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61. Audiovox 8910 Flasher V7 Blue
$349.99 list($499.99)
62. LG VX8000 EV-DO Phone (Verizon
$199.99 list($249.99)
63. PCS Phone Samsung PM-A740 (Sprint)
$29.99 list($59.99)
64. Motorola V120C Prepaid Phone (TracFone)
$149.99
65. Siemens CF62T TMO to Go Prepaid
$29.99 list($59.99)
66. Motorola V120T Prepaid Phone (TracFone)
$49.99 list($89.99)
67. Motorola i710 Phone (Nextel)
$99.99 list($199.99)
68. LG F9100 American Idol Phone (Cingular)
$49.99 list($149.99)
69. Motorola V180 Phone (Cingular)
$24.99 list($99.99)
70. Nokia 6010 Phone (Cingular)
$249.99 list($279.99)
71. PCS Vision Picture Phone Sanyo
$89.99 list($124.99)
72. Nokia 3595 TMO to Go Prepaid Phone
$269.99 list($279.99)
73. PCS Vision Picture Phone Sanyo
list($369.99)
74. Motorola V600 Phone - Next Generation
$199.99 list($299.99)
75. Siemens S66 Phone (Cingular)
list($69.99)
76. Nokia 5165 Phone (AT&T)
$349.99 list($379.99)
77. PCS Phone Sanyo MM-7400 (Sprint)
$49.99 list($149.99)
78. Nokia 3220 Phone (Cingular)
$24.99 list($74.99)
79. Motorola i530 Black Phone (Nextel)
$99.99 list($179.99)
80. Samsung A650 Phone (Verizon Wireless)

61. Audiovox 8910 Flasher V7 Blue Phone (Virgin Mobile)
by Virgin Mobile
list price: $149.99
our price: $134.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002ZQGS8
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Virgin Mobile
Sales Rank: 281
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With support for Virgin Mobile's "VirginXL" wireless content services, a VGA camera with flash, dual displays and a speakerphone, the 8910 Flasher V7 is a great mobile companion. Get the most out of your Virgin Mobile service with this powerful phone.

Design
The phone features a traditional clamshell design with a 128 x 160 TFT color display with 65,000 colors. The rear of the flip-up cover houses a camera that can snap shots at 640 x 480 resolution, also known as VGA resolution. There's also a small 95 x 64 secondary black and white LCD display on the back of the cover that displays incoming call information, network signal strength and more. Most camera features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button on the handset's control pad. Meanwhile, the top right side of the unit houses an extendable antenna while data and charging ports are housed on the unit's bottom edge.

Calling Features
The Flasher V7 has all the latest calling features folks have come to expect. The phone comes with built-in Virgin Mobile "superphonic" ringtones plus a vibrating alert. Superphonic ringtones feature real music tracks and more are available via Virgin Mobile's VirginXL service. Ringtones can be assigned to specific callers so you don't have to look at the phone to know who's calling. The built-in speakerphone makes it easy to talk without having the phone to your ear and voice activated dialing makes calling your friends, family and associates as easy as saying their names. There's also a built-in address book that can store up to 300 contacts for quick and easy management of phone numbers and email addresses.

Messaging and Internet
The Flasher V7 covers the messaging basics with support for sending and receiving text and picture messages. T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

The phone fully supports Virgin Mobile's enhanced wireless content service, VirginXL. Use the pay-per-use service to download superphonic ringtones, animations and voices from MTV, Comedy central and the hottest recording artists. Get content and vote in TV-based polls via the MTV area of your phone, or get jokes and updates from Comedy Central. Pick a celebrity voice to answer your voicemail, or get a Sponge Bob thought of the day. Need to jog your memory? Use Virgin's wacky song ID service. Press the Song ID command, point your Flasher V7 towards a song that's playing in the room, and within minutes a text message appears identifying the song's title. There's even a "Rescue Rings" service to help get you out of sticky dating or other personal situations. The list of cool content features goes on and on.

The Flasher V7 ships with a number of handy tools including a calendar, a calculator and an alarm clock. A voice memo feature lets you record clips up to 60 seconds in length.

Imaging and Entertainment
The Flasher V7's VGA camera makes it easier than ever to snap good pictures and share them with friends via picture messaging. The camera features a built-in flash for getting great shots in low-light situations. The phone boasts custom Virgin Mobile graphics-- screen savers, wallpaper and menu icons-- that let you dress up your phone to suit your personality. More graphics, wallpapers and screensavers are available from the VirginXL service. One game, a demo version of Snood, is included with the phone, and a big selection of additional games can be downloaded from the VirginXL service.

Vital Statistics
The Audiovox 8910 Flasher V7 weighs 3.7 ounces and measures 3.9 x 1.8 x 0.9 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.17 hours of digital talk time, and up to 140 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the CDMA 1900 frequency. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Audiovox 8910 Flasher V7 handset, AC charger, lithium-ion battery, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Built-in camera with flash
  • Opens with a flip
  • Full-color screen
  • Superphonic (real music) ringtones
  • Two-way speakerphone

Reviews (29)

5-0 out of 5 stars VM V7 Flasher is a nice next step, phone wise for VM!!!!!
I have had my V7 Flasher for over a month now, and i love it.I dont talk much on it, but if i go out i know i have a line for people to get a hold of me.The camera was the main draw for me, the XL content is also a nice up grade for this phone to.Since it uses the Sprint PCS net work i have coverage almost every place i have been, with is nice because i have family in a different state so traveling is not issue.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rollerhkeygol
This phone is great, I really like the camara and the LCD screen but from a 3rd party review the speakers are really low. The games and Virgin XL is great and ringtones sound awsome. The service is all about You and its really good for people buying their first cell phone or do not have 2nd o r 3rd jobs just to support their talking.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Phone, not so great plan
i am 14 years old and this is my first phone, i have had it for about 5 months and have been very happy.

the phone

Pros-
desigined for teen usage, good graphics

camera is surprisingly good, nice customizations such as colorful borders, zoom, brightness, image effect, quality and contrast.

menu is very colorful- a pleasure to the eye

good functions such as voice recording, calculator, alarm, stopwatch, schedular and world clock

flash is somewhat useful

easy to use messaging- t9 (easy to get used to) funny emoticons,

can put on silencer by holding down *

easy to top up, etc...

VxL is nice, however expensive, nice ringtones, the ones which try tosound like the song however are crap

the purchasable graphics are very nice at 1.50 apiece, however you can just use pictures as your background

contacts- very easy to personalize (personal ringtone, picture, and message tone,

security- can lock your phone so no one can place a call, go on the browser, look at recent calls, look at pictures, or contacts without entering a password (good for nosy friends)

Cons-

the ringer is kind of quiet, however if you are a teen and this is one of your first phones it won't bother you because you can hear it

kind of bulky feeling, but understandable because of all of the features

service

pros

cheap text messaging, (10 cents to send free to receive)

cons

much more worth it to get a monthly plan, $40 at a monthly plan buys you anywhere from 450 to 600 mins (15-20 minutes per day)however $40at virgin mobile buys you 160 minutes or around5 to 6 minutes perday, and if your buying it to spend less money than a plan (say 30 dollars- 120 minutes a day) thats 4 minutes perday.

5-0 out of 5 stars good phone
This phone is excellent. Of course, it is he best of all the virgin mobile phones for many reasons. A few include, it has a camera, picture messaging, a flash for the camera, and Virgin XL. I would recommend this phone to any virgin mobile user.

4-0 out of 5 stars cool phone
This phone is so cool. the camera is all so cool.my mom siad I sould waste all my airtime money on games and ringtones but I buy them anyways. If you want a cool phone buy this one ... Read more


62. LG VX8000 EV-DO Phone (Verizon Wireless)
by Verizon Wireless
list price: $499.99
our price: $349.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007N7IP0
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Verizon Wireless
Sales Rank: 321
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Hands-On Review

In 2004 Verizon introduced their EV-DO 3G data business services to select markets in the US.Months later at the 2005 Consumer Electronics Show, they finally rolled out their first 3G consumer offering, named VCAST.For $15 per month, Verizon's VCAST service offers an unlimited number of streaming video clip downloads over their high-speed EV-DO network.The user gets access to daily updated content from news organizations such as CNN, CNBC, and ESPN as well as entertainment content from the likes of Comedy Central and others.If you live in one of the markets covered by their EV-DO 3G service, then you can get this on your mobile phone.


Click image to see full-size photo shot with auto white balance and macro lens setting.

Click image to see full-size photo shot with manually set white balance and the normal lens setting.

Of course, you need an EV-DO cell phone such as the LG VX8000 to view VCAST content.The VX8000 was the first handset to be launched with the VCAST service, and was the star of Verizon's VCAST launch event.It is a somewhat large clamshell handset that comes equipped with a 1.3 megapixel camera with a macro lens setting for close-up photography.The camera takes photos that range anywhere from decent to very good in quality, depending on lighting conditions and settings (try out the manual White Balance settings).The VX8000 can also record 14 second long video clips that are also typically quite nice.Photos and videos can be painlessly uploaded to Verizon's PixPlace website, though the photos will be greatly reduced in resolution, or they can be easily sent to any internet email address.Sending a photo to an email address is the only way to get a full resolution 1.3 megapixel photo off of the VX8000, since it has no IR, Bluetooth, or data cable.

The photos and videos you take will look great on the VX8000, thanks to its dual 262k color displays.The main 2.2" display is very colorful and clear, and the unusually large 128x160 pixel external display is equally nice.The external display serves as the camera's viewfinder when you have the phone closed, allowing you to record perfectly centered photos and video clips of yourself.The controls under the display and the volume rocker allow you to navigate through your photos with the phone closed, which is handy.

The VX8000 has a very well laid out keypad, with large buttons that are as easy to read as to use.The 5-way directional-pad controller is also large, and has a nice big OK button in the middle for selecting things in the VX8000's menus.The user interface is consistent and simple to use, but has some organizational issues thanks to Verizon's desire to drive people towards their Get It Now download services (which typically costs extra).In their defense,Verizon does offer a wide selection of ringtones from various partners, and has some of the best 3D games I have seen on a mobile phone to date.

As far as doing normal phone things go, the VX8000 has pretty good reception, decent audio quality, and a simply fantastic speakerphone.The speakerphone is probably the best I have ever tested.Battery life is probably going to be an issue for most people, though. 4.5 hours of talk time is decent, but the standby time is rarely much more than two days with no calls being made, and that is unacceptable.Best to opt for the extended battery, which will provide 50% more power.

The VX8000 is a solid phone.Verizon's VCAST service will provide you with timely news and some entertainment, but might be a bit expensive for most people at this time - though it is sure to get cheaper eventually.The VX8000's camera is very nice, as are its dual displays.If nothing else, the VX8000 will let you be the first kid on the block with a 3G phone.

Pros:

  • 3G Service
  • Nice 1.3 megapixel camera
  • Dual 262k color displays

Cons:

  • Bulky
  • Short standby battery life

What's in the Box:
VX8000 handset, standard lithium-polymer battery, home charger, stereo headset.

--Reviewed by Michael Oryl, editor in chief of www.MobileBurn.com

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Features

  • Supports EV-DO high-speed data
  • Ultra smooth streaming video
  • Megapixel camera w/ Flash
  • Dual high-resolution TFT color displays
  • Built-in stereo sound

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect in almost every way.
Great phone.Yes it's a bit large, but it has a great feel in your hand.The speakerphone is the best yet.People don't even know I'm on it.The camera takes superior pictures outside and acceptable inside with moderate light.Call quality is excellent.I had an old lg and could not get a signal in my house as well as other remote places.Now I have never not been able to make a call.Even when I have 1 or no bars (near wooded areas) I still get a call through.Videos are a bit weak, but easy to use.

The contacts and menus are extremely well organized and easy to use.

My only complaint about this wonderful phone is that the only Verizon supported way to get pix or flix off of your phone is to email or message them.However, you can buy unsupported software with a USB cable and upload/download to your PC for ~ $35.It certainly beats emailing yourself a picture at .25 cents a pop.

4-0 out of 5 stars I know it is my fault, but this phone is HUGE
I knew when I looked at the sheer enormity of this phone on Feb 1st, the day it came out, that this phone was too big. I bought it though, because I had been reading about how great it was going to be for several months. I had the LG 6000 and loved it, it made me a convert from my many years as a devout Motorola disciple. I loved my vx6000, great phone, simple but great. Then I became intrigued by the camera in this phone and the EVDO capability. Well that lasted about a week. VCAST is great if you love watching things on a 2" screen. I personally found it to be a nice gimmick, but with little practical value. The web browser was nice and easy to use, but personally it doesn't really excite me. Now for the phone itself, the camera takes nice pictures, the phone gets good reception. The bad parts, is I believe the phone is feeding itself, because it seems to get bigger everyday. It is just a brick compared to my previous phones (Moto V60, LG VX6000). Take this into consideration when buying, I know that VZW's selection of phones leave something to be desired, but it may be worth waiting it out a little longer, than being anchored down by this phone.

P.S. The battery is getting worse daily. I was careful to properly charge and discharge the battery correctly when I first got the phone. It seems like I am running out of battery now almost daily.

5-0 out of 5 stars The only phone better isn't out yet
I've been selling wireless phones for about five years and remember when LG first became competitive.I made it a point to let every customer interested in an LG phone that I would not be held responsible for anything they encounter.LG simply left a bad taste in my mouth.

Then they came out with thLG 6000 and then the 6100.I started to notice LG Phones became more popular and reliable.I then turned my skepticism of a solid phone to the Audiovox phones (and Kyocera phones).

I got hired at VerizonWireless and started playing with the LG8000.Why not, I asked, and purchased it to see what they hype was and if I could get the memories out my mind...

This phone has everything, but the Bluetooth I wanted.The VCast feature is unmatched by any other carrier.Never really one for all the bells and whistles, I find myself checking out the latest news and sports from my handset with video instead of reading text from the traditional mobile web sites.I missed having a speaker phone from my Sanyo days.LG8000's speaker is actually a lot better than I thought it would be.Pretty loud and clear.

The DSL connection makes IMing from the phone a breeze.No one realizes I'm IMing from a cell phone.I IM with MSN, AOL and Yahoo.The menu, something LG was been terrible at, is extremely user-friendly and too easy to learn.

The feature I like most about the phone is being able to answer the phone while wearing an earpiece without having to open the phone, press send, then close it.INstead, I press a button below the huge external display.I end my calls like that too.I read my text messages from the huge external display.

For those into camera phones, the 1.3Meg camera is crisp.And the macro feature allows me to take pictures of extremely small details, like the writing on a coin, without it being blurry.

I could go on and on, but you just have to go check it out yourself.The only phone I can think of that even competes at this level (and no, the Razr has nothing on this phone) is the LG8100 which isn't out yet.Only because it has Bluetooth.

If you're serious about having a solid phone that's easy to use, has big numbers to make it easy to dial compared to some of these phones with tiny buttons, a huge external display that is interactive and the streamline video that is crisp, this is the only phone available.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great phone for now
I switched to LG phones from being a long-time Nokia user because I wanted a flip phone and all of LG's phones seem to offer so many more options, and picked up the VX8000 because it's currently the best LG has to offer.Fortunately, I was not disappointed.While this phone does have some flaws, it has proven to be the best cell phone I've ever owned.

Reception - After two months I have never had a dropped call or poor reception, ever.I've never even had to extend the antenna.I didn't receive too many dropped calls with my Nokia, but with Suncom, there were several "dead" areas in my city where my phone just wouldn't work.I haven't found one yet with Verizon.

Features - This phone has just about every feature you could want.The contact list is extensive and holds 500 names.It provides one entry per name, and within that entry you can assign two mobile numbers, two emails, and a work and home number.You can also assign picture and ringer ID by caller.It would have been nice to have a space for notes such as being able to store an address for contacts but this isn't available. Pressing the SEND button brings up a list of recent calls, and shows all calls received, missed, and dialed, so no more clicking on "call log" then selecting "dialed calls" etc.The recent call list clearly shows the type of call.I find this very convenient.

Alarm - The phone has an alarm that is integrated with the calendar.The alarm is great because you can set a recurring alarm by day. You can set a weekly alarm that will go off Mon-Fri, and then set a separate alarm for the weekends, and never have to set it again. With my old phone, I had to set the alarm every night.The only problem is there is no snooze feature, which would have been nice.You can also set an alarm to go off every Third Tuesday of the month if you want.

Camera - I didn't really want a camera phone at first, but I find that I really enjoy mine.This phone comes with a 1.3 Mega pixel camera, which is the highest resolution currently available.This thing takes incredible pictures for a camera phone.You canincrease the resolution all the way to 1280x960, which are huge pictures.Outdoor shots look great even at that resolution. Night shots don't look nearly as good.The phone comes with a built in flash, but it's just not powerful enough to take shots in dark areas such as a bar.Pictures come out grainy and out of focus.The camera does have numerous built in settings you can change for night mode and to adjust the gamma and brightness, so it's possible I just don't have it configured right.But if you're looking for a phone with a good camera, this is the way to go. An additional problem though is that it's very hard to take a good self-shot.Trying to photograph yourself while holding the phone shows a full-resolution picture on the front LCD, but it is hard to hold the camera far enough away to get a good shot. I haven't really found a good use for the video camera other than novelty since it only captures 15 seconds, but the quality also appears great.

Ease of use - One of the best qualities of this phone is how convenient everything is.There is a beautiful full color LCD on the front of the phone to show calls without having to open the flip.You can also turn on the flash from a side button, activate voice dialing and the camera from convenient buttons on the side.Vibrate mode and the speaker phone are very easy to turn on by holding down a button on the phone, and adjusting the phone to silent or vibrate mode takes less than a couple seconds. Most of the phone's features can be activated by simply 1-button shortcuts, and I rarely have to navigate through menus to reach any of the more important features.

Extras - The ring tones that come with the phone are fairly limited, but sound great.The speaker on this phone is also the best I've ever heard.There is no need for a car adapter kit, since you can simply turn on the speaker phone and put the phone in the seat beside you.No one can ever tell when I'm talking to them on speaker and you can turn up the volume so high it sounds like they're sitting next to you.

I definitely recommend the web access for $5 a month.It's hard to navigate sites that aren't designed for mobile phones, but the screen is so huge that Verizon's built in web access comes out great.They have all of the top stories and built in areas to access Yahoo and AOL mail.The phone comes with no built in games, which would have been nice, but you can download some from Verizon for around $6-$10.The quality rivals a Game boy, although the controls on most of the arcade games is difficult. The main feature of this phone is the EV-DO VCast network from Verizon, which lets you download sports and news clips for $15 a month.However unless you live in a very large city (like Atlanta or New York), this network most likely isn't available to you.

