Telecom NZ Launches Samsung A920

By tonyhughes Hughes, in , posted: 7-Apr-2006 09:50

Launched today on Telecom New Zealands CDMA network, and packed with bluetooth, a 1.3MP digital camera, an MP3 player with front controls and a micro-sd memory card slot, the Samsung A920 flip phone makes Telecom look like they are getting serious about offering decent handsets at decent prices.

I expected a $700 launch price, but at just $599NZD with no contract, this is likely to single handedly render a couple of the existing models in Telecoms lineup obsolete (the 7500 and the 6255), unless those other models have a specific feature that the buyer requires (Like Nokias market-leading but not-quite-perfect PCSuite, to sync with Outlook).

The phone supports MP3, AAC and AAC+ although at the time of writing, the Telecom website has a few typos, and refers to the "ACC" and "ACC+" file formats.

All the usual mid range clamshell camera phone features are present, and the device supports bluetooth printing as well as speaker independant voice recognition (Sanyo users will be familiar with this).

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Comment by juha, on 7-Apr-2006 11:57

Bluetooth! Nice. Looks like the email client still locked to Xtra though.

Comment by bradstewart, on 7-Apr-2006 12:56

You forgot to add it has bluetooth. The only Telecom phone other than the nokias. Thats a BIG plus

Author's note by tonyhughes, on 7-Apr-2006 13:16

Hey brad, what part of "and packed with bluetooth," on the first line did you miss :-P hehe

Comment by paradoxsm, on 8-Apr-2006 13:42

Shame it's still lightsurf enabled (no ringtone forwarding, images resized to a tiny res when sent)

Comment by bradstewart, on 9-Apr-2006 19:35

OK thats my bad....going blind in my old age. I spent ages reading and rereading trying to find mention of bluetooth. Hmmmmm

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