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The Motorola C520 is a cheap, affordable and funtional phone. However, it is limited in terms of features, heavy and has an unreliable battery life.

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      31.12.2011 19:36

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      The Motorola C520 was my first mobile phone, back in the day! I was given it by my dad who decided to "upgrade" to the Nokia 402 (which I also received as a "hand me down"...).

      The phone is basically a BRICK. It's so big and bulky that it's actually embarrassing to be seen with. The ariel is around an inch long and it does tend to stick out a bit. The buttons on the phone are easy to use and they never broke when I had mine, nor did they sink in like my BlackBerry. The phone is pretty durable and sturdy to be honest. It's not that easy to hold in the hand though as it's so big! I preferred the 3310 as it was a lot smaller than this brick. You can tell that this is a phone from "back in the day" as it does look pretty retro.

      The phone has eleven standard ringtones that are monophonic, which is just a standard tone. You can choose which tone you would like by selecting it from the menu. The menu is easy to use and easy to navigate. The phone is pretty basic so there's not much to learn really. The sound quality when talking is clear and it's easy to send an SMS from this phone too.

      The battery life on this was amazing! I could go a whole week without charging it and I charge my BlackBerry every other day. If you are looking for a basic phone I would recommend this. You can still buy it off auction sites and I have seen it for sale at the odd car boot.

      My first phone!

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      17.05.2002 02:00
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      Ringtones?Logos?Vibrating ringer?Games? I know nothing of these and don't wish to. The Motorola c520 was my second mobile phone,which I used to replace a horrible trendy Nokia 3210. The Motorola is a nice chunky size,so it can't be lost as easily in the bottom of my bag,behind the bed as a smaller more fashionable phone can be.Some people mght find that annoying as it wouldn't fit in a small trouser pocket of tiny handbag when out clubbing. It is fairly heavy but still nice and comfortable to use and unlike the Nokia I had before does not slip out of my hands constantly.Button size is large so it is really easy to see especially when dialling in dark conditions. Mine is a nice grey and black colour which looks classy.People with more interest in fashion would probably prefer something with changeable covers but I don't feel that is necessary and prefer a nice simple phone like this one. The menus on the phone are really nice an simple,perfect if you don't want to fuss around getting past silly games and other bizarre unneccessary things.It has quick short cuts to get to message editor and answerphone easily which saves time. The phone has no games,fancy ringtones and logos so it saves even the tackiest person from making a complete fool of themself! Battery consumption is fairly average,with 2/3 day lasting time on normal use. One bonus of the phone is that most people think it is ugly so the attraction to theives is far less. The sound quality is reasonable,and the phone is very strong(mine has been dropped,trodden on and chewed many a time).Reception is also good in most areas,I have personally never had any problems. The phone is a reasonable price for sale from around £5 second hand and £20 new. The only real down points on this phone are the fact that the name doesn't show up with messages just a number,so annoying people who don't ident
      ify themselves in a text have to be found in the phone book. I would recommend the c520 to sensible people who don't feel pressured by fashion and want a basic useful phone.

