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      18.10.2005 20:34
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      Cheap, but hard to find. Dated, so modern phones are a better idea.

      This phone was my first real phone, bar one that I was given for a short period of time. It was only cheap, and cost me 20 quid at the time, plus 15 pounds worth of top up vouchers. It came with the Virgin services.

      It is a simple enough phone to look at; dark grey and silver in colour, with a small black and white screen with a faint backlight. It has no ariel, and no flippy out bits. It is curved, and very small and light.

      The screen is small, but can show a suprisingly good display when it comes to games and menus and the like. However, as the wap function does not let you view images, and you can not download new games, this is kinda wasted.

      The sound quality is very good as well; this is the only mobile phone I have ever owned that has a speaker phone on it. The quality of it is very good, and it is also louder than most household speaker phones. The ringtones it supports are both mono and polyphonic, and again, are very clear.

      Downloads on this phone are now non existant since the website changed. I have not found any website or magazine that has any kind of downloads for this phone, and even on the website it was only ringtones, However, when the site was up and running, they were for free. My phone has a full memory of free polyphonic ringtones, as I deleted the monophonic.

      The Trium 110p comes with two games, about 20 monophonics ringtones, and about 10 polyphonic ringtones. You were able to write over them, but you can't now that there is no way to download them. It also comes with a set of three graphics, that change the home screen and menu displays.

      It is a simple phone to use. You can set the two soft keys to whatever you find the most useful, and you can access the phone book by pressing the left arrow once. To access the main menu, press the right arrow. From there it is basic up and down to scroll, right to access, and left to go back.

      The buttons are well spaced out, and so there is little chance of pressing a wrong button. The phone fits perfectly into the palm of your hand, and it is generally able to be used in one hand.

      There is a vibration function on it, and adjustable volume control. There is also a calculator, alarm clock, and a little notebook that can hold about 6 message of about 50 characters, which is only really good for email addresses.

      Now, as the phone has little extras on it, you may well be wondering why I rated it so high. The answer is durability. I have never seen a phone so strong as this! My one still works absolutely fine, and here is a list of what happened to it in its time...

      -Dropped down the stairs twice
      -Trodden on countless times
      -Set fire to using deoderant and a lighter
      -Dropped in a river and went down a waterfall, fully submerged for over a minute
      -Lost in a wet field for ten minutes before I found it
      -Back case lost, meaning battery held in using sellotape

      Despite this, it still works fine, albeit with a very short battery life now, and the vibration is very... juddery.

      Because of this, this phone definatly deserves the full 5 stars.

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        16.06.2005 19:56
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        This mobile is compact and light. It's very basic and works fine.
        It will last for a long while ... and that is not necessarily a good thing considering the few basic features in it.
        Of course it's outdated by now, but if you want a cheap basic mobile that's a good one.
        The screen is quite small. It is quite simple to use, it has 9 menus easily understandable.
        Two games, very simple and boring.
        About the Push game inside, here you get some codes:
        22468, 20221, 73656, 20343, 99088 ...
        Have fun, bye

