On the recommendation of a colleague, I upgraded my T608 bluetooth mobile connection to a Samsung A900 (on Sprint’s EV-DO network – they call it “Power Vision”). I finally got the phone provisionsed and wow – was he right! This connection is bloody fast!
The process was not without its hiccups:
- I was first told by a rep that the “Power Vision” would not cost any extra – that is wrong. The minimum “Power Vision” plan is $15/month.
- I called a Sprint store that had an A900 in stock, but would not sell it to me because this was not a “new activation”. Dear Sprint – this is not the way to make your customers feel valued.
- Sprint was having issues getting the phone provisioned – it took quite a few hours.
However, now I’m connected at broadband speeds and am quite happy about it. Gotta love sneaking in those year end business expenses. 🙂
I am a Sprint customer and was disappointed when I saw they weren’t going to pick up the RAZR. However, after looking at the A900 I’m pretty glad I waited. I am really interested to hear your thoughts on the phone!
My cell phone history looks something like this:
1998 – Sony something or other
1999-2001 – Motorola StarTac
2001-2002 – Kyocera stick phone
2002-2003 – Treo 300
2003-2005 – Treo 600
(2006 – Probably a Treo 700p)
Since I’ve used a Treo for so long, using a “normal” cell phone is a bit strange for me.
So far, my impression of the A900 is that its software doesn’t match its elegant physical styling. I won’t be using it as a phone too much though.
Working for T-Mobile, I can certainly understand a bit about why the people at the store told you they couldn’t sell you the phone. If a store only has a small quantity of a particular model in stock, they’re going to want to save them for in-store customers who want to activate service because they get more commission on new activations than they do on equipment alone. I don’t know what Sprint’s policy is on this, but it seems strange just to say that they couldn’t sell it to you. I know that at least at my store, if you want the phone, it’s yours, regardless of upgrade or new activation.
I’m curious as to why you bought the Samsung A900 at all since it appears you use your Treo 600 as your primary phone.
Did you just buy this for teh Sprint EV-DO usage? Couldn’t you have gotten a cheaper phone for that?
and with the Bluetooth craze I’m actually shocked you are still using 600 and not 650 w/ built-in bluetooth.
Just would be curious to understand how you are using all your devices.
Didn’t the post make this clear? The A900 is a faster modem for me, replacing the slower one.
The 650 isn’t a compelling enough upgrade from the 600 – I’ve talked about it here before.
you using a Bluetooth card in your 600? or still without?
Also what do you think about the new Treo 700 (690)? Palm ditching its own OS in favor of Windows Pocket PC?
When I heard and even saw this I was a little disappointed but guess there isn’t much that can be done. Palm sold its OS so no more Palm OS… Guess Windows wins.
There isn’t a bluetooth card for the 600, and I think you need to do your homework on the upcoming releases. You can find that information on this blog as well.
Didn’t know if there was or wasn’t not much up on the 600 market or options.
Yes I know 700w and 700p are going to be available. But the rumor I heard was that this was going to be the last PalmOS version.
Maybe there will be a new PalmOS they there has been talk of development or even a fully Embedded Linux version will arise in the future but since it is something I have been looking at lately it would be my luck that it would go completely Windows PC 🙁
with all those devices I’d be scared to see your cell phone bill per month between Treo voice/data and Samsung A900 (assume mostly data) Yikes! 😉
3 phones, 2000 anytime minutes, unlimited data = $75/month.
Wow.. i really have to start looking at getting off Nextel :(.
I have like Free Incoming, Free Nights and Weekends, 300 Anytime minutes (basically outgoing), and Unlimited Direct Connect ($10 extra) for $69.00 a month.. 🙁
I was thinking of getting Sprint Nextel 700p when released in supposedly March but that would be additional $50 more per month for 200 minutes + Unlimited Data
I did the same thing and went to the sprint store, They refused to sell just the phone only. This is totallly Bull shlt. Fine! I think they will lost my business and I will go for GSM service!
alex, are your 3 phones all on sprint/nextel? what plan is your a900?