If you get this phone and you're into the tech side of it, you should definitely get a USB data cable for it.I can transfer all of my pictures, wallpaper, ring tones, and Mp3s (it has a great MP3 player) directly with it and free software you can find on the web.Just make sure your data cable is made for this model and can charge the phone while plugged in.Battery life is great already however.

My one main concern with this phone (and the reason it only gets 4 stars) is the size.I'm used to very small phones and had heard this thing was a brick.It's not as big as made out to be, but it is definitely a large phone.I've gotten used to it and it doesn't bother me, but if you can, I would hold out for the next model, the VX8100, which will be much smaller and contain Bluetooth support.I will most likely pay a few hundred to upgrade to that model when it comes out just for the size alone.The phone also scratches rather easily so you have to be careful with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars a great phone
I think this is a great phone. it has two large color lcds. this phone has camera and video. there is IM and downoadable features with get it now. also there is vcast which alows you to stream broadband videos like cnn weather E!, music videos, movie trailers sports and 3D games. and you can change the menu color to tropical, blue, busines, or default. It is also thin not razor thin but thin and not bulky. ... Read more


63. PCS Phone Samsung PM-A740 (Sprint)
by Sprint
list price: $249.99
our price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006JLJM8
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Sprint
Sales Rank: 499
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With a VGA camera and flash, dual color displays and voice dialing, the PM-740 is a great mobile companion and a great way to get and receive images on the go. It's the perfect complement to Sprint PCS service and Sprint PCS Vision wireless services.

Design
The PM-740's sleek clamshell form factor houses an internal 128 x 160, 65,000-color display. There's also a supplementary, 96 x 96 full-color display that displays pictures, call information, battery life, time of day, signal strength and more. An extendable antenna is located on the top right side of the phone. The VGA camera and LED flash unit are housed just above this display. Handy up/down buttons are located on the left side of the phone for quick menu navigation. Most of the phone's features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button above the handset's dial pad. A 2.5mm headset jack is also provided. Power charging is handled by a port on the bottom of the phone.

Calling Features
The phone's built-in address book allows you to assign up to 300 contacts with up to 6 entries per contact. You can customize your caller ID by linking a downloaded image or photo to a specific phone number in your contact list. Polyphonic ring tones are supported and there's also a vibrating alert to keep things discreet. The ringer ID function lets you assign ringtones to specific callers, and the voice dialing feature allows for quick, voice activated calling of pre-programmed contacts. The PM-740's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911 (where available). Perhaps most importantly for users in rural areas, the RL-A760 is a tri-mode phone, meaning it can operate on Sprint's digital PCS network, as well as analog networks that serve many outlying areas.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The PM-740 covers the messaging basics with support for sending and receiving text and picture messages. With Sprint PCS Picture Mail, you can take a picture anytime and send it to family and friends instantly while on the Sprint PCS Network (Sprint messaging charges apply). Easily save your pictures on your PM-740 or store them online at sprint.com/picturemail, where you can share and upload unlimited pictures to create albums. T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built-into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

The PM-740 also supports PCS Vision email and instant messaging capabilities. Sprint PCS Vision transforms the wireless experience from something that's simply functional into something visual, entertaining and highly personalized. MSN Hotmail, Yahoo Mail and AOL Instant Messenger are all supported by Sprint's PCS Vision service. PCS Vision mobile Web services let you check out sports scores, get your seven-day forecast, check your flight status, and stay up to date with the latest news. Experience full-color graphic versions of popular Web sites.

A number of handy software tools are bundled with the PM-740 including a calendar, a calculator, an alarm clock and a to-do list. A voice recorder lets you record short memos for later retrieval.

Imaging and Entertainment
The fun really starts with the PM-740's built-in VGA camera. Capture great pictures in low-light situations with the built-in LED flash. The camera also features image brightness control and a handy self-timer-- so you can be in the picture, too.

The PM-740 lets you choose different screensavers and backgrounds to make the phone suit your style. With PCS Vision service, you can download games like Tetris and Pac-Man, as well as additional ringers, screensavers and backgrounds.

Vital Statistics
The Samsung PM-740 weighs 3.46 ounces and measures 3.5 x 1.8 x 1 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3 hours of digital talk time, and up to 192 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the AMPS 800/CDMA 800/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
PM-740 handset, AC battery charger, lithium-ion battery, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Picture mail and text messaging capable
  • Built-in VGA digital camera with 4x zoom
  • Innovative slideshow screen saver
  • Download ringers, games, wallpapers and screensavers
  • Enhanced voice recognition

Reviews (4)

3-0 out of 5 stars Great features - some issue with the sound
I agree with just about everything that the previous reviews have said about the features. One thing I really like on Sprint with this phone is you can very easily send SMS or E-mail directly from a menu without going through a web page (which takes like several minutes). Very useful tool!

The only issue I have with the phone is the sound quality. On some calls it seems perfect on others, especially with other Sprint phones, the A740 seems to "clip" the sound and you get a noticable sound as if someone was switching on and off a mute button. I returned one phone that had this problem and got another which seems to do it less but still does it. I have an older LG phone and tried them side by side and the LG has none of these problems on identical calls in identical places - it also seems like the problem is worse when the battery is not at 100% charge. I took the phone to a local SprintPCS retail center and they tested it ok and told me that "nobody else is returning theirs". If you have one of these and notice anything, maybe you could send me an e-mail at leifer "at" delcoms.com

5-0 out of 5 stars One of Many Samsung Phones I've Had Over the Years
I have always had Samsung phones. I made a switch back in September of 2004 to a Sanyo 8200. It had the speakerphone and so many features plus everybody told me how great the Sanyo phones are compared to all the other offerings from Sprint PCS. Well, I just returned the 8200 last weekend. It was the biggest piece of garbage phone I've ever used. To start, the audio was terrible on calls. But anyway, enough about the Sanyo.
The Samsung PM 740 is a great little phone. I wanted a small phone that had not only a bright screen but also a brightly lit up keyboard. This phone is one of the brightest lit up keypads I've ever had. I used to have a Samsung A 500 a couple of years ago. It was a great phone. Also small. The 740 is smaller. I would agree with the other reviewer tht the menu screen should be changed from icons to a list as it is hard to tell what the pictures represent. Audio quality is top notch...very loud on calls. The ringer could be a little louder...at full volume up, the ringer is a little weak...not a huge deal as it does have vibration alert too. The battery that comes standard is OK but I know already that a longer life battery is a purchase I will soon make as they really do extend life between charges. It's construction seems like it will last without any problems. One thing I like about the Samsung phones much better than the Sanyo phnes is that if you want to call somebody that either called you or you dialed within the last 20 calls, all you have to do is push talk and scan up or down a few numbers and push OK or talk to dial. On the Sanyo, you have to navigate to the call log, then search for outgoing or incoming, then navigate up or down, and it is just a lot more pushing of buttons which can be a nuisance when driving. Also, this is the first phone that I remember from Samsung that has finally placed the "OK" button in the middle of phone keypad where it belongs, instead of on the left side which was hard to get used to. I would reccomend this phone to anyone who is looking for a very small and lightweight phone that also has a quality feel to it. Love the really, really brightly lit keypad!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars great phone
i've had the phone for 2 weeks now and everything is great.the phone has a very solid feel; feels well constructed.i get reception everywhere, usually at least 2 bars (out of 4).clarity and volume are great.the camera is fun to have, but it's more of a novelty than anything.the external display is also very nice to have, especially in full color.the screen has a nice resolution and brightness.built in ringtone selection is very large, including both traditional rings and musical ones.the navigation is very easy.managing your contacts is also simple, and being able to assign different ringtones to different groups is also nice.in response to the other review, you can change the main menu from pictorial to a list.battery life is okay, but this is my first phone, so i can't make a great comparison.very sleek, it will definitely make your friends jealous.amazon ought to add a picture to the site :)lots of stuff not in the manual that you can do.great features, usability, look, and quality.great phone.

4-0 out of 5 stars I recommend!
I purchased this phone last weekend and have been quite happy with it, so far.By no means am I a technical expert when it comes to cell phones (so this review may be a bit lacking) but everything seems great.

Usability:

The menus are easy to navigate.The first change I'd make on the phone is to pick a new format for the menu.I'd view the menu in a list format.The default is set to show the little picture icons.It's a little hard to tell what each small icon is.The small size of the navigation arrows are a bit frusterating, but something I've already gotten use to.

Reception:

The reception seems fine.I'm able to get decent reception (at least 2 bars when the antenna is down.)Most areas are either 3 or 4 bars.My old phone was a Sanyo 4900 and I notice the same type of call quality.

Volume:

Ringer volume and earpiece volume are both good.

Camera:

This is my first camera phone, it works well.Don't plan on using the camera a whole lot, but of course, it's great to have.

Overall Quality:

This is the area that I really look for in a purchase like this.I have yet to find an aspect of this phone that does not seem well built or that worries me about breaking in the future.Okay, maybe the antenna is a bit flimsy when extended, but I'm not concerned.There is nothing on this phone that screams, "Break me."That's a good thing!

As I said, this phone has been very good so far.I recommend it. ... Read more


64. Motorola V120C Prepaid Phone (TracFone)
by TracFone
list price: $59.99
our price: $29.99
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Asin: B0002Y62KG
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: TracFone
Sales Rank: 192
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Compatible with TracFone prepaid cell phone service, the Motorola V120C is a sturdy, midrange phone that features voice-activated dialing and memo recording, text messaging, free voice mail, free caller ID, free call waiting, and much more, all displayed on a backlit grayscale LCD screen.



Click the image to get a closer look at the V120C's functions.
Calling Features
Used simply as a phone, the V120C features include call timers, redial, missed call indicator, call log, voice activated dialing, any-key answer, auto-answer, auto-redial, dual-tone multifrequency, roaming indicator, speed dial, linked (credit card) dialing, phonebook look-up, phonebook scroll, mute control, no-answer transfer, one-touch 911, system select, usage alert, vibrating ring, and a phone book capacity of 500 entries. There's also 32 different ring tones to choose from and a special TracFone airtime balance display so you always know how much time you've got until the next refill.

Messaging and Internet
The phone's wireless Internet browser provides data transmission capabilities, two-way text messaging with iTap predictive text input, and access to news, sports, weather and more on the Wireless Internet. It also supports digital TTY/TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf).

Organizer
The Motorola V120C's organizer features include a calendar, calculator, alarm clock, voice memo, and more. Using the included TrueSync software and a handy USB connection, you can also quickly sync up data from your phone's organizer with your PC.

Fun and Games
This phone comes with three games, plus access to more via the Internet. You can also swap out the faceplates for others (sold separately) if you wish.

Vital Statistics
The Motorola V120C weighs 4.5 ounces and measures 5.0 x 1.77 x 1.1 inches. Its batteries are rated at minimum 240 minutes talk time and 242 hours standby time. It runs on CDMA service.

What's in the Box
Motorola V120C cell phone, manual. ... Read more

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars review..
I have a Nokia 1100 Tracfone that saves me quite a bit of money from the monthly contracts i used to have with Cingular cellphone service. Tracfones are ideal for people with light or medium cellphone usage, so it works out well for me. The tracfone website is user friendly and makes it easy to perform functions such as activation, information gathering, or additional purchases. I got a referral from a friend before i activated, which got me 100 free minutes. Since then i have referred a neighbor's tracfone. I paid an extra $10. and got the car charger that just plugs into the cigarette lighter if the tracfone battery gets low when i'm driving.
I was pleasantly surprised to find some extras included free of charge on my tracfone- 2 games, a good selection of ringtones, a calculator, and voice mail. The main downside that i've seen is that you have to be disciplined in your tracfone usage unless you're prepared to buy more airtime/minutes cards. These range in price from $20. to $130. Overall, i'm quite happy with the tracfone.

5-0 out of 5 stars info.
The tracfones are good for people who don't require heavy cell phone usage. Basically you have to keep the phone active by buying month or year cards. If you run out of minutes then you have to buy more of those too.

5-0 out of 5 stars great phone
The Motorola T120 is not going to win any design awards, but it is really one of the best phones I have ever used from a practical perspective, which is what counts. The durability is far superior to the flimsy flip phones that currently saturate the market. Battery life is also outstanding.

4-0 out of 5 stars works for me
This is a good option for the light user.I only carry it so my kids can reach me in case of emergencies or for very brief calls or messages.It's been fine, and in my area the coverage has been good even inside large buildings.I have used it on longer trips too and found the roaming reception fine. I bought the 1 year card and got 100 free bonus minutes through a promotional deal online.I have had no problems activating the phone, adding minutes, setting up voicemail, etc.I have not had any reason to deal with customer service, so can't speak to that.For me it's been a reliable, affordable option as a person who doesn't use a cell phone enough to warrant a monthly service plan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great phone and service
My family loves their tracfone we have a total of 3 tracfones. I love being free from contracts and monthly bills. (...)
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65. Siemens CF62T TMO to Go Prepaid Phone (T-Mobile)
by T-Mobile
list price: $149.99
our price: $149.99
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Asin: B0002W05EM
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: T-Mobile
Sales Rank: 1617
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Compatible with T-Mobile cell phone service, the Siemens CF62T prepaid phone features a sleek design with a very cool-looking loop antenna, as well as a speakerphone, Openwave 6.4 Internet browsing software, advanced text messaging, and Java capabilities, all built-in to a clamshell/flip phone format and displayed on a 128 x 128 pixel, 65k color LCD screen. The small outer display, visible when the phone is closed, provides color resolution as well.

Calling Features
Used simply as a phone, the CF62T features a 4-way navigation key for easy access to a variety of handy features, including call timers, redial, missed call indicator, call log, any-key answer, auto-redial, roaming indicator, speed dial, phonebook look-up, phonebook scroll, mute control, no-answer transfer, usage alert, vibrating ring, differential ringvoice mail button, voice mail indicator, volume select/display, signal strength indicator, phone status indicator, a phone book capacity of 250 entries, and more. It also supports TTY/TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf).

Messaging and Internet
When you want to get online, you'll enjoy EMS and MMS messaging, which allows you to create, send, receive, and edit text messages with photo attachments, and then send to any compatible cell phone or PC. There's also predictive text entry for your speedy text messaging convenience. The CF62T is Java-compatible, so you can download a wide variety of productivity and gaming software to further enhance your phone.

Organizer
Organizer capabilities on the CF62T include a calendar, calculator, alarm, and a scratch pad function for quick note-taking.

Fun and Games
This phone includes customizable wallpaper and graphics, and 16-chord polyphonic ring tones. Since it's Java-compatible, you can also easily download new wallpaper, graphics, ring tones, and games, in addition to the ones already included with the phone. An attachable VGA camera is also available separately.

Vital Statistics
The Siemens CF62T weighs 3.00 oz. and measures 3.2 x 1.7 x 0.87 inches. Its Lithium Ion batteries are rated at 5 hours of digital talk time, and 220 hours of digital standby time. It runs on GSM 800/1800/1900 MHz.

What's in the box
Siemens CF62T phone, AC charger, hands-free headset, manual ... Read more

Features

  • 4-way navigation key for easy access to a variety of handy features
  • EMS and MMS messaging
  • Organizer includes calendar, calculator, alarm, and a scratch pad function
  • Customizable wallpaper and graphics, and 16-chord polyphonic ring tones
  • Java compatible

Reviews (11)

4-0 out of 5 stars A good, basic mobile phone.
I purchased this phone for my wife as an anniversary gift earlier this year. Thus far we are very pleased with it. Keep in mind: this is a PHONE. If you're looking for something that will allow you to play games, chat with friends, and browse the Internet, you need something else (like a PDA/phone). As a phone this is a nice product.

First, the phone itself: very nice. It is well-built, and we feel that the screen is easy to read. Sound quality is good, and when listening to someone using this phone they sound good as well.

Some people gripe about the keypad's lack of raised keys and poor backlighting. This has not been a problem for us. The keys aren't raised, but this has never caused us discomfort. The backlighting could be better, but it isn't difficult at all to dial without looking--the key layout is the same on every touch-tone phone, so this isn't foreign territory. Use of the phone's software is straightforward for the most part, although there are some things that are confusing, and the manual is no help.

As for the prepaid phone service, make sure you do your research. We selected T-Mobile because the pricing options were more in-line with what our use would be. Text messages are free to receive, which is great, because instead of calling my wife to tell her something (and using airtime) I can send her a text message via e-mail, which she can read (using no airtime).

Thus far, where we are (Oakland, Livermore, Silicon Valley, CA) and where we go, coverage has been great.

If you need a basic mobile phone and don't plan to do a lot of talking, this is an excellent option.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst coverage of any phone I've had.
I had this phone and tmobile service. Like the reviewer before me, I had no signal 90 percent of the time. Tmobile has no roaming for their prepaid.The phone was useless. On the bright side, I found a prepaid phone that not only has coverage were I need it but, because of all their roaming agreements, the phone has coverage in more places than any phone I've had previously. Inow have a motorola v60i with Tracfone. I can roam on many different providers.I purchased a year card so my phone is paid up for a whole year! Before I switched to tracfone, I read online from someones post that If you get what Tracfone calls a "Referral", before you activate your tracfone, you get 100 free minutes when you activate. I had someone email me one and it worked great! That beats any company I've had thus far. sunnyryanj is my yahoo address and you may request a referral from me if you decide on tracfone. Choose wisely, What good is a phone if you never get good reception on it? Don't waste money like I did. I've had all these prepaid services;Verizon prepay,cellular one, virgin mobile, boost mobile,Tmobile and now tracfone. None of the others allows the roaming that tracfone does. And most don't have the year card service, most erase your minutes every month!
Learn from my mistakes.

1-0 out of 5 stars No Roaming Available
Horrible plan for PrePaid Cell phone.As I went through my state of Wisconsin, I had no signal 95% of the time.On the T-Mobile PrePaid phones, they do not have roaming!!Not a good investment!!Stay away from T-Mobile - Very Deceiving!

5-0 out of 5 stars Much Better than Verizon
I couldn't be happier with this lightweight and thoroughly useful device. I wanted a simply pre-paid phone with good coverage and reception. It delivers this in spades.

The features, such as instant access to the lates news and sports is wonderful. The keys and menus are logically laid out and very easy to learn.