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          28.12.2003 20:29
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          It must be said that I have a particular fondness for Mitsubishi Electric's Trium mobile phone brand. Ever since I bought my first Trium Mars two years ago for only 40 GBP in Carphone Warehouse, I have always been impressed by a manufacturer putting substance before style, value for money before image. For a few years, Trium phones sold slowly but steadily in this country, never as popular as the big brands such as Nokia, Siemens and Motorola, but offering quiet value for money and some unusual features to a small band of discerning consumers. Then, at the end of 2001, Mitsubishi suddenly unleashed its attack on the pioneering Ericsson T68, with its colour screen Eclipse. Despite a specification which was almost as impressive as the pioneering Ericsson, and adding wonderful polyphonic ringtones to its own list, the buyers simply passed it by. Now selling for only 60 GBP at Carphone Warehouse, the Eclipse has ended its life as it began, unloved by all but a select few. Mitsubishi has now moved on from this expensive mistake, hence a rejection of the Trium moniker, and a move back to the household Mitsubishi name on its mobile communications products. The latest model, named M341i, with its built-in camera, Java games and popular flip design, takes the company back to the forefront of technology, and there is no reason why this should not succeed where previous models have failed. Only one handicap greets this phone, and it is the price tag. So far unreleased in Britain, but selling in significant numbers in France, the M341i would have to be very well-publicised over here for a similar market performance. One casualty in this radical change of image, which has involved a deal with the French mobile phone manufacturer Alcatel and forging ahead with the Japanese i-mode technology, has been the last phone ever to bear the Trium name, the 110. Originally to be named 'Cupid', in common with its cosmically-monikered ancestors, this phone was never desi
          gn ed to break new ground in design and technology, but merely to do reasonably well in the crucial budget sector of the mobile phone market, as the Mars had done, the 110 was released in 2002. Interestingly enough, despite the brand new design, the first Mitsubishi to have an internal aerial, for example, a lot of the phone's hardware comes directly from the older models. The green backlight on the screen immediately places the phone into a much lower class than even extremely cheap monochrome models like the Siemens A55 and Motorola C300, both of which have far more modern orange and blue backlights respectively, and a lot of the interface is a direct copy of the Mars. Naturally, Mitsubishi is not the only manufacturer to have done this. On the Nokia 3510 that I bought recently, it seemed impossible to tell the main menu icons apart from those on the old 5110 released in 1998, and the 110 certainly does not repeat this, but those who are familiar with the Mars will certainly recognise a great deal of it. Fortunately, the menu structure has also remained the same, so it is easy to find most things if you have used any of the Trium phones before. The menu system of the 110, and of the other Trium models before it, has to be one of the best on the market. Once one has got used to the idea that the central D pad moves up and down just like any other menu system, and that pushing the pad right enters a menu, whereas pushing it left will exit a menu, then it becomes simple. The function of the central D-pad is slightly different in the standby menu, where a press to the left will open the address book, and a press to the right will enter the main menu, and also changes completely when composing a text message, but on the whole it works very well. Then, there are the two soft-keys, which, unsually, can be customised to any of the phone's functions, including quick access to the alarm clock, and, if you have a Pay As You Go SIM card, to checking one&#
          39;s ev er diminishing balance. I personally have the right hand one customised to take me directly to the text messaging menu, and the left hand one to take me to the calls menu, so I do not have to search through the phone to see the time of day that my mother has tried to ring me, but die-hard gamers may want to have it slightly differently set up. This is quite different to a six-button Nokia, but with the phone book and main menu functions covered by the main D-pad, it leaves the soft-keys free for other functions. It is also worth noting that the keypad has been dramatically improved over the old Mars, which did take some getting used to, and it is interesting to note that the late versions of the Eclipse have actually copied it. The soft-rubber keys have completely vanished, and the central D-pad and soft-keys/answer keys have been overhauled in silver plastic, which has a much more solid feeling to it, and allows for a lot fewer mistakes than used to happen with the Mars. The number keys are hard rubber, like those on the Nokia 3510/3510i, and work very well, being well spaced with a positive feel to them. In fact, the whole phone is a complete revelation in terms of build-quality and durability. Where the old Mars and Geo would sometimes feel very delicate, which was maybe something to with their French provenance, after all the current Mitsubishi M320 is made in France as the Alcatel OT 531, the Trium 110 looks like it could take a few knocks. My particular example is about five months old, and has some scratches on the silver paintwork, but is amazingly tight and well-finished. Not a hint of creaking or coming apart, which even my previous phone, a Siemens MT50, sometimes threatened to do. The 110 has non-removable covers, which is personally no problem for me as I like the standard appearance a great deal, but this does not go the full way to explaining the sudden massive improvements in construction. My old Trium Eclipse, which also had non
