Verizon Wireless launches Samsung i600 as expected

Nov 10 2003 - 03:35 PM ET | Samsung, Verizon Wireless
Openi600Low4Web.jpgVerizon Wireless has launched the new Samsung SCH-i600 Smartphone, making it the first CDMA Microsoft powered smartphone. The move was widely rumored and is a big step for Verizon Wireless, especially with number portability looming in a few weeks. Feature wise, the phone is very similar to the Motorola MPx200, due to the fact that they both run the operating system. Both phones come with mobile versions of Microsoft's most popular applications (Word, Internet Explorer and Outlook for instance), which make them popular for professionals looking to integrate in with corporate systems. You can buy the Samsung i600 for $399 US after a $100 rebate. It's available at any Verizon Wireless retail location nationwide, or by calling 1-800-2JOIN-IN. It does not appear to be available online at this time. Verizon Wireless also announced the creation of a new store to sell software for the Samsung i600 and its other smartphones. It's powered by Handango, and looks to have a fairly wide selection.