The Samsung SGH-A177 is an AT&T exclusive keyboard "bar" phone by Samsung, released in the first quarter of 2009.
It was sold as a basic entry-level phone on AT&T's now discontinued GoPhone plan (AT&T's prepaid service is now referred to as simply AT&T PREPAID).
Cosmetically, the phone is black and grey with a textured pattern on the back cover. The user interface is simplistic and minimalist with not many shaded elements like found in earlier Samsung phones.
However, like many Samsung feature phones of the time, it runs on the "Swift" SoC platform.
- SGH-A257 - Same basic design with minor changes and no prepaid software functions.
|CPU||ST-E PNX6511 Swift SoC (130MHz ARM946)|
|Display||220 x 176, TFT|
|Flash memory||64 MB|
|Charging and data connector||PCBS10|
|Operating modes||GSM (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900)|
|SIM size||Mini SIM|
|Bluetooth||2.0 (HFP and HSP)|
|PC Link||Transfer contacts, sounds, and pictures using Samsung PC Studio|
|Single camera||VGA (640 x 480), self-timer, brightness, night mode|
|Supported image formats||BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, WBMP|
|Supported audio formats||AAC, AMR, IMY, MID, MP3|
|Speaker configuration||Single ear speaker|
|Line out||N/A (Samsung PCBS10 connector)|
|Synthesizer||Software based synthesis ("Swift" synth)|
|IM||AIM, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo Messenger|
|Java||MIDP 2.0, CLDC 1.1|
- Samsung AB653039CA (3.7 V, 800 mAh Li-ion)
- Data cable
The A177 was also sold as the Samsung SGH-A257, or Samsung Magnet. Besides some small cosmetic differences and a lack of prepaid software, these phones are virtually identical.
The Samsung Magnet also uses an NXP branded PNX6511 SoC compared to the ST-Ericsson branded one found on the SGH-A177.
There are several firmware dumps known of this phone on the internet, but since there was only 1 firmware version released to the public, they are all version A177UCIC3.