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Compact and lightweight, the Sony Ericsson T28 is a hassle free phone. Texting is slightly fussy, but overall, reliability is good.

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      17.06.2002 03:20
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      HAHaHaHahahaHAHAHHAHAHHAHHAHA!!! thats the first thing i have to say about this phone. It seems to have it all fancy looks and nice games but underneath it all is a lumbering low memory phone which struggles to deal with text messages. Mentioned above is also the vanishing phone book which requires turning the phone off and back on again to retrieve. sometimes the phone will also perform this function automatically, usually when you are in the middle of talking to someone on it. The feel of the phone is good and the outward design is nice. If you are willing to sacrifice usability then it would not be a bad phone to go for. Phone book operations are clumsy, the screen is miniscule. voice recognition is lame - doesn't even recognise my voice as my own, other peoples are ok though, when they are trying to pass off as me! ring tones are nice and simple with vibrate too! Dont bother, its not worth the effort. i couldnt even be bothered to send text messages on this phone as it wasn't worth the hassle, huge gaps between button presses and on screen updates tailored with the magical phone book made it a waste of time!

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        15.10.2001 16:42
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        Right from the off, this phone will satisfy your needs, and constantly surprise you with nice features. Lets start with the fun. You get two games.."only two", I hear you moan...oh but what 2 games to choose, Solitare (patience to some of you) and tetris(yes tetris). These two games are incredibly addictive and you will wonder what you ever did on those long bus journeys home. It has voice activated dialing, which you may say you won't use, but wait. If you record the message you will use for the voice dailing, when that number rings you it plays the message to tell you who is ringing before it begins the ring tone. How impressed will your friends be when they here "Dave's Mobile" before the phone even starts ringing. There is of course a veritable feast of ring tones, not to mention some slots to record you own in. There are a million and one web sites online to get them from for free. Try www.mobilemelodies.com if you want to change you mundane tones. The phone of course has a vibrate option which is essential for those quiet moments, which can be switched on and off at the touch of one button. It is a good strong vibrate so you won't miss it, like you can swith some phones. The phone also features a light which changes colour to show when it is low on battery, and which shows when it is charging. You want more...you got it. You can assign personal ring tones so that when certain people ring a different ring tone is played. This can be a specific number of even just a dialing code, so anyone from a certain area of the country, or on a mobile can have a different tone. There is of course a clock, and an alarm, not to mention a stop watch. The phone is also brimming with shortcuts to make your life easier too, such as speed dialing, which is superb. I know have a phone without this and its a real pain. The speech quality is excellent on this phone, and th
        e slightly ungly aerial is well worth it as you get excellent reception. One slight negative aspect of the great reception is that this phone actually gives off the most radiation of any mobile available. The talk time and standy time on this pphone are not bad, considering the size of the phone. You can also buy a larger battery to improve this. With the slimline standard battery you get 2h12 mintues talk time and it tends to last 2 days if you talk a fair bit on it. Another nice feature of this phone is it tell syou who many minutes you have left of battery life, at the touch of a button. Ok, so what is wrong with this phone? Answer- not a lot. It would be nice to be able to look at a list of calls received on its own at the touch of a button rather than either having to go through the menus or use the list combined with calls made as well. The phone also lacks a calendar, but most wont mindthis . The interface slows down a little when the memory starts to fill up with those names and numbers. It also seems strange and a little annoying that the light doesn't change when a call is received. There is one potentially bigger problem with this phone - reliability. While I loved this phone, it was proned to just turning itself off for no reason, and on the occasion it did this and refused to turn back on again, I decided enough was enough, and changed my phone. I know a lot of people who have T28s and they all agree that this is a great phone, if you are prepared to put up with the occasional problem. Anyway, as you can see from the huge list of features, this is a great phone, and despite the negatives, I would recommend it. I paid £90 for mine a long time ago and that was a bargain, but you can get it free these days. If you want more information the Ericsson web site even has an interactive phone you can look at all the features on. With it now being free, you cant go wrong. Get this phone while you can!

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          02.10.2001 22:12

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          I'm one of the lucky ones. I got a T28s as a company phone, and was able to give it back fairly quickly. Yes, it's stylish and small and neat and quirky and fun. But it's useless as a phone! We've had a few of them in the office, and the worst thing is the signal. Can't get one anywhere. That's on Vodafone, but Orange is the same. It can't pick up the waves, and we've sent several back because of it. Some came back fine, other were still dogs. The flippanel's a pin too. Mine broke - it wouldn't stay shut which became a nightmare putting in your poicket because it would open and get stuck in there. Try answering a call like that! So there you go. Looks good, lots of people like them, but I think they're inherently dodgy myself.

