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      15.04.2002 00:22

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      The v100 won me over when my old phone finally died (river walking and me forgetting to leave my phone at home do not mix well!) and I discovered how fab the V100 was. As I send loads of text messages and check my email on WAP daily, the v100 seemed a perfect choice. It's easy to use, text messaging is fast and easy, and the large screen display makes playing games, writing messages, surfing the net and just general navigation much easier. Many people have said that the hands free is irritating, but all you need it a cord storage/retractor thing to stop the cord from tangling up when not in use. It's great for jogging or driving and the holster is clever too. The fact it is a flip phone means numbers don't get accidentally dialled if you forget to lock the phone (oops!) and the screen is protected. The groovy blue colour (not as bad as that green one!!) is cool as it's transparent and you get to see the *brains* of the phone. I have no problems with this phone, and would recommend it to anyone. They cost about £110.00 new, but I picked mine up for £40 on yahoo! auctions - go get one now (no, I don't work for Motorola!!).

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      05.12.2001 05:17
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      When I first heard of this phone I didn't pay much attention because it was a Motorola phone and I didn't trust Motorola at that time, after having a m3788 and having a bad time with that, there was also the fact that it was very highly priced at £129.99 so I ignored it for a long time. For some reason I have the knack of buying phone that look good but don't have any features. Before I went out and bought this phone I had a siemens c25, which I was happy with, until it got stolen so i claimed on the insurance and i had £50 to spend on a new phone. I weighed up my options and decided on this phone and by the looks of it I made the right choice. The phone is packed from right to left with features that you would think only a nokia could have. Easy Text --------- There is a keyboard actually on the phone to make it easy to send text messages and also to send e-mail. there is also a quick access menu that gets you to the most important parts of your phone very quickly Voicenotes ---------- Ever bored on a bus journey home this phone allows you to record anything into a five minute space whether it be your fave song or just a sound you made yourself. You can also record phone calls. Wap Access ---------- This is very handy for me because i can check things on the move such as latest football scores, latest news, Send and receive e-mails, horoscopes and much more. Games ----- The phone has a choice of three games available Bricks - which is where you have to hit the ball and knock every brick at the top. Baccarat - A Card game that involves you betting who will win you or the computet. Towers of Hanoi - strange game that is very difficult to master I can't really explain it apart from say it's a great game. Vibrate Alert ------------- many phones don't have this feature but it's quite genius, because you know when s
      omebody is ringing you but nobody else does. Very handy if you still go to school like me. Voice Dialling -------------- If you can't be bothered to press the keys to dial your mates number, you don't have to just say it into the phone and it will ring that person. Alarm Clock ----------- This little feature is very handy if you need waking up in the morning. The alarm also allows you to record your own message to yourself to wake you up which isn't groundbreaking but is a great feature The phone is also very stylish it is a transparent blue colour and can be easily fit into the pocket. Also a great feature is that the phone is it is very robust when dropped it doesn't leave marks and it's impossible to smash the screen because it is protected. The only disadvantage of this phone is you have to use a hand's free kit which is provided to make the call's but apart from that the phone is flawless The phone also includes things such as the time and date and has a very clear signal wherever I go, perhaps because I?m on orange. But I recommend this quite brilliant phone to anybody considering buying a mobile phone you won't find any cheaper than this packed with so many features and extra's. I bought mine from comet for £49.99, prices may differ at other stores.

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        31.07.2001 03:31
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        I bought my Motorola v1.00 about 3 months ago, mainly because I spend a lot of my time sending SMS messages - but then, doesn't every mobile phone owner? The first month, everything was great. It was so easy to use, I was sending 10-12 messages a day using the keypad. However, I found myself rarely making calls in public due mainly to that annoying pink hands-free thing you are FORCED to use. At least with a normal phone you have a choice whether to use the hands-free or not! The situation now is that I haven't topped it up for 2 weeks, in which time I've used 50p of the £1.35 in credit because I just can't be bothered anymore. Its too much hassle typing for a while, looking at the screen, and seeing youve been hitting three keys at a time for the last 5 words - what follows is several bangs of the cancel key, and then slow typing to try and get it right. As for the WAP capabilities, the connections dodgy at the best of times. I found myself unable to connect the majority of times I tried to connect I was unable to. In fact, the only time I used the WAP option was during June, when it was free (Im presuming due to lack of interest). Then it came to the much publicised "access e-mails anywhere"...if only! I use a Talk21 account, and was pleased to find it already stored in the communications section of the WAP browser. I accessed my account fine, and tried to read my e-mails - no response. I could see I had new e-mails in my in-box but couldn't read them. Not a lot of good really. Oh well, to sum up, for the first month, it was great, and BT-Cellnet milked quite a bit out of me from the novelty, but no more! Come pay-day, I'll be getting a "proper" phone.

