|Samsung C417 Phone (AT&T)
|List Price: $299.99
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With the introduction of the Samsung c417, the "basic" handset has been forever redefined. Samsung has taken the most popular features--Bluetooth wireless technology, a VGA camera, instant messaging, and a speakerphone--and added a beautiful 2-inch, 65K color display, and quad-band world coverage. Yet, with all that power and functionality, the c417 still comes in an ultra-thin, ultra-stylish package. It's the perfect choice for the Cingular value-inspired customer who wants a full-featured phone at an affordable price.
The c417 sports a slim, sleek clamshell design with a large 128 x 160 color display with over 65,000 colors. A supplementary, 96 x 64 monochrome OLED screen on the front of the cover keeps you up to speed on time, date, battery and signal strength, and more. Up and down buttons for volume control are placed on the left side of the phone, while most of the phone's features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button on the handset's control pad. There's also a standard jack to accept universal hands-free headsets, while the phone's charging port is placed on the bottom of the unit.
With a big 500-contact address book, the c417 is designed to hold all of your important calling information. The phone also features 40-chord polyphonic ringtones, and in addition to the built-in ringers, you can download additional ones from Cingular's MEdia Net service. A vibrate alert silently notifies you of incoming calls when you want to be discreet, and a handy speakerphone lets you talk hands-free or hold conference calls. Meanwhile, ringer and picture ID lets you assign photos and ringtones to callers.
Messaging, Internet, and Tools
Powerful messaging and Internet capabilities are built into the c417. Support is provided for sending and receiving pictures, text, graphics, sound, and video via MMS messages. Instant messaging is also supported via the AOL and Yahoo! messaging clients. There's even a built-in web browser for downloads and mobile web browsing if you opt for the MEdia Net service from Cingular. MEdia Net lets you receive and send emails, read news headlines, get weather updates, download games and ringtones, and more. T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit--a plus for mobile text messaging users.
A number of handy software tools are bundled with the c417 including a calculator, an alarm, a voice memo recorder, a to-do list, and a calendar.
The c417 takes pictures the way you want to take pictures. The phone allows you to choose from four different picture resolutions, and sports a digital zoom feature. And don't forget, the built-in self-timer allows you to get yourself into the picture. The c417 also allows you to set screensavers, themes and wallpapers to suit your tastes. The phone is Java enabled as well, meaning the phone supports games written on the Java platform.
The Samsung SGH-c417 weighs 2.86 ounces and measures 3.66 x 1.89 x 0.65 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5 hours of digital talk time, and up to 10 days of digital standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.
The Samsung c417 is a great entry level device that includes Bluetooth technology and an integrated VGA camera. This device is perfect for those who are looking for a multimedia capable device with advanced voice capabilities like Bluetooth and Speakerphone at a great price.
- 850/900/1800/1900 MHz – Quad-Band for best coverage
- • Personalize with Music Tone ringtones, downloadable games and graphics
- Instant message with AOL and, Yahoo
- • Bluetooth capable and integrated speakerphone for a truly hands-free conversation
- • VGA camera to capture those special moments as they happen
- Lost Business Clients Due to Samsung C417
I have had the Samsung C417 for ten months, and have experienced "Insert SIM Card" problem from day 1. Why did I wait 10 months to do something about it? got me. When this message appears, I cannot make nor receive calls. I must power down and up the phone to clear the SIM error message. After finally reaching me, Clients have told me they had called my phone, but there was no indication of such calls on my C417 phone. Lost business clients is NOT a good thing. I do hope Samsung has fixed this problem by now. If your phone is under warranty, you can call (800)801 1101 to get a "warranty replacement" phone at no cost. Good luck....more info
- great phone
i work at Cingular and to inform everyone the sim card error is due to incompatability with newer sim cards. if you are having this problem take the phone to a cingular store and tell them, they will exchange your sim card free of charge. we sell far more of these phones than any other phone we have and have had maybe 3 returned for problems other than the sim card issue....more info
- Sorry, But I Have Bad News ...
I bought this phone in Mid-Jan '07. It was fine for my purposes, but this weekend, I went to download and install the Personal Information Manager (PIM) software and got some bad news. (For you newbies - The PIM software is what allows you to sync your phone w/your Contacts on your PC ...)
1) Per Samsung Tech Support (no, not Customer Support), the software is still not available. 2) The PIM software is being written by an unaligned 3rd party in Korea and Samsung does not support it. 3) You MUST buy the PKT433 Data Kit. You can't buy the cable separately and just download the software from Samsung (which it's there.) You can forget about using the USB cable from Cingular or anyone else (that fits w/the phone.) When you launch the app (after installation), the File -> Setup does confirm that the PIM wants a Serial connection, not a USB connection! Hence, ... 4) The Data Cable is a Serial cable, NOT a USB cable!!! 5) The unaligned software writer in Korea has missed deadline after deadline and no one knows when the kit will be issued. (You have to 'watch' the accessories list for the phone to know when the PKT433 Data Kit is available ...)
