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    i530

    We have heard a lot about the i550, but not much about the i530. Because I don't have good Sprint coverage here but do have GSM, I am more interested in the i530. Anyone have any news?

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    Trey,
    I'm with you on wanting some more info on this model also. I currently have sprint, but really want to switch carriers. I have been tempted to get the T600, but the form-factor along w/ the spotty quality control is keeping me from taking the jump. I know that there are many who haven't had problems, but the ones that have seem to have a bunch and it takes a long time to get replacements. I would get killed if I had to wait for any significant time for a replacement phone. While Samsung occasionally has some quality issues, it seems to be much less than HS/P1.

    Just from the posts that Rave has made, it seems like he is on a CDMA work group (which is just fine) I'm just wanting to switch to Cingular, as their program meets my needs better and their coverage is better than Sprint's in my area.

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    beware of cingular! terrible csr's, terrible service, terrible data plans!
    My Palm phone evolution:
    i330>i500>i550>755p>Centro.

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    330,
    Thanks for the input, but I have had less than adequate service dealing w/ Sprint. The city I work for has a contract w/ cingular and we are able to deal w/ their upper-tier sales/service people. Also, sprint's coverage here is spotty, while my girlfriend recently switched from sprint to cingular and has benefited from vastly improved coverage. Also, my monthly useage swings dramatically, thus the carry-over minutes would save me money. I am not a heavy web user, but I don't think I could go back to carrying 2 devices again.

    But again, thanks for the input. It is the opinions of the "real-world" users that I value much more than advertisements and reviews.

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    if your monthly usage varies, just wait until sunday for sprints fair and flexible plan...
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    I330
    just wait until sunday for sprints fair and flexible plan...
    Got any info on this? I'm curious

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    Originally posted by scooby
    I330
    Got any info on this? I'm curious
    its a little complicated, but basically the base plan is $35, and that is for unl n&w, plus 300 anytime, after that incerments of 25 minutes are 2.50 until 650 minutes, after that they are 2.50 for increments of 50 minutes until 1250 minutes, and after that they are .7/minute.

    for example, 1: if your "regular wireless plan" is 600 minutes for $50, and you used 800 minutes, you get charged $50+$80 in overage(.40/minute), for a total of $130
    but this way it will be $35+14 buckets of 25 minutes($35)+3 buckets of 50 minutes($7.50)for a total of $77.50

    or 2:your "regular wireless plan" is 600 minutes for $50, if that month you only use 300 minutes, you still pay $50,
    but this way it would be only $35

    hope i was clear enough!
    Last edited by i330; 04-30-2004 at 03:12 PM.
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    Good to know that I'm not alone in my search for news on the GSM i530.

    Unfortunately its very quiet on this front. My feeling is that the i530 will be generally similar to the i550. Maybe not so much in looks, but its still a clamshell design with a camera, high-res screen, SDIO slot, at least 32MB memory, 5-way button etc..

    I wonder if it'll have voice-recording function and MP3/MPEG capability. They'd be a nice bonus, but not at all necessary for me.

    The best info I have on availability is the Greek Olympic games. That's not too long to wait!!

    I live in Dubai, and if I have to, I'll fly over to Greece to get myself one of those babies.

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    Update:

    I just placed a pre-order for the i530 at www.expansys.com
    These guys are reliable and hopefully if the phone comes out in summer I'll be in the waiting list, not at the bottom of it. They sell unlocked phones and the pre-order doesn't commit you to a sale.

    They list the specs of the i530 as follows:

    The SGH-i500 is SAMSUNG ’s very first phone using the Palm OS 5.2. The GPRS tri-band phone features a PDA, MMS, WAP 2.0 browser and built-in 300,000 pixel CMOS camera making full use of the 65,000 colour, TFT-LCD screen. Measuring 87 x 54 x 26.9 mm the phone weighs just 150g. It also has a media pack supporting video, audio and still images.

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    Band: GPRS Tri-band 900/1800/1900MHz
    Dimensions: 87 x 54 x 26.9 (mm), 150 (g)
    Platform: Palm OS 5.2
    Display: 162 x 176 pixels (324 x 352 support), TFT 65k Colour
    Camera: CMOS: 300K pixels
    Battery: 1100/1700 mAh
    Memory: 32MB DRAM
    Orgarnic LED Sub LCD display (256 colour)
    MMS Client/ WAP 2.0 browser
    1.0 Mega Pixel Integrated Camera
    J2ME (MIDP 2.0)

    I've ordered it from the UK website, but they have a US presence as well.

    http://www.expansys-usa.com/product.asp?code=112071

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