Specs summary

Screen
1.8"

The Samsung a660's screen is 1.8 inches with 128 x 160 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
No

This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 10 days standby time, 180 minutes (2G).



Reviews summary

7.2/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 96 reviews

A medium-priced flip-phone with a conservative look and a bright color screen. With the release of this model, Samsung seems to be re-focusing on the features that most users demand, and making sure that they get these right, instead of luring potential buyers with a built-in camera or stand-out style. The A660 is a sleek, contemporary silver handset that is quite small (less than 3.5 by 2 inches) when folded. Its 16-bit (65,000-color) LCD display is bright and easy to read, and the on-screen menus are clear and simple to use. Likewise, the handset's keypad and navigation buttons are sized right and backlit, and won't cause users any inconvenience.

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While the A660 lacks big-ticket extras, it does come with a handful of non-standard features that users will appreciate. One is self-learning voice dial and voice-command menu: there is no need to record yourself speaking each name, because the phone gets used to your voice. The voice-command system can actually perform six different tasks, including dialing by phonebook entry name or by spoken phone number, and telling you the handset's signal and battery status. Another advanced feature is 911 GPS, meaning that municipal 911 emergency services who have the capability can trace your location when you place a call, even if you don't know exactly where you are, or cannot speak.

On a lighter note, the A660 also comes with a nice suite of entertainment extras like a WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser, Java (J2ME) games, customizable desktop wallpapers, 29 polyphonic ring tones, and an Airplane mode that lets you use games and applications in-flight without being able to receive or make calls (most airlines now require that you turn off your mobile so that incoming or outgoing calls don't interfere with aircraft radios).

One omission many users will notice is lack of an external LCD display, which means you have to flip the phone open to see who is calling. The handset does feature a red LED at the top that blinks when a call is received, and users also have the option of associating distinctive ring tones with individual callers, but these are only partial solutions.

Whether or not a user will ultimately be satisfied by the Samsung A660 depends on how much they pay, if they take full advantage of the features it offers, and if they miss the features it lacks. Depending on the service provider and contract, the A660's price varies widely, and the high end of the range overlaps with a few lower-end camera-phones from other manufacturers. Users who don't care about a camera, but make lots of calls while driving, or travel frequently by air, are most likely to be satisfied with this model.

Eric Johannsen's Review

Introduction
The Samsung A660 was released in Canada, late June, 2004. This handset is a dual band, tri-mode phone (800/1900 CDMA 1X, & 800 AMPS) that is sold for use on the Bell Mobility CDMA network in Canada under the model A660, and on the Verizon CDMA network in the USA, under the model VI660. This handset was tested on Bell Mobility's 1900 MHz CDMA network and roaming on Telus' 800 MHz AMPS network in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The phone is referred throughout this review as a "Samsung A660", but most of the information here also applies to the VI660.

Dimensions & Design
The Samsung A660 is similar in size to other clamshell handsets released today. The dimensions of the a660 are: 8.3 x 4.5 x 2.2cm or 3.3 x 1.8 x 0.7" (H x W x D) and it weighs in at only 99g or 3.3oz.

The design is basic, but elegant. The outside is quite appealing. The only thing it lacks is an exterior LCD screen, to tell you the time, and give you caller ID information before you answer the phone.

As I opened the phone, I noticed how sturdy the phone really was. It felt like a phone you could drop down a flight of stairs in the open position without it breaking. Although, I do not recommend trying that, for obvious reasons.

Inside, I noticed how nice everything looked. The 65,000 colour screen was bright and vibrant. The keypad was perfectly arranged. Everything was symmetrical. The keypad was designed well. The buttons were easy to press, and easy to find without looking. And, the menu was easy to use.

The phone was sturdy and didn't creak, or squeak when I squeezed it.

The thing that bugged me is that the screen had faint vertical lines down the middle, that were always present. They were hard to see, but still annoying.

Coverage and RF
This is a dual band, tri-mode phone (800/1900 CDMA 1X, & 800 AMPS) that will work not only within North America, but also in any locations that offer these technologies and frequencies (e.g., 800 CDMA in Australia and New Zealand). As mentioned above I tested this model on the Bell Mobility 1900 MHz CDMA Network, and roaming on Telus' 800 MHz AMPS network. The phone had an option to force AMPS, good if you're in a CDMA fringe area.

The phone had a noticeable tendency to loose signal before other Bell phones. The phone would show "Searching for service" where my LG TM250, Kyocera SE47, and Sanyo 8100, all on Bell, had service. This was annoying, as I couldn't use my phone in many areas of my neighbourhood, where other Bell phones had no problem.

