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      25.11.2010 16:18
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      Cheap cheerful easy to use phone.

      This phone is absolutely bog standard. I purchased this phone on the cheap because I had an unfortunate mishap with my own phone. The phone is cheap and cheerful and extremely easy to use. The battery life on the phone is very good indeed with 5 days of standby time and a good 12 hours talk time. The phone battery is probably so impressive because of how basic the phone is with texting and calling about the only features. I personally found texting on this phone rather difficult as the buttons are so small and close together. The reception of the phone seemed good as i never had any difficulty picking up signal. The actual quality of sound whilst making a phone call cannot be grumbled at. Appearance wise I think this phone is ok, not to bulky but not to small. In conclusion if your looking for a cheap no thrills phone that gets the job done this certainly is the phone for you .

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      31.08.2010 02:17

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      Perfect as a first phone or a back up phone, does what it says on the tin.

      Well this phone was certainly a step down from my htc desire which was being repaired but for the price i couldnt complain. The phone is small in the hand but not too small, it feels nice and has a nice weight to it, though it does look a little toy-ish.

      Once you flip it open you reveal a very nice keypad, with large tactile buttons making text input a pleasure, the navigation pad is also easy to use being so big, plus there are a few shortcut keys making navigation very easy indeed.

      The screen is small (well when compared to my htc desire anyway) but is very bright and crisp, nothing special but it certainly does the job for phone calls and texting, you won't be watching any movies on it though.

      There are the usual functions to be found here such as calender, calculator alarm etc which means the phone is functional as well as stylish and simple.

      However, I wouldn't use this phone on a daily basis as it lacks features I use often such as email and video functions, as well as gaming. however for the price (£6) it did me a treat,


      My step brother now uses the phone, (he's 9) and it is perfect for him, he like to play the ringtones and try out texting etc, so it would be perfect as a first phone, plus its not expensive so no need to worry if it gets broken.

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      23.06.2010 21:20
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      Get it if you need a phone that just does very baisic things and if your saving money

      This phone is pretty good for the price I paid only £20 so I wasn't expecting much. It has all the baisic features a phone needs, calling , texting , phonebook and it even has games!

      The phone is small compact and lightweight. It looks quite nice with the shiny black finish too it and the buttons on the outside are a nice touch. The phone is also easy to close and open. However the buttons on the inside are too cramped and small for my liking. The screen is an okay size if you just need a phone to do all very baisic needs and nothing too great.

      The phone has a few backgrounds and ringtones you can choose from but not that many. You can't use bluetooth to send pictures or videos. You just have to use what your given.

      What I find really difficult on this phone is adding contacts because I get really confused as of which buttons to press because the layout isn't too clever. Sometimes the contact will save in work and sometimes in friends and most of the time nowhere at all.

      The games are also quite fun if your really bored one day. The chicken game and space invaders will keep you entertained for about 5 minutes. Not really a game you could play for a long time.

      Texting is quite difficult the keyboard layout and auto correct is quite outdated so they should deffinitly modernise that.

      Overall I say buy this phone if you want something cheap and reliable but not if you want all the latest features.

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      20.04.2010 23:04
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      Lets be honest for the cheap price it is brilliant!

      I bought this phone as a "replacement" phone after breaking my phone at a festival. I chose it mainly because of the price - only £9! I also liked how small and compact it was.
      When I bought this I wasnt looking for any special functions, all I needed was to make and recieve calls and send texts.

      I ended up keeping this phone for 6 months because I did not want to spend £100 buying a new one! I realised that having a camera on my phone doesnt matter because I have a digital camera, and also I have an ipod so an mp3 player is not needed.

      The phone is very easy to work - the screen is quite big and the navigation is simple. However one annoying point I picked up on is when you are looking at miss calls, it does not tell you the time of missed call or how many, it only tells you how many phone calls you have missed from that person since you have got the phone.

      An amazing thing about the phone is its battery life! It can stay charged for about 5 days! I also think the calender function is very useful.

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      29.01.2010 18:14
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      For the price, you can't really complain!

      I initially purchased this phone as my previous handset had a run in with a can of Red Bull in my handbag and died a liquidy death. As I was a very poor student at the time, I wanted the cheapest handset I could find, and did not care about features except for the ability to send and receive texts and phonecalls.

      Fortunately I found this handset in my local Orange store for a mere £9.00, plus £10.00 credit, bringing the total cost to £19.99, perfect!

      Whilst this handset is not choc full of features, it is an extremely reliable little phone. The build quality I would say is good, the phone feels quite light and plasticy, but does not feel like it will break if it is knocking around in your bag all day. The screen is a decent size, and is clear and bright, easy to read. The battery life is frankly amazing, the phone will stay on for about a week in standby mode, which is excellent for those who don't use their phones that often but want to be reachable at all times.

      The only negative aspects of this handset are the fact that the menus can be a little hard to navigate, and you can often end up deleting an entire half written text or accidentally hanging up on someone without meaning to! The onboard speaker is also a little to prone to sound leakage for my liking. Even with the volume set relatively low, people around you can often hear what your caller is saying, which impacts privacy quite a bit at times.

      All in all, a very reasonably priced phone for those who need a quick handset in an emergency.

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      20.11.2009 18:46
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      Cheap basic phone but texting is tricky

      WHY BUY THIS PHONE?