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          13.07.2001 22:07
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          We are reluctant to call this device a phone because it clearly has no microphone or speaker and the traditional numerical keyboard is absent. Instead, you open up the case, a bit like a ladies’ compact and you see a larger-than-normal screen and a miniature QWERTY-style keyboard. Have no doubts - this device is aimed squarely at the serial texter. Ease of use It is immediately obvious which population group is the intended user of the Vbox . The gaudy colours that are available - three of them semi-transparent like an Apple iMac - show that this is not a business toy and that it is intended for kids. So it has to be easy to use, although modern youngsters seem better able to handle complex technology than more mature so-called technologists. Motorola has dubbed the product the V.Box although the official name is the V100 and this is emblazoned across the box and manual. This is clearly an effort to avoid any confusion with the V50 which we reviewed last week. Also, it is a much more user-friendly term that should appeal better to the leisure users the product is aimed at. We shan’t go on about how the Motorola user interface is the most awkward of all the major manufacturers, especially since the latest version is an improvement. The manual is certainly easier to work through than for other Motorolas although most kids never open them anyway. If you were in any doubt that this phone is meant as a toy, these doubts evaporate when you see the ridiculous cartoon character - an open V.Box with limbs and a face - on every page. It would be dangerous to compare the way this phone works to a normal handset. It only works as a phone anyway when you plug in the hands-free lead since there is no external microphone or proper speaker. The normal voice functions are all included and probably more than you would expect on a budget-priced device. You have 25 voice dial locations that enable you to dial by ta
          lking into the hands-free with the case closed. Dialling numbers is fiddly though because of the tiny keyboard and there is no question of dialling numbers with one hand as with a standard mobile. Design/Style This handset is not stylish but it certainly has its own style. The comparison with the iMac PC is inevitable since the V.Box does nothing special, it just does what it does in a very special way. It may be ugly to some eyes but kids will love its solid feel and appearance and choice of four bright colours with appropriately ridiculous names. Because the V.Box is so quirky it will grab attention. But its quirky nature is derived from a nice piece of marketing: it basically puts mid-range Motorola phone insides into outsides that are focused on texting. Vital statistics Metric measurements Weight: 130g Dimensions: 94mm X 72mm X 26mm Display: 53mm X 32mm/ 126 X 64 pixel Imperial measurements Weight: 4.58 oz Dimensions: 3.7" x 2.8" x 1" Display: 2" x 1.2"/ 126 X 64 pixel Voicenotes, 25 voice dial locations, ring tone editor, QWERTY keypad Vibrate alert 11 ring tones Phone.com WAP browser WAP browsing The lovely big screen gives a surprisingly limited five lines of WAP text. However, the screen is much wider than a normal screen and allows longer lines of text to be displayed. This also meant that graphics - while offer well presented - were pushed to the left of the screen. On the plus side, you could hold it virtually at hands-length and still see text and images clearly. The screen really came into its own when reading news sites or those heavy with text. You are able to see many more characters - albeit with the strange g, y, j and a that Motorola insist on using - than a phone designed for voice. It is no Ericsson R380 or Palm V but it is also a fraction of the p
          rice. The four-way cursor keys although tiny were easy to use to move the cursor around the screen while special characters were easily generated using the shift and alt keys. Kids can avoid detection by teacher when surfing the net with a short-cut key that disconnects the WAP call with one press, the rubber diamond key on the front lip of the V.Box. The Phone.com browser - not one of the nicest to use - and phone software are virtually straight from the latest-generation Motorolas. It is a shame that no modification was made to eliminate the soft-key prompts on the screen. Since there are no keys immediately below the screen on the V.Box as there are on the Timeports, the three options that appear at any time on the bottom line correspond awkwardly to the C, Menu and OK keys on the keyboard. WAP-related features Having a keyboard makes entering data onto WAP sites so much easier than using a numeric keypad as on traditional mobile phones. For this reason the V.Box does not have predictive text which has become virtually standard on any WAP phone, including Motorolas. However, the keys are very fiddly and there is no reassuring click when you have pressed a key. The tiny buttons are so closely spaced that adult fingers inevitably press neighbouring keys, although it was rare to cause the wrong letter to appear. The V.Box was also irritating to enter data into because there was an inordinate delay before the letter appeared on the screen. You could write a seven-letter word and then the whole word appears on the screen with a mis-spelling in the middle only after you type the seventh letter. However, we must make allowances because this device is clearly aimed at little people with little fingers. Although the device looks initially like a personal digital assistant you have no significant on-board memory so virtually no cache. This means pages have to be resent when you go back to a pag
          e you have already seen. Also you still only have one possible setting for a gateway or connection: annoying if you want to go through an independent WAP service provider to that offered by your network. You also have a limit of a meagre 10 bookmarks. OVERALL It is a breath of fresh air to see a device that is genuinely ground-breaking. After while it gets boring just seeing another smallest, lightest phone with more voice dials, longer battery life, more memory locations or more chrome than the last. Motorola have cleverly targeted a design at a particular sector: youngsters that do not make many voice calls. This is clear by the launch of the V.Box straight to pre-pay rather than contract. It is a shame that the software was not more customised to the target market and is little more than a repackaging of other Motorolas. The WAP capabilities of the V.Box are also disappointing given that soon we can expect WAP call prices to tumble and content to become more compelling for youngsters. But this device is not meant to be long-lived so expect more sophisticated versions of devices aimed especially at SMS addicts. The V.Box may not be a revolution in cellphones but it is a big step in the evolution. When phone makers start making specialist devices for the masses to send data then you know that the mobile Internet is likely to make a big impact on our lives.

