The Alcatel Club DB was my first mobile phone, as I was on a tight budget, and it seemed the best value at the time. That was only last year though, and it was barely months before I was unsatisfied. Although it makes calls perfectly well and you can write and recieve messages on it, the interface leaves somewhat to be desired. Although the phone will display all characters, it is only able to create upper case, which will come across as SHOUTING in text msgs. The length of names available within the directory was also pitifully short. The other major drawback was the message system. Rather than choosing a message to read from a menu, all messages that had been written or received were lumped into one menu which has to be scrolled through to find any kept messages. The actual buttons themselves were also inefficent, being small plastic buttons on the side of the phone, which my fingers easily slipped off, and became sore to use after any length of time. To mention the good points of the phone, it does look quite nice, and it is very solid, and does not mind being dropped onto tarmac! Despite this, better phones are now available in the budget range so this Alcatel gets a thumbs down from me.
I've just bought one of these as a present for my girlfriend from Virgin. 30 quid including the connection pack with a fivers worth of calls, which I consider to be an excellent price. Now I have to state that the phone will not be used on the Virgin (One2One) network, so I can't really comment on that, as it was bought with the express intention of using as an upgrade to her old Nokia 402 on Orange. So if anyone is thinking of doing this, I can recommend it. You have to write off to Virgin (address is i the box) and tell them the details about the phone - they then send you the codes to unlock it. This took (over the busy Christmas period) less than 2 weeks to get back to me. Once unlocked, it can then be used on any network. Anyway, about the phone itself. The menus to me seem slightly less than user-friendly - you actually have to read the manual to get to grips with them, unlike Nokias for example. The screen is small compared to most modern phones - this makes reading SMS messages slightly more difficult than necesary. But the handsfree kit that comes with it is good, the desktop charger is lovely and the speakerphone function is very good. The battery life seems to be reasonable and the size of the phone is acceptable - not massive, but not in the Motorola 3690 category. Overall I would recommend this to anyone who wants a cheap phone that works well.
Richard branson has made many a fortune producing a great service in a massive range of areas now. I'm pleased to say that he has continued his trend with his mobile network, Virgin Mobile. Virgin Mobile have signed up a fair amount of phones for their new range, some of them exclusive including the phone that I purchased, the Alcatel Max DB. This phone is available in either black or white although I plumped for the black one myself as I think it looks better. At the time of purchase the phone was £60-00 with a £12-50 service pack required which included £10-00 worth of calls. All this with Virgin's incredibly cheap tariff of 15p a minute for the first 5 minutes and 5p a minute from there after. I needed a mobile with cheap calls but also one that was stylish and with a reliable network. I have got all this with my Alcatel and the Virgin network. Although based on the 1-2-1 network, which isn't the most respected around, I have found great signals and no problems regarding connectivity or signal problems at all. I can wholeheartedly recommend this combination and hot off the press i can announce the major price cuts which make this phone just £29-99 now with a £10-00 service pack to be brought including £5-00 of free calls. Go out and get it and you won't be disappointed. Not forgetting the fact that you get a free hands free kit too along with a stylish charger!!
This is the second mobile I've owned and is among many I have used at one time or another, and it is simply the best one I've used, the built in hands free kit is very useful allwoing you to keep your hands for other activities and without the annoying "hands free" kits you get with other phones that include wires that tangle around you. The reception is good, the phone is dual band, there is no better practical phone that I am aware of, the only downside is that it can be difficult to use at first.
Simple to us and cheap to buy - £27.99. you get £2.50 on it and another £7.50 when you register. We have just bought this phone for our Mum as she is not exactly mobile phone orinated this is ideal. As its just for use if she goes out and needs to call anyone to help her this is just the job. You can put a £5 card on and use it. No getting a card every 60 days or a £15 one so everything is so easy. We tend to think of giving phones to the younger generation so if they go out you can reach them anytime anywhere and they can phone home easily but we forget the older generation where it comes in just as handy. They can keep it by their pillow and you can even key in someones number so if they are worried anytime they just press that one digit and not have to worry about the whole number. A godsend if you have anyone you worry over.