      Alcatel OT-S319
      I first came across the cheap little phone when a friend of mine was over from Australia and needed a phone with a UK sim. One way was to get her phone unlocked and then put in a UK sim in her phone or the other solution which she went for was to buy a cheap UK phone with sim included. We looked at Tesco but their cheapest was £19 so I went across the street to the Phones4U and found this cute little phone in either pink or black for £9.95 but you have to buy £10 worth of credit so it comes to £19.95 but of course you need credit anyway to make any use of the phone so it is a great little buy.


      My friend bought hers and I was so impressed that I decided to buy one too. I wanted mine just to get orange Wednesday cheap tickets for the cinema. I already have a HTC phone through BT that comes with our broadband and another old phone on Tesco mobile that I have had for about 10 years but it still does what I want it to. Unfortunately neither of these phones can be unlocked for some reason and I have asked at several of the unlocking places around Derby, and there are quite a number, and all say the same thing. So I bought this phone purely for my orange Wednesdays but as cinema tickets are so expensive it will only take 4 cinema visits before I am ahead and the phone has paid for itself.

      The phone is on orange and is on PAYG and I would think that if you were willing to pay the sort of money that is needed for a contract that you would be unlikely to accept this phone as it is extremely basic.


      WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
      The phone is small about 9cm long by 4cm across and only 1cm deep and it only weighs a tiny 90g. It is a flip phone or clamshell design with the screen in the top part that flips open and the buttons in the bottom part. I like flip phones as they take up so little room but give you a decent sized screen and numbers and it is also impossible to make calls by accidently pressing numbers while the phone is in your pocket or handbag. I chose the pink one as did my friend as it is easy to spot in my bag and less desirable for stealing (not sure if a £10 phone is that desirable anyway). The phone is rounded and slim so I find it very comfortable to hold. The charger cable fits in a mini usb point in the bottom left hand corner behind a small plastic or rubber hinge which is very neat and took me some time to find!

      NOW LET'S OPEN THE PHONE

      Open the phone has a good sized (nearly 5cm) screen at the top with 128 x 160 pixels of bright clear coloured images which you can change should you feel the need. The top of the main phone section has the on/off button in red on the button of the four buttons surrounding the OK button in the middle so it is very clear and obvious even to a phone novice. Surrounding the OK button is a round circular button that can take you up or down or sideways on the screen. If you press the top right hand button near the Ok button it takes you to a screen with symbols for all the applications so you can choose what you want from there - media album, address book, games, WAP, messages, Shortcuts, settings, call history or tools. Don't get too excited the media is actually 64 pre set MP3 ring tones of limited interest, and the images are also pre set and you don't seem able to add you own but I may be wrong there. You may be able to do this by paying extra but I can't honestly get too excited about ringtones and images on my screen background so I shall not be looking into this any further.

      THE KEYBOARD
      The numbers are quite large and clear and have a back light so the keyboard can be seen when it is dark. It is the standard texting using the number buttons and pressing two or three times depending on the letter wanted. The numbers are easy to use but the lip at the bottom of the phone where the top fits into the bottom does make the bottom row of buttons a little tricky to press if you have large fingers but I don't find it too much of a problem.

      TEXTING

      Now this is where i have a big problem with this phone. Bear in mind I bought it to text the most basic text "film" to 241. Well I was nearly in tears of frustration the first time I tried to do this as it would NOT let me text film. It didn't matter how I tried to trick it the stupid phone kept predicting anything and everything thing else except film. I have discovered that when i press the number 3 three times it gives me any one of the 3 letters possible and I have to select and clear till I get the right one then we move to the next letter and play the same game and so the very simple task of sending a four letter text requires me to spend about 5 frustrating minutes going backwards and forwards to get the correct combination of letters. If this was the phone I depended on for all my texting I would probably have thrown it in the bin by now but as I only have to battle once a week to get this four letter text out then I'm not too worried. But that is why I have held on to my ancient Sagem as I could not be bothered with this fuss and I send texts quite a lot using that phone. I keep the old phone for my Homestart contacts and this number is only for them that is why I keep it.

      OTHER FEATURES
      The phone memory allows a record of 20 dialled, 20 received and 20 missed calls. There is an internal memory or 50kb but I'm not really sure what that means in reality. There is no camera but for a tenner you would not realistically expect that in my opinion. There are a lot of other features included in new phones that are not available on this basic beast such as 3gG Bluetooth, infrared port , WLAN, 3G or HSC SD but there is a USB connector which is also the charger so you could charge it through a computer or laptop I am thinking but I have not tried it. There is also no radio but there is a WAP browser which I have not tested so not sure how much this costs or if indeed it does work. There are two games pre-installed, chicken and UFO, neither of which get me too excited but might amuse children I guess. I would only be interested in solitaire or mind games and can't be bothered with platform type games like these.

      BATTERY
      The battery life on this is very good, with the fully charged battery lasting several days, and I have found it only takes a couple of hours to charge back to full. The charger it comes with is a lot smaller than my other chargers and has a very light normal 3 pin plug which I think is a big plus as some chargers are so heavy.

      SUMMARY
      This is a neat attractive looking phone which has irritating foibles such as the difficulty in texting. It would suit someone wanting a cheap phone to make calls rather than text. There are no fancy features but it what might be described as an honest phone, it does what it does which is not a lot but it is VERY cheap and for my own personal use it does what I need it to do and cost me very little. I would say it is probably not worth a lot more than it sells for. It is a good emergency phone, great phone for someone wanting a cheap UK sim phone or for a child or teenager who may be prone to losing phones.

      Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name.

      © catsholiday

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