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          29.09.2001 18:43
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          I bought a T28s 1 year ago as my first mobile phone and in the first period i found it very good. It's very short (apart the antenna), thin, light and it can be put in your pocket or a little bag! The menu is very easy to use, unfortunately the software is a little slow. From the Phone Book list of options you can create groups of friends, very useful if you must send the same message fastly to a lot of people, write down email addresses and send emails from the email addresses option. You can memory 200 phone number between the sim card memory and phone memory and every call can be associate to a different ringtone (there are 4 editable different ringtones and a lot of "standard" ones). Very useful is the vibracall (the phone start vibrating when you receive a call or a message) and you must use it if you are studying in a library or during a lecture or a meeting in order not to disturb your nieghbours! The clock and chronometer are very useful,too Now the problems! Some friends of mine bought bad phones that only after a few days turned off without restarting! The battery is not so powerful (only 50 hours in standby mode and 2 hours and 15 minutes in speech mode) the modern miniaturization could permit a better battery of the same size, I'm sure. The reception is not always very good, sometimes even open air (in pubs or restaurants the indicator is always very very low and if you can receive a call the speech is obviously horrible) and other mobile phones, less expensive, in these conditions work better! I created 3 groups of friends and one day I need those groups i found them deleted and I don't know why, i'm sure i didn't delete them! As I told before the software is a little slow when your memory is full and sometimes the shell that protects the buttons opens up without touching the button (this is a very common problem as I discover talk
          ing with some friends of mine). Unfortunately if the phone is turned off is impossible to know if you receive a call(a common problem in mobile phones). I suggest a T28s to semi-professional users and for the style it could be a good present!

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            19.09.2001 22:31
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            This is a phone with class. Not only does it look good but it performs well as well. So small is this phone that you can put it in a front trouser pocket without damaging your merchandise when you sit down. Yes, the ariel is bulky by comparison to some other makes, but the body of the phone is so small, you don't care. It's a flip phone and the action takes a little getting used to as it's a bit stiff at first. The voice activation option is good and when in play, the phone blips and asks for the name of the caller you want to contact. You program this yourself, saying the name of your friend in set up mode, which is then recorded digitally. It does work most of the time but then it is possible to embrass yourself when you are walking around continully talking to your phone. The phone is exceptionally light. It’s so light it almost feels hollow. This is mainly because they are using a very thin battery, which despite some criticism is still a vast improvement on the old Ericsson battery. The silent vibrate is more useful than I thought. I combine the ring with the vibration, so if it’s in my pocket and I’m out in the street, I can’t hear it ring, but I can feel it. Reception is reasonably good , although I don't always get a signal in the pub. Theres also a wealth of games, tetris (surprisingly good) and solitaire. The text feature is reliable, although at times scrolling through them takes a while - if anything the've tried to put too MANY features on such a small phone. There's also a really useful battery power indicator which tells you in hours and minutes, how much standby and talk time you have left (excellent.) The battery is remarkably longlasting (about 1 and a half to 2 days) for such a slimline phone and the indicators reliable. The annouying thing though is that if the phone is switched off and and if th
            ey call there is no way of knowing that they did unless they left a text or a message. There is of course a clock, and an alarm, not to mention a stop watch. The problems with the phone are that it would be nice to be able to look at a list of calls received on its own at the touch of a button rather than either having to go through the menus or use the list combined with calls made as well. The phone also lacks a calendar, but most wont mind. It also slows down a little when the memory starts to fill up with hose addresses. It also seems strange and a little annoying that the light doesn't change when a call is received. This phone is defiantly worth the money and is for anyone that likes a good looking phone, that is light and has lots of features.

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            18.08.2001 19:06

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            I bought my T28s originally to use as a spare phone when my other phone was on charge, now I have a spare battery and use it all the time. This phone is excellent, it's small, lightweight, excellent clarity when talking, and seems to have a better level of reception then any other phone I've used previously, also its functions are superior to other phones in its price bracket, it allows the use of different user profiles, you can E-mail from it, also in times of boredom you cant beat a game of Tetris os Solitaire. The only drawbacks I find with it are battery life but this is solved by a spare battery and also when sending text messages it saves the outgoing message, however I'm imformed that all Ericsson phones do this. Overall I've been very impressed with the phone, will I change it, not until Ericsson bring out something that betters this phone, which I believe will be a long time yet.

