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Durable, compact and unique looking, the Mitsubishi Mars is a decent little phone. However, it is a little restricted in terms of features and the user face is a little uninspiring.

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      25.04.2003 02:17
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      I have owned two of these phones and I am very glad to say the Trium Mars is one of the best phones to have ever come out on the market. I may be massively outnumbered in saying this, especially given the strength of Club Nokia, but Mitsubishi were certainly onto a winner when they launched this back in 2000. Looking back on that now, it is incredible that at the same time as Nokia launched their 3310, this had appeared from one of the lesser known manufacturers. Mitsubishi have been into mobile phones for certainly just as long as Nokia, and thus their expertise is second to none when it comes to innovations. The trouble with the Trium brand is that the phones often look rather unappetising on the shelf in the mobile phone shop, so most people tend to ignore them, despite their bargain prices, and go for a make which they have heard of, such as Nokia or Sony Ericsson. Lack of a distinct brand identity in this country is a real shame, because behind the exterior, which may not be the latest thing, will inevitably lurk a cost-effective, easy-to-use mobile phone with more features than a Nokia at a far lower price. The Trium Eclipse I have at the moment is another case in point, but that is given its own review. Back to the Mars. First impressions of this phone are not always the best. With its external aerial, and dark blue or grey exterior colour, the Mars has never looked as modern as its list of features would suggest. Despite its size, which is smaller than the ubiquitous 3310, the Mars looks more old-fashioned than even the Sagem MC920, which has almost no features at all. For those people who like to have something which stands out, it is reassuring to know that different coloured covers can be bought for the Trium Mars. I used to have red, silver and light blue for mine. Unfortunately, they were aftermarket covers and did not fit very well. Real Mitsubishi covers are few and far between in those colours, but they do exist. Besides this, which
      is really not the Mars' own fault, there is more to discover. The system for organising the text messages is probably the best of any manfacturer. Instead of just showing a list of who the messages are from, leading to confusion if one has messages regularly from the same correspondant, the first two lines of each message are shown on the display, along with the date and time of the message whilst scrolling through each. This makes establishing who sent what and when very easy. If one probes further, the whole message is to be discovered underneath this menu level. The system of buttons, which is twice the number of the 3310, is actually not as bad as it first appears. A flick of the central round button to the right enters an option, a flick to the left exits, and up and down work as normal. This rivals the four-button Nokia system. The two softkeys are shortcuts, such as those found on the six-button Nokias, but unlike the Nokias they can be customised, so that getting to text messages and games is quicker. There are also three different menu graphic settings, of which two are rather good, and the third is reasonable. The 3310, of course, has none of these. This was one of the cheapest phones with WAP when it was on sale new, and it is still rather good for that, if one can actually configure the portal properly, which I have not managed to do. Seeing them go for as little as £20 on Ebay these days makes me wonder more and more why they did not sell as well as they did when they were new, and it is a shame to see that the popularity of the Trium name has got in the way of people buying it. The screen might be small, but it is possible to cram in a lot of text, which will be a factor to many people who buy such phones at cheap prices. The predictive text is the same as Nokia's system, so that is no trouble for most users. Of slight concern is the fact that replying to text messages can be hazardous, since if the phone s
      uddenly loses signal in the middle of sending a message, the text can be lost, which means typing another message! This is the singularly worst problem with the Trium Mars, and indeed with all the other Triums I have ever used, but is not something for concern for those people who live in areas with a good signal. Trouble is that not all of us do! The games on the Mars are good, but they are far surpassed now by those which are on the Eclipse I now possess. One of them is Push, which is about a little penguin pushing ice-blocks around and does get quite addictive, and the other is called Reshape, which seems to resemble those old Mensa puzzles in terms of getting similar shapes to resemble each other, and is a lot harder than it sounds. People who want Snake will be disappointed, however. The battery life on the Mars is commendable, and certainly was rather good when my first one was new. However, the second one I bought was secondhand and approaching the end of its life, so it lasted around two days, which is still not bad. Helpfully, the phone takes under two hours to fully recharge, and if switched off whilst charging, a red light will light up to indicate charging, and this will be replaced with a green one when it has finished. This makes life a great deal easier than trying to peer at a screen in the dark! I am not saying that Mitsubishi make unreliable phones, but the problems I seem to have had with the last Mars I had, and also with my current Eclipse do incline me to think otherwise. Mind you, the Siemens C45 I also have broke, after the fact that I bought it to be reliable, so there is maybe nothing in my judgement, but I do not think that freezing during calls, which is what my Mars did a couple of times, is a good sign. Other than that, the expensive Eclipse has actually been worse! Lastly I will mention the ringtones. Although they are not polyphonic, they beat the Nokia and Siemens ones hands down, and certainly st
      and out with clear, crisp sounds. The phone also has a loudspeaker, which can make conference calling a reality. If I lived in an area with flawless reception and had not so many problems with my Eclipse, this phone would get five stars, it really is that good. Look beyond the name and see the brilliance that went-into this Nokia-beater. Buy a Trium Mars and be pleasantly surprised!

