB of internal memory, are also included.

    Messaging, Internet and Tools
    The 7290 delivers the legendary BlackBerry email experience. With Cingular's BlackBerry service plans, you can receive emails instantaneously from up to 10 email accounts (personal and enterprise). With BlackBerry push technology, you don't need to retrieve your email. BlackBerry devices are designed to remain on and continuously connected to the wireless network, allowing you to be discreetly notified as new email arrives. Support is also built-in for viewing email attachments (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, and PDF formats).

    If your company has BlackBerry Enterprise Server installed, you can take advantage of the power of wireless calendar synchronization. Your calendar events are exchanged wirelessly and automatically so that your desktop calendar and BlackBerry device calendar are synchronized. All your Outlook meeting requests, changes, and updates are instantaneously synchronized with your desktop. Make meeting requests, invite new attendees and more, all on your 7290. Users without Enterprise Server support can manually sync with their desktop calendars and contacts via Bluetooth or USB using the included BlackBerry Desktop software.

    Use the 7290's Web browser to access the Internet from the palm of your hand. Browse Web sites, get up-to-date stock quotes, read the latest news, check weather reports and more. Wireless text messaging is also supported by the 7290.

    The 7290 ships with a number of tools, including a calculator with a unit converter, and a to-do list. The unit's software is based on the Java platform, meaning Java-compatible games and applications can be added to the device.

    Vital Statistics
    The RIM BlackBerry 7290 weighs 4.9 ounces and measures 4.5 x 2.9 x 0.9 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4 hours of digital talk time, and up to 9 days of digital standby time. It runs on the 800/900/1800/1900 GSM/GPRS frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

    What's in the Box
    BlackBerry 7290 handset, travel charger, USB cable, battery, holster, hands-free headset, SIM card, BlackBerry Desktop software. ... Read more

    Features

    • Email, phone, browser, SMS, browser and organizer in a single handheld
    • Quad-band 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS compatibility for international roaming
    • Bluetooth wireless technology
    • Bright, backlit 240x160 display supporting over 65,000 colors
    • Easy-to-use navigation trackwheel and intuitive menu interface

    Reviews (16)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Blackberry 7290 - Cingular
    I couldn't be happier with this Blackberry. Cingular service is clear and I live in an area that all cell phone companies have reception issues.I setup 4 email addresses and I receive mail from all 4 accounts seemlessly.What a great invention especially for those of us that need to be in email contact for business reasons.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Accidental disconnections
    I am still learning all the 'wonderful' things that the Blackberry 7290 can do.For right now, I am using it mostly as a cell phone and to get email.

    What I find annoying is the design of the trackwheel and side button.The side button -- which disconnects a phone call -- happens to be right where I would normally hold the phone.Result: I often inadvertently disconnect a call.Very maddening!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Works great with my corporate enterprise service
    I have had no problems. Works great with my corporate "enterprise server". If your company supports this device for email, you will love it. I travel quite a bit and I now leave my laptop at home for daytrips (I bring my PPT presentations on a USB drive). I recommend the phone service as part of it. My co-workers had a separate phone and then switched to all on the BBerry (both phone and email)...it was more conveniant and he looked like a dork with two devices on his belt!

    Using the phone is not as slick as a regular cell phone, but if you use your phone for 90% business like I do, the benefits od the enterprise server outweighs the negatives (e.g. being able to look up internal company numbers wirelessly through the enterprise server).

    Motorola Bluetooth headset works well with this unit.

    Cingular works fine for me (no worse than any other provider). I am in the Chicago area.

    I haven't figured out how to add a separate instance of my personal email and contacts on the unit. I don't want to intermix them with my work contacts/email. I am pretty sure there is a way to accomplisg this, but I have not had the time to work through it.

    I'm sold on this unit.

    1-0 out of 5 stars BlackBerry is a big JOKE & Cingular is the WORST
    I spent over $90 per month for data and voice on Cingular's plan that claims "Rising the Bar", meaning their own own bank account!

    Cingular is the biggest worst cellular provider with the worst reception. The BlackBerry just doesn't work, it is slow and the calls drops within 10 seconds of initiating any local or long distance calls!

    I have been a celluar user for 20 years and Cingular was and still is the worst in customer service, reception quality, and just not worth a penny a call as they grab your attention with their roll-over minutes. I had over thousands of rolled-over minutes that I couldn't use, because their service just doesn't work.

    I dropped Cingular and am using my BlackBerry to play games!
    Don't waste your money, sign with another carrier (No Contract), other than Cingular, Cingular is the worst and BlackBerry still needs a lot of R&D to make it work.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Do NOT buy this if you are a single user...
    PLEASE NOTE This unit does NOT synchronise fully with your desktop email program unless you are using it as part of a corporate network. After endless hours on the phone with cingular and blackberry tech support it transpires that you must buy an additional $3,000.00 server to make this unit synchronise effectively with Outlook or other desktop organizers.This is not as advertised! Furthermore, the instructions for the blackberry are completely inadequate as are the online help options. I am furious and have returned my blackberry to cingular for a full refund. ... Read more


    3. Motorola i730 Phone (Nextel)
    by Motorola
    list price: $149.99
    our price: $79.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000SX3BK
    Catlog: Wireless
    Manufacturer: Motorola
    Sales Rank: 543
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The Motorola i730 is everything a top-notch phone should be; it's easy to use, as well as sturdy and feature packed. With Nextel's legendary Direct Connect walkie-talkie technology, speakerphone capability and a vibrant color screen, the i730 is the right tool for getting the job done.

    Design

    Click the image to get a closer look at the i730's features. View the rear of the unit in detail.
    The i730 is no ordinary clamshell. Like other Nextel phones, it's built tough for construction and utilities industry users. The phone sports a large 130 x 130 TFT color display with 65,000 colors. Meanwhile, the outside cover features a supplementary monochrome display that can display time, call information, battery and signal strength, and more. The speakerphone unit is located below this display on the outside cover, while the trademark Direct Connect and menu scrolling functions can be controlled from the side of the phone. An attached cover protects the unit's USB data, handsfree headset, and charging ports. The phone's control pad also features a five-way button that can control most of the phone's functions. The phone's software features one-touch shortcuts to phone features and easy, icon-driven menus.

    Calling Features
    The i730's built-in address book can store up to 600 contacts for quick and easy management of phone numbers and email addresses. The phone comes with built-in polyphonic ringtones plus a vibrating alert and you can assign unique ring tones to contacts for audible notification and caller identification during incoming calls. More polyphonic ringtones can be added via a Nextel Online add-on plan. Voice activated dialing makes calling your friends, family and associates as easy as saying their names. You can also speak numbers and control other phone features with the sound of your voice. Access the last 20 sent and received calls for quick call return or number storage via the recent calls list. A built-in speakerphone makes it easy to talk without having the phone to your ear, and the i730's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911.

    One of the key features of any Nextel phone is support for Nextel's Direct Connect walkie- talkie technology. The i730 fully supports the service, which allows for one-touch conversations with anyone else on a Nextel phone. It's like a having a CB radio with enough range to cover all of North America. The i730 also features a walkie-talkie private speaker button. This switches from the external speaker to the earpiece for private conversations or to minimize disruptions in quiet environments.


    The i730 is built tough and ideal for construction and utilities industry users.
    Messaging, Internet and Tools
    The i730 features MMS-based support for mobile-to-mobile or mobile-to-email text, graphics and sound messaging. T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

    Getting on the Internet anywhere is easy with the i730, as well. Nextel's optional Nextel Online package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. Nextel Online also features games, ringtones, realtime news and sports updates, virtual address books, and more-- all delivered to your Nextel phone.

    The i730 ships with a datebook that lets you book meetings, plan events, and set alarms that will automatically turn on the phone if needed. You can store a phone number or Direct Connect ID and initiate a call from a datebook entry (datebook Does not sync with other software programs). There's also a voice recording application that can record phone conversations if you need to replay directions or meeting times. A time and date clock are included, as well.

    Entertainment and Software
    For those who want their i730 to match their tastes, the phone allows you to customize the idle screen with your choice of hundreds of available images. You can also download new wallpapers directly to your phone with any Nextel Online plan.

    The i730 is packed with a number of Java applications. Pre-loaded applications include Advanced Calculator, as well as TeleNav 2.2, an application that provides audible driving directions. A demo version of WayToGo, a location service package, is also included. Both TeleNav and WayToGo take advantage of the i730's GPS capability and both require a subscription for full service. Meanwhile, games that ship with the i730 include a FOX Sports Football game demo, Bejeweled puzzle game demo, Zip Zavier adventure game demo. You can also download more games to the phone's 3MB of internal memory via the Nextel Online service.

    Vital Statistics
    The Motorola i730 weighs 5.1 ounces and measures 3.6 x 2.0 x 1.1 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 200 minutes of digital talk time, and up to 75 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the IDEN 800 frequency. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

    What's in the Box
    Motorola i730 handset, standard lithium ion battery, standard battery door, carry holster with swivel clip, black rapid travel charger. ... Read more

    Features

    • The i730 comes with a new 65k color display with enhanced clarity that allows you to customize your screen with downloadable wallpapers, adjustable color palettes, and choice of three font sizes
    • Hands-free cellular conversations are always available with the built-in speakerphone
    • Set your phone and instantly connect to the last Direct Connect call or an assigned contact by pressing the PTT button from the main idle screen
    • Comes with a powerful datebook that allows you to book meetings, plan events, and set alarms that will automatically turn-on the phone if needed
    • Phone can store up to 600 contact entries - Store up to seven numbers for a single name

    Reviews (120)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nextel call quality is tops
    Nextel and Motorola have developed the ultimate "ultra cool, super sleek,great phone w/the i730. Not only does it have consistent great sound quality on calls, but the ability to quickly contact other Nextel friends or relatives with a single push of the Direct Connect button makes other phones "just another phone".
    **By the way, the Direct Connect (2 way radio) is usable in FULLY PRIVATE mode by simply pressing 1 button. The speaker turns off, you hold the phone to your ear, you scroll to the name of the bud you wish to contact, you push the button to talk and release it to listen and NO ONE has to hear your fast Direct Connect conversation. All Nextel phones have the privacy button for Direct Connect. It makes voice mail such a waste of our time.
    That is how I use my Nextel all day at work in the office, I also keep mine on silent vibrate mode for totally discrete private use.
    Look at any volunteer fireman/firewoman, construction person, cop, or young Jr High/HS kid in the Westchester/Dutchess/Rockland/Putnam County, NY region: you'll see a Nextel on their belt or in their hand. It is THE PHONE where I live.
    Just try one. They have so many plans you will find one you like.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great phone, better customer service
    This is a review for boost mobile (nextel's prepaid service).I have a company phone when I travel during the school year, so I wanted a cool prepaid phone.I had (still do) a Nokia 1220 (Tracfone) and that phone was good (very basic), but I only had service in my local area (Houston) and no where else.After getting stuck at Chicago O'Hare without cell service, I decided I needed a phone that would get service in all major areas of the USA.I have not been dissappointed!!The rates are VERY reasonable for prepaid ($.15 - $.25/minute), customer service has been WONDERFUL, and it has (almost) all the cool features I had on my Sprint vision phone.TM, internet and walkie talkie (to Nextel and Boost customers).I hope what I read in an earlier review is not right about them getting bought out by sprint, because I was with them for almost 6 years and the customer service and plans went VERY steadily downhill!If you need a REALLY COOL phone and do not want a monthly contract, consider Boost Mobile.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Positive feedback
    The I730 of mine has served me now for over a year and a half. I have never had any major problem. Due to me using it all the time and dropping it a few times I am now looking for another to replace it. I don't have any problems with internet service, cell service or two way radio, unless I go out of the Nextel tower area. Which for me isn't very often. I wouldn't trade mine if I had to.

    3-0 out of 5 stars i730 is not that bad
    The i730 is a great phone, but I still think sprint is better. I gave this phone a rating of 3 because it doesn't recieve service everywhere you go. that's CRAZY! I thought nextel recieved signal anywhere. Currently I attend Wayne State and my phone rarely has service. On the other hand if I'm at home my phone never drops calls. Nextel really needs to step it up a notch, buI guess I can't say much about it because sprint will be buying them out soon.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not a bad phone, but the cheaper model gets better signal.
    I don't own this phone. I own the cheaper Motorola (Nextel) i710. I have many friends who own this phone though, although a few of them have since "downgraded" to the i710.

    The main reason I chose the i710 over this i730 was signal strength. the i710 consistently gets better signal the the i730 no matter which of my friends phones I compare it too. All my friends are on the same wireless plan from Nextel as I am, so I know its not service, it is definitely the phones.

    I can have full bars on my phone (5 including the little antennae icon) and my friends phone held right next to mine will have 2 or 3 bars. My phone gets signal in places their phones are "Out of Service."

    Now you might say that maybe my friend just has a dud phone. Well I have 4 friends who have the i730, 5 friends with the i710 and one with the i860, all from Nextel, and the i710's always have better signal compared to the i730's. The i860 gets as good a signal as the i710 (but its significantly more expensive too).

    I am not sure why two phones based on the same hardware and software have such drastic differences in signal. The only thing I can think of is some hardware added to give the i730 an external screen somehow interferes with the antennae hardware somehow.

    Other than signal strength compared to the cheaper and basically identical (except for external screen) i710, the i730 is a pretty good phone. Lots of features, solid and durable construction and good battery life. For me signal was more important that a silver case an an external screen but if you like those things the i730 is a decent phone to use. ... Read more


    4. PCS Vision Picture Phone Sanyo PM-8200 Silver (Sprint)
    by Sanyo
    list price: $279.99
    our price: $249.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00023DRVO
    Catlog: Wireless
    Manufacturer: Sanyo
    Sales Rank: 679
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Compatible with Sprint cell phone service, the Sanyo PM-8200 includes a built-in VGA digital camera with an LED flash, push-to-talk capability, voice dialing, Internet capability, and much more, all displayed on a 1.8-inch, 65k color LCD screen.

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    the phone's features
    Calling Features
    Used simply as a phone, the PM-8200's features include vibrating alert, voice dialing, call screening, a dedicated speakerphone and voice mail button, push-to-talk, and a 300-entry phone book capacity with picture-ID capability. It also supports mobile-to-mobile (walkie-talkie) direct link for up to 6 simultaneous users. This phone supports TTY/TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf) devices.

    Messaging and Internet
    This phone provides SMS two-way messaging, conventional email, and predictive text assistance, plus picture sharing and voice-memo picture attachment. The PM-8200's Internet connectivity also lets you access online services such as stock quotes, road directions, airline information, entertainment, and more. You can download Java applications (version J2ME) to add additional capabilities to your phone, and high-speed data transfer and download round out the package. The PM-8200 is GPS capable.

    Organizer
    Multishot feature:
    Take up to 8 rapid shots in sequence
    The PIM organizer included with this phone provides programmable reminders for holidays, birthdays, or other significant dates, an event calendar, to-do list, call alarm, alarm clock, calculator, world clock and more.

