As odd as it may seem to a gadget lover like myself, not everyone needs (or wants) a smartphone–and this is the audience that Samsung is squarely aiming at with the new Gusto 2 for Verizon. Arriving in the coming weeks, the Gusto 2 is a traditional clamshell phone that offers some nice extras (1.3 megapixel camera, bluetooth, speakerphone, external screen), for those of you that simply like to make and receive calls–it even features voice-enabled menus that alert you to texts and phone status. The Gusto 2 will sell for $79.99 (after $50 mail-in rebate) on a 2 year contract–and you can read the full PR after the jump…

SIMPLICITY MEETS STYLE WITH THE SAMSUNG GUSTO™ 2

FROM VERIZON WIRELESS

 

Staying connected has never been easier with the affordable and reliable Samsung Gusto™ 2 on the Verizon Wireless network.  Today, Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) introduce the Samsung Gusto 2, available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com in the coming weeks.

 

The easy-to-use Samsung Gusto 2 keeps staying in touch with family and friends simple thanks to a smooth and compact design.  Customers can easily dial numbers and type text messages with its large contoured keypad.  Enhanced social networking capabilities make updating statuses on Facebook® and Twitter™  easier than ever.  The Gusto 2 also features DyVE (Dynamic Voice Enhancement) with noise suppression technology to help reduce background noise levels and enhance speech quality.

 

The Gusto 2 also has a variety of accessibility features including a voice-enabled menu and sub menus that verbalize basic features and functions such as incoming texts, contacts list, battery level, signal strength and more out loud to the user.  The large adjustable display font makes it easy for users to read texts messages and view menu options.

 

Additional features:

  • 1.3-megapixel camera with timer, brightness control and shooting modes (single and continuous); effects (black and white, antique and negative)
  • VZ Navigator® – receive audible turn-by-turn directions to millions points of interest and share the directions with others
  • Fake Call – allows users to set up a pseudo call to help them escape unwanted social situations
  • One-touch shortcut keys for quick access to emergency contacts, voicemail, speakerphone, camera and messaging
  • Sound Alert Mode – changes the volume automatically to high and reads contact information aloud when a call or message is received
  • Customizable directional keys for quick access to contacts, mobile Web and more
  • 2-inch main display
  • Messaging features include text, picture, voice messaging and mobile email
  • Bluetooth® technology for hands-free communication

 

The Samsung Gusto 2 will be available in the coming weeks in Verizon Communications Stores for $79.99 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.

 

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