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Samsung Gusto, Black (Verizon Wireless)

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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 3.99 inches, 1.86 inches, 0.56 inches
  • Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: CDMA
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 300 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 350 hours
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Product Description

Product Description

You enjoy life to the fullest, and the Samsung Gusto eagerly matches your enthusiasm. A sharp display and noise cancellation technology make sure nothing gets in the way of your zest for life, and text and picture messaging are great for reliving and relishing every moment. Providing crystal clear audio and sharp images without breaking the bank, the Gusto is a steal of a deal with a zeal you can feel.

Enjoy easy mobile voice and text communications with the Samsung Gusto for Verizon Wireless, which features a 2-inch main display, multiple messaging options, Dynamic Voice Enhancement technology with noise suppression, and a mobile Web browser (with Bing search). You'll also stay on course thanks to the VZ Navigator GPS turn-by-turn direction service.

The Samsung Gusto provides mobile voice and text communications plus crystal clear audio without breaking the bank.

You can send and receive text messages as well as picture messages. The built-in VGA camera with Night Shot lets you take photos day and night for quick sending to friends and family. Need help managing certain social situations? The Fake Call feature sets your phone ringing for an "incoming call" that you simply "must" take.

Other features include access to instant messaging and mobile e-mail, dual screens, Bluetooth for hands-free devices, voice commands, personal organizer tools, 1xRTT digital data connectivity, and up to 7 hours of talk time.

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Key Features

  • Runs on the reliable Verizon Wireless voice and data network (1xRTT data frequency)
  • GPS navigation capabilities via VZ Navigator service
  • Dynamic Voice Enhancement 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 you 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
  • 2-inch internal screen (320 x 240 pixels, 262K color depth)
  • 1.07-inch external screen (96 x 96 pixels, 65K color depth) displays current time, signal strength, and battery life.
  • Standard alpha-numeric keypad
  • VGA still camera with Night Shot with brightness adjustment, up to 10x digital zoom, color effects, and dedicated camera key.
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.0) includes profiles for communication headset and hands-free car kits.
  • Full suite of messaging options including text, picture and voice messaging; Mobile IM; Mobile Chat; Mobile Email; and Mobile Web.
  • Media Center provides access to downloadable games, ringtones, wallpapers, location-based services, and more.
  • Phone book with up to 1000 contact entries
  • Organizer tools including calendar, calculator with currency converter, world clock, alarm clock, and stopwatch
  • 2.5mm headset jack
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility = M4/T4
  • TTY capable
  • Bilingual Interface English and Spanish

Vital Statistics

The Samsung Gusto weighs 3.27 ounces and measures 3.99 x 1.86 x 0.56 inches. Its 1000 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 7 hours of talk time, and up to 350 hours (14+ days) of standby time. It runs on the CDMA 800/1900 frequencies and 1xRTT data frequency.

What's in the Box

Samsung Gusto handset, rechargeable battery, wall/USB charger, battery door, quick start guide

Verizon Wireless Services

  • VZ Navigator Capable: With this GPS-enabled phone, you'll be able to access the Verizon Wireless 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.

  • VZW Backup Assistant: Automatically back up your mobile contacts to your online address book. If your phone is lost, stolen, or damaged, or you decide to upgrade, easily restore your saved address book to your new phone. You can also add, delete, edit, and print your contacts online and send the changes to your mobile phone.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 1.9 x 0.6 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B003XREZ4O
  • Item model number: Gusto™
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,679 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By justme on June 23, 2011
This is really a good, sturdy, basic flip phone. Sound quality is great, it's easy to use, and the camera takes ok pics. I love the large display, no need for a magnifying glass to see the time/date or who's calling!

The reason for only a three star rating? I feel that Samsung comes way too close to false advertising stating that this phone is "blue tooth capable". Sure you can use a blue tooth with it, they just don't mention anywhere (phone info. at store or owner's manual) that only two brands on the planet will work with it (Jawbone and Bose) and these start at $130! That's more then I paid for the phone!

So I bought a basic (and cheap) Samsung phone and if I want a blue tooth I will need to fork over $130-$200? Um, no! Because I'm stuck with this Samsung until my phone is up for renewal, I'm now back to a headset (which again only a few will work with this phone). I guess I should be thankful the headset is only $20.