    Fun and Games
    For fun, the PM-8200 sports a built-in VGA digital camera, outfitted with a flash, digital zoom, self-timer, multi-shot capability, plus fun frames, color tones, and a security camera lockout feature. The PM-8200 also features 32 chord ring tone capability, and the usual downloadable ring tones, screen savers, wallpaper, and games, in addition to the ones built in to the phone.

    Vital Statistics
    The Sanyo PM-8200 weighs 3.64 ounces and measures 3.34 x 1.85 x 1.02 inches. Its Lithium Ion batteries are rated at up to 3 hours talk time, and up to 12 days standby time.

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    Features

    • Feature-packed with VGA camera and flash, speakerphone, dual-displays and more
    • VGA camera includes 640x480 resolution, flash, zoom capabilities and auto-focus.
    • Vivid dual-displays in 65,000 colors for life-like images
    • Built-in speakerphone and voice dialing make communication a breeze
    • Includes phone, rapid wall charger and user documentation

    Reviews (25)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Can't Hear
    Like everyone said before, I bought this for all the features and the great battery life.All those have delivered except I feel like the battery doesn't last that long anymore AND the charger that they provide starts to "get loose" and stops charging the phone correctly after a while and you have to get the alternative charger for the phone.This phone gets great reception and I get reception in places that most other people don't...ONLY ONE PROBLEM....... YOU CAN'T HEAR WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING TO YOU!The speaker in the earpiece of this phone is terrible.I thought it was me at first.I thought that it was the OTHER person's cell phone because how could it be mine if I had full reception bars?Well it is the phone.The speaker is simply a piece of junk.Hopefully Sanyo will correct it with future phones because I really do like everything else about the phone.I gave it 2 stars though because the basic function of the phone is obviously the most important thing and that is seriously lacking.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great phone!
    I have been with Sprint for almost 2 years now and have had 3 different phones.Out of the 3 I have to say that the Sanyo 8200 is the best.I love the screen call feature.I've read the other reviews and alot of people complained about the audio quality.I haven't had that problem.Now, I just recently had to get a replacement under the warranty because the vibrate did not work but other than that, I think the phone is great. I love the design of the phone, its compact and light and comes in 4 different colors.I orginally wanted the red but went with silver only because at the time the Sprint store that I purchased the phone from did not have the red one in stock. Im thinking about upgrading though.I never keep cells phone for a really long time.If something new comes out and I like it, I usually buy it.I like the new Sanyo 5600 but Im not keen on spending $500 for a cell phone.I think I may just settle for the Sanyo MM 7400.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Sanyo, what were you thinking?
    All the gadgets in the world can't hide the fact that this phone sounds horrible. I first thought it might be a bad phone, so I exchanged it. Guess what? It's the same for all of the 8200's. I love the reception but if you can't understand the person on the other end what's the point? It's like owning pretty car but it it can't shift into drive. Stay away from this phone.

    3-0 out of 5 stars mixed bag
    I fell in love with this phone at the store: great design, great features, great camera, I was psyched.Then I started using the phone - the WORST audio quality!Everyone who calls me sounds like they're coming through a train terminal PA system.The static is in the phone, it's not the reception.I'm still using this phone because I still love the design, but just know you're buying a phone with terrible audio.

    1-0 out of 5 stars What happened???
    I first bought this phone right off the line (3 days after it was put in stores) For 4 months it was the best phone i have ever had. decent quality in pictures, advanced text messaging (text messages came direct to my phone rather than me logging into a site to get them) and the speaker phone made talking a little easier when i needed full movement of my head to see what was around me (IE. driving, walking etc.)
    But the biggest thing that seems to plague the new sanyo picture and video phones is the place you plug into the phone to charge the phone. WHAT HAPPENED?? Only four months into owning this and i have to jimmy the phone so that i can just charge the battery. And i am not the only one who has this problem. Many of the guys i work with are sprint users and have this exact phone or one similar and have the same problems as i do. This major defect makes this phone a bad sale. i mean how can you use the features if you can't get power to the phone. Sanyo needs to find a way to fix this, and then this phone type will once again be the ace it was when i first bought it. ... Read more


    5. Motorola i530 Black Phone (Nextel)
    by Motorola
    list price: $74.99
    our price: $24.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000177F7S
    Catlog: Wireless
    Manufacturer: Motorola
    Sales Rank: 1479
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Overview

    Compatible with Nextel cell phone service, the ultra-durable Motorola i530 packs all the really necessary features of a modern cell phone into the world's first weatherproof clamshell frame. This phone is so hardy, it actually meets military standard durability specs. If that's not enough, there's also Internet access, speakerphone functionality, a 600-entry phone book, voice recording, voice activation, and more.

    Durability

    The i530's Military Standard 810 F certification means that the phone can function normally in environments with high degrees of dust, shock, and vibration. Its hard rubber encasing and interior linings and seals all work to protect the phone’s antenna, speaker, keys, battery door, and accessory connections. The i530 also sports tough, rubberized keys designed to be both easy to use and durable in their size and resistance to accidental depression.

    Calling Features

    Used simply as a phone, the i530 sports a handy 4-way scroll key and two command keys for relatively easy navigation. It also includes a speakerphone function, important for the outdoor/industrial user, which has its own dedicated key. In its closed position, the i530's external screen lets you preview calls before you answer. The phone can also be set to connect to the last Direct Connect call or to a previously assigned Direct Connect contact, by pressing the PTT button. Other calling features include vibrating alert, downloadable voice activation (allowing users to speak a command or number and the phone will respond without a key being touched), recent calls list, call hold, call waiting, a 600-entry phone book, and keypad lock.

    Messaging and Internet

    The i530 includes basic text messaging, and its Net services include access to news, weather, entertainment, and other Mobile Net-enabled sites, as well as downloadable ring tones, and the always-handy GPS support (for non-Java services such as Mobile Locator).

    Other features

    The i530 also provides time/date notification, an accessory connector cover that enhances the phone's durability by protecting the bottom accessory connector from dust and debris, a headset jack for direct plug-in without an adaptor, and English, French, and Spanish language settings.

    Vital Statistics

    The Motorola i530 weighs 6.63 oz. including the battery, and measures 3.6 x 2.0 x 1.1 inches. The phone comes with an OEM standard Lithium Ion battery (750 mAh) rated at about 165 minutes talk time and 75 hours standby time. A travel charger is also included. ... Read more

    Features

    • Motorola i530 is great for those who need added durability, and want other great features
    • Provides operation of phone when closed with a single key
    • Set your phone and instantly connect to the last Direct Connect call or an assigned Direct Connect contact by pressing the PTT button (also works for Group Connect)
    • Hands-free cellular conversations are always available with the built-in speakerphone
    • Performs in dusty environments, stands up to short drops and exposure to vibration from heavy machinery use

    Reviews (22)

    2-0 out of 5 stars A pre-paid for $40 was better than this!
    I still have yet to dicover how to send a text message - but have gotten them. I am starting to believe there is no way to write a text message on it, unless I pay extra and sign up for the web on the phone too. There is no alarm feature or games.I did the tracfone pre-paid before this and that was much cheaper with a nokia that had much better features.I wish I had played with this at the store before getting stuck with it for two years.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great , tough phone!
    This is a great phone...

    1. Nextel is awesome in customer service. THis is my second phone, both were shipped within one day. I had them in 48 hours.

    2. The PTT is great, you don't rack up minutes. My wife and I use this all the time, nice feature. In fact, don't get this phone unless you plan to use this a lot, otherwise this is just another phone.

    3. Volume on this phone is great, speakerphone loud, but adjustable.

    4. Tough little phone..good for cops, construction, firecrews, military, anyone in a dusty, hot, or extreme environment. I am none of the above, but drop my phone a lot and work it hard, and like something a little more durable.

    5. DO NOT buy this phone if you are looking for great color in the screen, the latest in graphics and software, etc. It is a good, solid phone, period.It is not real fashionable, I have the yellow and black bumblebee model, but a nice solid feel.

    6. You can have internet access, more bells and whistles if you want, but if want that stuff, get something like the i830, Treo 650, etc.

    GOOD, RUGGED, DEPENDABLE PHONE!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy It
    I got this free from a family member who knows nothing about cell phones. It drops calls everyday. It loses the signal all the time; even when it is just sitting idle. I don't know who is worse, Nextel or Motorola. I have Verizon, but the bill is always high. I recently got T-Mobile and they are the only ones who charge long distance. I've had cell phones since 1999 (now 2005) and I NEVER paid long distance before. All of the above mentioned companies have absolutely HORRIBLE customer service. They lack severely in that area. They don't answer emails--that is, if you can find an email address on their website; they keep you on hold, and when they answer they have no idea what they are talking about or what their company sells. They don't care about you, the only care about your money. Be careful with cell phones and usage. Buyer beware.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Phone
    I liked this phone it seems to be tough and sturdy. Just do not get the ugly yellow cover for it. But had ordered it off of Nextels site. They even gave me a code that saved me $50.00. Here it is for you all to share (CL897L) case sensitive. On the shopping cart page in the promo box. It is like an invoice thing. But I think it is a very good phone. You will enjoy the phone. Happy shopping.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Ugly
    I hate this phone. I ordered it over the phone sight unseen because it was the cheapest flip phone Nextel had at the time. My friends dubbed it "The Batphone" and they tease me lots every time it gets broken out. It is huge and clunky and has absolutely no extra features. It's good qualities are decent reception and durability. ... Read more


    6. PCS Vision Picture Phone Sanyo PM-8200 Blue (Sprint)
    by Sanyo
    list price: $279.99
    our price: $269.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00023DS04
    Catlog: Wireless
    Manufacturer: Sanyo
    Sales Rank: 1311
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Compatible with Sprint cell phone service, the Sanyo PM-8200 includes a built-in VGA digital camera with an LED flash, push-to-talk capability, voice dialing, Internet capability, and much more, all displayed on a 1.8-inch, 65k color LCD screen.

    See a detailed view of
    the phone's features
    Calling Features
    Used simply as a phone, the PM-8200's features include vibrating alert, voice dialing, call screening, a dedicated speakerphone and voice mail button, push-to-talk, and a 300-entry phone book capacity with picture-ID capability. It also supports mobile-to-mobile (walkie-talkie) direct link for up to 6 simultaneous users. This phone supports TTY/TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf) devices.

    Messaging and Internet
    This phone provides SMS two-way messaging, conventional email, and predictive text assistance, plus picture sharing and voice-memo picture attachment. The PM-8200's Internet connectivity also lets you access online services such as stock quotes, road directions, airline information, entertainment, and more. You can download Java applications (version J2ME) to add additional capabilities to your phone, and high-speed data transfer and download round out the package. The PM-8200 is GPS capable.

    Organizer
    Multishot feature:
    Take up to 8 rapid shots in sequence
    The PIM organizer included with this phone provides programmable reminders for holidays, birthdays, or other significant dates, an event calendar, to-do list, call alarm, alarm clock, calculator, world clock and more.

    Fun and Games
    For fun, the PM-8200 sports a built-in VGA digital camera, outfitted with a flash, digital zoom, self-timer, multi-shot capability, plus fun frames, color tones, and a security camera lockout feature. The PM-8200 also features 32 chord ring tone capability, and the usual downloadable ring tones, screen savers, wallpaper, and games, in addition to the ones built in to the phone.

    Vital Statistics
    The Sanyo PM-8200 weighs 3.64 ounces and measures 3.34 x 1.85 x 1.02 inches. Its Lithium Ion batteries are rated at up to 3 hours talk time, and up to 12 days standby time.

    ... Read more

    Features

    • Feature-packed with VGA camera and flash, speakerphone, and dual displays
    • VGA camera features auto-focus lens, zoom capability. flash and 640x480 resolution
    • Dual LCD/TFT displays offer crisp images in 65,000 colors
    • Speakerphone and voice dialing make communication a breeze
    • Includes phone, rapid travel charger and user documentation

    Reviews (28)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Superb phone with great features!
    I have had this phone going on a year now and can faithfully say that I have very few complaints!! First of all the phone has NEVER and I mean NEVER failed me! This will be the 5th Sanyo I have owned, starting with the faithful 4500, and have never been let down. I have seen numerous complaints about sound quality, but short of the volume being a little low on occasion, I cannot see too much fault. The speakerphone is only half-duplex, but most cell phone speakerphones are only HD at the moment. Also you cannot expect board room sound out of a tiny micro-sized speaker! It does very well for its size. Ready link performance is top rate, as well. All in all another great Sanyo product!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Going on 5th bad phone in 5 months...
    I bought this phone for FREE in dec 2004. (special)

    2 months later the head set wouldn't work anymore. (the head set to plug in the jack and speak hands free, and i have a few plantronic headsets that work great, the big ones.)

    Store would not give me a blue one, only silver. 2 months later the head set wouldn't work anymore.

    Given the run around at the sprint stores and tech and made to drive over 500 miles going back and forth (in 35 mile increments).

    Given 3rd phone, got to my car and started to make a call, head set wouldn't work right out of the box. That's less than 90 seconds after leaving the store.

    Given 4th phone the same day (not working this same day, 2 bad phones in the same day) and would keep beeping, the icon for battery would blink from full charge to BEING recharged (not in need of, but being), while half muting the person on the other end of the phone call.

    After 4 hours in the store this day, even though they saw it was not working, refused to replace because their tech guy went home and he was required to say it's broken before they change it out.

    My previous phone was the sanyo 4900 which i had to replace in the first week, but has lasted for the last 2 years, very dim screen and big, but worked great.

    The 8200?, I got it free and it's cost me so much money in time and gas and trouble, feels like It's cost me $1000. By far the worst quality phone I have dealt with in the last ten years.

    emailed sprint and they have agree to allow me to take any of their phones and they will credit the 229 list price.
    Did not offer to compensate for all the BS their store reps have put me through. Worst people in the world at the sprint store in Asheville, NC... patton ave. Hendersonville road and mall is where you should buy if your in this town.

    I've liked sanyo alot, but now I'm almost scared off of them. My old samsung wasn't as strong in reception and battery life, but I'm using cnet to investigate phones that have the same problem with everybody.

    I do have a few friends that have not had AS MANY problems as I have had and they are hard on phones, my 4900 still looks new. I'm very easy on my phones.

    If I had not gotten 4 bad phones....
    just rating the phone on the features and the like, I'd probably rate it 3 stars at best.

    The phone is average, imo. The worst thing about the phone, from all the phones, is to listen to a conversation on the phone, you either have to turn the volume down to the lowest, if you turn it up so that you can easily hear the other person the sound becomes very distorted and choppy.

    Based on that one thing, I would not suggest buying this phone. Add in the problems I've gotten with the 4 bad phones, I can not give this a good review.