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        10.10.2001 23:16

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        I no wen needs been on my mind, that dis da look is in ur eye. i thought wiv time u'd realise, its over over. its not the way i choose to live. but somehting somewheres got to give and sharing this relationship gets older older. I no wen needs been on my mind, that dis da look is in ur eye. i thought wiv time u'd realise, its over over. its not the way i choose to live. but somehting somewheres got to give and sharing this relationship gets older older. I no wen needs been on my mind, that dis da look is in ur eye. i thought wiv time u'd realise, its over over. its not the way i choose to live. but somehting somewheres got to give and sharing this relationship gets older older. I no wen needs been on my mind, that dis da look is in ur eye. i thought wiv time u'd realise, its over over. its not the way i choose to live. but somehting somewheres got to give and sharing this relationship gets older older. I no wen needs been on my mind, that dis da look is in ur eye. i thought wiv time u'd realise, its over over. its not the way i choose to live. but somehting somewheres got to give and sharing this relationship gets older older. I no wen needs been on my mind, that dis da look is in ur eye. i thought wiv time u'd realise, its over over. its not the way i choose to live. but somehting somewheres got to give and sharing this relationship gets older older. I no wen needs been on my mind, that dis da look is in ur eye. i thought wiv time u'd realise, its over over. its not the way i choose to live. but somehting somewheres got to give and sharing this relationship gets older older. I no wen needs been on my mind, that dis da look is in ur eye. i thought wiv time u'd realise, its over over. its not the way i choose to live. but somehting somewheres got to give and sharing this relationship gets older older. I no wen needs been on my mind, that dis da look is in ur eye. i
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        01.08.2001 04:25
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        I recieved this phone at Christmas of 1999 and initially was very happy with it. I still have it now, 18 months later and have no intention what so ever of changing it. The phone is very simple to use. To start with, there is simply a big green button for yes, and a smaller red one for no and two arrows to scroll your way through the menus. It has the usual phone book feature, in which you are able to store 90 names and numbers, it also has a quick-dial feature, in which you store 10 numbers, and by simply keying in one number, you can access one of your friends. The text message feature is very easy to use. The buttons are nice and big, so it easy to write what you want, and when you have finished, you simply type in the number and you’re away! However, the characters in the text seem to be very limited with this particular phone, which is a slight disadvantage. You are able to lock the phone in 2 ways. You can ever lock the key pad, to stop it dialling numbers when it is in your bag or pocket for example, or you can lock it fully in which you are required to type in a four digit code to be able to do anything. There are only 11, fairly boring ring tones from which to choose from, but if you can hear it ringing, it doesn’t really matter does it? You are also able to change the ringing volume. The phone is very durable, I have droped it on many occasions, but still it never fails! Also, it always seems to pick up a good reception, in areas in which other phones seem to do so, which is always a bonus. There is an answerphone service, which will take messages when your phone is turned off, or you can divert callers to your answerphone if your too busy to talk. I have this phone on pay as you talk, and you simply dial 453 in order to add credit to your phone, it literally takes seconds. All in all, I like this phone, and I especially recommend it too first time users of mobile phones, as it very ea
        sy to navigate through. My only grumble however, is that it is pretty big, and fairly unattractive! But hey, it can make phone calls cant it!

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          22.03.2001 02:21
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          Being quite sceptical about mobile phones, I finally accepted their usefulness 2 years ago and bought one - and it appears that I hit the jackpot first time, because my Orange Boxed & Ready is still going strong. Basically, you're provided with the phone itself, plus line rental - and you're given 15 free minutes each and every month - all this for one price. That means that if you don't use up your 15 minutes each month ( and yes, they do roll-over ), then you will never see a bill from Orange in your life! If you do go over your 15 free minutes then you'll be billed - but the prices for calls are standard, and while you may find a few deals that give you cheaper calls this is certainly not poor value. This year, for 15 months ( special offer ) with 15 free minutes each month, it cost me £79.99. The phone that I bought in the package is very run-of-the-mill. It can receive and send text messages, but that's about the limit of it's technical prowess. No vibrating, no custom ring tones. Just a straight forward, easy-to-use phone. Orange has great network support, and even roaming around the valleys of Devon & Cornwall there's almost always a fairly good signal. This phone suits me perfectly, because I don't use it a lot, and most of my calls are incoming. However, if you use a phone a lot then the primitive handset and free talktime each month will both begin to wear a little thin, and you'll be stuck wondering why you didn't go for a different phone with cheaper calls. And so in summary, this is a simple basic good value package so long as you don't want a hi-tech gadget phone, or so long as you don't need to use your phone constantly.