I bought my alcatel phone a week ago as i wanted a more modern looking and useable phone and I must say I couldnt have chosen better!! The phone is so small and light and comes in silver and the amount of features are excellent!!. The ring tones all 40 of them are totally different. You can of course also send text messages and it features also the time date and appointment setting so you can also use it as an alarm if needed! It has a direct phone book of course and a hands free option!, it is really compact and looks really good and looks a lot more expensive than it really is.I particularly like the base it comes with to either stand or charge it in!!. i say buy it!!! at £39 with £10 of free calls and no service contract and reasonable tariffs you cant go wrong.
I decided to cast aside my principles and take the gamble of getting a mobile phone. I had already decided on going with the Virgin Mobile network because of the cheaper call tariffs otherwise I would have gone with Orange. It was just a case of picking a phone that I liked and that would do the job. I plumped for the Alcatel because it has good looks and is very practical. Ot also has good features free with it like the stylish stand/charger and the clip on belt clip that is supplied. The phone is available for 60-00 with a 12-50 Virgin Mobile service pack on top which includes 10-00 worth of calls. Being a Virgin you also have access to the Virgin Extra section including loads of information on it. The phone is definitely a lovely phone to start off with and I can reccommend it. People have concerns that Virgin Mobile wont have the quality of network supply but this is untrue. It is based on the 1-2-1 network and has 98% coverage of the UK, I always get a 4 or 5 bar signal out of 5 so this is no problem at all. Virgin also undercut opponents by a significant amount. With Virgin, calls whatever time of the day are 15p a min for the first 5 mins and 5p a min thereafter. Also you get a nice little message letting you know when your tariff switches to cheap rate ie after you have been on for a cumulative 5 mins. Text messages are the standard 10p. Overall a very good all round phone and I reccommend it. Also vouchers are unlimited
When deciding on which phone to get i foolishly went on all looks and didn't really consider value for money. Now that i have this phone i find that the signal is feeble and rarely will i get a connection. When considering what phone to get u must take into account the networks ure mates r on, if u r on a different network to them you'll see your credit disappear rapidly. this is too unfair, the alcatel with virgin has great extras, possibly the best on the pay and go market! The integrated speaker is amazing but youll find that talk time will be v. limited with this option. Booking holidays and buying music is cheap and there is a radio which will cost u 5p/min. Voicemail is free to listen to, unique from any other pay and go network on the planet! However i do think that the virgin savvy and the phillips c12 are great phones and well worth adding to your shopping list! If u r to get this phone virgin is not the network to get it on!BT cellnet rules the market!
I purchased my alcatel with virgin mobile phones and at the time i was dead pleased with it. However within the first week of using my phone i spent ten quid (the amount which u get when u 1st purchase the phone). Text messages are a reasonable price at 10p but if you will txt alot then u should buy the BT Cellnet phillips c12, as u r able to get free messages. Not many people buy virgin phones, the virgin network is also feeble as the signal is poor. The cost of calls to other networks r 35p/min and 15p/min to land lines, after spending 5 mins 2 a land line the calls then go down to a pretty cheap 5p/min. There r many xtras including a line which enables u 2 buy things and a radio (5p/min), this is where the alcatel performs best! The integrated loud speaker is very good, but it runs the battery down like mad! If i could take my alcatel back and xchange it with another pay and go phone i would. I would have to choose the BT Cellnet phillips c12, the best phone ever at 30 quid!!!!!!
I've recently bought this phone with Virgin mobile, and I have to say it's very good value for money at £60. Originally it was £70 that was only available in white but i've now got it in black, although I'd wish they would have it in silver (as in the picture)... The features you get with it are a belt clip, a desktop charger, rather than a stand-alone adapter, and also the best of the 3 battery packs that are available for th model, being able to recharge in 60 mins. and has a standby time of 130 hrs and a talktime of 4 hrs 45 mins. In fact there is actually a vibrating component that's available but is extra and you also have to change the battery to the "lite" model (for the vibrator to fit in the battery compartment). Overall this phone is very good and I would recommend it to anyone.