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81. Samsung C207 Phone (Cingular)
$249.99 list($499.99)
82. Nokia 6620 Phone - Next Generation
$569.99 list($699.99)
83. PCS Phone Samsung i500 (Sprint)
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84. Nokia 3595 Phone (T-Mobile)
$24.99 list($124.99)
85. Samsung C225 Phone (T-Mobile)
$99.99 list($299.99)
86. Nokia N-Gage QD Gaming Phone (Cingular)
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87. Kyocera KX2 Koi Phone (Verizon
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88. Motorola i305 Phone (Nextel)
$594.10 list($599.99)
89. HP iPAQ h6315 PDA Phone (T-Mobile)
$124.99 list($249.99)
90. Motorola i836 Phone (Nextel)
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91. Sony Ericsson T637 Phone (Cingular)
$189.99 list($199.99)
92. Sony Ericsson T637 Phone - Next
$219.99 list($249.99)
93. PCS Phone LG PM-325 (Sprint)
$429.99 list($399.99)
94. Motorola MPx220 Smartphone (Cingular)
$49.99 list($199.99)
95. LG C1300 Phone (Cingular)
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96. Nokia 8265 Phone (AT&T)
$279.99
97. Sanyo RL-7300 PCS Vision Ready
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98. Motorola i205 Phone (Nextel)
$399.99 list($669.99)
99. PCS Phone palmOne Treo 600 (Sprint)
$199.99
100. PCS Phone Nokia 6016i (Sprint)

81. Samsung C207 Phone (Cingular)
by Samsung
list price: $119.99
our price: $24.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007N3IZ4
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Samsung
Sales Rank: 1273
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Move in style with the sleek Samsung C207, an entry-level powerhouse that features a color display, support for MMS messaging, robust gaming capabilities and more. It's the perfect little companion for Cingular users.

Design
The C207's sporty candybar form factor sports a large, 128 x 128, 65,000-color display. An internal antenna means there's nothing to break off or snag on your pants pocket. Most of the phone's features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button above the handset's dial pad. Up/down keys are provided on the left side of the handset.

Calling Features
The phone's built-in address book, which supports up to three numbers per entry, can store up to 1000 contacts for quick and easy management of your friends, family and associates. Polyphonic ringtones, plus a vibrating alert, are built in and more ringtones can be downloaded from Cingular's MEdia service. Picture ID and ringer ID allow you to set graphics and ringtones for specific groups of callers.

Messaging and Internet
The C207 has robust messaging features designed to keep you in touch wherever you roam. In addition to basic text, picture and sound messaging, the phone features support for AOL Instant Messenger (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. 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 software tools are bundled with the C207 including a voice memo recorder, a calculator, a to-do list, a calendar and an alarm clock.

Imaging and Entertainment
Four games-- Ultimate Golf Challenge, Mobile Chess, Fun2Link, and BubbleSmile-- ship with the C207, and more Java-based games are available for mobile download from the MEdia service. Customizable wallpapers let you dress up your C207 to suit your style.

Vital Statistics
The Samsung C207 weighs 2.43 ounces and measures 4.13 x 1.69 x .75 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 6 hours of digital talk time, and up to 220 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the 800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
C207 handset, lithium-ion battery, AC charger, user's manual. ... Read more

Reviews (3)

2-0 out of 5 stars Fatal Flaw....
I really wanted to like this phone. I did for the most part, but in the end I returned it and got the Nokia 3120.

The fatal flaw with the c207 is that I could never ever hear the phone when it rang. There are a couple flaws in the design in this regard. First of all, samsung cut costs and uses the earspeaker as the ring speaker also. I don't think you can get as sharp of a tone as with a dedicated ringer. The other flaw with the ringer is that when you do set the ring volume to the loudest volume possible, the ringer doesn't ring at that volume. Rather, it'll start ringing at the lowest volume setting possible, and then after about 1-2 rings, it'll step it up to the true volume setting. So basically you can only hear maybe 2 rings before vmail picks up!

Like I said, I really wanted to like this phone. I not a personal fan of the Nokia's but really the samsung (and everyone) tries to copy nokia's UI, which is a shame, since i don't think nokia's UI is the end all be all.

Pros

- Amazingly thin and small.
- extremely comfortable to hold in your hand. I ended up carrying it around in my hand a lot.
- Used the SIM card well. Groups by name. The nokia wouldn't do this.

Cons

- can't here the ringer
- copy of nokia UI
- no charging base like older samsung, tho the travel charger is probably more useful.
- small keys

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple, effective cell phone
I've given this phone top marks because, for what it represents itself to be, it is exactly that. Yes, it is a little hard to read in direct sunlight (put "contrast" on 1, and it's better); yes, the menu is not 100% intuitive -- more like 85%; but the sound quality is excellent, as is the reception. It feels comfortable and solid; and it is compact. I'm very pleased that I bought it and would recommend it to anyone who wants a simple, straightfoward cell phone that works well.

3-0 out of 5 stars Just your average no frills cell phone
I bought this cell phone a couple of days ago to compare network coverage between T-Mobile and Cingular

Pros:

- Minimalist style is very appealing

- Very light-weight

- Good battery life

- FREE; you can also get money back for buying it from Amazon

- Picks up a good reception; much better than a Sony Ericsson T610(although for different networks, I get great reception for both networks at my work)

Cons:

- Earpiece quality is not that great, especially when you have your ringers set to the highest audio level.The louder the ringer, the more distorted the audio is, which is very disappointing, considering the ringers can't get so loud.It seems like Samsung has yet to figure out how to do audio.Callers are loud, but not necessarily clear.Whether that can be attributed to Cingular's network or Samsung's manufacturing is completely unknown to me.

- Some menu functions are ridiculously time-consuming to get to.Sub-menu after sub-menu constitutes bad design.Samsung products have gone through a lot of different software designs, you'd think they'd have gotten better at it.On a side note, menu is very similar to Sony Ericsson T series, just not as intuitive.

- Navigation keys are too small.Yes, the phone is small, but the navigation could have been done better.

-Screen is not readable in direct sunlight.Most screens aren't, but they could've done better.Also, when you lock the keys, screen does not light back up when a key is pressed.When you're tired and need to unlock the keys and it's dark, it gets a little frustrating.


Overall, a very basic cell phone.Quality issues don't concern me too much, as the phone hasn't crashed or done anything bad on me.Bottom line, if you need a cell phone for occasional calling this is pretty decent. ... Read more


82. Nokia 6620 Phone - Next Generation (AT&T)
by AT&T Wireless
list price: $499.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002NRMJW
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: AT&T Wireless
Sales Rank: 667
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Compatible with AT&T cell phone service, the Nokia 6620 sports a ton of cool options and high-end functionality, including: a digital VGA camera with 640 x 480 resolution, 2X digital zoom and night mode; a video recorder that can record in varying resolutions and features RealPlayer playback; and high speed EDGE (up to 118 Kbps) mobile Internet connectivity; 12 MB of memory, (plus 32 MB more from the included MMC card); as well as a variety of organizer and phone calling capabilities. It's all wrapped up in a cool new design with a high-resolution, 176x208 pixel, 65,000-color screen.

Calling Features
Used simply as a phone, the 6620 features a 5-way joystick for easy navigation to a variety of handy features, includingcall 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, voice mail button, voice mail indicator, signal strength indicator, a phone book capacity of 500 entries, and more. 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 phone's high speed EDGE browser provides high-speed data transmission (up to 118 Kbps) via EGPRS, and also supportsWML, xHTML, and even full HTML, with multiple formatting options. You'll also get ECML digital wallet support, for safe and quick financial transactions, plus the usual advanced picture messaging where you can send MMS (multimedia messaging service) packets containing combined image, video, text, and voice clips to compatible phones or PCs. Predictive text input and text message templates round out the package, along with the ability to expand your phone's functionality by downloading Symbian and Java applications of a very wide variety.

Organizer
The Nokia 6620's organizer features include a full calendar and to-do list, and an alarm clock with a snooze function, among others. You can sync up your organizer data with your PC wirelessly via your Bluetooth connection.

Cameras, Fun, and Games
The high-functioning video recorder included with the 6620 provides a choice of either 176 x 144 or 128 x 96 pixel resolution, plus a 2X digital zoom, an audio on/off option, and true, RealPlayer playback. The still camera with 640 x 480 resolution, 2X digital zoom, a self timer, and night portrait mode. You can view your photos on the 65,000 color display, or send them to your computer or via MMS to a friend with your Internet connection. There's also a stereo MP3 player, 24-chord polyphonic ring tones, games, and more. The 6620 is equipped with 12 MB of built-in flash memory and an external multimedia card (MMC) slot for user data (one 32 MB MMC included).

Vital Statistics
The Nokia 6620 weighs 4.37 ounces and measures 4.28 x 2.29 x 0.93 inches. Its Lithium Ion batteries are rated at 180 minutes minimum digital talk time, and 240 hours minimum digital standby time. It runs on GSM 800/1800/1900 MHz, using the Symbian Operating System 7.0s, Series 60 platform, version 2. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

In the Box
Nokia 6620 cell phone, rapid travel charger, 32MB MMC card, hands-free headset, SIM card

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Features

  • Integrated camera and video recorder
  • Bright active matrix TFT color display supporting 65,536 colors
  • Camera: 640 x 480 pixel resolution; self-timer, night mode, 2X digital zoom
  • Mobile Internet and Email Capable
  • Bluetooth Enabled

Reviews (19)

3-0 out of 5 stars Crashes on occassion, but otherwise a solid phone.
Ok, I got this phone when it first came out in late 2004. The only problem that I've had with it is that it likes to crash (and crash hard) on average, once a month. When I say hard its terriable. All internal memory is lost and the memory card is wiped clean. Since I have prior experience and use of Nokia phones for the past 8 yrs, Once a week I back up my phone on mypc. This saves a lot of heartache. It seems the problem is most prevelent when you take the phone from a cold environment (50 deg or less) to a warm one (work). The Phone will lock up after a call and then ask to save data press start (there is no start key) or data will be lost. You can do one of two things. Turn the power of then on (usually results in loss of all data ) or take the battery out and put it back in (75% this saves your data). I'm pc savy so as long as I back the phone up every week I'm ok. The less tech savy will be upset , esp after typing in 300 contacts and loosing them and the 200 pics you took in the last month. I contacted Nokia and they said they would need the phone for a month. At that time I could not be without it with no loaner so I've worked around the problem. Also of note, I purchased the phone from ATT (now cingular) in 2004 dec and the have told me twice they didn't recieve my correct rebate information for 100 bucks. The rebate dept is the worst ever! I hate em. In 8-10 weeks i might get a rebate if lucky. The transisition from ATT to Cingular has not been smooth!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a Phone for Geeks not for "Regular" Users
I just finished reading through the 17 or so reviews here of the Nokia 6620 and I had to laugh at some of them. The 6620 is the first Series 60 phone that Nokia has released here in the United States. What does Series 60 mean? Well, in short it means that it comes with an operating system on the phone...much like you have Windows on your computer. This means a couple of things. One, you are going to have software conflicts at some point...especially with the first Series 60 phone to hit the US. If you want a phone that is going to work 100% (or close to it) of the time with no hiccups do NOT buy this phone..get the 6230 it is a great phone (I have one as well).The other thing is that THERE ARE GOING TO BE SOFTWARE PROBLEMS. Did you hear me the first time? I am not on Nokia's side here, I think every phone released should work flawlessly and this one comes pretty close. I have had mine for about 2 months now and I really like it, even though there are a number of issues I have with it at this point. I will start with the bad.

First, the speakerphone is a joke. It really is. It gets about as loud as a whispering mouse at full throttle. Nokia...seriously, this has always been a major problem for you guys. Fix it already. Two, the buttons are located pretty low on the phone chasis and it makes for an awkward hold for people with big hands like me. This is due to the large screen on here and to be honest, it is worth having the low keys. The screen does 800x600 resolution at 65k colors. My first two laptops didn't do that. Third, there are some issues with turning Bluetooth on and off sometimes, but now I just know to "reboot" it and in a minute it is all sorted out. Lastly, the voice recognition is not so hot. I am still trying to figure out the best way to name people so that my voice dialing will work 95% of the time.

Now for the good stuff. The FREE Nokia sync software, available on their website, is great. I walk into my home or office and my phone will sync with my Outlook automatically....wirelessly via Bluetooth. How cool is that? Pretty darn cool if you ask me. That is how it should be.I have a Motorola HS810 Bluetooth headset and it works flawlessly with the 6620 and it is a great headset..get one.The camera is pretty nice. I don't care much for the whole camera in the phone thing, but it takes pretty nice pictures and video with sound @ 3MegaPixels. The joystick navigation is great. It is intuitive for those of us who use computers all day. You can program the stick and the two standby buttons to whatever function you want and that is great too. And, the real reason us geeks want this phone is the ability to run different applications and such. There are some good ones out there and I am waiting until some really useful ones hit the market. I put an FTP client on there the other day and I was downloading MP3 from my ftp server when I was at lunch one day. Pretty cool stuff. You can put 128MB MMC memory cards in there and they are super cheap.

So, to wrap up my ranting, the phone is great if you are a tech geek or a serious power user who wants to have a Bluetooth phone with some serious power. Plus, it has EDGE so when Cingular/ATT get their act together and get their GPRS/EDGE data network in gear this baby will be able to send and receive data up to 115Kbps. Oh yeah, and you can use it as a mobile internet gateway for your laptop (aka wireless modem) via bluetooth. Easy to do and I have used it many times already.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good for new-fangled media gimmicks, mediocre as phone
I hoped I would get a good old trusty Nokia phone, simple, reliable, with a quick response to key input, and a straightforward menu structure and user interface.

Mistake. Since it is Symbian-based, you would not recognize it as a Nokia phone save for the logo.

Others have pointed out the positives, so let me concentrate on the negatives.
- Takes about 45 seconds to boot up (switch on to splash screen after PIN entry)
- Sluggish in responding to key strokes. If screen saver is active, needs an extra key press to wake up. So, if you want to lock it, press "Menu"-"*" and it's locked - unless the screen saver was active, then it would eat the "Menu" and just display "*". So you need to constantly look at the screen to see what it recognized and what not. Similarly, if you unlock, it will swallow the first keystrokes after that. So you unlock, enter a number quickly, and then realize that the first digit is missing.
- Complicated. Needs 28 keystrokes/joystick pushes to set the alarm. Woohoo. Has this great feature "Go To" that enables you to customize/collect often used commands, but very few applications implement it, the alarm does not. (I know that I could probably save some keystrokes by rearranging the menus somehow, but I want a phone, not a computer.)
- Crashes occasionally. Ok, not daily, but more often than a phone should.
- Weak battery life. Short warning. I found myself with empty battery more often with this phone than any other I have had.
- Nag-ware. Comes with some software that you can use twice, then have to pay around 10$. Some of the software is very badly written - eg. there was one app on it that required that you enter your name or zipcode or so prior to using it. I tried figuring out how, pressed a few keys, and the app quit. Tried again, app quit. Tried again, was greeted by "Your 2 trials are over. Do you want to buy this wonderful app for $10?". Guess what, no. This is a silly example, but indicative of the care that seems to have gone into fine-tuning the user experience.
- Recently, vibrating alarm just stopped working in silent mode (it was turned on). Missed 7 calls. Just not acceptable in my opinion. Worked again after reboot.
- Synchronization with iSync does not work.
- When you browse your contacts and press a letter, say "t", it lists everyone whose first _or_ last name starts with "t". Makes browsing for someone quite a bit slower (unless you don't know the full name of a contact -matter of taste, I guess, I don't like it.)
- Now you've browsed to someone, you press the green "call" key to call. It will display all phone numbers associated with that person, "mobile", "Tel. (home)", "Tel. (work)", etc. But guess what - the tag is truncated, and it displays only "Tel. (...", "Tel. (..."! So you don't know which number is which, and have to go to the contact, look at the numbers, remember the last digits, and then call.
- When alarm goes off, sometimes there is "Snooze" displayed on the right soft-key, sometimes there isn't. Pressing the red "Hang up" key puts it into snooze mode, not off.

There are lots of other little nuisances. All in all, the impression it left on me was that it was full of gimmicky features that are mostly useless to me, at the expense of being slow, buggy, inconsistent, and sloppily implemented.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nokia 6620 Phone - Next Generation (AT&T)
its a excellent phone with in built camera and much more functanility..this review is written by great Prashant

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT PHONE
I have use this phone for about 4mos, and I find it to be one of the best Nokia cell phones I have ever used. Great buy, but try and get it on sale. ... Read more


83. PCS Phone Samsung i500 (Sprint)
by Samsung
list price: $699.99
our price: $569.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000BXAYU
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Samsung
Sales Rank: 1220
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Designed for the business user, Samsung’s SPH-i500 slim wireless device combines a flip-top phone with a Palm OS organizer for maximum productivity while on the road. The dual-band/tri-mode i500 offers wireless fast web access from any location for looking up stock quotes, flight schedules, and weather forecasts or using email and text messaging. The 160-x-240-pixel, 65,000-color touch screen enhances the web capabilities. The phone also offers speedy information retrieval with its web clipping service. This wireless phone’s 16 MB of memory provides plenty of room for downloaded information.

