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  1. #1
    Bob Smith
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    Sprint just announced this morning
    (http://finance.myway.com/jsp/nw/nwdt...&date=20060710)
    a new phone for their inventory - Sanyo Katana, a new very slim clamshell
    phone, available in 4 different colors. Details on the phone can be accessed
    here - http://www.sanyo.com/wireless/handse...productID=1319

    Initial thoughts I have are that they are taking a step back on camera
    resolution, and only offer Vision, not Power Vision (EVDO).

    Guess I'll just have to wait a few more months till they start offering EVDO
    capable products.

    Bob





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  2. #2
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
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    Re: Sprint announces new Sanyo phone

    Bob Smith <[email protected]> wrote:
    > Sprint just announced this morning
    > (http://finance.myway.com/jsp/nw/nwdt...&date=20060710)
    > a new phone for their inventory - Sanyo Katana, a new very slim clamshell
    > phone, available in 4 different colors. Details on the phone can be accessed
    > here - http://www.sanyo.com/wireless/handse...productID=1319
    >


    Odd ... it has been on their site for a couple of weeks. I considered it
    but chose not to look further because of its lack of EVDO.

    > Initial thoughts I have are that they are taking a step back on camera
    > resolution, and only offer Vision, not Power Vision (EVDO).
    >
    > Guess I'll just have to wait a few more months till they start offering EVDO
    > capable products.
    >


    I just picked up the Samsung MM-920 and I am quite pleased with the phone. I
    am testing out its real reception [it as an internal antenna] before deciding
    if I should keep it. I bought a bluetooth earpiece but it is defective (you
    can't power it on ... the charge light only stays lit for about five minutes),
    so I can not say how well bluetooth works as of yet.

    --
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
    Key Fingerprint: 2DB9 813F F510 82C2 E1AE 34D0 D69D 1EDC D5EC AED1




  3. #3
    Mij Adyaw
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    Re: Sprint announces new Sanyo phone

    Please let us know. I am also interested in the 920.

    Thanks,

    -mij


    "Thomas T. Veldhouse" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Bob Smith <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> Sprint just announced this morning
    >> (http://finance.myway.com/jsp/nw/nwdt...&date=20060710)
    >> a new phone for their inventory - Sanyo Katana, a new very slim clamshell
    >> phone, available in 4 different colors. Details on the phone can be
    >> accessed
    >> here - http://www.sanyo.com/wireless/handse...productID=1319
    >>

    >
    > Odd ... it has been on their site for a couple of weeks. I considered it
    > but chose not to look further because of its lack of EVDO.
    >
    >> Initial thoughts I have are that they are taking a step back on camera
    >> resolution, and only offer Vision, not Power Vision (EVDO).
    >>
    >> Guess I'll just have to wait a few more months till they start offering
    >> EVDO
    >> capable products.
    >>

    >
    > I just picked up the Samsung MM-920 and I am quite pleased with the phone.
    > I
    > am testing out its real reception [it as an internal antenna] before
    > deciding
    > if I should keep it. I bought a bluetooth earpiece but it is defective
    > (you
    > can't power it on ... the charge light only stays lit for about five
    > minutes),
    > so I can not say how well bluetooth works as of yet.
    >
    > --
    > Thomas T. Veldhouse
    > Key Fingerprint: 2DB9 813F F510 82C2 E1AE 34D0 D69D 1EDC D5EC AED1
    >






  4. #4
    Mij Adyaw
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    Re: Sprint announces new Sanyo phone

    Well, at least it has Bluetooth. that is a first for Sanyo!

