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Samsung continues to be the weakest link as the Samsung ATIV Odyssey gets rooted

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It turns out the same hack which fully unlocked the Samsung ATIV S will also work on the Samsung ATIV Odyssey, the somewhat less common Windows Phone 8 CDMA handset on sale on Verizon and US Cellular.

A weakness in a “helper” shipped by Samsung allows XDA-Developer hackers to write arbitrary registry entries to the phone, and allows the phone to be fully unlocked to run arbitrary code (so called Interop Unlocked).

In practice this has resulted in a number of useful hacks, such as activating the 3 column start screen, but it has also resulted in rampant piracy, as apps have been downloaded and repackaged without their protections.

If you have an Samsung ATIV Odyssey and wish to unlock your device find the instructions at XDA-Developers here.

U.S. Cellular Launching Samsung ATIV Odyssey WP8 Device Today, Available In Stores From July 11th

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U.S. Cellular today announced that they are launching their first Windows Phone 8 device with 4G LTE, Samsung ATIV Odyssey this week. The device will be available online today and in stores July 11.

Press Release:

CHICAGO (July 9, 2013) – U.S. Cellular® (NYSE: USM) has announced availability of the 4G LTE™ Samsung ATIV Odyssey™ beginning online today and in stores July 11. This is the first Windows® Phone 8 device for U.S. Cellular, and it is $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.

The Samsung ATIV Odyssey is the latest device to join U.S. Cellular’s 4G LTE line-up that now consists of 15 devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S® 4 and several additional smartphones and connected devices. Currently, 61 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds and 87 percent will have access by the end of the year. Customers who purchase the ATIV Odyssey from U.S. Cellular also receive a valuable rewards program that recognizes customer loyalty.

Read full press release after the break.

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U.S. Cellular Windows Phone finally arriving in July

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After promising a Windows Phone in May it seems July will finally the month when US Cellular will be introducing a Windows Phone.

The carrier has tweeted that “we are getting a WP8 sometime this month”. The HTC 8S was  initially rumoured for the carrier last year, though PhoneDog reports that a US Cellular-branded Samsung Odyssey has also been spotted.

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Hopefully we will not have to wait too long for the much delayed handset to finally be revealed.

Via PhoneDog.com

Samsung ATIV Odyssey confirmed as US Cellular’s new Windows Phone

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Regional carrier US Cellular in April confirmed they would be carrying a Windows Phone this summer, and now Engadget have managed to get their hands on some US Cellular promotional material which confirms the device is the Samsung ATIV Odyssey, the same handset currently found on Verizon.

The mid-range handset features a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage (with microSD expansion), LTE and NFC support, gyroscope and a five-megapixel autofocus camera with flash and 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera.

While the device is not an HD Windows Phone, its 1 GB of RAM means it will have access to the full range of Windows Phone 8 software, making it a more than reasonable offering for the small carrier.

See the full spec sheet after the break.

Are our readers on US Cellular happy with the news? Let us know below.

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Samsung ATIV Odyssey Reviewed

Mobileburn have posted their review of the mid-range Windows Phone 8 handset, the Samsung ATIV Odyssey, which is $50 on Verizon.

They were not particularly impressed with the pentile display on the 4 inch device, where happy with Windows Phone 8, except for the app catalogue, happy with the battery life,  found the camera has issues with exposure and moderately poor light,  and generally felt other Windows Phones offered more value for money.

They concluded:

Samsung is the most successful smartphone producer, but the ATIV Odyssey does not feel like something that has the full weight of the company behind it. The internal specs of the device empower an agile, solid performer that defies the logic of midrange smartphones, but the lack of clarity in the display leaves much to be desired. That persistent external flaw unfortunately overshadows the goodwill fostered by the ATIV Odyssey’s internal respectability.

It’s difficult to recommend the ATIV Odyssey given that there is nothing particularly distinguishing or remarkable about the phone. It has the benefits of a stellar UI in Windows Phone 8 but doesn’t have a first-rate app catalog, or even one that’s as good as what’s offered by Nokia. The HTC 8X is obviously superior, so the only benefit the ATIV Odyssey has is its $49.99 price. However, the extra $50 to purchase an 8X will pay off in the long run, and anyone who is budget conscious could just as easily get the Nokia Lumia 822 and enjoy a better phone for the same price. The Samsung ATIV Odyssey is a decent phone, but there’s no reason to select this phone over the other options at Verizon. Sadly, the ATIV Odyssey lacks the staying power to warrant such an epic name.

Read their full review here.

Samsung ATIV Odyssey now available for free from BestBuy

The Samsung ATIV Odyssey is priced the same as the Nokia Lumia 822, but the expectation has always been that it would be the cheaper handset.

It seems BestBuy will be making this a reality, with the US retailer offering the handset for free on two year contract, a $50 discount.  It does come with a hefty $350 Early Termination Fee, but is otherwise available for new contracts, upgrades, or adding a new line to an existing plan.

If you are interested in this attractive deal find the handset at Best Buy Mobile Solutions here.

Via WPD.

Samsung ATIV Odyssey unboxed

Pocketnow.com have posted the above unboxing video of the Samsung ATIV Odyssey, Verizon’s new low-end Windows Phone 8 handset.

Reminding most of the Samsung Galaxy S 3 Mini, the handset will be priced at $50 on contract, the same price as the Nokia Lumia 822.

With Nokia’s navigation software now available for all, will any of our readers be choosing this handset over the rather the somewhat uglier Nokia version? Let us know below.

