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Samsung T259, Blue (T-Mobile)

3.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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  • 3G-enabled flip phone with external screen for caller ID; access to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter
  • Compatible with T-Mobile's 3G network for fast downloads and uploads; GPS-enabled for navigation using Google Maps
  • 2.0-megapixel camera/camcorder; Bluetooth stereo music; microSD memory expansion to 32 GB; organizer tools; personal e-mail
  • Up to 5.1 hours of talk time, up to 335 hours (14 days) of standby time; released in January, 2011
  • What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, quick start guide
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 3.87 inches, 1.93 inches, 0.66 inches
  • Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: GSM
  • Phone Book Capacity: 500 Entries
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 300 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 335 hours
  • Battery Type: Lithium Ion
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Product Description

Product Description

A speakerphone

An affordable 3G-enabled handset that's easily pocketable, the Samsung T259 for T-Mobile keeps you connected to family and friends wherever you roam thanks to T-Mobile's nationwide 3G coverage. In addition to voice communications, the T259 flip phone provides access to mobile e-mail accounts as well as the latest updates from your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The Samsung T259 (see larger image).

External screen with incoming and missed calls (see larger image).

GPS-enabled for navigation using Google Maps.

Enabled for T-Mobile's high-speed 3G network, the T259 offers fast data delivery and an enhanced Web-browsing experience that lets you connect quickly to social networking sites. And the 3G-enabled dLite will benefit from the enhanced speeds of T-Mobile's upgraded HSPA+ network (read more about HSPA+ below).

The T259 comes with a web browser, and it's GPS-enabled for location-based services and navigation with Google Maps and the optional TeleNav GPS Navigator. Other features include a 2-megapixel camera/camcorder, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, microSD memory expansion to 32 GB, Visual Voicemail, and up to 5.5 hours of talk time.

Key Features

  • Fast 3G connectivity via T-Mobile's HSDPA/UMTS network. (1700/2100 MHz bands, UMTS/HSDPA; see more about T-Mobile's 3G service below)
  • Built-in GPS for real-time location on maps, driving directions, and more (additional charges may apply) with support for Google Maps and TeleNav software.
  • 2.2-inch internal screen (240 x 320 pixels; 65K colors)
  • External screen displays incoming and missed calls, messages, signal strength, battery life, and current time.
  • Standard alpha-numeric keypad
  • 2-megapixel camera/camcorder with digital zoom
  • Video capture capabilities
  • MP3 player
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and A2DP audio streaming--enabling you to wirelessly stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones or speaker dock.
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • Text (SMS) and picture/video (MMS) messaging
  • Access to personal e-mail
  • Web browser
  • Integrated speakerphone
  • Organizer tools including calendar, alarms, notes, to-do, and calculator
  • Airplane mode allows you to listen to music while the cellular connectivity is turned off
  • Visual Voicemail enables you to listen to your voicemail messages in any order, respond in one click and easily manage your inbox without ever dialing in to the network.
  • USB connectivity for file transfer and charging
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility: M3, T4

Vital Statistics

The Samsung T259 weighs 3.15 ounces and measures 3.87 x 1.93 x 0.66 inches. Its 800 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5.1 hours of talk time, and up to 335 hours (14 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies, as well as T-Mobile's 3G network (1700/2100 MHz).

What's in the Box
Samsung T259 handset, rechargeable battery, charger, quick start guide

T-Mobile Services

High-Speed 3G Data Connectivity

In addition to its quad-band GSM connectivity, this phone is also compatible with T-Mobile's UMTS/HSDPA 3G network, which operates on the 1700/2100 MHz AWS spectrum. This phone is designed to automatically connect to the best available network (3G or GSM/GPRS/EDGE) to provide faster data speeds when accessing the Web.

In areas where the 3G network is not available, you'll continue to receive service on the via T-Mobile's EDGE network (which stands for "Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution"). This high-speed, mobile data and Internet access technology is fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services (with average data speeds between 75-135Kbps), including full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and e-mail on the go.

T-Mobile's Expanding, Super-Fast 4G Mobile Broadband Network

As of November, 2010, T-Mobile has upgraded its traditional 3G network to HSPA+ in 75 major metropolitan areas across the U.S., with plans to continue rolling out this network upgrade throughout 2011. With typical download speeds that are on par with or faster than competing 4G technologies, T-Mobile's HSPA+ network provides fast data speeds--up to 3 times faster than AT&T and Verizon's standard 3G networks--while allowing simultaneous voice and data capabilities for the ultimate wireless voice and data experience. You'll enjoy faster Web browsing, uninterrupted video streaming, and quicker app downloads.

T-Mobile's 4G mobile broadband network (powered by HSPA+) provides a theoretical capability of up to 21 Mbps peak download speeds, with average download speeds typically in the 5 to 8 Mbps range.

While this 3G-enabled mobile device doesn't offer HSPA+ compatibility, it can benefit from enhanced speeds when connecting to the HSPA+ network today.

