Bought on June 2014 (on the bay, US seller), good phone (much better than my previous Xperia Pro, both for speed and for display), but after only one month of use, always kept with extreme care, it already has some cracks on the plastic around the keyboard... unbelievable!!!
Since the same happened to my wife, who has a Galaxy Mini 2, I'm afraid it is a problem due to the poor quality of Samsung plastics... (not only for entry level phones, since the SGH T699 cannot be defined in such way)
Nice phone mine came with jellybean brand new and unlocked in original box. I used for a year then decided to upgrade the android os from 4.1 Jellybean to 4.3.1 cyanogenmod. Its like new phone now way better features and smoother than any phone I ever had. This phones battery last alllllll day no matter how much I use it. Calls are clear. keys feel good on keyboard. respect
The Sandisk Ultra microSD XC UHS-1 64gb Class 10 is compatible with this device in format exFAT without problems
Anonymous, 09 Mar 2014Can someone say from experience if this phone would be working on 3G in germany (provider Voda... moreI tried it out and it is working fine with UMTS in germany (provider is vodafone). Thx for help.
Anonymous, 26 Feb 2014Can someone say from experience if this phone would be working on 3G in germany (provider Voda... moreWithout problem bro!
Look at specs...it's full compatible with EU frequencies even with Deutschland! :D
Can someone say from experience if this phone would be working on 3G in germany (provider Vodafone)?
I have being looking for a good Qwerty Slider Smartphone with a 5 row key keyboard for a while. I currently use a Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro and I really was waiting to see if a smartphone with a good 5 row keyboard would come out with a 2GB ram and quad-core processor. This does not seem like its going to happen either in the US or in Europe where I'm based. I would probably have got a Motorola Photon 4G for its excellent keyboard but its a major risk to try and remove to build in sim card and solder on a sim card reader to access a sim for a european network.
I bought Samsung T699 unlocked from Open Group Wireless for 150Euros + 65 Euro Tax, Customs duty and Transport using freight forwarder Borderlinx who streamlined any problems exporting to Rep. of Ireland. The package arrived 2 days early and straight out of the box, I put in my O2 sim card and its worked seamlessly since, the only limiting factor is the patchy coverage outside of the cities by O2 network, but in the cities it is very fast web browsing and even picked up on the new trailing of 4G by O2 in cork.
The keyboard is very good for fast typing and the dedicated number row and multiple secondary functions on each key using the function key is a great feature. Outside of being slightly heavier that the Sansung S3, this phone can match the S3 in almost all departments - the screen resolution is slightly less than the S3 but really is not obvious. The 5mp Camera is very good and the focus is much better than the 8mp camera on the Sony Xperia Pro. Call quality is fine receiving and speaking and playing Music through the speakers has excellent clarity. Even with 3.75Gb of the phone's memory taken up with preloaded software does not seem to be an issue and it runs Android 4.1.2 Jellybean out of the box. I have checked the Blogs on upgrading Android but it seems to be a safer bet to stick with Jellybean to keep the full functionality of the slide out keyboard.
overall this is Excellent value Qwerty Slider Smartphone for any GSM network worldwide
Anonymous, 04 Feb 2014Hello everybody! Small question, Could it be used in any country like GCC? Or is it locked e... moreHi, imported this phone to Europe. Unlocked it quite easily with some codes (tutorial on Youtube), needed to do that twice for some reason. Phone works great on Vodafone moved to KPN within a month (some local Dutch mobile network)... No problems at all. Previous phone was a Sony Xperia Pro by the way. Keyboard "feel" is a litttllee bit less in my opinion.. But apart from that, much better phone.
Hello everybody! Small question,
Could it be used in any country like GCC? Or is it locked exclusively for T-Mobile only ?
And if it was locked, could it be unlocked easily?
Thank u all
Upgraded OTA to 4.1.2 Jellybean. Cyanogenmod 10.2 stable is also available.
SAurabh Delhi, 18 Nov 2013Fantastic phone....Getting good speed over internet here in Delhi...But little slow while gami... moreHi Saurabh, I'm currently using the Captivate Glide and I'm very keen on upgrading myself to the galaxy relay. How's the phone's performance?? Is it worth the buy or not?? Are you facing any issues??
A reply would be very much appreciated.. :)
I need these Specs or strong Specs in QWERTY bcuz BlackBerry is no more interted.
james24rocks, 24 Sep 2013Have you guys seen the galaxy glide? Way better.The glide is slower and older with less memory. But sure... "way better"
Fantastic phone....Getting good speed over internet here in Delhi...But little slow while gaming even it has a dual core 1.5gHZ processor...!!!
One of the fastest I checked on 3G wifi with Quadrant Standard
Result are; SG S3 (SC-03E Japan) OS 4.1.1 Score 6581; SG T699 (T-Mobile) OS 4.1.2 Score 5810; SG S3 mini (Int'l version) OS 4.1.2 Score 2610;
Surprisingly T699 results excellent. Hope to get update OS 4.2.2 from Samsung.