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      16.12.2009 19:37

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      did anyone get the chatboard to send an email with an attachment as teh advert claimed they charged me £20 to fone to find out how to do it and it never workedimpossible to connect to pc for internet access? no serial/usb cable anywhere please?

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      19.05.2003 23:29
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      I got this phone free, and for free it is great! It is almost totally indestructable! I threw it at my brother really hard, but he moved out of the way, and the phone smashed against a brick wall. All that happened was the battery fell off and the casing came apart a bit. I clipped it back together - good as new! Also, I dropped it right the way down 2 flights of concrete steps, and again all that happened was the battery fell off! I have recently got a new phone, a Nokia 5210, which is better, but when I tried to take the Ericsson apart I found it very difficult, coz it was so well built. The bad points about this phone are the sheer size of it - it's like a house brick, or maybe even a house! Also, the aerial is astronomical! The good thing about the aerial, of course, is that it can be unscrewed, and the point is very sharp, so I can use it as a weapon to prod people with, lol! Also, the main part of the case is not changeable. Another good point is the battery life. Loads of people say it is rubbish, but I can get the battery to last about 5 days when left on all day and night. By the way, the design of the phone casing is ridiculous. It is brick-like. Lol. The menu system on the phone is not the best, but I wouldn't really expect much from a free phone. Also, the ringtones are an absolute fart! You get a composer though. The feel of the keypad is not very good, but if you make the phone "click" or "Bbeep" when a key is pressed, it tells you whether or not the key has been depressed. After owning this phone for about a year, the only problems are that after throwing it with great force at a few hard things, like walls, the LCD has become a bit blotchy in the corner, although this does not affect what I see on the screen. I would definitely reccomend this phone to anyone, but don't pay more that £40 for it.

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        11.08.2001 07:31
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        Ericsson A-1018S that has appeared in our market more of a year back is a popular model already. For this time the device had time to confirm reliability and quality of production of company Ericsson, that in a combination to the low price makes it rather attractive. The telephone is very qualitative and precise executes the main applicability. I had different emotions - as positive, and not so. The body is made from qualitative and pleasant to the touch plastics of gray color. The offered firm overlays look very nicely and are made rather good. But phone has bulky form of body, which does not allow enough is comfortable to store the telephone in pockets of a wear. It is not convenient to keep in a hand during talk or dialogue from the menu. The very good illumination of keys, but letters located on keys, very small-sized, and that them to make out, is necessary hardly to strain eyes. The management of the telephone is carried out with the help of traditional menu, which differs by a simplicity and clearness. It allows working with the telephone at once after purchase, addressing to the instruction only in complicated cases. Some bewilderment is called by rather complicated organization of work with the telephone directory. The dialogue with the telephone is facilitated due to the rather large display with good illumination and precise font with the large greasy letters. Rather convenient function is the automatic keyboard lock, which is turn on after 25 seconds of idle time, owing to what the casual dial of number completely is eliminated. If necessary of fast dial (nine number keys of a typesetting field) user enough to press buttons of removal of blocking and key of fast access. When desire the automatic blocking can be turn off. The phone is equipped with hours (which are constantly mapped on the display in a waiting mode) and rather "loud" alarm clock. By the way, this telephone has ideal (on internal sen
        sations) a ratio of "weight / dimensions". The similar feelings were caused also by quality of transfer of speech that, however, is traditional for devices of production Ericsson.

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          12.06.2001 07:14
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          “I’m on the bus!” Mobile phones can be annoying no matter how many features they include, but the A1018s takes the biscuit. The sheer size of the thing is ridiculous, and the ariel is the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen in the world of consumer electronics. I actually paid for my A1018s with 60 of Coca-Cola’s finest ring pulls (money was tight!) but I can say that in my opinion the phone isn’t even worth the price of 1 can of pop. The screen is depressing and trying to send a message with the thing is nigh on impossible, due to buttons that feel like rubber – oh wait, they actually are rubber! The actual idea of any phone with rubber buttons is beyond me, as half of the time you cannot tell whether any button has been pressed, and you end up with a text message like: “Hey ae u goigg out tomigt?” which is a tad useless to say the least. The ring tones sound like they’ve been created by tone-deaf pensioners and most of the 8, get that, 8! Ring tones sound like remixes of classical music, and most people don’t want to be alerted to their friends ringing them by the sound of the creatively named “Tone 7” which sounds like a World War II song. However the phone does include a nice, if somewhat short, ring tone composer, which is useful if you like to be creative with your phone. The option of changing the covers is available but this seems completely unnecessary due to the small size of the front panel. The phone also comes with a belt-clip, and I ask myself, who in this day and age wants to walk round with a phone the size of an egg-box strapped to the front of their Levis? After around 6 months of use the ring tones became completely inaudible, not a very attractive prospect considering the absence of a vibrate function. After a couple more months one of the centre pixel lines went completely blank, and trying to read messages was extremely diffic
          ult. In my opinion a better choice of phone would be any from the Nokia range, particularly the 3310, which I have been happy with for quite some time now.

