Verizon's Samsung Gusto shows a surprising lack of gusto for $20

Chris Ziegler
C. Ziegler|08.11.10

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Verizon's Samsung Gusto shows a surprising lack of gusto for $20
Every once in a while, carriers need to re-up the very bottom of their product lineups -- the part of the range where features like VGA cameras and tiny displays still reign supreme. Thing is, these are the kinds of phones that frequently aren't bestowed awesome model names, because... well, they're just not that awesome. On that note, we we're a little surprised at first to see that Samsung and Verizon were calling the ultra-basic clamshell the "Gusto" today until we remembered that this was the same carrier that released a phone called the Wireless Coupe -- at which point everything started to make sense. Sort of. It's available online today for $19.99 on contract after rebate; follow the break for Samsung's full press release.

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August 11, 2010

Multiple Messaging Options and Voice Enhancement Audio Technology
Let Customers Share Moments Instantly with Family and Friends

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and DALLAS – Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) announced that the Samsung Gusto™ is available online today and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks. The sleek Samsung Gusto sports a 2-inch main display, multiple messaging options, Dynamic Voice Enhancement technology with noise suppression, mobile Web browser and Bluetooth® technology for hands-free communication.
Color: Metallic Gray

Key features and specifications:
-Slim form factor
-2-inch internal screen
-Mobile Web browser to connect on the go
-Messaging options include text, picture and voice messaging; Mobile IM; Mobile Chat; Mobile -Email; and Mobile Web Email
-VGA camera with night shot
-Bluetooth® technology to support headset, hands-free, serial port, object push for vCard and vCalendar and phonebook access

Lifestyle features:
-Dynamic Voice Enhancement technology with noise suppression technology to reduce background noise levels and enhance speech frequencies
-Driving Mode – changes the handset volume automatically to high, overrides vibrate settings, and reads contact information aloud when a call or message is received
-Fake Call feature – lets customers set up a pseudo call with a timer to manage social situations
-Voice Commands – voice dial, send text, send picture, digit dial, text message readout, call announcement, My Verizon, check features, contacts, redial, GoTo, help and driving mode
-Personal Organizer and Tools – calendar, calculator with currency converter, world clock, alarm clock and stop watch
-Media Center-capable – access downloadable games, ringtones, wallpapers, location-based services and more
-Preloaded with Bing Search
-VZ Navigator® capable – receive audible turn-by-turn directions to more than 15 million points of interest and share the directions with others

Price and availability:
-The Samsung Gusto is available online today at for free after an online discount with a new two-year customer agreement and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks for $19.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
-For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to

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