Samsung gives a quick tour of the Samsung ATIV Odyssey

Verizon uploaded this video giving a quick look at the Samsung ATIV Odyssey, their new mid-range Windows Phone 8 handset.

The video gives a very brief look at Samsung’s custom apps, including:

  • Photo Editor – Edit photos (crop, rotate, resize, etc.) and adjust colors (contrast, RGB and hue) instantly; users can also add effects such as Pop Art, gray-scale, red eye correction and add decorations that include frames, stickers, etc. and share on Facebook, Picasa and Photobucket.
  • Mini Diary – Contains daily activities, photos and drawings; users can share their diary via social channels including Facebook, email, Picasa and Photobucket; users can back up and store information in the free cloud service SkyDrive.
  • Now – Provides weather, news, stock and currency updates instantly

The smartphone features:

  • Super AMOLED Display (WVGA 800×480)
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and full 1080p recording and 1080p playback
  • Front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera for video chat
  • Global Ready calling and email capabilities in more than 220 countries in the world
  • Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11 a/b/g/n)
  • 8 GB on board storage (actual formatted capacity is less) / 1 GB RAM
  • Support for up to 64 GB microSDâ„¢ card
  • 2100 mAh battery

The handset was announced at CES and is rumoured for a 24th January release date.

Samsung ATIV Odyssey may start shipping on the 24th

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Evleaks, who’s connections can not be denied, has just posted this tweet, suggesting Samsung’s first new Windows Phone on Verizon should start shipping on the 24th, and presumably hitting stores soon after.

The mid-range Windows Phone 8 handset has already seen its official launch at CES and features:

  • Super AMOLED Display (WVGA 800×480)
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and full 1080p recording and 1080p playback
  • Front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera for video chat
  • Global Ready calling and email capabilities in more than 220 countries in the world
  • Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11 a/b/g/n)
  • 8 GB on board storage (actual formatted capacity is less) / 1 GB RAM
  • Support for up to 64 GB microSDâ„¢ card
  • 2100 mAh battery
  • Photo Editor – Edit photos (crop, rotate, resize, etc.) and adjust colors (contrast, RGB and hue) instantly; users can also add effects such as Pop Art, gray-scale, red eye correction and add decorations that include frames, stickers, etc. and share on Facebook, Picasa and Photobucket.
  • Mini Diary – Contains daily activities, photos and drawings; users can share their diary via social channels including Facebook, email, Picasa and Photobucket; users can back up and store information in the free cloud service SkyDrive.
  • Now – Provides weather, news, stock and currency updates instantly

Then it was announced for “the coming weeks”, which it appears may be closer than we expected.

Are any of our readers tempted by this handset over the Nokia Lumia 822, which is not the prettiest handset, but does have Nokia’s special app sauce? Let us know below.

Via WindowsPhoneDaily.com

Samsung announces the Verizon Samsung ATIV Odyssey at CES

ViewMediaPress Release: From the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States and the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide1, today announced the Samsung ATIV Odysseyâ„¢ will be available in the coming weeks at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online.

The ATIV Odyssey boasts a brilliant 4-inch Super AMOLEDâ„¢ touchscreen display (800×480) that allows users to watch movies, view pictures and play games in high resolution. This compact, versatile smartphone is Global Readyâ„¢, giving users the ability to call and email from more than 220 countries in the world. The ATIV Odyssey is equipped with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor to quickly access the Internet, stream music and download content at blazing speeds using the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.

The ATIV Odyssey runs on the sleek and intuitive Windows Phone 8 operating system, the only one with Live Tiles, designed to keep you closer to the people and things that matter most. The ATIV Odyssey also features unique Samsung sharing applications such as Photo Editor, Mini Diary and Now, an application that provides weather, news, stock and currency updates instantly.

The ATIV Odyssey is enterprise ready with enhanced security features to offer customers an extremely powerful business tool that keeps sensitive company data secure. Security solutions include advanced Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® features and policy control and on-device AES 256-bit encryption.

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Verizon spec sheet confirmed earlier leaked Samsung Odyssey specs

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The Samsung Odyssey specs leaked all the way back in August last year, although then there was some confusion about the name, and I think it has been clear since then this would not be a high end handset.

Now a Verizon spec sheet has leaked which pretty much repeats the earlier leaks, and adds some detail, such as that the device will have 1 GB RAM (very good news) and expandable storage (also good news) with a removable battery but no wireless charging support.

The full specs read:

  • Dimensions – 4.82H x 2.51W x 0.43D
  • 4.0” WVGA Super AMOLED
  • 5MP Rear (1080P video)
  • 1.2MP Front (720P video)
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB internal, microSD expansion
  • 2100mAh replaceable battery; no wireless charging
  • MSM8960 Dual core 1.5 GHz

The handset will likely be launched at CES and with those specs will probably be free on contract.

Via WPC

Verizon Samsung ATIV Odyssey will likely be free on contract

In an interview with the Verge Verizon Wireless CMO Tami Erwin said  "there will be a $99 and a $199 [option] and ultimately before the end of the year we will have a device that comes in at the free [price] point."

The device Tami is likely referring to is the Samsung ATIV Odyssey, a mid-range Windows Phone 8 handset. The $99 and $199 handsets are likely the Nokia Lumia 822 and the HTC 8X.

The Odyssey will likely have a 4 inch WVGA AMOLED screen, 5 megapixel camera and 8 GB storage with microSD expansion.

Via The Verge.com