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Samsung SCH U740 - Silver (Verizon) Cellular Phone

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Product description
  • Double the phone
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Full QWERTY keyboard
  • 1.3 megapixel digital camera
Product Information
Built with an attractive dual-flip design, the Samsung Alias SCH U740 is a sleek and stylish cellular phone. Supporting 3G network, the Samsung SCH U740 Alias mobile phone lets you browse the Web at high speeds even while on-the-go. Moreover, the 1.3 MP camera of the Samsung SCH U740 Alias mobile phone captures decent quality images. The Bluetooth connectivity in this silver Samsung Alias phone enables you to wirelessly connect and share data with other compatible devices. Furthermore, you can listen to your favorite tracks anytime and anywhere, thanks to the MP3 support feature of this Verizon cellular phone.

Product Highlights

Product Identifiers
Family LineSamsung SCH
TypeCellular Phone

Key Features
Storage Capacity69.5 MB
Network TechnologyCDMA2000 1X
BandCDMA2000 1X 1900/800
Camera1.3 MP

Supported Flash Memory CardsBuilt-In Memory, MicroSD

Battery TypeLithium Ion
Battery Capacity800 mAh
Battery Talk TimeUp to 210 min
Battery Standby TimeUp to 200 hr

Display TechnologyLCD display
Display Resolution176 x 220 pixels
Color Depth18-bit (262000 Colors)

Other Features
Touch ScreenNo
Digital CameraYes
QWERTY Physical KeyboardNo
Email AccessYes
Internet BrowserYes

Height3.86 in.
Depth0.59 in.
Width2.05 in.
Weight3.56 oz

eBay Product ID: EPID99986355

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CNET Editors' reviewGood


    The Samsung SCH-u740 has a sleek and attractive design with a cool, dual-flip hinge that lets you view the display in either portrait or landscape mode. It has a QWERTY keyboard, access to Verizon's V Cast offerings, and a full array of multimedia goodies.


    The Samsung SCH-u740 lacks a dedicated camera key on the phone's exterior, and the video quality is mediocre. We're also not fans of the touch screen music controls.


    The Samsung SCH-u740's dual-flip design and QWERTY keyboard are great for text-messaging fans, and its impressive feature set seals its deal as one of Verizon's strongest multimedia handsets.

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Created: 04/04/12

Going Retro: Can't go bad with the Alias!

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Review For: Samsung SCH U740 - Silver (Verizon) Cellular Phone

After a year of having a touch-screen smart phone, whilst considering my College expenses, I've reconsidered from a data plan to a normal talk-text plan while getting a "new" phone. I landed upon this cell phone; it's dual flip (how awesome is that?!) so you can text with a QWERTY board one way, and dial/call someone the other. It's very sleek, slim, and stylish. It may be a little old, but although the era has taken a turn for the Smart Phones, going back to this nifty clam-shell phone certainly is a decision I do not regret!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Created: 06/05/07

Love, love, love this phone!

Lots of great features with this phone!

**Has the Bluetooth Wireless!
**V Cast Music and Video!- love the fact that I can use my phone when I exercise in the morning and don't have to bring my iPod…and can still use my phone!
**3D Games - hubby loves this!
**Online - needed for my business...even if I didn't though its still a great feature for this phone!
**Easy Picture taking!...with the phone flipped in either direction…don’t even have to search for “take Picture” through the phone…there is a button to push and the camera starts immediately!
**Great for people who text quite a bit because when the phone it flipped to it's side, you can text like a crazy person on an actual key board! Love the I can send a picture along with a text message as well!
**Love the Camera-Camcorder - again easy to use and access.
**Comes in the black or champagne...I have the black my sister has the champagne...after 2 months, both of our phones look like new (no scuffs, scratches...etc.)
**Flip the phone to the side when someone is calling or when making a call and it goes to speaker phone method! Gota LOVE that!

**Buttons are a bit small if you have large fingers or if you have a hard time seeing normal keys. This phone wouldn't work well for someone who makes calls without glasses...since the keys are not large and there are quite a few of them...but the numbers appear large enough on the screen that you can be sure you are typing in the right keys.
**I am left handed too and sometimes when I flip the phone open when someone is calling, it opens to the side and I wind up going on speaker phone, but when I open it with my right hand I don't have that problem...but really, it not a big deal and in fact, I love the ease of using the speaker phone., so really this is not a con, but just something I thought I would mention!

So why did I buy this phone? The features of course!