I first tried a phone from Verizon Wireless that was an unmitigated disaster. The differences between the two plans and the phones couldn't be more stark.

I heartily recommend this phone and T-Mobile's pre-paid plan.

2-0 out of 5 stars " CUTE " NNOTHING ELSE !
THISIS A VERY ATTRACTIVE LOOKING PHONE ,ANDTHAT'S ABOUTIT FOLKS !.
YOU CAN SEND A TEXTBUT NOINSTANT MESSENGER ,RING TONESSOUND FAKE !IF THISIS A PRE-PAIDACCOUNT ?WATCHOUT "YOU WILL SOON RUN OUT OF MINS ....TRYING TOUSE AIM ( AOL'S INSTANT MESSENGER )THE PICTURES ....WALLPAPER & SCREEN SAVER IS INCARTOONISH ....GOOD FOR TEENSNOT ADULTS ! OKAYENOUGH SAID ........ ... Read more


66. Motorola V120T Prepaid Phone (TracFone)
by TracFone
list price: $59.99
our price: $29.99
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Asin: B0002Y62ME
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: TracFone
Sales Rank: 825
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Compatible with TracFone prepaid cell phone service, the Motorola V120T is a sturdy, midrange phone that features voice-activated dialing and memo recording, text messaging, free voice mail, free caller ID, free call waiting, and much more, all displayed on a backlit grayscale LCD screen.

Calling Features
Used simply as a phone, the V120T features include call timers, redial, missed call indicator, call log, voice activated dialing, any-key answer, auto-answer, auto-redial, dual-tone multifrequency, roaming indicator, speed dial, linked (credit card) dialing, phonebook look-up, phonebook scroll, mute control, no-answer transfer, one-touch 911, system select, usage alert, vibrating ring, and a phone book capacity of 500 entries. There's also 32 different ring tones to choose from and a special TracFone airtime balance display so you always know how much time you've got until the next refill.

Messaging and Internet
The phone's wireless Internet browser provides data transmission capabilities, two-way text messaging with iTap predictive text input, and access to news, sports, weather and more on the Wireless Internet. It also supports digital TTY/TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf).

Organizer
The Motorola V120T's organizer features include a calendar, calculator, alarm clock, voice memo, and more. Using the included TrueSync software and a handy USB connection, you can also quickly sync up data from your phone's organizer with your PC.

Fun and Games
This phone comes with three games, plus access to more via the Internet. You can also swap out the faceplates for others (sold separately) if you wish.

Vital Statistics
The Motorola V120T weighs 4.5 ounces and measures 5.0 x 1.77 x 1.1 inches. Its batteries are rated at minimum 240 minutes talk time and 242 hours standby time. It runs on TDMA service.

In the Box
Motorola V120T cell phone, manual

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Reviews (1)

2-0 out of 5 stars Not bad when it actually works
The V120 worked well when I first purchased it but within 2 weeks it started to turn off by itself. After the third week it refused to turn on again...at least the batteries were salvageable. ... Read more


67. Motorola i710 Phone (Nextel)
by Motorola
list price: $89.99
our price: $49.99
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Asin: B0002INJGM
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 1548
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Sleek and stylish yet never complicated, Motorola's i710 flip phone is designed to appeal to small- and medium-sized business owners seeking an affordable, user-friendly handset for their workforces. The phone is packed with high-tech features to streamline your business, from Java-technology business applications to Motorola's iDEN push-to-talk system and even GPS features. Its brilliant, 10-line, internal color display makes it easier--as well as more fun--to use.

Calling Features
The i710 offers an integrated speakerphone, voice dialing, wait, and pause dialing for quick access to telephone systems with passwords. Other calling features include call timers, redial, a missed-call indicator, a call log, any-key answer, auto-answer, auto-redial, speed dial, mute control, no-answer transfer, vibrating ring, and differential ring.

Messaging and Internet
Heading up its communication abilities is Motorola's iDEN push-to-talk technology, which puts multiple users in touch at the press of a button. iDEN technology combines speakerphone, voice command, phone book, voice mail, digital 2-way radio, mobile Internet and e-mail, wireless modems, voice activation, and voice recordings to virtually recreate a user's office on the road.

Further, GPS technology lets users do everything from tracking fleets to simplifying routes and obtaining the most efficient travel directions. Mobile messaging services give users convenient, 1-screen access to voice-mail messages, text messages, and quick notes. There's also a handy voice recorder for taking on-the-fly memos.

Organizer
The i710 features a datebook and a 600-entry contacts list to keep important colleagues at a user's fingertips.

Vital Statistics
The Motorola i710 weighs 5.10 ounces and measures 3.60 x 2.00 x 1.10 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.3 hours of digital talk time, and up to 70 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the IDEN 800 frequency. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Motorola i710 handset, lithium-ion battery, AC charger, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Nextel's most advanced entry-level clamshell phone ever
  • Vibrant 65K display with enhanced clarity allows you to customize your screen with downloadable wallpapers, adjustable color palettes, and choice of three font sizes.
  • Hands-free cellular conversations are always available with the built-in speakerphone.
  • Capture memos or phone conversations for future playback of phone numbers, tasks, or driving directions
  • Includes phone and travel charger.

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars bad phone
Everyone I know that has this phone say it is no good they are changing to another phone

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Phone!
I got this phone from Nextel to replace an LGVX10 from Verizon. We'll just say that thisphone beats the pants off that LG piece of junk.

First off, this phone gets very good signal. No matter where I am (in basements, in labs with lots of electronics equipment/computers running) I get signal, and calls come through clearly. Signal strength was my main reason for choosing this phone over the i730 (which has an external screen).

Also this phone is very durable. It is slightly heavier than any of my previous phones, but it is not 'too heavy', but hte over-all construction feels very solid and well put together which is something I naver felt before using my Samsung or LG phones.

The color screen is very nice and images and text are very clear and readable. The phone only comes with a few wallpapers but i was able to add more (i will talk more about this later).

The ring tones are very loud, which is both good and bad. Its good because on my past phones I could never hear the ring tones in a moderatley loud environment with my phone in my pocket, which is a problem I never run into with the i710. But sometimes the rings can be too loud, especially if you are in a quiet environment and forget to turn on vibrate. Ring volume is controlled through a rocker switch on the side of the phone which is convenient for adjucting volume and setting vibrate, but if you use this to turn the sound off, the phone will ring down to vibrate makign it difficult to be discrete about turning you rphone down without opening it. Another good feature is you can use actual .wav sound clips as ring tones, so instead of midi-based mucial ring tones you can actually have clips from your favorite bands. The sound quality isn't all that great but it is still a cool feature. You will want to find a way to getfew custom ring tones, because the phone comes with maybe 10 musical ring tones, and a bunch of bell ring tones most of which are annoying.

I was able to get a USB date cable from Amazon for about $15. Which lets me hook the phone up to my PC to download ring tones and wallpaper images. One thing if you need to know if you want to do this though is that this feature is no longer supported by Nextel, because they now offer a $10 a month data feature which lets you download ring tones (for an additional per-tone fee). If you want to use your data cable you will need to find the WebJal software, which you can find online easily. It was originally released by Motorola for use with Nextel phones, but is no longer on their site because Nextel wants to sell their $10 a month service.

This phone is everything I need and want in a cellphone. I can easily customize the ring tones and background images. I get good signal and calls come through clearly with no static and no dropped calls. Also this phone is fairly inexexpensive becauseit doesn't have any of that camera nonsense that manufacturers tack on that just bring up the price and give you crappy under-exposed and pixelated images.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Phone.
I liked this phone it seems to be tough and stylish. But had ordered it off of Nextels site. They even gave me a code that saved me $50.00. Here it is for you all to share (CL897L) case sensitive. On the shopping cart page in the promo box. It is like an invoice thing. But I think it is a very good phone. You will enjoy the phone. Happy shopping.

4-0 out of 5 stars new features, none of which are free
It's shameful that Americans are usually the last country to have the latest in phone technology. Sweden is the cell-phone capital of the world - followed by Japan, then Europe... so whatever phones we're using, the Swedes got to play with 2 years ago. Oh well. The way our phone market is here, we're slaves to the industry.

My phone is set up w/ 500 anytime minutes, unlimited nights & weekends and unlimited walkie-talkie minutes.

I also have Internet access on the phone, but just the limited access - it's all text, and only access to 80 sites... so few are WAP compatible nowadays.

The color screen is fairly sharp in resolution, all things considered. Unlike the more primitive black-n-white phones, these phones don't come with games - only demos you have to pay for. I bought a data cable so I could put my own photos (wallpaper) on the phone w/o buying someone else's wallpaper. After all, I want my dogs on there, not some else's dogs!

The data cable is not sold with that intent, however. The cable cost over 30 bucks, too! I searched all over the Internet until I found a 3rd party utility called WebJal that lets you put your own wallpaper and ringtones on the phone. So far, I've only had success with the wallpaper. Webjal is only available for Windows, and as a Mac user, I found the lack of support by Nextel and Motorola extremely frustrating. Apparently, Motorola & Nextel don't want you fiddling with their phones (even though you actually buy the phone, they still want to believe it's their phone!), so don't expect Nextel or Motorola to help you in any way to get your personal photos or sound effects on your phone - if you want this ability, wait and pray for the next version of the iPod to be a PDA & Phone combo, or else you'll have to search online like I did for several days to find the appropriate software, etc. to put on your own content.

The phone comes with about 10 ringtones, only one of which isn't absolutely horrible to listen to.

The phone is very easy to program and the buttons are fairly intuitive and there are a couple of "soft" buttons which are context sensitive - so applause to Motorola for that! The phone comes with the battery and a wall charger - and that's it. I had to buy the case (by Bodyglove - it's nice), the car charger and the data cable separately - I spent more on the accessories than I did for the phone and I haven't even bought a hands-free ear-thingy yet!!

The speaker works very well - I was able to have a conversation with my mother on the phone and she didn't even know I was using the speaker until I told her - another star for that!

Also impressive is the volume control that's on the side of the phone. Without even messing with the keyboard, you can quickly adjust your volume without even looking at the phone, just listening as the sound gets quieter and finally goes to vibrate mode. Another star for that.

The speaker and ringer are impressively loud and have a long acoustic range (you can hear it clearly when it's jammed deep in your pocket or purse.

Adding names and numbers is fairly intuitive. I really haven't had to consult my manual for everything, since there is context sensitive help on nearly every screen if you need it.

I'm annoyed that simple games that are free on other phones are not built-in. Considering how much money people spend on ringtones, wallpaper, etc., the phones should be free, since they charge for everything!

The walkie-talkie button can be programmed so you only need to PPT (push to talk) instantly with someone else using Nextel. I have the "local" PPT, which is all of Texas... you have to pay extra to talk nationwide. It's cheaper to have a more expensive plan than to pay for overages - they don't dilly around - 40 cents per minute on overages!

If you talk an hour every day to a friend, your 500 minutes will be eaten up very quickly, but if you're like me, you'll have plenty to spare - I'm hardly on the phone, but it's nice to know I can talk if I need to.

There is supposedly some built-in GPS stuff, but you have to pay for the service, so it's not like a stand-alone GPS device if you want to go GeoCaching or anything.

The phone is conveniently small, but not so small that you need a microscope and/or a toothpick to dial and read the buttons.The accessory clip (sold separately) is really meant for hooking onto belts - so unless you wear slacks with belt, it's not too sturdy to hook onto your jeans or pocket - so I just stick the whole phone in my pocket - and it makes a wierd bulge w/ the clip, etc.

I'm still waiting for my friends to get Nextel so I can use the walkie-talkie feature. Nextel should have a site where folks can exchange their walkie-talkie numbers - because they're totally different than phone numbers, so it's not like you'd lose any privacy - almost like SMS chat, but different.I still pine for the abilities in the "Global" used on "Earth: Final Conflict," but this may still be 10 years off - I hear that Dallas Semiconductor is still working on the flexible/expandible viewscreens. ... Read more


68. LG F9100 American Idol Phone (Cingular)
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list price: $199.99
our price: $99.99
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Asin: B0007N1Z8G
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: LG
Sales Rank: 1269
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

At first glance, the LG F9100 looks like just another candybar style handset. A slide-out QWERTY keyboard and advanced features like support for wireless internet and advanced messaging make this phone far from ordinary, though. Users who want to craft text messages will find much to like in this little companion.

Design
The F9100's face features a large, 65,000-color screen with 128 x 160 pixels. The full QWERTY keyboard slides out of the right side of the phone, which automatically flips the display to read horizontally. Secondary selection buttons above the keyboard allow the phone to be operated in this horizontal orientation. Other design features include a standard jack to accept universal hands-free headsets and a five-way center button that controls most of the phone's on-screen menus. An internal antenna keeps the F9100 sleek and compact.

Calling Features
The phone's internal phone book can accommodate up to 255 contacts for quick retrieval of numbers, email addresses and other info. The phone supports polyphonic ringtones, as well as vibrating alerts. Voice dialing lets you call your favorite contacts by simply speaking their names. A ringer ID function allows you to set specific ringers to certain callers.

Messaging and Internet
Support for basic text messaging and robust multimedia messaging are built into the F9100, as are client applications for AOL Instant Messenger, YAHOO! Messenger, and ICQ. There's also a built-in web browser for Cingular MEdia downloads and mobile web browsing. Cingular's MEdia service lets you receive and send emails, read news headlines, get weather updates, download games and ringtones, and more. Traditional text messaging, as well as picture and sound messaging are also supported by the phone. T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

A number of handy tools ship with the F9100, including an alarm, a calendar and a calculator with currency converter. There's also a voice memo application for recording quick notes or numbers.

Imaging and Entertainment
Because the F9100 supports Java applications it is compatible with many Java-based games. The MEdia service offers a wide range of game and Java application downloads. Downloadable ring tones, screensavers and wallpapers are also available.

Vital Statistics
The LG F9100 operates on the GSM 850/1900 MHz frequencies. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4 hours of digital talk time, and up to 12 days of digital standby time. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
F9100 handset, lithium-ion battery, AC charger, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • East-to-use slider QWERTY keyboard
  • Mobile instant messaging, text messaging, andMMS (multimedia messaging service) capable
  • 5-way navigation joystick
  • Download ring tones, screensavers, wallpapers and more
  • Cingular customers can opt-in to the American Idol TXT-n-Win Sweepstakes for a chance to win $50,000, a trip to the American Idol finals, or a free ring tone!

Reviews (4)

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I got the chance to check this phone out for a week and it was pretty sweet. The QWERTY keyboard was awesome! I love texting people so this was a huge plus. The downside was that you couldn't use the keyboard for everything.Some features wouldn't allow you to have it open.The features were decent and the call quality was normal.

2-0 out of 5 stars NO email, bad bad User Interface, rattle-tastic slide
so i have had this phone for 4 or 5 days now, and i am *trying* to like it, but i am know i am going to send it back.

i can live with no camera, memory slot, bluetooth, etc. i txt quite a bit, dont really mobile IM, but figured maybe i would start, and it seems NOT A STRETCH AT ALL, that i would use THE most popular application on the Internets.. its called Email... maybe some of you have heard of it?

well, apparently not the folks somewhere between LG/Cingular/f9100 marketing and decision making teams. i have had phones for years that do email. doesnt need to be a full-blown app like outlook, but email on a mobile, especially one that does mobile IM seems pretty no-brainer as likely to be wanted. if you were thinking that a phone with 4 protocols of mobile IM capability and a slide out freakin keyboard would have included some email ability, even in the form of a pay-for 3rd party app, to do email you would be wrong. True, i can send email as XXXNNNYYYY@my.cingular.com, but thats no use to me, or i suspect, the billion people whoalready have an email address.

i also have a moto mpx220 from cingular, and it comes pre-configured for like 5 major ISP's email, and a great wizard to walk you thru a outlook/imap/pop3 account. i used it all the time and thought "great, now i can use a keyboard for simple stuff like email, and not have to drop $400 on a treo."

also, the slide rattles, opens in your pocket, there is NO WAY to turn off alert tones, poor font choices so it looks like a cheapo computer from 1991, you CANT use the keyboard on all the phone's INCLUDED applications, like its openwave WAP browser!!! surely someone between LG and Cingular could have added a middleware to hook the keyboards APIs to the Openwave text input APIs so that i could type in URLS with the INCLUDED keyboard rather than than tripple-tapping the phonepad.

sorry Lucky Goldstar, i want to like this phone, but please hire an Interface Designer, not just engineers. example, how about the Inbox saying "Inbox(2)" when i have messages instead of saying "Inbox" all the time. my phone from 2000 did that!

physically, the phone is pretty alright (despite the slide issue), so maybe there will be a firmware upgrade that just starts over from a software point of view and evolves this thing from barely ok (if txt and IM are all you ever use, and i KNOW that that is not true of even 17 year olds) to a pretty rawkin little txter/IM'er/emailin' sidekick fighter,

but thats just me lookin on the bright-side.

-mario

2-0 out of 5 stars So near, Soooooooo FAR....
Looks very cool and exciting at first glance.Great color display. I've had this phone for about a month now, and wish I hadn't forked over the $150 bucks.

The phone keys are too small... you have to push with the very tip of your finger to operate them. The screen is great as is the slide out keyboard... but forget about any simple email or web browsing using the slideout keyboard. It is not supported !! How dumb is that? This great sliding keyboard, but it is only used for IM and data entry for the phone book.Anything else and you need to use the old multiple key pressing for alpha characters.

Oh yeah..the documentation... stinks, there are several pretty icons that show up on the screen for which there is no legend. And especially around the use and setup of different networks, where good documentation would be helpful, it is non-existant.

Add this to the annoyance of having it sliding open all the time in your pocket, or while you are using it...there whould be some way of locking it shut. well, I am sorry I purchased this phone.

3-0 out of 5 stars Eh....nothing to write home about
The slide keyboard kept sliding open in my pocket which was awkward, and this phone is uncomfortably thick. And it claims to have a wide range of Java games available, but when I went to d/l some new games, there were only about 6 available. 6 is not wide range. ... Read more


69. Motorola V180 Phone (Cingular)
by Motorola
list price: $149.99
our price: $49.99
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Asin: B0003QEAB6
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 1071
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Billed as an entry-level phone, the Motorola v180 is actually a feature rich black beauty with quad-band global coverage capability. Instant messaging, MP3 ringtones, dual displays, USB connectivity and gaming support are all here-- a significant step up from entry level phones of the past. It's the perfect companion to Cingular Wireless service.