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          18.03.2001 20:23

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          NO Motorola, this is NOT how you make mobile phones nowadays, maybe 5 years ago, or possibly 10, but NOT TODAY! This phone has 3 "useful" (and I mean that VERY loosly) features. 1)It can recieve a signal, so you can ring people up. 2)You can send and recieve text messages with great difficulty and fuss. 3)When people ask you, "Do you have a Mobile?" You can reply, "Yes, yes i have" but then go silent and run away, because if the find out that you have a Motorola, they will beat you until you start oozing around the floor in a gooey mess. It is heavy and bulky, and the asethetics are great, if you are somebody who loves sharp edges, peeling bits of thin plastic and have a palm the size of Australia. You may wander into Tesco and see it lieing there, on the counter, looking all sweet and innercent, but the only attractive thing about it would be the price, so please please please please PLEASE don't buy this phone, for the love of minkind and to save serious self-embarrassment, DON'T BUY THIS PHONE. (Thank you)

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          04.02.2001 20:51

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          This pay as you talk orange phone is simple, boring and has no perks to it. It has your normal, can recieve and make phone call, and txt messages. No fancy ring tones, no space for logos, no graphical txt messages, and it hasn't got the longest life span. Well, i've had mine a year and its started to die already, i didn't expect to pay, then 50 pounds for it to start going crazy on me. It flashes up symbols with no relevence and often turns its self off even when their is plenty of battery and the keys are locked. The battery life isn't long and regually needs charging. If you are someone like me, who cannot afford new phones every 8-12 months don't go with this phone. I believe its unrealiable, boring and basically pants. I don't believe this product is worth recommending to anybody.

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          14.01.2001 03:17
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          First of all, look at the phone. Is it small, compatible, and pocket size? I think not. Then I ask myself, what did I buy this phone to do? I answer: To make phone calls. You will be very disappointed if you bought your phone for the same reason. The signal is poor in most areas I used my phone in, and often there was an echo or a buzzing sound. Very annoying. I have now sold my phone and bought one that works. The phone is very basic, has minimal ringtones, no games, no fancy predictive text messaging, nothing like that. It makes phone calls, and not good ones. It sends text messages and recieves text messages. It has the voicemail service and 11 basic ringtones. Thats it. Nothing more, nothing less. The phone may be cheap, (£19.99 in many places), but does not work very well. However, the M3788e which looks very similar (not to be mixed up), has the same features but is slightly more upmarket. For example, it has newer signal technology, so phone calls are not interrupted by buzzing and echoing as with the c520. Also, pictures are used on the quick menu, making it more user friendly all around. Most stores sell this phone at the same price as the c520, and is far superior. So, if you are looking for a basic phone that just makes phone calls and can do text messaging, te M3778 would be fore you. However, the c520 which looks almost the same on the outside, includes the same features, but do not function properly.

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            20.12.2000 22:22
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            The c520 was the first phone I ever bought and it certainly was good value at the time - when mobiles were just coming more and more common. Although now, by size standards, it looks huge, bulky and is relatively heavy, it can certainly take a knock. My phone was dropped/thrown many times but always survived with ease. The buttons are large also, and aren't very responsive, they stick out from the actual phone itself and are not "built-in" as with some more modern phones. In terms of options, well...there are none. This phone just about covers the essential needs of receiving calls, outgoing calls and basic text messaging. So, for anyone who's not bothered about image or additional extras, it's perfect. Although for people on the move, this might just be a bit big - the aerial is big and sticks out, although one plus point is that the ringer tones are amazingly loud. Worth a shot, but I wouldn't recommend it by today's standards.

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            25.11.2000 18:40
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            I had this mobile briefly when I was under contract to Orange and was severely unimpressed. In the 2-3 month period in which I owned a Motorola c520 it broke three times and was replaced twice with a different mobile - the third time was the last straw and I switched to a Phillips c12 instead. I think this must be the least robust mobile on the market. Admittedly the first time one broke was because I dropped it out of the side door pocket of my car(about 40cms onto tarmac) but still, every other mobile I have had has received far worse treatment than this and still carried on working as if nothing had happened. My c12 has been dropped numerous times, been sat on, spilt over etc. etc. and still carries on as good as new for instance. The second and third times it was the charger socket which broke. The mobile worked fine(sort of) but couldn't be charged. It is ridiculous. Even though they only cost around £10 at the time(haven't looked since) it simply isn't worth the hassle to keep having it replaced all the time. My friend owns one now and he finds that if someone is on the ground line in the house, then he cannot use the text messaging service and every textmessage sent him when someone is speaking on the groundline is scrambled and unreadable. As far as features go, in case you are still interested in purchasing one, the Motorola c520 offers only the most basic ones. You can send and receive calls, text messages and umm...well thats about it. In todays world that probably isn't going to be enough for many people but even if that is all you require then still look elsewhere. Basically this phone is useless and to be avoided in preference of something a little more reliable and of better quality.

