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      14.01.2001 17:40
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      Over the past 3 years', my family have bought 5 mobile phones, been given two, broken one, and lost one. Sounds like a league table, doesn't it, and I wonder where that would that place us in the league ? Anyway, we bought a coupla Ericsons for the daughters when they were at University which we ran by paying for a year 'up-front', then getting new sim-cards each year so that we could reduce costs (my opinion to follow on this type of scheme). There is, in my mind, no debate as to the desirability of such items for students, and they got our daughters out of a number of 'scrapes' and difficulties during their university lives. The wife, Heather, and myself also found it useful to borrow a phone whenever there was one available not being used and we were going out somewhere. Even such mundane problems as "What size collar is your Dad ?" (when I was 'Sale Shopping' and spied a particularly garish shirt that would appeal to my father-in-law) could be answered in seconds (at minimal cost), without having to struggle to a phone booth and find the coins or phone card necessary to make contact. The Philips Diga on CellNet "U" (pay-as-you-go vouchers) was bought by me in August 1999, because it was so cheap and because our son moaned that he should have a mobile phone now he was starting at university. It cost £29.99, including £10 voucher, the deal being that you could have free calls to one landline as long as you bought a £15 top-up voucher every 60 days. I calculated that with our daughters probably wanting to update 'their' telephones when they started working, I would be able to transfer one of them to our son's use in June/July 2000. Thus a cheap pre-pay phone should answer the short-term problem. In any case, our son always has been a terror for losing things and we decided that we couldn't have the worry of a contract mobile phone being 'lost' and then used by some toerag for telephoning the speaking clock in Vladivostok. Oh how simple it seemed !! Needless to say, our son was not impressed with my purchase. It was not the 'latest' model and, compared with the new generation mobiles, it was a 'brick'. However, he did (begrudgingly) take it on, knowing that I meant it when I said that he 'wouldn't get another unless he took on full responsibility for its costs himself'. I agreed to provide a £15 voucher every 2 months, the calls generally costing 35p a minute (more to other mobile networks, I think). Well, this arrangement lasted until August 2000. By amazingly effective budgeting on his part £15 voucher was just sufficient (at 35p a minute) to last him 60 days. For 120 days, the landline number selected for 'free calls' was changed from home to the latest girlfriend's. Then his eldest sister was given a 'more compact phone' and a very special offer on 12 month inclusive sim cards was marketed by mobileshop.co.uk at the same time. Therefore, I agreed to buy another sim-card, and my son was duly provided with a network phone that did not rely on vouchers. I then took possession of 'the brick'. I paid in a £15 voucher and altered the free number back to home. My wife and I have used it ever since. I bought another £15 voucher in October but when December came, I still had £28 credit remaining, so I decided to do nothing until this credit reduced. Thus, from the beginning of December, I expected to be charged for calls to home, but this did not happen and even now (14 January), I have £23 credit remaining and still get home calls free of charge ! I suspect that this is because of an alteration in policy by CellNet, so that vouchers no longer have an expiry date. According to the 'Terms and Conditions for U' leaflet, I should have been cut off by now (it being well in excess of 90 days since I e ntered any credit on this phone). I will wait and see !!! So, to sum up : Since I needed another mobile phone, this has been a great buy. The total costs come to: Purchase price : £29.95 8 vouchers @ £15 (less 10% discount on two): £117.00 Total £146.95 This is for approaching 18 months' use, and I still have £23 credit. A bargain, I think, for a relatively low volume user (and the free calls to the home number has saved me £££'s when staying away at hotel on business). Oh, and I now have another Diga phone, in effect for 'spares'. On the first day of John Lewis, Edinburgh sale, I bought a GSM Diga phone set for £10 !!. This gives me a phone that can be connected via a 12 month sim card, but also gives me a spare battery/battery charger/ and aerial (if necessary) for the Diga U. Obviously, I hope that I can continue to get access to the network (and free calls to home) without paying any more credit until my £23 is exhausted. If so, the at the current rate of use, that will be well into 2002 !! And we don't mind being 'slagged' by our techno-alert off-spring either !! Update. Over the past week have received 2 text messages from cellnet, telling me to put some more credit on my phone, so a £15 voucher (£13.50 from Safeway) has had to go on to keep me on line. I'll see how long it is before they chase me again !

