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Samsung Freeform III (photos)

The Samsung Freeform III is an affordable messaging phone for MetroPCS, though it has some downsides.

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Freeform trilogy

The Samsung Freeform III is the third in the Freeform series for MetroPCS, and hopefully the last. We have nothing against feature phones, but Samsung has clearly run out of ideas with this series. The camera remains fixed at 1.3 megapixels and the battery life has plummeted. Thankfully, Samsung did tweak some previously misguided design issues, and the capacity for external memory doubled. Read the full Samsung Freeform III review.

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Smooth back

A smooth gray back cover gives the phone a nice feel in the hand, but combined with the light weight, it's also slippery. Read the full Samsung Freeform III review.

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Side view

The Freeform III is less than half an inch wide. Read the full Samsung Freeform III review.

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Music mode

The 3.5mm headset jack lets you plug in almost any pair of earbuds to listen to tunes, as long as you've got a microSD card loaded with music. Read the full Samsung Freeform III review.

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Keyboard

The keyboard is compact, but we didn't find it overly cramped. The ridged keys helped texts move along at a fine clip. We just wish there was spell check. Read the full Samsung Freeform III review.

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