T-Mobile Mobile Backup

With T-Mobile Mobile Backup, you can store your phonebook on T-Mobile's network so even if you lose your phone, you don't lose your contacts. Mobile Backup lets you import entries from Microsoft Outlook, .vcf files, or use .csv files to import from Yahoo!, Gmail, etc.; back up your phone's address book on our server with enhanced safety features; and store additional contacts on the server.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 1.9 x 0.7 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B004N62IVG
  • Item model number: T259
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,306 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

This cell phone is good for those wanting a simple, yet up-to-date model. You can make calls easily, store, modify and recall #s easily. The bluetooth connectivity is good. When you close the phone, the front displays the time and date, which I love, since I don't wear a watch. The numbers and characters are generally large enough. Changing settings isn't so easy, as the menus aren't really designed so well. However, the defaults are almost always ok, so it's not a big deal. One big exception is ring tone, which is a pain to set because of the cruddy menu design in that section. The ring choices are also pitiful. A smaller nit is the menu sequence to turn on the camera is pretty convoluted, however I think there might be a button to push to do it. With a bit of hunting, you can turn off the default silly T-Mobile sounds when turning on and off the unit. So, those are the basics, which is what I bought this cell phone for mostly. For those interested: The camera is adequate. You can take pics and movies. Uploading (say, to T-Mobile "My Album") is fairly simple. There are many "features", like calendar, timer, stopwatch, calculator, (unit) convertor, web access, email, GPS via maps. The more demanding apps highlight the limitations of the unit, but you wouldn't buy it for those kinds of things really.
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This phone replaces a Motorola Razr V3.

I bought this phone because smartphones along with their plans are simply too expensive. Frankly, I have enough ways of wasting money.

With this phone, unlike my old Razr, I can actually access the internet via WebToGo for browsing things such as gas prices, weather and Google maps (It has a Google maps app included). Be aware though, that at least in my case a $10.00 per month ($15.00 in some cases) 3G data plan was needed before these internet sites were realistically available. And also note the sites are drastically simplified versions of what you'd see on your laptop. Still, if I'm traveling in say, North Carolina and need gas, Google maps (using the phone's internal GPS) will tell me where I am and will alert me to the least expensive gas station. Another plus for me is being able to access a weather site in real time - along with an accompanying radar map.

A handy feature with this phone is call blocking. I have some company calling me several times a day only to be silent when I answer. With this phone, I am never interupted by a ringing phone with nobody on the other end. I do see a missed call when I open the phone, but that's no big deal.

As for general use the calls on my end are nice and clear, even when using speakerphone -- which I do a lot. Additionally, I was even able to pair up my old Jabra BT 125 headset for even more clarity. The handset has just about any feature a person could want, including an app for social networking (FB, T, MS - same data plan caveat as with web browsing applies) and a method for getting email. I like the calendar even though I can't sync it with my Outlook or Google calendars. The alarm clock is fine too.
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I had my last phone for almost 8 years so it was very old by cell phone standards, but it was still 1,000 times better than this Samsung. 1) The voice sound is horrible. It sounds like I am talking in a tin can. The same with the ring tones. It sounds like the music is coming out of a tin can. 2) Battery life is absurdly short. My 8 year old phone had much longer battery life. 3) Getting it set up to email photos to my email account was a nightmare. Again my 8 year old phone was a snap. I just programmed in the email address into my contacts and hit Send after I took a photo. Not so with the Samsung. I tried emailing photos for hours. After several weeks, it is still sending me error messages that the email did not go through. Can't figure out how to tell it to stop trying. 4) It has a speakerphone but it does not work well, so I end up holding the phone near my mouth which defeats the whole purpose of a speakerphone. 5) I lost many numbers when the T-Mobile employee transferred my contacts to this phone. I don't know if it was because of this phone (although I've seen others complain of this too; or if the employee didn't know what he was doing; 6) But, the thing that truly makes this phone a piece of JUNK and infuritates me is that when the battery is going dead, there is little or no notification. In the 2 1/2 months I've had this phone I cannot tell you how many important calls I've missed because the phone had gone dead but there was no notification sound. My 8 year old phone would beep loudly for quite a while when the battery was low. But, the 1 or 2 times I've heard the beep on this Samsung, it was so faint that unless I was within a few yards, I would not hear it. In addition, I have never heard it beep more than once, so if you missed that one beep, the phone goes dead and you won't know unless you just happen to check your phone. DON'T BUY THIS PHONE.
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I wanted just a very basic cell phone from T-mobile and so choose this model. Actually I originally choose the T249 which is not 3G and didn't work most of the time but that is another story. I have really not been happy with this phone. Whoever designed it must own a smart phone because some basic functionality isn't there. I attribute most of the issues to the phone as opposed to the T-mobile network as my previous Motorola PEBL worked great.

In a nutshell:

Main display is fairly bright and the numbers are large font easy to read.
Menus are easy to navigate.

-Battery life is poor. With moderate usage you get two days at three bars, 1/2 day at two bars and 30 min at one bar. It dies fast so talk quick.
-Battery has also been fading quickly. If I were to keep the phone it seems I would have to replace it soon (after owning it for about 6 months)
-Front display is useless. The clock only displays as an analog clock (you can't change it) and it only displays when you first flip the phone closed. You have to reopen the phone to turn it back on.
-When someone calls you the number slowly scrolls through the front display (it isn't big enough to display the whole number), by the time you can see enough of the number to figure out who it is it has gone to voice mail.
-After a few months the phone occasionally behaves strange. When you select someone to dial it pauses, says connecting and then goes back to the main screen. Even though reception is shown as great.
-Intermittent dropped outgoing audio. Callers on the other end will all of sudden no longer hear me although I can hear them.
-No way to sync contacts from a computer.
-I bought the Samsung HM1000 earpiece but had to abandon it as the volume was never loud enough with this phone. It was OK with the T249.
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