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Samsung Z400 Direct Connect phone now available

Samsung Mobile today announced the availability of the Samsung Z400, providing Nextel Direct Connect functionality for Sprint’s network. The durable clamshell handset passed rigorous testing to meet military standards specifications (MIL-STD 810F) for resistance to dust, shock and vibration and is housed in a rubberized coating to reduce scratching and improve grip. The Samsung Z400 measures 3.7 by 1.9 by 0.96 inches and weighs in at 3.5 ounces.

The Samsung Z400 operates on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, offering a variety of push-to-talk services, and is Samsung’s first Nextel Direct Connect capable handset. Beyond calling and push-to-talk capabilities, the Samsung Z400 features a 1.3-megapixel camera, speakerphone, SMS text messaging, Bluetooth connectivity and built-in GPS.

When it comes to Direct Connect features, the Samsung Z400 supports PTT Missed Call Notification, Call Alert with text and Group Connect. The Call Alert function sends a repeating alert to any other Direct Connect user to let them know you’re trying to reach them, while the new Text feature enables you to send canned text messages to other Direct Connect phones. With Group Connect, you can connect with up to 20 other Direct Connect subscribers at once, as well as creating and managing groups dynamically on the phone or online.

The Samsung Z400 also supports DC permissions (block/allow incoming one-to-one PTT calls and Call Alerts). Lastly, the handset supports TeamDC, allowing the user to communicate or coordinate activities with up to 35 Direct Connect subscribers (groups can only be created and managed online).

The Samsung Z400 is now available in select Sprint markets for $150 with a two-year contract. A $50 mail-in rebate is available when signing up for a qualifying plan.

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