The included desktop holder offers easy battery charging and synchronizing with your desktop or laptop.
Powered by Palm OS 4.1, the PDA lets you run standard applications such as an Address Book, Date Book, and Expense Report. The i500 has Graffiti writing software and a special writing area for entering letters as well as several other text input methods. This organizer even hooks up to a compact, portable keyboard for almost PC-like data entry convenience. The i500 synchs up information with other IR devices or PCs and also comes with a cradle for PCs that don’t have an IR port.

Top phone features on the i500 include voice memo, voice-activated and four-digit calling, polyphonic ring tones, and vibrate mode.This smartphone is rated for up to 2.8 hours of talk time and 210 hours of standby time on a slim battery; 4.2 hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby time on a regular battery; and 5.4 hours of talk time and 350 hours of standby time when using an extended battery.

SEE A DETAILED VIEW OF THE i500'S FEATURES

The i500's features summarized:

  • Get two productivity tools in one compact wireless phone, and no compromise in functionality for convenience and style.
  • See the Web at high speed and in living color on the i500's vibrant touch-screen display.
  • Get quick access to flight schedules, directions, e-mail, stock quotes, weather, scores, entertainment listings and more.
  • Get plenty of room for storage with 16MB memory.
  • Palm OS 4.1 gives you the functionality you need to be more organized and productive.
  • Get quicker access to Palm OS applications using hotkeys.
  • Get Web information faster with Web-clipping capabilities.
  • Extend your phone's capabilities using powerful third-party Palm OS applications.
  • Multi-task with ease by using phone and Palm applications simultaneously.
  • Make easier and faster calls with voice-activated and four-digit dialing.
  • Take calls discreetly by switching to vibrate mode.
  • Collect your thoughts using the voice memo feature.
  • Use polyphonic and standard ring tones to create distinctive ringers.
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Features

  • This tri-mode CDMA phone from Samsung is one of Sprint PCS's flagship 3G phones
  • Large color display supports 4,096 colors (128x160 pixels)
  • Comes with personal calendar, date book, address book, to-do, and HotSync
  • Supports wireless Internet (WAP 2.0) and text messaging
  • Stylish phone features a graphical menu and polyphonic ringtones

Reviews (51)

4-0 out of 5 stars Cool toy
Okay, I'll admit, there are some significant shortcomings for this phone, ie, no 3rd party text messaging, 3rd party email, etc.
These things cost $30 to $50 to purchase.I got the SnapperMail download, they have a 30 day free trial.But be aware that once you decide to purchase it, you must purchase the Premiere edition or higher for it to work. Overall though, really cool phone. The PDA portion of it is very nice.

1-0 out of 5 stars PDA but no Communications
Slow Inet Acess. Can read emails, but no way to respond. Simply a contact DBase. Inet is slow. Buy a Treo. Sprint sucks w/ this technology. Tried so many times to make this work. If you have nothing to do, give another try......As always you might get moisture damage...

4-0 out of 5 stars Great phone, great "form factor", but ya gotta dial Sprint
I wrote a review early on my site, and thought I'd share here.You can visit us at:http://www.badassreviews.com

"
When I put this site together, I thought that part of the goal for any aspiring bad ass was to find those must have things in life: love, liberty, and cool stuff. In the spirit of this pursuit, I present to you a pretty remarkable piece of technology that I have come to love (and detest) for variety of reasons.

The single best quality of this phone is that it marries a phone with the full blow Palm OS 4.1 Palm's latest and greatest OS is up to 5 and soon around the corner probably 6. But Palm 4 still continues to be the dominant OS of the PDA market (I could be wrong on this, but I don't think Windows CE is quite there yet, and Blackberry is well.. that's another story). Essentially, this PDA allows you download and install from a collection of thousands of software titles. Check out Palm Gear). If you ever wonder if there is something you wish you could use to track, organize, reference, play with, learn from, at a bus stop on cold winter day, you can be assured someone's already thought of it and made it available at Palm Gear.

"My Treo 600 also does that, what's the big deal?"

What Treo users, and essentially all other PDA/Phone users can't do, is look good using their PDA's. "Form factor" is the term given to a device's design, and how much space it takes to be a functional piece of equipment. The Samsung i500 has the single best form factor of all other PhonePDA's. Most of the PhonePDA's on the market look like heavy soap bars, some of them like the Treo's have a tiny keyboards mashed in, with badly beveled buttons that require some getting use to.

Samsung's i500 does away with all this and leaves a simple writing area that you use a Palm style (also snuggly available on the phone) to write into the system. This is not for heavy email users! If you need to send emails/messages back to the office on daily basis, you'll probably need some more functional than aesthetically pleasing.

But this Phone/PDA rocks, looks good, and is an easy conversation piece at the bar. Never mind the fact that it has a stylus that doubles as a pen.

Inside Scoop:

This phone is offered by Sprint for and astounding rate of $500 new. You'll be able to find it on ebay for around $200-$300 depending on how used it is, what accessories come with it, and if it fell off a truck in Jersey or not. My recommendation is to pick one of them up from ebay. This phone is constructed very well, and I have dropped and it has survived couple times already without any protection.

The Dark Side:

Sprint. By far and away, Sprint continues to be a promoter of pioneering technologies, at the same time, crippling them of the basics. The single largest issue with this phone is that SMS messing service that Sprint has neglected in providing. In order to actually use the SMS system on this device, you need to purchase and install i500SMS v0.31. According to some users groups, you can call Sprint, complain and have them purchase the software for you (check out PDAPhoneHome)

Still, anyone SMS messaging you, better enter their name or initials to the message, because unless they are on the Sprint network, you will not be able to know what phone sent you that message. This is just one of those things where the rest of the world seems to have a good grip on, and we in the U.S., the greatest country in the world, are still struggling to figure out how to deliver it. Technology does move like molasses sometimes.

We still thing is the a pretty cool phone, despite it's short comings.
"

Thanks!
B.A.R.
http://www.badassreviews.com

4-0 out of 5 stars firmware issue
This is a great phone, and other reviewers have covered most of the topics, so I'll just mention one thing.The phones are still being sold with the old firmware.There is a major bug in the firmware, which will hang the sprint vision connection, requiring a manual disconnect from the data service or often a power recycle.This make the otherwise fabulous wirelss email sync (which pushes the email to your phone like blackberry) useless.

Most sprint stores don't know how to do a firmware upgrade on this phone, or they don't have the cable.So don't count on being able to upgrade, most people can't.

pdaphonehome.com has all the details.

this review is as of 12/04.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great phone/Palm combo -- almost everything I wanted!
I sorely needed a new phone to replace my trusty StarTac and my aging Palm V, but delayed doing so for a couple of years because I just didn't see anything out there that I thought would combine their functions effectively.I wanted a clamshell phone that wouldn't accidentally dial people from inside my bag.And the Treo phones and other stick-style smartphones just seemed too big.Although I'm fine with a thumb-board (I carry a RIM for work), I prefer Graffiti, so I wanted a phone that allowed me to input using Graffiti.I tried out my husband's Treo 300 and frankly missed the Graffiti functions.I also thought it was too clunky.I've found that the i500 is almost everything I wanted out of a Palm/phone combo.

The pros:Sleek clamshell design -- compact and stylish, even with the hefty extended-use battery.It's solidly built -- no flimsy flips like the Treo 300.The screen is surprisingly big for such a small phone.The color and resolution is quite good -- the photos I keep on my phone look good.I like the Graffiti writing space -- it's small, but easy to get used to.The Palm functions are well integrated.It's easy to call people from your address book, and it's easy to save phone numbers (like from incoming calls) into new or existing entries.With the extended battery, I can go for a few days without having to charge up -- even the slim battery gets decent performance.The cradle offers one-button syncing, and can charge a spare battery at the same time as the phone -- a nice touch.Using hacks easily found online, you can put just about any photo on your screen as your wallpaper.You can also set unique rings for different people (no photo ID, though).

The cons:No speakerphone!This is a really strange feature to leave out, since it makes it hard to use the Palm at the same time as the phone.You can always use a headset, but that's just another step you shouldn't have to take.I also think it would be nice to have a caller ID screen on the outside of the phone so you don't have to flip open the phone to see who's calling.And I miss the dual-function keys on the StarTac -- functions you can easily access just by pushing "FNC" and then one of the numeric keys.I used to be able to switch the phone to vibrate by hitting two keys -- now I need to ratchet down the ringer, which can take up to 10 button presses, depending on how loud you have your ringer volume cranked.I also used to be able to mute my phone easily using the FNC button -- I have no clue how to do it on the i500, but it's certainly not a one-button thing.The screen is sometimes hard to read outside in the sun.Minor quibble -- there's apparently no way to add to the polyphonic ringtones supplied with the phone.There are plenty of options, to be sure, but it would have been nice to be able to add to them to truly personalize the phone.

On the high price -- I bought the phone used, which brought the price down significantly for me.Would I have paid the full retail price?Maybe, especially since I probably would have paid more to buy a new Palm and a new phone.At the deeply discounted price, however, I definitely got my money's worth. ... Read more


84. Nokia 3595 Phone (T-Mobile)
by Nokia
list price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000AQK0Z
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Nokia
Sales Rank: 2117
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Large color screen supports 4096 colors (96x65 pixels)
  • Send and receive messages with image, sound and text
  • Synchronize your phone book, calendar and to-do list with your PC using SyncML over WAP
  • Phone book stores up to 500 contacts, with up to 5 numbers and 3 text entries per contact
  • Personalize your phone with 8 different color schemes

Reviews (57)

1-0 out of 5 stars the worst possible phone on earth...
if there is a -5 black star, i would use it to rate this phone.

I got this phone as a "free" package for T-Mobile.First of all, the phone commands are sluggish, not extremely sluggish, but enough to drive me crazy.The responsiveness is terrible, can't be worse, especially when I want to go to the contact list, it just takes forever.

Secondly, the buttons are horrible as they simply don't work well, especially the connected pad of 8 and 0.This button is placed so close to the inner palm (eventhough I have a relatively small hand) that makes it very hard to dial with the thumb.And the 0 button doesn't work, i have to press it at least 10 times before I can get the 0.This is especially annoying when I have to use dial a pin number.

The third and most annoying thing is the sim-card problem: everytime I recevied a SMS message, it went crazy: "Insert your simcard".I literrally threw it many times in anger and fell like killing somebody from Nokia.

I don't know how such bad phone can be released out for consumers, is there any quality-testing before hand?I have enough craziness from Windows already (eventhough windows XP pro with SP2 is so far the best Microsft-made OS), i don't need any other crap from Nokia.

I wish I can throw away my phone now.No-Go for this Nokia crap.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Starter Phone
Look Bottom line This is a very relible phone... I have had this for almost 4 years now and I still love it, it works perfectly fine, other than the regular bugs. The buttons being connected w/ each other is a good thing too because the 8,0 buttons can be depressed and used for an emergency call so I love the phone, its a simple and easy phone... Great usage out of it, and its still goin the batt works very well too, lasts for 8 days, and a good 6 hours on a call so Im happy with the phone... I have encountered the sim card problem from time to time, but other than it being annoying, its an easy fix... so reguardless of that Im very happy with the phone its relible and I would buy it again if I had to

4-0 out of 5 stars eh
I've had this phone for about 6 months and I haven't had any problems. It's a good phone and it does what you need it to...but that's about it. If all you plan to do is call people and make the occasional message, this is fine. Otherwise, it's a little dull.

2-0 out of 5 stars BEWARE OF 3595!!!
PROS-cant think of that many
CONS-see below

i got the nokia 3595 about a year ago. it was my first celly and for the first 3 months it worked pretty good. but then i started encountering problems. first off, i wouldn't recieve my calls i would get the little thing that said i had about 3 voice mail and my phone would not ring once (and yes it WAS on). next was the problem of it going on silent. i go to high school and when i go to school in the morning i would put my phone on "silent mode" so it would vibrate instead of ringing. and there would be times that my phone would ring in class (why would someone want 2 call me during school hours?? but thats not the point). my point being that when my phone is put on silent mode, it gets an additude and starts to ring, even if i did change the ringing options in the settings menu. but then the weirdest thing would happen...when i would put my phone on "normal" it would vibrate as if it was on silent...go figure..

another problem i would encounter is receiving text messages. when i would go to read a text message the message would be blank. then it would switch me back to the main screen and all of my signal bars would be gone and it would say at the top "Insert SIM Card". other times i would get text messages and i would read them and when i would go back to the main screen and that stupid envelope icon would still be there as if i didn't read the message. and it would take a couple days for it to go away too.

yet another problem is the reception. im not sure if its the phone to blame or its the service or maybe a little bit of both. but i could be in a place where on any normal day i would have 100% reception and then on a certain day my signal bar would barely be there. my bedroom is a good example, for the most part i get good reception in there but then there are the days that my phone gives me additude and i cant make a call from there. or i could be in a place like in the mall and everyone else had a signal on their phone except for me of course.

one more problem that i must list is that my nokia 3595 has the tendency to black out spontaneously or freeze. i would be in the middle of doing something and my phone would just freeze up. it wouldn't even turn off. i would have to take the battery out and pop it back in if i wanted to get my phone working again. or other times when someone would be calling me and before i would answer my phone or right after i would press the answer key my phone would black out for about 10 seconds and i would be back at the main screen and it would say "Insert SIM Card".

this phone has many more problems that i have yet to list (such as battery, calls being dropped, and the phone's ugly design) because my fingers are simply too tired from writing this long horrible review. im not sure if they even sell this phone anymore (if they dont i wonder why???), but if they do, i warn you strongly not to get it. this phone is lousy and i am sooo thankful that i have upgraded 2 my new samsung!!! im sorry for anyone that has to put up with this phone.

1-0 out of 5 stars Can't even get all my calls...
This phone barely works and most of the time I don't recieve my incoming calls and messages, even with perfect reception.It's either the phone or the service, but either one sucks and no one should have to put up with this when you're paying $50 a month for service you can't even use!Stay away from T-Mobile, go with Cingular instead.Trust me. ... Read more


85. Samsung C225 Phone (T-Mobile)
by T-Mobile
list price: $124.99
our price: $24.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0009EG4IO
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: T-Mobile
Sales Rank: 616
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Looking for an affordable phone with a generous touch of class? The c225 delivers with a large color screen, support for instant messaging and wireless media downloads, as well as a voluminous phone book. It's all wrapped up in a sleek candybar form factor that will turn heads.

Design
The c225's sporty candybar form factor sports a large, 128 x 128, 65,000-color display. Meanwhile, most of the phone's features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button above the handset's dial pad. Up/down keys are provided on the left side of the handset.

Calling Features
The phone's built-in address book, which supports up to three numbers per entry, can store up to 1000 contacts for quick and easy management of your friends, family and associates. Forty-chord polyphonic ringtones, plus a vibrating alert, are built in and more ringtones can be downloaded from T-Mobile's t-zones service. Picture ID and ringer ID allow you to set graphics and ringtones for specific groups of callers. Like all T-Mobile phones, the c225 also supports voicemail, caller ID, conference calling, call forwarding, call waiting, call hold, built-in paging, and access to T-Mobile's 411 service.

Messaging and Internet
The c225 has robust messaging features designed to keep you in touch wherever you roam. In addition to basic text, picture and sound messaging, the phone features support for instant messaging from Yahoo, AOL and MSN (T-Mobile messaging charges apply). There's also a built-in web browser for MEdia downloads and mobile web browsing. T-Mobile's t-zones service lets you receive and send emails, read news headlines, get weather updates, download games and ringtones, and more. 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 text messaging users.

A number of handy software tools are bundled with the c225 including a voice memo recorder, a calculator with currency conversion, a to-do list, a calendar and an alarm clock.

Imaging and Entertainment
Four games ship with the c225, and more Java-based games are available for mobile download from the t-zones service. Meanwhile, customizable wallpapers let you dress up your C207 to suit your style.

Vital Statistics
The Samsung c225 weighs 3.4 ounces and measures 4.30 x 1.80 x .90 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3 hours of digital talk time, and up to 100 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the 900/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
c225 handset, hands-free headset, SIM card, lithium-ion battery, AC charger, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Ordinary menus and images become extraordinary with a bright, brilliant 65,000-color screen.
  • Experience constant connectivity while on the go with high-speed, always on Internet connection-with a touch of a button, access movie times, sports scores, restaurant locations is quick and easy.
  • Need to communicate but can't make a call? Use AOL Instant Messenger to chat in real time with compatible phones and PCs.
  • Be unique and turn heads with a festive ringtone by accessing pre-loaded content or downloading the latest ringtones, images and games.
  • Talk time up to 2.5 hours standby time up to 6 days.