Everything is on Sprint – one main account (on a plan no longer available, plus a corporate discount rate) and the rest are “add a phone’d” to that account.
I stayed with a few friends while in the Bay Area last week instead of getting a hotel (many thanks Eric, George and Shelby!) and managed to leave my Treo 600 USB charger in Oakland mid-week. The Treo lasted a day and a half or so, then I had to switc…
Hi Alex –
Thanks for the helpful info. On your Sprint acct, do the phones share a phone number? I was interested in this, but Sprint said you had to have a different number on each phone, and each phone had to have its own plan…? I have a Corporate plan w/Spsrint.
3 different numbers.
I have the A900, it has some very wonderful functions, tho I am NOT HAPPY with the phone and WILL return it within the 14 day return, I text alot, about 12 hrs a day I am on the internet on my phone or I am texting, The T9 (predictive text) on this phone bites!!! you can not add words to the t9, so if you need to spell out a long word or alot of t shortcuts that Samsung didnt add, you have to go from t9 back to alpha tap out the word each letter at a time then go back into t9. that is a pain in the bum, also many of the sites i go to the phone throws out an error(/alarm) “NO HANDLER”, it then will ask you if you would like to get a “HANDLER” if you choose yes… the phone takes you to sprint screen savers!!! HA HA HA whatever, I have a Samsung A660, it works fine at all those sites, my Sanyo 8200 works good at them , and my Sanyo 8300 works great, called sprint was transfered 4 times to the highest tech they had…. he flippin didn’t even understand the phone nor the problems i was having… he couldn’t tell me bout the “NO HANDLER” problem… nor did he know why the phone would not let me view my Sprint Email.. lol I asked him bout the video flaw i found .. his reply -=> “HMMM… THAT IS VERY INTERESTING” Oh boy!!! I think Sprint needs some training for the tech they employ.. in 4 hours i new more bout the flippin phone than he probably still don’t know… On a up note!!!-=> the MP3 is very nice. sound and function are great I am very happy with that, but I didnt buy the phone for the MP3 player i bought it for the fast connection in net and it’s texting.. which have both left me with a sour taste in my mouth… If you are a high texting person or high internet user.. I say don’t bother with this phone. >:-(
Alex, I currently have a main plan with the add-a-phone. One phone is a Treo 650, and the other is an ancient Samsung A460, which is due for the $150 rebate in March.
I’m anxious to see what other phones Sprint comes out with around that time… but… assuming the a900 is still my top choice (with any software upgrades it may receive from now til march), what are the benefits of having a Treo PDA/Phone on one line (say, for business use), and a Samsung a900 on the other line for personal use?
In the end, wouldn’t it be better to just keep the Treo and get rid of that extra add-a-phone?
Or, if I only use my Treo when my laptop is within reach anyway, why not ditch the Treo and the add-a-phone, and get the a900 with unlimited data so it can be used as a mode?
I’ll answer my own questions by stating that in the end it’s up to whatever the user is comfortable with, but I would like some more insight on your experience with multiple phones since you have 3.
There isn’t yet an EV-DO Treo available from Sprint.
With the A900 (Which I have) are you using the Sprint Connection Manager to connect to the net? If so, is there an additional charge for this? The Sprint Rep that I talked to had no idea what I was asking. I do have the Power Vision plan which includes unlimited data, but not sure if they mean for this use.
I don’t know what the Spring Connection Manager is, so I don’t know.
Just bought a A900 from amazon and an original battery for it from http://www.wirelessground.com/ I can watch live news with sprints internet plant, although, its 15 bucks a month and I think i’m gonna cancel once the 1 month free trial is up…but anyways, awesome phone.
As for Sprint not selling the phone to you, it is due to that is not a corp store or B that it is a crooked sales rep out for the commission. They are able to sell any phone to anyone. They don’t have to give you any discounts or anything nor do anything else with it but they have to sell you the phone. If the rep gives you that ration, ask for a manager. If manager same way, call sprint and report that affiliate for contract fraud.
