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Released: 2008-11-10

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Samsung T249 Prepaid Phone, Blue (T-Mobile) by Samsung

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  • Compact slider phone for voice communication as well as text and instant messaging
  • Pay for just the minutes you use with no annual contract–easy refill via Internet or prepaid cards
  • 1.3-megapixel camera; Bluetooth stereo music; microSD memory expansion; personal organizer tools
  • Up to 4.5 hours of talk time, up to 312 hours (13 days) of standby time; released in October, 2010
  • What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, quick start guide


This update to the T239 adds a memory card slot, music player, and video recording. Other features of this entry-level GSM slider include camera, mobile web browser, and Java for downloadable games.

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Slide yourself into something new with the affordable Samsung T249 for T-Mobile, which features a cool slider design, 1.3-megapixel camera, and Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming to optional Bluetooth-enabled headphones. It sits slimly in your pocket when you're out and about, and the face slide smoothly up to reveal the keypad when you want to make a call.

Pay the way you want with prepaid and postpaid calling plans from T-Mobile Pay As You Go (learn more about prepaid services below).

Key Features

  • Color LCD screen with 176 x 220-pixel resolution and 65K color depth.
  • Standard alpha-numeric keypad hidden under sliding face
  • 1.3-megapixel camera with multi-shot mode, enabling you to take multiple shots in quick succession and save only the ones you want to keep
  • Video capture capabilities up to 176 x 143 pixels at 15 fps (frames per second)
  • Multi-format digital media player compatible with MP3 and AAC music formats and MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, and 3GP video formats
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.0) includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP Bluetooth profile–enabling you to wirelessly stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones or speaker dock.
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 16 GB.
  • 100 MB internal memory
  • Text (SMS) and picture/video (MMS) messaging
  • Audio Postcard feature allows you to add a personalized message to a photo before sending it to friends and family using multimedia messaging (MMS).
  • Access to popular instant messaging services such as AOL, Yahoo!, and Windows Live.
  • Organizer tools including calendar, alarm clock, tasks, memo, calculator, tip calculator, world time, unit converter, timer, and stopwatch.
  • Airplane mode allows you to listen to music while the cellular connectivity is turned off
Vital Statistics

The Samsung T249 weighs 3.2 ounces and measures 3.9 x 1.9 x 0.6 inches. Its 800 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4.5 hours of talk time, and up to 312 hours (13 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies.

What's in the Box

Samsung T249 handset, rechargeable battery, charger, quick start guide

T-Mobile Pay As You Go Prepaid Service

T-Mobile prepaid plans give you wireless access with less commitment, so you can pay–and talk–as you go. With no annual contract, no credit check, and no monthly bill, prepaid plans are a simple, direct way to go mobile. There are many ways to conveniently refill your T-Mobile Prepaid Plan so that you can stay continually connected with the people who matter most, including using web2go directly from your phone, via the T-Mobile Web site, or using refill cards available at over 90,000 locations nationwide.

With Pay As You Go, you get wireless service exactly how you like it–there's no long-term contract, no credit checks, and no surprises. Add $100 in refills with Pay As You Go and you'll become a Gold Rewards customer, which gets you 15 percent more minutes on all refills and your minutes won't expire for a year after the time you refill.

See T-Mobile's coverage map.

You can also pay only $1.00 per day for unlimited nights and unlimited nationwide calling to any T-Mobile number. All other domestic calls you make are just 10¢ per minute.

T-Mobile includes the following services with this T-Mobile Pay As You Go phone:

  • Nationwide long distance (including calls to Alaska and Hawaii)
  • National roaming on the T-Mobile USA network
  • t-zones (browsing for HiFi Ringers, MegaTones, wallpapers, and more; not available on all devices)
  • Voice-mail, caller ID, call waiting, three-way calling
  • Free e-mail address (

Additional services available for additional fees:

  • Text messaging ($0.10 to send, $0.5 to receive)
  • Picture messaging ($0.25 to send or receive)
  • Download ringtones and wallpaper (prices vary)
  • Download games and applications (prices vary)
  • 411 & More directory assistance ($1.79 per call plus airtime)
  • International dialing to over 150 countries (international rates apply)
  • Prepaid international roaming rates

To keep your mobile number active, refill within 90 days after your minutes expire. After 90 days, your account will be canceled and you will lose your phone number. If you want to restart service after that time, you will need to activate new service.

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