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        31.03.2003 21:38
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        My first mobile phone.... I was one of those people who, when mobiles first started becoming big, swore I would never buy one as they were just pointless for people my age and they were just used so people could say 'ooo... look what I've got'. I expected mobile phones to just be a passing craze as Pogs and Tamagotchis were. I realised after about a year however that I was wrong... So I gave in to temptation and decided that I wanted a mobile phone for Christmas. I told my parents this and they agreed to get me one. I was just expecting the cheapest brick on the market and as long as I was able to text people I was happy. Imagine my suprise when on Christmas Day I tore off the wrapping paper, opened the box, and was hit by a sexy little number that was the Mitsubishi Trium Mars. It looks sooo nice with its little blue protective rubber coat and when I turned it on and started going with it, it acts nice too!! As I said before, all I wanted was a phone that I could text on but not only did it do this, but you could actually phone people too! :) Okay... I'm going slightly insane now... Anyway, it had the fantastic little text feature of T9 predictive text which, when you first try and use it, is the most annoying thing in the world, but when you get the hang of it, you wonder how you ever live without it! There is also WAP internet on this phone which is really great but expensive and as it takes so long to actually get online and get to where you wanna be, it's not really worth it. BUT if you've got nice old BT Cellnet (as they were then), they decide to give you free internet time every so often and then the internet is just fab!! The games on this phone aren't very varied but they're better than nothing and are actually really cute to start with. One of the games is called push and it's basically just a little penguin pushing blocks around the screen and the other game is called rotation (i thi
        nk!) and it involves rotating blocks to match up with patterns already on the screen. As I say, good to start with then they just get really tedious!) The best thing for me about this phone was the fact that you can store up to 200 numbers in the phone book (a feature that I really miss now as I know quite a few people!!) and that it is small and light. The display screen is also pretty cool cos you can choose different graphics - a fluttering butterfly, buildings or a waving flower. Whichever theme you choose for the screen carries on throughout the other menu screens. This phone sounds fantastic doesn't it?? Well it is until....... After having this phone for about a year and a half, it started to die.... :( First, some of the buttons began to go but this was not really a major problem as it only happened sometimes. Then the 0 button completely went but I managed to fix it by inserting a piece of tin foil to keep the connection alive. (see?? I did learn something in GCSE physics!!) Although this fixed the current problem... things went from bad to worse and the phone went very quickly downhill to the point when everything went and I couldn't even turn the phone on. What did still work however was the alarm clock which was pretty annoying as every morning at 7.30, the phone would start beeping at me and I couldn't stop it!! The battery eventually died and that was the end of Mars......

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          05.10.2002 04:53
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          OVERVIEW: -------------- This little phone is very strong and durable. It hasa great range of features and I am thoroughly impressed... Design: --------- When I first saw this phone in my local Currys I thought it looked absolutely brilliant! It was small, lightweight and functional. I had to have it. It's funky looks and miniscual dimensions are pleasing to the eye and with its interchangeable covers, screen savers and menu icons it looks absolutely superb - secondto none! Man or Mouse? ----------------- I have read a few reviews for this phone, and in the whole agree. However, I disagree with the amount of times people say that they are quite easily breakable... HOW WRONG CAN THEY BE? My phone has been on the Oblivion, the Pepsi Max (Eight Times), Nemesis (Four Times), The Corkscrew (at various theme parks) and Air. And it is STILL working as well as when I took it out of the box - Not one blemish or break anywhere! UNBELIEVEABLE! I find the phone extremely strong and durable and with the amount of batter it gets from me (see above) it is very definately a MAN! Features: ----------- This phone has more features than phones which cost four times as much - and it'll put those to shame also with quality. It has WAP, Email, Dual Band, Long Talktime, Long Standby time, Scratchpad, Currency Converter, Changeable Covers, Easily navigated Menu, Range of Screensavers, Huge range of tones, Sim Names, Phone Names, Huge Phonebook, Games and those are just to name a few! It has loads of features, Thoroughly impressed! DISADVANTAGES: ---------------------- Bulky Arial: -------------- The arial is quite large. It is fat and fairly tall. It does add bulk and height to an otherwise miniscual phone. You do get a qaulity reception however, so i can't really complain. Cover Changing = Tedius and lots of "$%*&-+*" ------------------------------------------------------
          --- This has got to be the worst feature about the phone. It isn't getting the cover on that is the problem, it's getting it off! You have to get butter knives and try to prize the cover off, one slip and it hurts! Half of your fingernail goes flying over the other side of the room and blood spurts out! OUCH! The covers are good quality and are the same as any NOKIA covers, Changeable buttons, Battery Covers, Changeable Fronts and New Screens! You rwally can get a great range of accessories. Brilliant! Lack Of Ringtones & Graphics: ----------------------------------- In one word :(. Sorry, but this is quite dissapointing. This phone could do this is Mitsubishi had of been bothered to bring some out (maybe have their own version of Club Nokia) Club TRIUM maybe? Well, this is dissapointing, but the phone does have it's own selection so it isn't too bad - There are a few Screen Savers, Icons, Lots Of Ringtones and Changeable animated menu Icons. So all in all not bad! Finally... ----------- Love this phone, If you can find one get it - you'll love it. Strong, small and a host of great features you will not find a better phone. In one word - FANTASTIC! :) LUFCfan :) --------------