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            13.07.2001 03:21
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            Did you know that in recent studies into the use of e-mails and SMS messaging by children found that their use of messaging shorthand, such as, ‘how R U?’ is having a marked effect on their grammar and comprehension of the English language? Those little smiley faces that people put in at the end of sentences are also starting to appear in exercise books nationwide. In a bid to help English teachers and schools everywhere Motorola have launched the V100. Basically, it’s a mobile phone with a PDA style case and full QWERTY keyboard so you can type text messages and e-mails without needing extreme finger dexterity. Motorola’s opted for that design gem, translucent plastic, for the V100 and it’s available in Klub blue, Explosive sonic ( a translucent orange) or a solid lime green colour they’re calling ocean jaxx. Most retailers stock the Klub blue but if you prefer one of the other colours you’ll have to order it. A stubby aerial is about the only thing that gives away the V100’s mobile status, as it looks more like a pocket organiser when it’s closed. Open it up, though, and you’ve got all the controls you expect from a mobile phone and are the full QWERTY keyboard mentioned earlier. Build quality looks like a little suspect, though, and it feels slightly delicate. The LCD screen is large enough to cope with five lines of text, not a vast amount when compared to the Nokia’s 7110 for instance, but the V100’s display is considerably wider, so it’s a bit of an unfair comparison. Typing SMS messages and e-mails should be simplicity itself via the Motorola’s keyboard, but in practice that’s not really the case. The keyboard itself is fiddlier than a very small fiddle and it takes a couple of seconds for the text that you’ve typed to appear on-screen – meaning you can end up typing things twice, and that can become irritating. Secondly, the keys and the la
            ck of space between them makes it tricky for anyone with sausage fingers to type a coherent sentence. The V100 is supplied with a hands free kit, which you use to receive and make calls. As there’s no built in microphone you can’t make calls directly from the handset (you’d look very foolish indeed with the V100 presses against your ear though). Call quality is excellent, and both caller and recipient sound clear enough and there’s none of this robotic vocal effect you get with some hands free kits. It’s just a shame that the supplied hands-free is one of those ridiculous kits that don’t actually keep your hands free at all, because everyone who uses them seems unable to put their phone away whilst in conversation. You can assign voice tags to 25 names in your address book and then it’s a simple matter of speaking their name when you want to have a chat. The V100 also has a voice note function that lets you record up to three minutes of conversation or just record reminders. Very useful when you’ve……..no, sorry, I’ve forgotten. I’ve never been a fan of Motorola’s user-interface: it’s too over-complex and isn’t nearly as intuitive as most other manufacturers efforts. It often means meandering aimlessly through the menus until you stumble upon the option you’re after. That said, if you’re used to the interface, you’ll get on famously with the V100 as it’s exactly the same as every other phone it’s produced in the last five years. In reality the V100s probably a 15 year olds dreams come true. It’ll match her pencil case imac make-up bag, and all her mates will be ‘dead jealous’ to be fair, that’s exactly the market Motorola’s aiming the V100 at For those of us males, though, it’s not really anything to get into a lather about, mainly because it’s not particularly user-friend
            ly. As a WAP terminal it’s good, you can view most text-heavy sites without scrolling like crazy, The real problem is the one thing that sets it apart from your average phone, the QWERTY keyboard, which doesn’t actually improve on handsets that are out now. If you’ve got a teenager knocking around please buy them one, so they won’t launch this country into economic mayhem due to the inability to communicate well (slight exaduration but you get my point?)

