UPDATED: Official Samsung Rogue U960 Specifications, Release Date and Pricing
Based upon this, the Samsung Rogue will offer solid features and will be good competition to the LG enV Touch. Only time will tell as to which device will be the better of the two.
Thanks to a friend for the info!
*UPDATE* The September 8th release date and price has been confirmed by EngadgetMobile. Pricing will be $99.99 after $100 rebate with 2-year contract, $169.99 after $100 rebate with 1-year contract, and $419.99 full retail. There is also some on-line buzz over some wording that is used on the spec sheet "Data Package or Nationwide Premium or Connect Plan required for Enhanced Multimedia Phones." This means that if you don't activate the Rogue on a Connect or Premium plan (which includes unlimited data), that you'll have to buy a new type of data plan.
Samsung Rogue U960 Preliminary Specifications
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1. bng (Posts: 107; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)
this is f-n awesome that VZW is getting a AMOLED screen im so gonna get this for my birthday in October lol
3. Skippy (Posts: 7; Member since: 21 Aug 2009)
AMOLED is like a type of display. Just google it.
4. bng (Posts: 107; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)
its a type of screen i don't really now how to explain it all i now is that it save battery life and its one of the best screens for phones out the that i know lol
12. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
the screen is brighter, stands up great to sunlinght, colors are hot, and its lower power. better all the way around.
22. gomets15217 (Posts: 38; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)
except the shorter lifespan of the screen =/
23. 22ADin09 (Posts: 38; Member since: 24 Jul 2009)
active-matrix organic light-emitting diode = AMOLED :) if i remember correctly it doesnt use up as much battery as other screens, that was the big thing they were saying with the Samsung Impression..
25. hmcougar09 (Posts: 137; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
Thanks everyone, I know now! You guys were a lot of help! :]
5. 321 (Posts: 9; Member since: 17 Aug 2009)
someone on another website said that the rogue was going to have a document reader like the enV Touch. does anyone know if this is true?
7. brikz4real (Posts: 173; Member since: 24 Dec 2008)
The enV Touch will still be the best "dumbphone" in the lineup for two major reasons: Support for 1 million colors on the screen and support for online Flash videos. I do like what Samsung is doing here though. Hopefully, it will make people completely forget the nightmare-of-a-phone it's replacing: the Glyde. Plus, the AMOLED display will be a KILLER. I hope all phones eventually go to this technology as it displays colors better and is more responsive to the touch. But the real question is: How is the battery life going to improve? Since AMOLED displays conserve energy better than TFT displays, that shouldn't be a worry.
8. dense_rain (Posts: 6; Member since: 25 Jun 2009)
What's the difference between a data package vs a connect/premium plan? Thanks
13. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
neither, they are both unlimited internet. the only diff is the premium plan adds navigator
24. 22ADin09 (Posts: 38; Member since: 24 Jul 2009)
which is kinda a cool add on considering with the non premium plan vz nav is an extra 10 bucks...
9. xmguy (Posts: 38; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)
Does this mean people like me on the Nationwide Basic with Vpak won't be enough?
14. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
vcast is the unlimited internet for phones that dont have it as a plan, ur fine.
10. DonLouie (Posts: 594; Member since: 22 Dec 2008)
321, is on to something with necessary plan change becoming necessary to own a feature phone. I wouldn't have a problem with it if it was Web OS, Android or WinMo, they figured the Instinct made good and now has offspring too so Verizon could milk more money to increase the APRU
15. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
or it could be that the internet is active w/ or w/out a plan, and just like when smart phones used to have a pay as u go, u get A LOT of complaints from parents and idiots wondering why they are being charged per MB. it actually increases happiness and reduces complaints.
11. xmguy (Posts: 38; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)
Again, will this phone use the VPAK or the $29.99 data plan?
16. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
regular phones use Vcast. the data plan is only for smartphones like a BB or win-mo.
18. xmguy (Posts: 38; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)
OK, Thanks. The above info didn't make that clear.
19. LGVX1993 (Posts: 260; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)
Im in love with this phone. But not the plan requrement. Oh well.
20. xmguy (Posts: 38; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)
Called VZW. They CONFIRMED. The new phone WILL REQUIRE a calling plan change. In my case I have the 700 Min NW FS base $69.99. Price difference between that and the connect? $50. $50 MORE than current with NW Basic with Vpak and $10 unlimited IN TXT. I'M NOT getting this phone. I can SAVE if I get the Omnia (1) and get the $29.99 data plan in place of the Vpak. $ 15 difference. I just hope CURRENT phones sold NOW and after the change over will still beable to get the VPAK.
26. zcarman (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Aug 2009)
Ok, everyone is over thinking this bigtime... VZW has created a new device class: the “Enhanced Multimedia Phone”. To fall into this new category, a handset must have an HTML Web browser, EV-DO Rev. A, a QWERTY keypad and it must launch on or after September 8th; making the Samsung Rogue VZW’s first handset to meet the criteria. Any current handset that is available today will not be forced into a data plan, but it will still be recommended to get one. Vcast is killing VZW's margin right now since everyone and their mother has figured out that if you teather the device to your laptop, you can make a 'Vcast Data Call' and use DUN... The service that VZW charges $60 a month for is 'free' to sly Vcast users. By putting such a low limit on things (although the connect and premium plans are still unlimited) they are padding their margin on data services. Now you say you are on the base family plan... $69.99 for 2 lines plus $10.00 for unlimited in texting plus $15 for Vcast... That makes your bill $84.99 a month. If your texting is split across the 2 lines ($5 per line for the 250 out of net/unlimited in) then you are probably not texting too many out of network people. If you get notifications from somewhere like Facebook, Twitter, Myspace or other social site, 250 messages go way too quickly. Other premium services like MSN's sports scores, Weather updates and such also eat away at the 250 message base. For alot of people, that $120 jump to the connect plan makes alot of sense - especially if you have kids that text all their friends regardless of the network they are on... The $120 also includes the unlimited data on both lines - so that's a bonus (even my wife uses hers now!) So basically, right now you are paying $85 a monthand VZW wants you to 'upgrade' to $120... Not the $50 you were talking above, but still a chunky $35... But for that you never have to worry about texting out of network (on either line) or running over on data (on either line)... And if you really wanted to pinch pennies, just get your primary line on the 'connect plan' and leave the secondary as a $10 add on with no frills on it... They can do that for you easy... :) Hope that made sense since this just turned into a novel...
21. Pitt4l (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)
My only question is when is Verizon going to get more apps (Free Apps) for these phones-- T-Mobile and The IPhone have a ton-
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