Samsung Omnia i910 Phone, Silver (Verizon Wireless)
List Price: $599.99

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Product Description

Meaning "everything" in Latin and "wish" in Arabic, the Samsung Omnia for Verizon Wireless is designed to provide business users with stylish multimedia capabilities and personal mobile users with simple access to business based functions. This touchscreen-enabled phone has a large, brightly colorful 3.2 inch screen, and it includes Samsung's intuitive and easily customizable TouchWiz user interface. Other features include 8 GB of internal memory, a built-in GPS receiver, 5-megapixel camera, multi-format digital audio player, Bluetooth for handsfree communication and stereo music streaming, MicroSD memory expansion, video output to your TV, and up to 5.8 hours of talk time.

With the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system, the Omnia supports Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager, which provides single-point access to line of business and corporate data such as applications, files and other information located on the corporate network. It also provides push email for immediate send and receive on Corporate Microsoft Exchange servers as well as editing of Microsoft Office documents. You'll also benefit from the phone's Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g) and built-in A-GPS receiver, which enables you to access Verizon Wireless's VZ Navigator service for turn-by-turn directions.



With unique widgets, you can customise and personalise the way you use your phone.
Verizon Wireless Service
With support for the EV-DO high-speed data standard, you'll enjoy fast access to the Internet and Verizon Wireless's multimedia services (additional charges applicable), with average download speeds ranging from 400 to 700 Kbps and peak rates up to 2 Mbps. (Learn more about where EV-DO coverage is offered.)

With this GPS-enabled phone, you'll be able to access Verizon Wireless's VZ Navigator service (additional charges applicable) for voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions, heads-up alerts, local search of nearly 14 million points of interest in the US (such as landmarks, restaurants and ATMs), and detailed color maps that can be quickly panned and zoomed. Other features include weather updates for a location without knowing the ZIP code, optional rerouting based on current traffic conditions, and a gas finder feature for finding recent gas prices in your area and getting directions to gas stations.

With BroadbandAccess Connect (subscription required), you can use your smartphone as a modem for your notebook when you connect the two using a USB cable--or open a Bluetooth connection--enabling you to access the Internet or your company intranet. The tethered modem capability is ideal when you're traveling and need to use your notebook to check email, access corporate networks, or download large files like presentations and reports. And with BroadbandAccess Connect, you won't have to buy an extra PC Card or other devices.

Wireless Sync always-on email service (subscription required), you can stay connected and get the job done while away from the office--without a delay and in a secure environment. Email is delivered to your device in real time across the National Enhanced Services Rate & Coverage Area, and you get the ability to forward large attachments via email as well as access both your personal and corporate emails on one device. Wireless Sync offers strong security with AES encryption (Advanced Encryption Standard) technology so that unauthorized parties cannot access or alter application data transmitted over wireless networks.

Personalize your phone using the VZAppZone, a mobile marketplace that allows you to browse and purchase content and add-on applications. You'll get weather updates for up to five locations, news updates from Reuters, and a storefront for discovering and downloading ringtones, wallpaper and applications.

Phone Features
The Samsung Omnia's 3.2-inch touchscreen as a 240 x 400-pixel resolution and a 65K color depth. It features handwriting recognition capabilities as well as an accelerometer sensor that auto-rotates the screen when shifted from tall to side profile (and back again). In addition to the internal 8 GB of memory, the Omnia can be expanded via optional MicroSD/MicroSDHC memory cards up to 8 GB in size.



The Omnia is loaded with features--including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth stereo music streaming, 3G connectivity, a 5-megapixel camera/camcorder, and GPS.
Samsung's TouchWiz user interface makes entering data and text simple. With unique widgets, you can customize and personalise the way you use the phone. The quick and simple drag-and-drop feature lets you have instant access to your favorite functions at a moment's touch. A unique menu of widgets display functions such as the clock, radio player, music player and more personal elements including photos and birthday reminders.

The Samsung Omnia also features a full on-screen QWERTY keyboard for fast text messaging, mobile IM and e-mail messages. The haptic feedback on the touch screen provides subtle vibrations to confirm selections; and an optical mouse provides easy navigation with the swipe of a finger. The Samsung Omnia supports Opera 9.5 Mobile Browser for a smooth Web browsing experience.

