Product Type: Motorola mobile phones
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To 'e' or not to 'e' that is the question
Member Name: sue.51
Date: 28/09/02, updated on 03/10/02 (3091 review reads)
Advantages: Very sexy, No need to buy a case as the keys are protected by the design, Will attract a lot of attention
Disadvantages: Very small keys, The fault with the SIM card
Nothing with the phone itself, its just that as I discovered, phones with an 'e' suffix are solely for use on the Orange Network.
The time had arrived change my phone AND network. Having suffered with BT Cellnet for around 11½ months (subsequently O2) I hated them - signals in the depths of mid-Wales were something the police did in the middle of the road whilst directing traffic and I used to open my bills with all the confidence of someone expecting the bailiffs as they were horrendous - the costs of running a phone on a similar contract to Orange had doubled . I had been conned at the outset by not realising that calls to other networks were not included in my free minutes - so I was spending my money calling my daughter, dad and beloved whilst losing my free minutes every month, as they are not rolled over with O2 as they are with Orange. I fell out with Orange but now it was time to go back, but what were my choices?
Pay as You Go, Some form of Orange pay up front for line rental and just pay for calls or a good old-fashioned 'where have you lived for the last 10 years?' contract. After a lengthy conversation with my friend Stephen at the Carphone Warehouse I opted for a Talk 200 contract - now, which phone?
A quick glance through their myriad of selections on the wall saw my eyes fall upon the Motorola V66e, a very sexy dinky little silver number with a small black covering on the front, carrying the large 'M' significant of the Motorola Brand - well they are a good company aren't they? How could things go wrong?
The small black covering is easily removed and hides the SIM card; other colours and patterns for this covering are available from all good telephone stockists - but I do like Black, it gives it a rather sexy and business
like feel. The phone also has a rather sizeable and static aerial.
Everyone who sees this phone wants a closer look; it oozes finesse and sexiness as far as it is possible for a phone to do so, it has a flip-over lid with the buttons and the mouth-piece on the bottom part and a surprisingly large display and the ear-piece on the top half. It is very comfortable to use and conversations are usually very clear providing geographic reception is OK.
Well I am sure this varies between shops, but in the Carphone Warehouse in early June 2002:
· Pay as You Go - £199
· Orange No Line rental - £149
· Contract - £30
Although the Carphone Warehouse had an offer on during the Jubilee weekend of providing it free, so it didn't cost me a dime; incidentally if you buy through the Orange website at the moment you will get this phone free and £149.99 for the Pay as you Go version.
This phone is a tri-band, which I understand means you can literally use it anywhere (subject to your contract arrangements and network availability) including the US.
You can 'surf the web' using the phone, loosely interpreted from my limited experience with it, that you can obtain a dearth of information on latest news stories, share prices and hot gossip on your favourite football teams and stars, although with the wide use of the internet I don't really see that much benefit from this function at a cost of 5p per minute, but hang on - this phone also has another feature which I was really excited about, but haven't actually had reason to try out yet, it doubles up as a modem and the relevant cables and discs were supplied to allow you to use your laptop to surf the internet whilst travelling in cars and trains (make sure you are not driving at the same time with the former).
o Length 84mm
o Width 44mm
o Depth 21mm
o Weight 73g r>
As you can see it really is small and lightweight, so small in fact that when it gets into the depths of my handbag I can never find the damn thing even when it is ringing.
All boring stuff I'm afraid, no Jingle Bells and Robbie Williams received tones here - it is all classical, although it does vibrate in 5 ways, great for those guys and gals who keep their mobile in their trouser pocket and enjoy a cheap thrill.
Unlike Nokia, it doesn?t vibrate and ring at the same time, it either simply vibrates, or vibrates 5 or 6 times and then rings and yes it is a very noticeable vibrate that has seen my bag shaking and me desperately looking for it. There is also a little light at the top which flashes red intermittently when the phone is active.
Yes, why shock horror you can send text messages from this phone. The reason I mentioned it separately is because whereas with the Nokias and other phones I have used you can just press the appropriate button until you get to the required number of letter; with this phone you have to use the backward and forward arrow keys to select your character - gone are my discrete days of quickly wapping out a text message to my nearest and dearest whilst travelling. In addition the buttons are very small and trust me you need very nimble fingers to use it. My other half gave it back to me in disgust the first time I asked him to make a call on it. The Message centre on the phone has boxes for Voicemails, Text Messages, Quick notes, Outbox and saving Draft Messages (if your sending a long message this could some in very handy - I have found that if you accidentally press the wrong button whilst texting you will lose the whole thing and have to start from scratch.