Design
The phone features a sleek clamshell design with a large 128 x 128 color display with 65,000 colors. The outside cover of the handset sports a supplementary 96 x 32 monochrome display that can display time, call information, battery and signal strength, and more. A stub antenna is placed on the top right side of the unit. Up and down buttons for volume control are placed on the left side. Most of the phone's features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button on the handset's control pad. A USB-capable data port is housed on the unit's top edge. There's a standard jack to accept universal hands-free headsets on the bottom of the handset, next to the phone's charging port. Face plates are available so you can create the look you're after on the phone's outer casing.

Calling Features
The V180 supports polyphonic ringtones as well as MP3 ringers, allowing you to use portions of your favorite songs to alert you to incoming calls. You can also assign pictures and ringers to your most common callers. A number of ringtones come preloaded on the phone and more ringtones can be downloaded from Cingular's MEdia service. There's even an included application, MotoMixer, that enables you to mix your own ringtones.

Speed dialing, which allows you to call pre-programmed numbers with one button is built in, as is a vibrating alert. A built-in speakerphone makes it easy to talk without having the phone to your ear. Voice activated dialing makes calling your friends, family and associates as easy as saying their names.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The V180 has all the bases covered when it comes to messaging and Internet connectivity. The phone features support for ICQ, AOL and Yahoo! instant messaging applications (Cingular messaging charges apply). There's also a built-in web browser for MEdia downloads and mobile web browsing. Cingular's MEdia service lets you receive and send emails, read news headlines, get weather updates, download games and ringtones, and more. Traditional text messaging, as well as picture and sound messaging are also supported by the phone. iTap text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

A number of handy software tools are bundled with the V180 including a voice memo recorder, a calculator, a notepad, a calendar and an alarm clock.

Imaging and Entertainment
The V180's USB connectivity can be used to transfer pictures, sounds and graphics to the phone's memory from your PC. Screensavers, themes and wallpapers can be set to your tastes. The V180 is Java enabled, meaning it supports games and application downloads written on the Java platform. Games are available via the Cingular MEdia service.

Vital Statistics
The V180 weighs 3.26 ounces and measures 3.43 x 1.75 x .91 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5.83 hours of digital talk time, and up to 275 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Motorola V180 handset, lithium-ion battery, power supply/charger, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • The sleek feature-forward model V180 offers mobile movers and shakers hip style without the hot price tag.
  • Polyphonic speaker for MP3 ring tunes and MPEG4 video playback
  • Large, vibrant color display with picture caller ID
  • Stylish clamshell design with integrated speakerphone
  • Includes phone, charger and user documentation.

Reviews (26)

1-0 out of 5 stars If I disuade at least one consumer from buying this piece of
junk, I will be happy.
Honestly, this is the worst tool I've ever come across. The casing is cheap plastic which lets in dust obscuring the exterior number/time display (and that display is just about the only useful thing on this phone.) You will be swabbing out the display almost daily.
It stores only the last ten numbers youreceive or dial; and will also list calls you miss as "received"
accessing your address book requires pressing a sequence of numbers/keys whereas the last two phones i've had only required one.
The microphone/earpiece frequently experience feedback and echo.
I received this phone on feb. 14 and didn't even make it to april 15 before I started experiencing problems.
I also hear that the display frequently goes out. I have not experienced that personally, but I don't doubt it.
the battery length is hit and miss. sometimes i am able to go days without recharging. sometimes it's every other day. and i have extremely routine phone usage.
Please....please save yourself the aggrivation and do not buy this phone. I might also caution you away from Cingular services. I loved AT&T. Now that they merged with cinular, it's been nothing but a nightmare.
I never wanted cingular service and I still do not want cingular service.
stick with phones by samsung or (my preference) nokia.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't bother... waste of money and rise in blood pressure.
This phone is almost worthless with cingular service.Shortly after I got it, it started dropping calls regularly, even when I was stationary.Signal strenght would frequently go from full strength on standby to minimal when I made or answered a call.All I can think of is that it is cingular's service which sucks, since a friend of mine has the same phone on T-Mobile with no problems on signal strength.

Either go with a different company, or a better phone(don't bother with the freebies from cingular), or keep a VERY close eye on signal strength during the first 30 day trial period.If you wait too long, you'll have to deal with Cingular's less than stellar customer service, where the best trouble shooting they can come up with is "You are in a low signal strength area" even when full strength shows on the dispaly screen.

Needless to say, I haven't been pleased with the phone's performance, so I can't recommend it with cingular.If you decide to go with the same phone w/ different carrier, then I would say it's a good basic phone.Easy to use.The speaker phone is great for when you don't have hands-free kit handy, and the display is bright enough.Doesn't come with many frills, though.No games (only one trial game) and only basic ringtones.All in all, it's a nice phone, just $h**ty service.

2-0 out of 5 stars The cons far outnumber the pros
There are too many good reviews of this phone so I felt I had to add one more against the V180. If you can afford it, skip this phone.

Before I go further into the review, I should say that my last phone was a Sony Ericsson T39m, which was top of the line back in 2002 and went through a lot of torture during the 3 years since. Because of advances in technology, I expect a cheap phone today to at least come close to matching a 3 year old phone. The V180 comes nowhere close to that. I should also qualify my review by saying that I have tested many family and friends' phones to confirm that I'm not being overly demanding.

The Good:
1. Aesthetics - The phone looks sleek and modern.
2. Size - It fits nicely in my pocket.
3. Speakerphone - Having this extra has been extremely useful, especially when in the car.
4. Shortcuts - The phone has a shortcuts menu where you can add shortcuts to just about anything in the phone. I set this to one of the programmable buttons to easily swicth between the Loud, Loud/Vibrate, and Silent profiles.
(...)

The Bad:
1. Navigation: The menus are very counterintuitive. Ex: why are tools under settings?
2. Putting it on silent: You cannot easily set the phone to silent. My T39m only required 2 clicks, which includes any menu navigation. The V180 on the other hand,, requires 11 clicks! The only way to shorten this is to use the programmable buttons and/or shortcuts.
3. Calculator: Unless you have a lot of patience, you will never use it. All of the functions (including the decimal and the "equals") are placed in a menu that you must scroll through. Calculating something as simple as a tip can be very tedious.
4. Multiple Entries: You must store each number separately, even for the same name.
5. Build quality: My T39m survived liquid spills, impacts against walls and concrete, falls from several feet high, being sat on and stepped on and crushed by solid objects - all with merely a few scratches. Treat the V180 with much, much more care. However, at this price, you can't complain.

The Ugly (these are VERY bad):
1. Memory: Why Motorola designed the phone this way boggles my mind. Your phone can store information in two places, the phone memory and the SIM. My T39m stored my information on the phone memory and I could back up the information to the SIM. On the V180, you can only have your information either on the phone OR the SIM, otherwise, the information will show up twice. So you will see your friend's cell number twice in your address book, once from your phone memory, once from your SIM, and changing one will not update the other. This means that you have to choose between being able customize entries (such as ring tones and categories, which can only be done with entries stored on the phone) or keeping your information safe and easily portable. You can't do both.

2. Battery Life: If you like to talk, do not even think of using this phone. The battery life is absolutely pathetic, even after accounting for the smaller size of the phone and the color screen. I have a talkative girlfriend, lots of family, several clients, and my cell phone is my only phone. The V180 will sometimes give up before the end of the day. It definitely won't make it through a late-night outing. I had many more clients when I had the T39m and thus had a much heavier toll on battery life. Yet the T39m, with its 3-year old battery, still lasted 3 days.

In conclusion, I will actually try to repair the minor damage on my T39m. Any phone that makes me cringe and cry for a 3 year old phone with not even a color screen is not worth the trouble.

That being said, if you just want the cheapest phone you can get in a small formfactor and sleek design, then this phone might be OK, as long as you don't talk much. I'm still waiting for a phone/PDA with Wi-Fi, which is why I got the V180 to begin with.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice phone
Overall I am happy with this phone. I got it with Cingular service and I'm Columbus, Ohio. It's got all the basic features, plus a few I wasn't expecting. I have had few problems with dropped calls, and interestingly enough, the only dropped calls I experience are mobile-to-mobile calls with a friend of mine who's also on Cingular. Other than that, reception has been fine.

What I love:
1. Speakerphone - when I use it the people that i'm talking to say it sounds fine, and they sound fine on my end.
2. Programmable buttons - there's only 2, but once you program them, what they are programmed with appears at the bottom of the screen. I put in the 2 features I use most - voice dialing and audio (changing ring tones and volume)
2. Voice activated dialing - this is my favorite feature. I programmed one of the buttons with this. All I have to do is hit the button, say the name, and it dials. It's connected to the address book, so you enter someone's information, then "train" the phone to recognize your voice saying their name, and that's it. I love it because now I never have to go to my address book or use the speed dialing feature.
3. Good ring tones and there's a pretty good variety already on the phone. I can also attach different ring tones to people in my address book.

What I don't love!:
1. Battery life - I seem to be recharging it every 3-4 days and I'm not constantly on the phone - maybe 3-4 calls a day.
2. I really hate the address book - you have to have a separate entry for every phone number, so if someone has a cell, work phone, home phone, and pager, then you have to have 4 entries for that person. It's a pain because you have to scroll through all those entries when you're going through the address book. Most people I know have at least 2, so all their names appear twice in the list. I've overcome this by programming voice dialing for my most frequently dialed numbers.

I've had this phone for about 2 months. I paid $10 for it with service activation, so I feel like I got a pretty good deal. I'd recommend it.

1-0 out of 5 stars The first AND last Motorola I have and will ever own
I bought this phone in Russia, from Megafon, as a mean of communication with my family in the states while being overseas. The first two weeks I owned the phone it was absolutely flawless, with amenities galore and overall very sleek and good looking. I have owned several mobile phones, but this was the first Motorola. I do not consider myself picky about phones, simple functionality suffices just fine - I don't need all the fireworks that come with so many phones, so the V180 looked great for me, a student on a limited budget. Aside from enjoying the option of speakerphone, something I have never had on a mobile, this phone is a complete piece of garbage. For the past month now, I have been unable to dial any phone number whatsoever - everytime I even attempt to do so the phone freezes, the backlight turns off, then goes to a black screen, and finally defaults back to the main background saying "No Service" - after which a few seconds pass and it goes back to normal with full signal. I do not make many phone calls, as airtime is very expensive here, so I was able to get by with text messages locally and receiving incoming calls for a while, but that is ridiculous for owning a phone that you'd think would function! Why would you purchase a phone that you can't call outbound on? Should I want to dial a number, there is no possible way to do so, no way around it - through the phonebook, recent call lists, and even directly dialing the number on the keypad. The same goes for simply accessing my phonebook, if I attempt to edit the name of a contact in my book, it goes through those same stages and leaves me stranded, like usual.

As my first Motorola, I was excited to purchase something that has the reputation of being high quality, but such a worthless device may as well be branded 'Garbage' as it is simply nothing better. You will regret purchasing this phone, but certainly not as much as I do, because there is no possible way for me to return it. The remaining months I am here and stuck with this phone, I will have to text someone and have them call me if I want to talk with them. I just hope that I never need to make an emergency call! Thanks alot Motorola! ... Read more


70. Nokia 6010 Phone (Cingular)
by Nokia
list price: $99.99
our price: $24.99
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Asin: B0002VQDUI
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Nokia
Sales Rank: 827
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Overview
Compatible with Cingular cell phone service, the Nokia 6010 is an economy phone that also happens to include quite a few nice features, such as including GPRS high-speed data download, MMS, SyncML, Java-compatibility, and voice dialing, all 96x65 pixel, 4096-color LCD screen.

Calling Features
Used simply as a phone, the 6010's features include vibrating alert, custom ring tones, voice dialing and voice menu commands, and a 500-entry phone book capacity with 6 numbers per name. Nokia also supports TTY/TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf), and hearing aid support for the Nokia LPS-3 Loopset (adapter and Loopset sold separately).

Messaging and Internet:
The picture messaging and MMS capabilities built in to the 6010 enable users to send, edit, forward, and receive image, text, audio, and video messages over the wireless Internet, to and from compatible phones or PCs. You'll also get instant messaging capability, messaging templates, and predictive text assistance. Beyond messaging, the 6010's Internet connectivity lets you access online services such as stock quotes, road directions, airline information, entertainment, and more. You can also download Java applications (version J2ME) to add additional capabilities to your phone, and high-speed data transfer and download round out the package.

Organizer:
The 6010 provides standard organizer features including a calendar with up to 500 events, a to-do list, and more. You can also transfer this data to your PC via the included SyncML software.

Fun and Games:
For fun, the 6010 provides customizable polyphonic ring tones, graphic displays, screen savers, and more. You'll also get four games in addition to the Java games you can download from the Web: Backgammon, Bowling, Air Glide, and Sky Diver.

Vital Statistics:
The Nokia 6010 weighs 3.92 ounces and measures 4.68 x 1.97 x 0.90 inches. Its Lithium Ion batteries are rated at up to 5.5 hours talk time, and up to 240 hours standby time. ... Read more

Features

  • Lightweight and ergonomic design
  • One touch dialing and voice dialing for easy communication
  • Phone book with up to 500 contacts, with up to 5 numbers and 3 text entries per contact
  • Personalize your phone with 8 different color schemes
  • Includes phone, wall charger, SIM card and user documentation.

Reviews (11)

3-0 out of 5 stars Good basic phone, excellent reception
Pro: Just a good basic "stick" phone like everyone else is saying, and it has great battery life (at least mine does), and a nice user interface -- easy to setup the address book. I'd buy it again.

Con: (1) Very "hot" magnetically -- will make LOUD pops, hums, chirps and squeals on any nearby powered speakers (hey -- you can tell when a call is coming in!), will jiggle nearby CRT monitors. Much more than any other phone I've owned. It's like it's really trying hard to reach out!
(2) Display very hard to read in ambient light -- and you have to push a button to bring up the back-light, then "undo" whatever you did by pushing the button. This phone does NOT need a color display -- my LCD wristwatch is easily readable in most any light, but not this phone!
(3) Buttons not well placed -- especially the upper two "soft" buttons.

4-0 out of 5 stars a comparison with the Nokia 3560
I got this phone because they were offering a promo 1000 anytime minutes (comparable to the Nation 450 plan otherwise) on the national GSM network because i'm such a good customer, and I wanted to jump on the GSM bandwagon soon so that when they started getting rid of TDMA towers, i could accrue more benefits by having a plan for longer.The phone is almost exactly like my TDMA Nokia 3560 phone. Just as an intro, i've mostly had Nokia stick phones.

PROS: (compared to the NOkia 3560.None really.I now have nation wide no roaming versus the previous regional plan, but my peak time is no longer 7AM-8PM.It has more web browsing capabilities (which i don't do from my phone), and I believe that you can download music, wallpapers, and games, although you couldn't do it with the 3560.I've gone through 3 Nokia stick phones, and the main reason i chose this one over the samsung camera E317 flip phone for $50 was because i have extra batteries, AC adaptors, earphone, car adaptor, and case from previous Nokias.Oh yeah, you can also display the DATE as well as the time on this phone, which is useful for me, because i wouldn't know the month without a digital watch, which i don't wear.

CONS:
1)the buttons are pretty hard to push, especially the ones near the top.The "send" and left "choice.?" button are way too close, and so are the "end call" and right button.Exactly how similar are these phones?Well, i jsut switched the faceplates to use my old 3560 phone faceplate, and it works fine.
2)Couple of reviews mentioned a hollow sound heard by the person you're talking to.i noticed that whereas the 3560 has a hole in the case near the microphone, the 6010 does not! Not sure how much difference this will make - can't really make a good comparison, because it's 2 different networks.
3)Had a discussion with my friend today, and we were lamenting that cell phone companies may purposefully not give you a regular sounding ring, so that you'll have to purchase one.Yes, the 6010 doesn't really have any traditional rings.i prefer sounds that are a little bit low in pitch, but good volume, and definitely not melodious or cutesy, and there just isn't any that fits that criteria in this phone.
4)earpiece too loud - I'm somewhat paranoid about EM radiation, so i use the headset whenever possible, but even at the lowest volume setting, it's just TOO LOUD.i have to keep telling the other person to speak more softly.i've been holding the earpiece up near my ear with my hands to counteract this, but that kind of defeats the point of it being hands-free.even without the ear piece, the phone itself is very loud.i have to hold it far from my ear, which allows random strangers to hear what we're taling about.in the 3560, there was an "equalizer" function that you could set the base volume to be lower to begin with, and change the volume from that base.not available in 6010.I'm actually thinking of getting the crappiest earpiece i can find that mutes the volume somewhat.
5)also not in this phone is the voice recorder function, which i didn't really use, but it was fun.

All in all, i'm not that unhappy with this phone.i don't really like flip phones, and i can preach volumes on the durability of these nokia stick phones (ran over my 2nd nokia phone - LCD messed up, but otherwise working fine).My only big beef is the conversation being too loud...I dunno, maybe i have sensitive ears or something.or maybe the new genearation screwed up their ears with loud music or heavy use of headphones turned on too loud, and nokia is adapting to the times.(kind of like movie theaters nowadays, it seems like...)

after all, i don't think that my hearing got better as i got older, right?

3-0 out of 5 stars Meets Basic Requirements
Yes!
You can talk with this phone. It has a decent reception. Extremely big fonts which even blind people can see and is so big it is hard to lose it. The battery on mine sucks though...I need to watch it if I talk for more than two hours at a time:) With no additional features...this phone is awesome as it won't keep you occupied and not perform well on your job. I had a sony ericcson before and man, that was something to own...I checked out my cousin's Motorola V600 and it was SO USER UNFRIENDLY when compared to a basic Sony Ericcson T610. The camera and video recording functions were amazing on it though. So, if you just wanna talk and not worry about your phone (except for the charging bit though), buy the 6010, but if you want to take pictures, record videos and not worry about using your phone to talk, then go for the V600. Hope my review was useful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Washes just fine in the washer!
In today's day and age, it's becoming the normal thing for kids to have cell phones, so I wanted to get that part out before I had bad remarks added to my comment here.I have a ten year old daughter and she uses this Nokia 6010 phone with the KIC prepaid plan so the two of us can stay in touch while she's at her activities, friends' houses, or out in the neighborhood since 2-way radios only go so far.One of the things I didn't want for her was a clip to attach this to her pants for the fear of losing her phone.So she keeps it in her pants pocket.Then it happened.I thought I was going to faint at first because I had to pay $100 for this phone since it wasn't a contract she's using it for.She left the phone in her pants pocket and in the washer it went.After a full super wash with All Clean and Clear and a bit of Snuggle's fabric softner, I'm sure the phone is quite clean now.We realized it was missing when I called it and it kept telling me the customer was unavailable.Then she said those words, "Mom, did you take the phone out of my pocket, because I left it in there."