    3-0 out of 5 stars what's up with the hissing on sprint phones?
    I got this phone after switching over from Verizon.The first thing I noticed was an audible hissing when I'm talking on the phone.I went to 3 different sprint stores and tried out all the models that were available and there was noticeable hissing on almost all the phones.But most notably on Sanyo models.The phone that had the least background hissing was the LG 325, but I wanted a flip phone.The PM 8200 also has a horrible speakerphone (it's loud, but very distorted and cuts out when there is cross-talking).The PM 8200 also distorts the caller's voice slightly.If you've never had a good cell phone like an LG, (my previous verizon phone was the LG 4400 and callers sounded crystal clear), you may not notice the relatively bad sound quality of most of the Sprint phones.I returned the 8200 within the 14 day period and instead got the Samsung RL-A760.The sound is much clearer on this phone with less hissing, but is slightly larger and does not have a camera.the speakerphone on the Samsung is much better and does not cut out during cross-talking, at least on my end. overall, the PM8200 is a good phone if you can stand the hissing and distortion.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What a great phone...
    and it does everything that I could ever imagine (web, pictures, alarms, downloads, speaker phone) - except streaming video, which the newer version (PCS Phone Sanyo MM-7400 (Sprint) has.

    One great buy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT!
    This is a great phone! It has all the features such as camera with flash, calendar and other stuff. I have no problems with it except for one. The metallic seems as if it is prone to scratches and it feels awkward when I handle it with extra care. ... Read more


    7. Motorola i305 Phone (Nextel)
    by Motorola
    list price: $79.99
    our price: $24.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00014SGBK
    Catlog: Wireless
    Manufacturer: Motorola
    Sales Rank: 2463
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    Overview

    Compatible with Nextel cell phone service, the ultra-durable Nextel i305 packs all the really necessary features of a modern cell phone into a weatherproof frame that's so hardy, it actually meets military standard durability specs. You'll also get speakerphone functionality, two-way radio capability, voice recording, voice activation, and more.

    Durability

    In our tests, the i305 proved an excellent, practical phone; a serious communication device for users in a rugged work environment, living in harsh weather climates, or just about anyone who needs a sturdy, no frills mobile phone. Hard rubber encasing and interior linings and seals protect the phone’s antenna, speaker, keys, battery door, and accessory connections against water intrusion from rain, sleet, and snow. Further, the Military Standard 810 F certification means that the i305 can also withstand blowing rain, humidity, salt fog, dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, low pressure, and solar radiation.

    Testing durability

    We powered up the i305 and gave it a few casual drops on to a cement floor. It showed no cosmetic damage, and continued to function normally. Next, we took the phone outside and chucked it about 100 feet onto a wet, sandy sidewalk. The phone bounced and skidded, and continued to function flawlessly. Used with a pair of medium-duty work gloves, the i305's tough keys proved perfect in their size and resistance to depression, and the dedicated volume and push-to-talk buttons were well-placed on the side of the phone.

    The i305 also cleaned easily--after use with the muddy gloves, we simply ran it under an outdoor tap. Nextel has wisely provided enough space between the keys and phone body so that dirt rinses out instead of getting stuck in the cracks and jamming the buttons. The i305 also sports an appropriately straightforward and easy to read 6-line, green and black screen, which did not fog or show discernable wear under our damage tests or the water bath.

    Testing calling features

    Used simply as a phone, we found that the i305 provided clear reception, even when used in a closed-off basement with its extendible antenna retracted. We were also able to intuit our way through most of the menus without the manual, using the 4-way scroll key and two command keys for relatively easy navigation. The speakerphone function, important for the outdoor/industrial user, was plenty loud when set at top volume, and easily accessible with its own little button at the bottom of the set. The phone can also be set to connect to the last Direct Connect call or to a previously assigned Direct Connect contact, by pressing the PTT button. Other calling features include vibrating alert, downloadable voice activation, a two-way radio (walkie talkie) feature, customizable ring tones, a 600-entry phone book, keypad lock, voice mail, call forwarding, call hold, recent calls list, 3-way calling, and a small degree of display customization. The i305 can even be used as a modem.

    Testing messaging and Internet

    The i305's Mobile Internet connection was relatively fast. Some of the preset Web favorites included menus for Business Tools, Text Messages (read-only), e-mail, and the Web. The Web menu included links to news, weather, travel, finance, entertainment, and a few other handy sites (including MSN, AOL, and MBN Audio portals), all providing content that scrolled out nicely on the clear, uncluttered screen. While navigation was generally quite good on the i305, one very annoying exception was that there was no clear way to go back to the main menu from the Web site areas; we were forced to disconnect from the Web just to perform this function. To add to the confusion, (at least for the uninitiated) use of the Mobile Internet can be a bit obscure, and none of the included documentation covered this topic. That aside, other Web-related features include a variety of okay-sounding ring tones with the option to download others, and the always-handy GPS function (non-Java), which a!llows map downloading and emergency location determination.

    Testing Organizer/Fun and Games

    The phone's organizer capabilities are limited to time/date, memo, and voice recording capability with additional downloadable software. The usual phalanx of games and optional extras are essentially ignored. Users get Web access to a few minimalist, downloadable games, but again, accessing the games and information on them is not addressed in the included manual. However, in making a buying decision, we found this to be a non-issue. As if it wasn't obvious before, this phone provides function over form, and is not trying to replace your PDA or Gameboy. The one game we did try out was from the Nextel Arcade site; a primitive little game called Bubble Blast, which seemed like something out of a home computer circa 1984.

    Conclusion and Vital Statistics

    The Nextel i305 is large, weighing 6.63 oz. including the battery, and measuring 5.0 x 2.3 x 1.4 inches. Overall, we found it to be an excellent choice for just about anyone desiring a highly durable, practical cell phone. Unlike most of its contemporaries, it is not designed to appeal to users through its diminutive size, or complex graphic or organizational features. The phone comes with an OEM standard Lithium Ion battery (750 mAh) rated at about 215 minutes talk time and 90 hours standby time. Display language settings include English, Spanish, and French options. A high capacity battery door and a Black Rapid travel charger are also included. --- Erik Hammen ... Read more

    Features

    • The i305 is designed to withstand exposure to rain, sleet, and snow. Rubber encasing, interior linings and seals protect the phone's antenna, speakerphone, keys, battery door, and accessory connections against water intrusion
    • Hands-free cellular conversations are always available with the built-in speakerphone
    • Assign unique ring tones to contacts for audible notification and caller identification during incoming calls
    • Discrete vibrating call notifications in quiet or noisy environments
    • Change a setting to read phone menus and options in English, Spanish, and French

    8. Motorola i530 Yellow Phone (Nextel)
    by Motorola
    list price: $74.99
    our price: $24.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000199YRU
    Catlog: Wireless
    Manufacturer: Motorola
    Sales Rank: 1348
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Overview

    Compatible with Nextel cell phone service, the ultra-durable Motorola i530 packs all the really necessary features of a modern cell phone into the world's first weatherproof clamshell frame. This phone is so hardy, it actually meets military standard durability specs. If that's not enough, there's also Internet access, speakerphone functionality, a 600-entry phone book, voice recording, voice activation, and more.

    Durability

    The i530's Military Standard 810 F certification means that the phone can function normally in environments with high degrees of dust, shock, and vibration. Its hard rubber encasing and interior linings and seals all work to protect the phone’s antenna, speaker, keys, battery door, and accessory connections. The i530 also sports tough, rubberized keys designed to be both easy to use and durable in their size and resistance to accidental depression.

    Calling Features

    Used simply as a phone, the i530 sports a handy 4-way scroll key and two command keys for relatively easy navigation. It also includes a speakerphone function, important for the outdoor/industrial user, which has its own dedicated key. In its closed position, the i530's external screen lets you preview calls before you answer. The phone can also be set to connect to the last Direct Connect call or to a previously assigned Direct Connect contact, by pressing the PTT button. Other calling features include vibrating alert, downloadable voice activation (allowing users to speak a command or number and the phone will respond without a key being touched), recent calls list, call hold, call waiting, a 600-entry phone book, and keypad lock.

    Messaging and Internet

    The i530 includes basic text messaging, and its Net services include access to news, weather, entertainment, and other Mobile Net-enabled sites, as well as downloadable ring tones, and the always-handy GPS support (for non-Java services such as Mobile Locator).

    Other features

    The i530 also provides time/date notification, an accessory connector cover that enhances the phone's durability by protecting the bottom accessory connector from dust and debris, a headset jack for direct plug-in without an adaptor, and English, French, and Spanish language settings.

    Vital Statistics

    The Motorola i530 weighs 6.63 oz. including the battery, and measures 3.6 x 2.0 x 1.1 inches. The phone comes with an OEM standard Lithium Ion battery (750 mAh) rated at about 165 minutes talk time and 75 hours standby time. A travel charger is also included. ... Read more

    Features

    • Motorola i530 is great for those who need added durability, and want other great features
    • Provides operation of phone when closed with a single key
    • Set your phone and instantly connect to the last Direct Connect call or an assigned Direct Connect contact by pressing the PTT button (also works for Group Connect)
    • Hands-free cellular conversations are always available with the built-in speakerphone
    • Performs in dusty environments, stands up to short drops and exposure to vibration from heavy machinery use

    Reviews (10)

    5-0 out of 5 stars also available all black color
    Nextel and Motorola have developed the ultimate "ultra cool, super sleek, power attitude, great phone w/the i530. Not only does it have consistent great sound quality on calls, but the ability to quickly contact other Nextel friends or relatives with a single push of the Direct Connect button makes other phones "just another phone".
    **By the way, the Direct Connect (2 way radio) is usable in FULLY PRIVATE mode by simply pressing 1 button. The speaker turns off, you hold the phone to your ear, you scroll to the name of the bud you wish to contact, you push the button to talk and release it to listen and NO ONE has to hear your fast Direct Connect conversation. All Nextel phones have the privacy button for Direct Connect. It makes voice mail such a waste of our time.
    That is how I use my Nextel all day at work in the office, I also keep mine on silent vibrate mode for totally discrete private use.
    Look at any volunteer fireman/firewoman, construction person, cop, or young Jr High/HS kid in the Westchester/Dutchess/Rockland/Putnam County, NY region: you'll see a Nextel on their belt or in their hand. It is THE PHONE where I live.
    Just try one. They have so many plans you will find one you like.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Super Phone. Durable, no bells and whistles
    If you are looking for a phone that can withstand dropping (twice) water, and dust, this is for you. Nice grip, classy design, I have the bumblebee version in yellow and black. Vibrate option, can use DC either as walkie-talkie or more privacy is optional by pushing a button and using DC as a phone where only you hear. Six hundred entries, web access, no color screen, but no biggie on that.
    Buttons solid, phone is a little larger than most phones ,but worth it . Nextel service is great.!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Phone
    The i530 flip phone comes equipped with today's technological demands including speakerphone, One Touch Direct Connect, Downloadable ring tones, and enable GPS functions.It is available in both yellow and black.But had ordered it off of Nextels site.They even gave me a code that saved me $50.00.Here it is for you all to share (CL897L) case sensitive.On the shopping cart page.It is like an invoice thing.But I think it is a very good choice.You will enjoy the phone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Motorola Yellow i530 and Nextel 300w/Free Incoming Package
    Gotta love the $200 rebate.Actually made $75 on the phone.That paid for my activation and first month's fees.

    Phone is great.More durable than the newer i730.My wife loves the yellow color.She can find it quickly in her purse.

    I called the 800 Nextel number to setup the phone once it arrived.The customer service lady was very friendly and helpful.It took only 15-20 minutes to get the phone active with a number.

    I ported my home land line and was told it was going to be 4-6 weeks and they gave me a temporary number.Well everything was changed over in less than a week.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An Above Average Phone
    I did have the i730, but i got terrible signal strength with that.So i traded down to the i530.I love this phone.I've had great signal wherever i've gone.I live in Kentucky, so i go into city area's and rural area's but i have had no problem.i love the two way radio, saves $ on the phone bill.Also the cool GPS tracker.The phonebook holds 600 #'s, i will never fill it up.The only downfalls with this phone is the battery.I use my phone all day and i have to charge it every night, if i didnt then it would die on me the next day.also no belt clip comes with this phone.other than that i would recommend this phone to everyone, just but a car charger, it will save your life.my dad and grandfather went out and got the i530 too.Save your $, dont buy the i730, get the i530 ... Read more


    9. Sanyo RL-7300 PCS Vision Ready Link Phone (Sprint)
    by Sprint
    list price: $279.99
    our price: $279.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00023DLFG
    Catlog: Wireless
    Manufacturer: Sprint
    Sales Rank: 1528
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    While the RL-7300 might look like a basic clamshell, it is actually a rugged, powerful mobile companion with great features like push-to-talk, a speakerphone, and dual color displays. Folks who need a phone that can take a beating will like this device. Plus, the instant communication of Sprint's Ready Link push-to-talk technology makes it great for the working world.

    Design
    The RL-7300's sporty candybar form factor sports a 132 x 176, 65,000-color main display, plus a 64 x 64, full-color secondary display on the outside of the front cover. In addition to the secondary display, the front panel features a speaker for speakerphone and voice dialing applications. An extendable antenna is located on the top right side of the phone, while most of the phone's features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button above the handset's dial pad. The Ready Link service is operated by a button on the left side of the phone-- walkie-talkie style. A 2.5mm headset jack is also provided.

    Calling Features
    The phone's built-in address book allows you to assign up to 300 entries, each storing seven numbers, with a total capacity for 500 numbers and 300 email and Web addresses. A separate Ready Link phone book provides easy access to 200 personal contacts and 200 company-provided contacts. You can also customize your caller ID by linking a photo to a specific phone number in your contact list, or use voice dialing to automatically dial up to 30 pre-programmed contacts with the sound of your voice. In addition to a vibrating alert, you can choose from preloaded ring tones to jazz up your incoming calls. The phone offers a variety of traditional ring tones as well as polyphonic (32-chord), melodic ring tones. The RL-7300's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911 (where available). Perhaps most importantly for users in rural areas, the RL-7300 is a tri-mode phone, meaning it can operate on Sprint's digital PCS network, as well as analog networks that serve many outlying areas.

    Hands-free operation of your phone is easy with the RL-7300's built-in speakerphone. Meanwhile, the RL-7300's Ready Link feature lets you enjoy the convenience of quick, walkie-talkie style communication at the touch of a button with one or several Ready Link users anywhere you go (Sprint PCS Ready Link service charges apply).

    Messaging, Internet and Tools
    If you need basic messaging capabilities, the RL-7300 has you covered as support is built-in for sending and receiving SMS text messages (Sprint PCS text messaging charges apply). T9 text entry, a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built-into the unit-- a plus for text messaging users.

    The phone also supports PCS Vision email and instant messaging capabilities. Sprint PCS Vision transforms the wireless experience from something that's simply functional into something visual, entertaining and highly personalized. MSN Hotmail, Yahoo Mail and AOL Instant Messenger are all supported by Sprint's PCS Vision service. PCS Vision mobile Web services let you check out sports scores, get your seven-day forecast, check your flight status, and stay up to date with the latest news. Experience full-color graphic versions of popular Web sites.

    For business users, the RL-7300 offers something special. Sprint PCS Business Connection service is supported by the phone and it gives you secure, remote, real-time access to Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes information-- including email messages and attachments, calendar, business directory and personal contacts. You can also respond to meeting requests, access documents stored on your desktop PC, and view email from Internet email accounts, including Sprint PCS Mail, Yahoo!, Earthlink and more.

    A number of handy software tools are bundled with the RL-7300 including a calendar, a calculator, an alarm clock, and a to-do list with scheduler. A voice recorder lets you record short voice memos for later retrieval.