Handsfree communication is easy thanks to the integrated speakerphone. This phone also provides Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and includes profiles for communication headset, handsfree car kits, and audio/video remote control. With the A2DP Bluetooth profile, you can stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones. You can connect your laptop (either via Bluetooth or wired USB) and enjoy dial-up networking--surf the Internet, send email, and access files from a server.

The 5-megapixel autofocus camera sports a 4x digital zoom, flash, 15 shooting modes (from sports to sunset), ISO settings, and many more advanced functions. It also includes a Face Detection function that centers on a face when taking a picture; panorama, split shot and anti-shake camera settings; and a SmileShot function that enables the camera to detect when a person is smiling and automatically takes a picture when in the SmileShot mode. The Omnia also captures video clips (length determined by available memory), which can be displayed on external TVs and monitors using the phone's TV output capabilities. You can also edit videos on the Omnia, with functions such as trimming, audio dubbing, and subtitles.

The digital audio play provides a wide range of format compatibilities (MP3, WMA, AAC, eAAC+), and the video player offers multi-codec support for DivX, Xvid and other video formats, eliminating the hassle of file format conversions. It also comes with an FM radio with RDS, which displays the name of the currently playing song (when tuned to compatible radio stations).

Other features include:

  • MicroSD memory card expansion (up to 16 GB capacities)
  • Personal organizer with calculator, calendar, alarm clock, world clock, stop watch and notepad
  • Support for Divx and Xvid movie files
  • Mobile IM using AIM, MSN, Yahoo
  • Voice command capable
  • Business Card Reader
  • Text, Picture and Video messaging (MMS)
  • Compatible with ActiveSync 4.5 and Windows Mobile Device Center
  • Bluetooth version 2.0 with the following profiles: A2DP (stereo music streaming), AVRC (remote control), HFP (hands-free car kits), HSP (communication headsets), BIP (for sending images to another device), BPP (basic printing profile for text, email), DUN (dial-up networking), FTP (file transfer), HID (support for mice or joysticks), OPP (object push for business cards, calendar items, and pictures), PBA (transfer contacts), SPP (serial port profile)
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility = M4

Vital Statistics
The Samsung Omnia weighs 4.34 ounces and measures 4.4 x 2.24 x 0.52 inches. Its 1440 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5.8 hours (346 minutes) of talk time, and up to 464 hours of standby time. It runs on the CDMA 800/1900 (19.3 days) frequencies as well as Verizon Wireless's EV-DO data network.

Powered by Windows Mobile 6.1
Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1 offers a number of handy features that make searching through email, editing Microsoft Office documents, and staying on top of your most important communications even easier. Emails can now be viewed in their original rich HTML format and now offer the ability to visit embedded links. It also includes Windows Live for Windows Mobile, which provides a full set of Windows Live services, such as the Windows Live Messenger IM application, which now enables you to chat with more than one person at one time or send a file.

With Windows Mobile 6.1, your phone will finally be able to emulate the power and features of your PC's Microsoft Office suite. You'll be able to neatly view, navigate and edit Word documents and Excel spreadsheets in their original formatting--without affecting tables, images or text--as well as view PowerPoint presentations.

  • Microsoft Office Word Mobile features include spell-check, Find and Replace commands, bulleted lists, text formatting, and support for tables for the first time.
  • With Excel Mobile, you're not just confined to editing charts: with the new Chart Wizard you can create charts quickly and easily.
  • PowerPoint Mobile allows you to view the full presentation, rehearse timings, check the order and any live links you may have in your presentation. You can then email comments back to the team or communicate via MSN Messenger for an immediate response.
  • After creating or editing a Word document or Excel spreadsheet, you can synchronize it with your PC and it will automatically be converted to the PC version.

All Windows Mobile 6.1 powered devices include Direct Push Technology for up-to-date e-mail delivery and automatic synchronization of Outlook calendars, tasks and contacts through Microsoft Exchange Server. It also offers a set of important device security and management features that include the capability to remotely wipe all data from a device should it be lost or stolen, helping ensure that confidential information remains that way.

