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      08.06.2011 01:50

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      Good for a basic handset but poor as a mobile phone overall.

      This phone is everything it aims to be; simple and cheap. Its functions are basic to say the least, you can call, text and use the phone as an alarm clock but not much more but this phone aimed at those that want a no frills handset. Unlike smart phones, you'll never find yourself lost in a menu somewhere, it's just not possible which is what makes it perfect for mobile phone novices that want their handset to be as simple as possible.
      I purchased this handset as a short term replacement when I lost my much more complicated Nokia because it was so cheap, at only £5 it's impossible to find anything cheaper which makes it ideal for use a temporary replacement. However if like me you text alot it can become frustrating due to the slow and stiff keypad, I often found myself having to bash the buttons for them to respond.
      This handset is perfect for anyone who finds technology difficult and complicated to use and I would recommend this for anyone who wants to use the handset purely for calls. However if you use alot of texts or want to master it then I would recommend paying a little more for something with a faster and more responsive keypad.
      Overall this handset is good as a basic handset but it lacks the relevemt fuctions to a be a great phone.

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      31.05.2010 22:20
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      Perfect for someone who texts occasionally

      I love this phone! I wanted a phone which I could send and receive texts on. It didn't need to do anything else and it doesn't! I got the phone when it was on offer for £5 so perfect if you want a cheap phone. I use it as a pay as you go phone and it works brilliantly for this.
      I would recommend this for people who just send texts occasionally. I probably send 2-3 a day. If you want to send significantly more than this then you may want one a bit higher tech. It does suggest words but you have to press the down arrow usually just a couple of times to find the right word but it does tend to remember abbreviations used for things after just a couple of times and will use the new abbreviation as the first option for that word even if it one which you added.
      The buttons are nice and big so easy for texting especially if you are older and need bigger buttons to see easier. The buttons are flat so are easy to scroll over.
      The messages are easy to open, find the inbox and to access the address book.
      There are two games on: a type of tetris game and bricks both of which are useful for entertaining young kids while waiting if you are out!
      Overall an easy phone to use and good value for money.
      The one negative is that the battery while holding its charge for quite a while is that it occasionally switches itself off and then you need to reset the time, date etc...
      There is an alarm setting and you can put dates in a diary and it will remind you when they come up.

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      28.08.2009 01:47
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      Recommended For Light, Infrequent Mobile Users

      I recently damaged my mobile phone and wanted to pick up a new PAYG (pay as you go) mobile cheaply from Orange. I had been with Tesco mobile, but have had some problems with the service lately so decided it was time for a change. Looking through the Orange site, none of the new phones particularly appealed to me, especially as I already have a decent MP3/MP4 player as well as a good digital camera. I didn't want to pay good money for a gadget I would only use the phone function on!

      I picked this Alcatel OT E227 from the reconditioned models section on the Orange PAYG section. Technically, it was free, and this offer is still available at present though only for the girly pink model now. What makes it free is that it costs £19.50 but it comes with a £20 credit voucher. For the price I paid (well, technically I earned 50p), I really can't complain too much!

      Getting the phone set up is extremely simple, and nothing more than a case of inserting the sim card, inserting the battery, and plugging in the charger. Then I just had to switch it on and get started with registering my phone and then updating my address book. After the registration went through, which took 24hrs because I imported my old number, getting started using my phone took a matter of minutes.

      I knew I was buying a simple phone when I purchased this, but I must admit I was a bit shocked at just how prehistoric this is. The phone functions are the same as ones I had on my early mobile phones back in the late 90s. There's no calendar, just the ability to program in date reminders (which is hard to do without a calendar to check your dates on!), and the calculator is really fiddly and long-winded. There's no internet access, so make sure you don't choose the Orange tariff that comes with free internet access!

      There's no camera, no video, no music etc. There's just a small selection of pre-programmed ring tones to choose from. In fairness, I happily found an acceptable tone for both my text messages and my ring tone so I was happy enough in that respect.

      The text messaging facility is a bit of a pain. Writing a text message is straightforward and easy to do, as is sending one. But receiving them is a major issue as the phone can only store about twenty to thirty messages! I find myself deleting messages every few days as I'm constantly getting the "sim full" message. I looked to see if perhaps I could change my settings to save directly to the phone, instead of the sim, but I can't find any way to do this.