My own personal experience of dropping a cell phone in the toilet, I just knew this phone was a goner, but I had hope.I took the phone apart and let it dry over night, put it back together, and can you believe this phone still works like new???The Sim card wasn't even damaged!!!

So now that we know it washes up good, how about the rest of the phone?It comes preloaded with several ringtones, which none sounded like Ciara as my daughter wanted, so we downloaded a few from the free ringtone site we use.Ah, see?It DOES have internet capabilities!It also has a few games to play, but the Bowling is so loud, I at times want to smash it, haha, but she has learned how to turn off the volume.The candybar style phones, such as this one, are so much easier to slip into a pocket or one of those teeny booper purses she uses than the flip phones, so I feel this phone was perfect for her.It doesn't have a camera on it or anything, but just the basics.If you're looking for a phone just to talk on, this one will work fine.I've used it once myself to test it out and the sound is crystal clear which is hard to find in some brands.You can buy interchangeable face plates for it or leave it black.Overall, it's a good little phone and I do not regret my purchase.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money (and it only cost $20)
I recently switched from T-Mobile to Cingular and I loved my little Samsung R225 phone.The only problem was the service area prevented me from using the phone in my house.I went to a few different places and everyone told me that Nokia was the way to go if I wanted really good reception.Okay, I took the bait.Instead of taking the free Sony Eriksson phone I paid the extra $20 and got the Nokia 6010.What a mistake.The phone has a hallow sound to it.It's like I hear everything around me echoing through the phone.There is no place to put a wrist strap which may not be a problem for men who wear belts but it is a problem for me.I had to take the phone strap from my old phone and open the back of the Nokia 6010, insert the strap and then put the case back on and hope that it doesn't break the phone and that the strap stays put.There is no way for me to get rid of the "Cingular" that shows up on the screen.On my old phone I could put anything I want on the banner.Mind you, there may be a way, but it has been blocked out (Option 3 on the Phone Settings menu is conspicuously missing).The display screen is so dark that you can't read the time and there is no way to change it.Hey, here's a novel idea, how about providing ring tones in addition to the many song rings for those of us who prefer a traditional ring. What happened to a normal ring tone?I don't want to be in a meeting and here "Futurisco" playing.The one thing I will give the phone is that you have the ability to create Profiles so that you can make changes to your settings and apply a particular group of settings depending on your situation.Overall, I am greatly disappionted. ... Read more


71. PCS Vision Picture Phone Sanyo PM-8200 Silver (Sprint)
by Sanyo
list price: $279.99
our price: $249.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00023DRVO
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Sanyo
Sales Rank: 679
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Compatible with Sprint cell phone service, the Sanyo PM-8200 includes a built-in VGA digital camera with an LED flash, push-to-talk capability, voice dialing, Internet capability, and much more, all displayed on a 1.8-inch, 65k color LCD screen.

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Calling Features
Used simply as a phone, the PM-8200's features include vibrating alert, voice dialing, call screening, a dedicated speakerphone and voice mail button, push-to-talk, and a 300-entry phone book capacity with picture-ID capability. It also supports mobile-to-mobile (walkie-talkie) direct link for up to 6 simultaneous users. This phone supports TTY/TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf) devices.

Messaging and Internet
This phone provides SMS two-way messaging, conventional email, and predictive text assistance, plus picture sharing and voice-memo picture attachment. The PM-8200's Internet connectivity also lets you access online services such as stock quotes, road directions, airline information, entertainment, and more. You can download Java applications (version J2ME) to add additional capabilities to your phone, and high-speed data transfer and download round out the package. The PM-8200 is GPS capable.

Organizer
Multishot feature:
Take up to 8 rapid shots in sequence
The PIM organizer included with this phone provides programmable reminders for holidays, birthdays, or other significant dates, an event calendar, to-do list, call alarm, alarm clock, calculator, world clock and more.

Fun and Games
For fun, the PM-8200 sports a built-in VGA digital camera, outfitted with a flash, digital zoom, self-timer, multi-shot capability, plus fun frames, color tones, and a security camera lockout feature. The PM-8200 also features 32 chord ring tone capability, and the usual downloadable ring tones, screen savers, wallpaper, and games, in addition to the ones built in to the phone.

Vital Statistics
The Sanyo PM-8200 weighs 3.64 ounces and measures 3.34 x 1.85 x 1.02 inches. Its Lithium Ion batteries are rated at up to 3 hours talk time, and up to 12 days standby time.

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Features

  • Feature-packed with VGA camera and flash, speakerphone, dual-displays and more
  • VGA camera includes 640x480 resolution, flash, zoom capabilities and auto-focus.
  • Vivid dual-displays in 65,000 colors for life-like images
  • Built-in speakerphone and voice dialing make communication a breeze
  • Includes phone, rapid wall charger and user documentation

Reviews (25)

2-0 out of 5 stars Can't Hear
Like everyone said before, I bought this for all the features and the great battery life.All those have delivered except I feel like the battery doesn't last that long anymore AND the charger that they provide starts to "get loose" and stops charging the phone correctly after a while and you have to get the alternative charger for the phone.This phone gets great reception and I get reception in places that most other people don't...ONLY ONE PROBLEM....... YOU CAN'T HEAR WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING TO YOU!The speaker in the earpiece of this phone is terrible.I thought it was me at first.I thought that it was the OTHER person's cell phone because how could it be mine if I had full reception bars?Well it is the phone.The speaker is simply a piece of junk.Hopefully Sanyo will correct it with future phones because I really do like everything else about the phone.I gave it 2 stars though because the basic function of the phone is obviously the most important thing and that is seriously lacking.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great phone!
I have been with Sprint for almost 2 years now and have had 3 different phones.Out of the 3 I have to say that the Sanyo 8200 is the best.I love the screen call feature.I've read the other reviews and alot of people complained about the audio quality.I haven't had that problem.Now, I just recently had to get a replacement under the warranty because the vibrate did not work but other than that, I think the phone is great. I love the design of the phone, its compact and light and comes in 4 different colors.I orginally wanted the red but went with silver only because at the time the Sprint store that I purchased the phone from did not have the red one in stock. Im thinking about upgrading though.I never keep cells phone for a really long time.If something new comes out and I like it, I usually buy it.I like the new Sanyo 5600 but Im not keen on spending $500 for a cell phone.I think I may just settle for the Sanyo MM 7400.

1-0 out of 5 stars Sanyo, what were you thinking?
All the gadgets in the world can't hide the fact that this phone sounds horrible. I first thought it might be a bad phone, so I exchanged it. Guess what? It's the same for all of the 8200's. I love the reception but if you can't understand the person on the other end what's the point? It's like owning pretty car but it it can't shift into drive. Stay away from this phone.

3-0 out of 5 stars mixed bag
I fell in love with this phone at the store: great design, great features, great camera, I was psyched.Then I started using the phone - the WORST audio quality!Everyone who calls me sounds like they're coming through a train terminal PA system.The static is in the phone, it's not the reception.I'm still using this phone because I still love the design, but just know you're buying a phone with terrible audio.

1-0 out of 5 stars What happened???
I first bought this phone right off the line (3 days after it was put in stores) For 4 months it was the best phone i have ever had. decent quality in pictures, advanced text messaging (text messages came direct to my phone rather than me logging into a site to get them) and the speaker phone made talking a little easier when i needed full movement of my head to see what was around me (IE. driving, walking etc.)
But the biggest thing that seems to plague the new sanyo picture and video phones is the place you plug into the phone to charge the phone. WHAT HAPPENED?? Only four months into owning this and i have to jimmy the phone so that i can just charge the battery. And i am not the only one who has this problem. Many of the guys i work with are sprint users and have this exact phone or one similar and have the same problems as i do. This major defect makes this phone a bad sale. i mean how can you use the features if you can't get power to the phone. Sanyo needs to find a way to fix this, and then this phone type will once again be the ace it was when i first bought it. ... Read more


72. Nokia 3595 TMO to Go Prepaid Phone (T-Mobile)
by Nokia
list price: $124.99
our price: $89.99
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Asin: B0002W05FG
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Nokia
Sales Rank: 316
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Compatible with T-Mobile cell phone service, the Nokia 3595 prepaid cell phone is at the top end of Nokia’s entry-level 30-series phones, offering the basic Nokia features plus a digital wallet, voice dialing, data capabilities through its Java support, and advanced messaging. The Nokia 3595 phone comes in the familiar slim Nokia package, but has a larger and unique keypad design and a full 4,096-color display.

Calling Features
For calling, this phone provides a dedicated voice mail button, as well as a voice mail indicator, call timers, redial, missed call indicator, call log, voice activated dialing, any-key answer, auto-redial, speed dial, mute control, no-answer transfer, vibrating ring, differential ring, and a phone book capacity of 500 entries. For hearing-impaired customers, the 3595 offers TTY/TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf) compatibility with the phone adapter.

Messaging and Internet
This device also supports messaging via SMS and MMS, enabling you to create, send, edit, and forward messages with text and images to compatible phones. You can also receive messages with text, image, and sound, and instant message from friends or business associates. The GPRS connection ensures high-speed data transmission over the phone's XHTML browser, providing users with quick access to Internet. The 3959 is also compatible with the many downloadable, Java-based business applications available online. The digital wallet feature allows you to make credit card payments online securely.

Organizer
Organizer features include a 100-event calendar, calculator with currency converter, and an alarm clock that works even when the phone is switched off. The phone book, calendar, and to-do list can be synchronized with a PC using SyncML software over the WAP connection.

Fun and Games
For fun, the Nokia 3595 provides preloaded polyphonic ring tones, wallpapers, animated screen savers, and picture messages--plus the memory to download more. The device also features four games (Backgammon, Sky Diver, Air Glide, and Bowling), and supports changeable covers in various colors (available separately).

Vital Statistics
The phone weighs 3.77 oz. and measures 4.68 x 1.95 x 0.87 inches. Its extended Li-Ion battery is rated for up to 5.5 hours of digital talk time and 10 days of digital standby time.

In the Box
Nokia 3595 prepaid phone, charger, battery, and hands-free headset ... Read more

Features

  • T-Mobile To Go is the hassle-free way to stay connected. No long-term contract. No credit check. No deposits or monthly bills.

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Phone, Best Performance!
I bought this phone several months ago because my old (...)cell phone had no reception in the office where I work. I choose this phone because it has an exceptionally high rating for performance on the CNET cell phone reviews (...). This one has at least half the bars all the time and it has never lost signal where ever I have taken, including places where most other phones don't work, even in a basement! It is also a very loud phone with a brightly lit color screen. Although the screen resolution is a little lower than the more expensive models, it is easy to read.

It comes with all the basic features including some nice ones such as wallpapers and screensavers and a nifty feature called timed profiles which means that you set your ring tone and alert preferences and they will revert to normal at a time that you specify. It also includes a basic organizer and comes loaded with 4 games (Sky Diver, Backgammon, Bowling and Air Glide). You can download additional ring tones and graphics but the prepaid plan does not support game downloads. By default it comes loaded with a nice variety of ring tones and most users will find one that appeals to them. Yahoo!, MSN, AOL and ICQ instant messengers are also included.

The keyboard layout is rather strange and that is the only real shortcoming of this phone. However, once you get used to it, it is not a bother. Overall, this is a great little phone which offers exceptional performance and all the basic features. I bought it directly from the T-Mobile website where it was selling for less, so you may want to check the price there before buying. T-Mobile recently increased the minutes that you get from some of the prepaid cards and lowered the limit for Gold Rewards program participation to $100 which makes it an even better deal.

2-0 out of 5 stars I wasn't that impressed with signal strength
I had this phone with Tmobile. I didn't get signal in a number of areas. My keypad became faulty after 3 months and I couldn't dial certain numbers.My friend had a tracfone and got signal in way more places than I did.(he has the v60i-cdma vers.) I bought a tracfone, had him send me a referral through tracfones promotional referral deal, activated the phone and got 100 free minutes for the referral.I'll send you one if you think you are going to get a tracfone instead,just email me(before you activate phone!). I have the v60i now too and I'm so much happier with it. They also have GSM phones, nokia 1100 and 2600.

3-0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 Stars...And it's Not Bad
I got this phone free when I signed up for Cingular almost 2 years ago.It's not a bad phone.The ringer can be very loud if you don't set it to the lower volume, which can be a plus if you're in a noisy area, but a minus if you work in an office!

My biggest complaint is because it's not a "flip" type phone, if I have the phone in my purse, it tends to get hit very easily on the number pad and ends up calling a speed dial that I've programmed...not good when someone is listening to you and you don't know it! :0)

It's a little bulky since they can make phones so thin now, but overall, especially since I didn't pay anything for it, I'd give it high marks as far as cell phones go.I don't need a lot of "extra" gadgets, so if they're missing from this phone, I don't miss them.

5-0 out of 5 stars T-Mobile Nokia 3595 Prepaid Phone
The phone is great and the sound is EXCEPTIONALLY LOUD. If you were in an auditorium or movie theater and want to sneak a game in with the volume at its LOWEST, forget it! Keep this phone in silent mode if you don't want to be embarassed - at the same time, now that the audio quality is pretty good. Reception-wise, the phone can only be as good as the service will let it and within the Washington DC Metero area, I would say that it is a notch below Sprint. Don't expect it to work in every building you go into even if other carriers do. Blame it on coverage, though, not the phone itself. Overall, it's very much so worth it (and cheaper at T-Mobile's website as of this review).

5-0 out of 5 stars 3595 nokia
it has the best signal my mom has a virozon phone and my phone, unlike hers, has color has a strong signal where hers has none and its cheap noexpenive phone bills just puyt 10 dollars in to it and get thirty minutes. best of all no overgages ... Read more


73. PCS Vision Picture Phone Sanyo PM-8200 Blue (Sprint)
by Sanyo
list price: $279.99
our price: $269.99
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Asin: B00023DS04
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Sanyo
Sales Rank: 1311
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Compatible with Sprint cell phone service, the Sanyo PM-8200 includes a built-in VGA digital camera with an LED flash, push-to-talk capability, voice dialing, Internet capability, and much more, all displayed on a 1.8-inch, 65k color LCD screen.

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the phone's features
Calling Features
Used simply as a phone, the PM-8200's features include vibrating alert, voice dialing, call screening, a dedicated speakerphone and voice mail button, push-to-talk, and a 300-entry phone book capacity with picture-ID capability. It also supports mobile-to-mobile (walkie-talkie) direct link for up to 6 simultaneous users. This phone supports TTY/TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf) devices.

Messaging and Internet
This phone provides SMS two-way messaging, conventional email, and predictive text assistance, plus picture sharing and voice-memo picture attachment. The PM-8200's Internet connectivity also lets you access online services such as stock quotes, road directions, airline information, entertainment, and more. You can download Java applications (version J2ME) to add additional capabilities to your phone, and high-speed data transfer and download round out the package. The PM-8200 is GPS capable.

Organizer
Multishot feature:
Take up to 8 rapid shots in sequence
The PIM organizer included with this phone provides programmable reminders for holidays, birthdays, or other significant dates, an event calendar, to-do list, call alarm, alarm clock, calculator, world clock and more.

Fun and Games
For fun, the PM-8200 sports a built-in VGA digital camera, outfitted with a flash, digital zoom, self-timer, multi-shot capability, plus fun frames, color tones, and a security camera lockout feature. The PM-8200 also features 32 chord ring tone capability, and the usual downloadable ring tones, screen savers, wallpaper, and games, in addition to the ones built in to the phone.

Vital Statistics
The Sanyo PM-8200 weighs 3.64 ounces and measures 3.34 x 1.85 x 1.02 inches. Its Lithium Ion batteries are rated at up to 3 hours talk time, and up to 12 days standby time.

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Features

  • Feature-packed with VGA camera and flash, speakerphone, and dual displays
  • VGA camera features auto-focus lens, zoom capability. flash and 640x480 resolution
  • Dual LCD/TFT displays offer crisp images in 65,000 colors
  • Speakerphone and voice dialing make communication a breeze
  • Includes phone, rapid travel charger and user documentation

Reviews (28)

4-0 out of 5 stars Superb phone with great features!
I have had this phone going on a year now and can faithfully say that I have very few complaints!! First of all the phone has NEVER and I mean NEVER failed me! This will be the 5th Sanyo I have owned, starting with the faithful 4500, and have never been let down. I have seen numerous complaints about sound quality, but short of the volume being a little low on occasion, I cannot see too much fault. The speakerphone is only half-duplex, but most cell phone speakerphones are only HD at the moment. Also you cannot expect board room sound out of a tiny micro-sized speaker! It does very well for its size. Ready link performance is top rate, as well. All in all another great Sanyo product!

1-0 out of 5 stars Going on 5th bad phone in 5 months...
I bought this phone for FREE in dec 2004. (special)

2 months later the head set wouldn't work anymore. (the head set to plug in the jack and speak hands free, and i have a few plantronic headsets that work great, the big ones.)

Store would not give me a blue one, only silver. 2 months later the head set wouldn't work anymore.

Given the run around at the sprint stores and tech and made to drive over 500 miles going back and forth (in 35 mile increments).

Given 3rd phone, got to my car and started to make a call, head set wouldn't work right out of the box. That's less than 90 seconds after leaving the store.

Given 4th phone the same day (not working this same day, 2 bad phones in the same day) and would keep beeping, the icon for battery would blink from full charge to BEING recharged (not in need of, but being), while half muting the person on the other end of the phone call.

After 4 hours in the store this day, even though they saw it was not working, refused to replace because their tech guy went home and he was required to say it's broken before they change it out.

My previous phone was the sanyo 4900 which i had to replace in the first week, but has lasted for the last 2 years, very dim screen and big, but worked great.

The 8200?, I got it free and it's cost me so much money in time and gas and trouble, feels like It's cost me $1000. By far the worst quality phone I have dealt with in the last ten years.

emailed sprint and they have agree to allow me to take any of their phones and they will credit the 229 list price.
Did not offer to compensate for all the BS their store reps have put me through. Worst people in the world at the sprint store in Asheville, NC... patton ave. Hendersonville road and mall is where you should buy if your in this town.