Features:
  • Touchscreen-enabled smartphone with 3.2-inch LCD, intuitive TouchWiz interface, and 8 GB internal memory
  • 3G speeds on EV-DO network; access VZ Navigator for GPS-enabled for turn-by-turn directions; use phone as a modem for your laptop
  • 5-megapixel camera/camcorder; digital audio player; multi-codec video player (WMA, DivX, Xvid); Wi-Fi networking (802.11g/b); Bluetooth stereo music
  • Up to 4.2 hours of talk time, up to 350 hours (14.6 days) of standby time
  • What's in the Box: handset, battery, charger, stylus, 3.5mm headset adapter/radio antenna; 2.5mm 3-way adapter, USB cable, user manu, quick start guide

Customer Reviews:

  • Great phone!
    I just bought my Omnia this past weekend and it is such a fantastic phone! I've never owned a smart phone before the Omnia and I'm extremely impressed with the functionality the Omnia offers. It took me a day to get used to the touch screen and all of the features, but it is extremely easy to use now. The camera is very useful and takes excellent photos. The stylus attached to the phone is unnecessary because the interface enables the phone to be used simply by touching the screen. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who is interested in having a phone that works better than the iPhone on a network with far better service. Verizon has made a great decision in offering the Omnia. Hopefully, everyone will have as positive an experience with their Omnia as I have....more info
  • I won't pay the $30 per month!
    This phone would have been perfect with the WIFI, camera, etc, but the greedy Verizon management won't let you use this phone without purchasing the $30 per month fee for internet access. A strategic mistake. Verizon will follow the big three automakers for not respecting it's customers. Shame on you and wake up to the new economy....more info
  • Not sure why you're rating the phone down for things that aren't it's fault...
    Yes, it requires a data plan and yes, the GPS is locked down. But so what? it's not the phone's fault that VZW implemented those policies. Anyway, having a data plan ensures that you won't accidentally use data and get charged a ridiculous amount for it, and the GPS is being unlocked in 1H 09 for a fact. Besides that, the phone is great, with the exception of TouchWiz which is a bit clunky and feature-limited. Otherwise, the Omnia is a solid device with great specs and is very capable. It deserves a much higher rating than 2.5 stars....more info
  • Good PDA for a phone
    I was looking for a replacement for my HP PDA since I upgraded my computer to Vista. This phone is great! Not only can does it work with my home computer and its software but I can check my email everywhere. Since I don't have Wi-Fi in many places around my area (mostly farm country) the mobile broadband comes in handy when I need it while at my job. As long as I keep an eye on how many programs I am running at once the Omnia does not slow down but I can see how some people's might slow if they opened too many applications at once and did not know how to close them. I am a techi so I don't have a problem with this.

    In an upgrade I would like to see the Widgets have a bit more flexibility. It doesn't allow as many applications as I would normally use and can get kind of frustrating at times having to open up the main menu when I need to open up one that was too many for my Widget. Overall I don't think this feature is as poorly designed as others have stated on here.

    As far as the "hidden" fees goes, I disagree with giving a poor review based on the service plan. This is a great phone for people like me who are on the go. If you don't like Verizon, buy the unlocked phone. I was told by 3 different sales people when I was asking questions and then buying my phone about the $30 a month package that was required for the phone by Verizon. Maybe some other people have had bad sales experiences. ...more info
  • I love this phone
    I've had my phone for about a week now and just love it. I have had none of the problems with low battery life that some others have complained of; it lasts through web surfing, emailing, camera use and game playing with plenty of battery life to spare. The touch screen took a bit of getting used to, but I find that using it gets easier all the time. I did re-align the touch screen once, as it seemed a bit inaccurate and this solved that problem. I love the amount of memory -- while I purchased an extra 8G memory card, I don't know that I will ever need it. I downloaded a few albums into the storage on the phone and it made virtually no dent at all. The music sounds wonderful and even the album artwork automatically downloads, which I thought was cool (looks like my ipod when looking through the music selections). The FM radio works well too -- you can preset several stations and it displays information on the station and music that is playing. I typically listen to satellite radio, rather than FM but still thought this was a cool feature. The phone itself gets great reception and sounds fine. The camera is awesome; what great photos you can take! My bluetooth headset connected with no problem. My previous phone was a Motorola Q and while I liked the Q, I find the Omnia to be a 100% uprgrade. Yes, it takes some time to learn to use all of the features, but its not so technical that you need a computer engineering degree to comfortably use the thing. Finally, thanks to the last couple of reviewers who got away from bashing Verizon and actually reviewed the phone. I was surprised and somewhat frustrated when researching the Omnia before buying it and found all of these low ratings only to see that they were related to the Verizon's data plan rather than device itself. I had to pay for the data plan to use the Q for email and internet as well. If I didn't want this feature, I would buy a regular phone. All in all, I am very pleased with my purchase and would buy it again....more info
  • Very Nice
    I've had it for about a week now, and I love it. I tried the pre-loaded UI's for a day or so, but found them a bit clunky. I loaded SPB Mobile Shell, which is a lot more touch-friendly.

