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      12.08.2010 14:44
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      overall a good basic handset

      I needed to buy my mum a mobile phone as im sure she will agree that she isnt the most up to date when it comes to technology. I wanted one that was basic and that was easy to use. I found the Alcatel 311 had large buttons and was fairly basic so I chose it.

      If you are looking for a phone that has loads of fancy features like telling you what the humidity is on the Moon or you want to take videos or pictures then this isnt the phone for you. It is a very cheap and cheerful handset that serves one purpose,well ..two. calls are simply to make and text messaging couldnt be much easier. For a complete novice some of the menus can take a while to grasp but overall it couldnt be much simpler for someone looking to make that huge step into the mobile world.

      The talktime on the phone is fantastic, also the battery lasts a very long time when not talking on it. The people that will buy a phone like this are ones that wont use it very much, want a simple easy to use handset and this fits the bill because you can keep it turned on all day and it wont need recharging on a daily basis.

      The ringtones are all very brash and i wouldnt envy anyone who is on public transport who recieves a call on this phone either! Overall though the phone is excellent value for a basic handset and there are even a few basic games on there too. The size isnt bad either, not too big and not too small, with nice big buttons.

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      26.03.2003 09:24
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      Ok.....more of a query than anything. It's a good phone and all but mine seems to have developed a second messages folder. Confused? Me too! In the menu (press ok twice) it says: ............... MESSAGES (with a icon of a little person beside it) DIRECTORY VIBRATOR MESSAGES ETC ............... If anyone knows why this is or what is going on please contact me via... fool__monty@hotmail.com (two underscores) Its more out of interest than anything, it hasn't affected the performance of the phone. Cheers PS Alcatel Support is hopeless.

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        07.08.2002 17:58
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        Mobile phones have now become so small it has become impossible to go a full day without misplacing them. Hunting through the bag/pocket/contents of the desk has become a part of my life since I bought my new phone a couple of weeks ago and, to be honest, I think I may have made the wrong choice. OK, it's not that bad really. The reason I went for this phone is quite simple really, it is a cheap one, it has all the functions of a phone and it is mobile. I was getting a little tired of having a shared phone with my girlfriend so, when I had a nice little win on a casino website, I thought "why not" and began to look around. The Virgin "VShop" had quite a few phones, a decent price plan and this was the one that kind of jumped out at me. At £69.95 I think I got a decent price for this phone - no problems at all so far. The phone itself: ----------------- OK, I've mentioned that it's small - very small. This is a distinct advantage for many people but I'm not been too bothered either way - the earpiece thing goes where it should and even though you're essentially speaking into fresh air with the phone's size, the other person can hear you. Always a plus in my experience. If you can't be bothered with this, there's a hands free kit too. Now then, onto the usability of the phone. The numbered buttons = obvious. The button with the red and green phone symbols = pick-up, hang-up. Centre button = something of an explore button. Really easy to use. Press it in and you've got the menu (details coming soon), upwards to go straight to text messages and down to go straight to the phone book. Big "C" button = on/off. And that's the lot really. The functions on the phone are simplicity itself - Text messaging, an alarm, easy to access phone book, ring tones (all horrible but not really a big issue), WAP (n
        ot that I ever use WAP - utter waste of time if you ask me). The battery lasts ages - standby and talk times are great. All in all I have found this phone to be an absolute star up to now, small, easy to use and really simple. If you want a real gadget then you would be better getting something else, if, like me, you would rather have the simple functions such as being able to call people and to be able to have them call you, this is a great phone to choose. All rounder, cheap and simple to use - glad I picked it really. Now, if I can only find the bloody thing.....