Reviews (1)

2-0 out of 5 stars DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY
i bought this and within two weeks i had dropped calls and tons of static, i was coming from a nokia 3595 and that phone was better then this one. i went back to tmobile and they just gave me the same one all over again, geuss what, same thing all over again, ive had it with this phone! ... Read more


86. Nokia N-Gage QD Gaming Phone (Cingular)
by Nokia
list price: $299.99
our price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002UBZ48
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Nokia
Sales Rank: 1611
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Compatible with Cingular service, the Nokia N-Gage QD is a GSM phone and handheld gaming console rolled into one. The N-Gage QD features Bluetooth wireless connectivity, a hot-swap MMC-card slot for memory expansion and games, and a 36,600-pixel screen. Like all the latest Nokia phones, the N-Gage QD runs on a variant of the Symbian OS, which allows fast multitasking between game applications, phone calls, messaging and other functions. Users of the original will be delighted to know that the new N-Gage QD operates as a phone without the need for a headset; hold it to your ear and talk all you want. It's also smaller and more jeans-pocket-friendly than the original model.



The new N-Gage QD is smaller and more intelligently designed than its predecessor. Plus, inserting game cards is a snap.
Overall, we found the N-Gage QD a stunning successor to the original. Nokia has certainly listened to users and made improvements in all the right places. Barring a few quibbles, this new gaming phone is poised to make a real name for itself in the portable gaming space, something the original model was largely unable to do.

Calling and Multimedia
Gaming is the heart and soul of the N-Gage QD, but don't forget, it's also a powerful phone with the latest mobile Web, e-mail and messaging features. While we liked the ability to use it as a conventional handset, Bluetooth is built in, so going hands-free is easy with a Bluetooth-enabled headset. If you're not Bluetooth-inclined, there's also a jack for a wired headset. Like ringtones? You can get creative with polyphonic sounds that get you noticed in a crowd.



The N-Gage QD packs plenty of portable graphics firepower.
If you have GSM or GPRS data service, you can browse the wireless Web using the built-in browser. We found these features tricky to set up and the Nokia interface for these functions somewhat confusing, but once we got things going, we enjoyed downloading some game tips and tricks from n-gage.com. The unit also serves as a wireless e-mail and messaging client with support for all the latest protocols (MMS, SMS, IMAP4, POP3, SMTP, and MIME2). We especially liked the Java-based expandability of the phone; with a data connection it’s fun to download new Java-based games and new game levels. You can also download productivity apps like calendars and planners.

With this iteration of the N-Gage, Nokia decided to drop the FM radio and MP3 player functions from the device. We think these would have been nice to retain, but Nokia was intent on making the N-Gage QD more exclusively focused on gaming. Nokia has retained multiplayer gaming via Bluetooth, so you can still go head-to-head with up to four players via a wireless connection.

Gaming
Okay, the meat and potatoes. The Nokia N-Gage QD didn’t disappoint when it came to gaming performance on a handheld device. The redesigned controls are far more user-friendly than thosn of the classic N-Gage. Gone are the days of clumsily pushing the directional pad inward to make a selection; a separate selection button is now available. The newly placed slot for games and memory expansion cards is one of the biggest improvements, as users no longer have to remove the battery and cover to pop in a new game. The card slot is now easily accessible on the outside edge of the unit and is protected by a rubber cover.

Our test model came with Ashen, a three-dimensional first-person shooter set in a macabre, supernatural world. Creepy-crawly things were coming at us from all directions and we found ourselves pretty immersed in the game--quite amazing, given that the screen is a little smaller than a business card. Graphics were impressive, too, for such a small device that offers robust battery life (Nokia claims 10 hours of play time on a single charge).

We had some reservations about the number of currently available games for the N-Gage. Many are forthcoming, however, and Nokia has obviously made a serious commitment to improving the platform. The N-Gage QD is a clear and positive sign of what’s to come. --Joshua Gunn

Pros

  • Vastly improved design
  • Compact
  • Good portable graphics power
  • User-friendly controls
  • Robust phone features
Cons
  • MP3 and FM radio features dropped
  • Small library of available titles
  • Somewhat confusing user interface

What's in the Box:
The Nokia N-Gage QD unit, an AC charger, a dual mono headset, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, a software CD-ROM, a games brochure ... Read more

Features

  • High-performance mobile 3D gaming
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Hot swap MMC-card slot for external memory
  • Full email support (IMAP4, POP3, SMTP, MIME2)
  • 4096-color screen and backlight

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars I dig it, man
I was a bit hesitant after reading about the crash and burn of the original N-Gage. It sounded like a complete flop. However, it seems as though Nokia may have redeemed themselves by releasing a new and improved N-Gage-the N-Gage QD.

After wrangling with Cingular to get the internet working, I was finally on my way to exploring the full capabilities of this phone. Obviously the main draw is the gaming function so I'll cover that first. I was very impressed with the clarity and sharpness of the picture. Games load and run very fast and the keys allow for quite a bit of versatility. You get used to the controls pretty quick and in my opinion, it just as easy as say, the Gameboy Advance. So far I have played Ashen, Tony Hawk & Tomb Raider, all of which have been quite fun. You forget you are gaming on a PHONE after awhile! I even purchased a Nintendo Emulator and have had a blast playing all the games from my childhood, including all the Super Mario Brothers and Castlevanias. The sound is pretty loud for such small speaker, which really surprised me.

Now for what the phone really is-a phone. I thought I would be compromising the functionality of an actual cell phone for the game features. But fortunately I was wrong. I have very little criticisms. I originally owned the Sanyo 4700 and then 4900 and I wanted a phone that had similar offerings (speaker phone, voice dial, speed dial, ergonomic, etc). First thing-thank God you do not have to talk sideways on *this* N-Gage! You actually hold it like a normal phone! And although it has a lot to do with the carrier, the reception is very clear and crisp. The speaker phone works much better than my 4900 and since I use the headset most of the time, I appreciate the easy access to the jack. Battery life is awesome, especially with the rapid charger which takes about 1½ to 2 hours & gives me anywhere from 24 hours of heavy usage to several days with light usage before needing another charge.

Other cool functions are the MMC card slot for expandable memory and games (again easy access - no removing the battery to insert your card like the old N-Gage), Bluetooth (which is awesome especially if you have a PDA or a dongle for your PC/laptop), a notepad, voice recorder, image viewer, to do list, ring tone composer, video player (software includes Real Player) and image viewer. You can even play MP3's and watch movies if you look in the right place!

All in all this is a great phone. The only gripes that come to mind are: you aren't able to play MP3 and QCP ringtones, you can't display a picture for an incoming call, and a decent case is very difficult to find (hint - the Nokia 3300 fits almost perfect).

To sum it up I would definitely recommend this phone if a) you like games and b) you want your phone to do a lot of cool stuff.

4-0 out of 5 stars excellent system
Having purchased a new N-Gage QD about a month ago, I have to say that so far I am very impressed and pleased. The phone contains most of the features available on other high-end mobile phones, plus special features that are pretty astonishing. The most obvious advantage of the system is its gaming capabilities. The screen, though smaller than that of a Gameboy Advance, is still large enough to allow a window into the gaming world; you don't feel as if you have to hold it right up to your eyes to see what's going on. The graphic clarity is awesome, and the game sound is excellent and adjustable. You can easily change games on the fly (my phone case even includes a special pocket in which to store games). Outside the gaming environment, the phone is a fully functioning PDA with Internet access, built-in wireless Bluetooth communications and more. With minor adjustments, it can display full-length movies and play MP3s. The device supports music tones as well as polyphonic tones, and the Internet interface is made better by the size of the screen. It's more intuitive than on phones with smaller screens. Unlike its predecessor, the QD's phone is also intuitive; you hold the flat end up against your ear. (On the previous version, the phone had to be held sideways.) If there is a problem with the phone, though, it is the phone itself. It's difficult to hear what people on the other end of the ether are saying. Actually, the phone works best as a speaker phone. In short, I recommend this phone to pretty much everyone. My wife bought a Motorola V400 the same day I got my QD; she already regrets it. ... Read more


87. Kyocera KX2 Koi Phone (Verizon Wireless)
by Verizon Wireless
list price: $399.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006PLLUM
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Verizon Wireless
Sales Rank: 2433
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The elegant, swiveling design of the Kyocera KX2 is enough to turn heads, but the potent technology inside is enough to turn you into a believer in the power of wireless technology. With a megapixel camera, video recording capabilities and support for Verizon Wireless' Mobile Web services, the KX2 is a top phone with some of the best features on the market.

Design
The elegantly simple KX2 features a unique swivel design that allows you to see the large, 260,000-color, 132 x 176 screen at all times. Simply swivel the keypad open to reveal a five-way selection button, number pad, and quick selection buttons. The megapixel camera (1280 x 960) and flash are housed on the rear of the phone behind a protective sliding cover, while an up/down toggle for quick menu navigation is located on the left side. A 2.5mm headset jack is provided for handsfree talking. An AC charging port is placed on the bottom of the phone.

Calling Features
The KX2's speakerphone makes it easy to converse without touching the handset-- a big plus for car users. Enhanced voice dialing supports voice-to-digit dialing and name recognition for speedy dialing of up to 40 contacts. The KX2s voice recognition software supports voice commands from any user, not just a pre-programmed user's voice, and many of the phone's features can be controlled by voice.

The KX2's 16 MB of internal memory can be used to hold up to 200 contacts for quick access to email addresses and phone numbers. The phone lets you easily assign up to 200 pictures to your most common callers. In addition to vibrating alerts, the phone supports polyphonic ringtones, a number of which come preloaded on the phone. More ringtones can be downloaded from Verizon's Mobile Web service. The KX2's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911. Perhaps most importantly for users in rural areas, the KX2 is a tri-mode phone, meaning it can operate on Verizon's digital network, as well as analog networks that serve many outlying areas.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The KX2 is a robust mobile messaging and Internet tool. The KX2's support for multimedia messaging means that text, photos, video and audio can be sent with ease (Verizon messaging charges apply). When used in combination with the phone's built-in camera, MMS opens up a whole new world of messaging fun. There's also a built-in web browser for Verizon Mobile Web downloads and mobile web browsing. 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. eZiText 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.

Verizon's Get It Now wireless download service is also fully compatible with the KX2. This pay-per-download service features application downloads, games and productivity tools. You can also personalize your handset with ringtone downloads and digital photo-sharing tools using the Get It Now service.

A number of handy software tools are bundled with the KX2 including a voice memo recorder with 60 seconds of voice memo capacity, a calculator with tip calculation, a calendar and an alarm clock.

Imaging and Entertainment
Perhaps the most compelling feature of the KX2 is its powerful megapixel still and video camera. In addition to a flash, the camera features a 5x digital zoom, a self-timer, multi-frame shooting capability and white balance functions. The video camera can capture clips as long as 15 seconds in MPEG-4 format. The phone's built-in 16 MB of memory lets you store up to 40 megapixel photos (1280 x 960).

The KX2 ships with a number of wallpapers and screensavers, plus a simple graphic editor that lets you make your own designs. More are available via the Get It Now service. The KX2 is BREW enabled, meaning it supports games written on the BREW platform. Additional games are also available via the Get It Now service.

Vital Statistics
The Kyocera KX2 weighs 4.02 ounces and measures 3.94 x 1.97 x .98 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.5 hours of digital talk time, and up to 100 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
Kyocera KX2 handset, power adapter, lithium-ion battery, holster, literature kit, quick reference guide, welcome CD-ROM. ... Read more

Features

  • Buit-in 1.2 megapixel camera with flash and digital zoom
  • MPEG-4 video record and playback
  • 16 MB memory stores up to 40 full resolution pictures
  • Large, 2-inch 262k color screen
  • Personal organizer

Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars cool design - lo battery life/many clicks
did my homework & this phone had very high reviews on cnet...disappointed by battery life and speaker SO sensitive that it seems poor quality.hard to pick up accessories - have to say it's a FUN phone and I haven't been anywhere yet where I can't get a signal.

3-0 out of 5 stars Cool Phone
I've had the KX2 for about 6 months now and I'll say that it's a cool phone that impresses everyone, including myself. However there are a few things making me consider a different phone. To begin, the swivel design is awesome. But when people ask me to use the phone, I assume they already know it swivels, and freak out when they try to open it like a filp phone, fearing they'll break it. Another thing is, since the screen is always exposed, I'm always afraid that I'll drop it and break it (I've already chipped the screen), but I'll admit that it hasn't shown any scratches. Third, the signal seems to be weak and this phone doesn't get the clearest sound where I live (suburbs). Fourth the battery life is pathetic. You're likely to see battery "bars" reduce after one call- I have to charge it every night. Also some annoying things are that the antenna is extremely long, and the speakerphone quality is pretty pathetic. "Superphonic" ringtones (real music) sound really crackly and bad, as well. Also, as a Kyocera phone, there are not as many accessories that work with it. For example, it isn't Bluetooth enabled like Motorolas, so no wireless headsets.

But after saying all of that, I admit, the cool features balance these out. Indeed, whenever I make a phonecall in public, people come up to me and ask to see it. If you like attention and cool features, this phone is for you. If you like a quality phone, maybe a Motorola or Samsung, which is what I'll probably do next.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great phone
I did a ton of research b4 buying this phone. Only had it a week so still getting familiar with it. But so far it's great was highly rated on cnet by both editors and users. all features are great. couldn't believe only 2 customer comments on amazon so decided to weigh in. people initially put off by the swivel and maybe the size but v light carries well in your pocket. Verizon store told me when it first came out they didn't sell any but now they can't keep in stock. People discovering it. Only prob is short battery life may be I have a faulty battery will check this out. Seems to be a common complaint with lots of phones.

5-0 out of 5 stars great new phone
I got this phone as soon as it came out in the Cellular South store.It swivels open--which makes it stand out against all those flip phones.It has a lot of battery life, great voice activated programs, and amazing graphics.Not to mention that it's a camera and a video recorder.(You can even take photos when the camera is swiveled shut!)Everyone loves my phone, and so do I!

4-0 out of 5 stars I love it
This phone is cool. The only downside to it is that when its open (it swivels open by the way) its kind of big. Otherwise its great. The camera takes very good pics and it has a flash. It also has a 15 second video recorder. The sound is great too. Its got a whole bunch of cool features. Everyone I know wants my phone now. ... Read more


88. Motorola i305 Phone (Nextel)
by Motorola
list price: $79.99
our price: $24.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00014SGBK
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 2463
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Amazon.com

Overview

Compatible with Nextel cell phone service, the ultra-durable Nextel i305 packs all the really necessary features of a modern cell phone into a weatherproof frame that's so hardy, it actually meets military standard durability specs. You'll also get speakerphone functionality, two-way radio capability, voice recording, voice activation, and more.

Durability

In our tests, the i305 proved an excellent, practical phone; a serious communication device for users in a rugged work environment, living in harsh weather climates, or just about anyone who needs a sturdy, no frills mobile phone. Hard rubber encasing and interior linings and seals protect the phone’s antenna, speaker, keys, battery door, and accessory connections against water intrusion from rain, sleet, and snow. Further, the Military Standard 810 F certification means that the i305 can also withstand blowing rain, humidity, salt fog, dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, low pressure, and solar radiation.

Testing durability

We powered up the i305 and gave it a few casual drops on to a cement floor. It showed no cosmetic damage, and continued to function normally. Next, we took the phone outside and chucked it about 100 feet onto a wet, sandy sidewalk. The phone bounced and skidded, and continued to function flawlessly. Used with a pair of medium-duty work gloves, the i305's tough keys proved perfect in their size and resistance to depression, and the dedicated volume and push-to-talk buttons were well-placed on the side of the phone.

The i305 also cleaned easily--after use with the muddy gloves, we simply ran it under an outdoor tap. Nextel has wisely provided enough space between the keys and phone body so that dirt rinses out instead of getting stuck in the cracks and jamming the buttons. The i305 also sports an appropriately straightforward and easy to read 6-line, green and black screen, which did not fog or show discernable wear under our damage tests or the water bath.

Testing calling features

Used simply as a phone, we found that the i305 provided clear reception, even when used in a closed-off basement with its extendible antenna retracted. We were also able to intuit our way through most of the menus without the manual, using the 4-way scroll key and two command keys for relatively easy navigation. The speakerphone function, important for the outdoor/industrial user, was plenty loud when set at top volume, and easily accessible with its own little button at the bottom of the set. 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, a two-way radio (walkie talkie) feature, customizable ring tones, a 600-entry phone book, keypad lock, voice mail, call forwarding, call hold, recent calls list, 3-way calling, and a small degree of display customization. The i305 can even be used as a modem.