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            30.09.2002 21:37
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            The term don't judge a book by its cover is applicable in this case although it should be rephrased to don't judge a phone by its outside case. On appearance this phone looks smart and small. It also has good features such as WAP and vibrating ring modes. The phone even comes complete with two games. Sounds pretty good and I admit it is for about the first month or so... The phone has a pretty slinky design on the face of it although the material used is quite cheap and is very easily subject to wear and tear. The phone boasts the feature of express clip-on covers although finding them is difficult and the price can vary but usually costs around £15. The covers also don't come as elegantly designed as the more popular nokia phone versions but instead come in only one colour throughout and are made of the same cheap and tacky material the phone is made out of. This phone should be available on all tariffs as pay as you go and prices vary from around £40 - £80 but usually retail for £60 as new on pay as you go. Pressing a round circular button on the top of the keypad can access the phone's features. Navigation is fairly good and access to selected features can be made easier by the use of two hotkey buttons that can be programmed to any function. The phone supports the usual phoning and SMS (text messaging) services. The phone is also Tri-band, which if your network allows, enables you to take your phone out of this country and make use of other networks across the world (basically makes your phone usable abroad). The phone has a selection of ring tones that are quite annoying but are pretty good. These tunes range from classical tracks to rather boring beeps and blips. Out of all the ring tones only about 3 are worth considering to use. Although a better feature is the vibrate mode. The phone has a selection of two games, Reshape and push. These games reach new extremes in boredom and shouldn't be classed as ga
            mes. Never use them! Push involves moving blocks around a level and reshape involves moving blocks again! Repetition is a virtue in this case. The phone has WAP access that allows users to access an extremely cut-down version of the Internet in a sort of sub gameboy resolution. This is good for E-mail, although generally speaking this service is quite expensive and is usually not worth the bother. Also because of the sheer amount of menu's and so fourth you have to deal with the time it takes for you to do anything (book a holiday) would probably be closer to 30 mins! It being quick is a major misconception, and an advertising stunt! The phone can store 100 phone numbers plus the amount you can store on a sim card making a total of 200 numbers. Also 15 messages can be stored. WAP ISP's can be changed to make accessing WAP a little cheaper (normal rate). The Phone also has a rather nice animated graphic in the background and lets not forget the CLOCK! As you can see the features are pretty good although this phone can be very frustrating to use. Lets look at some of my personal problems. In about a week after I brought this phone the screen had loads of duct behind it. The cheap build of this phone makes dust easy to get in and behind the screen. Every time I look at the screen now there are lots of little white speckles and which usually reflect in the sunlight making the display hard to see. Also the vibrate feature sometimes remains ON when you have answered your phone. This is very embarrassing as you try to talk to people with it vibrating. This tends to make a loud noise whilst being quite humorous at the same time. Another glitch of this pone is the display. It now goes blank whenever I press a button and comes back on when it feels like. But most frustrating of all is the buttons actually cease functioning with continued use. If you text a lot you'll notice the space button will no longer work. As this is also the button
            that locks the phone it means I cant take it around with me in case I ring someone (not very mobile). Also the phone tends to make a loud buzzing sound when you have answered a call. This almost certainly disrupts call and can be quite embarrassing. My advice to you is, steer well clear. Although it has a lot of features the essential features it needs (PHONING!!!!!) is extremely poor. Rating of (1/5) out of my frustration and a way of me to get even with this bundle of SH..