          -removable c overs and was considerably more expensive than the 110, had a few more creaks than this one. The old stickers, which used to reveal the Mars and Geo's French origins, have been replaced with ones merely stating the model number, and no clue to the phone's origin at all. I would like to think, therefore, that Mitsubishi has gone back to producing its phones in Japan, but somehow I doubt this. With a price of only 40 GBP on Virgin nine months ago, there is no doubting that this phone is one of the cheapest handsets ever, but this does not mean that compromises in build quality are needed. The style is also perfectly acceptable, taking after the newer M320 and M21i models with sumptuous curves and an excellent choice of colours, and this has to be one of the reasons why, despite some of the dated inerds, I decided to buy this phone in the first place. However, a pleasant appearance is not the only selling point. Taking the polyphonic ringtones from the far more expensive Eclipse and placing them into what is essentially an updated version of the old Mars, which is the cynical view of the 110, was a stroke of genius. I used to be rather fond of the Trium monophonic ringtones, which certainly stand out as different from anything that Nokia, Siemens and Motorola were producing at the time, and had excellent quality due to the fact that they were played through the loudspeaker at the back of the phone, but the polyphonic tones on the Eclipse and 110 are fantastic. They are not quite as loud as those of the Eclipse, as the speaker has now disappeared from the back of the phone, and this new arrangement has created a lot more distortion when the ringtones are played at maximum volume before, but they are still perfectly audible in most environments, and as pleasant as ever. It is possible to download ringtones, in the same way as it was possible with the Eclipse, but Mitsubishi appear to have helpfully dismantled the feature on their website
          to get them free which used to exist. I am also fond of the way that phone names, SIM card names and numbers which are not in the address book can have their individual ringtones, something which is impossible with a Nokia or a Sagem. Unfortunately, the text message alert cannot be alerted, but it is distinctive enough, so this is not so much of a problem. The speakerphone feature, of which I have been grateful on all the Sagem and Trium phones that I have owned, is also alive and well with the 110, and I cannot imagine that this will disappear from future Mitsubishi phones. Unlike the Siemens C55, this is also of an acceptable volume. Other useful features of the 110 include the 'office' functions. These include a currency converter, a scratchpad, the ability to turn the phone on and off automatically, and a calculator. It is not quite a full organiser, such as one might find on the Eclipse, but the market at which this phone is aimed at, the budget sector, would not normally require these. When I am in France, both the currency converter and the calculator have certainly come in handy. Unfortunately, the games which are on the 110 are rather poor. They are exactly the same ones which were released on the Trium Geo back in 1999, and have not dated very well. There is no feature to update these either, so gamers had best stay away from this phone! The reception of the phone, considering that this was the first Mitsubishi phone with an internal antenna, is commendable. Normally, my house is something of a nightmare for reception, with levels varying wildly all around the place on Vodafone, which is the network I used with this particular phone. The Mars and the Eclipse that I had, along with the Siemens MT50 and the Motorola T720 that I used briefly, had problems getting a signal in some areas of the house, but the 110 has no problems at all. It is not full everywhere in the house, but it means that I do not need to worry about where I
          go in order to have a conversation as I used to. The weight of the phone, which was a slight issue with the old Mars, has been changed dramatically with the 110. At only 90g, it seems that sometimes it is too light, and of course, with a lithium-ion battery, the standby time could probably be pushed to four or five days if required. This is the most modern aspect of the phone, and with the monochrome display, this means that it can compete with far more advanced machinery in this respect. Some may complain about the girth and the length of the phone, but I have never found this a problem. The benchmark phone in this country is still the Nokia 3310, and since it is smaller than that, I have no problems with it at all, especially considering the removal of the aerial. Text messaging is probably only the mixed blessing of the phone. It is easy to get to the menu from the standby screen, and reading the messages is excellent since the standard view of the inbox is the first two lines of the message in addition to the name of the sender and the date and time at which the message was sent, but there are still problems. I have said it before and I will say it again, Mitsubishi have to make their phones so that when sending replies to text messages in areas of poor reception, it is not so easy to lose the entire message when the network fails. Merely sending the messages as a composition is no problem, and they can be saved if one is interrupted, so why not use the same system for replies? This is the major flaw of any Trium phone, and I am intrigued to see if Mitsubishi has remedied this in their new models. The lack of character counter in the message editor is also a problem these days, when all Ericsson, Nokia and Siemens phones have them, and the lack of support for long messages is unacceptable in this day and age. I still receive messages which go over 160 characters as separate texts, which is something of a retrograde step from my previous two phones
          . EMS is also receive only, which is a disappointment. Fortunately, the keypad has been improved, apart from an irritating tendency to press the down arrow instead of the number 2 key due to its proximity to the D-pad. I cannot help feeling that the whole keypad could be moved further down the phone which would prevent this, due to a considerable amount of wasted space underneath the keys! The final problem with text messaging is moving around the message. The logical thing to do would be to use the D-pad to go up, down left and right in the message as is usual these days. Unfortunately, only left and right navigate the message, down toggles predictive text on and off! Overall, the 110 works very well. The design is excellent, the phone is very easy to navigate, and it has some useful features for the price. However, if one is after the most modern phone, the green backlight will not suffice, and if text messaging and games is priority, one will need to look elsewhere. Since I can cope with both of these, owning a camera phone with excellent games in tandem with this one, and I know that the phone will last, unlike its predecessors, then it has been an excellent choice. I only hope that it will not suffer the reliability problems with which Trium has been afflicted in the past.

