Product Type: Motorola mobile phones
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cheaper than a sim card
Date: 21/01/01, updated on 21/01/01 (56 review reads)
Disadvantages: body is far too light weight
Having dropped my Motorola c520, I needed to replace it and ended up paying the paltry sum of twenty quid for a new m3788e (basically the same phone). That's five quid less than a sim card on it's own - so if you can get one at this price, get it for spare parts if you want and don't register it; the sim card as you can use your existing one (if you want a replacement like me) or use it for the fiver worth of calls and use the other parts (a spare battery is always handy and proberably would cost more than the price of the phone as well.
Onto the phone itself, it's more or less the same as a c520 except it has a better display and shows more information and has an headset socket on the side (not that I've seen any readily available head sets out there yet it still takes the standard motorola hands free kit so the extra socket is a bit pointless). Still a basic phone and is reliable (if you don't drop it, that is!) but one function that would be handy but isn't supported for some reason is the screen does not illuminate when a text message is received - every other function has the display light up except for this - and as the alert for text messages is three beeps and if you're wanting to see where your phone is, no light is a pain.
The phone, in comparrison with other phones currently available, looks bulky (however, if you have trouble with your hands like I do, the slightly larger than normal buttons are very beneficial), old fashioned and not very robust - a fall of less than three feet somehow knackered the ringer on the previous model and the m3788e uses the same external body parts, so be very, very careful with it. This phone is not one of those all singing, all dancing phones, so less to go wrong. Functions are basic, no annoying theme tunes for downloading for ring tones, so a big plus there.
A bargain for twenty quid - even if you already have a phone! If you want to get one and still use your
old phone number, make sure that the sim card matches - it's a 3V, 90 memory, 10 text one that's half the size of a stamp.