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            27.07.2001 07:46
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            I purchased this phone as a replacement for my older ericsson which was ever so slightly "brick-like". I got the T28 free with contract and for something "free" it is remarkably brilliant. The simple arching curves and its thiness really do look the doggie's knackers. The ariel adds to the style, and it remarkably solid. Solidity. Ah yes, apparently the downfall of the T28. Well as far as I have experienced, it remains very well intact. My flip has never even thought of breaking off, and it remains as easy as ever to open. The battery opens well enough, although removing sim cards can be hard. I can't really see why anyone would want to flip between sims but I know people who do it. The menu structure is very efficient, and texting is quite fast. The volume control on the upper left can be used to quicken text up by flicking up to skip to the second letter, and down for the third. It lacks prediction software, but I find it faster to input manually. Tetris and Solitaire, two timeless games are included. Much improvement over a certain rivals reptilian counterpart. Voice recognition is included... slightly gimmicky but I find it can work quite well, and saves you scrolling through a phone book looking for a very common name. Charging takes very little time, and the diminutive default battery will last 75 hours or 2 hours 38 minutes talk time. I find it lasts me a day and a half or so. Other batteries are available. Charge included as expected. Accesories are also available, and look very stylish compared to their leather counterparts, and gimmicky covers. This is a business users phone, covers do not come into it. The slate blue fascia looks great.

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              18.07.2001 06:30
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              What a little phone! So petite you hardly notice it in your pocket. that is, if it didn't have such a big aerial sticking out of it with has the habit of digging in to your leg at the most embarrising times! Although this external aerial provides better reception levels aorund the country, for osme reason I never get full five bars connection, even when I stand right next to an orange tower! The phone also has a terrible battery life. I don't mean bad, I mean terrible! It needs charging everynight or else it will run out at some point the next day and it seems to have almost emptied without use by the end of a day. To be honest, it probably has about 30 hours battery life per full charge which means that it spends most of the time on the charger. The charger itself is a little strange. It comes in two parts that sometimes means that you have to spend time fiddling with the two segments to attempt to make it charge. Also, it comes with a two hole, two pin charging area which is sometimes awkward to actually put to charger lead into the model. There is no word guess on the text messeges which means that text messeges are slower than on some other mobile phones. Finally, the phone really does make your ear hot and the phone itself seems to emit heat like a radiator making it hard to talk on the phone without a handsfree kit for too long. But even with all of these flaws, the phone is very good. the lightness of the model makes it easy to take out on a light day or night out, and it easily fits into your shirt pockets. the vibrating alert makes it possible to keep it on silent and still monitor your calls and text messeges, very useful in lectures! you can store about 25 text messeges on the phone and it is simple to reply to a text or even call the person. There is the possiblity of using voice dial which is useful if on the move although this takes some time to connect meaning that you usually have to check the phone to determine if it is actually dialing or n
              ot. but most importantly, this phone has tetris! this is a great game to play if on a train journey or when bored and is so addictive. The phone is worth a look but maybe the nokia is a better bet for many people, especially now they are similar sizes

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              08.07.2001 18:42
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              Great phone with an achilles heel! There's no doubt this is a great phone! It looks great! It's ultra light and ultra small enough to fit in your shirt top pocket, basically u'll be the envy of your mates in the pub! I've been through loads of phones, and believe me, if i don't like em... i get rid of em.. quick as i got them Needless to say this is one i've stuck with. Its far from perfect (as i'll explain, but for sheer attractiveness, style and features it's definately a winner!) The T28 is really slimline with one of the smallest batteries i've seen. There's all the usual features u'd expect from a mobile nowadays, text, multiple ringtones etc. etc. plus a few more... let me take you through some of the best One enlessly useful feature is the 'vibrate only feature, which really is noticable to only you at those 'awkward times' both for texts and calls. Theres also Tetris, and solitare (which are really great games if you're bored) One of the coolest features is the flipdown, reciever. Located at the side of the phone is a small button that when pressed, activates the flipdown front, and answers or finishes the call for you. (Look like a bit of a poser but hey? So what?) This is also however perhaps the phones downfall, as i've noticed that over time this button loosens, (i wouldn't surprise if they've had a few returns here) Theres also a 'voice activation' feature, that although reliable, is probably a bit impracticle, firstly cos you look stupid talking to your phone (and you sometimes have to repeat yourself) and secondly, its not really any quicker! Theres loads of shortcuts on the phone, and a 'favourites' menu bar, allowing you to personalise your fav. features for ease of use. If anything theres TOO MANY features on such a small phone, as every time its turned off it has to 'reload' from
              the simcard. Another slightly annoying feature is the fact that when turned off the phone has no record of missed calls unless someone leaves a voice message or text, and scrolling through texts takes a while. That said, it has good reception, long battery life (1 and a half - 2days,) loud ringtones and a wealth of features. Theres also an excellent feature that allows you to view the amount of standby, and talktime available in hrs and mins (instead of just the standard battery bar.) If you can put up with these (honestly) mildly annoying features. This is the phone for you! Sleek, stylish and sexy... Ps. don't get it wet, i'm on my 3rd and its NOT waterproof! (Unfortunately)