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              31.07.2002 23:41
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              Remember Chocolate Mittens? Oh, you must. No? Well, it was the mainstay of children's parties in the late seventies and early eighties (the ones I went to anyway). What you do is put on the biggest, thickest pair of mittens you can find (ski gloves are good) and try to cut a cold bar of chocolate into cubes with a plastic knife and fork. You get to eat what you cut, but you only have a minute or so to do it. Oh, it's fun. Trust me. Anyway. Trying to use the Trium Mars is a bit like playing Chocolate Mittens. Especially the text messaging part, something on which I have all but given up. The keys are so unresponsive - and the T9 predictive text nowhere near as user-friendly as it is on Nokia phones - that texting can be a frustrating affair. Fortunately, the Trium Mars currently in my possession is not actually mine. It belongs to the Carphone Warehouse, who have lent it to me while my 8210 is repaired. I've accepted this (grudgingly, as I pay a hefty insurance premium and did think that the replacement phone would at least be the same make as mine), but I can't wait until I get my own phone back. I guess you want to know why I don't like it, then. Well, the rubbery keys are a bad start - they have to be pressed quite far, and hard, to get any sort of response. The size (115x44x28mm) and the weight (115g) are a bit bulky for me when I'm used to the Nokia 8210 (102x45x17mm and only 79g). Unlike the 8210, the Mars is chunky, and has an aerial which sticks out - it's not the sort of thing I'd want to slip into my pocket. It's also unreliable. In one week, four phonecalls were cut short simply because the phone decided to freeze mid-conversation. The calls were cut off, and I had to remove the battery and re-insert it to get things going again - oh, and occasionally, my phonebook would temporarily disappear after doing this. The Mars has a vibrate alert, but it's not very st
              rong. My 8210 often falls off tables with the vibration (which is good, as it works!) but I often found that I didn't notice the Mars vibrating even when it was in my back pocket. Quite a few missed calls, then. The text message alerts are also a bit timid. The Nokia sound is quite distinctive (whichever option you choose) but messages are harder to notice with the Mars, and I missed quite a few. The battery life isn't bad (3hrs talktime and 180 hrs standby, better than the 8210, which has 3hrs/150hrs), but when charging the phone you might encounter some errors - it will sometimes switch itself off, and when you switch it back on you might find that it's got no signal, even if you're in a strong area (this happened to me twice, and was deceptive because the phone did look like it was working at first glance). The Mars comes with WAP 1.1. I'm not a huge fan of Wap (hence my decision to get an 8210, which is not a WAP phone, in the first place), but after having developed a website for mobile phones I do know a bit about it, and WAP 1.1 is quite primitive (think Teletext on your phone rather than "mobile internet"). This model was touted as a decent budget WAP phone and I suppose it is, but "budget WAP phone" does not equate to "decent mobile". The Mars is from £40-70 prepay these days, but if you want a cheap WAP phone you are better off with the Nokia 7110, which looks quite archaic now but is free with a contract - you can pick up the popular 6210 quite cheaply too. I don't work for Nokia - honestly! - but I think they make very good, user-friendly phones. I've hardly needed to refer to my 8210 manual at all, but I found the Trium Mars very difficult and fiddly to use. Added to this, its unreliability and weak alerts/vibrate/ringtones (you can't compose or download new ones, either) mean that I would definitely not recommend this phone. The only advantage it has ove
              r my Nokia is that when you try to use it and the keypad is locked, the phone lights up telling you to unlock it. This is useful in the dark because you don't have to feel your way to the "unlock" combination of keys (it's a shame the Nokia doesn't do this). My 8210 is flawed of course (that's why it had to be repaired!) but it's streets ahead of the godawful Trium Mars. Chocolate Mittens, anyone?

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                79 hours 27 minutes and 24 seconds About 10 years ago only bussiness men had mobile phones, why would the general public even need mobile phones? and me at 17 years old what would I do with this mobile waste my money on text messages and phone calls, probibally, but are there any other uses? YES Reasons for young people (children and teens) to have phones! 1. To call taxis or lift when out 2. For children if plans go wrong and they get lost or end up alone 3. When teens don't come home on time, a text warning can be given then a full blown row by a call 4. At 17 I passed my driving test, my mum would make me take my phone in case I broke down (which was a euphanism for crash the car) 5. I started uni and it is the only way (bar e-mail, letters, msn) my mum can get hold of me!!! wahahaha 6. My boyfriend lives in Swansea :'( therefore I can text him every 10 minutes 7. To let people know you are home safe (eg Mum!!) ok I am bored of that now it has nothing to do with the phone. Ok my phone is small, light, pretty a sparkly blue colour (although other covers are available), well made, I have dropped it at least 10000 times in the last two years and it still works like new! (Matths dropped his posh Nokia phone once and the screen broke!!), plus my phone is on 24/7 and has been for at least the last year, all calls add up to recieved 49 hours 34 minutes and 7 seconds, and call made add up to 29 hours 53 minutes and 17 seconds, a very well used phone and it is still good as new. It does everything, phone book, sms, call times, call back service for missed calls, a "scratch pad" (a small message stored with time and date*5), two games - Reshape and Push, The Internet, including chat, horoscopes, games, services - like find a local garage or a local taxis service etc, a currency converter, and alsorts of other stuff including predictive typing, hot keys (that do what you p
                rogram them to do), many annoying ring tones (however I must say that it does have a nice pitch and tone about it.) The reception on this phone is great, I live in Wales! I get reception most of the time which is magic really! The Internet is great you can check e-mail on it or just play, I love my phone it goes everywhere with me. This phone is easy to use very simple and has picture on the screen along with clear easy to see buttons and instructions. My phone is on BT cellnet or O2, the rates are ok for me but wouldn't suit many people 2p for weekend to landlines 10p Internet 10p after 6pm to landlines 30p berfore 6pm to landlines mobiles depend on the network but it is not too good 2p is good value because this is anywhere in the country and I can even call my Matths in Swansea (which is actually outside the country!!!) from where I live in Cheshire. A highly recommmended relatively cheap, strong well made light little phone, perfect for people who don't need the top features of colour screens, logos and personalised ring tones, but saying that it does have many features that more expensive phones lack like WAP. Charging is ace I leave it on over night about once a week and this is ok for standby needs a few for hours if you want to talk on it or use the INternet. Great phone buy one for under £50!