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              25.06.2001 17:01

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              well worth a look - Advantages: fab if you spend more time texting than phoning, very neat - Disadvantages: not too keen on hands free, keys bit small if u aint got spindly fingers!

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              06.06.2001 01:30
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              ok seeing as i dropped my sagem mobile in the bath,dont ask me how,and it wasnt working as it should,i decided to invest in a brand new bubble bath free phone.i like to be totally different to other people and all the rest of the phones that are out at the moment are all boring or too expensive.I saw this phone on the shelves and it looked intriguing.I had a little read of what the strange looking thing did and i was impressed with all the features that it had on it. It has a number of of novelty ring tones to choose from,much more exciting than the ones on the previous motorolla phones.there is a composer where you can make your own ring tone up and you can also send it to another motorolla phone.This feature is quite easy to use when you get the hang of it. There are three games to play on,the classic brick game where you move a little block along the bottom of your screen rebounding the ball trying to hit the bricks at the top of the screen.there is baccarat,which is a kind of betting game,where you gamble your money on wether the player or the dealer/banker gets the highest amount of cards.there is also a game called towers of hanoi which i havent played enough times to get the hang of. aprt from the last game there all easy to get the hang of. there is the vibrate alert which is ideal for people at school because it lets you know if you have a messege of if someone is ringing you withought alerting others.you can also choose a combination of options such as ring then vibrate,ring and vibrate,ring only and vibrate only.plus the silent feature. there is the wap feature on it but to be honest i havent really explored that side of it because i find it cost too much to go on,but i imagine its easy enough to do....sorry :( there is a voice memo thing where you can record your voice telling yourself something,a reminder i suppose.you can play this back to you and listen. last of all there is the whole shape and
              design of it.The 'querty' keyboard is fantastic,its so easy for texting and accessing all the menu options it really is a fun and easy way to explore your phone when you are bored! the design of the shape is fun and compact.many people would class it as a brick but personally i wouldnt.i think it is very classy. the only moan i have for the phone is that to talk to other people you have to use the hands free set but i havent had the phone long enough to notice it yet,but i will update my opinion if it really bugs me. get this phone! *ive come to the conclusion that the handsfree bugs me very much but its really cool text messaging. **The game bricks is good and it passes the time whilst on the bog lol, but its really stupid because it doesnt get any harder it just goes on and on and on and on and on and on because after your finished playing you can save the game. whats everyone elses highest score at the moment? 29/7/01 my fone has packed up it wont answer wen som1 rings me! next fone i buy is a normal 1!!!

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                29.05.2001 02:42

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                The motorola v.100 is a strange phone, it doesn't resemble a normal mobile, more an i-mac. However, looks are the main difference apart from the keyboard. The phone itself, while being nothing special is still a good buy. The keyboard on the phone is fiddly, but after getting used to is ok. Whats really good about this phone is the wap access. The large screen make wap sites much more useful and convienient. Overall, the phone is slight quirky and fiddly but still a good phone for frequent txters. For people who don't txt much would be advised to look elsewhere.