Using this phone for texting has become akin to the same chore that my thesis is going to be in the coming months, hence I am sending far less text messages
; result, increased phone bills.
r>TALK-TIME AND LONGEVITY
Yes I am a woman, but I do not spend hours on my mobile, using it just for work and family related quick calls - so can't tell you whether it lives up to its claim of 2.5hours, but I do use it regularly and seldom charge it.
Standby is stated as 4.5 days, although I haven't run the battery down at all yet as I need to keep the thing charged sufficiently for when I am out and about travelling.
I purchased an in-car charger at the same time as the phone which set me back £14.99 less 10% discount for buying it in the Carphone warehouse at the same time. It has different connections from the Nokia range and therefore I needed to literally start from scratch.
Calculator - numbers as expected are used off the keypad, actions such as multiply and divide are selected from a row of pictures using the navigation buttons.
BlackJack - which is exactly what its name suggests - not mind blowingly exciting and the bloody thing nearly always beats me.
MindBlaster - Haven't quite worked this out.
Paddleball - Like computerised tennis from basic computers many years ago, you try to keep a bouncing ball on the screen and the game is over once you fail. The keys are so small, I find it quite difficult to move the cursors fast enough, plus again it is not exactly what I would call exciting, not like Pairs and Snake on the Nokia range which are slightly more stimulating.
This is a particularly pleasing feature of phone and I believe it can store up to 590 numbers, 90 on the phone itself and 500 on the SIM. When inputting numbers you are provided with a range of options to select whether it is home, work, mobile, fax or pager and you can store all five numbers under the one name, making them easily identifiable when browsing the phonebook. The keys are so small however that transferring all my numbers took a
, a speed-dial number is automatically allocated to every phone book entry
and there is also a facility to use Voice Activated dialling.
Some of the V66e mobiles have a fault; I have had mobiles for nearly 7 years and have never come across it before. I tend to store ALL useful contact numbers on my phone, save me digging through diaries or scrappy bits of paper. I turned my phone on Friday to get a number I didn't ring regularly only to find the phonebook empty. After a couple of minutes hyperventilating, I controlled myself sufficiently to contact Orange, only to discover that there is a recognised fault which is being investigated and it does not affect all the handsets, therefore they didn't think it necessary to notify customers - aaaaaggggh. However, I was advised to remove the SIM, put the phone on, turn it back off and put the SIM back in and they would return - true to her word this worked, but I really could have done without the hassle and the panic. I have since been advised that Orange are not offering replacement handsets or refunds to those customers affected. This has already happened to me twice and it is quite nerve-wrecking. I have recently discovered however, that by using the data cables, the information contained on the SIM card can be transferred to your computer for safe keeping - this also apparently applies to downloading ring tones from the web although unclear as to how it works.
Your last 10 received and dialled calls will be recorded.
The display light background can be changed to green, red or orange and can be set not to come on at all, or at 5-second intervals whilst in use lasting up to 20 seconds.
For those with sight problems you can set the screen to zoom in or out, making it much larger and scrolling can be on a continuous wrap around or top-bottom.
You can record and write in short notes when out and about on y
our travels and set yourself diarised reminders - although it doesn't work like a typical alarm clock like the Nokia range do (oh how I miss it)
Is there such a word? The lack of ability to receive personalised ring tones, coupled with the inability to change the welcome greeting really frustrated me, funny how we get hooked to the silly things in life.
You can also set the phone up for headset and in-car hands free use with the right equipment.
o It is very very sexy and petite and everyone will want to look at it (or maybe that's just in Wales as we have a fascination with small things and most locals still have the old fashioned great hulking Nokia and Bosch phones)
o You don't need to buy a case as the phone is folded and therefore cannot accidentally be switched on/off or dial you local police station (which I did a number of times on my Nokia phone which for obvious reasons allows 999 and 112 calls whether the keypad is locked or not.
o Nice large visual display
o Can be used as a modem for the laptop in times of emergency
o The keypad is TOO small
o Can't personalise it as much as I would like
o No proper alarm clock
o The fault with the phone book
o Its accessories are not interchangeable with our other phones and are not cheap - hands free kits and in car chargers are around £15, the USB connection if you don't receive one with the phone are around £37, cases £10 and replacement batteries £45.
o Very difficult to send text messages on
I have had this phone for around 3 months now but don't think I have got the best use out it. Not a bad little phone, but think I will definitely be going back to Nokia when I can change for free/low charge with Orange.