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            25.11.2003 02:09
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            Having owned numerous mobile telephones over a the last few years, some that fell to earth with a crash and died there and then, some that simply wore out, others that got lost or just weren't up to the job ,I stumbled across my little Trium 110,a phone that was going to prove my longest owned phone to date and the most practical and loveable. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Help I need a phone and I've got no dosh!! It was christmas 2002,my Nokia 330 had just fell from my pocket onto the floor and cracked the case and screen(dang).Two weeks til Crimbo so the coffers were at an all time low ,but I still needed a mobile(I have an Autistic child who's school often have to contact me urgently). Desperate times called for desperate measures ,and having failed to find a descent second hand set in the paper I set about finding the cheapest phone I could in town. As I had also damaged my sim card I had to also consider the network I would go on to as well, as I mentioned my phone was basically for emergency contact so I needed a reliable service to go with the phone. An additional requirement was that it was a pay as you go phone and not on a contract. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Choices Having browsed round a few local specialized phone shops, electrical stores, argos and woolworths I discovered three sensible phones for under £50, The Trium 110,Motorola C520,Sagem MC920. Immediately my eyes were drawn to the Trium and the Sagem as their size and aesthetic qualities were more to my tastes .Further inspection swayed me heavily to the Trium because of the amount of features and options that it had and the fact it was being offered on the Virgin network, one I felt was reliable. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Cost Woolworths were offering the best deal on the Trium with a special deal if you bought a £10 virgin top-up card at the same time .Paying £10 for the top-up
            card and £39.99 for the phone with a Pay as you go Virgin sim (including free £5 air time) seemed like and excellent deal and I quickly made my purchase. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Getting my new phone home With my new boxed little phone grasped tightly in my hands I rushed back home to have a play. Charging my unit up, setting it up and finding how to operate the basic functions was very easy, partly due to the easily understandable phone and network guides that were supplied ,and in no time at all I was discovering just how many great features this phone had. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Features Supports downloadable ring tones Polyphonic sound (incredible) Office tools- Scratchpad (for making notes) Alarm clock Auto switch Calculator Currency converter WAP (internet access) 4 Games Phone book (stores 99 numbers) Internet menu for easy wap access T9 text feature for sms (predictive text) EMS(messaging including text, icon and music .Suitable for such occasions as birthdays etc,) Composer (for composing your own ring tones) Reminder (for special dates/occasions) Vibrate mode (for the bored housewife ;-) ). Multi choice display wallpaper (a choice of different pictures/icon themes that can be displayed on your phone-especially good if you have more than one of these phones in your house as each person can have a different theme displayed) Integral ariel (no visible/protruding ariel) Hands free built in 999 dial without sim (even without a sim card fitted into the phone you can still dial 999 and 112 the international emergency number) Dual band (so it can be used abroad) Voice box with own recordable message feature (for recording your own messages) is supplied as standard with your Virgin SIM pack Whilst all of these feature can be useful ,to me the most outstanding ones are the ability to d
            ial e mergency services even without a sim card ,the alarm clock (as it is essential to me),the optional display themes and of course the polyphonic sound. The polyphonic sound means that not only are the ring tones far more realistic ,but they can achieve a greater pitch range and play multiple notes at the same time, giving way to some amazing and lovely ring tunes. The choice of display themes has been great too as i was so impressed by my Trium that last month I went back and bought hubby one too .I have a lovely little dolphin that splashed in and out of water on my main screen, whilst hubby has an endearing little cartoon phone ,so we never get our phones muddled up. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Aesthetics and durability Measuring approximately 6" x2" x 3/4 " ,it is quite compact yet big enough to be able to hold and dial on comfortably. They keypad whilst fairly small has distinctive keys that are easy to press correctly and feel durable. The whole feel of the phone is solid yet not chunky and weighing in at 3 1/2 oz, is the most robust yet attractive phones I have had the pleasure of owning. Two drops on to solid floors and one skim across the car park (as it flew out of my handbag), backs up my feeling that it is indeed a solid and sturdy little fellow. With a grey back mettalised with glittery pigment and a silver and blue front that is lightly covetous ,it is stylish too. Even the charger that comes with the phone is relatively small and sturdy. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Performance Fully charging the phone takes little more than a couple of hours and leaves you with at least 10 days standby time and a good many hours talk time, currently I have never actually run it out of power. Using it is easy, as is accessing it's features. Reception is clear and the volume controls are very effective. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Conclusion
            This little sweetheart promises to deliver a multitude of options and extras, which is exactly what it does and with style. If you can pick one of these up on offer for £40 it will be the best mobile for your money that you can get. If you can't get it on offer and have to pay £50,it will still be the best value for your money .I would have been happy with it if it had cost a fair bit more than I paid as it easily competes functionally with its most up to date competitors that are the high price end of the market. ~ ~ ~ Thankyou for reading ~ ~ ~