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          29.07.2002 05:30
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          There are so many mobiles on the market nowadays, small ones, flip ones, coloured ones, big ones that when it comes to actually purchasing a new one you are spoilt for choice. My latest purchase is the Alcatel 311 WAP and thought you might like to know all about it so off we go.. The Alcatel 311 WAP is one of the smaller mobiles available today, for exact size etc, check out the specifications at the end of this review.Don't be fooled by the picture it makes it look a lot bigger than it actually is, this phone in fact is very small indeed. So lets get on and find out exactly why I chose this one in particular?? Well I have actually owned an earlier Alcatel mobile and although it was pretty basic in the feature department, it still looked good and was reliable and very easy to use. I then figured that a newer model was obviously going to also have these characteristics and a lot more and as it was a manufacturer that I trusted it was an easy choice. LOOKS ¤•¤•¤•¤ Mine is silver, but they do come in a navy blue too, see product picture, the display is of adequate size and is capable of displaying graphics, icons and animations. As for the back light, on this particular phone it is a lovely shade of orange, not to bright, but looks good attractive all round screen wise. If you want to personalise your phone you can remove the front cover and replace it with various others available to buy, these come in all colours and patterns. FEATURES ¤•¤•¤•¤•¤•¤•¤• This little bundle of joy is packed with all the features you would expect plus a few added extras, it is as I expected so simple to use which is another added bonus, on the actual interface there are 3 buttons (c),(OK) and ({). In order to access the main menu you simply press the (OK) and then scroll up and down with this button and clic
          k in the middle of it to select. MESSAGES ¤•¤•¤•¤•¤•¤•¤• Your message central, from here you can compose and read all of your SMS messages, the message features allow you also to send and receive icons and graphics, any you receive back that are compatible you can store and add to use yourself. If you send a lot of SMS messages then a handy little feature is the ability to program the phones database with frequently used words, once stored you can enter a word with a single press of the keypad. DIRECTORY ¤•¤•¤•¤•¤•¤•¤• Your telephone book, here you can add 3 numbers per person, home, office and mobile. To make things easy again you can assign various peoples numbers into groups i.e. family, private, etc, this makes finding a certain number a lot easier then wading through. Another excellent addition here is that for each member you can assign him or her his or her own ring tone, so you can tell exactly who’s calling without even looking. VIBRATOR ¤•¤•¤•¤•¤•¤•¤• For those amongst you that are a fan of vibrators, steady girls I mean on your mobile of course! You will be pleased to know this phone comes with one, you can set it to vibrate before ringing, with ringing or turn it off altogether. MY SET UP ¤•¤•¤•¤•¤•¤•¤• This sub menu is the key to actually customize your mobile to exactly how you want it; under this menu you will find the following. Sounds: ••••••• Mode – Vibrator +tone Vibrator Silent Volume: ••••••• Change the ring volume to the required level and believe me on full it certainly is loud. Ring Tones: ••
          226;•••••• An extremely good collection here, the phone comes with 30 ready to use, however if you fancy more you can get them sent to your mobile or if you fancy compose your own. If you look around for sites that are compatible with this model you will find various chart and movie tones, each has a full listing of notes displayed as number keys, simply punch them into your phone and save and then you can use your very own choice of ring tone. I have used this facility quite a few times and you can find them on the official Alcatel site and it does work,cheaper than paying for a logo!. Sounds: ••••••• This allows you to designate different sounds to different functions, for example you can have any ring tone play for a message arrival. Zoom: ••••••• Your telephone can display different sized characters (small or large), by pressing the zoom function this switches between the 2, this is ideal for people who cannot read small text. On/Off Screen: •••••••••••& #8226;•• Pressing this will let you customize your welcome screen, change the icon or graphic by choosing one from the 20 available or your own received icons, you can also add a message to be displayed on power up or even an animation and tone for when you switch your phone off, these are actually pretty good, animals, flowers, smiley’s and lots more. ALARMS ¤•¤•¤•¤•¤•¤ Back to the main menu for this one, why not use your trusty Alcatel to get you out of bed in the morning? Yes you can set it to wake you up and for those that like to linger in bed, it even has the snooze feature that will give you an extra 10 minutes every time you press the alarm off! Appointments
          and birthdays can also be set for reminders, enter the date and if needed a message and tone to remind you what the date set is. Your phone will then alert you on that chosen date or time, so no excuse for missing that important date now! CALCULATOR/CONVERTER ¤•¤•¤•¤•¤•¤•¤•¤•¤•¤̶ 6;¤•¤•¤•¤• Speaks for itself really a handy calculator feature and also a Euro converter, this will convert any currency including the Euro into £ or vice versa. SETUP ¤•¤•¤•¤• Your guide to services and phone features, here you can set a pin to protect your phone, view duration of calls, activate call waiting, conceal your number etc. Clock: ••••••• Set your mobiles clock, date and alter the format from 12-24 hour clock. Languages: •••••••••• Message display languages allows you to change to any available language from your chosen network. Dictionary: •••••••••••& #8226;•• Another useful addition, here you can add your own words to those already in the database for future reference. Display: •••••••••• Customize the brightness of the phones display as well as the overall contrast. EVENTS ¤•¤•¤•¤•¤ One handy press of this shows you all the incoming and outgoing calls to and from your mobile, this includes calls, messages and voicemail, a number next to each shows you the amount and all you need do is select the one you want press ok and view. Any new calls numbers can also be stored from here and entered into your directory automatically. WAP ¤•¤•¤•
          ; Easy again, from the phones main screen merely select services instead of menu and this will give you the WAP option, the WAP on this particular phone which is with One To One as they were known or T.Mobile as they are now called, is T.Motion. This gives you lots more to see and do from your WAP site with a host of news, games, and even music, all you need to do is simply hit WAP and ok and you will be connected and presented with a menu which includes all these and also allows you to send and receive email. One thing to remember that WAP is not free and some of the games offered would require you to connected for a long period of time, so keep an eye on the call time. VERDICT ¤•¤•¤•¤•¤•¤•¤ So that’s exactly what the Alcatel 311 is capable of, I cant stress again how easy it is to operate, everything about this phone is super, there are no games on this model but for me that didn’t matter at all. It is small enough to fit into a pocket or bag and extremely lightweight, a lock function can be set to prevent accidental pressing of the keys in this case. So as you can gather I’m impressed with my mobile and would certainly recommend it to anyone and would not hesitate to purchase an Alcatel again in the future. I particularly like the way you can personalise these with icons etc, they look great and at present mines got a cat on the front!. As I stated mine is on T.Mobile but there are other Pay As You Go networks available for this model if this doesn’t suit. The other thing is that this isn’t too badly priced, you can buy in various phone shops or online at www.walkyries-mobilephone-shop.com and expect to pay around £105, although you may get it cheaper in the high street. Anyway there you go, hope you enjoyed reading about my latest buy and here’s the specifications for those interested.
          SPECIFICATIONS ¤•¤•¤•¤•¤•¤•¤•¤• Size : 103x44x24 mm Weight : 99 g Language(s) : English, German, Spanish, Dutch, French Included : Standard battery : Ni-MH 700 mAh up to 5h30 talk time* up to 260 h Stand-by time** Standard charger

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