    Entertainment and Customization
    In addition to allowing you to choose one of four background screens for your phone's display, The RL-7300 lets you choose different font sizes when sending messages or accessing your browser. With PCS Vision service, you can download games like Tetris and Pac-Man, as well as additional ringers, screensavers and backgrounds.

    Vital Statistics
    The Sanyo RL-7300 weighs 4.24 ounces and measures 3.71 x 1.97 x 1.12 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3 hours of digital talk time, and up to 96 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the AMPS 800/CDMA 800/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

    What's in the Box
    RL-7300 handset, AC battery charger, lithium-ion battery, user's manual. ... Read more

    Features

    • Ruggedized Ready Link compatibile phone with dual-color displays, speakerphone and voice dialing
    • Quick, walkie-talkie style communication with Ready Link allows you to communicate at the touch of a button
    • Rugged design minimizes wear and tear
    • Built-in speakerphone and voice dialing make communicating easy and safe
    • Includes phone, rapid wall charger and user documentation

    Reviews (15)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Above average with some minor flaws
    The SCP-7300 is above average at best, but that could be because I live and work in NE Florida, and most things don't work correctly here. The features that most others have talked about are nice, like the ease of use and the ability to quickly navigate through the various menus.

    The four main problems I have with this model are as follows: 1. Calls get dropped or signal is lost despite having 4 bars. 2. Speaker does not work well in that it picks up too much background noise and is difficult (but not impossible) to use. 3. No easy way to redial the last number you called. 4. And I haven't seen this problem mentioned, but there are times when I dial a number, press the "talk" button, and the number disappears. I then have to re-enter the number, sometimes 5 or 6 times before it takes the number and actually dials. This also happens on the presets, I'll push number 5, for example, and the 5 disappears after pushing the "talk" button. I have 4 bars and everything seems to be working properly. Unfortunately, I cannot replicate this at a Sprint store, so they look at me like I'm nuts! But it does happen on occasion, so keep that in mind. Also, I've have 4 of these phones (same model) and they all do it. In fact, I got a new one yesterday and it did it today already.

    It's not a bad phone, and I get them pretty cheaply for use at work, so I can't complain too much. They're better than Nextel, that is for sure.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great no frills phone
    If you also believe that a phone should be a phone & a camera is a camera, then this may be for you.

    This is replacing my old friend Sanyo 4900...greatest reception phone by Sprint ever made....I just dropped it a few too many times until it finally became unreliable.
    The 7300, after 2 days, seems to equal the reception of the 4900...I find that the signal strength BAR indicator may show 1 bar, but that appears to equal what 2 bars were for the 4900....just need to interpret it differently.

    the volume from both the speakerphone and earpiecee are very loud and perhaps clearer than other phones that cram a photo lens into the same area of where you listen...

    Feels durable and solid for a flip phone.....I like the rubberized edges. Not sure if the battery life will come close to the 4900, but its a smaller phone so probably thats 1 trade off.

    I highly recommend the (discontinued) 4900 model as well as this 7300. In general, most people i talk to say Sanyo is the best Sprint Cell phone maker. Ive owned LG and Samsung, and they both had issues. Go with Sanyo!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best phone I've used
    I got this phone to replace a Samsung that got lousy reception.The Samsung would drop calls, and left people asking me to repeat myself.I decided to go with this phone after seeing strong reviews for it on the internet.That's why I'm surprised to see some people here say they didn't get good reception with this phone.I think it's very well designed and rugged....I know it's going to last me years.I get good reception no matter where I go (I'm in the Atlanta area and take trips to D.C. and NY).Maybe there's a lot of bad units that get shipped with manufacturers.I never liked my Samsung, and replaced it with the same model when I thought it could be the model.The replacement would get lousy reception as well.I have a couple friends who use that model Samsung, but they don't seem to have the same problems.Sanyo seems to work for me better, and I notice it emmits less radiation then Samsung models.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Sanyo 8100 is better than Sanyo 7300; I miss the 8100 menus
    Reception - 2 bars low
    The reception of the Sanyo 7300 is about half of the Sanyo 8100.The number of bars on the 7300 is always about two less than the 8100.When in a call, it's hard to understand the other party because they are always dropping out.

    Speakerphone - can't interrupt speaker
    When using the speaker phone, you can not talk (interrupt) until the other stops talking.

    Returning Missed Calls is much more complicated
    If you like how the 8100 menu works, you'll miss the ability to quickly call back missed calls.Here are the key strokes for both to call back from the point where you first see the Missed Call:
    8100 = View, View, OK, OK
    7200 = View, Exit, Menu, OK (Call History), 3 (Missed Calls), Options, OK (Call)
    That's 3 extra keystrokes and 3 extra moves.Note: "View" and "Exit" is the same button."Menu" and "OK" is the same button."Options" is the button above the "Back" button."Extra Moves" are defined as having to use a different key.

    Calling Alternate Numbers is much more complicated using Outgoing History
    8100 = Menu, OK (Call History), OK (Outgoing calls), OK (for last outgoing), Down (Alternate), pick alternate phone number
    7300 = Menu, OK (Call History), OK (Outgoing calls), Options, Down, Down, Down, OK (Go to phone book), pick alternate phone number
    That's 3 extra key strokes and 2 extra moves.The 8100 uses the same key for the first 4 key strokes.That's value.Whoever made this so complicated should have their head examined.I used the alternate feature of the 8100 all the time.After the primary phone number fails using voice dial, 70% of the time I want to try the alternate.The 7300 is such a pain.

    Summary - Software investment saved
    The only reason I will keep the 7300 is that my employer doesn't want pic phone on their premise.Also, the software I bought for the 8100 (FutureDial) works on the 7300 once I downloaded the update.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Writing my frustrations - since I can't call anyone
    I bought the RL 7300 in June and returned it for a new one a month later when I wasn't able to make or receive calls and my text messages were coming in hours after being sent (with the original times to prove their tardiness) and weren't being sent out at all. I figured it MUST have been the phone.

    The brand new replacement is even worse. One reviewer mentioned not being able to make or receive calls in Pittsburgh. Since I have purchased this phone I have traveled to Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York, Minneapolis and Chicago. In not one of those major cities was able to use my phone like normal people. My boyfriend, who was with me through all of those cities, was able to call any and everyone on earth. He also has Sprint, but luckily, a different model Sanyo phone.

    The phone looks nice and is easy to navigate, but everything else about it makes me want to scream. I have been trying to hold out on buying a new phone, mainly because that one was expensive enough and I keep praying that ONE DAY it will work. Sprint admitted that the performance is not as good as many of the other Sanyo phones and after numerous "fixes", I still can't dial out when I want to. Only when the phone allows me to. Unfortunately for me, tonight is not one of my few lucky nights.
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    10. PCS Phone palmOne Treo 600 (Sprint)
    by PalmOne
    list price: $669.99
    our price: $399.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000SX2U2
    Catlog: Wireless
    Manufacturer: PalmOne
    Sales Rank: 518
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Treo 600 is a small, simple to use smartphone with a built-in QWERTY keyboard. It seamlessly combines a full-featured mobile phone and Palm OS organizer with wireless communication applications like email, messaging and web browsing, and even a digital camera-to simplify both your business and personal life. The keyboard, five-way navigation button and other cool design features make it possible for you to get more done in fewer steps, with just one hand, and without having to swap back and forth between applications. And it's still lightweight, stylish and small enough to fit in your pocket. CDMA Model: 800/1900 MHz nationwide coverage by Sprint ... Read more

    Features

    • Treo 600 combines a full-featured mobile phone and Palm OS organizer with wireless applications like email, text messaging, web browsing and even a digital camera
    • QWERTY keyboard makes entering text and accessing information fast and familiar-perfect for messaging and a must have for email
    • Built-in color web browser, Blazer, gives you fast access to nearly all the sites on the web-not just the ones optimized for mobile devices
    • Take a picture or share images with others via email-you can even attach a photo to a phone number so you can see exactly who's calling with Picture Caller ID
    • Because Treo 600 runs the popular Palm OS, there are thousands of applications you can download and use-like MP3 players, etc.

    Reviews (153)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Phone very unreliable
    Phone has excellent features but has bad reception.Just after a month (right after the store exchange policy expired) the charger is not working.Some loose connection may be. I read somewhere else that others are having similar issues. It is frustating to have your cellphone breakdown because of the charger issue.How can I recommend this to anyone with this kind of issues ?

    2-0 out of 5 stars Unreliable PDA phone
    I am now on my THIRD Treo 600.The first two were replaced because the phone would turn itself off and back on again, go out of service when calls were being made or received, and losing my programmed data.My third treo is only a week old and is dropping calls constantly.I have been happy with the phone when it works, but, reliability is a serious problem.Verizon Wireless has been no help either other than in replacing the phone under warranty which takes no less than 2 hours of my time and two days to ship.Battery life is less than expected and I'm usually recharging the phone by late afternoon.Another annoying feature is the low battery warning that must be cleared from the screen if you're trying to dial in codes to check voice mail or other dtmf services.It will interrupt you every 10 seconds.Also, the person on the other end can hear your low battery tones, voice mail notifications, etc.Annoying.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought it would be
    I got my Treo 600 (on Sprint) from my work. I always preferred the flip phones to these lareg PDA phones so my first thought was, "Well I can't complain... it's free". However the more I used the phone the more and more I found it to be a really good little device.

    First off it might be large, but it's actually a good deal thinner than most phones I've used. Thinking the large size would be a problem in my pocket I first tried the phone on one of those horizontal belt clips. Kept the phone out of my pocket, but the clip itself was rather bulky so I took a chance at just pocketing the phone. The slim design fit better in my pocket than any of the cell phones I've used before, which actually surprised me. It fits in my hand rather well too.

    The keypad took a little getting used to... like maybe a day or two. Once you get a feel for the little keys everything actually makes sense in the design. Also the large screen it touch sensitive to so technically you don't even need to use the keypad unless you are writing in contacts or something. The navigational buttons along with the hot buttons make it easy to get to contacts on the phone, emails, the camera functions, and more.

    As a phone it's neither better nor worse for me than any of the better cell phones I previously used. I live in Houston and only a few occasions have I not gotten a signal. I suppose the speaker could be a bit more powerful, but I can see some tradeoffs here for the sake of the design. The speakerphone function has become really usefull in the car or when I need my hands free. Battery life seems pretty good. I only need to charge the phone maybe once a week with regular use.

    I don't have too much use for the PDA functions aside from getting work email. I have found that a game of solitaire does kill the time when having to wait around for stuff like getting an oil change and what have you. I have found some uses for basic things like the calculator and calender, but aside from that most of the extra function stay unused.

    I have made good use of the vga camera though. I never expected high quality megapixel images so the image quality actually was better than I thought it would be. I wouldn't make photo prints out of the pictures I take from this thing, but for email and such it's fine. The camera has been extra useful during those moments you wish you had a camera for since I always carry my phone around. The amount of memory on the phone is enough to store over 400 snapshots. That's pretty cool.

    You can surf the web on this thing, however I wouldn't recommend it. The connectivity is rather slow and takes me back to the old 14Kbps modem days. Still it's better than nothing if you need to get a quick map/directions or movie times. The email on the other hand is fast. The phone connects to the company Exchange server so maybe that has something to do with it.

    The phone is pretty sturdy. More than once the phone fell five feet onto the concrete and didn't so much as flinch on the inside. The chrome looking parts on the outside however are prone to scratching. Looks like even having keys in the same pocket as an unprotected Treo can leave minor scratches over a period of time.

    I don't know what else to say. When I first got the phone I didn't think I would like it. An hour later I find that I really like it. Lots of functionality in a slim package.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Very Poor Signal Strength
    The Treo 650 I bought is ALWAYS two to three bars below other phones (at the same location) in signal strength. Sprint has been totally unhelpful in this regard saying they can find nothing wrong with the unit.

    I would reccommend against the Treo 650 unless one is sure, very sure, they will never be in any but the strongest signal areas.

    Sprint support has been a joke, except that I am not laughing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The most perfect smart device I have ever used!!!
    The New-Age Treo's are the best smart devices ever made! I have used the T-Mobile Sidekick, the AT&T Motorola MPX, a Nextel Blackberry, a Samsung i600, and even an older style Treo in the form of the Treo 300. And out of every smart device I have ever used, the Treo 600 and 650 are 1000 times better then any of them!

    1# The Treo's have large color screens with full keyboards, but are still small enough to fit in your pocket.
    2# The battery life is insanely long! Both of the new Treo's claim four to five hours talk time, I have found even longer. I often lay in my bed at night surfing the web for hours and hours, and by the time I am ready to go to sleep, my Treo 600 and 650 still have enough battery life to go a few more rounds.
    3# Because the Treo's are so popular the prices for accessories, software, add-on's, ect are Much cheaper then those for the other types of smart devices on the market. There is even talk by Palmone to start using Linux as the Palmsource software core, so there will be even more software available. And because Linux is open source, the phones will eventually be cheaper then those running the Microsoft Pocket PC. With the added bonus of the dependability of Linux!
    4# Because the Treo's are of the Candy-Bar style design, they are much easier to talk on. Because there is no flip, or antenna to fumble with.
    5# There is a software lancher called "ZLauncher" which has many features for your Treo's software interface. One of which allows you to see the exact level of signal strength. By using this tool you can so how much better the Treo's antenna and related components work, compared to any other phone on the market. I get a great signal with Sprint, but with Sprint and my Treo, my service is even better! I get signals with my Treo in places where my Sanyo and LG did not. In fact, I get better signal strength with my Treo, then my friends get with their phones!
    6# Palmone has a patent on a new design of smart device that they are working to bring to the market. A design nothing like the designs currently available. A PDA phone that will be thinner and still able to have a large full color screen and keyboard. SO the next generation of Treo's will be even better!

    The only downfall to the Palmone Treo's today, is price. That is because they are still new to the PDA phone market. Once they start making more and more phones, the prices will come down. And once they restructure their PDA manufacturing and company purpose in general, the prices will come down. I don't normally write reviews on phones, because I used to be a Die-Hard Motorola phone fan, and I guess still am. But if Palmone keeps making phones this perfect, then I will only buy their phones for the rest of my life! I can not say enough good things about these phones! Try one and see what I am talking about. Use it with Sprint PCS's $10 unlimited Visions access!

