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Sunday, December 25, 2005

The t809: who got it for Christmas?


Please visit our new website at Samsung t809 FAQ

(or another holiday!)

If you're new to this blog, check out the links to the left: Howard Forums, Phone Scoop and the FAQ that I'm putting together with information gathered from using the phone and from posts everywhere.

If you have a question, feel free to post on these forums or post a comment on my blog. I access my blog from my t809 daily, and get updates to my t809 when someone posts a comment (except anonymous comments, those I get to at the end of the day or in the morning).

If you're having a nagging problem that T-Mobile and Samsung can't fix, let me know. I'll try to duplicate it and even give you a call to see what we can do to get you going.

The Samsung t809 cell phone, so far, is my favorite cell phone I've ever had, and I tend to buy 2-3 per year (some as expensive as US$800!). This thing does everything I need it to do -- especially when bundled with my HP iPAQ PDA that the lady got me for Christmas.


  • My wife just got the Samsung T809 (not for any holiday in particular). So far she's very pleased with it. It's tiny, and the keyboard seems really nice.

    I'm presonally blown away by the quality of the camera. It's really sharp, even under usually terrible conditions. Also, the AIM is really impressive.

    Thanks to your blog, we've figured out a few of the common issues - the DRM needed ringtone issue, and the need to have the phone in Modem Mode to have it connect to the PC Studio software (argh, that one took hours to sort out).

    The only issue we have left is that the device doesn't seem to work for us in Mass Storage mode. We plug it into a windows XP laptop, both the phone and laptop tone, and we see a new drive listed in the file explorer. Yet, clicking on the drive causes the pop-up: "Please Insert Drive."

    But assuming we figure this issue out -- we'll be very happy campers.

    Oh, and your point about this phone not having an e-mail client is 100%. How could they leave this vital application off? For now, my wife is using Mobile GMail, though a real application would work much better.

    Here's a tip you may want to try: Add the following users to AIM: AOLYellowPages and SmarterChild. Both of those are bots that I find really useful on my Sidekick.

    By Blogger Ben Simon, at 8:57 AM  

  • You mentioned that you: "access my blog from my t809 daily".

    Just out of curiousity, how do you do that?

    You can't simply visit the page in the WAP browser, right?

    Thanks and keep up the great work.


    By Blogger Ben Simon, at 9:12 AM  

  • I figured out why the Mass Storage Mode wasn't working on my wife's phone.

    After talking to the folks at Samsung, I learned that the phone's Mass Storage Mode doesn't turn the phone into a flash drive, instead, it's a glorified flash reader.

    The result was, I didn't have a memory card in the phone, so when the computer was complaining that we needed to "insert a disk", they were 100% correct.

    I followed the steps in the post describing how to get a non-DRM'ed song to play, and it worked like a charm.

    There's one small typo in that post, by the way. You refer to FUNSONG.3PG when it should be FUNSONG.3GP.

    Thanks again. (Sorry to go a bit overboad on the comments)

    By Blogger Ben Simon, at 10:08 AM  

  • You beat me to it :)

    I'll add that fact to the FAQ, and I'm working on an easy-to-WAP set of directions, too :)

    Thanks for the compliments!

    A.B. Dada

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:24 AM  

  • I have this phone and have attempted to load the software on three machines...thats easy but I can't get the machines to recognize the phone. If i am not mistaken you must be "connected" before you can transfer data (i.e. MP3 or photo) Please help ! It could be the user?...Nah

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:26 PM  

  • Did you insert your T-Flash card first? Is your phone's USB mode in Mass Storage instead of modem?

    By Blogger A. B. Dada, at 6:28 PM  

  • When I go to Menu > Fun & Apps > File Manager > Memory card, it says "Not Allowed" ... does anyone know the problem?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:19 AM  

  • Hi guys/girls

    Very nice site, and dedicated. We just purchased the T809 from TMobile. Very nice phine with one exception, and I know it is a little technical, but you guys/girls owning so long, may know the answers.

    The device, will not allow any java spplication to connect to the internet, i.e. third party java applications. I tried reqwireless web browser, google serach, as well as numerous app's that I have written in java. I get an security exception, when any app tries to connect.

    Using the tmobile tzones browser, is no issue, it browses fine, as well as browsing to other websites outside of tzones, including non-wap websites.

    If I take the sim out from tmobile, and stick it in a Nokia 6010 or 6630, the java apps on those phones can connect to the internet, so this lead me to believe it is so0mething specific to this device, i also tested on x495 from tmobile with same results, failure.

    I understand Opera, is having issues with this device, so it may be just that java applications are not allowed to access the internet. But that would be ignorant, and a very sad limitation on the device.

    Does anyone have any ideas, i tried all the codes for different devices, with no effect. There is no java gprs setting for this device, nor is there the java web app, that some have talked about.

    I spent hours on the phone with tmobile level 1 and level 2, and unfortunately, i knew more about the device, and their APN's than they did, so they were not much help.

    Any information, trick or input would be greatly appreciated


    Jason Glass

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:25 PM  

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