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      06.02.2002 01:37
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      I've owned this phone for some time now, and I have to say that it is a good phone, but it is also a phone that has pros and cons that equal each other. So, when making the decision whether to buy this phone or not, i had to come to realise that the phone i was buying was not one I would be able to show off too much, but more a phone that's main purpose is to be a mobile phone, unlike many of the phones available today. The phone's Pros The phone's packed full of features. Its got voice-dialing, voice answering (where you just have to say hello for it to answer the call for you), vibrate function, and all the other 'standard' functions. It also has a sweet little flip on it which saves you from having to put the keylock on all the time. This is especially useful for people like me who seem to spend all their credit by sitting on the phone!! The phone's Cons The phone has a few cons, and as i said they roughly equal the pros. The problem that a lot of people have picked up on is the fact that the buttons on the keypad are very small, and hence you can sometimes lose your grip on the things, and completely mess up a number or a text. Talking of texts, the phone doesn't have predicitive text, and so it can sometimes take ages to write one text. The phone looks small, and it is, but it is also quite heavy, and can rival some of the 'brick' phones that are around. Also, the phone has a battery life that only lasts a couple of days, so for any busy person this can be quite annoying at times. Overall, this phone is a quality bit of kit for anyone who wants a mobile phone. Anyone who wants a PC, games console, notebook, tea-maker and phone all in one- this isn't for you.

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        28.05.2001 21:22
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        Having got a t18s last September I first thought it was quality. However I did not count one the fact that it would become outdated quite so quickly. Basically within a month of getting it the new Ericsson came out, Nokia start selling brand new phones, and so I'm left with a phone that now actually isn't very good. 1. The screen is so small, therefore no games, text messaging is a pain, you can't see all of the message. 2. Its actually a lot heavy compared to the newer phones. 3. The flip down lid is fragile, I don't know how mines stayed intact, although I've seen a lot that have broken. 4. The reception is appalling. My Union bar is basically underground, sort of, everyone else gets reception apart from me. Not only that if I go outside to get reception I look like Dr Spock with his tricorder desperately swinging the thing round in the air trying to get reception. 5. The screen scrates easily and somehow has managed to aquired little white blobs inside it, what these are I don't know, where they came from is anyones guess. All in all I'm not impressed especially as if I had waited I could have got the T28, however even that has apparently the highest radiation levels. Waht are you up to Ericsson?

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          22.04.2001 07:50
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          Want a versatile, easy to use phone that can keep you in touch with people all over the world – then the Ericsson T18s is the phone for you. The T18s is a dual band phone weighing only 146g and has a flip key cover that hides all the main buttons when closed. The flip is used to answer calls and hang up. The T18s enables you to assign different ring tones to 10 different incoming callers and it can also memorise the last 30 dialed, missed or answered calls. The T18s will also store 15 text messages for you. With a built-in clock with alarm function, calculator and many more features the Ericsson T18s is a very attractive package indeed. The Ercsson T18 has many advantages such as the alarm function, the calculator and the flip key cover, but then again nowadays these features are expected with mobile, thats why i think that even though the T18 is a very good mobile, it doesn't stand out from the 3310's and 3210's, to show that it is different. The disadvantages with all mobile (Ericssons) is that i think and i know that most people think they are old looking and not very modern which for nowadays is a absolute 'need'. Thats why, if you look about you most teenagers and young people will have Nokia's as all us teenagers think they look 'cool' and modern. Even though the T18 is a good mobile, i don't think there is nothing special to the mobile that would persuade me to buy it as there are better mobiles available at relatively the same price. Personally i would not buy the T18 as its not the mobile for me, as i would expect more from a mobile in personalisation features and ability. Then again though the T18 is a good mobile and would probably be better for someone who uses their mobile in business. Overall though, it is a really good mobile and has all the class required of a mobile.

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            19.03.2001 20:14

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            When it cam time to upgrade my phone I needed something small, light(ish) and that had a flip cover so I wouldn't be forever dialling from my pocket as I usually do. I plumped for the T18 as it seemed to fit the bill and was a £30 upgrade with Orange. It's got a lot of features for the money, the voice dialling is excellent, never fails for me, the vibrating alert is great and the phone is very robust which is great if your as clumsy as I am. Main gripes are the size of the buttons (what did I expect, the phone is tiny?) but the most annoying thing is the occasional lag after pressing the keypad. This can be most annoying especially if your onto one of those automated exchanges. The SMS keypad is a good idea and works well also.