      Making calls is where this phone excels. Accessing the phone book is simple enough, though it takes two or three clicks to bring up the directory instead of the one click that it takes with modern phones. But once you hit the call button, you get crystal clear sound quality from this phone. I was surprised at just how good the sound quality is in fact, and felt that it made up for some of the phone's downfalls.

      The battery life on this is also very good, with the fully charged battery lasting several days, and only taking a couple of hours to charge at a time. The charger it comes with is a lot smaller than a lot that I've used on more modern phones too. I also like the slim design of this phone, and the fact that it's really lightweight. It definitely feels a bit cheap to be honest, but I do like that this doesn't weigh my pocket down.

      All in all, this is a cheap phone (well, a free one actually) and you certainly get what you pay for. It's perfectly useable though, even if it does miss out on a few modern functions and features that I've grown accustomed to having easy access to. If I had my choice again, I don't think I'd choose this one. But I'm hardly beating myself for having gained 50p for giving it a try. I think I'll get a new phone in the next few weeks and relegate this one to the kitchen drawer in case of emergencies. I wouldn't put off anyone trying this themselves if they really do just want a phone that makes calls though, and aren't bothered about storing large quantities of text messages and having things like a decent calendar and calculator etc on their mobile.

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        16.08.2009 23:14
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        I Love this phone

        I bought this phone (Alcantel -E227) 2 months ago & I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.

        (This is the girlie bit!!!- I not being sexist -I'm a girl & into gadgets/computer etc in a big way, but this phone is SO good looking!!)

        I saw this on the Carphone Warehouse website & loved the colour- it's even nicer when you get it out of the box -fantastic/very expensive looking, burnish red colour with silver trim - it feels lovely too- like satin and when it rings it has really great lights that flash up and down the centre.

        It does what it says on the box - its a great phone that let you make calls and text, Thats all it does-- totally brilliant. I have a really great camera for taking pictures - (A Cannon Zoom- the best camera ever) a hand held cam-corder for holiday movies etc (Can't remember what make but only cost £70 from Argos and my mum can work it- thats always a bonus!)

        This little phone has got a fantastically clear screen,it so easy to use and the price!!!!!!.
        It cost £14.99- that includes £10 of calls and as it comes with an Orange network sim -you can opt for various call deals. (ie cheap txts/calls/ international etc)

        I've had quite a few phones over the years that do just about everything but this is my favorite by far and people comment on it all the time because they have never heard of the company and/or because of the look of the phone.

        I know of a least 6 of my family/friends/colleagues who have ordered more than one of these fantastic little honeys for various people(male and female) and if Alcantel bring out other colours I be ordering them big time.!!!!!! Just to match my shoe collection.

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        31.07.2009 23:32

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        The best budget phone out there.

        This was the cheapest phone I could find in Tescos. I think that someone like me, who doesnt really use their phone tant much is the perect target market for this product. It doesn't have many games, it doesn't do WAP or GPS or whatever, it won't even toast a slice of bread. But what it will do is phone and text. For me, that is a masterstroke. In a time when phones are becoming cameras and organisers and thermometers (you just wait...), the focus of the phone is growing further from making calls and sending texts. What this phone does is just that. It is simple to do and quick at doing it. Whilst the storage of old texts is in an agonizingly small storage capacity, it feels like you could drop it from a four storey building (note feels like, dont hold me responsible...). And it's cheap.

        Some may say that you're not getting a brand aswell, like Nokia or Samsung, but Alcatel-Lucent is one of the largest profit creating companies in Europe, and is huge in France. You just wait. Alcatel will be a name. And then you're phone will be worth millions!!!!!

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        08.04.2009 05:10
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        The perfect choice for a child, this phone made me love it in spite of myself.

        I'm a geeky gadget freak. I like my phone to be multifunctional, multimedia, cutting-edge, online and very grown-up; at any given time, my ideal phone is likely to be the Blackberry after next. I am also, however, stony broke (long story). So when my well-worn PDA stumbled to a halt, I was left in the unwelcome - and unfamiliar - position of needing a VERY CHEAP new phone.

        My sister, a Blackberry owner, came shopping with me for moral support. As it happened, we both spotted this little cutie at once. Undoubtedly aimed at little girls, it's a pearlescent pink clam-shell design, charmingly scattered with white flowers, and is absolutely tiny. Best of all, it was £9.99. Sold!