Hi Everyone –
I too bought the A900 for many of it’s advanced features and am IN LOVE with the phone with the exception of the T9 text input.
I found instructions on the Samsung site that said you should be able to add words…switch to alpha, type the word; back to T9 and voila it’s added…of course that doesn’t work.
So I emailed T9 (at the suggestion of the Samsung site) and the response I got was..
“adding words to the T9 dictionary is a feature that has to be enabled the phones manufacturer”
So back to Samsung I went…only instead of emailing or searching the FAQ I called them. I was lucky to get a gentlemen who thought it important enough to push my call to the level 2 support team.
After talking with them, they found that it was known issue with the A900 (and the other Samsung Power Vision phones for Sprint). He stated that in the next quarterly software release for new shipping phones it will be enabled by default, and there will be a OTA programming download available for existing A900’s that will enable the feature of adding words…in my opinion when that gets done, this is the best phone out there!
I have had the a900 for a week now and I absolutely love it with the exception of the t9 issue. im reading these comments complaining about the sprint customer service, stores, etc. People, you are going to find these issues in EVERY cell phone carrier. As for me, I really haven’t had any problems with Sprint. I am satisfied with the service, and most of its phones. hey, its an imperfect world, just deal with it.
I have a question that I’m sure many share — what’s the hype about this EV-DO? Is it really that much better? Haven’t used it yet.
Now the most important issue — if the EV-DO is actually worth it, is there any way to connect my bluetooth-enabled pocket pc PDA to the internet using the A900? If so, how, and will sprint charge me extra? No one seems to know the answer to this! Thanks for any help you could give!
Back to an earlier issue…
I want to use my t608 sprint phone with the vision program…is it true that you can’t conen ct using the bluetooth, that you need a hard connection by a data cable?
I am curious about you having sooo many phones.
This has got to cost you a fortune.
I too have Sprint/Nextel so I am curious how you found some good data package and phone packages to not cost you an arm and a leg.
Having a treo is nice but doesn’t have EV-DO and would be really nice to have an EV-DO phone to use for the lappy when on the road.
Much appreciate any information you could give as to the plans you have found to be good through Sprint.
I had to add a $40/month data plan for EVDO “phone as a modem” to the plan I already listed.
hi, yeah, i also have an a900 and no one answered the one guys question about the “handler” issue… i seem to get the same error when i visit certain sites im sure it is a parser error or has to do with running pages that have tables with links but im not sure how to fix it apparently it tells me i need a “handler” then asks me if i would like to download one but when i click yes as the other guy stated it just brings me straight to the sprint ringer downloads…. wtf?… also i installed the phone as modem software with the connection manager on my laptop and it is screwed now… everytime i log in to the OS it automatically logs me off unless in safe mode i tried restoring to an earlir point but whatever was in that software is deep in the registry cause system restore is not fixing it….. 🙁 this has all been a horrible headache but other than that stuff i do enjoy the a900
I have a Samsung A-900 “Blade” and I’ve had it since January and love it. It integrates with my Magnum’s UConnect for hands-free stuff and also with my laptop for file transfers.
I just called Sprint today because I felt I was incorrectly charged for some data transmissions over the past months, so while I had her on the phone, I asked her about EVDO Wireless Broadband. A Sprint rep called me out of the blue a few weeks ago to offer me a PCMCIA card for “free” along with a $59/month charge to use the PCMCIA card for unlimited EVDO Wireless Broadband. I declined then because I knew that my phone could connect as a EVDO modem using Bluetooth or USB.
The Sprint rep today told me that unlimited data access was only $15/month on top of my existing plan. Skeptical, I asked her how it differed from the $59/month plan and she said it was the same wireless broadband connection, but I pay less since I already have the phone and a voice plan… I asked her AGAIN to verify that “the $15/month would allow me to use my A-900 as a Wireless Broadband EVDO modem for my laptop” and she said “Yes” again… so I bit.
It should take 4 hours (usually less) to register the changes to my account, so I’ll try it out when I get home. If this is true… WOW! Speaking of which, how do I set up the phone to be a modem? Does it have to dial a special number? I’ll Google it…
You were given wrong information. You need the $40/month “phone as a modem plan”.