I already have something in my Serial port. And I also learned from Samsung TS that the C417 is the ONLY phone via Cingular that has a Serial data cable! The other phones have their kits available too!!! Go figure ......more info
- Nice basic phone
This phone works perfect for me. I've never had any sim card problems or reception problems like others have mentioned in their reviews. I love the big brite screen and though I rarely use the camera the picture quality is good enough for a phone. It's very solid and compact. Seems to be well made. The only con I can think of is being able to navigate quickly through the menu. It takes several steps to do most things. But thats not really a big deal to me. I would give it 5 stars but haven't had it long enough to give a long term review. So far, so good....more info
- Phone needs to be recalled
I recently went through two of these phones in a very short period of time. Both had the "insert SIM card" message many, many other people had complained about. The first phone I purchased had a brand new SIM card in it. When I took it back, they replaced the SIM card and within days, I was getting the "insert SIM card" message again. I brought the phone back and asked for a replacement. They gave me another brand new phone and within days, it too was telling me to "insert SIM card." When this happened, calls could not be made or received and the only fix was turning the phone off or on. After the second phone failed, I took it back and got an LG. I have had no problems with that.
After seeing how many people have had this same problem, I'm surprised Samsung continues to sell this phone. They must be aware of this widespread problem.
This was my first experience with a Samsung product. It will be my last.
DO NOT buy this phone....more info
- Not a dropped call
I've used this phone now for about two months, and I love . So far not one dropped call. Its hard to say if its Cingular or the phone, well it doesn't matter....more info
- could be better
I bought this phone back in Oct.06 from cingular during their promo for this phone. I do like the size and compact feature of this phone. Nevertheless,performance is terrible. Callers on the other end complain that they hear static when talking to me. Reception is also poor with this phone. Why can't they make a phone that actually works when you use it. Don't bother with phone....more info
- Not a bad little phone!
I feel the need to defend my cute little Samsung C417, because it's gotten quite a bad rap around the internet.
I've used this phone since March 2007, and have had very few problems with it. Yes, as someone else mentioned, the headset jack is proprietary, and that kind of sucked. Bluetooth has worked like a dream for me, though, despite the fact that you can't sync the phone with a laptop or whatever via Bluetooth. The camera is decent--not wonderful, but isn't that what digital cameras are for? The buttons are a decent size and well-lit. The screen is good. It's very durable--I've dropped it a bunch of times, sometimes from quite a ways up, and it's held up fine through that.
I did have an issue once where I was nosying around the menus and ended up locking myself out of the SIM card and having to have it replaced. It was something under the "security" menu. I found out later, via a Google search, that I could have found out the code I needed to unlock the SIM card on the AT&T website, but by the time I figured it out I had already rendered the SIM card useless. Curiosity killed the cat. It would have been more devastating had I saved all of my contacts to the SIM card rather than the phone.
But, yeah, this isn't a bad little phone, especially for beginners. And it's thin and fits in my pocket without creating a bulge!...more info
- The worst phone I've had
I have bad signal or non at all in places where I used to have signal all the time. A co-worker had the same problem and told her to return before 30 days(wish I had) - Can't change the screen menu. The camera button goes off all the time (badly situated). Not a good ringtone listed. Battery marker will have 3 bars and then none. Can't wait to change it!...more info
- keep looking
This phone is frustratingly junky. I'm on my second one - the first one would freeze and crash and the only way to get it to start up again was to physically remove and re-insert the battery. It did that for weeks before it just died altogether. The replacement for that one was fine for a couple months but now I can't keep a call connected for more than 30 seconds before it drops the connection. I've seen on forums that many, many people have had similar problems. Shame on Samsung for not issuing a recall on this piece of crap....more info
- Back to Nokia for me
It only took three days for me to know that this phone wasn't the one for me.
PROS: large display screen & thin design
CONS: small buttons/large fingers (bad combination), sound quality was awful (hearing every 3rd word makes for a difficult conversation), menu navigation was hard to figure out (and the book was absolutely no help!), and "insert sim card" error twice in the week I had the phone.
I'm back with Nokia. Ahh....more info
- Inexpensive, satisfactory but with a couple of issues
I like the price tag. Got it for -$50 with a 1-year plan.
I like the bluetooth feature. Wife likes it too, for her car.
I like the form factor - slim, black.
I like that it comes with a camera phone.
I don't like the fact that Cingular bitched out the phone. Half the buttons lead to IM, the web browser etc and I can't change the assignments.
I don't like the connection covers are flimsy. I give them about 3 months before they break.
I don't like the very very annoying menu structure. Why can't Samsung put the basic stuff up front and hide the "feature to make the numbers you type appear in rainbow colors" way in the back someplace??
I look forward to unlocking the phone and messing around with new firmware. Don't know if thats doable.