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            10.02.2001 01:30
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            After 10 years of using Nokia products I became disillusioned with their poor reliability. I had never been keen on the looks of the admittedly well renowned Ericsson’s until the launch of this model and it’s sibling the T10. A neat looking little handset with a multitude of features including programmable ring tones, vibrating alert and an active flip. And I am not disappointed with the reliability either. It’s the first handset I’ve had in 10 years that hasn’t failed within 12 months! The only issue I have had with it is a premature shutting down problem, which seemed to suggest a faulty battery, but was in fact cured by using a pencil eraser on the battery contacts! Overall a decent if now dated handset.

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              06.02.2001 16:18

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              The Ericsson T18s was the second phone I bought and I still have it now, even though I want to buy the new T28s, which is amazing in looks and functions. But the T18s is a good phone but not very nice looking but the menus and functions are brilliant and is a good phone to start with. The phone has alarm, text messaging and has it’s own melody editor so you can make your own ringtone or enter a bit out of one of your favourite music track If you are a beginner at mobile phones I would suggest the T18s. But if you’ve had a few phones before I would suggest getting this one, the T28s is brilliant. Chris

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              19.01.2001 16:56
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              I recently upgraded my old Motorola phone to an Ericsson T18s and must say I am very pleased I did. My phone account is a bill phone, orange everyday 50 plan top be exact so I was able to obtain this phone for £25 as an upgrade. The phone itself is small and compact with a flip top front. This alone made it worth whilte for me as I had a habit of ringing people up by accident on my previous phone by knocking the buttons. This phone protects you from that. What you get for your money is pretty good. I have owned an Ericsson phone before and always found them reliable. I did have one complaint, the battery kept coming loose and turning the phone off. This was a design fault and Ericsson readily exchanged my phone as it was one from a faulty batch. With this phone you get a 99 number memory, voice activated dialling (very handy), several ring tones and the ability to add your own. Text messaging and all the normal security you would expect. No games though thankfully or I'd never get it off my daughter who seems to think phones with games are better than her play station. The phones display is only 3 lines, but that is sufficient for most people. Battery life is excellent, 4 days stand by and normally 2 days useage. All the usual accessories such as hands free and in car charger are available for it at reasonable prices. A neat compact and reliable phone.

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              12.12.2000 17:03
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              On the whole a good phone, the Ericsson is let down by it's quiet earpiece, and occasionally complicated menu system. It is all too easy to cancel a text message. Editing numbers is also in the phone book is also a pain, as their is no way of 'scrolling' through entries without knowing the ID number it is stored at on the SIM card. The flip seems quite robust (I had a /Motorola before that had a very flimsy flip). It also has the essential 'vibration' alert, which I couldn't live without, I would say it is a good, but not excellent mobile phone.

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              07.12.2000 20:29
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              Ok, I'm a bit biased here probably, since I almost exclusively ever used Ericsson. I started off with mobile phones about 8 years ago with the GH198 (in case you don't remember those, that was the one with the antennae (sp?) that FOLDED up and down on the side of the handset! I went on to the GH337 - the first one in the style of the more recent one's like the A1018, and that one was a revolution in it's time - small, long battery life and packed with functions. I've had a Motorola in between and was quite happy with it, but I went back to Ericsson, because in my humble opinion, they are just the most reliable, robust and best phones there are. The last mobile I had before my current T18 was the A1018. I was simply ecstatic about that phone - I dropped it about two dozen times - and quite severely some of those - but there was never even a scratch, let alone any actual damage. Admittedly, Ericsson phones are not as customisable as Nokia phones, but I know a lot of people with Nokia's, who constantly have some kind of problem with their phones, so I constantly let 'em use my T18. The battery life (for me, anyway) is sufficient - especially if you consider the size of the battery, the phone can handle quite extensive misuse (in a rough handling kinda way) the voice-dialling works perfectly even with considerable background noise and all the features are easily and intuitionally accsessible without having to take a degree course. Final verdict? If you want a MOBILE PHONE, instead of a pointless and sensitive gadget with "from-the-internet-downloadable-silly-ringtones-and-icons" - go for an Ericsson - it won't dissappoint you!