Check out sprintusers.com for more details on this.
Do you know if the $40/month “phone as a modem plan” is required because of the EVDO? I ask because the basic $15/month Vision plan has enabled me to use a non-EVDO phone as a modem for years.
BATGIRL the saumsung A900 has voice command testing witch enables you speak the words into the text insted of writting them
ANYONE WITH the A900 when you are texting instead of using t9 or spelling it all out press options and the first option will be VOICE MODE press it and you will set it up just follow the intstructions on the screen of your phone only takes like 3 min but worth it you will be able to say the words you want to text.
does anyone know if you can download mp3 or any audio files from your pc to the a900 ????
Musicman…yes you can, but you have to use the usb-phone cable and then your computer needs to recognize that it is plugged in. I remember that I had to go to a website for the driver, but it worked out swimmingly.
Question for anyone else, does anyone know if you can put new words into predictive text or into voice mode? This phone rocks the house so hard that I have had it for a month and still trying to learn about all it can do.
I don’t think the majority of you people actually read this site. So many people ask the same questions when many times that question has already been addressed…. Anyways as far as I know I haven’t seen this one asked. Has anyone had trouble with actually sending text messages. Not in writing them with the t9 cause that works fine if you know what you are doing. But actually sending them. Many times it fails.. and I have to resend 100 times before it goes through. LEt me know thanks.
i’ve never had a problem with texting or anything on the a900. Messages have always sent beautifully (lol) T9 works wonderfully for me, i’ve NEVER had problems browsing the web or anything. The only problem i’ve had is that when a message is going out and a call is coming in the phone has froze once before. I’m not really too worried about it, because other than that this is probably one of the best phones ive had.
Does anyone know when the next firmware update will be? I’m hoping that it will allow for T9 improvements. It needs to remember new words. Other than that, mine works great.
Just got the a900. Seems to work fine. Got the firmware upgrades. Hooked up usb phone cable works fine. Cant seem to get the bluetooth modem working. I can up and download music with the cable but bluetooth even though paired doesn’t seem to work. Any ideas. Also I puchased a data @ 49 and the 15 dollar plan, do I need both or are they redundant. Thanks , hope thats not too many questions.
I am SO frustrated with not being able to add words to the T9 dictionary. I totally would not have bought this phone if I had known about this glaring omission from the phone’s long list of features. I use text messaging all the time, and it’s about twice as difficult to do from this phone as it was from my plain-jane old Nokia.
Hey I was told to use my A900 as modem I needed the Unlimited Data Phone As Modem plan for $39.99
Other Power Vision plans don’t mention using the Phone as Modem so I am a little confused.
Maybe you can explain this to me?
I feel a little better knowing that everyone else is pissed off about not being able to add words to T9. I curse like a sailor, especially when I’m mad, but having to switch modes every time take the passion out of doing it.
However, my biggest pet peeve is the lack common punctuation assigned to number 1 in T9. The “?” and “!” aren’t there. Samsung has done this with the “?” before, but they managed to screw it up even more by taking away the “!”. I’ve never understood how they don’t catch this! You know they test these phones for months, I can’t imagine how this slips past. I have always had two phones with sprint; usually one Samsung and one sanyo – until now – I miss my sanyo
Hey appears you have answered my question about the $39.99 “Phone as modem plan” being required in the comments.
The reason I was skeptical is because in your post it says you got the $15 Power Vision Plan which didn’t make sense to me how you were able to use it as modem then when it appears we need the $40 plan.
OMG!!! I am so frustrated with this phone! I want to be in love with it but Iâ€™m not. Let me bullet point my issuesâ€¦
ï‚· Cannot set MP3â€™s as ringtones, how do I make my own ringtones? I REFUSE to purchase ringtones from Sprint that will expire!
ï‚· T9 (Obviously) is a HUGE issue. Is there a way to get into the phone files when you hook it up to your PC and access the dictionary? Probably not, but does anyone know? When I am texting it is usually because I am in a quiet place and am UNABLE to SPEAK the words into text.