    Russell ... Read more


    11. PCS Phone Samsung VI660 (Sprint)
    by Sprint
    list price: $199.99
    our price: $199.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000YRJTQ
    Catlog: Wireless
    Manufacturer: Sprint
    Sales Rank: 2123
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • This tri-mode, folder-style CDMA phone sports a large color screen and other top features
    • Compatible with Sprint PCS ergonomic game pad
    • Large LCD color screen features 65,000 colors (128x160 pixels)
    • Equipped with automatic no-training voice dialing
    • Comes with a voice memo that can record messages up to 10 minutes long

    Reviews (42)

    4-0 out of 5 stars 2 Cute!!
    I have had this phone for about 6 weeks now and I think it's great! The only thing I don't like is that you have to actually flip the phone open to see who's calling. It's small enough to fit in your pocket and you don't even know it's there! This is a nice lil' phone if you are looking for the basics.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Good Phone, Worst Company Around
    Let me first state that I do not work for any mobile provider and have used them all. Sprint is about the worst company on the face of the planet. Do not under any circumstances support this company in any way. I've reported them to the BBB for their shady practices.
    They constantly "lose" payments and when they decide to penalize you its in the middle of the month. They just turn your service off! No warnings, no emails, SMS to your phone or calls. You just try to make a call and it puts you through to 611 collections. I originally purchased a phone from sprint for their DATA service and wanted a voice account as well. The sales person didn't think twice of taking my money and then telling me that they couldn't suport that on my account. Whats worse is they tried to penalize me for early termination!! (They even have a published policy about letting you try their service for 30 days.) When I tried toreturn the devices they refused to take them back! (After 2 days)
    I had to spend a week calling them and forcing my way up the chain to talk to anyone that knew anything. It took reporting them to the BBB and writing letters to the PUC to get them to not charge me the $200 early term fee.
    Sprint is by FAR the worst company out there and the PUC/FCC should shut them down for illegal business practices! Please learn from my mistakes! Go to another provider.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I gave it a star because there was nothing lower
    Sprint is so very evil. Please don't support them. They have horrible customer service, their phones are terrible. The reception stinks, they break easily and sprint will overcharge you. They are the worst company in the whole entire world. They are an evil empire. If I were a giant man with giant nuts, I'd teabag their whole evil empire.

    5-0 out of 5 stars IM TOO HAPPY
    I HAD VIRGIN MOBILE FOR AWHILE BUT IT WAS TOO EXPENSIVE FOR ME. 25 CENTS A MINUTE FOR THE FIRST 10 MINUTES AND .10 AFTER THAT WITH NO FREE NIGHTS OR WEEKENDS. NO NO I COULD NOT DO THAT ANYMORE. I AM WITH SPRINT. I HAVE 2 MONTHS FREE INTERNET, FREE RINGTONE DOWNLOADS, REAL VOICE RINGTONES (WHICH I LOVE, 1000 ANYTIME MINUTES, UNLIMITED NIGHT (STARTS AT 7 PM) AND WEEKEND MINUTES, GREAT COVERAGE. NO THE PHONE DOES NOT HAVE SOMETHING THAT DISPLAYS WHEN IT CLOSES BUT I KNEW WHAT I WAS GETTING SO IM HAPPY SINCE I HAVE CHOSEN DIFFERENT RINGTONES FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE I KNOW WHO IS CALLING. GOOD SERVICE SO FAR I LOVE THE PLAN 55.00/MO. NOT BAD AT ALL SO IF U ARE LIKE ME AND U DONT NEED A CAMERA PHONE BUT LOVE THE REAL VOICE RINGTONES, GAMES, AND WALLPAPER THEN YOU SHOULD GET THE PHONE..BUT AFTER U GET THE PHONE TAKE CARE OF IT

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good phone, bad service.
    I've had this phone for about four months now and I have mixed thoughts about it. Often times when I'm talking, it'll automatically lose signal which is pretty annoying. Also, my phone seems to be roaming in places where other cell-phones that use the Sprint service don't. I actually compared it with other Sprint phones that my friends have and those ones get service easily but it takes a while for mine to find service, and when it does, it's usually roaming. My second biggest problem is that the phone gets hot extremely quickly. Usually after 5 minutes of talking, you can feel it getting warm and that really bothersome and also unsafe. As many others before me have mentioned, the lack of caller-ID on the exterior of the cell-phone is a negative especially when you are at school or at work and someone calls you, it would have been a lot easier to see who it was that called. The number pad is awesome, easy to text message but what good is that when half the time, the message wouldn't get send because there is no service? The battery life is also pretty crappy, I have to charge it every night and I don't talk on it that much so I expected it to last longer than it does right now. The games are all demos but I don't really care, it's not an important feature to me. I've dropped this phone several times (by accident, mind you) and it's still as good as new. I like the simplicity of it, the size is also very nice. I can't even feel it in my pocket when I carry it around. The color screen is very good. The alarm clock is very useful, and the voice dialing feature is awesome and I use it all the time. This Samsung phone itself is pretty nice, but the Sprint service that comes along with it is not. I feel it is NOT worth the price that it is at right now. I got it for free because of some deal but I would never pay $200 dollars for it. Overall, I would give it 3 ½ stars. ... Read more


    12. Motorola i205 Phone (Nextel)
    by Motorola
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $0.01
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000SX3BU
    Catlog: Wireless
    Manufacturer: Motorola
    Sales Rank: 1150
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    With email and text messaging support, as well as support for Nextel's wireless web services, the i205 is the perfect companion. And of course, it supports Nextel's legendary Direct Connect walkie-talkie functions so you can connect with people in your work and personal network at the push of a button. You can even add additional software that gives the phone speakerphone, voice dialing, and voice memo capabilities. This value oriented phone is great for people who want basic phone features, the power of walkie-talkie functions, and the convenience of wireless Internet services.

    Design
    Like other Nextel phones, the i205 is built tough for construction and utilities industry users, or for anyone who needs a rugged wireless phone. The i205's candybar design features a black and white LCD that displays time, call information, battery and signal strength, emails, address book entries, wireless web content and more. The trademark Direct Connect and menu scrolling functions can be controlled from the side of the phone. A standard 2.5mm headset jack is also provided and an attached cover protects the USB data and charging ports on the bottom of the phone. If you want your i205 to reflect your style, you can customize the appearance of the i205 with optional front and back colored phone covers.

    Calling Features
    The i205's built-in address book can store up to 600 address book entries for quick and easy management of phone numbers and email addresses. The phone comes with built-in ringtones plus a vibrating alert. More ringtones can be downloaded from Nextel's optional wireless download service, Nextel Online. Meanwhile, a recent calls list allows you to access the last twenty sent and received calls for quick call return or number storage. Support for three-way calling lets you add a third party to an in-progress call for group phone conversations.

    One of the key features of any Nextel phone is support for Nextel's Direct Connect walkie-talkie technology. The i205 fully supports the service, which allows for one-touch conversations with anyone else on a Nextel phone. It's like a having a CB radio with enough range to cover all of North America. The i205 also features a walkie-talkie private speaker button. This switches from the external speaker to the earpiece for private conversations or to minimize disruptions in quiet environments.

    You can expand the i205's calling features with optional downloads from Nextel's download center (www.nextel.com/downloads). Download the speakerphone feature and hands-free cellular conversations are easy and always available. You can also download the voice record feature to record and play back memos or phone calls. Lastly, download the voice activation feature if you want the ability to press a button and speak to dial numbers or access features.

    Messaging, Internet and Tools
    The i205 features support for two-way mobile-to-mobile or mobile-to-email text messaging (Nextel messaging charges apply). T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

    Getting on the Internet anywhere is easy with the i205, as well. Nextel's optional Nextel Online package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. Nextel Online also features games, ringtones, realtime news and sports updates, virtual address books, and more-- all delivered to your Nextel phone.

    In addition to a time and date clock, the i205 ships with powerful GPS location and navigation features. Find your heading (direction of travel) using the easy-to-use compass and track your speed with the included TeleNav 2.2 software.

    Vital Statistics
    The Motorola i205 weighs 5.14 ounces and measures 4.80 x 1.90 x 1.00 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 2.75 hours of digital talk time, and up to 70 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the IDEN 800 frequency. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

    What's in the Box
    Motorola i205 handset, lithium-ion battery, AC charger, steel blue phone cover, user's manual. ... Read more

    Features

    • The Motorola i205 is a compact, entry-level model sporting iDEN's hallmark Push-To-Talk feature with speakerphone
    • Customize the appearance of the i205 with front and back colored phone covers
    • Store up to seven numbers for each contact (up to 600 entries)
    • Use the private speaker button to switch from the external speaker to the earpiece for private conversations or to minimize disruptions in quiet environments
    • Assign unique ring tones to contacts for audible notification and caller identification during incoming calls

    Reviews (6)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nextels best basic phone
    I have had this phone for about 3 months, and it is a pretty basic phone.It is very durable, I have dropped it too many times to count, and it only has a scratched screen so far.You have to pay Nextel if you want to add applications, ringtones, or even the speakerphone, but if you have the knowledge and a piece of software called Motorola RSS, you can edit the phones codeplug and unlock the speakerphone, or use WebJAL to add ringtones and apps.

    5-0 out of 5 stars basic phone for basic users
    I had one of these for over a year, until I finally lost it.Great phone, never gave me so much as a moment's trouble in all that time.No, it doesn't have a camera or a color screen or games, but if all you're looking for is a basic, no frills phone, look no further.Calls were crystal clear, Nextel has very good service, at least in Philadelphia.Also, like almost all Nextel phones, this thing is a tank.I dropped it more times than I could count, at least twice down a flight of stairs, and it never got so much as a scratch on it.All in all this phone is an excellent choice for a first time cell phone user, or for that rare breed of person who just wants to use their cellphone to make PHONE CALLS.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great started phone
    i love this phone. it works great to have a phone that is just that.. a phone. I did not want to spend a lot on a phone - diffently not on a phone with a lot of features i would not use nor need. So this is a great phone for basic use.... normal calling and 2 way..

    1-0 out of 5 stars Bad Product
    I got this phone for a back up and it's not even good for that.VERY cheap plastic, creaks like an old wooden floor.The DC speaker has loose parts in it so when I am in a DC conversation there's so much rattling it makes it hard to hear. The Charger port has a cheap rubber flap covering it that won't stay shut.There's a horrible tick sound in the background on all my calls that I have never experienced before.The battery lasts me a day if I don't use the phone, with minimal use I find it dying long before the end of the business day.I'm very glad my i710 is on it's way because this thing is just junk.You definitely get less than what you pay for with this item.Many of my friends have left Nextel because of the poor product Motorola is putting out for them.This phone is no exception.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Motorola i205 Phone (Nextel)
    The 1205 model Nextel cell phone is one of the best cell phones that I have had in a long time. It has great coverage and mobility. I have gone days without recharging it.The reason why the battery might run low early is because of many phone calls being made from that cell phone. When you take the phone off the charger and the flap won't close use your finger nail and close the upper corners into the phone and once both corners are into the phone press over the whole flap with your finger. If you have a non-Motorola phone cover on you i205 it is going to be twice as hard but go around all the corners of the flap and im sure you'll get it to stay. Other advantages to the i205 are that you can get many non-motorola accessories from other companies such as: phone covers, colored and flashing key pads, flashing antennas and holsters and cases. I hope this information persuays you to buy a nextel and these helpful tips to help you struggling i205 users. If more help needed with the i205 please email me at Dancingbaby1234@hotmail.com. Thank You! ... Read more


    13. PCS Phone Samsung i500 (Sprint)
    by Samsung
    list price: $699.99
    our price: $569.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000BXAYU
    Catlog: Wireless
    Manufacturer: Samsung
    Sales Rank: 1220
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Designed for the business user, Samsung’s SPH-i500 slim wireless device combines a flip-top phone with a Palm OS organizer for maximum productivity while on the road. The dual-band/tri-mode i500 offers wireless fast web access from any location for looking up stock quotes, flight schedules, and weather forecasts or using email and text messaging. The 160-x-240-pixel, 65,000-color touch screen enhances the web capabilities. The phone also offers speedy information retrieval with its web clipping service. This wireless phone’s 16 MB of memory provides plenty of room for downloaded information.

    The included desktop holder offers easy battery charging and synchronizing with your desktop or laptop.
    Powered by Palm OS 4.1, the PDA lets you run standard applications such as an Address Book, Date Book, and Expense Report. The i500 has Graffiti writing software and a special writing area for entering letters as well as several other text input methods. This organizer even hooks up to a compact, portable keyboard for almost PC-like data entry convenience. The i500 synchs up information with other IR devices or PCs and also comes with a cradle for PCs that don’t have an IR port.

    Top phone features on the i500 include voice memo, voice-activated and four-digit calling, polyphonic ring tones, and vibrate mode.This smartphone is rated for up to 2.8 hours of talk time and 210 hours of standby time on a slim battery; 4.2 hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby time on a regular battery; and 5.4 hours of talk time and 350 hours of standby time when using an extended battery.

    SEE A DETAILED VIEW OF THE i500'S FEATURES

    The i500's features summarized:

    • Get two productivity tools in one compact wireless phone, and no compromise in functionality for convenience and style.
    • See the Web at high speed and in living color on the i500's vibrant touch-screen display.
    • Get quick access to flight schedules, directions, e-mail, stock quotes, weather, scores, entertainment listings and more.
    • Get plenty of room for storage with 16MB memory.
    • Palm OS 4.1 gives you the functionality you need to be more organized and productive.
    • Get quicker access to Palm OS applications using hotkeys.
    • Get Web information faster with Web-clipping capabilities.
    • Extend your phone's capabilities using powerful third-party Palm OS applications.
    • Multi-task with ease by using phone and Palm applications simultaneously.
    • Make easier and faster calls with voice-activated and four-digit dialing.
    • Take calls discreetly by switching to vibrate mode.
    • Collect your thoughts using the voice memo feature.
    • Use polyphonic and standard ring tones to create distinctive ringers.
    ... Read more

    Features

    • This tri-mode CDMA phone from Samsung is one of Sprint PCS's flagship 3G phones
    • Large color display supports 4,096 colors (128x160 pixels)
    • Comes with personal calendar, date book, address book, to-do, and HotSync
    • Supports wireless Internet (WAP 2.0) and text messaging
    • Stylish phone features a graphical menu and polyphonic ringtones

    Reviews (51)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Cool toy
    Okay, I'll admit, there are some significant shortcomings for this phone, ie, no 3rd party text messaging, 3rd party email, etc.
    These things cost $30 to $50 to purchase.I got the SnapperMail download, they have a 30 day free trial.But be aware that once you decide to purchase it, you must purchase the Premiere edition or higher for it to work. Overall though, really cool phone. The PDA portion of it is very nice.

    1-0 out of 5 stars PDA but no Communications
    Slow Inet Acess. Can read emails, but no way to respond. Simply a contact DBase. Inet is slow. Buy a Treo. Sprint sucks w/ this technology. Tried so many times to make this work. If you have nothing to do, give another try......As always you might get moisture damage...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great phone, great "form factor", but ya gotta dial Sprint
    I wrote a review early on my site, and thought I'd share here.You can visit us at:http://www.badassreviews.com

    "
    When I put this site together, I thought that part of the goal for any aspiring bad ass was to find those must have things in life: love, liberty, and cool stuff. In the spirit of this pursuit, I present to you a pretty remarkable piece of technology that I have come to love (and detest) for variety of reasons.

    The single best quality of this phone is that it marries a phone with the full blow Palm OS 4.1 Palm's latest and greatest OS is up to 5 and soon around the corner probably 6. But Palm 4 still continues to be the dominant OS of the PDA market (I could be wrong on this, but I don't think Windows CE is quite there yet, and Blackberry is well.. that's another story). Essentially, this PDA allows you download and install from a collection of thousands of software titles. Check out Palm Gear). If you ever wonder if there is something you wish you could use to track, organize, reference, play with, learn from, at a bus stop on cold winter day, you can be assured someone's already thought of it and made it available at Palm Gear.

