LAS VEGAS, NV — Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung) today introduced its SCH-i830, the ultimate tool for the global business traveler, which will be available for Verizon Wireless' large account enterprise customers on January 10, 2006, and for consumers on January 24, 2006. As the latest smart phone collaboration between Verizon Wireless and Samsung, the i830 is much more than a wireless phone -- it's similar to a personal computer with a full QWERTY keyboard and access to email and documents, and also comes equipped with quad-band frequency that will work internationally where networks are supported.
The i830 is exclusive to Verizon Wireless and allows international travelers to keep one phone and one phone number almost anywhere they go, via its dual mode, CDMA/GSM functionality. The multifunction device fills the need for a single high-end wireless phone that can be used globally without sacrificing voice capabilities, while delivering ease-of-use and convenience through its design and its ability to handle data and messaging tasks.
The i830 is designed for business travelers who want to stay productive while on the road. Equipped with VZEmail including Wireless Sync as well as Windows MobileTM and Pocket PC applications, this wireless workhorse allows consumers to check and respond to email, develop, review and edit most document file types.
The full QWERTY keyboard, revealed by sliding the phone's screen, makes developing and maintaining critical documents a breeze. Additionally, Picsel Browser allows consumers to view full versions of PDFs, images and PowerPoint® files at any time.
"The i830 builds on Samsung's tradition of developing high-quality converged devices that allow busy consumers to remain connected and productive no matter where they travel. With a compact form factor, abundance of familiar Windows Mobile features and the power of Verizon Wireless's high- speed EV-DO network, the i830 is the ultimate productivity device on the market," said Peter Skarzynski, senior vice president, Samsung.
The device's Bluetooth® wireless technology, which supports certain profiles, as well as its built-in speakerphone, gives consumers the flexibility of hands-free communication. Additionally, the i830 features an SD I/O expansion slot for increasing the phone's memory, as well as stereo speakers for improved sound quality when viewing videos or listening to MP3 files via Windows Media® Player v10.
The i830 will be available to enterprise customers through Verizon Wireless business sales on January 10 and will be available for order in the 1,900 Verizon Wireless stores across the country for $599.99 with a two-year customer agreement on January 24. For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 49.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE: VOD; LSE). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, L.P., a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, see STA's website at www.samsungwireless.com.
About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2004 parent company sales of US$55.2 billion and net income of US$10.3 billion. Employing approximately 113,000 people in over 90 offices in 48 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing brands, Samsung Electronics is the world's largest producer of color monitors, color TVs, memory chips and TFT-LCDs. For more information,please visit www.samsung.com.