    There are a few flaws with the phone. First, the stylus. It's leashed to the phone like some kind of charm. I ended up ditching it, but there are times when a stylus really helps. (It's Windows Mobile, after all, and those little radio buttons can be hard to get to with your thumb) The optical mouse is an acceptable solution, but a built in stylus would have been better.

    The battery is sort of a mystery to me. The meter goes in 20% increments. The low battery warning goes off at 40%, which seems early to me. And it beeps at you all the way from 40% to 0 every 5 minutes. At 20% it shuts down WiFi which I didn't like. Would be nice if I could disable that. I was able to find a registry hack for the 40% warning and beeps, but it would've been nice to be able to configure this without messing with the registry. (easy to do, but still...)

    Battery life has been great so far, though. Just as a test, when the 40% warning went off, I wanted to see how long it would last, so I started playing an mp4 movie. I ended up watching a 2 hour movie, and probably 30 minutes of a second movie before the thing finally died.

    With normal use, the battery lasts quite a while. After a full day of normal use, the meter showed 60% when I finally plugged it in before bed. (45-60min of phone use, some web browsing, texting, email, etc...) I imagine it was closer to 40%, though, and the meter just hadn't dropped yet.

    Other than the stylus and the strange battery meter, the phone has been a dream. I upgraded from a Treo 700wx, and I can't imagine ever going back.

    Also, I see a lot of people complaining about Verizon's data plan. While I had the data plan on my old phone and was used to the added expense, I can't imagine using a Windows Mobile phone w/o unlimited data. You get a phone like this to sync with an Exchange server, or browse the web. It's a connectivity device. If you just want to talk on the phone and maybe send some text messages, a cheaper, less capable phone would be a better choice....more info
  • Either you need it, or you don't.
    I have had this phone for about a little over a month and a half. On the contrary to what the previous reviewer from earlier today has said, I am twenty years old and actually need this phone. The phone is highly useful and fits my everyday needs. It has a calendar, widgets, Windows Mobile 6.1 which features MS Office (This is handy for me when my boss sends Excel files to us when we are out of the office)and plenty of other features that one can use and which I have used since I have taken it out of the box late February.
    The data plan has nothing to do with the phone itself- which unfortunately, has left many leaving 1 star reviews on this site. In fact, I do believe that the data plan is necessary for a phone of this nature. Why? Because the phone is constantly sending and receiving data on the Verizon network. There are ways to change it. But with a phone that has Internet Explorer and Opera built in, why would you not want a Data Plan? Yes, it is capable of WiFi as well. However, WiFi is only limited to the places that have it. Verizon's broadband network has served me well in this month and a half and has been accessible where ever I go in Wisconsin.
    The battery life isn't as great as the Nokias that I have used on my previous provider. However, I go about every other day charging my phone and killing processes in the task manager. I once surfed the web on mobile broadband for two hours and the phone did not need to be charged for about eight hours later. The Omnia is very useful and replaces my laptop in times when I do not want to carry a laptop around.
    I have rated it 4 stars, because obviously the phone is not perfect. It replaces my music player with it's robust 8gb storage and microSD slot. It also has a replaceable battery which a rival phone (take a guess) does not. What set this phone apart from other phones is the fact that I can customize it to my likings with third party software. You can do that with other phones, yes. But I like this phone very much.
    ...more info
  • Lots of features
    Thanks fellow Omnia users for taking the other reviewers to task for trashing Verizon instead of commenting on the phone itself. I just got the Omnia yesterday and am still figuring everything out. What I am noticing is that it has probably more features than I'll likely use. However, it's better to have too much than not enough. For me:

    The Pros:
    Love the touch screen...no need for silly stylus which doesn't attach anyway. Tried the FM radio using adapter and my iPod phones and the reception was unbelievably good. Web-browser, good. Great camera and video! Has full suite of Microsoft office including Word, Powerpoint, Excell. Active sync allows you to sync up data from your phone to computer and vice versa. I'm addicted to "Bubbles", what can I say?