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        19.11.2000 23:17

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        I own two mobiles, one of which is the Philips C12, and to be honest it really doesn't impress me. It looks horrible, it's awkward to use. The most common options are the ones that take longest to access, and even the ring tones are pretty dull. There aren't many options on there that make the phone stand out. Just a horoscope and basic function calculator. The only way to improve this phone is to change it's covers to the novelty one's you find in market places or cheap phone shops. Don't bother with the flashing aerial makes it look even tackier. Yes the phone only costs around £30, but I have seen MUCH better phones for a similar cost. Nothing really makes this phone seem better than any decent standard phone. If you don't have much money and the network suits you then you may like this, but I really doubt it.

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        01.11.2000 00:38
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        Over a year ago I bought my Philips Savvy on a pay-as-you-go contract with Virgin Mobile. It's not cutting edge design anymore, but it hasn't aged too badly. Since I got my phone through Virgin Mobile, it has a dull blue fascia. However I am aware that you can purchase a Savvy in more brighter colours. It really depends on where you go for your phone. (When you buy your phone, be aware that the colour isn't going to change - you cannot purchase interchangeable covers for it unlike a Nokia, for example.) The Philips Savvy comes with standard features such as an address book and caller ID, but it does have a few nifty gimmicks as well. If you send a text message to another Philips phone, then you can add an emoticon. If you try to send a picture to someone without a non-Philips phone, then they get the text equivalent, e.g. [picture of rainclouds] turns to ;;; A Biorhythm Calender is also included. This is really a very simplified horoscope. Enter your birthdate and the current date to be informed of your love, success, chance and energy levels. The phone is duel band, so you can use it abroad on holiday. Do be aware however that this will usually incurr a roaming charge from your mobile phone company. The exception to this rule is of course emergency calls. With the Savvy you can make an emergency call even if your phone doesn't have a sim card inside. (International emergency - 112) Furthermore, I have voicemail and voicedial. When you put someone into your address book, you can decide whether you want to put them onto voicedial or not. If you do want to, you can record a short name for them. This does not necessarily have to be their real name - if you want to call your friend 'Taxi Service' then go ahead. Voicemail is basically like an answering machine. When your mobile is switched off, your callers are diverted to your box and asked to leave a message. (Also like an answering mac hine they just hang up on you and leave you with a recording message of nothingness.) TIP: On the 1 button of your keypad, there's a symbol that looks like two Os with a line connecting them. This is the symbol for voicemail. It's standard throughout the entire Philips range. When you have Voicemail, this symbol should flash at the top of your screen to alert you. I just have to hold the 1 button down to retrieve my messages. There are about 20 different ringtones - for the boring adult in you, go for "Special"; for the child in you, go for "Donald"; and for the teenager in you, go for "Dream". You can also choose 'Vibrate' on its own, or 'Vibrate and Ring'. This feature does work - I find it invaluable when I'm in a lecture because that way I can tell if I have a message/call without anyone else knowing and becoming distracted. In short, the Savvy is a durable little phone that no one would be ashamed to own. Your decision on whether to purchase one or not should probably go down to price. If it's on special offer, then go for it. Otherwise go for one of the latest Nokias if it's in your budget. [Dimensions and weight: 129x48x24 mm, 144 g]

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          28.10.2000 01:35

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          I have been lucky enough to get my hands on one of these brilliant phones you may not have seen this phone yet depending on when you read this ,it is not due for release untill early november at the earliest . mine is a pre retail sample and it is great. i have been told by cellnet that it will be £90 on pay & go when released. I already have an ericsson a1018 and although i have only had it 6 months it looks like a dinosaur in comparison ,it is even better than my wifes nokia 3210, although you can't download ringtones (it has a composer ) or graphics although the graphics doesn't really matter as the screen has a large analogue clock on it ,you can have a digital clock but it doesn't look as good .sizewise it is smaller than the nokia 3210 (even with the arial it is only 1cm longer)in length, approx 12cm ,14cm inc arial,, and smaller in width,approx 4 cm. but it is wider ,2cm ,this added width may be due to the vibrator inside . The display is an orange colour and you can alter the contrast and text size. It weighs 127 grams (it actually feels very light)and is packed with features . One of thes is voice dialling and comand ,I have been using voice dialling and it is easy when you get used to it but I think it is more of a gimmic than anything else (what a way to impress your friends though). There is one game on the phone and a calculator and alarm clock. one thing that takes some getting used to is dialling a number as this involves pressing more buttons than usual ,after you bring up a number you press ok as you would to dial it on most phones but this takes you to a menu where you have various options like calling ,text mesaging etcyou only have to press ok again to call the number but compared to my ericsson this seems long. The standby quoted on the box is 3 weeks ,this seems long looking at the size of the battery but I haven't had it long enough to confirm this ,it quotes 360 mins talktime. You can compose your own ringtone ,no doubt there will soon be sites with ready composed tunes appearing ,there are 20 built in tunes. There are 50 built in icons that you can add to your text messages but when I added one to a text it didn't appear on my wifes phone ,(the nokia 3210 doesn't support them ,as this seems to be the most popular phone on the market this seems a shame) It also has predictive typing for text messages ,this takes some getting used to but if you don't like it it can be turned off. As if this isn't enough it also has WAP. I have only used this feature a few times but it seems like a good feature for use when out and about ,I don't think it is really a mobile internet service but it is more like a news service,I have sent an e,mail from my phone which was very easy . The only down sides are the instruction book is missing a vital piece of info ,how to lock your keys (I set it up to be voice controlled ,then tried to unlock them to find out which buttons to use)if anyone buys one of these you press the 'c' key untill it locks ,although this may be altered in the manuals for retail models. Also the phone seems to get very hot whilst charging ,again this may be my phone only. All in all this is a great little phone with brilliant features and very easy to use , so break away from the nokia crowd ,you won't be disapointed...