    "Bob Smith" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Sprint just announced this morning
    > (http://finance.myway.com/jsp/nw/nwdt...&date=20060710)
    > a new phone for their inventory - Sanyo Katana, a new very slim clamshell
    > phone, available in 4 different colors. Details on the phone can be
    > accessed here -
    > http://www.sanyo.com/wireless/handse...productID=1319
    >
    > Initial thoughts I have are that they are taking a step back on camera
    > resolution, and only offer Vision, not Power Vision (EVDO).
    >
    > Guess I'll just have to wait a few more months till they start offering
    > EVDO capable products.
    >
    > Bob
    >






  5. #5
    Mij Adyaw
    Guest

    Re: Sprint announces new Sanyo phone

    Hey Tommy TV,

    I am especially interested in the reception of the 920. I wonder how it
    compares to my Sanyo mm-7400.

    -mij

    "Mij Adyaw" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Please let us know. I am also interested in the 920.
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > -mij
    >
    >
    > "Thomas T. Veldhouse" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    >> Bob Smith <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>> Sprint just announced this morning
    >>> (http://finance.myway.com/jsp/nw/nwdt...&date=20060710)
    >>> a new phone for their inventory - Sanyo Katana, a new very slim
    >>> clamshell
    >>> phone, available in 4 different colors. Details on the phone can be
    >>> accessed
    >>> here - http://www.sanyo.com/wireless/handse...productID=1319
    >>>

    >>
    >> Odd ... it has been on their site for a couple of weeks. I considered it
    >> but chose not to look further because of its lack of EVDO.
    >>
    >>> Initial thoughts I have are that they are taking a step back on camera
    >>> resolution, and only offer Vision, not Power Vision (EVDO).
    >>>
    >>> Guess I'll just have to wait a few more months till they start offering
    >>> EVDO
    >>> capable products.
    >>>

    >>
    >> I just picked up the Samsung MM-920 and I am quite pleased with the
    >> phone. I
    >> am testing out its real reception [it as an internal antenna] before
    >> deciding
    >> if I should keep it. I bought a bluetooth earpiece but it is defective
    >> (you
    >> can't power it on ... the charge light only stays lit for about five
    >> minutes),
    >> so I can not say how well bluetooth works as of yet.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Thomas T. Veldhouse
    >> Key Fingerprint: 2DB9 813F F510 82C2 E1AE 34D0 D69D 1EDC D5EC AED1
    >>

    >
    >






  6. #6
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
    Guest

    Re: Sprint announces new Sanyo phone

    Mij Adyaw <[email protected]> wrote:
    > Hey Tommy TV,
    >
    > I am especially interested in the reception of the 920. I wonder how it
    > compares to my Sanyo mm-7400.
    >


    The MM920 lacks an external antenna, but so far, I sit in 0 or 1 bar reception
    and I am able to make and receive clear calls. I was able to use Vision (not
    PowerVision ... out of the area for that) with one bar without issue.
    Basically, the phone seems to do just a little better than my previous 7400
    did with the antenna up. I have yet to check if it will roam well or give me
    no signal.

    --
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
    Key Fingerprint: 2DB9 813F F510 82C2 E1AE 34D0 D69D 1EDC D5EC AED1




  7. #7
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
    Guest

    Re: Sprint announces new Sanyo phone

    Mij Adyaw <[email protected]> wrote:
    > Well, at least it has Bluetooth. that is a first for Sanyo!
    >


    I have a concern that it might feel cheap. I have held the Razors and they
    feel rather sturdy for a thin form factor. The Samsung MM900 simply felt
    cheap and not at all durable ... I hope the Sanyo is better.

    --
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
    Key Fingerprint: 2DB9 813F F510 82C2 E1AE 34D0 D69D 1EDC D5EC AED1




  8. #8
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
    Guest

    Re: Sprint announces new Sanyo phone

    Thomas T. Veldhouse <[email protected]> wrote:
    > Mij Adyaw <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> Hey Tommy TV,
    >>
    >> I am especially interested in the reception of the 920. I wonder how it
    >> compares to my Sanyo mm-7400.
    >>

