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Samsung SGH-T259

*Est. $30 with contract
November 2011
by ConsumerSearch

A simple but excellent voice phone for T-Mobile

  • Exceptional call quality
  • Memory expandable up to 32 GB
  • Simple to use
  • Inexpensive
  • Headphone jack and microUSB share a port
  • Camera is weak in dim light
  • Limited messaging capabilities
  • External finish is prone to smudging
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Although reviewers like the Samsung SGH-T259's midnight-blue color scheme, there's "nothing exciting" about the flip phone itself, says's reviewer "John V." The 4-by-2-inch body has a 1.3-inch external display and a microUSB port. There's also a 2.2-inch internal display with 240-by-320-pixel resolution and a keypad that's Eric Zemen says is "nice and roomy." The phone's memory is expandable to 32 GB by way of a microSD card, which Alex Colon of says can be "tricky" to insert. The headphone jack shares the microUSB port with the phone's charger, which means an adapter is needed for standard headphones -- and headphones can't be used while the phone is charging.

Citing its cost and call quality, editors give the Samsung an Editor's Choice award. At the same time, reviewers say the phone's features -- such as a music player, camera and messaging capabilities -- are not terribly sophisticated. Both Dolcourt and John V. test battery life for talk time; Dolcourt reports nearly five hours of service, while John V. squeezes over eight hours.'s review draws the clearest portrait of the T259, while both Colon and Zemen build the case for value. Professional tests focus mainly on the phone's ability to make and receive calls. Colon suggests that T-Mobile subscribers have an alternative in the LG dLite or for those willing to step up to a "more complex feature phone" they might consider the Samsung Gravity 3.

Where To Buy
Samsung T259, Blue (T-Mobile)

 (17 reviews)
Buy new: $149.99   3 Used from $45.00


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Reviewer Alex Colon says the Samsung SGH-T259 is the "best choice for T-Mobile subscribers looking for a simple voice phone." Citing its great quality and low price, Colon gives it an Editor's Choice award.

Review: Samsung SGH-T259 (T-Mobile), Alex Colon, March 14, 2011


Jessica Dolcourt says the T259 is "a good choice for someone in search of a simple handset." Excellent call quality and a loud speakerphone compensate for its uncomfortable "squared-off edges" and the shared headphone and recharging jack.

Review: Samsung SGH-T259–blue (T-Mobile), Jessica Dolcourt, Feb. 25, 2011


"Gone are the high-end feature phones of yesterday," says's reviewer. But for the many who aren't ready for smartphones the T259 is a good "pick up and go type of handset."

Review: Samsung T259 Review, "John V.", Feb. 23, 2011

4. Bright

"Completely unassuming in every facet of its design," Simon Hill says, the T259 "is a shortcut enthusiast's dream." It does very well for basic needs but its users shouldn't expect much more.

Review: Samsung SGH-T259 Review, Simon Hill, May 20, 2011


This is a "stellar voice phone for T-Mobile" says Eric Zeman, especially for those willing to do without "all the fancy doo-dads." He adds that the T259 is a cost-friendly phone that performs well.

Review: Samsung SGH-T259, Eric Zeman, March 11, 2011

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