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            03.06.2001 00:18
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            This is a good old war horse that's pretty long in the tooth now - it is not exactly the most "up-to-date" "high spec" "modern" of mobiles around these days, however its still not a bad buy! Advantages: The signal is pretty good and it's excellent value for money now-a-days. Changable fascias Ring tone composer Disadvantages: Weighs 163g! Text messages get deleted automatically after 72 hours....which can be annoying!! Battery life is nothing to write home about - normally around a day or two if you use your phone a fair bit. Fascias are not very easy to come by now for this phone - seen as its a bit out dated. Its not the most of modern phones - so maybe its not ideal for any of you teens that want a mobile purely to "show off"!! ~ General information ~ Battery standby/talktime: 65hts/2.75hrs Extras: Swappable front fascia, ring tone composer, excellent price Downside: Fairly basic and heavy by today's standards

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              13.04.2001 07:14
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              The Ericsson isn't the best looking phone on the market, but at this price, it's not to be sniffed at. My father also has a different phone of a similar price, and to be honest, the Ericsson is a lot better. The battery that came with mine was the "heavier than the phone" sort, and as a result has an impressive battery life. After I left it on overnight, it ran for a good three days before it beeped "battery low" at me (that’s 24 hours X 3 days = 72 hour) It is shocking how much power the backlight takes up, with the light permanently on, after a full charge, the battery lasted less than two days. My advice - leave it off unless absolutely necessary. The front panel can be changed, although they can be a little hard to come by. You won't find them on the high street, but there are a few available online. This phone looks like a brick; therefore you are not a prime target for thieves and muggers as they are all beating up the people who are showing off their new Nokias. The reception can be quite poor, but my place of study is over the road from a transmitter, so it doesn't present a problem to me. Overall, I feel that the phone is a cheap, sturdy, and reliable way of staying in touch. It isn't a target for thieves, and with the sms messaging, can give you access to a new group of friends (the ones who never phone, only text) did I mention it was cheap?

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              02.04.2001 07:52
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              I got my Ericson 1018s through the Coca-Coal promotion. I fianlly had my phone after drinking my way though several cans and many two litre bottle of Cola. I find this phone to be perfect for my needs, I only tend to use it if travelling or to text message friends if they are not at home. Yes, by todays standards it is quite large, but so is the phone pocket on my handbag, it doesn't take picture messages, which would be fun. It did come supplied with charger and hands free kit so overall I am happy with it. As I am not a teenager I don't have my phone as a fashion accesory, but rather as a means to communicate with people, so I do not feel I need a cute little pink phone that is no bigger than a match box.

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                30.03.2001 06:58

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                I love this phone especially as you can put your own tune in, I used to have the sagem but prefer this one. The colour quite good and you can change them more features as well the clock and the alarm always gets me up in the morning. The only downfall is the ringer not that loud but everything else is okay, mines is prepay one and always get a reception nice crisp and clear definately a good buy cheap and cheerfull.

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                01.03.2001 00:18
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                The Ericson A1018s mobile phone is cheap. Pay £40, and away you go with a fully functioning mobile phone. But please don't do it, this is the worst phone of the lot. There are so many bad features, I'm not sure where to start. First off, the sound on the phone is terrible. In the middle of a conversation, all of a sudden you won't be able to hear a thing. It's not that the other party has been disconnected, it's just that the receiver isn't working correctly. In a recent half-hour call, this occured maybe 3-4 times. Frequently, you can't hear the phone, either. Granted, not hearing the phone ring loudly is a problem with several mobiles, but it seems particularly acute for the A1018. The keys are also very sensitive. If I have the phone in a pocket, it is not an unusual occurance for me to accidently call someone on my phone list. In addition to the embarassment it causes--you can't help but sound like an idiot to the party you've called--this makes me turn the phone off from time to time, and if I have to resort to that, what's the point of having a mobile? A more minor problem is the flashing green light when in use. It looks like a little firefly. It's very annoying. In fairness, the phone does charge up relatively quickly, so there is one more positive. But even though the phone is cheap, others in the same price range offer far better quality.

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                  14.02.2001 17:12

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                  Okay so it's not the most up to date techilogical mobile BUt it says excaxly what it says on the tin. I've dropped it on pavements, floors and in water and on every account it has mirracously survived. The one2one prepay is statically the best prepay out of all of them (although to be fair all the networks overcharge when it comes to mobile pre pay). One2one charges thirty pee per mobile too call another network the cheapest compared to rivals who can be as bad as fifty pee a minute. This phone also shows how unpretentious you are by not owning an overpriced girly phone with usless wap features!