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                  Anyone who tells you that the cute little Trium Mars is durable has obviously not owned it for long. As a tried and tested owner-- I've had this phone for 13 months, I now feel qualified to tell you about it. I paid £50, a relative bargain, and this was my reason for choosing the model. i bought it online from O2, nee Genie, and I love the tarrif- that's another story but I'll just say that Genie tarrifs were and are excellent value for money. I pay £10 a month in top ups and get free texts FOREVER. If I call my genie friends at the weekend, i can talk for just 2p a minute! So.. the phone arrived in April 2001, and I began to use it. The games sadly get boring quickly, but then, all phone games do, don't they. They're fun though: nice little reshape the blocks games. Sweet. The currency converter is rubbish really: you have to input the rates yourself and it's not easy to get to grips with. If the rates change, you're done for! ;-) The scratch pad, I have used once: you have to remember that you wrote on it in order to check on it-- i've found things i wrote months and months ago which i forgot to do: ideally, something should flash up on screen to remind you, but it doesn't. The weight is perfect: it's nice and light-- 110g, but the aerial seems a little bulky for a newish phone. You can choose from three designs to have on the screen. I choose butterfly as it flaps its wings wonderfully every now and then. there's also a waving daisy and some boring buildings. A good phone for a teenage girl, i feel. Irritatingly, when replying to a text message, you run the risk of having it deleted: as you reply, any new text that arrives erases the one you were writing. Thankfully, if it's a call you get, that doesn't happen. The text on the screen is very small and so is not ideal for older people, and the screen scratches very very very easily. In terms of durability, it'd dreadful
                  . as i said, i bought it in April. By october, two of the buttons had fallen off (and i'm a careful girl), and the others weren't responding when pressed, or needed to be pressed very strongly. Also, the phone kept switching itself off for no apparent reason when the battery was full, and gradually began to tell me more and more often to check the sim, and also that my inbox was empty, when i knew full well that there were fresh messages in there waiting for me. so i sent it back and i recieved a replacement at the end of october 2001. it's now may 2002, and all the old problems have started up again. If it's set to vibrate, it sometimes continues to vibrate after i answer a phone call, giving the caller the impression that there's an angry bee on the line. Even after i switch it off it continues to vibrate, and it is only the removal of the battery that puts the troubled little gallic handset to rest. Shame, because when i first saw it, i fell in love with this phone. it's beautiful.

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                    I got the Trium Mars for Christmas and cost me a mere £35, which I considered a very good deal. There are many features of this small phone that make it good, which I will now go into. WAP This has to be one of the great plus points of this phone. At only £35 (on OPEN) this was the cheapest WAP phone available as far as I am aware, and I think it still is. Although much the hype about WAP was completely overstated, it can actually be quite useful and can deliver lots of useful information. I found no problems using WAP on this phone. It even has a bookmark facility to bookmark up to ten of your favourite sites. You also get to choose whether to download pictures or not, which is a useful option when you are simply looking for something quickly and dont want the page logos. On this subject, I found that the screen was very easy to read, and the resolution made it easy to make out pictures clearly. Although WAP is a bit gimmicky, I found it useful overall and this phone incorporates the technology well. Size and Looks This is a very small phone and is one of the first things I noticed about it. Its much smaller than other "budget" phones and although the outside covers are very much a matter of taste (and they can be taken off) it is quite stylish. Its still large enough to use without thinking "can the person at the other end hear me with this phone so far away from my mouth?". The clip-on face covers are also a useful addition to this phone and can add a bit of a personal touch to the phone. Battery I have rarely been left using this phone with low battery and I only recharge it every few days or weekly. The battery life, which is in the region of 130 hours standby and 3 hours talking is quite good enough for most users, unless you really are a talkaholic. If I spent 3 hours on the phone between charging, I think I would have other things to worry about, such as the amount of money spent and the c
                    ondition of my heavily radiated brain. T9 This is another useful feature of the phone, which I was suprised to find considering its low price. This feature means that when typing text messages you spend a lot less time pressing the keys as the T9 software built-in will predict which word you are trying to type with only a single key press for each letter rather than several to get to the right letter on each key. This vastly speeds up typing in messages. Menu I must admit, that as someone who grasps technology extremely quickly, I was baffled by the menu system when I first got the phone. The four way button, took me a few minutes to figure out and you actually have to think about it, and get used to keys that have more than one function, depending on where you are in the menus. After using it for a while though, I am at peace with the menus! Overall, this is a great phone and a good purchase. The only reservation I would have now is the huge price hike in the mobile phoen sector, taking the price of this phone up to £69 on most networks! If you look for long enough though, you should be able to find a good deal. Good luck to everyone in finding it! Dan

