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Samsung U380 dummy units arriving in stores, Verizon launch imminent

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Samsung U380 dummy units arriving in stores, Verizon launch imminent
Back in December of last year, the Samsung SCH-U380 was spotted at the FCC's database – a feature phone packing a slide-out, four-row QWERTY keyboard. And examining the FCC filing further revealed that the said handset is tailored for Verizon and its 3G network.

Today, thanks to a loyal tipster of ours, we know that the release of the Samsung U380 on Verizon is pretty much imminent. Dummy U380 units, or whatever its retail name turns out to be, have started arriving in stores hinting that the device might be available for purchase before we know it.

Samsung U380 dummy units arriving in stores, Verizon launch imminent
Most of the device's specs are not known yet, but our tipster states that the Samsung U380 has a display of 3.2 to 3.5 inches in diagonal. It is also equipped with a camera of some sort, a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack, and a microSD card slot, as it became evident from its FCC filing. Further details, such as pricing and exact release date, are anyone's guess right now. However, considering that the handset is nothing but a feature phone, we wouldn't expect it to be priced too high.

Thanks goes to our tipster!


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posted on 26 Jan 2012, 02:59 3

1. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5540; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


about time an actual interesting feature phone comes out on Verizon. the last real nice ones were the Rogue, enV Touch and the Chocolate Touch.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 03:31

4. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


It's pretty much the U370. I will say, though, that Verizon probably has the best feature phone offering. Samsung Flights are infuriating, and whatever's on Sprint doesn't seem much better.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 03:02

2. bbblader (Posts: 575; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


hmm and verizon refuse any windows phones without lte but take lte-less dumb phones?

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 03:19 3

3. cthunder (Posts: 104; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


Hmmm, It's not a dumb phone. It's design for those who want to upgrade to an inexpensive feature phone that is close to a smartphone as you can get. Remember not everyone has a need or wants a smartphone.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 03:53 4

5. belovedson (Posts: 830; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


i think for most really dont need a smartphone. a feature phone suffices for most. but we are *ahem americans, we buy the best.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 13:29

6. bayhuy (Posts: 285; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Oh, it's even better than SGS III !!!

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 20:12

7. jaredhamline (Posts: 4; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


I work at a Verizon store and if I'm not mistaken, I believe it'll be called the Samsung Brightside. Just another useless "smart" phone they're churning out.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 07:34

8. olpete5 (Posts: 11; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


I guess I m interested in this "dumb" phone, because to me I DONT need a $30 data charge a month per line for services I'm not interested in. I also have 4 phones due for upgrade, and if required to get data phones, my phone bill would be almost doubled.
Bring it on, it appears to be nicer than what is offered now.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 08:16

9. momdog (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Does anyone know the date that this phone is coming out? I thought it was today, but it did not release.
Thanks in advance.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 11:34 1

10. fistigons (Posts: 262; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


Found this about the brightsides accesories. Shows its case which matches with the camera.
http://www.xentriswireless.com/Corp/Assets/Documents/WhatsNew/SamsungBrightsideNPA_XE_OEM2.pdf

Also Verizons website has the Brightside on it. But when you click on the name it takes you to this case.

http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/accessory?action=selectPhone&phoneId=5846&archetypeId=12975&accessoryId=49940

Should be any day now.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 21:51

11. jetslife (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


Is this phone for sure not going to need a data plan of any sorts? By the looks of it when it's on, it looks something like a windows phone. I'm really excited and I know it won't dissapoint since the U370 sure didn't.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 10:05

12. olpete5 (Posts: 11; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


Well the rumor of Feb 10th obviously wasn't correct, anyone heard any more about another possible release date ??

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 20:39 1

13. jbeach41 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


I was at Costco (in Northern California) last week and the salespersoon showed me the dummy version of this phone which he thought it was the Illusion. Of course, after a quick search, I found out it wasn't. After some research and a couple more phone calls to the salesperson, he told me that he didn't know what it was... Now, since reading this post- the mystery is solved!! So the dummy is out, but not being displayed yet. Sounds like the launch is close.

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 09:58 1

14. guitarman94 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


On some websites for accessories for the Samsung U380, or the Brightside as someone mentioned, they allow you to pre-order accessories that will be available to ship on Feb. 23. So my guess is that it will release then. I don't know if that's true, but since it didn't release on the 10th and there aren't any other rumors about the date, and this is the only date I have seen associated with the phone I'm guessing around the 23. Obviously I could be very wrong, but it's just my two cents. We'll see when the time comes. I'm really looking forward to this phone since I need a new phone but can't afford a smartphone. One of the websites I saw the date, Feb. 23, was on Body Glove Mobile. Just search Brightside on their website and it should come up.

posted on 19 Feb 2012, 20:09 2

15. jetslife (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


I'm not sure how accurate this website is, but it gives some information on the phone.http://www.reliance.us/Products.aspx
If you scroll down the brightside is listed as new and if you click on it, it gives a bit of info. According to the site, it will be featuring a 3.2 megapixel camera, but no recording.

posted on 22 Feb 2012, 18:00

16. KingQwerty (Posts: 11; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


http://www.vzbuzz.com/2012/02/samsung-brightside-set-to-launch-in-early-march/

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 14:51

17. olpete5 (Posts: 11; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


99 bucks after rebate, you gotta be kidding me.....

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 14:23

18. KingQwerty (Posts: 11; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


Shameful..I see this price coming down in quick order though.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 10:37

19. olpete5 (Posts: 11; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


Yup King I m gonna be patient....

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