Verizon Wireless Escapade WP8990VW Review


Call quality and reception are two important areas that stand out when testing a mobile device.  Unfortunately, both are sub-par with the Verizon Wireless Escapade WP8990VW.  The call quality was below average, as it was sounding like people were talking into their hand, with their voice somewhat muted, even with the volume turned up.  The reception was also poor, as we would only get 1-2 signal bars in high coverage CDMA areas.  Even though the Samsung Renown also got below average reception, the call quality was much better than what we experienced with the Escapade, as voices sounded clear and natural.

Accessing any of the downloaded applications is easy and there is very little delay in opening them up.  The user interface is fast, regardless of which of the four themes and layout we chose.  Internal memory is limited to a total of 57MB, with 15MB used out of the box.  This is not very much, considering the lack of a microSD card slot.

The included 920 mAh battery is rated to provide the Escapade with up to 3.7 hours of talk time or 13 days of standby time on a full charge.  We were only able to achieve 3 hours of continues talk time, which is 1 hour less than we got with the Samsung Renown.


The Verizon Wireless Escapade WP8990VW is designed for the occasional international traveler that needs a basic phone without a bunch of added features.  Because of this, the price is much lower than that of the Samsung Renown U810.  But if you are planning to use this phone every day and not occasionally while traveling abroad, then the Renown is a better choice.  Not only because it has more features, but mainly because of the higher call quality.

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  • CDMA and GSM global roaming
  • Attractive color and design


  • Poor call quality and reception
  • No microSD memory card slot
  • Low quality internal display
  • Lacks EVDO for data

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1. vulgar

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 04, 2009

I got my hands on a escapade and there def. isn't a memory card slot, dont see where you saw that.

2. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

Thank you for your comment. We state 3 times in the review that the Escapade does not have a microSD memory card slot.

3. mikeaud44

Posts: 30; Member since: Dec 05, 2008

oh snap!

4. BurksSimone20 unregistered

If you want to buy a car, you would have to get the business loans. Furthermore, my sister always uses a short term loan, which is the most firm.
  • Display 2.0" 176 x 220 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Battery 920 mAh(3.76h talk time)

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