    The Cons:
    For me the battery just doesn't last. Perhaps it's because of the features. Also, I'm still working out the phone aspect. It's a bit more complicated than it needs to be. For example, I call my office to check for messages. I have to punch in a code to retrieve them, but to access a phone pad requires "unlocking" that feature while making the call. Retrieving messages left on the phone is a bit roundabout. Downloading VZ Apps is laborious since you keep having to go back and update content. What's up with that? It also doesn't have enough games you can download directly. I'm a Yatzee Queen and I can't get the app. directly. I guess I'll have to go to the website to download it.

    Anyway, overall a good phone for the money. I got it for $100 before add-ons and the $70 rebate, so my final cost with 2 year contract will be $80. No bad for a phone with all this. And yes I have the upgrade data package which is required. So what....more info
  • Rate the phone, not the carrier
    To all you people giving the Omnia a 1 star rating is like buying a new car and then rating it a terrible car because you found out gas was expensive! When you wrote your review the second question (after asking if you were over age 13) was "How do you rate this ITEM?" It didn't ask how do you rate the carrier? Here's my advice for you.... buy an unlocked Omnia and use whatever carrier you prefer! BTW everyone, I realy like the Samsung Omnia. It has some shortcomings, it's hard to find a phone that does as much as the Omnia that doesn't. All in all, a wonderful device!...more info
  • THIS IS A SUPERB PHONE, AND IS LIGHT YEARS AHEAD OF THE BLACKBERRY "SCORN."
    Last week, I upgraded my Verizon account to a Blackberry Storm. HUGE mistake. That phone has trash written all over it. Believe the reviews when they tell you BB rushed this thing to market when it was FAR from ready:

    1-the BB software for syncing and file management is horrendous. It is buggy, you'll go nuts with error msgs, and in the end you'll try wiping your device again and again to no avail.
    2-the keyboard is rotten. Esp if you put the thing in any sort of protective case, many of the keys at the very extreme lower corners of your keypad may not work in landscape mode.
    3-The camera takes awful photos, and there's a lag time of something like 4 or 5 seconds before the shot is snapped.


    Anyway, the point is, I switched to the Omnia, and wow, what a difference. Easy software. Relatively easy interface. Great photos and responsive cam, with many different variables for the settings. Wi-Fi capability, which is sorely lacking on the Storm. No annoying push-button screen, which as a gimmick is lovely but in practical use is tiring and irksome.

    Samsung also has better call quality. BB is OK, but you have to hold that phone is PRECISELY the right spot to sound reasonably good to the person you're calling.


    Oh, and btw, looks like Samsung's WORD TO GO feature is ready to use. But on BB, you have to spend another 70 smackers to upgrade the Premium WORD software through Dataviz so you can originate documents on your phone. If you're editing documents produced elsewhere, prolly no biggie. But if you like flexibility, Omnia is the way to go.

    ...more info
  • Good Phone - Not so great WinMo Interface
    Sadly, I was really hoping for a monster WinMo phone when I held the Omnia. What I did find, what a pleasant handset, but somehow a letdown compared to the performance of my Storm.

    PROS:

    The Omnia's build is 100% solid. Great feel in the hand, wonderful touch response and good performance.

    The video/camera quality is nice and has some great adjustability. Saturation, contrast and sharpness controls are all there to dial in your images.

    The email interface and messaging system is pretty easy to use once you understand Mobile Outlook.

    Mobile Office - the total best way to take your work with you on the road. Email and share your docs from anywhere.

    TV-Out with optional cables (OEM cables run about $10) allows you to display your Omnia photos or documents on any RCA TV connection.


    CONS:

    The battery life when using Wireless Sync (the $44.99 data plan) is about 3-4 hours on a full charge. Pretty underpowered for such a big screen phone.

    The screen is very vibrant, but very low resolution compared to other $550 handsets on the market today.

    Yes, it is WinMo so all you 'Dare/Voyager' users that are stepping in to smartphones looking for the same interface - look elsewhere, cause this ain't the same.


    Now as far as the 'required plans' go...

    Not everyone remembers, but when the Iphone was released, people were running up bills with $1000's in charges on them from their data plans. When you use the Dare or Voyager, you are probably subscribing to Vcast which is $15 a month - if not, don't get a smartphone cause it's going to do way more than that.

