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Samsung Releases Combo Phone-Music Player

Posted by iMark - 2006-01-10

Samsung Telecommunications America on Friday said it has re-released the SCH-a950 cellular phone with an integrated music player for accessing Verizon Wireless's V Cast online music service.

V Cast Music, which runs on Verizon's high-speed network, enables users to transfer digital music between a phone and PC. The a950 stores songs on TransFlash memory cards, sold separately, that slide into the phone's memory slot.

Verizon subscribers can press the play key on the front of the phone to access the music player, and use a jog wheel to scroll through the play list. Other keys are used to stop, start and skip around songs.

"This product -- through its design and multimedia capabilities -- appeals to gadget lovers who want a sleek device that can seamlessly meet the desire for mobile entertainment and the need for constant communication," Peter Skarzynski, senior vice president of Samsung, said in a statement released from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev.

The a950 is set for release Jan. 16 to Verizon Wireless and Circuit City stores. The phone is expected to sell for $100 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year wireless service agreement. Current owners of a950 handsets can get a software upgrade with V Cast Music support at Verizon stores.

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