Update: 9/10/07
I went to Starbucks this weekend to get my regular Caramel Frappuccino. I dumped my ENTIRE drink head first into my purse. I freaked knowing my phone was inside my purse. I pulled over, grabbed for some tissue in the back seat and quickly pulled my phone out of the slushy coffee mess, whimpering as I didn't know if it would still work. Cleaned and dried it and called my husband hopping it would still work. It WORKS! It still works!

Needless to say, I cried on the drive home from Starbucks because everything else in my purse from money, checks, and a book of stamps where just a mess!! --Hey, but at least my phone was safe!

22 of 23 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Created: 11/30/08

Buyer Review of Samsung SCH U740 Alias

Everything about the phone works exactly the way it should. It has a good camera for a cell phone(w/ flash) and the full qwerty key board is convenient.
There are however, some draw backs to it. I have had the phone for about a week now and there is already play in the hinge when flipping the phone between landscape and flip. Another problem is simply a design flaw, the keys on the phone are much too small and can be challenging to use at first, after using it for a week I've already found that I've been able to get used to them- it just takes time.
In conclusion it's overall a good phone with some downfalls. If I had to choose between this phone and my former Motorola w755(which was cheap, flimsy, and annoying) I'd definitely choose this one.

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Created: 06/27/08

Worth every penny

I had my previous Samsung phone for over 5 years, and it finally kicked the bucket when the phone literally broke in half in my purse. I figured it was time to invest in something a little newer. A friend of mine had the Samsung 740, or now known as the "Samsung Alias". It always seemed like an interesting phone to me, so I put in the money to buy one. (On eBay, no less!)

The market price is about $350, but I got mine for $180 here. It was worth every penny! I haven't had malfunctions with anything so far, so I will list the features I like and dislike.

The Good:
- Coolest thing is probably the way it flips horizontally and vertically
- Texting is made much easier with the keyboard feature
- Video and camera are always handy
- Great for a plethora of games on your phone
- Comes with a hook to hang cell phone charms on (that is important to me!)
- Vcast enabled
- Able to customize your own ring tones
- Excellent battery life. (I've gone 4 days or more, I think, without having to charge. That is, of course, if I'm not talking on the phone the whole time)

The Bad:
- The keyboard is on the small side, though it's what you would expect with the size of cell phones
- I'm always a little worried that the way it flips back and forth will fail and break some day
- The cover for the charger insert seems very fragile

Overall, I have very little complaints. It's been a great phone so far and a worthwhile investment. If you're on the verison network and are a text-messager, this is a GREAT phone for you. I wouldn't recommend it to someone with poor eyesight, in that the keys are rather small and my parents have a hard time reading the letters. Texting takes some time to get used to on the phone, but it's a lot of fun. You can customize a lot of the features and programs you want via downloading from V-cast, but it's much more entertainment related. I wouldn't use this phone as a business-only device.

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Created: 01/07/11

Samsung SCH-U740 compared to the SCH-U900

Why you bought it
My wife & I had identical Samsung SCH-U900, purchased from Verizon for their good cameras, email capabilities and Verizon's coverage here. We also wanted flip-phones, because of the physical abuse I give to things in my pockets.

My wife wore out the connection through her swivel-hinge on the SCH-U900 from switching between camera & phone too much, and we were two months from the end of our Verizon contract, so Verizon gave us the options of paying full retail for a replacement phone, or signing up for another two-year contract. Neither of those options worked for us.

So, I bought my wife a new 12MP point-and-shoot camera, and went looking for a Verizon-compatible phone with email capabilities and some kind of camera for photo-texts.

What you like most about it
I loved the SCH-U740's QWERTY keyboard, and everything else looked good, so I nabbed it used from a very good eBay seller at a reasonable price. Operationally, it's even slicker to me than the SCH-U900.

What you dislike about it
Neither phone
The camera isn't anywhere near as good as the one in the SCH-U900. But, I liked my wife's new point-and-shoot camera so well that she got me one for Christmas, so I wish it was easy to trade phones with her while keeping our telephone numbers, because although the SCH-U900 takes better pictures, its image-capture speed is LAME, and the LED 'flash' is almost useless. Plus, my wife doesn't appreciate the QWERTY keyboard, and still texts using the multi-purpose numeric keys.

Whether or not you would buy the product again
I love how compact and easy-to-use the SCH-U740 is. The camera is usable within its limitations. It has Verizon's coverage, but it also has their corporate attitude. If we were staying with Verizon, I would get the phone. But phones with SIM cards are MUCH more attractive to me.

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