Samsung, you let me down!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stepahnie Magnan on November 12, 2010
I have had this phone for a few weeks. I had to upgrade because my previous phone broke. I had no reception issues in my area before and now I lose calls left and right. This phone has extremely poor reception. I also think the buttons on the side are poorly placed as I frequently hit the speaker phone button during a conversation when I don't mean too just by holding it. I am taking this back as I really need reliable reception.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Goddard on September 19, 2011
I purchased this phone as an emergency backup for my sister after re-wiring her primary phone that was providing inconsistent service. The reception was extremely good, especially considering that she lives in rural West Virginia. The phone has a very user friendly menu system with readable fonts on a color display. Unfortunately, so far I have only been able to test the phone while talking with Verizon "marketeers". After opening the Gusto I was greeted by a very convenient message to activate the phone. I clicked the activate option and was put on hold for a very reasonable period of time while being entertained by Spanish guitar music. The marketing rep answered. To my amazement the rep informed me that I had won a $500 gift and that all I needed to do was pay $14.95 to have it shipped to my door. I reported that I was not interested in the gift but the marketer was persistent. I finally hung up without activation. The next day I tried again and dialed *611. The support person gave me a toll free number where I could pursue activation. I dialed the number and once again was greeted by a marketer who explained that I had won $500. After asking how his company could survive by giving away so many $500 gifts for $20 phone purchases the marketer told me I could bypass his office and attain activation by dialing the number again an pressing "option 3". After I hung up I was unable to locate "option 3", so here I sit with a phone hosted by a company that obviously makes it immmensely difficult to activate without accepting a $500 gift. If you buy this phone from Verizon be advised that you will need to negotiate an aggressive marketing gauntlet if you don't want to take the offer.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Chaplowitz on February 7, 2011
Like other reviewers, I have found sound quality lacking but since is Verizon's entry-level phone, not to be expected. However, the recent CONSUMER REPORTS reported poor sound quality on most phones, including smartphones.

I have a chronic technical glitch with this phone. An alert keeps going off for a calendar reminder that is passed and I can't delete it because it is not even listed! A call to tech support at Samsung did not solve the problem. So I have a phone going off every ten minutes. Not good.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By redhead522 on April 10, 2012
I don't know if it's the phone carrier (Verizon) or this phone, but it is notorious for not sending and receiving texts. I've had several times where different friends will say they didn't get a text. Often the only way I find out is because they will later ask me a question when I already texted them the answer. Similarly I've had friends ask why I didn't text them back, when I never received it.

On the phone itself, it's a basic no thrills package. You can't zoom in on pictures.

The phone itself is fairly rugged, it's survived some pretty disastrous falls on my part & I like the size.

Simply put, I'm about to upgrade phones though.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By suible on June 30, 2011
Over the last 10-12 years I've had 5-6 cell phones. This is a nice little phone that doesn't do too much - which is fine with me. It takes ok pictures, it is relatively easy to enter information, it will announce who or what number is calling. You can lock the phone so that you don't accidentally take numerous photos while it is in your pocket. Fine . . . except the reception is is not good. Calls are not infrequently choppy - not good at all. sigh. The phone was "only" $9.99 through Verizon - after rebate - which was not a bad deal considering last phone died mid-contract. Still, the reception being bad . . . $9.99 is looking expensive. Out of the 5-6 cell phones I've had - this is a great little phone, except for the reception. The reception is the worst of any phone I've ever had. Not recommended.
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By Alan Haug on August 29, 2012
My old Motorola 120e bar phone was wearing out (literally) after 8 years...I couldn't even see the numbers on the buttons any more. Oh, it still functioned as a phone just fine, but I had to keep a standby battery charged up to swap out, the radio feature never seemed to work well with their idiotic connection system, and most importantly my friends were posting photos on Facebook that they took with their cel telephones, without having to lug around a camera, and I wanted to get in on that. So, after looking at several phones at the Verizon store, I decided on the Samsung Gusto. What a mistake.
For one, the tech at the store was unable to simply copy my old phone book from the old phone to the new one. I had to manually enter every single name and number from my list. Hundreds of contacts.
For another, the camera "feature" in this phone is useless. Oh, it snaps the pictures just fine, and there are even a reasonable number of creative options available for the adequate 640x480 images. The problem is they are impossible to download off of the camera to view, edit or post. You can supposedly send them from the phone to a website to view them. But after spending over an hour setting up the account and website, I found that it just doesn't work. The obvious method, which would be to connect the phone to the USB port on your computer-won't work either.
Evidently this is because this goofy knick-knack has some sort of cheesy proprietary software that is INCOMPATIBLE WITH EVERYTHING ELSE, which also explains why the phone book was untransferable. The salesman at the Verizon store didn't even know this, and Samsung doesn't point this out, either. You can look at the pictures on the phone's screen. That's it.
So, don't waste your money expecting this to be anything more than a telephone. It works just fine as a telephone-but that's it.
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