I've liked sanyo alot, but now I'm almost scared off of them. My old samsung wasn't as strong in reception and battery life, but I'm using cnet to investigate phones that have the same problem with everybody.

I do have a few friends that have not had AS MANY problems as I have had and they are hard on phones, my 4900 still looks new. I'm very easy on my phones.

If I had not gotten 4 bad phones....
just rating the phone on the features and the like, I'd probably rate it 3 stars at best.

The phone is average, imo. The worst thing about the phone, from all the phones, is to listen to a conversation on the phone, you either have to turn the volume down to the lowest, if you turn it up so that you can easily hear the other person the sound becomes very distorted and choppy.

Based on that one thing, I would not suggest buying this phone. Add in the problems I've gotten with the 4 bad phones, I can not give this a good review.

3-0 out of 5 stars what's up with the hissing on sprint phones?
I got this phone after switching over from Verizon.The first thing I noticed was an audible hissing when I'm talking on the phone.I went to 3 different sprint stores and tried out all the models that were available and there was noticeable hissing on almost all the phones.But most notably on Sanyo models.The phone that had the least background hissing was the LG 325, but I wanted a flip phone.The PM 8200 also has a horrible speakerphone (it's loud, but very distorted and cuts out when there is cross-talking).The PM 8200 also distorts the caller's voice slightly.If you've never had a good cell phone like an LG, (my previous verizon phone was the LG 4400 and callers sounded crystal clear), you may not notice the relatively bad sound quality of most of the Sprint phones.I returned the 8200 within the 14 day period and instead got the Samsung RL-A760.The sound is much clearer on this phone with less hissing, but is slightly larger and does not have a camera.the speakerphone on the Samsung is much better and does not cut out during cross-talking, at least on my end. overall, the PM8200 is a good phone if you can stand the hissing and distortion.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a great phone...
and it does everything that I could ever imagine (web, pictures, alarms, downloads, speaker phone) - except streaming video, which the newer version (PCS Phone Sanyo MM-7400 (Sprint) has.

One great buy!

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT!
This is a great phone! It has all the features such as camera with flash, calendar and other stuff. I have no problems with it except for one. The metallic seems as if it is prone to scratches and it feels awkward when I handle it with extra care. ... Read more


74. Motorola V600 Phone - Next Generation (AT&T)
by Motorola
list price: $369.99
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Asin: B00020R0TC
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 1267
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Compatible with AT&T service, the quad-band Motorola V600 cell phone features Bluetooth connectivity, an integrated VGA digital camera, and MMS with video clip playback. You'll also get "Situational Lights"--a feature that lets you light colors for various types of calls--and much more, all displayed on a large, high-resolution 176 x 220 pixel, 65,000 color interior screen.

The basic Motorola clamshell format continues to provide a solid and attractive option for any dedicated cell phone user. Its steel frame is compact and attractive, (the faceplate-changing capabilities seem a bit unnecessary) and it's loaded with all the essential features you'll need for power usage plus a few bonuses. You may find the volume a bit high out of the box, and it goes into hibernate almost as fast as you can dial a number, but these are minor, adjustable quibbles on a truly stellar phone.

Calling Features

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Uploaded UploadedUsed simply as a cell phone, the V600 features a 4-way scroll key with multiple dedicated function keys for easy menu navigation. Primary calling features include voice dialing, integrated speakerphone, vibrate mode, call timers, redial, missed call indicator, call log, any-key answer, auto-answer, auto-redial, roaming indicator, speed dial, linked (credit card) dialing, phonebook look-up, phonebook scroll, mute control, no-answer transfer, one-touch 911, system select, usage alert, and a phone book of up to 1250 entries, including picture caller ID functionality. When the phone is closed, its external screen (two lines, 96 x 32 pixels) displays caller ID, date, time, and various status icons, including text message waiting, voice message waiting, battery and signal strength, and voice and message mail. There's even a blue backlight for nighttime viewing.

The V600 sports well-placed, well-machined keys, and its compact size does nothing to hinder dialing even for large-fingered users. The solid scroll keys bring you to very intuitive menus presented nicely on a single screen, marked by functional but showier-than-necessary graphics. There are also dedicated external buttons for speaker volume, voice recording, and ring volume.

Messaging and Internet
The advanced MMS capabilities built in to the V600 enable users to send, edit, forward, and receive image, text, audio, and video messages over the wireless Internet, to and from compatible phones or PCs. (Messages can run up to 100k in size.) You'll also get instant messaging capability, messaging templates, SMS two-way messaging, conventional email, and predictive text assistance. Beyond messaging, the V600's Internet connectivity lets you access online services such as stock quotes, road directions, airline information, entertainment, and more. You can also download Java applications (version CLDC 1.0, MIDP 2.0, 100k per application limit) for which the phone provides 5 MB total (shared) memory. High-speed data transfer and download round out the package. The V600 supports digital TTY/TDD functionality for the hearing impaired.

Organizer
Organizer features include a calendar, calculator with currency converter, date book with event storage, and voice memo. You can also transfer this data to your PC wirelessly via the phone's Bluetooth capability.

We found the V600's appointment scheduling to be right in line with our fairly basic needs. Other than the universal annoyance of pecking out appointment details with the ten-key letter system (there's no QWERTY keyboard here as you'll find on some of the more recent, albeit early-adopter phones) this phone's organizer features provided enough data entry space for any busy person taking these functions seriously, but no more.

Fun and Games
For fun, the V600 sports a built-in 640 x 480 pixel integrated digital camera with zoom and brightness adjustment functions. Pictures taken with the camera can be stored in the phone or sent to others via multimedia messaging. The 5 MB of memory available for storing pictures is also shared with whatever wallpapers, screensavers, ring tones, Java applications, or games you may download from the Internet. The V600 also features 24 chord ring tone capability. Users can assign different tones for different callers in the V600's phonebook, and assign separate tones to denote incoming messages, faxes, and reminders. Wireless multiplayer gaming capabilities and two included games, "Bejeweled" and "Stuntman", round out the entertainment perks with this phone.

Conclusions
We liked this phone's very basic camera. It was easy to use and worry-free (nothing's going to break off), and the device can be accessed instantly from the phone's top level screen menu. From power on, it only took us a moment to take and save a fairly nice picture. However, photo quality is only adequate; about as good as you'd expect for a cell phone circa 2004, as opposed to a dedicated digital camera. We also found the ring tones included with the phone to be generally pleasant, and it was a breeze to assign a custom tone to a number in the phonebook, thanks again to the easy menu system. The included games were basic and fairly fun (at least once). In "Stuntman", the phone's vibrate mode provided road rumble as a little car skidded around a bland, full-color stunt course. But player beware! Once the game starts, the volume goes LOUD and is not apparently adjustable. Finally, there is a nutty little feature called Motomixer, which lets you modify various settings on lit! tle songs that you can download, emulating a very rudimentary, miniature studio console.

In all, we found the Motorola V600 to be a rock solid, highly effective cell phone, with attractive and efficient graphic and audio capabilities. We recommend the V600 without reservations for any serious user.

Vital Statistics
The Motorola V600's security features include call restrictions, phone lock, and new password capability. The phone weighs 4.4 ounces and measures 3.46 x 1.85 x 91.0 inches. Its Lithium Ion batteries are rated at up to 450 minutes talk time, and up to 240 hours standby time. It runs on GSM 800/900/1800/1900 mode. In the box, you'll receive the V600, instruction manuals, a high capacity 750 mAh Li-Ion battery, a headset/earbud, and a battery charger ... Read more

Features

  • Use the colorful customizable external display to identify specific calling groups and events.
  • VGA camera with 4x digital zoom, large 65,000 color display supports video playback
  • Integrated Bluetooth for wireless data connectivity, quad band operation allows use on GSM networks worldwide
  • 5MB internal memory to support downloadable applications, MP3 ringtones, wallpapers, and photo storage
  • Handset comes with mono earbud, mid-rate charger, and battery

Reviews (90)

4-0 out of 5 stars Okay phone
This phone has a nice look, yet a bad signal. It could be the carrier's issue.

But all of my friends and I think it is cool.

4-0 out of 5 stars Must be an AT&T/Cingular thing...
Recently having a huge issue unlocking the AT&T networked Motorola MPx220 SmartPhone I bought on Ebay, I started to research my other phone, the Motorola V600. Happening upon this site was very interesting because I've never had a problem with my V600 and had no idea it had such a bad rap! I had a faulty battery that was replaced, but nothing with the phone or it's features since I bought it new 6 months ago. I'm a T-Mobile customer and bought the V600 thru them in Jan 05. I would say this is by far the best Motorola phone I've ever owned (out of many). The only thing I would change is its weight. Compared to other camera phones out there, it's one of the heavier ones.

I agree that user error plays it's part on some of the issues I read about, but after the ordeal I went through with the AT&T networked MPx220, I'd say we should all be happy AT&T is no longer. The experience reminds me of why I bought out my contract with them 4 years ago and have been a T-Mobile customer ever since!

1-0 out of 5 stars Totally Junk
I bought this phone 6 months back. It got great features, looks good except wait. First 2 months worked well. After that some times outside display not working properly, I continue using it like that for next 2 months, then called customer service. They promptly replaced it with reconditioned phone. The new phone not working from day 1, other side people can listen to me but i can't listen to them. Replaced it with another phone, that worked for a week or so, and after that it is not even turning on. I walked in to the Cingular store and they told me they can't do any thing as it is AT&T phone. And they advised me not to get V600 phone again as it is giving lot of problems to other people too. Now I am waiting for my next phone.

NEVER ever buy this guy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Features, Great Phone!
I'm really surprised by all of the negative feedback being left for this phone. The Motorola v600 has a TON of features which I won't bother listing -- but most importantly, it has Bluetooth! When combined with the HS-810 Bluetooth headset, the v600 is a dream come true! Bluetooth also allows me to sync up my phone book with my Outlook! It's lightweight and compact, and has external buttons for changing ring styles, recording voice notes, and the like. I live in the Philadelphia area, and have no problems with dropped calls or signal strength. I also travel quite a bit throughout Europe, and the v600 has found a signal on a network even on the side of a mountain in Poland. I hate to say it, but after reading most of the prior reviews, it seems like "user error" is mostly responsible for the problems listed. For example, the gentleman who said that he hates the mMode button being on the upper right -- you can configure the functions for these buttons in "Personalize" under "Settings"! Lastly, the v600 is great for hacking. I loaded the UK-spec v620 Flex onto my phone, and it's been nothing but great. (This Flex even features a built-in email client, so I can send and receive email right on the handset!) I've also run the AT&T OOB Flex, and a private Motorola Engineering Flex, and none have failed me! In conclusion, the v600 is a great phone for the cost, with almost every feature imaginable. This is the phone you want!

1-0 out of 5 stars Motorola-Disasterola
I am warning all potential buyers that this phone is over-hyped and extremely disappointing.I hate this phone.I bought it 9 months ago and have had nothing but troubles.I needed a GSM for my travels, and this was one of the only ones on the USA market at the time.Thus far, I have returned by mail it five times!The signal is poor, no matter where you are; the camera has broken down on every one that I have had through the warranty. And dropped calls?This phone specializes in these. DO NOT BUY THIS DISASTER.This is the most expensive phone I have ever had and a complete nightmare.I hate that Motorola will not reimburse me or upgrade this awful product. ... Read more


75. Siemens S66 Phone (Cingular)
by Siemens
list price: $299.99
our price: $199.99
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Asin: B0007N3IYA
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Siemens
Sales Rank: 394
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

This flagship phone from Siemens has all the powerful features you need in a slick, stylish package. With a 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, expandable flash memory, and much more, the S66 is a serious mobile companion.

Design
The S66's candybar form factor sports a very large, 132 x 176 display that supports up to 65,000 colors. A five-way navigation toggle just below the display provides access to most of the phone's menus and functions. The phone, which features 10 MB of embedded internal memory, also ships with a 32 MB RS-MMC flash memory card. Additional storage space can be added via the memory card slot. The S66's camera unit is housed on the rear, while USB and charging ports are housed on the bottom of the device. Lastly, the phone has an IR port for infrared data transfer.



Click the image to see the S66 in action, or take a closer look at the phone's features: page one - page two.
Calling Features
The S66's built-in address book has room for up to 1000 contacts so you can quickly access email addresses, phone numbers and other info. Calling features such as call waiting, call forwarding and a list of calls received and dialed are also included. Meanwhile, the built-in speakerphone makes it easy to talk without having the phone to your ear, and the phone's Bluetooth connectivity means that your favorite Bluetooth headset is fully compatible. Picture and Ringer ID functions allow you to assign photos and ringers to specific callers. Polyphonic ringtones, as well as a vibrate mode, are also included.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
Powerful messaging and Internet capabilities can be found in the S66. While the phone fully supports text, picture, sound and video messaging, it also ships with AOL Instant Messenger so you can text chat on the go. You can get your email on the go, too, as the S66 has a POP3/IMAP4 e-mail client. With a Cingular data plan, the phone can be used as a wireless modem, providing internet access on your laptop or PDA. There's also a built-in web browser for Cingular MEdia downloads and mobile web browsing. Cingular's MEdia service lets you receive and send emails, read news headlines, get weather updates, download games and ringtones, and more. Traditional text messaging, as well as picture and sound messaging are also supported by the phone. T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

A number of powerful tools ship with the S66, including a SyncML-based synchronization function that allows you to sync data on the device with Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes via Bluetooth, USB, infrared, or serial connection. Other tools include an alarm clock, a calendar, and a to-do list. There's also a voice memo function for recording notes and thoughts.

Imaging and Entertainment
With the S66's 1.3 megapixel camera, you can capture high-resolution (1280 x 960) images wherever you roam. There's also a 5x digital zoom for getting great shots from far away. While the camera is great for stills, it can also capture video in the MPEG-4 format. Video recording time is only limited by the amount of available memory space.

Java application and gaming support is also built into the S66. Many games and applications can be downloaded from Cingular's MEdia service. The phone also features customizable wallpapers and screensavers.

Vital Statistics
The Siemens S66 weighs 4.29 ounces and measures 4.29 x 1.89 x 0.71 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5 hours of digital talk time, and up to 250 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the 800/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
S66 handset, lithium-ion battery, standard charger, user guide, 32 MB RS MultiMediaCard. ... Read more

Features

  • Elegant design with large color display and high quality finish
  • Integrated 1.3 megapixel camera with integrated video recorder and media player - capture, download and play your own video clips
  • Up to 32 MB RS MultiMediaCard Included
  • Multimedia messaging, text and instant messaging
  • Wireless synchronization and communication via BlueTooth technology or infrared

Reviews (4)

3-0 out of 5 stars Good screen, cool games, average phone
This phone has lots of nice features: A nice large screen, a 1.3 megapixel camera, bluetooth, and good games(even worms).

However, it was a bit bulkier than my Sony Ericsson T637, didn't have a significantly larger screen, and the bluetooth didn't work well with my headset.I don't think the voice quality on my bluetooth headset was quite as good either.

I have seen pretty nice photos taken with the camera of this phone, but they show up on the LCD with lots of noise.And it crashed once while trying to take a photo in the less than one day I owned the camera.

This was the first phone I've used which had games I wanted to play, including Worms.The size of the LCD made playing games a real possibility.

For now I'll stick with my T637, and maybe I'll upgrade to a RAZRwhen they become cheaper or a new Sony Ericsson phone in the future when there is a compelling upgrade.


3-0 out of 5 stars Mac BT, iSync.Cingular Programming
** Revised Review **

Good Points:

-Bluetooth and Mac Syncronization
Using Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) the phone will sync over Bluetooth.It can transfer iCal and Address Book data (phones, one e-mail address/user, but NO postal addresses).Using Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger), this sync capability is lost.There IS a work-around, however.Check out the Apple Support Discussion area.The work-around also enables the transfer of postal addresses.

Bad Points:

-User Interface
The S65, upon which this is based, had the option of assigning the 2-9 hotkeys.You can't do it with the S66.Cingular has a few of these hard programmed for data services.The phone is not so bad as the Sony Ericsson T637 in terms of funneling users towards data services.Since the main menu can't be modified, I end up having to work my way down to the functions that I really use (e.g., the calendar/organizer).So unless you're a hard core Cingular-loving data junky, you're going to be stuck with a kludgey interface.A better phone (and a smarter phone company) would allow customization of the menus and the deletion of buried data links (e.g., "Shop Ringtones").To Cingular's credit, users are not forced to use Cingular to upload files.Bluetooth transfers to and from the computer are painless.

-Joystick
Personally, I don't like the joystick.I much prefer flat five-way keys (a la Nokia).

-Dead Pixel
Quality-wise, the phone arrived with a dead pixel.It's not worth my time to return, but it's a little bit surprising for a handset made in Germany.

Neutral Points:

-Battery Life
As has been pointed out by professional reviewers, the battery life on the S66 is not great.A day of good use will deplete most of the battery.This is okay if you are already in the habit of charging daily.

-Camera
The camera is okay; it needs good lighting.I don't need or want the camera however.

-Keypad
The keys are small but I don't mind the trade-off for the larger screen.

Conclusion

I'm happy to have a phone that syncs my iCal and Address Book data.I'm still waiting for a phone designed for users rather than as a data pimp.Someday the phone companies will get it, though Steve Jobs may beat them to it.I give the phone three stars, deducting one star for the lack of good UI customization and one star for the dead pixel.