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          28.09.2000 05:13
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          I have a Philips Diga phone, on the Easylife Tariff. The phone is pretty basic, but has everything I could need. I get a good reception using the BT Cellnet Network, nearly everywhere I go. I mainly use text messaging to communicate with my friends and family. I bought this phone so people can get hold of me in an emergency. When I bought this phone it cost £89.99, but there was a send away offer to claim a £40 call voucher. In the box there was also a questionnaire, which entitled you to another £2.50 voucher. I have been using this phone now for nearly two years, it holds all the numbers I have in my address book and there are lots of them. The only thing I wish the phone would do is identify where the text messages are coming from it gives you the phone number but not who’s number it is. I have to work it out from the telephone number. There is a slip down cover that clips on to the front of the phone, that covers the keys, which I appreciated, but when I purchased a leather case, it was not possible to use the cover as well as the case, so I had to remove the cover. I also have an In Car Charger and a Hands Free Kit, but you cannot use the Hands Free Kit and the Charger at the same time. The Hands Free plug covers up the Charger slot. I was a bit weary at first, about using the Hands Free Kit. It didn’t seem possible that such a small earpiece and microphone would give a clear enough reception. I can hear loud and clear and so can the person I am talking too. I now don’t dread the ringing of my mobile phone while driving. I just push the answer button and bobs’ your uncle, I can have a conversation, with my hands on the steering wheel and not on my phone. I reckon people must think I am mad talking to myself, but at least using it makes receiving calls while driving, a lot safer, and to me that is all that counts.

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          25.09.2000 21:47

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          I own a Phillips C12. Don't get me wrong it's a great little phone. Loads of neat features like a calculator, alarm clock and funky little icons,. The amount of times I've dropped it and it was still working are numerous. It has a good battery life and I even get a free number on mine. I can call my girlfriend for free for hours, so long as she is on a landline (they won't let me have her cellnet phone as a free number). The only problem I've found is the price. Not wen you buy the thing, it's quite reasonable then, but when you break the ariel and need to get a new one. £11.99 they wanted to charge me!!! Can you believe it? The phone only cost £40! I had to get me one of those flashing ariels now. I may look like a fool, but I saved myself a £10!

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          22.09.2000 03:38

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          This is a good first Phone for philips to put on the market and can compete with all the top dogs, like nokia and moterola. This is a very good hardy little phone and of 20 ring tones and a excellant memory which stores about 200 phone numbers. This also is good in picking up a signal which means it as a powerful end. Though i would save your money and go for there new version The savvy which is the but others alot more making it far better value for money.

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          21.09.2000 06:06
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          I once vowed I would never buy a mobile phone - I think mainly due to the fact that people can get hold of you wherever you are (if you have it with you, and the 'I'd better take it just in case' effect seems to make sure of this)! And I stuck to this vow BUT I was bought a mobile phone for Christmas last year! It's on the Orange Pay as you talk network, so I haven't had to fork out for contracts or anything, and I generally don't have any credit on it - but it has come in very handy after all! This particular phone is quite big (my brother says it's like a brick!) but it's not heavy. I've seen other people's mobiles and wondered how they manage with all the buttons and functions and menus - the Philips ph301 is very straightforward. Two function buttons underneath 'Menu' and 'Names', whatever you select you always have the option of 'Exit' or 'OK'. The screen and buttons light up, there is a choice of 12 ringer types (I stick to the one that sounds most like a phone ringing!), with three ringer volumes (and silent!) - I could go on about the menus but this phone has all the basics. Clearly labelled buttons, not too small, unaffected by a few falls (despite not having a cover)! It's the only mobile I've had so I can't go into detailed comparisons, but I have no desire to change - basically this phone does the job!