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            20.11.2000 07:31
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            If you are looking for a phone, and it’s your first one, this is the way to go. It has every thing you need to keep up with today’s communication. You can send txt messages, listen to your voice mail, there are lots of ring tones you can pick from. Orange is a very cheap network, and hardly every fails. You can have this phone in many different pay packages, but the most popular one has to be pay as you go, this can work out expensive but if you use your phone sensibility its really cheap. You can get vouchers from £5 - £50.

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            11.11.2000 22:07

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            These phones are very cheep, you may even get one for as little as £35. There are few features, it not very user friendly, it's fairly ugly and has an average battery life. On older versions of this phone, you can't refer to the address book when sending a text message, so you have to remember the number. This was fixed at a later date. On the good side, the call quality is a good as any phone as long as your reception is okay. It's got the added feature of being able to put in standard AA batteries in for emergency purposes. I can't really complain too much about this phone if you buy it really cheap, but I would save up a little more and buy a Nokia 5110 (£50) instead.

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            08.11.2000 02:35

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            The motorola c520 mobile phone used on a "pay as you go" option provides you with cheap means of contacting family and friends.Its cheap enough to leave in a car in case you break down, and there's no worry of the voucher time running out with, no limit on time vouchers. They are ideal to give to children so you can get in contact with them, or if they need you late at night.This phone only provides the basic calls and text message service, but thats all you need.The on screen menu system makes this an easy phone to use, This phone comes with a car charger socket so you can use in car, and a hands free socket. Orange are about to stop the £5.00 voucher and are now using a swipe card like many other phone companies. I can see this heading towards swipe card only phone's in the future. This is a very good idea as you can use different payment methods. If your children have a phone you can keep the card and top them up as they need it. the only problem i have had is finding one. Update_........1/3/2001 I've been in touch with Orange via the Internet about swipe cards. I have been told there was a greater demand for these cards than they thought there would be and it may be up to 2 weeks to get stocks available. Unfortunately the £5.00 vouchers are no longer available. Well around by me anyway.

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            19.10.2000 02:56
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            Two words - 'bog' and 'standard'. The only thing that separates this phone from the previous Motorola phones of the same price is the design. And even after saying that, its nothing special. The menu layout and graphics are exactly the same and there are no new options or upgrades in ease of use. This really is, in my opinion- Motorola's dullest and most cheaply made phone. That is why you would see it advertised in magazines in conjunction with offers reading 'get this free Motorola C520 when you ....' Also, the fact that I received it as a replacement shows their attitude towards it. On the plus side, its not too bulky and not to fiddly. Menus can be accessed with reasonable ease and speaking is not a struggle. Messaging is also reliable. There really are no frills with this phone, and, whilst still being functional for use as telephone and only that - this wouldn't please users looking for a bit more in a mobile. Only reccommended for those who just need a phone for occaisional use. Harry

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            13.09.2000 20:30
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            I was given the Motorola C520 when my stalwart Nokia 502 finally gave up on me. What can I say? It works - but is so bulky and the user interface is SO annoying that I try not to use it. Call quality is OK, as is battery life (about 2.5 days standby). But why can't I select "Reply" from the menu to reply to an incoming text message? Why do I have to type my message in and then punch in the recipients number from memory - why can't I use the phone book to select the number? When the Keypad is locked, why oh why do I have to enter my unlock code before answering an incoming call??? ARRRGGGHHH! If you're looking fo a 'phone to stick in the glove box of your car for emergencies you could do a lot worse. But if you want a phone that you can use on a daily basis, look elsewhere.

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