Testing messaging and Internet

The i305's Mobile Internet connection was relatively fast. Some of the preset Web favorites included menus for Business Tools, Text Messages (read-only), e-mail, and the Web. The Web menu included links to news, weather, travel, finance, entertainment, and a few other handy sites (including MSN, AOL, and MBN Audio portals), all providing content that scrolled out nicely on the clear, uncluttered screen. While navigation was generally quite good on the i305, one very annoying exception was that there was no clear way to go back to the main menu from the Web site areas; we were forced to disconnect from the Web just to perform this function. To add to the confusion, (at least for the uninitiated) use of the Mobile Internet can be a bit obscure, and none of the included documentation covered this topic. That aside, other Web-related features include a variety of okay-sounding ring tones with the option to download others, and the always-handy GPS function (non-Java), which a!llows map downloading and emergency location determination.

Testing Organizer/Fun and Games

The phone's organizer capabilities are limited to time/date, memo, and voice recording capability with additional downloadable software. The usual phalanx of games and optional extras are essentially ignored. Users get Web access to a few minimalist, downloadable games, but again, accessing the games and information on them is not addressed in the included manual. However, in making a buying decision, we found this to be a non-issue. As if it wasn't obvious before, this phone provides function over form, and is not trying to replace your PDA or Gameboy. The one game we did try out was from the Nextel Arcade site; a primitive little game called Bubble Blast, which seemed like something out of a home computer circa 1984.

Conclusion and Vital Statistics

The Nextel i305 is large, weighing 6.63 oz. including the battery, and measuring 5.0 x 2.3 x 1.4 inches. Overall, we found it to be an excellent choice for just about anyone desiring a highly durable, practical cell phone. Unlike most of its contemporaries, it is not designed to appeal to users through its diminutive size, or complex graphic or organizational features. The phone comes with an OEM standard Lithium Ion battery (750 mAh) rated at about 215 minutes talk time and 90 hours standby time. Display language settings include English, Spanish, and French options. A high capacity battery door and a Black Rapid travel charger are also included. --- Erik Hammen ... Read more

Features

  • The i305 is designed to withstand exposure to rain, sleet, and snow. Rubber encasing, interior linings and seals protect the phone's antenna, speakerphone, keys, battery door, and accessory connections against water intrusion
  • Hands-free cellular conversations are always available with the built-in speakerphone
  • Assign unique ring tones to contacts for audible notification and caller identification during incoming calls
  • Discrete vibrating call notifications in quiet or noisy environments
  • Change a setting to read phone menus and options in English, Spanish, and French

89. HP iPAQ h6315 PDA Phone (T-Mobile)
by VoiceStream
list price: $599.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002X8U7A
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: VoiceStream
Sales Rank: 587
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The iPAQ h6315 Can Make Wireless Phone Calls Now you can get an extended battery, car adapter, three-pack of styluses, and 128MB SD card with your HP iPAQ h6315 Pocket PC with mobile phone and camera! This is the first and smallest handheld featuring integrated three-way wireless capabilities (GSM, GPRS, WLAN, and Bluetooth®). ... Read more

Features

  • Microsoft Windows Mobile™ 2003 software for Pocket PC, Phone Edition
  • 3.5" Transreflective color display, 240x320 pixels, 64k color support with touch screen
  • Integrated Bluetooth, Camera and WiFi
  • International phone: Quad-band (1900, 1800, 900, 850 MHz)
  • Snap on QWERTY keyboard

Reviews (37)

2-0 out of 5 stars HP Ipaq 6315 , PDA phone not all it should be
Having a phone and pda combined into one unit is a good idea but not one that actually translates into something that works for t-mobile.I'm don't know how this phone would preform on other networks but ont he t-mobile network it never worked properly.Unless you were in your house or driveway you won't get your calls.The calls will go directly to voicemail, and the phone will not ring becuase of low signal. Even after applying the free upgrade offered from HP through the t-mobile website the phone did not work properly.This ended up being a waste of $600 for me.

The compter part of the pda works great. Playing games, keeping my calendar and task list was about all I could do on this phone. Surfing the net was impossible unless you purchase the $40 plan from t-mobile.The phone has a wireless card in it but it never worked properly with my home network.Also the bluetooth never functioned properly for transferring data or using the buetooth handsfree.the infrared transfer worked fine.

The camera was another disappointment. It was supposed to be a 3megapixel camera but it did not take pictures like one.The shutter reaction is extremely slow and the pictures were very graining.There is a $9 flash attachment that you can purchase but I didn't want to spend anymore money on this item.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't order steak at a seafood restaurant
This product was not designed by engineers with Cell Phone experience.

HP is a big name in PDAs but they are not on the map in cell phones - this product demonstrates this.Don't order steak at a seafood restaurant.

I replaced my T-Mobile IPAQ 6315 with the Verizon XV6600 - After the grief I have had for 5 months with the IPAQ 6315 (actually 3 of them), the AudioVox XV6600 is a pleasure.I generally love HP products, but I guess they have no phone experience. I don't understand how the T-Mobile Engineers could have qualified the 6315 for use on their network.

The April 2005 software upgrade only slightly improved phone operation.


The HP IPAQ 6315:
1.Drops incoming calls
2.Drops outgoing calls on first try
3.Has poor audio for both parties on phone call
4.Cannot be programmed to automatically answer incoming calls while using a headset
5.The navigation pad works very poorly

4-0 out of 5 stars If you love computers, you will love this phone.
Being a techno geek, I love this device.The HP iPAQ h6315 is a Pocket PC with the convenience of a phone built in.It runs Windows Mobile 2003 as the operating system which allows for a huge assortment of both free and for pay software to be downloaded on to it.However it also acts like a computer in that it will periodically lock up.When this happens, a soft reset is easy to perform and you can be up and running in less than a minute again.

Things to do when buying the device:

1.Immediately upgrade the firmware to the latest.At this time many of the units in stock still have the original buggy firmware.If you are familiar at all with computers, upgrading the firmware is relatively easy.

2.Order yourself a 1GB Secure Digital memory card and a PC card reader.Put the card in the reader and give the SD card a volume name (this fixes a bug).Then put it in your iPAQ.

3.When installing applications, install them to either the iPAQ File Store or the SD Storage Card.Also create a My Documents folder on the SD Storage Card and put your documents in there.Set up Pocket Internet Explorer to cache files to the SD card.Set up Pocket Outlook to save email to the SD card.The goal is to save as much as you can to the SD card or the iPAQ File Store as possible.You want to save your precious RAM for running programs.

4.To protect your screen from scratches and to be able wipe off smudges, get yourself a good screen protector sheet.Several brands are available.Stay away from the cheap ones.You get what you pay for.

5.Read the h6315 forum at PDAphonehome.com for answers regarding this device.

Pros:
The coolness factor.It really is a small computer.As long as you have WiFi wireless access or phone service, you have connectivity to the internet.You really can view web sites with Pocket Internet Explorer.Also you can retrieve and respond to all your email.Server admininstrators would find the Terminal Services client handy.This unit also works as a great MP3 player.If you are a VB .NET or C# .NET programmer, it is a snap to write software for this device.Oh yeah, it is a quad band GSM phone as well, so it will work overseas.

Cons:
This device is a small computer, so if computers fustrate you, then this device is not for you.It is not as fast as the latest Pocket PCs.This was done to save battery life.The other Pocket PCs will run for 3 hours on a battery charge where as this unit will work for an entire day on a charge.

4-0 out of 5 stars An advanced phone for advanced users

This is a great device -- it has the potential to replace your existing phone, your PDA, and your iPod.Plus, if you use your laptop primarily for light web browsing and note-taking, this can do that too.

Pros:
- Full Bluetooth support.In addition to headsets, you can do ActiveSync with BT and your laptop can connect to the Internet via GPRS using the 6315 as a 'modem'.
- Wi-Fi support, so you can use high-speed Internet at home, at work, at Starbucks, etc.
- Very advanced networking ability with support for both "work" and "Internet" connectivity
- Multithreaded OS and huge universe of downloadable applications lets you do justice to your unlimited data plan (pull news headlines, weather, sports scores, and so on automatically in addition to your email)
- Great integration between the various features (camera and email, contacts and email/phone, etc.)
- Excellent GPRS and GSM reception (as good as that on my BB 7100t)
- Streaming audio and video support -- 128k audio streams work great over Wi-Fi, and 32k streams (e.g. voice streams from BBC World or NPR) work well on GPRS.You can also use video/audio off your SD card.The audio support through headphones is great and will replace my iPod.
- T-Mobile has quite reasonable pricing for unlimited data ($20/mo on top of the voice plan).

Cons:
- The first thing you have to do when you get this is install the latest firmware.Many of the dissatisfied users you'll find are still running the 1.0 firmware, which is unreliable.
- This is a Microsoft operating system and you will need to adjust yourself to the need for periodic reboots.
- The device is not blazingly fast; this was a design tradeoff for battery life.
- Expect to charge it every night.
- It takes a bit of effort to get the thing just the way you like it, and to use the advanced features properly (e.g. Bluetooth).If you are an easily frustrated or nontechnical person, either don't get this, or don't use these features.

Compare apples and oranges when you evaluate this.This is a PDA that happens to also be a phone.If you want a tiny phone with long battery life, you are in the wrong place.People who buy this and "wish they'd bought a RAZR V3" simply made a bad choice; that's not the fault of the device.

Against the Treo 650 and its antiquated PalmOS, the comparison is a slam dunk.
Against the other PocketPC devices, it's a matter of personal preference, and a comparison of the carrier pricing.

1-0 out of 5 stars HP iPAQ h6315 PDA
I don't like it.But I've got $600 into the thing.I don't like T-Mobile.It doesn't work in the Metro (subway)here in DC,(but I hear people using their cell phones on the Metro all the time), and it doesn't work in my office building, at least not from my location in the middle of the 5th floor in the Ronald Reagan Building.If I move to a window I can get it to work, but who wants that?The device is clunky, I hate making calls on it because your face and chin brush up against the screen while you're talking, and you never know what button you will have inadvertently pressed.I would MUCH rather have a regular ol' cell phone again. But the iPAQ strives to keep you entertained by freezing, locking up, or presenting a window with no way to close it. I wish I had done some more investigation before buying this thing. ... Read more


90. Motorola i836 Phone (Nextel)
by Motorola
list price: $249.99
our price: $124.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0009NEX6U
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 1084
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Amazon.com Product Description

Building on the success of the small, pocket-friendly Motorola i830, the new i836 sports a sleek new design and added features like multimedia messaging and group connect technology that make this a must-have upgrade. If you like style that is perfectly fused with functionality, give the i836 a serious look. Plus, with Nextel's legendary Direct Connect walkie-talkie technology, speakerphone capability and a vibrant color screen, the i836 is the right tool for getting the job done.

Design
With curved lines reminiscent of an Italian race car, this phone is certainly easy on the eyes. Like other Nextel phones, the i836 is built tough for construction and utilities industry users. In fact, it conforms to military standard 810F for blowing rain, humidity, and salt fog. That means it's designed to withstand exposure to rain, sleet, and snow. The case is built from a tough, durable plastic that resists scratches and scuffs better than the metal casing of the i830. The phone also features a large 130 x 130 TFT color display with 65,000 colors. Meanwhile, the outside cover features a supplementary monochrome display that can display time, call information, battery and signal strength, and more. The trademark Direct Connect and menu scrolling functions can be controlled from the side of the phone. An attached cover protects the unit's USB data, handsfree headset, and charging ports.The phone's control pad also features a five-way button that can control most of the phone's functions. The phone's software features one-touch shortcuts to phone features and easy, icon-driven menus.

Calling Features
The i836's built-in address book can store up to 600 contacts for quick and easy management of phone numbers and email addresses. The phone comes with built-in polyphonic ringtones plus a vibrating alert and you can assign unique ring tones to contacts for audible notification and caller identification during incoming calls. More polyphonic ringtones can be added via the Nextel Online service. Voice activated dialing makes calling your friends, family and associates as easy as saying their names. You can also speak numbers and control other phone features with the sound of your voice. Or, access the last 20 sent and received calls for quick call return or number storage via the recent calls list. A built-in speakerphone makes it easy to talk without having the phone to your ear, and there's even an "airplane mode" that allows you to turn off network connections while still using programs, games, voice record features, and the datebook. If you have an emergency, the i836's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911.

One of the key features of any Nextel phone is support for Nextel's Direct Connect walkie-talkie technology. The i836 fully supports the service, which allows for one-touch conversations with anyone else on a Nextel phone, or with entire groups of Direct Connect users via group connect technology. It's like a having a CB radio with enough range to cover all of North America. The i836 also features a walkie-talkie private speaker button, which switches from the external speaker to the earpiece for private conversations or to minimize disruptions in quiet environments.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The i836 features MMS-based support for mobile-to-mobile or mobile-to-email text, graphics and sound messaging. 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 i836, as well. Nextel's optional Nextel Online package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. Nextel Online also features games, ringtones, realtime news and sports updates, virtual address books, and more-- all delivered to your Nextel phone.

The i836 ships with a datebook that lets you book meetings, plan events, and set alarms that will automatically turn on the phone if needed. You can store a phone number or Direct Connect ID and initiate a call from a datebook entry. There's also a voice recording application that can record phone conversations if you need to replay directions or meeting times. A time and date clock are included, as well.

Entertainment and Software
For those who want the i836 to match their tastes, the phone allows you to customize the idle screen with your choice of hundreds of available images. You can also download new wallpapers directly to your phone via the Nextel Online service.

The i836 is packed with a number of Java applications. Pre-loaded applications include Calculator, as well as TeleNav 2.3, an application that provides audible driving directions and takes advantage of the i836's GPS capability. 1KTV multimedia for wireless news reports is also included (both TeleNav and 1KTV require subscriptions). Meanwhile, games that ship with the i836 include demo versions of Jamdat bowling and Tetris. You can also download more games to the phone's 2MB of internal memory via the Nextel Online service.

Vital Statistics
The Motorola i836 weighs 3.6 ounces and measures 3.4 x 1.9 x .80 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 120 minutes of digital talk time, and up to 80 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 i836 handset, slim lithium ion battery, slim battery door, leather pouch, rapid travel charger, 600 contacts and 25 groups SIM card, welcome guide, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Stylish, lightweight design – lightest walkie-talkie phone on the market
  • Vibrant color display with (65K)
  • Java and GPS-enabled for location-based services including turn-by-turn driving directions with Telenav
  • Group Connect walkie-talkie – connect with 20 people nationwide, instantly
  • Multimedia Messaging – send/receive messages with audio and image attachments

91. Sony Ericsson T637 Phone (Cingular)
by Sony Ericsson
list price: $249.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00028YSDK
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Sony Ericsson
Sales Rank: 1339
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Sony Ericsson T637 features a built-in digital camera, Bluetooth, multimedia messaging, polyphonic ringtones, and tons of ways for you to personalize its look and feel. Quality materials and a large and super-clear color display give this phone its sophisticated personality. It's the perfect complement to Cingular wireless service.

Design
The phone features a bright, clear 128 x 160 screen with 65,536 colors. It offers high contrast, saturated colors, and a fast response time that's optimal for displaying games and other moving content. The stylish candybar form factor of the phone will turn heads and get attention, while the quick camera buttons and easy-to-use center control toggle make it a snap to operate the T637. Charging and data connectivity are provided on the bottom of the phone, while an infrared transmitter for synchronizing contacts and data is housed on the top of the device. Meanwhile, the phone's CIF-resolution (352 x 288) camera is housed on the back panel.

Calling Features
When you're calling, you'll enjoy essential features like redial, vibrating alert, speed dialing, and side volume keys, as well as choice extras like sleep mode, menu shortcuts, keypad lock, SIM card lock, voice control, and status view. Create your own ringtones with the built-in MusicDJ using a library of pre-loaded instruments, rhythms, and melodies. Further, the phone's 32-voice polyphonic ringtones make your incoming calls sound like music to your ears. Use the ringtones that come with your phone or download new ones from Cingular's MEdia mobile Internet service. And because the T637 has Bluetooth built in, you can use a wide array of Bluetooth-compatible headsets for total wireless freedom.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The T637 has all the bases covered when it comes to messaging. Support is built in for sending and receiving text, graphics and sound via messages. Multimedia messaging (MMS) lets you compose your messages using images, sounds and text. Sony-Ericsson's QuickShare feature, meanwhile, lets you share content with other devices, other phones, even your computer--just drag and drop pictures from your PC to your phone. 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 T637, as well. It supports the GPRS protocol for speedy downloads and wireless Web access. Cingular's MEdia service lets you receive and send emails, read news headlines, get sports scores, download games and ringtones, and more.

The T637's Bluetooth capability lets you connect, wirelessly, to a laptop, a PDA, or another Bluetooth phone, and users of Apple computers can synchronize their calendars and contact information with the T637 using iSync, Apple's free synchronization software.

A number of handy tools come with the phone, including a memo pad, a calculator, business card exchange, a calendar, and a tasks list. There's also a full-featured clock, which includes a stopwatch, an alarm, and a handy timer.