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                20.05.2001 21:32
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                I recently bought what i call "The Texters Dream" in other word a Motorola V100. For all the people who take a long time flicking through the ABC, DEF, on their other primative mobiles, this is just the thing. I never used to use my mobile for personal calls just for SMS so my delight when i saw this phone and so cheap too. After the inital excitment of it, if you ever need to use it to make calls it is a bit of pain, as you need the earpiece, and if you dont have it already plugged in, its a nightmare if someone stupidly phones you. One of the main things that i didn't like about this phone is that there is not much of a chance to compose your own ringtones and if there is a website that can help you out then i haven't found it yet. There seems to be lots of websites set up to give you the notes for Ericsson, Siemens and Nokia phones but nowhere for Motorola, so its up to you to sit for hours and fiddle with the tunes. Other than that its a must for all u textas out there. CYA

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                  29.03.2001 05:05
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                  This phone has a mixture of attributes and alot of disadvantages! The one thing i love about this phone is its WAP internet capability. The critics simply hated the WAP, it was of limited capability according to them, but now there are more and more businesses seeing the advantage of WAP. For instance Yahoo has a great service as does Genie. Alot of people review items with the saying 'this is a phone to be seen with'. I have to disagree with this statement on this phone. The hands free kit makes you look positively stupid, so i have kept my old NK402 for talking. However there is the msg board and i like the phone and would advise it as more as a gadget than a practical phone.

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                    25.02.2001 01:08
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                    So why have a phone with a tiny key board on it i hear you cry, well if you have to ask then you are obviously not one of us who has got a callous on each thumb from writing text messages. You cannot touch type on the communicator but you can still build up good momentum with both thumbs. The large screen is nice and clear and it displays wap sites especially well. it has a few built in games and loads of features, all round the phone is a nice shape and it is easy to use but the lack of a speaker or mouth piece means you will have to use the supplied hands free kit to make and take calls. I was impressed with this phone i liked it and i think we will soon begin to see more of these next generation communicator mobiles and to be honest i don't think that is a bad thing at all.