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                      I have owned a mitsubishi trium mars for about a year now. I rate this phone as the best handset i have ever used! Superb features, coupled with, light, inter-changeable components, the trium mars looks and feels unique. Ergonomical shape and design, ease of operation, and durability are also on the side of the trium. My advice to you is that if you are buying a mobile, and you want a good looking mobile, with plenty of features(vibrating alert, voice dialling, etc.), then the trium mars is for you. The Mars has a changeable CLICK-ON face and battery cover. Mars also comes with a shockproof resistant cover. You get 130 hours of standby time, 3 hours of talk time, data & fax capabilities, T9 predictive text input for speedy typing and a one-button, four-way mouse to perform all functions. This phone includes full WAP internet access, and uses a built in WAP browser. This allows you to use the phone to access the vast majority of the WAP internet. The trium has a very good, consistent signal, has an easy to view screen, and has long battery time, and talktime. As well as two, very addictive, built in games, and the ability to store memos. What more could you ask for in a phone? Well, the fact that it is well under half the price of the other latest handsets. I think the price is very good value for money.

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                      The Trium Mars may be a nice looking little phone, with all the features you would expect of a modern day telephone, but I have experienced NOTHING but disaster with mine! Firstly, the vibrating function: it just wont stop! Once your phone rings, and vibrates, and you answer, the vibrating carries on. Even when I havent had the vibrating function switched on, it still vibrates! I thought maybe it was a one off with my phone, until I had it replaced, and it still did it, and until three of my friends who had got the same phone ALL had the same problem! I have never been able to connect to the internet on the little blighter. Except, that is, for when I dont want to! Somehow, no matter if I have locked the keys or not, after putting my phone in my bag, I always seem to have been on the internet- thus using all my credit! But when I want to try out the internet, it wont let me on! Waps going on there?! OH well, at least it isnt vibrating then! I will however say that I think it is the best looking phone I have ever had, even though I am still with the boring grey colour it comes in. I have never been able to find the new skins, you can rarely find the clip front and battery covers, and when you do, theyn dont fit properly, or they are just plain ugly! I have had more than my fair share of troubles with my little Trium Mars- and I have had it replaced several times! It turns itself off for no reason, it buzzes when I am trying to have a conversation, it rings for the sake of it and I just cant stop it vibrating [although there are those that say that is a bonus ;-)]! On a good note, the timbre of the rings is not so unpleasant as other mobile telephones, and it is small enough to fit in your pocket! Oh and one other thing, when I sent my phone off to be repaired, Trium lost it and refused to give me any information about if they had sent it back or not, whether they had fixed it or not etc. just because I t
                      ook it into the vodafone shop to be repaired rather than sending it in myself. I do not rate their customer services at all! If I were you, I would stick to a user friendly Nokia!

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                      03.12.2001 07:08
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                      I have owned a mitsubishi trium mars for about a year now. I rate this phone as the best handset i have ever used! Superb features, coupled with, light, inter-changeable components, the trium mars looks and feels unique. Ergonomical shape and design, ease of operation, and durability are also on the side of the trium. My advice to you is that if you are buying a mobile, and you want a good looking mobile, with plenty of features(vibrating alert, voice dialling, etc.), then the trium mars is for you. This phone includes full WAP internet access, and uses a built in WAP browser. This allows you to use the phone to access the vast majority of the WAP internet. The trium has a very good, consistent signal, has an easy to view screen, and has long battery time, and talktime. As well as two, very addictive, built in games, and the ability to store memos. What more could you ask for in a phone? Well, the fact that it is well under half the price of the other latest handsets. I think the price is very good value for money. -matt-

