Samsung U380 dummy units arriving in stores, Verizon launch imminent
posted by Nick T. / Jan 26, 2012, 2:54 AM
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.
Thanks goes to our tipster!
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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 Jan 26, 2012, 2:59 AM 3
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hmm and verizon refuse any windows phones without lte but take lte-less dumb phones?
posted on Jan 26, 2012, 3:02 AM 0
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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 Jan 26, 2012, 3:19 AM 3
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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 Feb 06, 2012, 7:34 AM 0
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Found this about the brightsides accesories. Shows its case which matches with the camera.http://www.xentriswireless.com
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 w/SamsungBrightsideNPA_XE_OEM2 .pdf /b2c/store/accessory?action=se
Should be any day now. lectPhone&phoneId=5846&archety peId=12975&accessoryId=49940
posted on Feb 11, 2012, 11:34 AM 1
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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 Feb 11, 2012, 9:51 PM 0
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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 Feb 17, 2012, 8:39 PM 1
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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 Feb 18, 2012, 9:58 AM 1
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I'm not sure how accurate this website is, but it gives some information on the phone.http://www.reliance.us/Product
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 Feb 19, 2012, 8:09 PM 2
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