Imaging and Entertainment
The camera T637's camera couldn't be easier to operate, with just one click to activate it and another to take a picture. Want to view your pictures on your computer screen? The T637 can automatically enlarge pictures to VGA size (480 x 640 pixels). Software included in the phone recalculates picture size without sacrificing quality.

Mobile gaming has never looked better than on the T637's high quality screen. Force and sound feedback guarantees full-throttle fun. The T637 comes with a variety of embedded games, including the legendary racing game V-Rally 2, and many more are available for download.

Vital Statistics
The Sony-Ericsson T637 weighs 3.26 ounces and measures 4.02 x 1.69 x 0.67 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 9 hours of digital talk time, and up to 300 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
T637 handset, SIM card, battery, charging cord, user's manual, and warranty information ... Read more

Features

  • The T637 features a high-resolution screen with 65,536 colors
  • With a built-in camera, you take pictures and store them on your computer or send them to friends all in a few simple steps
  • Supports the Java and Mophun platforms, making the widest range of mobile games and applications available for you to download
  • Update your calendar and transfer files to your computer using Bluetooth, infrared, or USB connections
  • Comes with standard battery and a SIM card

Reviews (41)

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good phone!
I purchased this phone after the screen on my Nokia 3200 cracked :(.This is a great phone and works really well with Cingular's GSM Network.I wish it had a speakerphone but the clarity between the jabra bluetooth headset I got and the phone is excellent.AIM on the phone is sloooow but I had the exact problem on my Nokia so I think it might be Cingular's network.Another thing is that I stored all my numbers on my SIM card but this phone cannot read them straight off the card.You first have to copy the numbers to the phonebook and that was a little tedious.However it only took about 10 minutes to copy 20+ numbers to the phone's memory.

The calendar and calculator are excellenty designed and are very easy to use.The alarm clock is also great in that you can schedule a recurring alarm for each day of the week.

The camera does take grainy pictures and requires just the right amount of light so things do not look washed out or like an ultrasound.

Cingular's phone service is excellent as well.I haven't had any dropped calls or calls that have gone straight to voicemail.Cingular's customer service, like some carriers, is almost hit and miss.Sometimes I call and get someone extremely knowledgable and helpful and then sometimes I will get someone who does not understand what I'm asking.While those situations have gotten better it does seem that a few reps could use more training about the data capabilities of Cingular phones.I was having trouble sending pictures when I first got the T637 and I was transferred to a Tier 1 tech then a Tier II tech.It turned out to be that my phone needed a download but it took over an hour for them to figure that out.

I am pleased with this phone, and Cingular, but I wish it had a speakerphone and that Cingular would improve the speed of the AIM service.Tmobile's AIM was always quick, when I had coverage that is.

5-0 out of 5 stars yixin li do you know how to use a cellphone?
this is just a quick response to lixin li who dissed the ericsson T637 for the big internet m-mode button that charges you when 'accidently' hitting it. well if you knew anything about the phone you would turn on the automatic keylock and not have this problem. well, what do you know? there...no more charges. thanks sony for a great phone. [i had to clear this up because its people that lixin li who diss a great phone they dont even know how to use]

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome phone
This is a great phone with excellent battery life.I can usually go four or five days without having to recharge the battery.That's just awesome.The ringer volume is loud and the screen is bright.You'll never have to pay for a ringtone or game again thanks to the excellent Bluetooth support.

Performance of Java games is sluggish - that's my only complaint.You may want to spend some time searching for Mophun games, as those are much more responsive and smooth.

A lot of the negative reviews here make reference to the 'online' button being too-easily-pushed.That may be true, but let me tell you something.This isn't a flip-phone.This is a 'candy-bar' style phone.Non-flip-phones usually have a mechanism that 'locks' the keypad when the phone isn't in use so that random buttons don't get pushed when they're in your pocket or purse or whatever.

If you're too stupid to turn this lock on when you're not using the phone (or to enable the auto-lock function) then you don't deserve to own a mobile phone, period.

2-0 out of 5 stars Didn't care for it.
I had this phone through Cingular, and I had alot of problems with it.
First of all, the small size and crammed arrangement of the buttons made it hard to type a phone number in. The keys are slippery, and thus my fingers were always "missing".

Second, the "online" button on the side is way too easy to push, and my phone was always connecting to the internet when I was least expecting it, and running up charges.

Third, Cingular doesn't make it easy to see if you're roaming or not on this particular phone, which accounted for $3,000 in spurious roaming charges being accrued over a course of 3 months. This, combined with Cingular's really bad customer service (they kept shutting my phone off, and the regional director finally had to personally intervene in my case) made for one BAD experience. Translated: DON'T buy this phone if you live near the Canadian border, cuz this phone won't tell you if you're roaming or not.

Better yet, steer clear of Cingular as well.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great phone...but not for everyone.
First of all, let me say this is a great phone. I will note a few important things:

1. It is a smaaal phone. The buttons are small. If you have a large hand or fingers, its going to be hard to grasp the phone properly. I have average hands and it was hard for me!

2. No Speakerphone...this is a huge downside.

3. There is an online button 'conveniently' accessable which can be mistakenly pressed and you'll never know you went online and you were being charged.

4. Camera sucks. It is a VERY BASIC one,... you have to be standing within 2 feet of the subject to get a recognizable picture.

Pros:
1. Crisp, Large display
2. Sleek looking
3. Lot of great personalization tools within the phone
4. Bluetooth
5. Better reception than most phones ... Read more


92. Sony Ericsson T637 Phone - Next Generation (AT&T)
by AT&T Wireless
list price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002HD6PM
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: AT&T Wireless
Sales Rank: 645
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Sony Ericsson T637 features a built-in digital camera, Bluetooth, multimedia messaging, polyphonic ringtones, and tons of ways for you to personalize its look and feel. Quality materials and a large and super-clear color display give this phone its sophisticated personality. It's the perfect complement to AT&T wireless service.

Design
The phone features a bright, clear 128 x 160 screen with 65,536 colors. It offers high contrast, saturated colors, and a fast response time that's optimal for displaying games and other moving content. The stylish candybar form factor of the phone will turn heads and get attention, while the quick camera buttons and easy-to-use center control toggle make it a snap to operate the T637. Charging and data connectivity are provided on the bottom of the phone, while an infrared transmitter for synchronizing contacts and data is housed on the top of the device. Meanwhile, the phone's CIF-resolution (352 x 288) camera is housed on the back panel.

Calling Features
When you're calling, you'll enjoy essential features like redial, vibrating alert, speed dialing, and side volume keys, as well as choice extras like sleep mode, menu shortcuts, keypad lock, SIM card lock, voice control, and status view. Create your own ringtones with the built-in MusicDJ using a library of pre-loaded instruments, rhythms, and melodies. Further, the phone's 32-voice polyphonic ringtones make your incoming calls sound like music to your ears. Use the ringtones that come with your phone or download new ones from AT&T's mMode mobile Internet service. And because the T637 has Bluetooth built in, you can use a wide array of Bluetooth-compatible headsets for total wireless freedom.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The T637 has all the bases covered when it comes to messaging. Support is built in for sending and receiving text, graphics and sound via messages. Multimedia messaging (MMS) lets you compose your messages using images, sounds and text. Sony-Ericsson's QuickShare feature, meanwhile, lets you share content with other devices, other phones, even your computer--just drag and drop pictures from your PC to your phone. Instant messaging is also supported and the phone ships with a built-in email client (AT&T 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 T637, as well. It supports the GPRS protocol for speedy downloads and wireless Web access. AT&T's mMode service lets you receive and send emails, read news headlines, get sports scores, download games and ringtones, and more.

The T637's Bluetooth capability lets you connect, wirelessly, to a laptop, a PDA, or another Bluetooth phone, and users of Apple computers can synchronize their calendars and contact information with the T637 using iSync, Apple's free synchronization software.

A number of handy tools come with the phone, including a memo pad, a calculator, business card exchange, a calendar, and a tasks list. There's also a full-featured clock, which includes a stopwatch, an alarm, and a handy timer.

Imaging and Entertainment
The camera T637's camera couldn't be easier to operate, with just one click to activate it and another to take a picture. Want to view your pictures on your computer screen? The T637 can automatically enlarge pictures to VGA size (480 x 640 pixels). Software included in the phone recalculates picture size without sacrificing quality.

Mobile gaming has never looked better than on the T637's high quality screen. Force and sound feedback guarantees full-throttle fun. The T637 comes with a variety of embedded games, including the legendary racing game V-Rally 2, and many more are available for download.

Vital Statistics
The Sony-Ericsson T637 weighs 3.26 ounces and measures 4.02 x 1.69 x 0.67 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 9 hours of digital talk time, and up to 300 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
T637 handset, SIM card, battery, charging cord, user's manual, and warranty information ... Read more

Features

  • Built-in CommuniCam digital camera
  • Bluetooth enabled; infrared support
  • PC Synchronization using SyncML over WAP
  • Instant Messaging client - Yahoo, AOL, and ICQ supported
  • Organizer includes alarm clock, calculator, calendar with up to 500 entries and more

Reviews (72)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good One.. surely not the Best one
The colour of the phone is absolutely great when compared to its prior model T610. The screen resolution is good, but the photos taken with the camera doesn't come well, ofcourse it solves the tiny purposes on the go. Bluetooth connectivity is great.. I have a good time making it synchronize with my laptop and also transfer the images across. Over all, its a great phone at a great deal (I got $200 back :))

2-0 out of 5 stars It only gets more annoying
I won't say there aren't any positives to the phone, but there are some annoying features of the phone that get more annoying.

Slow and clunky interface
The joystick doesn't help -- it never seems to understand down vs. center push when you want it to.Don't expect to have some flexible ways to call or view contacts.

Speaker Location
I've needed to put the phone just at the right spot on my ear, otherwise I can't hear the sound (which is pretty good when you can hear it)

Random Feedback
If you have your stereo system on, you'll get some feedback and think you'll have an incoming call.But no, your phone's causing feedback for no reason at all.Don't leave this phone near your monitor.

3-0 out of 5 stars Average
I purchased this phone when moving to Cingular.The Nokia I wanted was on backorder so I figured I would give another vendor a shot.I had the phone for a week, and it was OK, but it just didn't cut it for me.I wasn't fully satisfied, so I sent it back for the purchase of a Nokia 6230.If I hadn't been previously exposed to the world of Nokia, I might have stuck with the phone.But, I knew what I was missing (features, interface, usability, etc.) and had to turn back.

Notable Pros:

  • seamless Bluetooth integration with Mac OS X iSync (Address Book, iCal)
  • voice dialing (I did not try this feature)
  • nice color screen
  • T9 text input (I personally prefer Multi-Tap, but some may prefer this feature)


Notable Cons:
  • the software on the phone lagged!I would press a button and it would take a second or two to react.This is probably the biggest reason I returned the phone.
  • the interface is clunky, and seems to require several extra steps to get to the items you want (e.g. text messaging, phone numbers)
  • battery life seemed short.I'm not really a big talker, so a battery usually lasts me a week.It was lasting me about 3-4 days.I'm guessing this was due to the color screen.


Features It Should Have But Doesn't:
  • speaker phone
  • additional phonebook information (street address, notes, etc.)


Again, it's not a horrible phone (I like it muck better than the Motorola V180 I have assigned to me at work), it's just not my preference.

2-0 out of 5 stars Alright
This phone is a alright phone.I wouldent have picked it if i saw it upclose.This phone is for a person that just wants a phone to call people.2 stars.

4-0 out of 5 stars please just review the phone!
I wish all you punk dill weed kids would just review the phone instead of talking about the service provider.Christ....there are some people that want an objective opinion about the phone itself. How does it make and receive calls?. Does it hold on to a signal well?. what do you like most about the phone?. Stop talking about the games,or about the service. Reading most of your crap is like reading something a 9 year old would write. ... Read more


93. PCS Phone LG PM-325 (Sprint)
by LGIC
list price: $249.99
our price: $219.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006JLKUY
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: LGIC
Sales Rank: 723
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

WIth an innovative sliding design, Bluetooth and a VGA camera, the boldly designed PM-325 from LG makes a powerful statement while keeping you up to date with the latest wireless technologies. It's a great companion for Sprint PCS users who want the power of PCS Vision functionality.

Design
The phone's unique sliding keypad reveals a bright, 65,000-color, 128 x 160 screen. When not in use, the screen collapses to a smaller size and displays only vital data, such as time, incoming calls, signal strength and battery life. 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 button to engage the camera for quick shots, as well as up/down volume and selection buttons, are placed on the left side of the unit. The phone's 2.5mm headset jack is placed on the top right side of the unit, while the VGA camera and self-portrait mirror are placed on the back. Charging and USB data connectivity (via a USB adapter) are provided on the bottom of the unit. The PM-325 features an internal antenna-- nothing to snag or break off.

Calling Features
The PM-325's built-in address book can store up to 200 contacts with five phone numbers each. The address book also stores email and web addresses of contacts. Record your own ring tone, or choose from one of 24 multi-chord melodic ring tones and six traditional ring tones. There's also a vibrating alert for when you want to be discreet. Voice activated dialing makes calling your friends, family and associates as easy as saying their names. You can also speak up to 30 numbers with the sound of your voice. Know who's calling you by linking downloaded images and photos to specific contacts in your internal phone book. The PM-325's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911 (where available). Perhaps most importantly for users in rural areas, the PM-325 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.

Because the PM-325 is Bluetooth-enabled, you can use a variety of headsets and handsfree kits for total wireless freedom when you're on the go.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The PM-325 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-325 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-325 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 PM-325 ships with a calendar and scheduler, a voice memo application with up to 3 minutes of record time, and a notepad. An alarm clock, calculator and world clock are also included, as is the very handy restaurant tip calculator. Never dine without it!

Imaging and Entertainment
The fun starts with the PM-325's built-in VGA camera. Capture pictures with up to 8x digital zoom and choose from a variety of customizable options, such as different color tones, brightness levels, and white balance settings. You can even customize your own camera shutter sounds. The PM-325 lets you choose between normal and large font sizes for easier reading, and there are four different theme skins and a variety of built-in screensaver selections and clock display options. With PCS Vision service, you can download games like Tetris and Pac-Man, as well as additional ringers, screensavers and backgrounds.

Vital Statistics
The LG PM-325 weighs 3.32 ounces and measures 3.92 x 1.82 x 0.9 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.2 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
PM-325 handset, AC battery charger, lithium-ion battery, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Bluetooth® enabled camera phone with sliding keypad
  • Vibrant 65,536-color LCD screen
  • Integrated CMOS Digital Camera
  • Side Button Triggers Voice-Activated Dialing and Memo Recording
  • Unobtrusive Internal Antenna

Reviews (13)

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad Bluetooth = Bad Phone
I give a one star, not because of the phone's overall quality

Overall, its built solidly, and the voice quailty seeems fine

however, you're paying for a 'Bluetooth' phone that really has not much bluetooth at all

bluetooth headsets work here ----- but the best part of bluetooth is being able to sync up with your home computer and download your contacts and calendars into it ---- something that has been disabled on this phone

Hopefully, Sprint will correct this feature on later Bluetooh phones

5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome
This is by far an awsome phone. All of the features are really accesible and easy to use. The camera and sliding keypad are a plus. I would reccomend getting it from sprint though because it is cheaper.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bluetooth/Battery support is so-so, but otherwise nice phone
The battery in this phone is tiny, so with regular use I charge it atleast every other day.

It does not function perfectly with my Motorola HS850 Bluetooth Headset, meaning I cannot use the voice-dial/redial features built into the headset as expected.

Otherwise, this phone does SMS messaging (so no more logging onto the web for text-messages), has a clean interface, and the sliding keypad allows for convenient text-viewing and call-answering/ending.

Its footprint is small, also, so it fits comfortable in the pocket or small purse.

Also, the antenna is built in, and the phone still maintains great reception.

The only beef is that the slide-out keypad is somewhat flimsy-feeling, since it is plastic, but it maintains well.

Overall, this phone serves its purpose very well, despite lacking a longer batterylife and better Bluetooth v1.2 support.

3-0 out of 5 stars Save your dough
The main reason I bought this phone in the first place was b/c it was way cooler looking, smaller and had more features than my Sanyo-4900. Even though it has more features, it is still not worth the money. I still have the sanyo, and I'm considering switching back to it, or buying the newer version, the RL-4920. The screen constantly looks dirty from collecting grime, the keypad easily slides closed,resulting in an ended call, the keys are to flush with the phone and are hard to press w/o accidently hitting another one. The phone shuts off time to time when in a data transfer, (internet, messaging, picture upload/sending) and sometimes during a call. I'm the kind that likes to have a strap on the phone so I can easily pull it out of my pocket, or loop in around my wrist to keep from dropping it when talking or carrying the phone, but this phone doesn't even have a hole to put a strap on it. So thank god I haven't dropped it yet. I've tested out the bluetooth with my computer, the only thing I can really do with it and my comp. is take calls through my computer, much like speaker phone, but on the computer.
Overall, the phone has good reception, seems to keep up with my roomates Sanyo-7300, but for the price (around 250) you'd be better off savying an extra hundred bucks and buy a Sanyo.