    "My Treo 600 also does that, what's the big deal?"

    What Treo users, and essentially all other PDA/Phone users can't do, is look good using their PDA's. "Form factor" is the term given to a device's design, and how much space it takes to be a functional piece of equipment. The Samsung i500 has the single best form factor of all other PhonePDA's. Most of the PhonePDA's on the market look like heavy soap bars, some of them like the Treo's have a tiny keyboards mashed in, with badly beveled buttons that require some getting use to.

    Samsung's i500 does away with all this and leaves a simple writing area that you use a Palm style (also snuggly available on the phone) to write into the system. This is not for heavy email users! If you need to send emails/messages back to the office on daily basis, you'll probably need some more functional than aesthetically pleasing.

    But this Phone/PDA rocks, looks good, and is an easy conversation piece at the bar. Never mind the fact that it has a stylus that doubles as a pen.

    Inside Scoop:

    This phone is offered by Sprint for and astounding rate of $500 new. You'll be able to find it on ebay for around $200-$300 depending on how used it is, what accessories come with it, and if it fell off a truck in Jersey or not. My recommendation is to pick one of them up from ebay. This phone is constructed very well, and I have dropped and it has survived couple times already without any protection.

    The Dark Side:

    Sprint. By far and away, Sprint continues to be a promoter of pioneering technologies, at the same time, crippling them of the basics. The single largest issue with this phone is that SMS messing service that Sprint has neglected in providing. In order to actually use the SMS system on this device, you need to purchase and install i500SMS v0.31. According to some users groups, you can call Sprint, complain and have them purchase the software for you (check out PDAPhoneHome)

    Still, anyone SMS messaging you, better enter their name or initials to the message, because unless they are on the Sprint network, you will not be able to know what phone sent you that message. This is just one of those things where the rest of the world seems to have a good grip on, and we in the U.S., the greatest country in the world, are still struggling to figure out how to deliver it. Technology does move like molasses sometimes.

    We still thing is the a pretty cool phone, despite it's short comings.
    "

    Thanks!
    B.A.R.
    http://www.badassreviews.com

    4-0 out of 5 stars firmware issue
    This is a great phone, and other reviewers have covered most of the topics, so I'll just mention one thing.The phones are still being sold with the old firmware.There is a major bug in the firmware, which will hang the sprint vision connection, requiring a manual disconnect from the data service or often a power recycle.This make the otherwise fabulous wirelss email sync (which pushes the email to your phone like blackberry) useless.

    Most sprint stores don't know how to do a firmware upgrade on this phone, or they don't have the cable.So don't count on being able to upgrade, most people can't.

    pdaphonehome.com has all the details.

    this review is as of 12/04.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great phone/Palm combo -- almost everything I wanted!
    I sorely needed a new phone to replace my trusty StarTac and my aging Palm V, but delayed doing so for a couple of years because I just didn't see anything out there that I thought would combine their functions effectively.I wanted a clamshell phone that wouldn't accidentally dial people from inside my bag.And the Treo phones and other stick-style smartphones just seemed too big.Although I'm fine with a thumb-board (I carry a RIM for work), I prefer Graffiti, so I wanted a phone that allowed me to input using Graffiti.I tried out my husband's Treo 300 and frankly missed the Graffiti functions.I also thought it was too clunky.I've found that the i500 is almost everything I wanted out of a Palm/phone combo.

    The pros:Sleek clamshell design -- compact and stylish, even with the hefty extended-use battery.It's solidly built -- no flimsy flips like the Treo 300.The screen is surprisingly big for such a small phone.The color and resolution is quite good -- the photos I keep on my phone look good.I like the Graffiti writing space -- it's small, but easy to get used to.The Palm functions are well integrated.It's easy to call people from your address book, and it's easy to save phone numbers (like from incoming calls) into new or existing entries.With the extended battery, I can go for a few days without having to charge up -- even the slim battery gets decent performance.The cradle offers one-button syncing, and can charge a spare battery at the same time as the phone -- a nice touch.Using hacks easily found online, you can put just about any photo on your screen as your wallpaper.You can also set unique rings for different people (no photo ID, though).

    The cons:No speakerphone!This is a really strange feature to leave out, since it makes it hard to use the Palm at the same time as the phone.You can always use a headset, but that's just another step you shouldn't have to take.I also think it would be nice to have a caller ID screen on the outside of the phone so you don't have to flip open the phone to see who's calling.And I miss the dual-function keys on the StarTac -- functions you can easily access just by pushing "FNC" and then one of the numeric keys.I used to be able to switch the phone to vibrate by hitting two keys -- now I need to ratchet down the ringer, which can take up to 10 button presses, depending on how loud you have your ringer volume cranked.I also used to be able to mute my phone easily using the FNC button -- I have no clue how to do it on the i500, but it's certainly not a one-button thing.The screen is sometimes hard to read outside in the sun.Minor quibble -- there's apparently no way to add to the polyphonic ringtones supplied with the phone.There are plenty of options, to be sure, but it would have been nice to be able to add to them to truly personalize the phone.

    On the high price -- I bought the phone used, which brought the price down significantly for me.Would I have paid the full retail price?Maybe, especially since I probably would have paid more to buy a new Palm and a new phone.At the deeply discounted price, however, I definitely got my money's worth. ... Read more


    14. PCS Phone Sanyo SCP-8100 (Sprint)
    by Sanyo
    list price: $229.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000AYKXG
    Catlog: Wireless
    Manufacturer: Sanyo
    Sales Rank: 1867
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Large color screen supports 65,000 colors (120x144 pixels)
    • Integrated digital camera with 352 x 288 pixel resolution
    • Phone supports voice-activated dialing and polyphonic ringtones
    • Supports wireless Internet and text messaging
    • Includes standard and extended batteries, AC charger, user documentation

    Reviews (56)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Poor quality !!
    I have had the Sanyo 8100 phone from Sprint for about 14 months. After my phone got to be about a year old, it's been slowly breaking despite much care on my part.I have not dropped the phone or done anything else to warrant all the damage.The hinge to flip open the phone has completely broken -first just one side broke and pretty soon the entire thing broke.Then just yesterday the display completely stopped working as well.According to Sprint, I am not eligible for a new phone for another 3-4 months so now I am going to be forced to spend about $200 just to get a new phone that will probably just break after a year. I'm completely dissatisfied.This is the first phone I've had that has been so cheaply made.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Phone W/Weak Battery
    This is my second 8100 (1st one died as I left it in the washer) but to this date, this is the best Sprint PCS phone that I have used.This was recommended to me by the salesman at the Sprint store over a year ago.Here is the quick list:
    Pros:
    1)Signal:Rarely do I ever experience any drop calls with this phone compared to my last 2 Samsungs.
    2)Display:Very clear and vibrant.
    3)Quality:As soon as you pick up the phone you feel the quality that it is made.It does not have the Cheap feel on some of the Nokia and Samsung phones.My first one was made in Japan and this one is from Malaysia.Sanyo just makes quality phones.

    Dislikes
    1)Battery Life:The standard battery is weak.It rarely lasted more than 2 days when it was brand new and now its about 1 day for me.And I have 2 batteries.I purchased an extended battery on Ebay for about $10 and it works great.
    2) Poor camera under low light:But what do you expect with a cell phone right?

    Overall, its a nice phone I only wish Sprint would carry more Sanyos and Motorolas and stop carrying the terrible Nokias and Samsungs.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I love this Phone, Just one small issue...
    Almost all that needs to be said has already. Let me just say that I love this phone. Of all the cells I've owned, this Sanyo has the best reception, and quality of any of them. Of those were 2 Nokia, and one Keyocera.The only issue I have with it, is in low light situations, (read...night-time...) the number keypad is very low lit, and extremely hard to see. This certianly doesn't take away from the greatness of the phone, just a small irritation during 8 hours of the 24 in a day.

    1-0 out of 5 stars This phone SUCKS!!!!!!!!
    I live 20 minutes outside of San Francisco, my boyfriend and several other of my friends have not been able to get a hold of me by my cell phone. I have had so many dropped calls and sprint over charges for going over your minutes. I recommend you do not buy this phone or sign-up with Sprint.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally a Phone I haven't had a problem with!
    I went through about 5 phones within a 4 month period always some kind of problem. Until I upgraded to the Sanyo 8100 which Im shocked to have now had it for longer than a year. I could have sworn it would just had lasted me about 6 months. So I rate this Sprint phone with 5 stars and I plan on staying with it till it dies or just stay in the Sanyo family. ... Read more


    15. PCS Vision Picture Phone Nokia PM-6225 (Sprint)
    by Nokia
    list price: $229.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00023DFSO
    Catlog: Wireless
    Manufacturer: Nokia
    Sales Rank: 3263
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Compatible with Sprint cell phone service, the Nokia PM-6225 features an integrated VGA (640 x 480) camera, MMS, half-duplex speakerphone, FM radio, Java-compatibility, voice dialing, and more, all displayed on a high quality backlit "full graphics" 128 x 128 pixel, 4,096 color screen.

    For calling, you'll enjoy a dedicated voice mail button and indicator, plus call timers, redial, missed call indicator, call log, any-key answer, speed dial, mute control, no-answer transfer, one-touch 911, differential ring, and a phone book capacity of 500 entries. Nokia also supports TTY/TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf) compatibility with phone adapter (adaptor not included).

    Get online, and in addition to access to stock quotes, weather, movie times, and more, you'll also enjoy SMS two-way mobile text messaging, downloadable ring tones, and four games included with the phone: Water Rapids, Bounce, TriplePop, and Beach Rally. Since the PM-6225 is also Java-compatible, you can download more Java-based games and applications from the Web to enhance your phone. A PIM is included along with a calculator to help you manage time and finances, and data can be transferred and synched with your PC using the built in infrared feature. There's also voice memo if you just need to take a quick note.

    The digital still camera has VGA resolution (640 x 480 pixels) and sports a 10-second self-timer for your convenience. The PM-6225 weighs 3.46 oz. and measures 4.21 x 1.81 x 0.83 inches. Its batteries are rated at 156 minutes talk time and up to 168 hours standby

    What's in the Box
    Nokia PM-6225 phone, lithium ion (LiIon) battery, travel charger, start here guide (with activation information, the Sprint terms and conditions of service and warranty information) ... Read more

    Features

    • Feature-packed phone with VGA camera, speakerphone, internal antenna and FM radio
    • VGA camera takes still images @ 640x480 resolution and featues a auto-focus lens
    • 128x128 pixel, 4,000 color display for crystal clear images
    • Integrated speakerphone and voice dialing make communication a breeze.
    • Includes phone, rapid travel charger and user documentation

    Reviews (15)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Okay little phone for the price
    I like my little Nokia PM. When I went to buy it I just wanted the cheapest phone that was a little better than my LG I was using. I had my land phone cut off because people only call on my cell phone. I was going to get the plain Nokia but this one was on sale for just 10.00 more. My college age kid has the Sanyo 8200 and I won't lie her camera is fantastic because it zooms and has a flash but for an extra 10.00 I always have a camera handy and most of my pics have come out pretty decent. They always look better once they are on my PC. I haven't used the radio on the phone. I didn't get it for that purpose but I have the headset. Sprint's been decent to me and I got this in the Sprint store so for the price it is a good deal. Cell phones are just so expensive now due to all of the gadgets. This is a good basic phone. Don't expect expensive phone reception or expensive phone camera options when you are paying the bare minimum for a cell phone. I give it an A.It serves my purpose. Has my phone book in it and I don't lose calls like I did on my old LG phone.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Cute But Useless
    I have had 2 of these phones within in a 2 month period and I just went to the sprint store so that they can order me another.The phone is cute but it doesn't hold a charge and even with good frequency it manages to still cut my calls.
    The speakerphone option SUCKS! you can't hear anything and it always sounds like theres a fuzzy echo in the back ground and it's also like that when I'm using the handset.They should have left it without a camera it would at least been 1 less thing for people who own this phone to complain about. Other phones have the option of zooming in, the kind of flash that the phone has and the sounds it makes when you take the picture, Well no none of that and on top of that the pictures are terrible in good lighting or not in good lighting, The color always looks weird.Also you can't assign ringers to everyone that is in your phone book it's one ringtone for everything and everyone.I love the phone cause it's cute but I can't stand the phone because it doesn't do none of the things that all my other phones use to do. It has a radio but there's a special kind of headset that you use and that's all good and well but it's pointless when you can't enjoy what you bought it for in the first place.Also the web option is extremely slow and when you log off the internet you have to shut your phone off and turn it back on so that you can make a phone call cause other wise you won't be able to until like a 5 minute or so wait, Why? I don't know. DON'T BUY THIS PHONE YOU WILL BE EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED, LOOKS ARE DECEIVING!!!!!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Nokia has made better ones in the past
    I having been using Nokia brand phones for close to 10 years now.I have tried Ericssons, Panasonics, Samsungs, etc... and I still prefer Nokias to all of them.For starters, the menu design is great for the technically inept or for older folks who just want the basics. My favorite Nokia models were the 6160, 6162, and 5160. Those models ran off of a TDMA platform with AT&T as the service provider and this one is CDMA.This particular model is pretty basic. I hate flip phones so this was one of a few options available to me.The display is pretty good - clear graphics and color.I'm not a big fan of the keypad layout - it dips in the middle and I prefer it flat.I do like the fact that it is backlighted though.Talktime and standby time are plentiful enough for the standard user.Hands free options for this model stink.I haven't found one that I like yet.In lieu of a decent headset I've been using the speakerphone option which works pretty good.I don't need the camera phone and could do without it but if you are into stuff like that then you should invest in a case for the phone otherwise in less than a year your viewfinder will get scratched up due to its terrible location. Additionally, I prefer the keylock function on older models. Used to be that you could just hold down the endkey and it would lock.This model requires you to press the menu * option.If you are looking for very basic gear on the inexpesive side this is the phone way to go.

    5-0 out of 5 stars one of the best phone in the market
    camera. speaker phone. stereo FM radio. two places you can plug in headsets. can store 400 phone numbers. email, internet. a lot more...

    Don't even listening to other viewers' words.Go do your own research.

    it gets great signals.I had a samsung, i will not waste my money on that brand.Made in Korea, do they make good stuff?Go figure.Nokia company is from enrope. If you go to asia and europe, the majority of the cell phones you will see on the street is Nokia.Only stupid "Bush controled" the country use damn samsung and LG etc.

    Take a look at those who gave bad reviews,they are from the midwest, southern states.Freaking farmers and corn eater.Just like those who voted for Bush.

    wake up "brainwashed bush controled" people. Get out side the box.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Hissssss & Camera is just name sake!
    Pros:

    Decent battery life
    You can set profiles and each profile having a diffrent setting forringer,screensaver etc
    You can group your contacts as VIP,Family etc and have the phone ring only when it is a call from family ..

