|Audiovox became a pioneer in the wireless industry, selling its first vehicle-installed wireless telephones in 1984 as a natural expansion of its automotive aftermarket business. Its extensive distribution network and its long-standing industry relationships have allowed Audiovox to benefit from growing market opportunities in the wireless industry and to exploit niches in the consumer electronics business.PRODUCT FEATURES:Get It NowSM Features;Dual Displays - Inner TFT Display with 65K Colors;Web Browser Capable;TTY Capable;Built-in 300K Pixel Camera;Photo Album;Left/Right Side Blue Light Ringers;Built-In 2 Way Speakerphone;Voice Activated Dialing;Data Capable;2-Way TXT Messaging;Multilingual;System Dependent.|
|Family Line||Audiovox CDM|
|Network Technology||CDMA / AMPS|
|Band||CDMA2000 1X 1900/800 / AMPS 800|
|Display Technology||LCD display|
|Color Depth||16-bit (65000 colors)|
|Phone Book Capacity (Numbers)||300|
Average review score based on 26 user reviews
It's not a smart phone. But it does have mobile web, mobile e-mail, and ap download ability.
What it is is tough, light weight, blank on the outside until you get a call or push any button to check the time. Programming voice command takes awhile, but it does a very good job. You can even set the phone so it speaks to tell you who is calling ... or what number is calling if it's not among your contacts. And it can be a great work phone for outdoor or delivery group type jobs -- because it handles PTT (push to talk) if you sign up for the service with Verizon.
It, of course, has all the "standard features": Selective ringtones, speaker-phone option, camera for still or video, wallpaper option on main screen, alarm clock, calendar, note book, calculator, text/picture/video/multimedia messaging, and can play games you download.
This phone also has memory card optional (micro SD), which means you can load it up with music to listen to (Bluetooth or earbud), transfer pictures and video to the card, and then transfer that data to your computer. None of that having to e-mail your pictures to yourself, which means paying for data transfer ... not when you can slip the memory card into a reader which plugs into your computer (or maybe some printers?).
Just how good is it? It was good enough that when one of ours was destroyed, by a dozen cars running over it, I hunted for this specific phone as a replacement. We now have three in active use and a fourth for a spare.
Too bad Verizon doesn't stock them any more, despite showing this phone on their webpage the last time I checked. However, if you buy one they will activate it; when they check for serial number and find it clear, they'll assign it to the number of your choice (if this is a replacement) or will give you a new number for it.
I bought this phone after my daughter had laid her Samsung A670 to waste 8 months before our contract was up for renewal. My daughter actually found this phone as a feasible answer to her problem and it met her requirements. While the camera is not as good as her samsung and the phone is a tad bulkier and heavier the purchase price of $24 with all the extras that came with it made this acquisition a no brainer! The camera does a nice job in perfect light but other then that.... (but hey its a phone right!). My Daughter also says it a bit annoying that you can't shut off the blue light (but it makes it really easy to find it in the dark!!!)
When my verizon contract is up I may just come shopping again rather then be limited by their choices (and hype)! For my money...I couldn't be happier.
Had this phone for 2 years. It never dropped a call. Has the best voice quality of any phone I have ever used (I have a slight hearing loss and need the volume and clarity of this phone). While traveling, my wife was constantly dropping calls on her other model phone on the same phone plan and had no problem with mine. After two years, I replaced it with a different model phone and gave the Audiovox to her. Two and 1/2 years after that, she would fight anyone who tried to take her phone even tho she is eligible for a new one free. I am now searching for another CDM 8900 because I have never had a phone to perform as that one did for me and does for her now 4-1/2 years old. It is such a shame that the best phone ever was taken off the market so soon. It is still the best phone ever.
I live in a low signal area and I have had much better luck with this phone than any other that I've had. Don't let Verizon or any other carrier tell you that their "network" is the same with any phone you get. I did get them to finally admit that some phones are more reliable and get better signal than others and that is so true. I would not have gotten a new phone this year because I like this one so much... however, with the "new every two" deal from Verizon, I (or should I say my gadget-junky husband) just couldn't resist the new technology out there like BlueTooth & MP3 player (which are not available on this phone - probably the only down side). So, bottom line... if you don't care about the BT or MP3 capabilities, this is a great reliable phone to have with lots of features.
We had two CDM8900VW phones when they first came out from Verizon. We've been very pleased. They are basic, but fit our needs. As with anything electronic, they wore out. The light bulb inside burnt out and we could still make and receive calls, but not see any information, first my husband's phone and then mine. We purchased new phones from Verizon but they sounded too digital and we were not pleased. We returned them and then found our old phones on ebay. We're really pleased with the CDM8900 phones and it was a lot more economical!