Samsung i600 Windows-Powered Smart Phone Debuts on Verizon

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Verizon Wireless has just announced the exclusive availability of the Samsung SCH-i600 smart phone. The i600 is the first Microsoft Windows-powered smart phone from Samsung and only the second handset running this operating system to be released in the U.S.

The i600 runs Smartphone 2002, not Windows Mobile 2003 and has 32 MB of RAM. All handsets running this OS have a 220 by 176 pixel screen and a joystick for user input, not a touch screen. The i600 has a 16-bit color screen, capable of displaying 65,000 colors. It also has an SD slot that supports SDIO.

It is a clamshell device with its screen on one side and a joystick and keypad on the other. It is 3.5 by 2.1 by .9 inches when closed and weighs just 5 ounces. It has a small external screen that can display Caller ID information.

It uses a removable 900 mAh battery but a bulkier 1700 mAh one is also available separately.

The i600 runs on Verizon’s CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) cellular network. As a smart phone, it functions as both a mobile phone and a handheld. It can access email and the Web, make phone calls, play games, and run other types of applications.

Through the end of this year, the i600 will retail for $400 after a $100 instant rebate, with a two-year agreement on a calling plan of $40 per month. It is expected to go on sale later today.

And Software, Too

In conjunction with today’s hardware release, Verizon Wireless also announced the launch of a new application download store, powered by Handango. This allows users of any Verizon smart phone, including the Samsung i600 and i700, Kyocera 6035 and 7135, and Audiovox Thera, to purchase, download, and install a wide variety of productivity, reference, and entertainment applications as well as ringtones and themes. This software sore can be found on the Handango web site.

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