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              01.09.2003 03:42
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              I am a fourteen year old boy and have a trium 110. It's rubbish! It only has two games, it's polyphonic ringtones that it highly recommends are nowhere near as good as any other ones. It has ten classics, all boring and some unheared of! There are two games, Reshape and push. Both completeley rubbish! In reshape all u do is change the organisation of different shapes, and in push all u do is push blocks into white spaces! That brings up another point, there is no colour! You can't download ringtones or games so you will get bored with the phone extremly quickly if you are my age or within this perameter, 0-40 years of age. The only way to get rintones is by going onto there website where, guess what, they only have crap unheared of junk! You may also think you can send EMS? Well you can't! Nor MMS and the internet wap connection is rubbish! NEVER get this phone! It may well seem a good deal but it's not!!!! Trust me. I am getting a new phone in a year or maybe even less time, this is how much i hate it! Also, no accessories! NO FASCIAS!!!

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                27.06.2003 04:47
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                If you are over 50 years old, I certainly am, buy it, it is the most user friendly mobile I have seen. I have struggled with my son's and struggled with other phone's. I heartily recommend this phone to the logically minded sensible people. Cheers from Phil. however, for some unknown reason, I have to write a minimum of 75 words to get this into the system, so, trium, trium trium trium trium, good good good best how many words yet, bar bar bar bar bar bar bar bar fed up with that, short word next am am am am am am am am am am am am am am am am am am am am am am am I wonder if that is enough, I will try submit again.

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