    Cons:

    There is always a constant hiss on the speaker.( i am comparing this to my sanyo)
    Squeaky noise- looks like something is going to fall off.. whenever you press a button you hear the sqeak!
    Camera is absolutely useless!.. Minimal resolution
    Speakerphone is not loud.I would want to use a speakerphone when i drive, This is not loud enough for the road noise. I can hardlyhear anyone ( I live in NJ .. so you know that i would drive slow!) ... Read more


    16. PCS Phone Samsung A600 (Sprint)
    by Samsung
    list price: $349.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000AYZ65
    Catlog: Wireless
    Manufacturer: Samsung
    Sales Rank: 4152
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Phone features a rotating folder design where the upper half can be rotated, allowing the phone to be closed with the display facing out
    • Color display with 260,000 colors (128x160 pixels)
    • Integrated rotating digital camera with flash
    • Supports wireless Internet and text messaging
    • Store more with internal phone book that manages up to 250 entries

    Reviews (7)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great phone but i wouldn't pay the retail price
    The phone is great.The signal strength was always strong.The battery life was good and lasted pretty long being that I'm always on the phone with my wife.The camera works great, no grainy pictures.Screen is big and clear.Calls are clear.

    Now here comes the bad....
    Although the phone is great and I still love it, it began to go stupid on me as the months went by.Ringtones that were deleted mysteriously reaappearred and some assigned ones played different tones.You can't see who's calling you unless the screen is flipped open, but that lets the screen get scratched up.Ringtones are low because they play from the receiving speaker.Flash doesn't do anything.You will never use the phone with it's flash because the barrel pointed its way is useless.Voice dial is only a feature for the visual impaired because it takes about 2 minutes to make a call without it.Sometimes I would end up calling the wrong person, the numbers cross with different names...crazy.I love this phone and just would wish for samsung to make it better.It would've been great if they had included a speaker on the outside of the phone as well like verizon's version so you can talk with the phone flipped either way and have louder ringtones.

    1-0 out of 5 stars POOR PHONE.... POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!
    Okay... I have had this phone for over a year and these are my perrels with this good-features crappy-designed phone.

    -Atenna: Within about three months, there was an internal problem with the phone and my atenna broke off. I should have taken it in right there to get a new phone but I figured the hell with it,I get alright reception anyways.

    -Scratching: First 3 weeks I got the phone it scratched very easily from just normal usage of phone and after about 2 months the paint was was chipping at the sides.

    -Creaking: After about 5 months the rotating camera would creakin and catch on the track - same with the swivel screen.

    -Detaching Top Portion: At about 12 months the top swivel screen would get looser and looser just from using the phone and the special swivel feature.Screen went totally black... would not go back to normal. Called to get a new phone or ANYTHING AT ALL and got told there was nothing and I have to buy a new phone.

    It is a terrible design that breaks and falls apart within a year... and Sprint has terrible customer service. You pay $250 dollars for the thing for it to just break in a year by a faulty design. I would have purchased insurance on the phone but it was NEVER offered to me. Highly discourage this phone without insurance or extended warranty.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Flimsy, cumbersome, and just plain lousy
    This phone is crap, I'm sorry.I had the VGA 1000 which I was very satisfied with. I lost the phone and got the A600 as a replacement.

    The 1st thing that disappointed me was it has no external screen.If u want to know who's calling, u have to have a specific ringtone assigned or flip it open to see.

    The screen thingy swivels at a 180 degree angle but it wound up detaching itself to the point where the screen would not work. Another thing that pissed me off was that the charger wouldn't stick in.I had to prop the phone upright so that it could charge.How ghetto is that?!

    I replaced that phone and wanted to get a VGA1000 again but under the equiptment replacement program, i could only get what was in stock.How convenient.Another A600 was sent to me and the same thing happened again!I didn't even swivel it but it detached on its own.I started noticing how the screen would start to die on me.I would press a button and nothing would happen on the screen.Sometimes I would unintentionally call a person.The flip thingy was so loose, u could shake it and it would rattle.Sooo ghetto.

    Horrible battery life, takes forever to charge.Quite cumbersome due to the large internal screen but it should at least have an external screen to make up for it.Also, if u let the phone drop, even a small bang, the battery goes flying.The button to release the battery is too easy to push.

    Dont' get this phone.It is flimsy and will only give you headaches.Get a VGA100 which shares the same easy menu but has an external screen.

    5-0 out of 5 stars da bomb phone by Kevin Nolan (Babe Magnet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
    This phone is the best! Everybody should get it. Great camera and it turns 360 degrees so you can close it and still see the time. It also has a vibrating ring tone so you can get it when it vibrates.

    It is the bomb phone so get it If you read this im sure it helped so get the god dam phone [...]

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not Quite What It's Cracked Up To Be
    Yes, the camera function is nice.But not worth the
    price they're getting for this phone, considering the
    other drawbacks.

    One, as another customer said, the reception on
    this phone is terrible.The worst I've had on any
    cell phone I've ever had, bar none.

    The revolving face-plate makes the phone somewhat
    cumbersome and the faceplate scratches too easily
    in my opinion; especially when you actually USE your
    phone and carry it with you at all times.Despite my
    best efforts, my faceplate was scratched within
    about two weeks and no amount of polishing has
    helped.

    It's hard to hear from this phone, something about
    the design of the earpiece I feel like I've always
    got the phone somehow in the wrong position on
    my ear, but however I change it, I still can't
    hear from the phone well.

    Again as another customer stated, the phone takes
    forever to do things.Definitely an exercise in patience.

    An "okay" phone, but in my opinion not at all
    worth the amount of money I had to pay for it.
    I like Samsung products in general, but this one
    could surely use some improvement! ... Read more


    17. PCS Phone Hitachi G1000 (Sprint)
    by Sprint
    list price: $649.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000AYZIM
    Catlog: Wireless
    Manufacturer: Sprint
    Sales Rank: 2593
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • The first Pocket PC with a built-in mini keyboard
    • Color display with 65,536 colors (240x320 pixels)
    • Features large touchscreen for easy usability
    • Built-in swivel camera always you to take pictures
    • Operating system: Pocket PC Phone Edition (400 MHz Intel Xscale Processor / 32 MB RAM)

    Reviews (15)

    1-0 out of 5 stars So far...NOT so good...
    I've had this thing for 3 days so far, & spent most of today at the SPRINT PCS service center trying to get this monster working properly! I wish I would've read some of these reviews first! After going through 3 Handspring Treo 600's in 9 months,(No joke! 2 broken ear speakers & 1 bad OS) I thought that this would be a Godsend. After spending the better part of today at the service center, I was told that they would have to send me another phone! I immediately asked if it would be a reconditioned phone, & was told "YES"...but it will still have a SIX month warrantee. My 3 day old phone came with a ONE YEAR WARRANTEE! I said absolutely not!
    After much back & forth, I got them to agree to provide with a brand new unit of any manufacturer & price of MY choice when the new line of phones came out this fall. ...& yes, I got it in writting! Dealing with them, or ANY carrier for that matter is at very best difficult. If you can keep your cool, & keep "pressing in", you'll eventually come across someone who has the ability to say "YES", when all others have said no. Keep in mind that you don't need to take "NO" from anyone who can't tell you "YES". Good luck! (& wish me luck too! LOL!)

    4-0 out of 5 stars this phone is ok but sprint really sucks
    i love the hitachi g1000 but it still has problems like every other phone, it is really difficult to get new ringers because the plan that i am on doesnt support it and it lasts only a day but it still is a kickass phone i wouldnt get the trio and i would go with this phone i had to call sprint tech support a bunch of times first it was about the internet and then i called about the msn messenger thing and that was a pain in the ass they kept on sending me to retards that didnt know anything and the pethedic part about it is that is sprints best phone and when you talk on it you look really dumb

    1-0 out of 5 stars Glitz on the outside Piece of crap on the inside
    I just replaced my second one of these. This second one never worked correctly but I didnt have time to take it in. It wasnt refurbished either. First off the OS needs to be upgraded but Hitachi is to cheap to authorize it. Let me tell you also that sprint is the worst cell company I've ever dealt with. (...) I wish I had time to go over all the problems with this phone. The only good thing about this thing if your interested is that everyone thinks your a star with this thing screw that I want something that last more than 2 months. Not to mention the camera sucks also

    1-0 out of 5 stars DON'T BUY A PHONE FROM SPRINT
    As good as this PDA phone could be, it is not worth having to deal with the idiots at Sprint! After two weeks of trying to get Sprint to provide a working G1000, they have completely failed. And this is on the top-of-the-line phone they sell!

    The first issue was that the phone is not carried in the walk-in stores, nor are any accessories. But the clerks are happy to make a bunch of false claims about what the phone would do before telling you that. Next was getting the first phone which would reset itself every 1-15 minutes. Despite this obvious fault that prevented Sprint from provisioning the thing, it took multiple calls to replace it. Then the replacement, remember their most expensive phone, also showed up with a fault that prevents connection to the Internet!

    Fed up after hours on multiple calls to Tech Support with empty promises to "reprovision the phone over-night" I called Customer Service for a final time. Despite clearly stating I wanted a Senior Supervisor to handle return and cancellation of all my accounts, the run-around continued. After clearly stating what was needed and that under no circumstances to transfer me to Tech Services again, they transferred me right back to the idiots who had just said they couldn't figure out the problem!

    I'm left looking for the number for the local Federal Attorney's office to file a criminal fraud complaint. Then working through my credit card company to retract payment. Completely incompetent can only begin to describe Sprint!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this, or Sprint!
    This can't be serviced by anyone! No parts on this discontinued joke of a PC.No Batt life andno more are avail.It is a lousy phone. Difficult to access the mem card for use in any apps except backup.SprintPCS can't service it and they were the exclusive authorized source for it.If you know how to get batts for this less than $60 email me. allenbarker@hotmail.com ... Read more


    18. PCS Phone Samsung VGA1000 (Sprint)
    by Samsung
    list price: $259.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000C1HLG
    Catlog: Wireless
    Manufacturer: Samsung
    Sales Rank: 1559
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    With an integrated camera, voice dialing, and dual color displays, the Samsung VGA1000 makes a great mobile companion. Other features, like support for Sprint's wireless Web services, as well as built-in games and ringtones, round out a strong package that is sure to please.

    Design
    The VGA1000's handsome clamshell form factor houses an internal 128 x 160, 65,000-color display. There's also a supplementary color display on the front panel of the device that displays call information, battery life, time of day, signal strength and more. An extendable antenna is located on the top right side of the phone, and the camera and flash unit are placed on the rear of the device. Meanwhile, most of the phone's features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button above the handset's dial pad. A 2.5mm headset jack is also provided.

    Calling Features
    The phone's built-in address book allows you to assign up to 300 entries, each storing six numbers, with a total capacity for 300 numbers and 300 email and Web addresses. You can customize your caller ID by linking a photo to a specific phone number in your contact list. In addition to a vibrate mode, the phone allows you to choose from a number of polyphonic ringtones that make your received calls all the more exciting. The VGA1000's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911 (where available). Perhaps most importantly for users in rural areas, the VGA1000 is a tri-mode phone, meaning it can operate on Sprint's digital PCS network, as well as analog networks that serve many outlying areas.

    Another key calling feature of the VGA1000 is its enhanced voice recognition capabilities. The system allows you to speak numbers digit by digit or speak the name of anyone in your phonebook. Voice features are speaker-independent, so there's no need to train the phone to respond to any one person's voice.

    Messaging, Internet and Tools
    If you need basic messaging capabilities, the VGA1000 has you covered as support is built-in for sending and receiving SMS text messages (Sprint PCS text messaging charges apply). T9 text entry, a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built-into the unit-- a plus for text messaging users.

    The phone also supports PCS Vision email and instant messaging capabilities. Sprint PCS Vision transforms the wireless experience from something that's simply functional into something visual, entertaining and highly personalized. MSN Hotmail, Yahoo Mail and AOL Instant Messenger are all supported by Sprint's PCS Vision service. PCS Vision mobile Web services let you check out sports scores, get your seven-day forecast, check your flight status, and stay up to date with the latest news. Experience full-color graphic versions of popular Web sites.

    A number of handy software tools are bundled with the VGA1000 including a calendar, a calculator, an alarm clock and a to-do list. A voice recorder lets you record memos for later retrieval.

    Imaging and Entertainment
    With its robust set of camera functions, the VGA1000 shines in the imaging department. The VGA-quality (640x480) digital camera lets you take, view, store and send pictures wirelessly in full color. You can also control brightness levels, white balance and color tone to get the image and effects you want. Other features include a self-timer for group shots, built-in fun frames to decorate your images, a multi-shot function for action sequences, and a self-portrait mode for special moments. Capture pictures in high, medium or low resolution and digitally zoom in up to 4 times. As mentioned, there's also a flash for low-light situations.

    The VGA1000 lets you choose from a variety of pre-set images to customize your main and external displays and make them unique to you. With PCS Vision service, you can download games like Tetris and Pac-Man, as well as additional ringers, screensavers and backgrounds. You can even turn your phone into a gaming device with an optional, attachable game pad that makes it fun and easy to navigate when playing complex, fast-paced games on your phone.

    Vital Statistics
    The Samsung VGA1000 weighs 4.48 ounces and measures 3.5 x 1.9 x 1 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 2.9 hours of digital talk time, and up to 168 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the AMPS 800/CDMA 800/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

    What's in the Box
    VGA1000 handset, AC battery charger, lithium-ion battery, user's manual. ... Read more

    Features

    • This tri-mode CDMA phone comes with a large color display that supports 65,000 colors
    • Comes with integrated camera with flash
    • Equipped with voice activated dailing
    • Supports wireless Internet (WAP 2.0) and text messaging
    • Phone book can carry up to 250 contacts

    Reviews (89)

    3-0 out of 5 stars OK phone.Probably better off with something else
    + Reception is fine - bar meter acts almost exactly the same as my Hitachi P300 when tested in various areas.I don't think that there is as much noticable difference in reception between today's phones as some people would make you think.(Quality between providers is a whole other story.)

    + Talk quality - my earpiece is too loud.There are about 6 volume levels.I always keep mine on 1 and it is still commonly too loud.I am thinking of sticking something on the earpiece to dampen the volume.To comfortably have a conversation, you want to be able to put the earpiece right up to your ear without getting blasted.Also, you don't want everyone in the room to hear your conversation.

    I have intermittent faint beeps in my earpiece while using the phone (also reported by many other users of this phone).

    + Picture quality - Usually not very good; finicky about lighting conditions and requires subject of photo to be perfectly still.Also, if you want to email photos or put them on your PC, you must pay $5/mo for Sprint's picture service -- you can not just pay per Kilobyte.Or, I read that you can get a third party software and connection cable (not so fun).But, this is true of all Sprint camera phones.

    + Battery life - fine; up to par.

    + Bugs - when you are in the menu or on the web, the phone randomly exits and goes back to the initial wallpaper/screensaver screen.This problem is also widely reported by other users.(Yes, I have the current software: WL15).Not much of a problem if you use the phone only for talking, but if you like to play with the Vision and whatnot, this would be annoying.

    + The phone has a nice quality feel.It is heavy and feels substantial - not plasticy or like a toy.The screen is beautiful (far more brilliant than my Hitachi P300 screen).The phone also looks nice and classy.However, it is bigger than many clamshells - it may be too big for some people.