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                        28.08.2001 21:57
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                        The Trium Mars may be a nice looking little phone, with all the features you would expect of a modern day telephone, but I have experienced NOTHING but disaster with mine! Firstly, the vibrating function: it just wont stop! Once your phone rings, and vibrates, and you answer, the vibrating carries on. Even when I havent had the vibrating function switched on, it still vibrates! I thought maybe it was a one off with my phone, until I had it replaced, and it still did it, and until three of my friends who had got the same phone ALL had the same problem! I have never been able to connect to the internet on the little blighter. Except, that is, for when I dont want to! Somehow, no matter if I have locked the keys or not, after putting my phone in my bag, I always seem to have been on the internet- thus using all my credit! But when I want to try out the internet, it wont let me on! Waps going on there?! OH well, at least it isnt vibrating then! I will however say that I think it is the best looking phone I have ever had, even though I am still with the boring grey colour it comes in. I have never been able to find the new skins, you can rarely find the clip front and battery covers, and when you do, theyn dont fit properly, or they are just plain ugly! I have had more than my fair share of troubles with my little Trium Mars- and I have had it replaced several times! It turns itself off for no reason, it buzzes when I am trying to have a conversation, it rings for the sake of it and I just cant stop it vibrating [although there are those that say that is a bonus ;-)]! On a good note, the timbre of the rings is not so unpleasant as other mobile telephones, and it is small enough to fit in your pocket! Oh and one other thing, when I sent my phone off to be repaired, Trium lost it and refused to give me any information about if they had sent it back or not, whether they had fixed it or not etc. just because I took it in
                        to the vodafone shop to be repaired rather than sending it in myself. I do not rate their customer services at all! If I were you, I would stick to a user friendly Nokia!

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                          27.08.2001 18:11
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                          A year ago I bought a trium mars for my daughter from an auction. The spec is great, it looks good does everything you want and the battery has a good life. It was also extremely cheap for a wap phone, although I gather the price has recently risen sharply. Initially I was so impressed that I went and bought 3 more for myself and two more of my teenage children. My daughters boyfriend also bought one. Shortly after, the problems started. One by one each of the 5 phones developed faults. They all have a tendency to start vibrating for no reason, which is especially annoying if you are making a call! One of them won't switch on very often, the screens go blank, they switch off during phonecalls and are generally unreliable. The first one was returned to Mitsubishi. They had the phone initially for a month and despite repeated calls from me they could not say where the phone was. Eventually they admitted they had lost it. Although we were sent a replacement, (eventually and after a lot of threats of legal action from me)my daughter had lost all the numbers on her phone, some of which were ir-replaceable. The after sales is appalling. Now I am the first to admit that with all products there will be a rogue faulty one, but 5 in one family? Our friends who have them also have not been happy with the reliability of the phone. Perhaps these problems have now been addressed as there are a lot of positive reviews here and we did have early ones. My advice? A phone with potential but proceed with caution !