3-0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointed
I absolutely love this phone! But I am disappointed by what has happened, after today I will have had 3 in less than 3 months. I keep having a problem with the phone "shutting down" in the middle of a call (I would love to know if anyone else has expierenced this too), also the callerID quit working 3 days ago. The size, features, and ease of use make this a good phone, but with the problems I've been forced to consider another. ... Read more


94. Motorola MPx220 Smartphone (Cingular)
by Motorola
list price: $399.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006I2HN4
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 1308
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The successor to the venerable MPx200, this quad-band GSM wonder packs lots of Smartphone power into a small package that can provide all your mobile office needs. Loaded with Microsoft Smartphone software, the handset features mobile versions of all the essential Microsoft applications you depend on, including Pocket Outlook, Pocket Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, and MSN messenger. What's more, the unit's software is designed to sync seamlessly with email, contacts and calendar information on your PC.

Design

Click the image to get a closer look at the MPx220's features.
The MPx220's sleek clamshell form factor is more sleek and svelte than it's predecessor's, while retaining the internal antenna design. The 2.0-inch, 176 x 220, 65-color TFT screen dominates the inside of the cover. A smaller, full-color LCD screen, which displays pictures, incoming calls, current time, battery life, signal strength and other information is located on the outside of the cover. The megapixel camera and flash, as well as the speakerphone unit, are also housed on the outside of the cover. A five-way selection button above the number pad allows you to navigate and control the Windows Mobile interface. There are also up/down menu selection buttons on the left side of the device for easy access to basic controls. In addition to a headset jack, a miniSD memory expansion card slot is housed in the unit. The power key and infrared port are housed on the left side of the unit, while a universal charger/USB data port is present on the bottom.

Calling Features
The MPx220 has all the latest calling features folks have come to expect. The built-in speakerphone makes it easy to talk without having the phone to your ear. Vibrate modes and custom WAV and MP3 ringtones can also be set to your preferences so you know who is calling without having to look at the LCD. The included Pocket Outlook software features a contacts list that is cleverly integrated with the phone's dialing functions. Enhanced voice dialing supports voice-to-digit dialing and name recognition for speedy dialing of contacts. The MPx220's voice recognition software supports voice commands from any user, not just a pre-programmed user's voice. Because the MPx220 is Bluetooth enabled, wireless headsets can be configured with the phone for total handsfree operation.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
Designed as a complete solution for people who want to bring their office with them, the unit comes packed with pocket versions of Outlook, Internet Explorer and MSN Messenger. In addition to keeping track of contacts, Pocket Outlook features integrated calendar and email functions. Email support is provided for IMAP and POP3 accounts, as well as corporate accounts. Microsoft's ActiveSync software keeps the device synced with all of your PC's Outlook information (via USB, Bluetooth or infrared connection). Users who want Internet connectivity on the road with their laptop or PDA can select a Cingular data package and tap the MPx220's wireless modem capabilities. The unit supports VPN and proxy Internet connections.

You can use the MPx220's built in Internet Explorer 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 video, 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 MPx220 including a voice memo recorder, a calculator, a to-do list, and an alarm clock.

Imaging and Entertainment
The MPx220's powerful megapixel still camera also features video with audio capture capability. In addition to a flash, the camera features a self-timer, multi-frame shooting capability, white balance and color control, as well as a time stamp option. The video camera's capture capability is only limited by the amount of available memory in the unit. The inclusion of Windows Media on the MPx220 means that you can use the handset as an MP3 and a video player, as well. Once again, the amount of music and video you can store is only limited by the unit's memory. For gamers, the phone supports Java-based and Windows Mobile game downloads.

Vital Statistics
The Motorola MPx220 weighs 3.88 ounces and measures 3.93 x 1.89 x .96 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5.0 hours of digital talk time, and up to 200 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 MPx220 handset, lithium-ion battery, power supply, USB data cable, companion CD, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Compatibility with Windows Mobile applications (Pocket Outlook/Pocket Internet Explorer)
  • 64MB Flash ROM and mini-SD removable memory for extra storage
  • Link your phone to your PC with ActiveSync or Bluetooth
  • Fully synchronize your email, calendar, contacts and tasks
  • Built-in 1.2 megapixel camera with flash

Reviews (56)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good phone
There are many conflicting reviews of this phone on the 'net. I was a bit skeptical at first and was leaning towards the SMT5600, but finally decided to try my luck and plunged into the Motorola MPX220 waters.

I've had this phone for 2 weeks. Bought it online, unlocked, OEM version (mobilecityonline). The manual is barely usefull, but I did not need it anyway. The windows mobile 2003 is intuitive enough to allow me to navigate the menus and configure it as I wanted.

My service is provided by T-Mobile USA. The phone reception is very good, the volume is good, not very loud, but loud enough. All features work as advertised. I currently use a bluetooth headset, a bluetooth GPS, and transfer files between the phone and my PC using a bluetooth USB adapter.

Data services also work -providing you pay for the service- very well. I have configured it to connect and syncrhonize with Exchange server every 5 minutes, so I'm up to date with my emails, calendar and contacts. MSN IM also works fine and Pocket Internet explorer also works well. Not all sites display correctly in the tiny screen. If you want to navigate the entire internet, I recommend getting Opera for smartphones.

The camera is not up the level of my expetations. It works acceptably well in sunny days in exteriors, but do not even try to use it in interiors or at night. The quality of the V300's camera is much better.

Battery life I've found to be very good. It last about 2 days, but if you consider that the phone establishes a GPRS connection every 5 minutes, in addition to my IM sessions, voice calls, file transfer, powering the mini-SD card, playing videos, etc, the battery is actually pretty good. Since this is a new toy, I'm constantly showing it off and playing with it. I exect it to last longer once I start using it normally.

I have found it compatible with every device I've used. From an iPAQ 4155 (both bluetooth and Infrared), to GPS devices, to other phones (like Sony Ericson models). Activesync also works fine and very fast.

This is my first clamshell so I'm getting used to it. The form factor is sleek, looks very professional.

I have found the voice recognition (not voicetags) is very efficient. it requires quite a number of interactions with the phone but even with my accent, the accuracy is amazing, even with the road noise as a background.

My headset device is a Bluetooth Motorola HS850. Before I was using a BodyGlove bluetooth earpiece. Both work well but the Motorola has a clearer sound.

The phone came originally with firmware 1.32 in chinese. That made me freak out at first when I got it out of the box, but slowly I found the Control Panel, then the regional settings and changed the language to English. I discovered the settings by looking at the icons. I currently have firmware 1.43 which is english only (and spanish), not chinese.

I am very satisfied with the MPX220. I have no complains so far, everything works as I expect. GPRS data connection is very dependable. The bluetooth headset is a blessing. the screen is very bright, although in very sunny and bright days it may be difficult to see, but in my experience, that happens to every phone I've had (mostly Nokias)

I have installed several applications: Opera browser, Agile messenger (Yahoo, AOL, ICQ), Sprite backup, Connected bits weather report, and Pocket TV MPEG player. All work very well. The phone hasn't hung or restarted itself ever

I do not like the fact that Motorola used its aold full connector, instead of a simple USB cable. I also would've preferred the phone used a standard SD card, and not the mini SD it uses, that had me buy yet another card for the phone. I currently have a 256 MB mini-SD where I store all the programs and documents, so I reserve the phone memory to run programs.

The clamshell design feels solid when fully open, but when closed, the door feels a bit more shaky, but again, this is my first clamshell, so I'm not sure if all are the same. My wife's Samsung feels more secure though.

The phone is also a quad-band world-phone (850/1900, 900/1800) so it works everywhere (Europe, Asia, America). It is in my opinion, targeted to professionals who travel and need to keep connected all the time.

Final words: this is not a phone you need, this is a phone you want. If you have to have the lastest gadget, you like computers, and you are going to use all the features, and more important, if you can afford it, then go ahead. If you just want to ge a phone to make phone calls and take a picture, there are other cheaper models, easier to use available out there. Remember this phone is actually a computer that makes phone calls, it runs Windows (windows Mobile 2003 second edition) so you need to be familiar with computers, file managers, etc to work with it.

Many people complain about the phone and I realized that in many cases, they just don't know how to use the phone. If you are familiar with computers in general, and windows in particular, then the user interface is very intuitive, if you don't like computers, you are going to hate this phone. The documentation that comes with the phone is not going to help you at all, and you are going to be frustrated.

Hope this helps you make an informed decision when evaluating this phone.

4-0 out of 5 stars Luck of the Draw
Since there is so much discussion pro and con about this phone with little in between I feel I should share my story. My experience has been a bit differentand VERY frustrating to say the least.I spent about a month choosing this phone...shopping the Cingular Store, Best Buy and various Internet sites, reading the reviews and making several calls to ATT and Cingular Customer Service. I learned that if I wanted the best price there was NO way I could keep my number..the only way to keep my number was to go to another carrier or buy direct from Cingular. I am a long time ATT customer and technically was moving to Cingular and definitely choosing a more expensive plan...but that meant nothing. This is a Cingular thing..has nothing to do with Amazon or any other seller. I DID shop the other carriers and decided I wanted to stay with the new Cingular which then limited me to Cingular phones..I wanted Blue Tooth which left me with a choice of 3 phones at the time I was shopping...PDA's excluded.I did not like the feel of the RAZR and did not like the looks of the 551, nor the features, or I should say lack of features...this left the MPX220 which I loved the look and feel of, the big screen and the full internet capability, although I may never even use that????? I learned that I was probably not going to be able to access my mail which is on a cable network with most of the other phones out there...I would need a real internet connection. This may or may not be true, but was what I was told. I also learned to not believe everything I was told by even the most knowledgeable sounding sales people. .

I finally decided to buy from Amazon because of their phenomenal rebate offer and their good prior track record with me. I chose Super Saver Shipping...after all I had upon occasion gotten overnight service from their service center located only a few hours away andthe items I was ordering were in stock and available for overnight shipping if desired!!!!!!...I was dismayed to find the projected shipping date was 2 weeks out...and of course when I went to change the shipping to overnight it was already "being prepared for shipment" although the day was a week away!!!! Then I was informed my phone had been activated and shipped....from clear across the country it was a week in transit and all the while I was paying for phone service which I could not use!!!!! It finally arrived...and there was NO SIM card enclosed!!!!! Talk about frustration!!!!! As you may know getting a phone # for Amazon can be a challenge and I wasn't sure who I needed to call...I had never had a phone with a SIM card and wasn't even sure what to be looking for or if it should come with one???...this was on Thursday...and when I finally got a living person the Cell phone dept was closed...I was toldsomeone would contact me the next day...next I got an e-mail asking me to double check....which I immediately responded to and never heard back from anyone...so I called ...this being Friday afternoon...I was told one would be shipped overnight...of course this meant it would not arrive until Monday!!!! And I was stillpaying for a service I couldn't use...the lady I talked to said I could go buy a card and Amazon would reimburse me and to refuse the shipment of the one they were sending... which is what I did....

So on to the phone...Everyone was right.... the documentation is incredibly lousy and incomplete ...the sound is barely audible...and I could hardly hear it ring... I was also frustrated at the menu process required to get to the vibrate option and dialing #1 for voice mail did not work. I also found myself having to re-charge the battery WAY too soon. I spent the next week getting acquainted with the phone...learned along the way what "my" voice mail phone # was...this was done through Cingular customer service...the first person I talked to gave me the # but since I was calling from the phone she was not able to help me get it set up to work with the #1 key...I called back later that day and a very nice man walked me through the process (a few steps in the setup menu)dialing #1 now works flawlessly. About a week after I started with this phone it inexplicably died!!!! Fully charged battery and all...Amazon sent a replacement overnight...and OH MY!!!! What a difference!!!...even some of the screens were different...and the volume was fine and I could hear it ring...! I had beentruly struggling with what I was going to replace it with when it died and got replaced...I was so happy with the new version I never again considered exchanging it.

The documentation is still lousy...it took a visit to the Cingular store to discover the "quick" way to set the phone to vibrate...withouttraveling through myriad's of menus. If that information is in the manual I have yet to see it and I have read it pretty thoroughly...and I still have many questions on other functions.

My biggest complaint is the tiny indistinct icons that indicate you have a message waiting and all the other things that are going on with the phone at any time....I was stunned to have people tell me they hadleft a message...I had not seen any indication of this...after all it plainly says in words if you have text messages... so why wouldn't the voice mail messages be as obvious???....I finally found that a tiny icon (don't know what it is even supposed to represent?) over the LARGE blue envelope means there is voice mail...who knew??? And I don't understand the row of large colored icons that don't seem to indicate anything other than features you have or have recently used...pretty but non functional as near as I can see. Most of the home screen contains things I do not use, but there is no way to remove the ones I don't use or add the ones I would like...or if there is I haven't found it.

All things consideredI am loving this phone now and especially the Blue Tooth...what fun...I no longer have to carry or wear my phone...it can stay safely in my purse or pocket...I can wander away from it and not miss a call...it is the greatest... the manual plainly states Voice Dial will not work with the Bluetooth, Lord knows why not???? What I have found is it disconnects the head set while you are giving the commands and since you need to be watching the screen or simply listening to the phone with your other ear at this point anyway I see no huge issue...and as soon as the number is ringing it reconnects the headset...Works for me!

For the people who have had the phone shut down for no reason I have not experienced this at all. My Cingular network coverage seems to be the same as it was with ATT but I understand this may not be the case in other areas.

I hope this helps clarify some of the issues I have seen addressed over and over... My final thought is ..It is the Luck of the Draw! You may get one with no problems ...or not.

Oh, and I can only say good things about all the people in theAmazon Cell Phone Dept who helped me along the way...they did everything they could to make things right. My compliments to them.


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5-0 out of 5 stars Superb phone
I have been using this phone for past 8 months now and the phone is great. There has been lot of complaints of volume outdoors but I find my phone good even outdoors ... I have amplified the ringtones ...The features are great.

1-0 out of 5 stars Please do not buy even for a 'cent'
I have had this phone for 4 months bought through amazon. I have never written reviews before but decided do one for this, because of the poor design.
1. Volume is really bad outdoors, hard to hear inspite of having high volume.
2. Battery recharger adaptor connection to the phone sucks big time. It became bad very soon and I already replaced as the pins in the phone for charging became bad. Once again I am having issues with the new phone. It is really a poor design like feathertouch controls. Remember I don't handle my phones rough. You can't see a scratch.

anyway, please opt for other ones if you can.

drb

1-0 out of 5 stars MPX220 disappointing: bluetooth is NOT bluetooth
I have learned the hard way that bluetooth is not universally compatible. My experiences: the MPX220 is not compatible with my 2005 bluetooth capable car which uses an integrated Motorola bluetooth compatibility module. (The car maker has found other Motorola bluetooth phones, like the Razr, compatible). Neither is this phone fully compatible with my Palm Tungston T5 bluetooth device as the Palm can't dial or access the web browser per its capability, but can exchange a file. Finally, using the Motorola 850 bluetooth headset, one cannot use the voicedial features as the phone only allows this on a WIRED headset. So don't expect full bluetooth functionality as advertised. Further, the speakerphone feature is virtually useless as it is both too soft and distorted to be useful in other than a pindrop quiet setting. The battery life is very short for a GSM phone. The backlight feature does not have a short enough time for turning off to conserve the battery. If you like to autolock you phone on turnoff this one is not for you. The autolock function only works on a time basis and the longest period is one hour. If I had learned about the lack of compatibility in my 30 day window I would have gotten rid of this poor device. I spoke to both Motorola and Cingular about the shortcomings of the phone once I found it did not meet my expectations for compatibility and neither was helpful regarding exchanging the phone for a model which would perform as advertised. ... Read more


95. LG C1300 Phone (Cingular)
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list price: $199.99
our price: $49.99
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Asin: B0002DFW2Q
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: LG
Sales Rank: 614
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Overview

Compatible with Cingular cell phone service, the lightweight LG C1300 features a built-in mobile Internet minibrowser, Java compatibility, MMS, and plenty of other phone and organizer features, all displayed on a high-resolution 128 x 128 pixel, 65k color screen.

Calling Features

Used simply as a phone, the C1300's primary calling features include vibrating alert, voice dialing, group ringer ID, picture ID, 40-chord polyphonic ring tones, and more. LG also supports TTY/TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf).

Messaging and Internet

The phone's WAP microbrowser technology provides Internet access and high-speed data transmission, as well as text, picture, and instant messaging; e-mail; and T9 predictive text input and text templates. Since the C1300 is Java-compatible, you can also download Java-based applications and games to expand the phone's functionality.

Organizer and more

The phone's organizer features include voice memo, a phone book with up to 255 contacts; calendar, a calculator with unit converter, and an alarm clock that can function while the phone is off.