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                02.12.2000 20:37
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                The T18 is a compact phone with all the features that the average cellphone user needs. It is comfortable to carry and talk into, it has excellent reception and sound quality, and the commonly needed functions are easy to use. Were it not for the mediocre battery and the uncomfortable and not-so-durable dialpad it would be a killer. The T18's greatest advantage is probably its compact shape that makes it fit comfortably in almost any pocket. Don't let the small size fool you though, it weighs almost as much as larger devices. (oddly its predecessor, the 788 that had exactly the same shape and size, weighed less) The dialpad cover/door is very convenient for protection from accidental keypresses while not in use and saves you from caring to lock the keyboard. The phone is designed to make your life easy with the simple and frequent uses. Picking up and hanging up calls by simply opening or closing the cover, although perhaps seeming a detail, is a great feature. Going through your new SMSs or voice mailbox is very easy - just answer yes/no to step-by-step questions (read message? reply? erase?.. etc) Voice recognition dialling works amazingly well. Combining the 10 voice dials with the 9 speed dials gives you enough easy-access numbers to cover for most of your everyday dialling needs. The "just press the 'yes' button to view the last incoming or outgoing call number and press it again to call it" principle makes everyday tasks such as retrying a busy number or responding to a missed call as easy as they can ever get. On the downside, the keypad is not comfortable due to the small size of the buttons, and after considerable use (I have had it for about 10 months, and I use it quite a lot) they lose their feel and sometimes do not respond when depressed. I've heard from others that after even lengthier use certain buttons became almost dead - which renders the phone useless . Also the battery that comes with it is not the best - okay, it does last for a couple of days, but it suffers from memory effect and this might drop to half the lifetime within a year or so if you're not particularly punctuous to your re-charging schedule. In conclusion, I would say that the +s of the S18 outweigh the -s. What are you waiting for? Go out and get it!

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                21.11.2000 21:24

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                I have had my T18s for about 2 months now i think it is a brilliant phone its small, its lite, its practical, it vibrates, it does everything that i want a phone to do except go on the internet or transport me across the world at light speed. I find it very usefull when out and about on my bike as with a holder the phone can be answered by just talking to it and using the neat little hands free kit with it. The best thing about the phone i think has got to be the four programable ring tone channels these are easy to edit using the number keys on the phones keypad. There is another good thing about the phone which is good which is the active flip which can answer and put down calls. Its brill

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                11.11.2000 16:34

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                Many phones today are getting smaller, some too small, the T18 is my phone that I use for work, it is light and fits straight into the pocket. The flip protects it from dialling whilst in your pocket so no messing around locking the keypad. Has a strong vibrate so no annoying ringtones in meetings etc just make your excuses and no one need know youve gone to answer your phone. Also has the record your own ringtone facility, voice activated dialling and call accept and refuse is fun, but not really practical at times. I like the phone mainly for its size and clarity and it is my main phone, can be hard to get on pay as you go unless you get a second hand one and fit a sim-card.

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                09.11.2000 05:57
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                The T18s is a nice phone, small and attractive with an active flip. It has voice answering and dialing should you want to use it and comes complete with many functions. It vibrates when told, has a key lock and a few tunes. There is the possibility of making up to 4 of your own tunes which is good, but i would prefer more ready made. It can divert calls and remembers lengths of calls etc. I don't know if it is just my phone, but it seems to switch off on its own if it's in my pocket which is very annoying. It's a good phone but you should get a good Nokia or an Ericsson T28 if you can afford it.

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                31.10.2000 03:10
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                The T18 is a good phone, it has an active flip and the quality of the microphone is very good. It has all the standard features as well as a few other extra ones. It supports voice dialling, you can store up to ten numbers in its voice dialling phone book. You can also answer calls using your voice only. It has a vibration facility which allows you to know if you are being called without it ringing. The phone also has data/fax capabilities. It is a nice looking phone, it is very small and comes in three colours, maroon, blue and granite. I really like this phone but I would still rate it below the Siemens M35i, voice dialling is a great feature though!

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                20.10.2000 06:04

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                I have recently been forced to take out emergency insurance cover with orange due to the inadequacies of the Ericsson T-18. The phone I recieved just over 3 months ago has had nothing but persistent faults and the arial came apart fromm the main unit even though it hadn't been exposed to any conditions that could be condisered inappropriate. At one point I was ina situation where people could here evry word I said perfectly clearly whereas I couldn't hear a thing, and this with the reception at its maximum capacity. Ericsson were extremely poor in their attitude and customer service. They refused to replace my phone even though it was supposed to be covered by a year long guarentee. They essentially blamed me for it not working and refused to entertain the fact that the phone may have been faulty. My only real option was to purchase the insurance offered by orange to replace the phone. When the contract runs out I will be replacing my phone. Its no good having voice-recognition and vibration when you can't actually use teh phone to make a call.

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