Verizon Wireless took a step back from its smartphone fiesta and added the Samsung Gusto to its lineup of feature phones. The Samsung Gusto is your standard flip phone with a two-inch inner display, mobile web browser, and Bluetooth support. Other features on this entry level handset include:
- 2-inch QVGA inner display and a 1-inch outer display
- VGA Camera with Night Shot, Dedicated Camera Key
- 1xRTT connectivity
- Mobile Web, Mobile Email, Mobile IM, & Chat Capable
- VZ Navigator, Media Center,V CAST Media Manager, Backup Assistant, and City ID capable
- Bluetooth (headset, hands-free, serial port, object push for vCard and vCalendar and phonebook access)
- Voice Commands: Voice Dial, Send TXT Msg, Go To, Check , Contacts, Redial, Driving Mode On, My Verizon, Help
- Embedded Ringtones, Vibrating Alerts & Silent
- 2.5mm Headset Jack
The Samsung Gusto lacks 3G/EV-DO connectivity and is categorized by Verizon as a feature phone, not a 3G Multimedia phone. This is a big distinction for cost-conscious customers as all 3G Multimedia phones now require a data plan of $9.99 or greater. Though the Samsung Gusto can be used on a data plan at its blazing 1xRTT speed, the data plan is optional and not an inescapable requirement.
The Samsung Gusto launches online starting today and is available for free after an online discount and a two-year customer agreement. The feature phone will make its debut in Verizon Wireless retail stores in the upcoming weeks and will be available for $19.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two-year customer agreement. If you abhor contracts and prefer to purchase the handset at its full retail price, the Gusto will set you back a respectable $199. Any takers?
[Via Verizon Wireless]