Vital Statistics

This phone weighs 2.84 ounces and measures 3.19 x 1.69 x 0.82 inches. Its Lithium Ion batteries are rated at up to 3.4 hours digital talk time, and up to 240 hours digital standby time. ... Read more

Features

  • 65k color display, a 40-tone polyphonic speaker and sophisticated styling in a small clamshell form-factor.
  • Mobile Instant Messaging using AOL® Instant Messenger
  • Downloadable Polyphonic/Super Tone/Full-Audio Ringtones, Graphics & Games
  • Calendar with monthly/daily views, calculator, alarm clock and note pad
  • Includes phone, charger and user documentation

Reviews (32)

1-0 out of 5 stars Beware of this phone ...bad antenna on most
Keys not designed for adult human use... volume buttons on side where a person usually holds the phone will set off rings/noises usually at an awkward time.

LG also knows there is a problem with the antenna on most of these phones. They started replacing the stock antenna with a better("red") antenna, but they didn't get to a lot of them, especially the "free" ones they give you at Cingular.

You have to call "Warranty Service" to get the new "red" antenna to get service without mega cutoffs.--If you live in an apartment; DON'T EVEN CONSIDER THIS PHONE! -- And good luck on a speedy finding of where the earphone/mike handless plug is..

1-0 out of 5 stars Realy, realy bad phone
Do not get this phone. I got it for free and it was cool at first but after a few days I got *dissapointed*. Sometimes when I dialed a number and hit the talk button, I put the phone to my ear and waited. Then I looked at the screen and the *useless* thing had gone to the main menu. Also the volume is *really* bad. You have to push the speaker into your ear really hard to hear somone on the other end.

WARNING: DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE!

1-0 out of 5 stars This phone SUCKS!! Dropped calls left and right
My wife got this phone to replace her Samsung X427m that was stolen.I suggested she stick with the Samsung but she wanted something different.She got this phone off of Ebay for $50.

Even at $50 this phone is not worth the money.The phone's problem is that the reception absolutely sucks!I am lucky to get 2 bars in my own house using this phone!!Whenever she calls me on my cell or landline phone, the call drops after 5 minutes or so.Its not my cell phone because my SE T637 always has at least 4 bars where ever I go.As a matter of fact, I was just on the phone with her and the call dropped for the 3rd time in 10 minutes.I have been trying to call her back, but the call won't go through.

This phone reminds me of the nightmares of MetroPCS' pitiful coverage.But the problem here is not Cingular service, its the phone!I can't believe Cingular would allow their name to be branded on this piece of garbage.

LG sucks!I will never purchase another LG phone again.

I will be getting my wife the Samsung X427m which we had no problems with and NO dropped calls!

the only good thing about this phone is the bright screen, but what good is that if the phone doesnt work worth a crap to begin with??

NOT RECOMMENDED AT ALL!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Cingular is the problem
This phone is not worth the money they charge for it. The voice message never worked right. The volume buttons were on the side of the phone so I was always turning it down to where I couldn't here it on accident. But the worst part is having a contract with cingular. I had a problem with the voicemail so I called their service number and waited 30 min just to speak to someone and they didn't even fix the problem. And they were charging me minutes to talk to them. My husband is military and we moved to Germany, so we canceled the service before our contract was up. Now Cingular wants the phones, manuals, chargers and box back or they will charge us $250 each phone which is outragous. I of course don't have the box or manual. This phone and cingular are not worth the trouble and expense.

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible Reception
This phone is the worst and most expensive phone I have ever own (I got it before it was free).It has horrible reception and it drops calls left and right especially in areas of higher density.The clarity of almost all my calls is incredibly bad.It scrathes very easily.Vibrate only works on the loudest ring or no ring (nothing's wrong with it, that's just the phone is) and the ring tones are very hard to hear unless you pick one of the loud annoying ones.It doesn't tell me when I have voicemail messages.Voicemail doesn't work half the time.There's no voice recorder or loud speaker.You can't see the screen in the sunlight.Speed dial is a pain because you can't press the number then call, you HAVE to one the key down, which doesn't sound like much, but if you've had a phone that worked differently, it's annoying.There's no snooze on the alarm.The sim card takes forever to load when you turn on the phone.The battery life is so short if you talk a lot (Four hours talk time).I'm a college student and my phone is my main source of calls and I have to charge this phone almost every day and I have to take the phone charger with me even if I'm gone just for the weekend.I'm very unhappy with this phone.I wouldn't even get an LG again. ... Read more


96. Nokia 8265 Phone (AT&T)
by Nokia
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00008VEH7
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Nokia
Sales Rank: 1147
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • E-mail, text and picture messages
  • User-changeable front and back color covers and keypads
  • Send up to 9 picture messages to any compatible Nokia wireless phone
  • Internal antenna, internal vibrating alert
  • Includes, hands free headset, travel charger, and user manual

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars sturdiest phone i ever owned
dropped it about 200 times over 2 years, last major drop chipped the replaceable front cover. great battery life. i also dropped it getting out of the car into a puddle where it was completely submerged for about 2 hours, where it recieved calls and vibrated, and was still on when i found it. still had no problems after i dried it out thoroughly. this thing is a tank. get it for your kids. beats the hell out of the new blackberry 7290 work gave me. don't get a 7290, so many problems i want to throw it quite vigorously towards the RIM president's face for releasing it too early.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you're sticking with TDMA for now, give this phone a look
I upgraded to this phone from the Nokia 8260.I've been very happy with its convenience and performance.It's had hard use from me; I've dropped it at least a dozen times and it's been banged around in my carry-on through many flights.It has good reception--noticably better than the 8260, and I like Nokia's intuitive operating system.People complained a lot about the offset keys when this phone first came out, and sure enough, I found it took getting used to.However, once I grew accustomed to the key layout, I found it easier to use without looking--mainly, while driving--than more "standard" keyboards.All in all, this is a light, compact, durable phone, and well worth consideration if you're sticking with TDMA for now.(I've decided to switch to GSM because it's lately giving better reception in the area I often travel to.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Little Phone
This phone is great for people who want their phone to be... well a phone.I got the best range coverage and I never got cut off in the middle of a call.Even with all of my traveling I never had a problem.The battery life is terrific.I could go days before I had to recharge the battery even whan I used it for calls.The internal antenna was a great feature.No more broken antennas from an accidental drop.The phone proved very durable.

This was the best phone I've had.I wish I didn't haveto switch to the GPRS system, it's not nearly as efficient yet.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best non-GSM phone in a GSM/GPRS world
This is my third Nokia phone with AT&T wireless in 5 years.Previously I had the 6162 and the 8260.I've had this one for nine months now and here are the highpoints.

1.Awesome battery life - a color screen would be nice but the battery life is more important to me.Also shows up better in the sun than a color screen would.
2.Compact size (fits in my pocket)
3.Excellent Coverage.GSM/GPRS phone network is still under construction and will be years before it's close to the size of the older TDMA network.I'm looking forward to being able to take a GSM phone anywhere in the world, but not at the expense of coverage right now.
4.Nokia has the best user interface.
5.Solid but light construction.
6.No Internet crap.I'll use my laptop for that, thanks.Text messaging and short emails are all I need for my phone.

The cell phone sales people are trying HARD to sell those GSM phones but stay away from that for another year or two.I got a good deal on this phone as a longtime customer by threatening to leave and go to another provider if they didn't at least come close to the deals offered to new customers.

Hey, and where do I find that Star Wars Imperial March for a US phone???:-)

5-0 out of 5 stars the hulk
best phone ive ever owned, and ive had about 7 phones in the last 2 years(i work for a cellphone company).its the most user friendly phone ever. always has good reception, and battery life is awesome, not to mention how sturdy it is. i call it the hulk, ive dropped the phone about 63 times and it still works like brand new. ... Read more


97. Sanyo RL-7300 PCS Vision Ready Link Phone (Sprint)
by Sprint
list price: $279.99
our price: $279.99
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Asin: B00023DLFG
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Sprint
Sales Rank: 1528
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

While the RL-7300 might look like a basic clamshell, it is actually a rugged, powerful mobile companion with great features like push-to-talk, a speakerphone, and dual color displays. Folks who need a phone that can take a beating will like this device. Plus, the instant communication of Sprint's Ready Link push-to-talk technology makes it great for the working world.

Design
The RL-7300's sporty candybar form factor sports a 132 x 176, 65,000-color main display, plus a 64 x 64, full-color secondary display on the outside of the front cover. In addition to the secondary display, the front panel features a speaker for speakerphone and voice dialing applications. An extendable antenna is located on the top right side of the phone, while 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 also customize your caller ID by linking a photo to a specific phone number in your contact list, or use voice dialing to automatically dial up to 30 pre-programmed contacts with the sound of your voice. In addition to a vibrating alert, you can choose from preloaded ring tones to jazz up your incoming calls. The phone offers a variety of traditional ring tones as well as polyphonic (32-chord), melodic ring tones. The RL-7300's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911 (where available). Perhaps most importantly for users in rural areas, the RL-7300 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 your phone is easy with the RL-7300's built-in speakerphone. Meanwhile, the RL-7300'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
If you need basic messaging capabilities, the RL-7300 has you covered as support is built-in for sending and receiving SMS text messages (Sprint PCS text messaging charges apply). T9 text entry, a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built-into the unit-- a plus for 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.

For business users, the RL-7300 offers something special. Sprint PCS Business Connection service is supported by the phone and it gives you secure, remote, real-time access to Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes information-- including email messages and attachments, calendar, business directory and personal contacts. You can also respond to meeting requests, access documents stored on your desktop PC, and view email from Internet email accounts, including Sprint PCS Mail, Yahoo!, Earthlink and more.

A number of handy software tools are bundled with the RL-7300 including a calendar, a calculator, an alarm clock, and a to-do list with scheduler. A voice recorder lets you record short voice memos for later retrieval.

Entertainment and Customization
In addition to allowing you to choose one of four background screens for your phone's display, The RL-7300 lets you choose different font sizes when sending messages or accessing your browser. 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 RL-7300 weighs 4.24 ounces and measures 3.71 x 1.97 x 1.12 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3 hours of digital talk time, and up to 96 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
RL-7300 handset, AC battery charger, lithium-ion battery, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Ruggedized Ready Link compatibile phone with dual-color displays, speakerphone and voice dialing
  • Quick, walkie-talkie style communication with Ready Link allows you to communicate at the touch of a button
  • Rugged design minimizes wear and tear
  • Built-in speakerphone and voice dialing make communicating easy and safe
  • Includes phone, rapid wall charger and user documentation

Reviews (15)

4-0 out of 5 stars Above average with some minor flaws
The SCP-7300 is above average at best, but that could be because I live and work in NE Florida, and most things don't work correctly here. The features that most others have talked about are nice, like the ease of use and the ability to quickly navigate through the various menus.

The four main problems I have with this model are as follows: 1. Calls get dropped or signal is lost despite having 4 bars. 2. Speaker does not work well in that it picks up too much background noise and is difficult (but not impossible) to use. 3. No easy way to redial the last number you called. 4. And I haven't seen this problem mentioned, but there are times when I dial a number, press the "talk" button, and the number disappears. I then have to re-enter the number, sometimes 5 or 6 times before it takes the number and actually dials. This also happens on the presets, I'll push number 5, for example, and the 5 disappears after pushing the "talk" button. I have 4 bars and everything seems to be working properly. Unfortunately, I cannot replicate this at a Sprint store, so they look at me like I'm nuts! But it does happen on occasion, so keep that in mind. Also, I've have 4 of these phones (same model) and they all do it. In fact, I got a new one yesterday and it did it today already.

It's not a bad phone, and I get them pretty cheaply for use at work, so I can't complain too much. They're better than Nextel, that is for sure.

5-0 out of 5 stars great no frills phone
If you also believe that a phone should be a phone & a camera is a camera, then this may be for you.

This is replacing my old friend Sanyo 4900...greatest reception phone by Sprint ever made....I just dropped it a few too many times until it finally became unreliable.
The 7300, after 2 days, seems to equal the reception of the 4900...I find that the signal strength BAR indicator may show 1 bar, but that appears to equal what 2 bars were for the 4900....just need to interpret it differently.

the volume from both the speakerphone and earpiecee are very loud and perhaps clearer than other phones that cram a photo lens into the same area of where you listen...

Feels durable and solid for a flip phone.....I like the rubberized edges. Not sure if the battery life will come close to the 4900, but its a smaller phone so probably thats 1 trade off.

I highly recommend the (discontinued) 4900 model as well as this 7300. In general, most people i talk to say Sanyo is the best Sprint Cell phone maker. Ive owned LG and Samsung, and they both had issues. Go with Sanyo!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best phone I've used
I got this phone to replace a Samsung that got lousy reception.The Samsung would drop calls, and left people asking me to repeat myself.I decided to go with this phone after seeing strong reviews for it on the internet.That's why I'm surprised to see some people here say they didn't get good reception with this phone.I think it's very well designed and rugged....I know it's going to last me years.I get good reception no matter where I go (I'm in the Atlanta area and take trips to D.C. and NY).Maybe there's a lot of bad units that get shipped with manufacturers.I never liked my Samsung, and replaced it with the same model when I thought it could be the model.The replacement would get lousy reception as well.I have a couple friends who use that model Samsung, but they don't seem to have the same problems.Sanyo seems to work for me better, and I notice it emmits less radiation then Samsung models.

2-0 out of 5 stars Sanyo 8100 is better than Sanyo 7300; I miss the 8100 menus
Reception - 2 bars low
The reception of the Sanyo 7300 is about half of the Sanyo 8100.The number of bars on the 7300 is always about two less than the 8100.When in a call, it's hard to understand the other party because they are always dropping out.

Speakerphone - can't interrupt speaker
When using the speaker phone, you can not talk (interrupt) until the other stops talking.

Returning Missed Calls is much more complicated
If you like how the 8100 menu works, you'll miss the ability to quickly call back missed calls.Here are the key strokes for both to call back from the point where you first see the Missed Call:
8100 = View, View, OK, OK
7200 = View, Exit, Menu, OK (Call History), 3 (Missed Calls), Options, OK (Call)
That's 3 extra keystrokes and 3 extra moves.Note: "View" and "Exit" is the same button."Menu" and "OK" is the same button."Options" is the button above the "Back" button."Extra Moves" are defined as having to use a different key.

Calling Alternate Numbers is much more complicated using Outgoing History
8100 = Menu, OK (Call History), OK (Outgoing calls), OK (for last outgoing), Down (Alternate), pick alternate phone number
7300 = Menu, OK (Call History), OK (Outgoing calls), Options, Down, Down, Down, OK (Go to phone book), pick alternate phone number
That's 3 extra key strokes and 2 extra moves.The 8100 uses the same key for the first 4 key strokes.That's value.Whoever made this so complicated should have their head examined.I used the alternate feature of the 8100 all the time.After the primary phone number fails using voice dial, 70% of the time I want to try the alternate.The 7300 is such a pain.

Summary - Software investment saved
The only reason I will keep the 7300 is that my employer doesn't want pic phone on their premise.Also, the software I bought for the 8100 (FutureDial) works on the 7300 once I downloaded the update.

2-0 out of 5 stars Writing my frustrations - since I can't call anyone
I bought the RL 7300 in June and returned it for a new one a month later when I wasn't able to make or receive calls and my text messages were coming in hours after being sent (with the original times to prove their tardiness) and weren't being sent out at all. I figured it MUST have been the phone.

The brand new replacement is even worse. One reviewer mentioned not being able to make or receive calls in Pittsburgh. Since I have purchased this phone I have traveled to Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York, Minneapolis and Chicago. In not one of those major cities was able to use my phone like normal people. My boyfriend, who was with me through all of those cities, was able to call any and everyone on earth. He also has Sprint, but luckily, a different model Sanyo phone.

The phone looks nice and is easy to navigate, but everything else about it makes me want to scream. I have been trying to hold out on buying a new phone, mainly because that one was expensive enough and I keep praying that ONE DAY it will work. Sprint admitted that the performance is not as good as many of the other Sanyo phones and after numerous "fixes", I still can't dial out when I want to. Only when the phone allows me to. Unfortunately for me, tonight is not one of my few lucky nights.
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98. Motorola i205 Phone (Nextel)
by Motorola
list price: $99.99
our price: $0.01
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000SX3BU
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 1150
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With email and text messaging support, as well as support for Nextel's wireless web services, the i205 is the perfect companion. And of course, it supports Nextel's legendary Direct Connect walkie-talkie functions so you can connect with people in your work and personal network at the push of a button. You can even add additional software that gives the phone speakerphone, voice dialing, and voice memo capabilities. This value oriented phone is great for people who want basic phone features, the power of walkie-talkie functions, and the convenience of wireless Internet services.

