I am being SORELY tempted by the recently released Samsung i730 Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition on Verizon. The reason being that EVDO – BroadbandAccess in VerizonSpeak, but basically 500+ Kbps to 2Mbps wireless data – is finally available in the Portland area.
I was poking around on the Verizon site, pricing out the i730. It would be $499 with a two year commitment. About what you’d expect. But the part that isn’t clear is how the data plan add on works. I’d be getting the 450 minute plan for $39.99, and “Unlimited Data Access for PDAs and Smartphones” is a $44.95/month add-on. But it doesn’t say anywhere if this includes EVDO/BroadbandAccess, or just the 140 Kbps “NationalAccess” CDMA data access.
Anyone know for sure if EVDO is included in this plan? They charge $80/month for straignt EVDO access on a PCMCIA card, so $45 on top of a voice plan sounds about right (if still a little spendy). But I wouldn’t put it past Verizon to not include EVDO in the add on plan.
If someone can set me straight, I’ll be that much closer to switching over to this phone. The lure of having a fast enough cellular data connection to do Skype is sorely tempting. I’m toying with the idea of using SkypeOut and SkypeIn for all calls. The fact that the i730 has Bluetooth, to share the blazing EVDO connection with my laptop, and WiFi to use when available is just icing on the cake.
Someone talk me out of this! Wait, don’t – someone talk me into it! I’m so conflicted…