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          08.09.2000 00:54
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          UPDATE 25/11/00 I can't remember the last time I topped up this mobile - it must have been months ago ! This proves two things... 1. I don't make many calls and 2. You don't need to top it up every two months as originally stated in the instructions when I got it. ORIGINAL OPINION 07/09/00 I got my Philips C12 when I signed up with BT Cellnets Pay and Go. For the price this phone is tops. Its fairly small, although I immediately doubled its size by sticking it in one of those cases with a clip on the back. I think this was a good idea though since I have dropped it loads of times and the case seems to cushion the fall adequately. This phone has loads of features text messaging, voice mail it has 20 different ring tones and 3 different volume settings. I use a ring that sounds a bit like "blankerty blank" - good choice eh? This phone has a calculator, biorhythm calendar, stopwatch and an alarm. It can store loadsa numbers in its memory, and it has direct access to 1471 and the talking pages can be accessed for nothing. You can check you balance straight away - you just press a key, type in your voucher number and call time is instantly credited. The best thought is the charger; it only takes a little while to fully recharge although I did mange to break off the little clip on it which means it doesnt stay plugged into the phone very well, I have to prop it up against something all the time. But overall for the price this is a really smart(indestructable)phone.

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            06.09.2000 02:07
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            As a journalist who'd been on call 24 hours a day virtually 365 days a year for almost 40 years the thought of permanent relief from the constant sound of telephones seemed like heaven when I retired four years ago. That's why I let the explosion in mobile phone use fail to overwhelm me - until a few weeks ago. The reason rests with Sid, a 10-year-old Sheltie belonging to my daughter. We're looking after Sid while my daughter is working for two years in the Cayman Islands and I take him for long walks twice a day, usually out on the farm land about a mile from my home. It's pretty bleak and lonely and you rarely see anyone. Then, one night, as the wind freshened and rain began to cascade down I suddenly realised that if anything happened to Sid or I no-one, not even my wife, would be really sure where I was. That's the moment when I decided that a mobile phone was going to have to be an essential part of my life. But I had no intentions of once more being on call or paying monthly rental fees and call costs. The answer lay in a Pay as You Go method, so I did a thorough investigation on the Internet (thank goodness for World Online's unmetered access) to find out the price of acquiring a phone and the cost of actually using it. After considerable thought and comparing of prices the solution came courtesy of Sir Richard Branson - or rather his VirginMobile website. For just £39.99 I was able to acquire a Philips Savvy (the cheapest available from VirginMobile) and another £12.50 added the SIM card, plus £10 worth of calls. Using the One2One network, call charges are 15p a minute for the first five minutes (O-2-O is 30p; for the first two minutes) and 5p a minute afterwards (O-2-O) 10p). The Savvy is, at least to me as a virgin (sorry!) mobile phone user, a rather sophisticated gadget. It's small enough to slip into a shirt pocket, has an intuitive menu system, choice of ring tones or vibrator mode, voice mode or dial calling, alarm clock, calculator and numerous other features. My son tried to persuade me to choose a Nokia but I'm perfectly happy with the Savvy - and the fact that I used mine to choose it! Oh, and to prove my point about not being on call once more, after six or seven weeks of ownership I still have £9.28 left of my original £10 worth of calls. But at least I know when I'm out roaming the countryside with the dog I can be contacted or let others know if we just happen to get into difficulties. I’ve also found out that by using Genie's e-mail SMS service or other website SMS services, I can send text messages for nothing! It's also easier than using the phone'sdialling buttons, which have to be pressed two or three times for certain letters. From my point of view I'd rate the Savvy with at least four-and-a-half out of five - but as my experience of mobile phones is so limited it will have to be taken as a guide rather than an experienced user's recommendation. Stuartli

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              20.08.2000 20:36
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              I bought this my phillips c12 phone via the internet during my easter break. I found a great deal on the internet which mean not only did I get one phone for £40, I got two, aswell as a handsfreeset, in-car charger and case. From this deal I automatically presumed the phone wouldn't be very good, just a cheap mobile phone. I was greatly surprised when I recieved the phone to find out how light it was and what features it has. The emoticons (little pictures) you can send with the text messages are greatly especially because I gave the free phone i had recieved to a friend of mine as a birthday pressie! I have also dropped the phone several times on hard surfaces and this has never had any effected on the phone, to my relief! The only bad features of the phone is the price of the calls but this has nothing to do with the phone really just on the tariffs you have chosen. Anyway the sim card in the phone is easily accessable so swapping to a different network isnt a problem you just buy a new sim card. Overall a very good value for money phone.

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