    Verizon used to offer only 1 data plan with their non-Blackberry devices and that plan was $44.99 a month. To combat this and the $1.99 per MB charge they used to run with SmartPhones (and non-Vcast subscribing dumbphone users) they created the $29.99 'device only' web and email.

    It's sad that so many people think that this is charge is too high. For $80 a month you can really do everything from the palm of your hand - and that's what this phone is designed for - someone that needs to do everything from the palm of their had. The traveller, the salesperson, the doctor, lawyer or anyone like that.

    The Omnia will allow you to send your Word, Excel or Powerpoint presentations in seconds to anyone in the world and will do it very effectively.

    I guess my only serious complaint on the device is that the screen's resolution was too low compared to the Storm and the fact that the WinMo interface required a 3rd party program to 'look good and function'...
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  • No good unless you can keep it plugged in
    This is for the Verizon version of the Omnia. Battery lasts a little over a day unless you use blue-tooth or Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi will kill it in 1/2 hour). Check the online forums, Omnia has a very robust community. Some say the Verizon hack of the Omnia (a regular Omnia that everyone likes is model Sch i900, the Verizon model with the locked GPS and battery issues is the Sch i910) causes the battery problems. Especially avoid the BJ28 ROM build, that seems to be the worst (Verizon may be aware of this and would explain why the recent extra price drop -- maybe to unload bad stock?)
    What say you Amazon, what build ROM are you selling (hopefully CC20)?...more info
  • Very Nice Phone!
    This is the first multifunction phone I have ever purchased, but hands down, there is no competition for it on the market in my eyes. The perks for me are the windows office mobile, 2 web browsers, on board 5mp camera for unexpected photo moments, 8gb on board memory with 16mb additional for tons of storage, video playback, and touch screen that is relatively responsive. The only major con for me is the voice dialing feature. I did not realize how often I use this with my older Motorola's, but this Samsung can not master my names. Barely an issue with other phones, this one has major issues separating 2 syllable names from each other. When I call my wife, anyone from a co-worker, my wife, to my wife's aunt are dialed insead of her. Also, the initial transfer of my phone book took many of my past names and made them last name first, first name last, completely messing up my speed dials and contact list, likely just an interface connection flaw at Verizon, not the phone's fault. Overall, this I see as an I-Phone Slayer. The other thing to boot, this is Verizon, not ATT (or Cingular), which I have had both, and Verizon clearly is superior in coverage in small town areas and customer service. If you have the Cash, get this phone. ...more info
  • great phone with NO HIDDEN FEES.
    i'm sure everyone now knows how great the i910 is.

    the majority of people seem to be complaining of "hidden fees". that in itself gave me a good laugh. im 30 yrs old and have had phones with all the major carriers and ALL OF THEM charge a data plan fee on smart phones. the fee also is not hidden. if you would read when you buy something you would clearly see it says "data plan required".

    the iphone has wifi but you need to pay for the "iphone data plan". are all of you outraged with that? will you now bash AT&T? verizon has hands down the best service across the board. you want the best you pay for it.

    bottom line is get this phone if you want it. anywhere you go you will pay $20-$40 for a data plan. it may just be worded differently....more info
  • Why do you think internet access should be free?
    First, the phone is awesome. No complaints.
    Second, understand that Verizon charges for data usage and internet access... and so does everybody else in one way or another! I'm not going to defend Verizon, but let's be realistic. You have to pay to play. The fee isn't hidden by any means. Is it reasonable? You have to decide that for yourself. But if you think that you should be entitled to free internet/data, then you need a reality check. No company is going to forgo profits just so you can have something for nothing. The idea that a company is evil because it charges for a service is absurd... and excuse me, but to imply that AT&T, of all companies, is some kind of white knight in the telecom biz is outright ridiculous. The 3o bucks a month that verizon charges you may be high if you don't download or access the internet a lot, but if you rarely do these things, then maybe you should reconsider buying a smartphone in the first place. I think that the real problem is in the consumer's sense of what he really needs. Do you really need to own a smart phone with high-end features? Or do you simply want one. If you need one, chances are your need is a professional one. If you are a twenty year-old kid, you honestly don't need a phone like this and you certainly don't deserve one unless you have a job to pay for the plans. Stop trying to live beyond your means, people. Thats how we got into this economic meltdown. ...more info