    >
    > The MM920 lacks an external antenna, but so far, I sit in 0 or 1 bar reception
    > and I am able to make and receive clear calls. I was able to use Vision (not
    > PowerVision ... out of the area for that) with one bar without issue.
    > Basically, the phone seems to do just a little better than my previous 7400
    > did with the antenna up. I have yet to check if it will roam well or give me
    > no signal.
    >


    Well, I just checked the very troublesome conference room and this phone
    failed miserably. There were no bars, but the phone refused to roam onto
    Verizon. I tried to place a call, and after a second I found that the "signal
    faded". Then, I tried again, and the call went through but I couldn't hear
    more than every other second worth ... very very annoying. My 7400 roamed
    digital in that room every time.

    --
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
    Key Fingerprint: 2DB9 813F F510 82C2 E1AE 34D0 D69D 1EDC D5EC AED1




  9. #9
    Mij Adyaw
    Guest

    Re: Sprint announces new Sanyo phone

    Yes, however, the Razor blowze when you compare its features to the MM900
    Blade.

    "Thomas T. Veldhouse" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Mij Adyaw <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> Well, at least it has Bluetooth. that is a first for Sanyo!
    >>

    >
    > I have a concern that it might feel cheap. I have held the Razors and
    > they
    > feel rather sturdy for a thin form factor. The Samsung MM900 simply felt
    > cheap and not at all durable ... I hope the Sanyo is better.
    >
    > --
    > Thomas T. Veldhouse
    > Key Fingerprint: 2DB9 813F F510 82C2 E1AE 34D0 D69D 1EDC D5EC AED1
    >






  10. #10
    Mij Adyaw
    Guest

    Re: Sprint announces new Sanyo phone

    Bummer and double bummer!! Can you force the phone into digital roaming in
    order to make a call in that conference room?

    "Thomas T. Veldhouse" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Thomas T. Veldhouse <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> Mij Adyaw <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>> Hey Tommy TV,
    >>>
    >>> I am especially interested in the reception of the 920. I wonder how it
    >>> compares to my Sanyo mm-7400.
    >>>

    >>
    >> The MM920 lacks an external antenna, but so far, I sit in 0 or 1 bar
    >> reception
    >> and I am able to make and receive clear calls. I was able to use Vision
    >> (not
    >> PowerVision ... out of the area for that) with one bar without issue.
    >> Basically, the phone seems to do just a little better than my previous
    >> 7400
    >> did with the antenna up. I have yet to check if it will roam well or
    >> give me
    >> no signal.
    >>

    >
    > Well, I just checked the very troublesome conference room and this phone
    > failed miserably. There were no bars, but the phone refused to roam onto
    > Verizon. I tried to place a call, and after a second I found that the
    > "signal
    > faded". Then, I tried again, and the call went through but I couldn't
    > hear
    > more than every other second worth ... very very annoying. My 7400 roamed
    > digital in that room every time.
    >
    > --
    > Thomas T. Veldhouse
    > Key Fingerprint: 2DB9 813F F510 82C2 E1AE 34D0 D69D 1EDC D5EC AED1
    >






  11. #11
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
    Guest

    Re: Sprint announces new Sanyo phone

    Mij Adyaw <[email protected]> wrote:
    > Bummer and double bummer!! Can you force the phone into digital roaming in
    > order to make a call in that conference room?
    >


    Yes, but you can't count on it to roam when you need it to. Also, I have
    discovered that the codec is very aggressive with noise cancellation so things
    sound a bit choppy if there is any background noise [on the other end]. In
    fact, it was so choppy that a call I took today seemed like it was having a
    poor connection, when in fact, it was just noisy [sounded like a call center].

    This phone is an awesome piece of equipment, but I will have to pass. It is
    going back today. What IS nice about it is that you can update the software
    over-the-air without a call to CS or stopping into a store.