    + I had to do it all over again, I would not get this phone. It is not that bad, but you can do better.I value talk quality and physical design most in a phone (not cameras, internet, bells, whistles etc).While not entirely fatal, the talk quality issues that this phone has (i.e. earpiece too loud and faint beeps) brings its score way down in my book.

    At this point, this phone is old.There are alot more Sprint phones to choose from that are probably a smarter choice.

    I might look into the Motorola v60v or LG vi125 down the road (A featureless clamshell with good talk quality).Word on the street is that the newer LGs for Sprint are way better than the older ones which had tons of problems.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not the best phone
    Had this phone for about 15 months; just long enough for the warranty to expire.Both my wife and I own this phone and we have the same problems with it.The phone has developed a habit of shutting off at just about anytime. I replaced the battery, but still have the problem on both phones.Lots of dropped calls, basically just not happy at all with it.Should have went with what my friend got, he is very happy with his sanyo phone, it gets better reception and no dropped calls.Dont buy a samsung.

    4-0 out of 5 stars great great phone
    have had the cell for about 1.5 years now and its great. though not as small as my older one, none the less the more important issue is that it works flawlessly. havent had any issue's with the phone. the cam on the phone as well is great, phone book is nice and big, keeps 20 of that last calls made saved better then my last one which only held 10 in place. all in all, the only bad thing is sprint service but thats not the phones problem.


    edit - one issue no sms, text messaging can get expensive but if you dont do text messagin then dont worry about it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars It's alright.
    Iv'e had this phone since its come out about 1.5 years. I replaced it once cause it just stopped charging, not cause of the battery was old, it just wouldnt wouldnt charge, now about 8 months of getting my replacement phone it's doing the same thing, I have to sit there and wiggle the charger just to get it charged, I want to go replace it again, but I have all my settings and downloads on it and I don't want to have to start over. It also doesn't have sms, you have to sign onto the web to text, which can be slow sometimes, and other times it totally doesn't even work. Other times my phone will just turn off by itself. The camera is alright, it's fun to have, but picture quality is bad, and the flash is useless cause it just washes the picture out completly. I like the size of it, not too big.

    5-0 out of 5 stars WHY??
    I THINK THAT THIS IS ONE OF SPRINT'S TOP OF THE LINE PHONES EVEN THOUGH IT IS NOT READY LINK!! I WAS LOOKING FOR ONE OF THESE AND WHEN I WENT TO SPRINT THEY TOLD ME THEY WERE DISCONTINUED!!I AM LOOKING FOR A PHONE LIKE THIS.IF ANYONE HAVE ONE AND WOULD LIKE TO SALE IT, PLEASE CONTACT ME.MY E-MAIL IS JOE14872002@HOTMAIL.COM OR JOE18872005@HOTMAIL.COM

    THANKS ... Read more


    19. PCS Phone Nokia 3588 (Sprint)
    by Nokia
    list price: $199.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000SX2UC
    Catlog: Wireless
    Manufacturer: Nokia
    Sales Rank: 2903
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Compatible with Sprint cell phone service, the sleek silver Nokia 3588 sports CDMA2000 1X technology for high-speed data transmission, a large, high-resolution color display, a built-in GPS (global positioning system), and much more.

    Using the new open standard CDMA2000 1X chipset solution, this phone can offer peak data transfer rates of 3-5 Mbps and a typical throughput rate of 1 Mbps in a 1.25 MHz frequency channel. It also lets users perform two high-value tasks at once, such asdownloading e-mail from a corporate server while talking on another line, so you can maximize your time even when you're not at your desk.

    As a phone, the 3588 provides voice dialing for up to 25 numbers, voice commands for up to 8 menu items, plus up to one minute's worth of memo recording. You can also choose from 45 enhanced musical MIDI ring tones, and download up to 10 more from the Web using the phone's internal wireless modem.

    As an organizer, the 3588 lets users enjoy a 500 contact phonebook, with multiple numbers and text entries per contact, and a full calendar that lets you save meeting, birthday, and other reminder information. You can also synchronize your phone book, calendar, and to-do list with your PC using Nokia 3588i PC Suite (which requires data cable DKU-5, sold separately). There's even an alarm clock with snooze, and a vibrating alert.

    For quick written communication, this phone provides text messaging and predictive text entry. It also includes a nifty GPS device that lets location-based emergency services find you. And, as on most new Nokia phones, it's TTY/TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf) compatible, providing hearing aid support with the LPS-4 loopset (not included). For the color-coordinated, Nokia also offers a variety of Xpress-on color covers (sold separately) so you can change both the front and back plate color of your phone.Three video games are included with this phone: Sky Diver, Racket, and Bowling.

    The Nokia 3588 measures 4.68 x 1.96 x .92 inches, and weighs 4.1 ounces. Its 1000 mAH Li-Ion Battery is rates at up to 3 hours digital talk time and up to 12 days digital standby time. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty. ... Read more

    Features

    • Color LCD 96 x 65 display with changeable fonts so you can change your preferred view
    • Customizable profiles let you set ringing options, tones, volume, vibrating alert, message alert tone, keypad tones, and warning tones for all calls or caller groups based on your preference
    • Assign up to 500 entries with multiple contact numbers
    • Receive numeric and text messages in areas that offer messaging services
    • Includes Alarm clock, Calendar, Voice recorder (1 minute), Calculator, and Stopwatch

    Reviews (26)

    4-0 out of 5 stars works great, but don't dropt it
    I've had this phone for over a year and I really like it. Having never been partial to flip phones, I can appreciate this Nokia's features. The color screen is very nice and all of the features are easy to use. The keylock is a simple two-button sequence though I do wish it had a timer for the keylock like my old phone. It has a lot of useful features, like a calculator, organizer, stopwatch and alarm, but the three games it has are too lame to play.

    The customizable features are nice, but lacking in variety. This isn't the ideal phone for a guy. You're few options are pretty girly. The ringtones also lack something to be desired, but there are a few decent ones.

    The battery life is pretty good, nothing special, but definitely not bad. It gets me through the average day without problems and sometimes lasts for several days.
    My parents, sisters, and husband all got fancy Samsung flip phones with cameras and all the toys, and I must say mine works better. The battery lasts MUCH longer and the recpetion is MUCH better.

    The downside to this cute phone is the case. It's made of very weak plastic that cracked in a few months. Also, if you're thinking about getting a different case for it, DON'T! Once you take it off, it will keep slipping off. It never attaches firmly again, and neither does the new case you bought. I've read this in other reviews too. Because of this, the last time I dropped it the back piece popped off and the battery flew out. Now my phone has issues. Drat.

    Overall, it's a great phone, if you're content with the simpler things in life. Who really uses the camera on thier phone anyway? I just reccommend buying a protective case for it and leaving it on and don't drop the delicate thing.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Slow, annoying, fragile, heavy, and bulky...
    1.) Slow - If you want to check your missed calls list, this phone feels compelled to inform you whether or not there are any new calls in the list...it does this for about 20 seconds.Of course, it will take you half a second to read the message...and you probably don't care about what it says.

    2.) Annoying - Ever had anyone scream in your ear?That's a sensation I get from this phone on a regular basis.It has the nice ability to attach a voice tag to a phone number...a useful feature...when it works.About 80% of the time, it recognizes the number I ask for, the other 20% it lets me know that it doesn't understand...by screeching (next to my head).Want to know what that feels like with your phone?Turn the ringer up to the highest setting, hold the phone next to your ear, call your phone.Not pleasant.

    Add to this the fact that when you're searching one of the numerous menus on the phone (menus that have at least 5 items in them), the menu system uses up a whole screen to display one line of text.It has three lines available to it...but it uses one.What's next?What did you just pass?Go back and look, can't find out another way!

    3.) Fragile - My phone is cracked.Why you ask?Because I took off the battery cover.Why did you take off the battery cover you ask?Because I wanted to write this review and that was the only way to find out the model number.

    4.) Heavy - Speaks for itself...the phone weighs way too much.

    5.) Bulky - Again, like heavy, speaks for itself.

    My recommendation: buy a better phone.This one will only make you cry at night.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Worth paying more for something else.
    I bought this phone about a year ago and have been using it ever since, on the Sprint PCS network, to replace an old TP2100.The first time I bought it, the phone was defective, so I had to get it replaced after a few days.I liked the phone okay at first, but I really wish I can go back in time and buy a better phone.

    Several issues:
    *mediocre reception.
    *rather bulky and unattractive.
    *cheap feel, cheaply made, cheap materials.
    *screen not easily visible in bright sunlight.
    *battery life marginal.

    I will go into a little detail about a few things.I get okay reception on this phone.It is NOT GOOD reception.The phone will work in areas where there is a good signal, but in areas with a marginal signal, such as my apartment, the phone will drop calls left and right, and fade in and out about 5 seconds of every minute (this is outside, so interference from the building is not the cause).In my residence, I use my husband's Sanyo, as it gets an excellent signal, and doesn't drop nearly as many calls.I have had Sprint check out the phone, and they say it is working correctly.I can only assume it is the poor quality of the phone that is to blame.

    The phone is quite big for what I would expect from a modern phone, with no camera.In a small purse, it takes up a lot of room.What is more important is that the phone is cheaply made, and has a cheap feel to it.It's made out of rather flimsy plastic.I dropped the phone once onto concrete from about 3 feet up, and the antenna head got a crack in it and a corner of the phone got serious scratches.Also, the screen can be difficult to read in bright sunlight, but it's quite bright otherwise.

    As far as battery life goes, it's not that great.I've gone to bed with the battery half full and have woken up to a dead phone.I believe the poor reception in my immediate area is to blame, as the phone searches for a signal and that takes battery time.Talk time is decent.

    Pros:
    *LOUD ringer
    *lots of features, but I rarely use them.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great free phone for Sprint customers.
    This is an excellent choice for Sprint to use when enrolling new customers for service.It is the free option for most new customers and it has been excellent after a year of ownership.I love how it lights up when someone is calling which helps to really find the phone quickly when you are in the dark.If you have the phone in a purse it really makes it easy to find due to this fact.The Nokia phone seems to be tougher to me than the Samsung phones at the Sprint store also.So my only issue with the phone is the fact that since it is not a flip phone the keypad must be locked before I drop the phone in my pants pocket.This can be annoying if you get used to owning a flip phone before moving to the Nokia.

    1-0 out of 5 stars AVOID THIS PHONE - NOT EVEN IF THEY GIVE IT AWAY
    I bought two of these phones to use with Sprint PCS.My wife's phone locked up (GPS failure) after only two months of use.After an hour of arguing at the store it was reluctantly replaced.My phone now has the same failure after only six months of use.I'm switching to another company's phone next week and will never use a Nokia product again. ... Read more


    20. PCS Vision Picture Phone Sanyo PM-8200 Red (Sprint)
    by Sanyo
    list price: $279.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00023DS7W
    Catlog: Wireless
    Manufacturer: Sanyo
    Sales Rank: 2181
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Compatible with Sprint cell phone service, the Sanyo PM-8200 includes a built-in VGA digital camera with an LED flash, push-to-talk capability, voice dialing, Internet capability, and much more, all displayed on a 1.8-inch, 65k color LCD screen.

    See a detailed view of
    the phone's features
    Calling Features
    Used simply as a phone, the PM-8200's features include vibrating alert, voice dialing, call screening, a dedicated speakerphone and voice mail button, push-to-talk, and a 300-entry phone book capacity with picture-ID capability. It also supports mobile-to-mobile (walkie-talkie) direct link for up to 6 simultaneous users. This phone supports TTY/TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf) devices.

    Messaging and Internet
    This phone provides SMS two-way messaging, conventional email, and predictive text assistance, plus picture sharing and voice-memo picture attachment. The PM-8200's Internet connectivity also lets you access online services such as stock quotes, road directions, airline information, entertainment, and more. You can download Java applications (version J2ME) to add additional capabilities to your phone, and high-speed data transfer and download round out the package. The PM-8200 is GPS capable.

    Organizer
    Multishot feature:
    Take up to 8 rapid shots in sequence
    The PIM organizer included with this phone provides programmable reminders for holidays, birthdays, or other significant dates, an event calendar, to-do list, call alarm, alarm clock, calculator, world clock and more.

    Fun and Games
    For fun, the PM-8200 sports a built-in VGA digital camera, outfitted with a flash, digital zoom, self-timer, multi-shot capability, plus fun frames, color tones, and a security camera lockout feature. The PM-8200 also features 32 chord ring tone capability, and the usual downloadable ring tones, screen savers, wallpaper, and games, in addition to the ones built in to the phone.

    Vital Statistics
    The Sanyo PM-8200 weighs 3.64 ounces and measures 3.34 x 1.85 x 1.02 inches. Its Lithium Ion batteries are rated at up to 3 hours talk time, and up to 12 days standby time.

    ... Read more

    Features

    • Feature-packed with VGA camera with flash, speakerphone, dual-color displays and voice dialing
    • Built-In digital camera features 640x480 resolution, flash, auto-focus lens and zoom capaility
    • Vivid dual displays each displaying in 65,000 colors
    • Built-in speakerphone and voice dialing make communication a breeze
    • Includes phone, rapid travel charger and user documentation

    Reviews (18)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sounds Great, Looks Great, Easy to Use
    Even a technologically unsavvy person like myself finds it easy to use the dozens of features on this phone.The speaker phone is very convenient; every person who calls can be assigned their own unique musical ringer; and little things like the calculator and the alarm clock can really come in handy.Sprint PCS has by far the clearest reception of any cell phone network.I have never had a problem hearing people even when I have called from the remotest of places in out-of-the-way corners of the country.My wife and I bought the red and green models six months ago, and we have not had a single complaint about the phones or the service.I was a little skeptical at first about spending so much money on a phone, but the clear reception and numerous easy-to-use features make this product well worth it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Impressed!
    I am impressed. I yet have tacked down every usable feature.
    I know that the hinges are not SO STRONG.But the overall con-
    cept a cell phone with a camera and a speaker. Plus able to
    get information on the world wide web. I can attest to that.
    That getting info.. on the internet can be achieved using
    the sanyo 8200.

    5-0 out of 5 stars MY FAMILY LOVES THIS PHONE-ALL 3 COLORS!
    I switched my two Sanyo 8100 model cell phones AFTER TWO YEARS WITH NO PROBLEMS for the newer up-graded 8200 and although we loved the 8100's, the 8200's are even better with a speaker phone, more better, faster everything it seems and the all new colors!From what I have seen in just a few days of use, the 8200 stands up to all the claims made by Sprint and Sanyo.
    GREAT PHONE!

    4-0 out of 5 stars COOL PHONE,GAY COLOR
    I bought this phone 5 months ago. It has alot
    of great features, and I like everything about
    it, exept the color. It's more of a pinkish red,
    than a cherry red. So if you're a guy like me, do
    yourself a favor, buy a different color!

    5-0 out of 5 stars red sanyo 8200
    this is a sexy stylish phone to have in your pocket the digital camera is nice and able to access the web comes in handy ... Read more


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