        The OT-E227 doesn't do anything. It's a phone: it sends & receives calls and texts, can handle MIDIs (sounds) and has an alarm/clock. That's it. No camera, no USB or other connections, no radio or iplayer, no speaker, no browser and it doesn't handle MMS (picture messages). Oddly enough, I've found it quite liberating. This phone is professional suicide for me but --- I love it!

        As a child's phone, it is very well thought out. Only 8.5cm high and light as a feather, it nonetheless has nice big keys. How come grown-up phones have keypads for fairy fingers, yet this baby phone can easily accommodate my full-size thumbs?

        The keypad is silvery-metallic, backlit (in pink, of course) and is a pleasure to use. The keys require a bit of pressure but, at the same time, the flat pad surface means you can slide over them very quickly. There's the usual six-key directional arrangement at the top, with an OK button and the right-left keys in the middle. No rocker, which I think is wise as I've never known a rocker key that didn't stick.

        Interestingly, there's no Call button. You can't just type in a number and press Call, you have to select your number from the phone book - then select call - and confirm. Six keypresses in all. If the number isn't already in the book, you must add it first. Needless to say, this annoys the hell out of me. But it's an intelligent configuration for a child's phone: you simply cannot ring random numbers or make impulse calls.

        Likewise, six keypresses to send a text. If I were buying for a child (and footing their bill), I'd be very happy about these features.

        Text is clear, unfussy, black-on-white. The predictive functionality is OK: a bit old-fashioned in that you have to press the down key to page through word options and it doesn't auto-learn: you must choose "add word". It seems to have a decent memory for new words, though. Extra characters are limited, however I doubt that many children use as much punctuation as I like to!
        4 evrydA use it's gr8 ;)

        The screen is multicoloured with a choice of cute wallpapers and several colour schemes. The built-in tones feature a very eclectic selection of jazz tunes, chimes, beeps and salsa. They're all fun, and sound cute (a word I can't help over-using about this phone!). I picked some really pretty chimes for mine. Although MIDI files are on the menu, I don't see anywhere to add them as ringtones so this might be a problem if your little treasure is fussy.

        The OT-E227 has two built-in games called Russia and Bricks: both simple, brightly-coloured arcade-style games. And that's it. It is a pocket-money phone, after all!

        Reception & call quality are every bit as good as a more expensive phone. The handset does have volume controls, mute facility and all the usual adjustments; it simply doesn't have any bells & whistles ... except as ringtones.

        Battery life is excellent. The battery itself, though, is a major weak point in the OT-E227. It keeps cutting out. Possibly I've got a 'Friday' battery ... it is really annoying to find your phone's switched itself off every so often - then have to remove the battery, put it back in and reset the clock. That process is easy - it's a slide'n'click cover - but it looks like Alcatel went one economy too far on the battery/connectors.

        Hard to rate this phone! I'm going to invent a new system; here goes:-

        * Touch & feel - 10/10
        * Cuteness - 10/10
        * Slickness - 0/10
        * Six-click calling - 10/10
        * Ringtones - 6/10
        * Price/Value - 20/10
        * Child-proof-ness - 8/10

        I paid £9.99 at the Orange shop, £10 PAYG credit required on purchase.

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          26.11.2008 22:57
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          Alcatel OT-E227 is an absolutely great phone. I came to know of it when my sister bought it. The phone is very attractive, especially the one that comes with pink colored casing and stars on it.

          The phone has the following exceptional features;

          Its size is very small and it slips into your pocket right away with very much ease. It comes with attractive themes and the screen's brightness can also be monitored. The phone doesn't have advance functions such camera, internet browsing and music player.

          A very great feature of this phone is that it is very cheap and can be bought by averagely any one who comes to like it, although the Alcatel OT-E227 is built specifically to attract female teenagers. Its flip to open characteristic also adds to its beauty.

          As, the phone is built for the use of teenagers, the phone is designed for beginners and can be used by first time users,.

          A disadvantage of this phone is that it cannot be unlocked so easily, you would have to pay half the cost of the phone to unlock it.

          The phone can also be charged using the USB cable. If you want to pass come time busy, the can take care of that too as it has got two games; The Tetris-style Russia and The Ping Pong-style Bricks.

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