SCH-a990, 3.2mp Camera Phone

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Thursday, 06 July 2006

Verizon Wireless and Samsung Launch First 3.2 Mega Pixel Camera Phone In the United States

New Picture Quality Standard Set for Mobile Camera Phones


BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and DALLAS, July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung) and Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, set a new standard for mobile camera phones today with the availability of the SCH-a990, the first 3.2 mega pixel digital camera phone available to Verizon Wireless customers. The SCH-a990 enables photo enthusiasts to take high-resolution photos of a similar print quality as a standalone digital camera. In addition, the SCH-a990 boasts a number of media features, including video recording capabilities, V CAST to view video and V CAST Music to download music directly to the phone and Bluetooth� wireless technology, to allow a customer to print pictures wirelessly from the SCH-a990 to a Bluetooth-enabled printer basic print profile.

The SCH-a990 has a unique design that looks first like a phone and then, when the screen is rotated 180 degrees, like a camera. This innovative design, along with the high resolution and features such as a flash and in-camera photo editing software, make the SCH-a990 the first mobile device that is as much a camera as it is a multimedia phone.

The SCH-a990 is also a strong V CAST multimedia phone with full music, video and game capabilities on a high-resolution screen. V CAST Music lets customers play music on their wireless phones -- the same device they have come to rely upon for entertainment, information and mobile communication. V CAST customers can browse, preview, download and play high-quality digital music from their SCH-a990 over Verizon Wireless' broadband network -- the most award-winning wireless broadband network in the nation -- or from the Verizon Wireless V CAST Music online store using a personal computer.

With V CAST on the SCH-a990, customers can view video clips from the hottest names in entertainment, news, sports and more in the palms of their hands. V CAST is currently available to more than 150 million Americans from coast to coast.

"The launch of the a990 marks the first time a multimedia phone is fully integrated with a high resolution camera in the U.S.," said Peter Skarzynski, senior vice president, Samsung. "With a design that feels and looks like a phone and camera, Samsung's a990 is the premier print quality camera phone for photo enthusiasts in the U.S. market."

The new SCH-a990 also supports Verizon Wireless' VZ Navigator, a tool for customers that includes mapping, audible turn-by-turn navigation and the ability to find over 14 million points of interest. Other key features include:

    -- 3.2 mega pixel digital camera with flash, auto focus, picture editor,
       PictBridge Digital Printing, Zoom, TV-out and 180 degree Swivel Screen

    -- V CAST-capable:

       -- V CAST Music -- download songs over the air or transfer your own
          music collection onto removable microSD(TM) memory cards*

          -- Device supports dedicated external Music keys for easy use and
             listening pleasure

       -- V CAST Video and 3D Games -- download or stream video from the best
          names in news, sports, entertainment and more or download the latest
          3D games from top providers

    -- Get It Now�-capable -- download games, ring tones, wallpapers and

    -- Mobile Web 2.0(SM)-capable -- customizable, enhanced wireless access to
       the latest in news, sports, weather and more

    -- Camcorder with up to one-hour recording time*

    -- TXT, PIX and FLIX Messaging capabilities

    -- Bluetooth� wireless technology supports a basic print profile as well
       as headset, hands free, serial port and dial up networking profiles**

    -- Expandable memory with microSD memory card slot

    -- Voice dialing with advanced speech recognition

    -- Quick Search support to find menu items and contacts

    -- Business Card Scan capability

    -- Dimensions: 3.80" x 1.88" x .82", 4.40 ounces with standard battery

    -- T-9� easy text input

    -- TTY compatible

    -- Bilingual user interface: English and Spanish

    -- Personal organizer with calendar, calculator, to-do list, currency
       converter, alarm clock, world time, and a stop watch

To get V CAST from Verizon Wireless, customers simply equip their SCH-a990 with a V CAST VPak subscription for $15.00 monthly access added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan. Unlimited basic video clips are included, but application download fees apply for 3D games, music and premium video. For more information, visit

The SCH-a990 is available for $349.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement and is available today online at and will be available in more than 1,900 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on July 24, 2006.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or visit

    *  Memory card sold separately.
    ** Phone does not support all Bluetooth object exchange (OBEX) profiles.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 September 2006 )
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