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                  05.01.2001 17:56

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                  Yes as an owner of this lovely phone ive heard it all before, my phone is classed as weapon its so big, etc etc . BUt this phone is normally given out free on many deals , so is it worth payin an extra £40 on another phone just so u can play snake and have pretty pictures. The idea of a phone is to phone other people - exactly what this phone does and sends text messages and has all the other basic functions. Really all u ever need in a phone is in this one, so parents out there your kids might not think its cool, but its an extra £40 for calls which is probably much better

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                  12.12.2000 20:03

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                  On the whole I have been pleased with the Ericsson A1018s. I have had some problems with signal strength but these may be due to the One 2 One network rather than the phone (I have also had problems with a Motorola on the same network). It sometimes completely loses its signal, however, and this seems to be a problem with the phone because switching off and back on (or sometimes simply trying to make a call) brings the signal back. On the whole the problems have not been too bad, but I would not recommend this phone on the One 2 One network.

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                  10.12.2000 18:53

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                  This is a very ugly phone, but it is reliable and you can make your own ringing tones . If you have seventy quid to spend, save a bit more and buy a nokia 3210! Much better phone! Also, when i got my a1018s i asked for a black one..... and got a PURPLE ONE and now when i change the front covers, it completely doesn't suit the purple body at all. Much too pricey, tacky and WRONG COLOUR! buy a Nokia phone instead of forking out £70 on an ugly, square peice of PURPLE tack!

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                  03.12.2000 16:02
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                  In September of this year my mum bought my sister this phone on the One2One, Up2You network for her 17th birthday. As my sister is at the age for mobile phones she loved the fact you could change the covers and change the ring to popular tunes from the charts etc and for a two months she did just that and it worked fine... ...Until it decided to stop working altogether just two months after she first bought it. Because it is a prepaid contract (pay for the 1st year and get so many free minutes a month) it was all in my mum's name as my sister is under 18, so she was left with the task of returning it to the shop where they bought it - Phones4U. The shop told my mum that they would have to send it off to decide what the fault was and if it could be mended. My mum explained to them that when they had found it was broken they thought it was something to do with the arial so they tried to unscrew but found it impossible. Carelessly my sister had tried using pliers thus damaging the arial. The assistant noted this down and the phone was sent away. A couple of weeks later, after being left with no replacement phone the shop contacted my mum to say they had recieved the report back to say what was wrong with the phone. They told my mum that they could fix it but it would cost her £31.00 because the phone was damaged (ie. the arial) and therefore breaking the phones warranty. Disgraceful! My mum is not the sort of woman to give up on things and she argued this out with them, telling them that she had told the assistant that the only reason it was damaged was because they thought it was the arial and had tried to remove it but it was stuck on. Phones4U just ignorantly said there was nothing they could do and was she going to pay it or did she want the phone back? No she wasn't going to pay it. She then phoned Ericcson to see if she could get anywhere with them. Luckily they weren't
                  as difficult as Phones4U(!). The customer service advisor told her they would send her a new arial as a "good will gesture" so she could swap that with the damaged one and then have it mended. Great, only they still can't get the arial to come off - and it IS supposed to come unscrewed - by the way! Also the service centre broke the warranty seal on the phone so she doesn't know if even if she does change the arial they will fix it for her! As it stands at the moment the phone has not been mended and the arial will not come off, I'll keep you posted!

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                    29.11.2000 21:55

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                    First of all, let's not pretend anything here. This is by no means the best phone on the market. But it is far from the worst. As far as value goes, it's probably one of the best. A little on the chunky side, with an aerial that is a bit longer than preference, this phone has a host of features that you can't find anywhere else for £30. Ringtone Composer, removable fascias, alarm, fax and data support... the list goes on. As I've said already, it's nowhere near the best of phones - no internet access, no games etc, but how much do you have to pay to get those? £60? £80? £100+? If you want a mobile phone, and don't want to spend too much, get an Ericsson A1018s on pay as you go - Orange or BT Cellnet are my recommended network providers. And as I said, for £30 (possibly £40) you've got nothing to lose.

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                  Ericsson A1018s is the first in a coming series of A-class mobile phones. It is designed to be fun, easy to use and offers value for money. Featuring a slender, perfectly balanced exterior, the A1018s fits perfectly into the hand and is supplied in an exciting array of fresh and vibrant colors. It has a clear, simple and easily navigated menu system and the phone is full of basic, intelligent and useful features.

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