4-0 out of 5 stars ^^i promise i know as much as kyle
The siemens s66....where do i start? over the last year i have had many different phones, an lg vx6000, a sanyo 8200, a nokia 3200, a motorola v505, a motorola mpx200 and 220, a samsung e315, and the lg 1100...this phone is by far the best. i was very skeptical about it. the reason being that i am an indirect dealer of 2 carriers that carry siemens phones, i have sold te cf62t, the c61, the ct66, the m56, etc....their phones always seemed so flimsy to me. so i spent some time trying to decide between the s66, the nokia 6230, and the nokia 6620. my deciding factors were: screen size (atleast 3 times the size of the 6230), the size of the phone itself (looks big but doesn't bother me in the least bit), and reviews. this phone got great reviews. to top it all off my roommate (kyle--see above) won this phone from siemens. so after playing with his i came to a decision. and i haven't been happier.

the quality of this phone is great. the sound is superb and the functionality is above average. out of all my phones i've always made sure (atleast with the last few of my phones) that they had speakerphone, the sound on the speakerphone on the s66 is great. you can hear perfectly and the person on the other end can as well. the menu system on the phone is one of the best i've seen...its very similar to that of the sony ericsson t610/616. very easy to use while still compacting a lot of functions. the battery life is mediocre. i use my phone quite a bit. about an hour of talking a day, probably half an hour to 45 minutes of games (the games on this phone are great). the camera usually one a day atleast. and i can usually have it last all day. not a problem for me because i charge my phone every night anyway. i did decide though that it was smart to invest in a car charger for this phone for those long days when my battery would be dwindling before i am ready to charge it.

now on to the features! the 1.3 megapixel camera is easily the best camera i've seen on a phone. to those people that complain about camera quality on phones.....c'mon....its a phone. my only complaint with the camera is how easy dust gets on the lens. i usually have to clean it out every few days (though its not hard to clean at all). the video function is also the best i've seen yet. running at 15 frames per second. its not nearly as choppy and unclear as the samsung e315 or the nokia 6620. i actually tend to use the video portion alot since it is a good quality video.

the bluetooth has been great so far. i haven't gotten to use a headset or my laptop with it yet. and from what i've read (and this is pure rumor) i heard that it will not recognize a bluetooth adapter on a laptop. it will only recognize it if its built in. (kind of a bummer because my laptop doesnt have bluetooth built in). i have however used it for transfering files between my phone and my girlfriends t610. great speeds on transfers and very easy to use. i've noticed the bluetooth does not run the battery down much either which isn't the case with other phones (v505).

one of the best things about this phone is its abundance of organizer features including: calendar, appointments, tasks, notes, missed appts, voice recording, alarm clock (works very well), calculator, stop watch, countdown, etc...also in the applications is a survival dictionary. which basically translates key phrases into tons of different languages. not very useful for me....but if your in another country this would be great. kinda fun to play with too lol.

the phones memory is amazing. the phone comes with 11 mb built in which on medium resolution can store roughly 500 pictures. it also comes with a 32mb rs-mmc card which is amazing for saving videos and pictures. i don't know that i will ever run out of memory. my only complaint on memory is that it isn't shared. the 11mb is on there specifically for pictures, sounds, games, etc...it has no effect on things like the inbox. my text message inbox (and outbox) holds about 70 texts each. when you do 4000 a month like i do you tend to clear the inbox and outbox quite a bit. i have yet to find a phone that had much more than that capacity on it though.

the contacts list is great. it not only does multiple numbers for each name but gives a spot for their address, email address, birthday, and a spot to insert a picture for picture id (which works very well by the way).

there are a few bugs in the software. they can get a little irritating but after owning a motorola are definitely a breath of fresh air and really aren't bad at all. occasionally (usually while playing a game) the phone will freeze for a moment and then turn off. also now and then when i try to start up the camera it will say application error and i will have to restart the phone for the camera to work. again these things do not happen very often. every phone tends to have bugs so its not really a big deal.

my favorite thing about this phone is how much you can do with it...i find myself playing with this phone constantly where as with my other phones there really wasn't much to do. this phone is packed full of features and well worth the price. my recommendation is this...if you are looking for a basic phone, something very simple to use, if you are not very technologically savy....buy a nokia. if you are into features, and enjoy playing around with your phone then this is definitely the phone for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars I promise I know a bunch about phones.
So I actually won this phone from Siemens, and have been in LOVE with it ever since! I have had it for two weeks now, and have been very impressed. I also own an Mpx220, Mpx200, Motorola a630, and a Samsung e315, and I use this one only all the time! On to the specs...

Battery life is sufficient--I am on my phone non-stop doing text messages (over 3000 per month), checking email, sending picture messages, and talking--I'll get a good 24 to 36 hours with each charge. When I have been a little more sparse with my use, I can go two nights without charging easy.

Picture quality is stellar for a cell phone, I find its best to make sure you clean the lens before taking any high-res pics, as dirt gets in there pretty easily and makes the pictures a little more grainy. The pictures generally come out clear and LARGE! I leave it set on the medium setting usually, and can store 500 pics with the phones memory alone.

I have had absolutely no problem with service, it actually gets a stronger signal than my Motorola and my Nokia phones that I've had before. I'll get one, even two bars more in weak places than before--good job Siemens! Speaker phone is clear and loud, I don't usually set it on the highest setting or it gets a bit garbled, but on 3 it is nice and audible-- and the ring tones are LOUD!!! I set it on the highest setting...

The phone looks great, and seems stronger than it looks--a couple drops, but not even a scratch!

Couple negatives, which don't bother me but could be annoying to some--it has reset on me a few times, strangely when I SEND emails it seems to shut off after sometimes and then I have to power it back up. This has happened twice a week. Not a big deal to me, again, could be annoying to you.

Also, because I do a lot of text messaging, Siemens style of t9 input has set me back a little to learn it. The space key is the 1, and is set really close to the send button, so I've sent quite a few unfinished texts or emails when trying to hit space!

Keys are a LITTLE small, but it is not usually a problem. I've hit the wrong ones a few times, and if you have big fingers I wouldn't recommend this phone.

All in all, GET THIS PHONE! Anyone into techy stuff or just a sweet looking phone will love it, and the functionality and features are rich!



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76. Nokia 5165 Phone (AT&T)
by Nokia
list price: $69.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000056ETF
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Nokia
Sales Rank: 2047
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com

Nokia's new 5165 phone is a worthy successor to the company's hallmark 5160i, one of today's most popular phones. Like its predecessor, the new Nokia is a lightweight personal phone with impressive talk and standby times that's loaded with classic, simple-to-learn features. Its changeable faceplates, 30 different ringers (and room for five downloadable tones), and an expansive world of accessories add up to a fun general-purpose phone. The addition of predictive T9 text input, wireless business cards, and e-mail capabilities make it a business communications tool as well. The 5165's dual-band/trimode operation ensures you'll be able to receive cellular service anywhere it's available. Like Nokia's other AT&T phones, this model does not support Web browsing.

Weighing in at 6.2 ounces (including battery), the highly portable 5165 measures 5.2 inches high, 1.85 inches wide, and 1.2 inches deep, not counting a stubby antenna that extends another 0.7 inches. Extremely rugged, it should stand up well to being thrown into bags and briefcases or occasionally dropped.

Four buttons handle most menu navigation: a hefty "Navi" key in the middle, up and down arrow buttons that control volume during calls, and a key marked "C" for "clear". Menu navigation is very intuitive. A tap of the Navi key brings up the first of a series of graphical menu items. Hit Navi again for additional menu options, or tap the up or down arrow keys to select a different menu. Top-level menu choices are a phone book, messages (SMS and voice-mail alerts), call log, settings (for calls, phone, and security), system, games (Memory, Snake, and Logic), clock, tones, and keypad lock. The brightly backlit display works well with the control keys to simplify finding and making choices. In text mode, the phone provides five 16-character lines.

The 5165 lets you choose from 30 preprogrammed ringer tones. You can also download an additional five from your service provider's Web site, if applicable. Although there's no internal vibration mode, an optional vibrating battery is available. You can store electronic business cards in your phone book. Any friend or associate can forward his or her name, number, and e-mail address to your phone, and you can automatically store the information with some deft menu navigation.

One caveat regarding faceplates: In theory, all 5100-series faceplates should work with this phone, but in practice, only Nokia-brand faceplates seem to work. The problem is the keypad, the thin rubber pad inside the phone on which the actual keys are mounted. We tried several different faceplate models (both Nokia-branded and after-market models) and found the 5165's original keypad will not accommodate non-Nokia faceplates.

The 5165 supports the usual array of call and messaging features. If the services are supported by your carrier, you can use this phone with caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding, and voice-mail alerts. A call history stores the last 10 numbers dialed, the 10 most recently received calls, and the last 10 missed calls. The phone supports two-way SMS text messaging, but isn't WAP- or Internet-enabled.

The 5165 offers four basic security features: an initial security code, a keypad lock, call-restriction modes, and a lock code that can activate or deactivate memory and menu options. The lock-code feature lets you store numbers in a secret unlocked location, allowing you to make calls even if the phone is locked.

The 5165's NiMH battery is rated to last up to 180 minutes of digital talk time and 200 hours of digital standby time. In our testing, we achieved 180 minutes of digital talk time and over 225 hours of digital standby time.

Overall, Nokia's 5165 is a noteworthy and reasonably priced addition to its 5100-series phones. Choose your favorite faceplate color and ringer tone and start dialing! --Brown Consulting Associates & Thom Arno

Pros:

  • Changeable faceplates
  • Portable; intuitive to use
  • 5-line screen
  • Huge range of Nokia and third-party accessories

Cons:

  • Lacks standard vibration mode
  • Not Web-enabled

How We Tested Battery-Talk/Standby Time

When reading our reviews, you should view the test results of mobile-phone battery talk time and standby time as relative information only. Many variables, including carrier signal strength at your location, signal consistency (including incoming and outgoing calls), display and ringer settings, and battery-charging methods and history, will affect performance. When handset manufacturers and mobile-phone carriers list talk-time and standby-time ratings, they usually include disclaimers about variable performance and often refer to the times they publish as maximum times. Some quote expected battery-life ranges, and in this case you're probably safe to assume you'll experience at least the minimum rated range. Note that manufacturers of dual-mode digital and analog handsets publish battery-life rates for both digital and analog modes, as analog mode consumes much more power than digital mode.

Our Tests: We tested digital-mode talk and standby times with each phone. Prior to each test, we fully charged the phone's battery according to the manufacturer's directions. To test digital-phone talk time, we turned the phone on, established a digital-carrier signal, dialed a number in our test lab, and, when the call rang through, took the receiving phone's handset off the hook. When all went well, we simply recorded the time when the phone died. In a couple of cases, the phones lost the signal and dropped the calls. If we were right there and could redial, we did so immediately and continued running the test. Otherwise, we halted the test, recharged the battery, and restarted the test. Assuming consistent carrier-signal strength, this test should represent best-case talk time. It's worth noting the talk-time performance of several phones significantly exceeded the manufacturers' ratings.

To test digital-phone standby time, we turned the phone on, established a carrier signal, and left the phone in standby mode. We checked the phone every few hours (for what was often days on end) until the phone finally cut out. As no outgoing or incoming calls occurred during testing, and because the phone was not moved, this method should represent best-case standby time, again assuming consistent carrier-signal strength. ... Read more

Features

  • Simple-to-use navigation buttons and graphical screens
  • Large 5-line screen
  • Changeable faceplates allow personalization
  • E-mail and wireless business-card capabilities
  • Up to 180 minutes of talk time and 200 hours of digital standby time; includes NiMH battery, charger, and headset

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice old-fashioned cell phone
It's a little unfair to compare this phone to the latest and greatest, since it's a very old model at this point.I wanted to say that I used this phone for several years without changing to a new phone or getting a new battery, despite the huge leaps in technology.Only this last year did I finally cave in to get a tri-band phone so I could use it on vacation in another country.That is because if you don't need the new-fangled bells and whistles, this phone is extremely durable (dropped innumerable times and kept on ticking) and very easy to use.You can lock the keys so that accidental presses don't dial a number when you least expect it.The navi key and other shortcut keys perform every function with the least amount of key presses possible and it's easy to remember.My new phone is the Motorola V300 and its menu system is much too complicated and cumbersome in comparison to my old Nokia, a result of trying to accomodate all the features in too evenhanded a manner.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Cell Phone In The World
The Nokia 5165 is without a doubt the most sturdy and reliable phone on the market today. The 5165 has won numerous awards for reliability and durability. The cell phone industry has rated the Nokia 5165 "as one of the best cell phones out there." The 5165 is highly recommended.

1-0 out of 5 stars this phone blows chunks
so this was my first phone received last summer and since then ive wanted to throw it into the ocean everyday.it constantly husts off while you're talking if you move the phone just slightly.things crack and snap way too easily-ive gone through several faceplates beacuse the phone couldnt even withstand a drop form my bed to my carpeted floor.it has no features whatsoever,its impossible to hear even with the volume all the way up, and just recently it has started fluctuating between headset and test mode (???), allowing me to be unable to make nay sort of phone call.AVOID THIS PIECE OF GARBAGE AT ALL COSTS!!! ... Read more


77. PCS Phone Sanyo MM-7400 (Sprint)
by Sanyo
list price: $379.99
our price: $349.99
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Asin: B0006JLJNM
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Sanyo
Sales Rank: 628
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Sanyo MM-7400 has many of the high-end features discriminating wireless users have come to expect; video messaging, streaming video playback, an LED camera with flash, and Ready Link walkie-talkie capability, all wrapped up in a stylish form factor. It's a great choice for those who want to take hold of the power of Sprint's PCS Vision services.

Design
The MM-7400's sporty clamshell form factor features rubberized trim for greater durability. The top cover houses an internal 176 x 220, 65,000-color display. There's also a supplementary, 64 x 64 full color display on the outside of the cover that displays pictures, call information, battery life, time of day, signal strength and more. An extendable antenna is located on the top right side of the phone. The outside cover also features a large speaker/microphone for speakerphone and voice recognition applications. A VGA camera and LED flash unit are housed just above the speakerphone. Snap-on faceplates are available, letting you dress up the phone to suit your style. Most of the phone's features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button above the handset's dial pad. The Ready Link service is operated by a button on the left side of the phone-- walkie-talkie style. A 2.5mm headset jack is also provided.

Calling Features
The phone's built-in address book allows you to assign up to 300 entries, each storing seven numbers, with a total capacity for 500 numbers and 300 email and Web addresses. A separate Ready Link phone book provides easy access to 200 personal contacts and 200 company-provided contacts. You can customize your caller ID by linking an image, color or photo to a specific phone number in your phone book. The phone supports ringers with up to 72-chord polyphonic sound and you can choose from multi-chord, melodic ring tones and other traditional ring tones, including vibrating alert. Meeting mode lets you press a button to auto-answer a call and place it on hold, providing you enough time to exit your meeting and take the call.

The MM-7400's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911 (where available). Perhaps most importantly for users in rural areas, the MM-7400 is a tri-mode phone, meaning it can operate on Sprint's digital PCS network, as well as analog networks that serve many outlying areas.

Hands-free operation of the MM-7400 is easy with the built-in speakerphone while enhanced voice recognition allows you to speak numbers digit by digit or speak the name of anyone in your phonebook. You can also command the phone to give you a status update on battery and coverage strength. Voice features are speaker-independent, so there's no need to train the phone to respond to any one person's voice.

The MM-7400's Ready Link feature lets you enjoy the convenience of quick, walkie-talkie style communication at the touch of a button with one or several Ready Link users anywhere you go (Sprint PCS Ready Link service charges apply).

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The MM-7400 covers the messaging basics with support for sending and receiving text and picture messages. With Sprint PCS Picture Mail, you can take a picture anytime and send it to family and friends instantly while on the Sprint PCS Network (Sprint messaging charges apply). Easily save your pictures on your MM-7400 or store them online at sprint.com/picturemail, where you can share and upload unlimited pictures to create albums. Because the MM-7400 supports video capture and playback, you can also send video messages via Sprint PCS video mail. Store them online, or send them to computers or other Sprint PCS Vision video phones. T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built-into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

The phone also supports PCS Vision email and instant messaging capabilities. Sprint PCS Vision transforms the wireless experience from something that's simply functional into something visual, entertaining and highly personalized. MSN Hotmail, Yahoo Mail and AOL Instant Messenger are all supported by Sprint's PCS Vision service. PCS Vision mobile Web services let you check out sports scores, get your seven-day forecast, check your flight status, and stay up to date with the latest news. Experience full-color graphic versions of popular Web sites. The phone also supports multimedia services that, with the built-in Sprint Media Player, allow you to see and hear the latest news, sports, weather and more in full-color video and vivid sound while on the go.

A number of handy software tools are bundled with the MM-7400 including a calendar, a calculator, an alarm clock, and a to-do list and scheduler. A voice recorder lets you record up to 72 seconds of voice memos for later retrieval.

Imaging and Entertainment
As mentioned, the MM-7400 features a built-in VGA still and video camera with zoom and autofocus features. Capture clips up to 30 seconds in length and save them or send them to friends via Sprint PCS video messaging. Again, the phone's built-in video player lets you view video content on your phone.

The MM-7400 lets you choose between different font sizes for easier reading, and there are four different background screens for the phone's display. With PCS Vision service, you can download games like Tetris and Pac-Man, as well as additional ringers, screensavers and backgrounds.

Vital Statistics
The Sanyo MM-7400 weighs 4.06 ounces and measures 3.64 x 1.97 x 1.13 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.5 hours of digital talk time, and up to 288 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the AMPS 800/CDMA 800/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
MM-7400 handset, AC battery charger, lithium-ion battery, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Take it to the Next Level! With the MM-7400 Multimedia phone
  • Watch and listen to streaming media
  • Enjoy games and 3D screensavers
  • Capture digital still pictures and shoot 30-second video clips
  • Sporty and stylish design with interchangeable faceplates and a slip-resistant Dura-Grip™ trim.

Reviews (8)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Phone Overall
After doing extensive homework on all the phones, i decided on this phone due to the multimedia and readylink features.I have not been disappointed with either. i was aware that sprintTV wouldnt be that but about 15 fps and thats not hdtv quality but its still pretty cool.Readylink is clear in my area just takes time to get use to use the buttons.The camera and camcorder features are ok and anyone looking for professional quality pictures or exceptional video recording this isnt for you.The camera and camcorder are average but do you expect from a cell phone under 200.For the price and the money this phoen is pretty awesome and i have been extremly satisifed.Oh by the way dont throw the manual away because this phoen as so many features.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice Package
This phone has just about everything available on a wireless handset: calendar, camera (still and video), TV, games, ringtones, internet, PC sync and changeable faceplates.I've owned this phone for about 2 months and still enjoy it.I definitely believe that the phone should come with an extended battery as part of the package.

1-0 out of 5 stars this phone sucks save your money for a downpayment on a home
This phone is expensive and horrible. Mine full on broke after just 2 1/2 months. It just decided to stop powering on! So then, I got a new one and it just wouldn't pick up a signal. It's a horrible phone and sprint is a horrible provider.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Phone!
This is a great phone with great features!I've owned it for a little over 5 months.It does just about everything a gadget junkie would want it to do.And it's surprisingly not bulky for such a multi functional phone.It's definately worth the money.

3-0 out of 5 stars Signal Faded Craziness
Like another reviewer, I am seeing the signal faded problem. The phone started off having no problems, but then the problem kept getting worse and it degraded very quickly. I have only had the phone 5 days and it is now almost unusable! I had to call customer service about 20 times before I could get through! And to top it off I was outside and within 600 feet of a known Sprint tower. They did a PRL update, but this made no difference.