    --
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
    Key Fingerprint: 2DB9 813F F510 82C2 E1AE 34D0 D69D 1EDC D5EC AED1




  12. #12
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
    Guest

    Re: Sprint announces new Sanyo phone

    Mij Adyaw <[email protected]> wrote:
    > Yes, however, the Razor blowze when you compare its features to the MM900
    > Blade.
    >


    I don't know if that is true if you look at Verizon's current Razor offering.
    ;-)

    --
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
    Key Fingerprint: 2DB9 813F F510 82C2 E1AE 34D0 D69D 1EDC D5EC AED1




  13. #13
    Mij Adyaw
    Guest

    Re: Sprint announces new Sanyo phone

    Check it out and tell me what you think. Everyone at work that has one of
    these says that the user interface blowze and is slow. They have also
    compared it to the A900 and the A900 wins featurewise.

    "Thomas T. Veldhouse" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Mij Adyaw <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> Yes, however, the Razor blowze when you compare its features to the MM900
    >> Blade.
    >>

    >
    > I don't know if that is true if you look at Verizon's current Razor
    > offering.
    > ;-)
    >
    > --
    > Thomas T. Veldhouse
    > Key Fingerprint: 2DB9 813F F510 82C2 E1AE 34D0 D69D 1EDC D5EC AED1
    >






  14. #14
    Mij Adyaw
    Guest

    Re: Sprint announces new Sanyo phone

    What Sprint phone are you going with once you have returned the 920? I am
    thinking of getting the 920 because I rely on Telenav and do not want to
    carry an external GPS. I understand the the 920 works quite well with
    Telenav.

    Regards,

    -mij


    "Thomas T. Veldhouse" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Mij Adyaw <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> Bummer and double bummer!! Can you force the phone into digital roaming
    >> in
    >> order to make a call in that conference room?
    >>

    >
    > Yes, but you can't count on it to roam when you need it to. Also, I have
    > discovered that the codec is very aggressive with noise cancellation so
    > things
    > sound a bit choppy if there is any background noise [on the other end].
    > In
    > fact, it was so choppy that a call I took today seemed like it was having
    > a
    > poor connection, when in fact, it was just noisy [sounded like a call
    > center].
    >
    > This phone is an awesome piece of equipment, but I will have to pass. It
    > is
    > going back today. What IS nice about it is that you can update the
    > software
    > over-the-air without a call to CS or stopping into a store.
    >
    > --
    > Thomas T. Veldhouse
    > Key Fingerprint: 2DB9 813F F510 82C2 E1AE 34D0 D69D 1EDC D5EC AED1
    >






  15. #15
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
    Guest

    Re: Sprint announces new Sanyo phone

    Mij Adyaw <[email protected]> wrote:
    > What Sprint phone are you going with once you have returned the 920? I am
    > thinking of getting the 920 because I rely on Telenav and do not want to
    > carry an external GPS. I understand the the 920 works quite well with
    > Telenav.
    >


    Back to my Sanyo 7400.

    It was a real ordeal too. I had decided to take them up on a plan change for
    $50 with a new 2-year contract. I had that contract post dated to the
    beginning of my billing period on 8/3/06. Well, apparently adding powervision
    and getting the new phone reset my contract. Further, upon returning the
    phone, apparently I am no longer eligible for a $150 credit next year (I was
    only at 13 months) because the clock was "reset". I indicated that I didn't
    want to renew my contract then as it wasn't worth it to do so without a phone
    and I had one hell of a struggle getting that back. Apparently a priority
    note is required to avoid ETF, but we shall see, should I utilize it [but, I
    hope I don't]. Long story short is that I was told there was no risk and I
    could return it within 30 days if I didn't like it, but in fact, there was
    indeed risk ... I lost my chance at $150 towards a new phone for two years and
    my contract was reset [with priority notes to the contrary] and I had to get
    them to put my retention $10 Vision back on ... my account was set back up
    with $15.

    Bah! :-)

    --
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
    Key Fingerprint: 2DB9 813F F510 82C2 E1AE 34D0 D69D 1EDC D5EC AED1




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