Design
Like other Nextel phones, the i205 is built tough for construction and utilities industry users, or for anyone who needs a rugged wireless phone. The i205's candybar design features a black and white LCD that displays time, call information, battery and signal strength, emails, address book entries, wireless web content and more. The trademark Direct Connect and menu scrolling functions can be controlled from the side of the phone. A standard 2.5mm headset jack is also provided and an attached cover protects the USB data and charging ports on the bottom of the phone. If you want your i205 to reflect your style, you can customize the appearance of the i205 with optional front and back colored phone covers.

Calling Features
The i205's built-in address book can store up to 600 address book entries for quick and easy management of phone numbers and email addresses. The phone comes with built-in ringtones plus a vibrating alert. More ringtones can be downloaded from Nextel's optional wireless download service, Nextel Online. Meanwhile, a recent calls list allows you to access the last twenty sent and received calls for quick call return or number storage. Support for three-way calling lets you add a third party to an in-progress call for group phone conversations.

One of the key features of any Nextel phone is support for Nextel's Direct Connect walkie-talkie technology. The i205 fully supports the service, which allows for one-touch conversations with anyone else on a Nextel phone. It's like a having a CB radio with enough range to cover all of North America. The i205 also features a walkie-talkie private speaker button. This switches from the external speaker to the earpiece for private conversations or to minimize disruptions in quiet environments.

You can expand the i205's calling features with optional downloads from Nextel's download center (www.nextel.com/downloads). Download the speakerphone feature and hands-free cellular conversations are easy and always available. You can also download the voice record feature to record and play back memos or phone calls. Lastly, download the voice activation feature if you want the ability to press a button and speak to dial numbers or access features.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The i205 features support for two-way mobile-to-mobile or mobile-to-email text messaging (Nextel 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 anywhere is easy with the i205, as well. Nextel's optional Nextel Online package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. Nextel Online also features games, ringtones, realtime news and sports updates, virtual address books, and more-- all delivered to your Nextel phone.

In addition to a time and date clock, the i205 ships with powerful GPS location and navigation features. Find your heading (direction of travel) using the easy-to-use compass and track your speed with the included TeleNav 2.2 software.

Vital Statistics
The Motorola i205 weighs 5.14 ounces and measures 4.80 x 1.90 x 1.00 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 2.75 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 i205 handset, lithium-ion battery, AC charger, steel blue phone cover, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • The Motorola i205 is a compact, entry-level model sporting iDEN's hallmark Push-To-Talk feature with speakerphone
  • Customize the appearance of the i205 with front and back colored phone covers
  • Store up to seven numbers for each contact (up to 600 entries)
  • Use the private speaker button to switch from the external speaker to the earpiece for private conversations or to minimize disruptions in quiet environments
  • Assign unique ring tones to contacts for audible notification and caller identification during incoming calls

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Nextels best basic phone
I have had this phone for about 3 months, and it is a pretty basic phone.It is very durable, I have dropped it too many times to count, and it only has a scratched screen so far.You have to pay Nextel if you want to add applications, ringtones, or even the speakerphone, but if you have the knowledge and a piece of software called Motorola RSS, you can edit the phones codeplug and unlock the speakerphone, or use WebJAL to add ringtones and apps.

5-0 out of 5 stars basic phone for basic users
I had one of these for over a year, until I finally lost it.Great phone, never gave me so much as a moment's trouble in all that time.No, it doesn't have a camera or a color screen or games, but if all you're looking for is a basic, no frills phone, look no further.Calls were crystal clear, Nextel has very good service, at least in Philadelphia.Also, like almost all Nextel phones, this thing is a tank.I dropped it more times than I could count, at least twice down a flight of stairs, and it never got so much as a scratch on it.All in all this phone is an excellent choice for a first time cell phone user, or for that rare breed of person who just wants to use their cellphone to make PHONE CALLS.

5-0 out of 5 stars great started phone
i love this phone. it works great to have a phone that is just that.. a phone. I did not want to spend a lot on a phone - diffently not on a phone with a lot of features i would not use nor need. So this is a great phone for basic use.... normal calling and 2 way..

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad Product
I got this phone for a back up and it's not even good for that.VERY cheap plastic, creaks like an old wooden floor.The DC speaker has loose parts in it so when I am in a DC conversation there's so much rattling it makes it hard to hear. The Charger port has a cheap rubber flap covering it that won't stay shut.There's a horrible tick sound in the background on all my calls that I have never experienced before.The battery lasts me a day if I don't use the phone, with minimal use I find it dying long before the end of the business day.I'm very glad my i710 is on it's way because this thing is just junk.You definitely get less than what you pay for with this item.Many of my friends have left Nextel because of the poor product Motorola is putting out for them.This phone is no exception.

5-0 out of 5 stars Motorola i205 Phone (Nextel)
The 1205 model Nextel cell phone is one of the best cell phones that I have had in a long time. It has great coverage and mobility. I have gone days without recharging it.The reason why the battery might run low early is because of many phone calls being made from that cell phone. When you take the phone off the charger and the flap won't close use your finger nail and close the upper corners into the phone and once both corners are into the phone press over the whole flap with your finger. If you have a non-Motorola phone cover on you i205 it is going to be twice as hard but go around all the corners of the flap and im sure you'll get it to stay. Other advantages to the i205 are that you can get many non-motorola accessories from other companies such as: phone covers, colored and flashing key pads, flashing antennas and holsters and cases. I hope this information persuays you to buy a nextel and these helpful tips to help you struggling i205 users. If more help needed with the i205 please email me at Dancingbaby1234@hotmail.com. Thank You! ... Read more


99. PCS Phone palmOne Treo 600 (Sprint)
by PalmOne
list price: $669.99
our price: $399.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000SX2U2
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 518
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Treo 600 is a small, simple to use smartphone with a built-in QWERTY keyboard. It seamlessly combines a full-featured mobile phone and Palm OS organizer with wireless communication applications like email, messaging and web browsing, and even a digital camera-to simplify both your business and personal life. The keyboard, five-way navigation button and other cool design features make it possible for you to get more done in fewer steps, with just one hand, and without having to swap back and forth between applications. And it's still lightweight, stylish and small enough to fit in your pocket. CDMA Model: 800/1900 MHz nationwide coverage by Sprint ... Read more

Features

  • Treo 600 combines a full-featured mobile phone and Palm OS organizer with wireless applications like email, text messaging, web browsing and even a digital camera
  • QWERTY keyboard makes entering text and accessing information fast and familiar-perfect for messaging and a must have for email
  • Built-in color web browser, Blazer, gives you fast access to nearly all the sites on the web-not just the ones optimized for mobile devices
  • Take a picture or share images with others via email-you can even attach a photo to a phone number so you can see exactly who's calling with Picture Caller ID
  • Because Treo 600 runs the popular Palm OS, there are thousands of applications you can download and use-like MP3 players, etc.

Reviews (153)

1-0 out of 5 stars Phone very unreliable
Phone has excellent features but has bad reception.Just after a month (right after the store exchange policy expired) the charger is not working.Some loose connection may be. I read somewhere else that others are having similar issues. It is frustating to have your cellphone breakdown because of the charger issue.How can I recommend this to anyone with this kind of issues ?

2-0 out of 5 stars Unreliable PDA phone
I am now on my THIRD Treo 600.The first two were replaced because the phone would turn itself off and back on again, go out of service when calls were being made or received, and losing my programmed data.My third treo is only a week old and is dropping calls constantly.I have been happy with the phone when it works, but, reliability is a serious problem.Verizon Wireless has been no help either other than in replacing the phone under warranty which takes no less than 2 hours of my time and two days to ship.Battery life is less than expected and I'm usually recharging the phone by late afternoon.Another annoying feature is the low battery warning that must be cleared from the screen if you're trying to dial in codes to check voice mail or other dtmf services.It will interrupt you every 10 seconds.Also, the person on the other end can hear your low battery tones, voice mail notifications, etc.Annoying.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought it would be
I got my Treo 600 (on Sprint) from my work. I always preferred the flip phones to these lareg PDA phones so my first thought was, "Well I can't complain... it's free". However the more I used the phone the more and more I found it to be a really good little device.

First off it might be large, but it's actually a good deal thinner than most phones I've used. Thinking the large size would be a problem in my pocket I first tried the phone on one of those horizontal belt clips. Kept the phone out of my pocket, but the clip itself was rather bulky so I took a chance at just pocketing the phone. The slim design fit better in my pocket than any of the cell phones I've used before, which actually surprised me. It fits in my hand rather well too.

The keypad took a little getting used to... like maybe a day or two. Once you get a feel for the little keys everything actually makes sense in the design. Also the large screen it touch sensitive to so technically you don't even need to use the keypad unless you are writing in contacts or something. The navigational buttons along with the hot buttons make it easy to get to contacts on the phone, emails, the camera functions, and more.

As a phone it's neither better nor worse for me than any of the better cell phones I previously used. I live in Houston and only a few occasions have I not gotten a signal. I suppose the speaker could be a bit more powerful, but I can see some tradeoffs here for the sake of the design. The speakerphone function has become really usefull in the car or when I need my hands free. Battery life seems pretty good. I only need to charge the phone maybe once a week with regular use.

I don't have too much use for the PDA functions aside from getting work email. I have found that a game of solitaire does kill the time when having to wait around for stuff like getting an oil change and what have you. I have found some uses for basic things like the calculator and calender, but aside from that most of the extra function stay unused.

I have made good use of the vga camera though. I never expected high quality megapixel images so the image quality actually was better than I thought it would be. I wouldn't make photo prints out of the pictures I take from this thing, but for email and such it's fine. The camera has been extra useful during those moments you wish you had a camera for since I always carry my phone around. The amount of memory on the phone is enough to store over 400 snapshots. That's pretty cool.

You can surf the web on this thing, however I wouldn't recommend it. The connectivity is rather slow and takes me back to the old 14Kbps modem days. Still it's better than nothing if you need to get a quick map/directions or movie times. The email on the other hand is fast. The phone connects to the company Exchange server so maybe that has something to do with it.

The phone is pretty sturdy. More than once the phone fell five feet onto the concrete and didn't so much as flinch on the inside. The chrome looking parts on the outside however are prone to scratching. Looks like even having keys in the same pocket as an unprotected Treo can leave minor scratches over a period of time.

I don't know what else to say. When I first got the phone I didn't think I would like it. An hour later I find that I really like it. Lots of functionality in a slim package.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Poor Signal Strength
The Treo 650 I bought is ALWAYS two to three bars below other phones (at the same location) in signal strength. Sprint has been totally unhelpful in this regard saying they can find nothing wrong with the unit.

I would reccommend against the Treo 650 unless one is sure, very sure, they will never be in any but the strongest signal areas.

Sprint support has been a joke, except that I am not laughing.

5-0 out of 5 stars The most perfect smart device I have ever used!!!
The New-Age Treo's are the best smart devices ever made! I have used the T-Mobile Sidekick, the AT&T Motorola MPX, a Nextel Blackberry, a Samsung i600, and even an older style Treo in the form of the Treo 300. And out of every smart device I have ever used, the Treo 600 and 650 are 1000 times better then any of them!

1# The Treo's have large color screens with full keyboards, but are still small enough to fit in your pocket.
2# The battery life is insanely long! Both of the new Treo's claim four to five hours talk time, I have found even longer. I often lay in my bed at night surfing the web for hours and hours, and by the time I am ready to go to sleep, my Treo 600 and 650 still have enough battery life to go a few more rounds.
3# Because the Treo's are so popular the prices for accessories, software, add-on's, ect are Much cheaper then those for the other types of smart devices on the market. There is even talk by Palmone to start using Linux as the Palmsource software core, so there will be even more software available. And because Linux is open source, the phones will eventually be cheaper then those running the Microsoft Pocket PC. With the added bonus of the dependability of Linux!
4# Because the Treo's are of the Candy-Bar style design, they are much easier to talk on. Because there is no flip, or antenna to fumble with.
5# There is a software lancher called "ZLauncher" which has many features for your Treo's software interface. One of which allows you to see the exact level of signal strength. By using this tool you can so how much better the Treo's antenna and related components work, compared to any other phone on the market. I get a great signal with Sprint, but with Sprint and my Treo, my service is even better! I get signals with my Treo in places where my Sanyo and LG did not. In fact, I get better signal strength with my Treo, then my friends get with their phones!
6# Palmone has a patent on a new design of smart device that they are working to bring to the market. A design nothing like the designs currently available. A PDA phone that will be thinner and still able to have a large full color screen and keyboard. SO the next generation of Treo's will be even better!

The only downfall to the Palmone Treo's today, is price. That is because they are still new to the PDA phone market. Once they start making more and more phones, the prices will come down. And once they restructure their PDA manufacturing and company purpose in general, the prices will come down. I don't normally write reviews on phones, because I used to be a Die-Hard Motorola phone fan, and I guess still am. But if Palmone keeps making phones this perfect, then I will only buy their phones for the rest of my life! I can not say enough good things about these phones! Try one and see what I am talking about. Use it with Sprint PCS's $10 unlimited Visions access!

Russell ... Read more


100. PCS Phone Nokia 6016i (Sprint)
by Nokia
list price: $199.99
our price: $199.99
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Asin: B0006JLKV8
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Nokia
Sales Rank: 2664
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With a vibrant, full-color screen, support for SMS text messaging, a speakerphone and voice-activated dialing, the 6016i is an affordable, entry-level phone with top-level features. It's a great companion for Sprint PCS users who want simple PCS voice functionality.

Design
The 6016i follows the tried and true Nokia candybar style with an extendable antenna mated to a dedicated internal antenna. The phone includes a 2.5mm headset jack, a USB data port, and a standard Nokia charging connector. The 96 x 65 color display boasts 4096 colors. Detachable faceplates are available for the front and rear of the handset so you can dress up your phone to suit your mood.

Calling Features
The 6016i's built-in address book can store up to 250 contacts for quick and easy management of phone numbers. Choose from 30 built-in ringers, including MIDI ring tones with up to 16-chord polyphonic sound, as well as a vibrating alert. Voice activated dialing makes calling your friends, family and associates as easy as saying their names. You can also speak up to 25 numbers with the sound of your voice. The 6016i's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911. Perhaps most importantly for users in rural areas, the 6016i 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
If you need basic messaging capabilities, the 6016i has you covered as support is built-in for sending and receiving SMS text messages (Sprint PCS text messaging charges apply). T9 text entry, a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built-into the unit-- a plus for text messaging users.

A number of handy software tools are bundled with the 6016i including a calendar, a calculator, a voice recorder with 30 seconds of recording memory, an alarm clock, and a to-do list. The 6016i lets you carry these tools wherever you go so you can create appointments and view your schedule at a moment's notice.

Entertainment
The 6016i is Java enabled, meaning it supports games written on the Java platform. Turn downtime into fun time when you play one of three built-in Java games-- Air Glide, Bowling, or Sky Diver-- right on your phone's display. The phone also features customizable colors and screen backgrounds so you can make your phone reflect your personality.

Vital Statistics
The Nokia 6016i weighs 3.87 ounces and measures 4.26 x 1.97 x 0.91 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.5 hours of digital talk time, and up to 360 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
Nokia 6016i handset, AC battery charger, lithium-ion battery, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • It's easy to access the features you need with the user-friendly Nokia menu structure
  • Download applications, such as stock tracking programs and city guides
  • Attend to other tasks while you talk using the integrated speakerphone
  • E-mail messaging allows you to stay in touch with friends, family and coworkers
  • Predictive Text input(T9)

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars My Nokia 6016i rocks!
This phone is great! (...) It totally rocks! :):)

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Voice Phone
I've had this phone for 2 weeks now. I love the speakerphone and the battery life. However, I wish Nokia had a dedicated on/off speakerphone button so I wouldn't have to activate the speakerphone on every call I make or receive. Don't get me wrong here: it is quite simple to activate the speakerphone. But the less buttons I need to press while I'm driving the better. Moreover, the clarity of calls is quite good on this phone in the NYC area and suburbs. This is a very simple phone to operate and I appreciate the fact that I can place a home or work address for every person in my contact list, in addition to a host of other phone numbers. The voice tags work quite well on this phone and are simple to activate. Nokia did a very good job on this phone in regard to voice dialing.

I press a lot of buttons on this phone as I call in for stock quotes during the course of the day. Once in a while the button doesn't register when I press it and I have to press it harder for it to work. Furthermore, I have already received 2 spam SMS Text messages. Part of the reason I bought this phone was because I was no longer interested in the Sprint Vision Service.

With the exception of the initial charge, be sure you do not charge this phone overnight. Nokia warns against this specifically in the manual and says that if you do this, you will reduce the phone's battery life. So, I charge it during the day for about an hour. Battery life is real good.

This is a phone for those who just want a real good voice phone without any of the multimedia or web surfing services.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Cellphone EVER!!
I recently recieved this cellphone for Christmas this year and i love it!!! As a 12 yearold this phone had coolest look with out following the new trend flip phones and camra phones.This phone gets exclent reception evern wnen in the car and in the mouants....I recomend this phone fore kids of all ages and for adults who are still kids at heart!! ... Read more


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