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                29.05.2001 09:58
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                Well guys(and gals) I finally got an Ericsson T28. However it was not the T28 world that I had ordered, but the T28s. I love the phone itself. It is small and sexy. Light in the pocket and doesen't pull the clothes out of shape. However............. The menu is fairly difficult to negotiate compared to the nokia equvilents. The speed of the software is VERY slow. I have also been unfortunate, in that, I have gotten a faulty model. I cannot access my fone book after i have written an SMS. This fone is Ericsson's competition to the 8210. It has no infrared link, it is slow to respond to key depressions, except when you press "NO" then it turns off. I do like the active flip where you can voice dial. The voice-recognition software is much better than nokia's. Compared to the 8210, the vibration is weak and you have no diary or reminder functions. I have to fone customer service in the morning to get them to take this away. I love the aesthetics, but not the product. Having lived in Sweden, SORRY Ericsson, but, I'm gonna ask for it to be replaced with a new nokia. Andersonland Well, 9 days ago I got a replacement handset (within 24 hours, thanx BTCellnet) It suffered from the same fault with the addition of the 4 button being inoperable. I recieved another replacement this morning, but was unable to exchange the fone for another model as I was outwith the original 14 day period. (Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm) I was told that I could replace the fone with another model as long as I cancelled my contract and applied for a new one. This involved a change of fone no. and I was not prepared to do this as I had gotten a very good deal on my contract and the same offers were no longer available. I will test the 3rd fone and see what it has to offer and get back to you all. However, as long as BTCellnet are willing to squander hundreds of pounds on co
                uriers and handsets, we shall see who wins in the end. I am sure it will be the consumer that will lose, prepare for another hike in sms prices lol. Andersonland

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                  26.05.2001 17:53
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                  This phone is excellent and satisfies my every need. Lets start with the fun. You get two games.."only two", I hear you moan...yeah, you're probably right. Solitare and tetris. These two games are games that everyone has played and got bored of. They are absolute rubbish. Well, that is probably the only bad thing about this. It has voice activated dialing, which you may say you won't use, but wait. If you record the key you will use for the voice dailing, when that number rings you it plays it to tell you who is ringing you before it begins the ring tone. Your friends will be mightly impressed when they hear "Johns's Mobile" before the phone even starts ringing. There is of course a massive variety of ring tones, not to mention some slots to record your own in. There are a million and one web sites online to get them from. The phone of course has a vibrate option which is essential for those quiet moments, which can be switched on and off at the touch of one button. The phone also features a light which changes colour to show when it is low on battery, and which shows when it is charging. I really like this feature. It can personalise ring tones so that when certain people ring a different ring tone is played. This can be a specific number of even just a dialing code, so anyone from a certain area of the country, or on a mobile can have a different tone. This is now on nearly all mobile phones...this phone included. There is of course a clock, and an alarm, not to mention a stop watch pretty normal. Certainly on Orange the information service is brilliant too. You can go through a number of categories to find the info you want, then withing 1 or 2 seconds it arrives at your phone. Orange.com allows you to do a whole lot more too. The phone is brimming with shortcuts to make your life easier too. Anyway, as you can see from the huge list of features,
                  and the tiny, and petty list of negatives, this is a fine fine phone. I paid £90 for mine a long time ago and that was a bargain, you can get it for much less than that in the high street, and even free online. If you want more information the ericsson web site even has an interactive phone you can look at all the features on. Buy it now anywhere...but then again...the only thing this is probably lacking is WAP internet