ï‚· The text design is hideous! Is there any software anywhere that can change the look of the font? It sucks!
ï‚· My phone turns off and resets itself for no reason all the time.
ï‚· When you set the foreground to show your calendar, even when I have events scheduled, they donâ€™t show up. Whatâ€™s the point of that?
If I could solve these problems, this phone would be a dream. If not, I am ready to sell it to some other sucker.
I, too, am comforted knowing that other people feel my pain with the T9 functionality of the A900. While the phone itself is capable in many ways, the text input is absolutely horrid. It would be hard to come up with a worse menu structure and feature set. You have to TRY to make it this bad. This isn’t even the work of an intern… it’s like they hired some bum from the alley for 3 hours and told him to design the thing.
You can transfer ringtones to the phone if you save them as AACs. I just use Audacity to trim a MP3 and then import into iTunes to convert it to AAC. Then use a site to send the file to your phone ( such as: http://www.sprintusers.com/focus/ )
t9 text input is simply broken if you key in “duck” in t9 the whole word gets locked somehow so you can’t even change the d to an f for those moments of expression… 🙂
You end up building words in t9 with spaces and then removing the spaces when you’ve spelled what you need.
As far as blue-tooth dial up networking for your PDA/notebook… Don’t do it without the ‘phone as modem’ plan EVEN IF YOU HAVE POWER VISION. Otherwise you’ll be charged by the byte on your next invoice.
Ringtones; chop’em up with whatever you have then turn them in to .m4a (nero does it too) and upload them via the link in the previous post or my fav http://rumkin.com/tools/sprint/ There’s a lil scrolling blog down at the bottom of people sharing apps backgrounds and ringtones…
All in all; the phone is sweet, but it has it’s faults (kinda like a good girfriend 😀 ) if you can over look the broken T9 and the laughable battery life it’s a damn good phone.
My phone also has the same problem as Sunshine. It turns off and reset itself for no reason at all.
Any ideas for this???
yea my a900 turns itself off and resets–but i am sure that it because it has been dropped on concrete about 2-3 times total now. ever since then, i have been having the problem…i am not too surprised though.
anyway…to make ringtones, the best way i have found so far is to convert the mp3 or whatever you want to use to m4a format, but before you do so make sure the mp3 is in 1-channel format, not 2-channel stereo like most mp3s…it greatly enhances the final quality of the ringtone.
hope that helps 🙂
let me get this straight…i still need a phone-as-a-modem plan even if i have the unlimited data pcs vision plan? is that right?
I just upgraded to the Motorazr v3M and I had to sign up to the “Unlimited Data Phone as Modem” for 39.00 a month. We have a 2 phone flexible minutes plan (1400 shared minutes) and my phone is the only phone with the phone as modem plan added.
Anyhoo….The “Power Vision” plan is $15.00 ….this is NOT the same as phone as modem! All your web access is straight off the phone with this plan and there is no connection via your PC. I was confused about this as well.
Sorry I forgot to add that the only problems I seem to be having with using my phone as a modem is that I am not able to use my webcam on Windows Live Messenger. To verify that is wasn’t a Messenger tech issue I re-connected to the internet with my traditional dial-up and the webcam problem was solved. Again I then connected back via my Sprint Connection Manager and once again both parties webcams would “end” session before we could even fully connect.. My mother was upset that we could not get this working as she really wanted me to be able to see the family (and them me) over X-Mas. We could have done it with the dial up but it was just extremely delayed and choppy. That was the one of the reasons I was happy to get the Phone as Modem….and then to only find out it wont allow the webcam!!!! What’s up with that?
to the person who stated the phone is powering off or reseting itself, look for green marks by your connector (power/USB, for example). I had that problem with my phone by used rubbing alcohol and a toothbrush to clean it out. Apparently moisture or water got in and corroded things a bit (must have dropped it in a puddle or something) so the contacts were shorting out from time to time. 🙁