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Samsung Freeform III review: Call quality surprise

The Samsung Freeform III impressed us and surprised us with clear calls.

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I've long been a fan of the well-arranged portrait keyboard. MetroPCS' Samsung Freeform III possesses one of these QWERTYs on its candy bar feature phone. It also has a 1.3-megapixel camera and a microSD card slot that takes up to 32GB external memory.

Features-wise, the Freeform III keeps it simple with text, Bluetooth, voice commands, and a music player. MetroPCS' additional apps round out the feature set on what is otherwise an unremarkable but mostly adequate phone.

Call quality was the real surprise. The phone impressed us with its robust volume and nearly pristine clarity. Even speakerphone calls proved to be a comfortable experience, despite the characteristic echo and hollowness. If you're in the market for a basic, affordable handset, the call quality alone puts the Freeform III in the running.

Read up more on the pros and cons in the full Freeform III review.