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                  23.05.2001 01:12
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                  When I first took this beautiful phone out of its packaging it dawned on me how nice looking this phone actually was. It has a very masculine feel to it especially compared to the Nokia phones of this calibre. The phone itself is light and it weighs out at around 80 grams which by anyones standards isn't a lot. The screen cannot be easily broken like a lot of its rivals as it is not flat with the phone but slightly sunken in to give it more durability. The phone has a vibrate function which can be easily felt so if you are somewhere too noisy to hear your phone you can take that important call. It has voice dialing for easier calling; it has games including the very addictive Tetris that everyone loves. The phone has a nice little function, which shows exactly how much stand by time and talk time you have left. It stores 200 numbers 100 of that are stored on your Sim-Card and another 100 on the handset itself. People are put off by the aerial coming out of the phone but this is safer for you and allows the phone to be so slim it is unbelievable. Before this phone came out I have to admit I didn't really like the look of most Ericsson phones but this really is the pick of the bunch. I would advise you to buy this phone if you want something small, reliable and something that only takes two hours to charge and most of all something that looks good.

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                    18.05.2001 04:21
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                    The Ericsson T28 is a fantastic phone – for calling people, just don’t expect to be able to out text your Nokia owning friends. I picked mine up for £10 around 6 months ago as part of a contract deal and so far it has lived up to most of my expectations. The phone is small, compact and very light. It is superb if you want it to be invisible when sitting in your jacket pocket or your jeans. The Ericsson is fairly easy to use and the flip answering system works a treat. As a tool for holding conversations it is excellent although compared to my old Nokia you tend to get a far warmer ear! – I guess one day we will find out if that is a problem or not. It boasts voice dialling and the menus and phone book are straightforward and logical to use. Where the Ericsson falls down is with text messaging. With no predictive text and a sometimes illogical special character layout (the full-stop is about the sixth choice on one of the buttons) it can take an age to write a message. Your Nokia owning friends could have written an essay in the time it takes you to agree plans for a night out. The buttons are very small and do not feel positive to the touch. Build quality is distinctly average. This is not a phone you would want to drop on the floor too many times. Although the aerial feels secure you need to be very careful not to snap the flip answering panel off completely. Mine is around six months old and quite lightly used. The flip panel is starting to open of it’s own accord and it can sometimes take several attempts for the battery charger to work properly. Somehow the connections have become damaged I guess. Battery life is about 2 days in practice. To end on a high note though – the T28 boasts one great game in Tetris - the perfect tonic for anyone bored of Snake. This is great fun but you will get some strange looks as you hold your phone horizontally on the train!

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                      24.04.2001 03:50
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                      Ericsson have got quality down to a T (-pun- you see that should be funny because... nevermind). The T28 is part of the great T series by Ericsson. It is a tiny phone, with a huge range of features. It really does give the Nokia 8210, 3310 etc. a run for their money- considering that all of these are usually free now on contracts. Being used to Nokia (and Sagem) phones, buying an Ericsson I din't know what to expect. However, what I found was a phone that was easy to use, well made, well designed, great looking, and more... I wondered why Nokia phones are so popular, I wouldn't buy anything but an Ericsson now (I say that, but I bet I change my mind)! The T28 is smaller than it's younger, more trendy relative, the T20. The refined style of the T28 makes it a must for a business person- although it does lack WAP, which works really well on the T20. Both have a stunning range of features overall though, and beyond email, is WAP really anything more than an expensive toy? Buy this or the T20 if you want WAP, both are great phones that I cannot really fault!

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                      10.04.2001 04:33

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                      The T28 is possibly the best looking phone on the market. It is very small, extremely light and is very easy to use.It has a great design, which is only surpassed by the Nokia 8250 in my opinion. It offers voice activated dialling, a massive phonebook, games (tetris and solitaire), a vibrate function, and user changeable profiles. It is a dual-band phone (i.e. it can be used in France, abroad, etc) and is a very desirable phone to have. Also it has a flip which can answer and end calls which when used in the street looks very cool! Also, for such a small battery which weighs 22grams the T28's standby and talktime is excellent! I paid £300 for this phone almost two years ago, and I thought and still do think it was worth every penny. Now its pricetag is below £100, so if you are after a tiny and easy to use phone BUY THIS!

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