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                    24.02.2001 19:59
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                    I decided to spend my last dooyoo cheque on a mobile phone, as I have wanted a new one for a long time. Most of my friends are on Orange and they recently bought out the “out there” package where I can pay an extra one-off fee of £14.99 and be entitled to five free text messages per day. As most of what I use a mobile for is text messages I though this was ideal. Then I saw the phone I wanted, the Motorola v.100. It is one of the dinkiest little phones I have ever seen. It has a clam like appearance; the top swings open, much like a laptop computer or electronic personal organiser. It has a small keyboard, which you can use to type your text messages on, speeding the process up significantly from fiddling about with the numeric keypad trying to get the message typed. It comes in a translucent blue colour, much like an iMac. Ideally this phone is for people who send a lot of text messages or for accessing the internet via WAP. The keyboard speeds everything up significantly, although there is no predicative text which could have sped things up even further. The keyboard is small, you’ll only be able to use two fingers to type, but it is responsive enough and light presses seem to register well enough. The one drawback is that the screen doesn’t always keep up with the typing – it takes a about a second to update the screen after the buttons have been pressed. This means you can have typed a few more characters before you notice your error. The clam style of the phone also rules out typing with just one hand – you can either hold it in both hands and type using your thumbs, or hold on your palm and type with the other hand. Talk time is very good – it boasts 225 hours on standby (under optimum conditions), or three hours of talk time. I usually charge mine overnight every couple of days so I haven’t completely run the battery down, but it does seem to hold it’s charge well and charge up again quic
                    kly. The screen is large and wide, it can accommodate five lines on a WAP page, which may not seem a lot, but when you consider the screen is longer, it can also fit a lot more into each line. Text message wise, it can usually fit an entire message, plus details of sender, time and date etc into one screen. The phone has no internal microphone or speaker, so you can’t make a call without first of all connecting the supplied hands-free kit, which comes in a matching shade of blue. You can either make a call by using one of the buttons on the front of the phone – one is a button used to answer or disconnect a call without having to open up the phone, the other is to access the phone book – to bring up the phone book (or access the phone book from the menu), or by typing the number and selecting OK. You can record voice tags for up to 25 numbers, although only those held in the phone’s memory (you can store 90 on the SIM card, and 100 on the phone). They when you use the phone book button on the front you will be prompted to say the name of the person you wish to call. Try something funny like “get me the president” when you really want to phone home. Using the hands-free kit isn’t too bad, you just have to remember to either plug it in or bring it with you or you won’t be able to answer or make any calls. As well as recording voice tags for entries in your phone, you can also record up to three minutes of audio as a voice note, for little reminders to yourself. This is quite useful, especially as you don’t have to record all 3 minutes at once and can record a number of smaller snippets. The phone comes with twelve ringtones, one of which you can edit yourself. It uses a different way of entering tunes than the Ericsson or Nokia phones, and you will be hard pressed to find any tunes for them on the internet. It’s a simple job entering them though – use the A-G characte
                    rs to enter the notes, or an R for a rest, then the length of the note. The twelve supplied ringtones are OK, nothing special or exciting though, It also has a vibrate function, although you can’t have them both ring and vibrate at one – only off altogether, either ring or vibrating and then vibrate then ring. I would have preferred to have both going at once, but beggars can’t be choosers, and I can’t change it. You can also set up an alarm clock to make sure you get up on time and don’t miss your bus. It comes with three games – Towers of Hanoi, Baccarat and Bricks. Towers of Hanoi is good for a while but you’ll soon get used to it, Baccarat is a dull card game, but Bricks is actually breakout, which is fun even if the ball is a little flickery and hard to see. Overall the phone is very easy to use, everything can be accessed via the menu key, and there are two special buttons, which take you straight into writing a message or into your message inbox. Unfortunately there is not quick way to turn the volume down and you must wade through all the menus in order to tune it off if you’re going into the cinema or into a lecture. It is pretty easy to pick up without looking too much at the manual – and at 85 pages of manual that’s a good thing! The menu system is pretty instinctive, and the way the keypad uses the standard alt and shift buttons like a normal keyboard makes it even easier to use. The looks of the phone and the text messaging features obviously mean this is marketed at the younger end of the market – it isn’t exactly the thing to pull out in a high profile business meeting. It is fun and quirky though, something of an eye catcher and all my friends have commented on how cool it looks. At £49.99 on the Orange Just Talk it’s a bargain, although at £99.99 for Vodafone, BT Cellnet or One 2 One it isn’t quite as good a deal. I would certainly recommen
                    d it, but whether it’s too childish for you is another matter.

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                      08.02.2001 02:18
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                      I fist got my V.100 a week ago and I cant put it down. The credit remaining on BtCellnet is £0.01 and I can always connect to the internet, and from that, send SMS too. Some people think that this phone is large and unpleasant to look at, well that is their view. At first sight it may seem like a personnal organiser, which is what I tell all my teachers when I am on the FREE internet in class time. But apart from the compactability it has a very large screen compared to its size. it is seven lines which is the same as the 7110 Nokia, but the motorola is also wider. This phone has Vibrating function, a ringtone composer, personnal alarms that can be set to go off mon-fri only or a number of other options. FREE INTERNET*! Tri Band** and very small with its own headset pouch and belt clip. A VERY GOOD PHONE *on BtCellnet ** Where applicable, otherwise Duel band only in uk, 900Mghz and 1800Mghz

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                      13.12.2000 02:13
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                      Despite already owning a Nokia 8210 on a One2One contract, I wanted a fun and easy way of accessing WAP sites, which of course I can't do on the Nokia. That was when I discovered and decided to buy the Motorola V100 Personal Communicator on One2One prepay, despite it having mixed reviews from the mobile phone mags. This is a very small and stylish unit in a clear purple colour with a well laid out keyboard and nice big screen which is absolutely ideal for accessing WAP sites. It can also be used for making and receiving phone calls via the supplied earpiece which plugs into the side. It holds it's charge for a good long time and loads nearly all WAP sites quickly and reliably. The only criticism I have is having to connect to the One2One portal before I can access my bookmarked sites (you can bookmark 10 sites) rather than going online straight to them as with the Nokia 7110 and the keyboard is a little unresponsive at times and the screen takes a while to catch up but other than that, I love it to bits and would recommend it to anyone looking for something a bit different to access WAP sites and send SMS messages.

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