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                            I did have an Alcatel phone before but I got a bit bored with it and decided that I wanted a new gadget. Something with a bit more UMPF! So... I was looking for a new phone one day and stopped by at Woolworth's to be faced with a cute Trium Mars. I have seen other Mitsubishi Trium makes before and have had a play around with them. They looked very snazzy indeed. I came by the Trium Mars however and this make was even better! It was small and very light compared with my Alcatel. What intrigued me at first was that the phone was only being sold at a price of £39.99 UNBELIEVABLE! That is a real good deal as the phone has so many interesting features. I have now seen in shops however that the phone is now being sold for £69.99. I heard rumours that many people were having problems with they're Mars' and so were taking them back and so Mitsubishi made a remake of the Mars phone and shops are selling them for more (but thats only rumours). I'll tell you about the problems that may be experienced in the latter of my review. Woolworth's stated that the phone had WAP capabilities! AMAZING! I thought to myself a phone at only £40 and it has WAP? I had heard of mobiles which were capable of this fantastic technology and I thought that I'd have to be rich to own a mobile phone with WAP. Basically WAP stands for Wireless Application Protocol and gives users access to the internet. This means that you can now read e-mail's, news, weather reports, etc. You can also adopt virtual pets and play games for example hangman and adventure games, just fun things like that. Sadly using WAP costs quite a bit. I mean at 10p/min? Thats quite a bit. That is why I hardly use this feature no matter how wonderful it is. Until I find a way of getting cheaper WAP on my mobile I may consider using this again. I was so very tempted to buy this phone and then thought against it and then temptation suddenly took hold of me and within mi
                            nutes I was standing at the checkouts purchasing my new 'toy.' I bought the phone on the Vodafone network as I've grown used to Vodafone and wanted to try out their new 'Pay as You Go' with Smartstep. That would mean 25p/min for the first 3 minutes of the day and 5p/min for the rest of the day whether it be peak or off-peak. A very good deal. Especially if you are planning to use your phone alot throughout the day. You also get £10 in the box. £2.50 to start with and when you register you get the £7.50 automatically after 2 weeks or more. As I waited for my train to arrive I couldn't help myself but open the box and take hold of this beauty. I was very excited. Every new gadget I get is exciting! Unfortunately as I switched my phone on it went straight off so I only had a little peek at what the main screen looked like. The battery was extremely low. So instead I decided to read the manual. More secrets began to unfold about this phone. It had GAMES! I had no idea when I bought it that it had any games. The excitement grew all the way till I got home and began to charge it. Features on the phone:- You can set your alert tones to either ring, silent, vibrate, vibrate & ring or vibrate then ring. I thought this was pretty neat as I had no idea it had an internal vibrating function. The phone also had an internal speaker phone which you can turn on while speaking to someone and everyone can join in the conversation or listen in! The menu is fairly straightforward and easy to use. The phone has texting (sms) capabilities, predictive text typing, a nice phone book where you can put picture icons to names if you want (you can store up to 100 names). On the message side of things you can write out draft texts which you can input into your main message. You can change your phone settings to how you prefer. Phone settings include: changing the language, altering the volumes to certain things like c
                            onversations, alarm calls and key presses. There are 20 melodies to choose from which are satisfactory. Another awesome capability is being able to change the menu graphics to what you want to see. There are 3 preferences: Trium, Manga or Urban. I have my phone set to Manga. When setting your phone to manga your main screen showing will have a picture of a flower smiling at you and occasionally waving. Pretty cute huh? While cruising through the menu the pictures are still but vary depending on which menu graphic you set your phone to. The classic menu graphic is the Trium preference with a butterfly flapping its wings. The phone also has an office tool which consists of a scratchpad (to write short notes), a currency converter and an alarm clock. All quite handy. Although I haven't worked out how to use the currency converter. I don't think I'll need it anyway. And if boredom sets in there is a choice of 2 games from which to choose from. The first one is called 'Reshape' and you basically reshape the symbols by means of rotation to make the same pattern on the left hand side half of the screen. A very addictive game once I got started. Another interesting game is called 'Push' where you have to push ice blocks into the specified holes in a limited time (watch out for slippery ice)! It's not as easy as 'Reshape' though. Whats nice about these games is that when you reach a certain level you will get a code so you don't have to start from the first level. Just input the code and you're playing that code level :) Accessories for the phone: Quite rare. I've searched high and low for front and back covers and believe me they're scarce! I saw a couple in Vodafone but not a great range. I've never actually managed to find the cool rubbery thing, but I do know that when you buy a Trium Mars with the BT CellNet Network you normally get it in the package. Overall the ph
                            one isn't too popular with the front and back covers yet. I've only seen pale colours so far (From Vodafone) and a Budweiser one (not very appealing). Any way enough of my jiberrin' and jaberrin!' So much in such a little phone I hear you say? Well, that's good isn't it. Now if you want something nice and smart ... go buy this funky phone! Its sure to do you wonders! Tip: While you are writing a sms, note or names for your phone book ... see the button right at the bottom in the left hand corner of the phone (the *+ button)??? GOOD! Now I figured this out by accident but just hold that button down and you will notice that in the screen interface where you are writing your message, in the right corner at the top the capital 'A' will change into a small 'a'!! Got it?! Good. Jess Okay, as I said earlier I would describe some unfortunate problems with the phone. People whom I know to have a Trium Mars have been experiencing problem with this brand of phone. Even I have noticed a few not too good things. In the beginning the phone was wonderful and in good working condition. Now I find it has started to play up a bit. Here are some problems :- 1) While in full swing conversation the phone just switches itself off. Ocassional occurences. 2) While in full swing conversation the phone connection just stops leaving the person at the other end of the line wondering 'Where the hell did she go?' This is happening ocassionally. 3) Sometimes the phone completely freezes and you have no way of turning it off unless you remove the battery. This has just started happening a few times. 4) I have noticed a fault in one of the games. I'm not sure if it is mean't to happen. I don't think it is but while playing the game 'Reshape' I reached an amazing level of 80+ (Somewhere in that region) and all of a sudden while starting a level the
                            game wouldn't let me rotate properly and I lost or black squares would cover the pattern so you couldn't see what you were doing. This has always been a problem. Okay games are not a big deal but I would have like to have reached above level 100! Or at least complete every single puzzle!! I have had this phone for quite a long while now so it could be starting to pack up because its getting tired. Now is this just me? Or are there others out there who have experienced the same sort of problems? This is a great phone however. Shame it's started playing up.

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                              27.07.2001 20:17
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                              The Trium XS is the first mobile on earth to get fits, i mean "FITS", it goes crazy in the middle of the day. Firstly i have to congratulate mitsubishi on creating a really good mobile on which you can take out all your tensions, throw it, break it or scream at it, it doesn't matter, its a disposable phone anyway. Firstly its got such a small display on which there is a clock, wallpaper and other stuff that makes the screen really scramped up. Then its got this automatic shut off sensions, when it shuts off itself without pressing any button, really irritating. Can you imagine you are waiting for an important call and you find out your mobile automatically shuts off. Sometimes the vibration doesn't work, and i'am not talking about a used or badly kept mobile, i'am talking about a brand new one. Its got very limited features, ringtones, and plus no infrared port. And very annoying games, three of them though. So i leave it upto you to decide weather to pick it from a retailer and take it home or drop it a trah can nearby.

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