First Looks: Samsung Blackjack II i617 Reviews

First Looks: Samsung Blackjack II i617 Reviews

Yes, it’s finally here.  I just saw the Samsung Blackjack II (Samsung i617) on the AT&T Wireless network in person at the store.   Although I just ordered a brand new Samsung Blackjack i607 from the recent limited recall that should arrive within 5 business days for free, I’ve been eyeing the new kid on the block to see if it’s worth the upgrade.   By the way, the $0.00 price tag on the Samsung Blackjack II at http://www.adviceonwireless.com/ makes any potential purchase decision much easier. . . It’s incredible how fast the price comes down once a product is launched these days.  Originally it was $150.00 in the store, then $99 after rebate.  Now authorized dealers are giving away the phones these days — even for premium high-demand handsets like the i617.   The phone comes in 2 different colors now, burgundy and piano black – both with a shiny hi-gloss finish which is sleek.   With Windows Mobile 6 and integrated GPS built into the phone, it is very tempting to get one.  And what I’m reading about the phone only supports the argument to get one. Here’s some of the first reviews out for the Samsung Blackjack II: C|Net video clip first look at the Blackjack II phone at CTIA Gizmodo like the Blackjack II ZDnet says it’s a “worthy successor and good-value smartphone” Brighthand.com liked it too Laptop Magazine concurs that it’s the a great deal for a loaded smartphone MobileBurn calls it the “best non-touchscreen QWERTY smartphone on the market”...
How To Get A Free Replacement Samsung Blackjack i607 From AT&T Wireless

How To Get A Free Replacement Samsung Blackjack i607 From AT&T Wireless

If you’ve had your Samsung Blackjack for a couple of months, no doubt that you’ve been eyeing the new Samsung Blackjack II that just came out. My Blackjack wasn’t damaged or broken, but I was frustrated with the AT&T network for dropping calls here and there. Of course, I just blamed the cellular network and reception, but my wife’s AT&T Blackberry never drops calls and she would be on the phone in the car at the same time as when I would have questionable reception during a call. I recently found out that there was a “recall” of sorts from Samsung for Blackjack i607 handsets manufactured between NOVEMBER 2006 and FEBRUARY 2007. As long as your current handset is under the 18 month warranty, AT&T will initiate a “warranty exchange” to give you a shiny new Blackjack handset. You won’t even have to suffer without your phone at all for a day. They mail you a new phone, you swap it out with your old phone and mail your old phone back — all free. Here’s exactly how to get a brand new phone and what to expect in the package that arrives. I just received my shiny new Blackjack — which by the way is of the new “AT&T” branded flavor vs. my older “Cingular” branded phone. Even the start-up screen has been updated: HOW TO ARRANGE FOR A NEW BLACKJACK HANDSET TO BE SHIPPED TO YOU: Call 1-800-331-0500 Have your Blackjack with the battery removed available Ensure that the numbers by the “MADE IN KOREA” on the sticker are between Nov 2006 and Feb 2007. There are...
Details of Official Samsung Blackjack i607 Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade

Details of Official Samsung Blackjack i607 Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade

Time to stop holding your breath.   It’s finally here! Samsung Blackjack users now can officially upgrade to Windows Mobile 6 on their Samsung i607 handsets!   If you have no clue why you should be upgrading if at all, check out this handy comparison chart of Windows Mobile 5 vs. Windows Mobile 6.   Here’s the “official” highlights of WM6:   On February 12, 2007, Microsoft announced Windows Mobile 6, a major upgrade of Microsoft’s mobile operating system that provides significant improvements for both consumers and business customers. The following improvements are available with Windows Mobile 6: Improved messaging and collaboration, including ability to read HTML email, calendar ribbon, keyboard shortcuts, integrated Windows Live experience and more. For example: Shortcut keys to mimic desktop experience Mobile Office for Word, Excel, PowerPoint OMA DM support The following improvements all require Exchange 2007: > Exchange search for email > HTML support in email > Fetch mail i.e. download an email without doing a full send/receive Improved GAL search WM6 has a few improvements and better integration with dialer, scheduling, etc. > View status of all attendees for a meeting > Meeting Request Improvements > Out of Office Assistant Reply and > Forward Meeting Appointments Increased integration with current infrastructure: For example, seamless connectivity to SharePoint server for access to intranet documents.  Windows Mobile 6 will take advantage of new features in Exchange Server 2007. Improved security and device management: Windows Mobile 6 allows information on a storage card to be encrypted and is to be wiped remotely, provides enhanced policies, Information Rights Management and more. More powerful development platform: The...