Sound Quality
Although the earpiece can become very loud in a noisy environment, the sound quality on this phone is very bad. The earpiece sounds harsh and unclear, even in full signal areas on the CDMA network. The phone had a constant faint hissing sound during all calls, on both the CDMA and AMPS network. This is the one of the many reasons I no longer own this phone.

1XRTT Wireless Data & Web Browser
The Samsung A660 is equipped with 1X network access. 1X is the CDMA-based wireless data network that competes directly with the GPRS networks on GSM networks. You can use the 1X data for internet and email by attaching a Samsung data cable to your laptop. 1X promises wireless data speeds up to 144 Kbps with 'always on' service. Similar to GPRS, 1X is always enabled and you are charged for the amount of data transfered, rather than the amount of minutes connected. As on most Bell CDMA 1X phones, a 1X symbol appears if there is a 1X network present.

The web browser, Samsung's own, was excellent on the A660. Fast, and formatting showed up perfectly.

Battery
From the fact sheet, this model should get up to 3 hours talk time, and 10 days standby time in CDMA, and up to 1.5 hours talk time, and 17 hours standby time in AMPS, with the included 1000 mAh standard battery, but I did not confirm those times.

Overall
I rate this phone below average. The exterior design is very good. However, using this phone for its main purpose, a phone, I was very disappointed with it. The hiss and harshness coming from the earpiece, the way it lost signal quickly, and the faint vertical lines down the middle of the screen, caused me to decide the phone isn't worth it.


Reviews (7.2/10 Avg. rating)


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samsung A660

I love this phone! I had it from the day it came out. I droped it about a million times, my dog chewed it, it was left outside on - 40 etc. and its still working. I love it. It is pretty simple phone no fancy attatchments
I love this phone! I had it from the day it came out. I droped it about a million times, my dog chewed it, it was left outside on - 40 etc. and its still working. I love it. It is pretty simple phone no fancy attatchments Less

Good phone

bought a used A660, and hooked it up on a pay as you go plan(prepaid service). The phone is easy to us, has all the features I require in a phone and works well. The battery life is good, and reception is good also. No problems experienced, never dropped it or washed it; but use it daily and charge... More
bought a used A660, and hooked it up on a pay as you go plan(prepaid service). The phone is easy to us, has all the features I require in a phone and works well. The battery life is good, and reception is good also. No problems experienced, never dropped it or washed it; but use it daily and charge it every three days. It was a good purchase. Less
While everyone around me continues to have problems with their new phones, I am loving my old flip phone! I've washed it with my jeans twice now - I don't recommend it - but after a day or two in a bag of rice - it still works perfectly!
While everyone around me continues to have problems with their new phones, I am loving my old flip phone! I've washed it with my jeans twice now - I don't recommend it - but after a day or two in a bag of rice - it still works perfectly! Less

The best phone

I have this Samsung 660 phone for a total of 7 years and nothing has gone wrong with it. The sound is with perfect clarity. I use it for not just calling but for my morning alarm clock. It serves the purpose and it has the features that I need.( address book, web browsing, voice mail) I am... More
I have this Samsung 660 phone for a total of 7 years and nothing has gone wrong with it. The sound is with perfect clarity. I use it for not just calling but for my morning alarm clock. It serves the purpose and it has the features that I need.( address book, web browsing, voice mail) I am very happy with it. There is no camera and I do not need one. If you are looking for a phone to use for calling, for telling time, for using as an alarm clock or for texting, this phone is a very good phone. And, I got it for free with Sprint service of 2 years contract 7 years ago. Though I now can upgrade to other types of phones with many more features such as the one with camera, I have no wish to let go of this good, old, faithful phone. Less

durable is an understatement

i had this phone for a couple years, and it had been dropped, thrown, bashed, lightly bathed and ultimately split in half... AND IT STILL WORKS! unfortunately the top (screen) half of the phone contains both the speaker and the vibrator motor, so the only indication of incoming calls was the small... More
i had this phone for a couple years, and it had been dropped, thrown, bashed, lightly bathed and ultimately split in half... AND IT STILL WORKS! unfortunately the top (screen) half of the phone contains both the speaker and the vibrator motor, so the only indication of incoming calls was the small blinking LED, but i could still use the phone for calls with a hands-free kit. I never had any problems with reception, and the sound quality was good altough there was some feedback the odd time. It is a barebones type of phone but there was never any lag when texting or navigating menus, which i have experienced with newer phones. overall it is a great phone that will stand up to whatever you can throw at it (or it at!) Less