The number of bars indicated, whether the antenna is extended, or whether the network is typically crowded seems to make no difference on whether it is going to drop a call. I am guessing that the phone is having problems transmitting a strong enough signal. I can hear other people fine right before it loses signal, but other people can't hear me. The phone will typically drop the call between 20 and 40 seconds. If it makes it past a couple of minutes, it doesn't seem to have a problem. However, making it past a couple of minutes is quickly becoming rare. On a side note, the phone does not seem to have any problems maintaing a data connection. I can upload pictures and browse the web without any problem.

I plan on exchanging the phone for an identical one. I am hoping that I get lucky with the next one. If it also fails, I'm going to switch to a different phone.

I really like everything else about this phone. But if it can't make a call, what's the point?

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I took my phone into the local Sprint store that I originally purchased the phone. It turns out that this phone has a firmware problem and it is has been a known issue for some time. The local Sprint store just received the firmware patch this morning. Apparently their technician had been hounding the corporate office to send him the patch. He was motivated because he also had the same phone and problems. Previously they just reapplied the firmware and updated the PRL list. That seemed to help some, but not really fix the issue. The latest firmware fixes the core problem. I made several test phone calls over my lunch hour and did not have a single problem.

If you get this phone, ask and make sure that the latest firmware has been applied to your phone. I would imagine that within a couple months all existing inventory will be sold and all new phones will already have the firmware in place from the manufacture. ... Read more


78. Nokia 3220 Phone (Cingular)
by Cingular
list price: $149.99
our price: $49.99
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Asin: B0009LP8AC
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Cingular
Sales Rank: 1370
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Nokia 3220 is all about having lots of fun. Geared for kids and teenagers, the phone supports wacky features like light effects, cut-out covers, "tilt" gaming and an innovative lighting system that lets you "write" messages in mid air. On a more boring note, the 3220 is a powerful GSM phone with advanced data and messaging features, plus a built-in VGA still and video camera.

Design
The 3220 is a candybar phone with tons of candy. The phone is made to withstand the rigors of book bags and plenty of falls from the bleachers. Thick, replaceable rubber bumpers line both sides of the phone. For added fun, they also illuminate and glow when a call is incoming. The front of the phone sports a 128 x 128 display, with up to 65,000colors. The button pad features large, easy to press buttons. The rear of the phone houses a VGA (640 x 480) camera, which is surrounded by a panel that can be removed for placement of "cut-outs." You can design your own covers and slide them under the cut-out panel to personalize your 3220. Both front and rear panels of the phone can be replaced with a variety of colored faceplates, as well. An optional "Xpress-on Fun Shell" adds light wave messaging and a tilt sensor for games.

Calling Features
The 3220's phone book can hold up to 500 contacts with multiple entries per contact. It also features a speakerphone for easy handsfree talking. Ringer profiles can be set up to trigger unique light patterns and ringtones for different people on your calling list. Pictures of your friends can also be used as caller ID alerts. The phone features 16 built-in polyphonic ringtones, and custom ringtones can be uploaded to the phone via its USB data port. More ringtones can also be downloaded from Cingular's MEdia service. For those times you want to keep things discreet, there's also a vibrate ringer mode.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The 3220 has all the bases covered when it comes to messaging. Support is built in for sending and receiving text, graphics and sound via messages. When used in combination with the phone's built-in camera, MMS opens up a whole new world of messaging fun. Instant messaging is also supported and the phone ships with a built-in email client (Cingular messaging charges apply). T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

Getting on the Internet is easy with the 3220. It supports the GPRS protocol, as well as the new, high speed EDGE data protocol. Cingular's MEdia service lets you receive and send emails, read news headlines, get sports scores, download games and ringtones, and more.

A number of handy software tools are bundled with the 3220 including a voice memo recorder, a calculator, a calendar with up to 100 entries, and an alarm clock with snooze and a countdown timer. Via download on its Web site, Nokia offers a free application called PC Suite that facilitates easy synchronization of contacts, calendar events and other data between the phone and your PC.

Imaging and Entertainment
Because the 3220 is designed for fun, it shines in the entertainment department. The phone's VGA camera can capture stills and video, both of which can be sent to your friends via MMS messaging or email, or to your PC via USB. An included image-editing application lets you modify the pictures you take before you send them. You can record up to 5 minutes of a voice or music clip to use as your ring tone. With an optional stereo headset, you can listen to tunes on the phone's built-in FM radio. The phone also supports custom themes and wallpapers.

Java support is built into the 3220, making it a powerful gaming companion for both online and offline games. The phone ships with four games, Survivor, Club Pinball, Dance Delight and Phantom Spider. Add the optional Xpress-on Fun Shell and you can tilt the handset in three dimensions, making the phone a virtual joystick. More games are available via the MEdia service.

Vital Statistics
The Nokia 3220 weighs 3.03 ounces and measures 4.11 x 1.74 x 0.74 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3 hours of digital talk time, and up to 280 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the GSM/GPRS 800/1800/1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Nokia 3220 handset, battery charger, lithium-ion battery. ... Read more

Features

  • Customize your handset how ever you want - create your own cut-out back cover, or download a cut-out cover and print it out on your PC
  • Assign different light patterns/ring tones to your favorite caller groups and your handset lights up in tune with your polyphonic ring tones
  • 128 x 128 pixel high-resolution color displays up to 65,536 colors with 640 x 480 pixel camera and VGA camera
  • Attach a photo to a contact in your in your phone book to see who is calling you
  • Stay in constant contact with instant messaging!

79. Motorola i530 Black Phone (Nextel)
by Motorola
list price: $74.99
our price: $24.99
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Asin: B000177F7S
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 1479
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Overview

Compatible with Nextel cell phone service, the ultra-durable Motorola i530 packs all the really necessary features of a modern cell phone into the world's first weatherproof clamshell frame. This phone is so hardy, it actually meets military standard durability specs. If that's not enough, there's also Internet access, speakerphone functionality, a 600-entry phone book, voice recording, voice activation, and more.

Durability

The i530's Military Standard 810 F certification means that the phone can function normally in environments with high degrees of dust, shock, and vibration. Its hard rubber encasing and interior linings and seals all work to protect the phone’s antenna, speaker, keys, battery door, and accessory connections. The i530 also sports tough, rubberized keys designed to be both easy to use and durable in their size and resistance to accidental depression.

Calling Features

Used simply as a phone, the i530 sports a handy 4-way scroll key and two command keys for relatively easy navigation. It also includes a speakerphone function, important for the outdoor/industrial user, which has its own dedicated key. In its closed position, the i530's external screen lets you preview calls before you answer. The phone can also be set to connect to the last Direct Connect call or to a previously assigned Direct Connect contact, by pressing the PTT button. Other calling features include vibrating alert, downloadable voice activation (allowing users to speak a command or number and the phone will respond without a key being touched), recent calls list, call hold, call waiting, a 600-entry phone book, and keypad lock.

Messaging and Internet

The i530 includes basic text messaging, and its Net services include access to news, weather, entertainment, and other Mobile Net-enabled sites, as well as downloadable ring tones, and the always-handy GPS support (for non-Java services such as Mobile Locator).

Other features

The i530 also provides time/date notification, an accessory connector cover that enhances the phone's durability by protecting the bottom accessory connector from dust and debris, a headset jack for direct plug-in without an adaptor, and English, French, and Spanish language settings.

Vital Statistics

The Motorola i530 weighs 6.63 oz. including the battery, and measures 3.6 x 2.0 x 1.1 inches. The phone comes with an OEM standard Lithium Ion battery (750 mAh) rated at about 165 minutes talk time and 75 hours standby time. A travel charger is also included. ... Read more

Features

  • Motorola i530 is great for those who need added durability, and want other great features
  • Provides operation of phone when closed with a single key
  • Set your phone and instantly connect to the last Direct Connect call or an assigned Direct Connect contact by pressing the PTT button (also works for Group Connect)
  • Hands-free cellular conversations are always available with the built-in speakerphone
  • Performs in dusty environments, stands up to short drops and exposure to vibration from heavy machinery use

Reviews (22)

2-0 out of 5 stars A pre-paid for $40 was better than this!
I still have yet to dicover how to send a text message - but have gotten them. I am starting to believe there is no way to write a text message on it, unless I pay extra and sign up for the web on the phone too. There is no alarm feature or games.I did the tracfone pre-paid before this and that was much cheaper with a nokia that had much better features.I wish I had played with this at the store before getting stuck with it for two years.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great , tough phone!
This is a great phone...

1. Nextel is awesome in customer service. THis is my second phone, both were shipped within one day. I had them in 48 hours.

2. The PTT is great, you don't rack up minutes. My wife and I use this all the time, nice feature. In fact, don't get this phone unless you plan to use this a lot, otherwise this is just another phone.

3. Volume on this phone is great, speakerphone loud, but adjustable.

4. Tough little phone..good for cops, construction, firecrews, military, anyone in a dusty, hot, or extreme environment. I am none of the above, but drop my phone a lot and work it hard, and like something a little more durable.

5. DO NOT buy this phone if you are looking for great color in the screen, the latest in graphics and software, etc. It is a good, solid phone, period.It is not real fashionable, I have the yellow and black bumblebee model, but a nice solid feel.

6. You can have internet access, more bells and whistles if you want, but if want that stuff, get something like the i830, Treo 650, etc.

GOOD, RUGGED, DEPENDABLE PHONE!

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy It
I got this free from a family member who knows nothing about cell phones. It drops calls everyday. It loses the signal all the time; even when it is just sitting idle. I don't know who is worse, Nextel or Motorola. I have Verizon, but the bill is always high. I recently got T-Mobile and they are the only ones who charge long distance. I've had cell phones since 1999 (now 2005) and I NEVER paid long distance before. All of the above mentioned companies have absolutely HORRIBLE customer service. They lack severely in that area. They don't answer emails--that is, if you can find an email address on their website; they keep you on hold, and when they answer they have no idea what they are talking about or what their company sells. They don't care about you, the only care about your money. Be careful with cell phones and usage. Buyer beware.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Phone
I liked this phone it seems to be tough and sturdy. Just do not get the ugly yellow cover for it. But had ordered it off of Nextels site. They even gave me a code that saved me $50.00. Here it is for you all to share (CL897L) case sensitive. On the shopping cart page in the promo box. It is like an invoice thing. But I think it is a very good phone. You will enjoy the phone. Happy shopping.

2-0 out of 5 stars Ugly
I hate this phone. I ordered it over the phone sight unseen because it was the cheapest flip phone Nextel had at the time. My friends dubbed it "The Batphone" and they tease me lots every time it gets broken out. It is huge and clunky and has absolutely no extra features. It's good qualities are decent reception and durability. ... Read more


80. Samsung A650 Phone (Verizon Wireless)
by Verizon Wireless
list price: $179.99
our price: $99.99
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Asin: B000659WOE
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Verizon Wireless
Sales Rank: 1013
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

This stylish, tri-mode clamshell kicks the fun up notch with enhanced messaging capabilities that let you send graphics, animation and sound with your text messages. It's also compatible with Verizon's wireless Internet services, making it a great mobile companion.

Design
The phone features a traditional clamshell design with a large and vibrant 128 x 160 pixels color display with 65,000 colors. Most of the phone's features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button on the handset's backlit control pad. Meanwhile, the top right side of the unit houses an extendable antenna while the charging port is housed on the unit's bottom edge. The phone also features a standard jack to accept universal hands-free headsets. Up/down keys are located on the left side of the unit for quick volume control.

Calling Features
The A650's built-in address book can store up to 500 contacts for quick and easy management of phone numbers and email addresses. The phone comes with 15 built-in polyphonic ringtones plus a vibrating alert. More ringtones can be downloaded via Verizon's Get It Now service. Ringtones can be assigned to specific callers so you don't have to look at the phone to know who's calling. Voice activated dialing makes calling your friends, family and associates as easy as saying their names (up to 20 voice dialing contacts supported). The A650's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911. Perhaps most importantly for users in rural areas, the A650 is a tri-mode phone, meaning it can operate on Verizon's digital networks, as well as analog networks that serve many outlying areas.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The A650 features enhanced messaging with support for sending and receiving text, sounds and graphics in messages. T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

Getting on the Internet anywhere is easy with the A650, as well. Verizon's optional Mobile Web package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. You can check your e-mail, trade stocks online, compare prices while shopping, access flight information, get movie listings and find directions to the theater.

Verizon's Get It Now wireless download service is also fully compatible with the A650. This pay-per-download service features application downloads, games and productivity tools. You can also personalize your handset with ringtone downloads using the Get It Now service.

The A650 ships with a number of handy tools including a calendar, a to-do list and a voice memo application that can record up to 4 minutes of speech. An alarm clock and calculator are also included.

Imaging and Entertainment
The A650 features customizable screen backgrounds and screen savers so you can make your phone reflect your personality. The phone is also BREW enabled, meaning it supports games written on the BREW platform. Games are available via the Get It Now service.

Vital Statistics
The Samsung A650 weighs 3.6 ounces and measures 3.30 x 1.80 x .90 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 2.8 hours of digital talk time, and up to 168 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the AMPS 800/CDMA 800/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Samsung A650 handset, AC battery charger, lithium-ion battery, holster, user manual, welcome CD-ROM, quick reference guide. ... Read more

Features

  • The Samsung SCH-a650 phone is compact, easy to use, and loaded with features.
  • The a650 speaks your language with stylish messaging and download features that can’t be beat!
  • Make a call with just the sound of your voice.
  • Always be in touch when on the go with the built-in organizer that manages your calendar.
  • With Enhanced Messaging Service you can send animation and sound with text messages.

Reviews (8)

1-0 out of 5 stars TOO HOT TOO HANDLE
I got this phone the other day, thought it would be a good basic phone, and the first problem was the volume settings. Just because you use the volume control on the side, it does not adjust all of the settings with sound; like you have to individualy set the ringer volume, than the speaking volume, etc.

Another major problem was that it would burn up when talking on the phone about 2 min in the conversation. It would heat to about 100 degrees F. It was hot enough to cause burns to the cheek and chin. Doing research, I relieze that all Samsung models (a610, a650, a670, etc.) have this same problem.

The phone is not pre-loaded with any games, nor any good ring tones, except the 10 pathetic tones and bells.

One more thing, the reason Verizon is offering the "Buy 1, Get 3 Free" is because they know there are flaws, plus this phone has been availible on the market for years and they need to deplete their supply for new models.

I recomend the Kyocera KX1v!

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad Model...
Initially the phone worked fine until 5 months later.Without dropping the phone (which Verizon accused me of) the screen turned black.For $50 I received the same model replacement phone. This 2nd phone gave me problems 6 months later with call reception.I either couldn't hear the caller or the caller was coming in and out.After much complaints to Verizon, they exchanged my phone with another one (same model).Now this 3rd phone is giving me problems also.The reception is fine, but now no one can hear me.My voice comes thorough very low, faint, and with the complaints from my friends that I sound like I'm far away.I have had it with this phone and with verizon.Very poor customer service and handling of this problem.I can't wait for my contract to be up.

3-0 out of 5 stars Many Features Yet Average Satisfaction
This flip phone replaced a non-flip phone.The smaller size is convenient but comes at the price of losing almost an hour of talk time compared to larger phones.(The A650 gets about three hours.)It performs well and Verizon service is very reliable.

The color screen is sharp and there are a lot of nice features like a monthly calendar display and easy to set reminders and alarms.The voice dialing is easy to set and use.Entering text is easier than my old phone.Unfortunately, Samsung's taste in graphic styles is not very svelte (a la Nokia).The fonts, colors, menu layouts and background pictures are not as attractive as many other phones I have seen.

Two very irritating things about Verizon's treatment of customers using this phone: First, Samsung's website shows the phone is capable of accepting messages with photo attachments that can be used as screen savers or backgrounds and Kodak's oPhoto site offers an easy way to send such messages but Verizon restricts this feature to camera phones.Second, the generic black ear bud offered on Verizon's web site is terrible.I had one like it for my previous phone and it fell apart a week after I started using it.Again, Samsung's website shows how far below potential is the service Verizon is offering by selling a Samsung ear bud in silver that matches the phone, adds a send/end button on the cord feature and costs almost ten dollars less than Verizon's inferior offering.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good and reliable phone.
I've had the Samsung Sch a650 for about 10 months and my service is with Verizon Wireless and it's really a solid and reliable phone. Ijust use my cell phone for talking and nothing else...no Internet, videos, organizer...etc. And I've owned a Samsung cell phone before and I really liked the previous phone I had with Sprint. I think Samsung phones are well designed, sturdy (dropped it a few times) and provide good quality voice.This phone is no exception.What I liked was that it's relatively slim and compact. Has excellent audio quality. Samsung's UI is also really simple and easy to learn. Talk time is good. And combined with Verizon Wireless service -- it's the best cell phone/plan I've ever had. What I don't like is the way Samsung designs the charger port at the very bottom of the phone.This port is relatively unprotected and can get very dirty and wet (which destroys the phone). My wife has destroyed 2 of these phones b/c our 12 month old son decided to use it as a teething toy (her own fault). It initially comes with a plastic cover which you can place there but it's really impractical. I wish they designed a plastic pieces that stays attached to the phone. For me, I've had no problems since I keep in my pocket and pretty dry.If you're looking for a solid basic phone with easy to use features and good quality...get this one.

3-0 out of 5 stars Don't quit your day (or night) job
This phone has 2 problems: 1.) The screen is impossible to read in daylight, 2.) The keys are not back lit so you can't dial in the dark.

If you make all of your calls from indoors under non-natural lighting, this phone is a good basic model.I use it as a calculator and an alarm and there are tons of other features I don't use.Supposedly you can download games using the Get It Now feature - I saw another reviewer complaining about lack of games.

I do like the ability to set multiple phone numbers for a single entry, the speed dial options, and the voice options which are mostly accurate when I don't have road noise in the background.

The only other complaint I have is that there seems to be no one way to universally set the volume of all the sounds the phone makes.When you want to turn it to silent, I found I had to not only set the volume of the ringer, but the volume of the voice mail notification, the alarm, and the service area indicator all separately.But maybe I just couldn't find it on the menus.

I ordered a leather case with the phone.The clip spring quit working within 2 weeks and the car charger quit within 2 months.

In summary, for a basic phone that you are not playing games on or taking pictures with, you are better off with a high-contrast monochrome with backlit keys. ... Read more


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