Durable lil Sucker

I got the A660 for x mas. It was my first cell, and boy has it been dropped. So many times. I am disappointed from the lack of features this phone has to offer. Also, disappointed that there is not a screen on the front of the phone. Its light-weight. It has alarm clock, voice memo, voice dial, sch... More
I got the A660 for x mas. It was my first cell, and boy has it been dropped. So many times. I am disappointed from the lack of features this phone has to offer. Also, disappointed that there is not a screen on the front of the phone. Its light-weight. It has alarm clock, voice memo, voice dial, scheduler, etc. Yes, i complain about it. But my final word is this phone is better then having no phone at all. All you people are writing the negatives about the phone. What about what the phone does have to offer. Such as the above I listed?? Less

Not bad

Had this phone for two years, just recently upgraded. It's not an overall bad phone. It does not have many features and people here have tended to rate it down because of that. However, if any of these people read what was on the box they would realize what is and is not included. That being said,... More
Had this phone for two years, just recently upgraded. It's not an overall bad phone. It does not have many features and people here have tended to rate it down because of that. However, if any of these people read what was on the box they would realize what is and is not included. That being said, The phone quality itself always had a hissing or scratching noise and background sounds tended to be louder than whoever you were talking to. The Ringtones were subpar. However I never had a problem with data services and text messaging. The battery was about average for how often I used the phone. I found this phone to be sturdy.. I just couldn't kill it! I'd recommend this phone as a starter or prepay phone. Less

I have questions.

My friend gave me this phone, I love it, it's cute, practicle. I would like to down load rings, and screen savers, but it won't connect to the browser, it just sits in receiving... Is there a device I need to hook it up to my computer? I have the features, I am paying for them, I just can't get the... More
My friend gave me this phone, I love it, it's cute, practicle. I would like to down load rings, and screen savers, but it won't connect to the browser, it just sits in receiving... Is there a device I need to hook it up to my computer? I have the features, I am paying for them, I just can't get them to work is all :-) Please send any helpful replies to Larisa29@hotmail.com Thank you. Less

reasons not to buy this phone

i have had this phone for more then 2 years. at first when i got it i loved i because it was my first cell phone and all but once i started playing arould with it i was very dissaponited! this phone has no features what so ever. it doesn't have a camera, good ringtones, games, nothing. this phone is... More
i have had this phone for more then 2 years. at first when i got it i loved i because it was my first cell phone and all but once i started playing arould with it i was very dissaponited! this phone has no features what so ever. it doesn't have a camera, good ringtones, games, nothing. this phone is just strictly for calling people and thats about it, you can't do anything else. for people that are about to get this phone, i would just walk right away from it. this phone SUCKS! Less

Great Phone

I have had one of these for over 3 years as a second phone - I have noticed a lot of you rating this phone poorly because of features - I must ask - "Didn't you check the fetures when you bought it??". It is a great phone, does what it is made to do and the voice recognition for dialing, etc. is b... More
I have had one of these for over 3 years as a second phone - I have noticed a lot of you rating this phone poorly because of features - I must ask - "Didn't you check the fetures when you bought it??". It is a great phone, does what it is made to do and the voice recognition for dialing, etc. is better than much higher priced phones. Why rate it poorly for features you DID NOT buy/ Less



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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 6, 2004
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
AMPS
Data:
1xRTT
SIM Card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory
RAM No
ROM No
GPS No
Digital compass Unknown
FlightMode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Unknown
SAR Head: 1.32 W/kg
Body: 0.55 W/kg
Languages English, French, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
180 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Flip
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA No
Material Unknown
Colors Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 8.4 x 4.6 x 2.2 cm
(3.3 x 1.8 x 0.9 in)
Weight 100 grams
(3.5 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Retractable
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 65k
Resolution 128 x 160 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 1.8 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors
Graphics No
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Unknown
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch Unknown
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Unknown
Additional Display Features No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock No
External Volume Control No
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity 300 entries
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type WAP
Browser Unknown
Javascript No
Flash No
Email No
Email Protocols
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
Bluetooth Profiles
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots No
Expansion Slots Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Unknown
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution
Dual Lens No
Zoom No
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info No
Video Recording Formats No
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Unknown
Speakerphone No
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Document Viewer Unknown
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps No
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps -
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): SPH A660, VI660

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