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      24.07.2002 04:35
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      Everyone has one now - mobiles have sweeped the country and suddenly before you know it, your teenager wants one!! Obviously at some point you will probably get one, but your mind is running with worries:- * What if I fork out a lot of money for something that will just be broken? * Well I don't want a contract phone as I'm sure they will run up a bill! * A lot of people have been mugged for flashy moblies, so I'd rather get them one that isn't as flashy but still does the trick. Well this is where the Philips Savvy comes into play. The first thing that is best to do is weigh up the PROS and CONS of the handset. PROS - * Quite a tough little phone - hard to damage * Reception Coverage * Battery life * Although the phone will cut out with a dead battery, you can usually switch it on quickly to see if you have recieved any SMS or phone calls! * Very reliable - It is likely to last a few years CONS - * Small Screen * Only stores 10 SMS (Text messages) * Keys are prone to sticking * Only 20 ringtones which are quite simple, you also cannot download or recieve new ringtones. * You cannot access the internet like most handsets around now It also has a few features that would be handy for anyone. * Alarm Clock - No more sleeping in, in the morning, the alarm can be set to go louder and louder * Voice dialling - all you have to do is set the name by your voice, (to do this go to MENU > PHONE BOOK > ADD ENTRY > TYPE IN THE PERSONS NAME > PRESS DOWN TO SAVE ENTRY > The phone will ask if you wish to add voice dialling > PRESS DOWN FOR YES > SAY NAME CLEARLY > REPEAT NAME 2ND TIME > THEN DOWN TO STORE. ) Whenever you wish to use the voice dialling....... * Calculator - for adding up those difficult sums you cannot do. * Stopwatch - Time things like races etc * The option to send a picture icon with an SMS - Only other S
      avvy users will recieve the picture though! * Answer Phone - for when you really can't take that call * Bio-calender - you type in your date of birth, the date it is and it tells you your mini horoscope for the day (doesn't cost anything) PHONE STATS SAR Value - 1.11 Talk time - up to 2h 30 minutes Standby time - up to 2 and 1/2 days Weight - 145g Dimensions - 130x55x27 Battery - NiMH ACCESSORIES Perhaps you have a Savvy and need accesories for it. Well follow me into the world that is www.l8shop.co.uk, here you can purchase accessories for your phone at affordable prices (prices obtained at this site)all prices includes VAT and free delivery:- Triple pack - Leather Case, In -car charger and Portable Hands-free kit = £9.99 (should be £6.99 each) Spare Battery - £14.99 Mains Charger - £14.99 PRICE I do know that when the handset first came out it cost at least £90 on pay as you go. The price has now lowered and you can purchase the phone for £54 on pay as you go from www.network-mobile-phones.co.uk , they accept Visa, Switch and Mastercard and do not charge for delivery. You are probably unlikely to find this handset in any shops as it is particulary old. MY OPINION Well I actually bought the Savvy in 1999 and so it is now 3 years old - Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, anyway, and now I must admit it still works! The anly flaw is that the battery life has decreased but then they say that you should change your battery every year though and I haven't!! I think it's a great purchase and easy to use that anyone could use it. And I would advise anyone that is looking for their first phone or not that clued up on mobile handsets to buy one. So maybe when your teen is begging for a phone, don't go for the expensive fragile model, look for a Savvy for one that is garaunteed to last. Thanks for readi
      ng my review, hope you all aren't bored stiff Dale x

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        13.06.2002 07:33
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        I have got rid of my old C12, but spent a long time using it and still see them on sale every now and again. When I got my phone it was free for signing up for a credit card, but they tend to cost about £40 when you see them. They tend to be on fairly cheap tarrifs - for example I used to pay 5 pence per text message on my pay as you go scheme. The calls were quite expensive, but that`s the price you pay :-) The phone itself looks very dated these days - you can tell it`s been out for a long time. It has a huge antenna just stciking out the top crying to get snapped off in a pocket - or even worse to jab you in an area you`d rather not get jabbed. The menu structure is appauling, mainly due to the small screen size. The different sections of the menu are picked by moving left and right, and pressing down to select an option. It is a very inefficient way to do things. One small feature that you might appreciate is the ability to add little icons to the end of your text messages. If you send them to someone with a C12 they`ll see the same icon as you. If they don`t have a C12 then they`ll just see something that looks like the icon - for example if you send a smiley face to someone who doesn`t have the phone it comes out like ":-)" at the end of the message. The text message editor does not have rpedictive messaging, which just means it takes much longer to enter a message. The battery life is reasonable - I tend to get 3-4 days out of the phone. I still use the phone on occasion now - when I go on holiday abroad I take it with me. I`m not too bothered if it goes missing for any reason, it works everywhere I`ve ever taken it and it only costs 5 pence to send a text message back t the UK.

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        I was a very proud owner of the Philips C12 on the Bt Cellnet pay and go network. I bought the phone for £49.99, which was very good, value for money as the only phones at these prices were bigger, heavier and had very poor battery life compared to the C12. Network Availability. The C12 is only available on Bt Cellnet and Orange Just talk. Unlocking this handset will cost between £7-15. Which would allow you to enter any sim card for any network. The price will vary slightly between Orange to Bt; I think Bt is the cheapest now at £39.99 new. Battery Life The battery life on the C12 s very good compared to other phones in this price range. When I had my C12 I would have to charge it up fully which would be about an hour every 2 days with heavy use and 3-4 with very little use. Reception Quality and call quality. The reception quality with this phone on Bt is to a very good standard and has a full reception %95 of the time in the city including in subways etc. The call quality on this phone is usally very good and sometimes when the phone says it has very little reception quality you can still actually make a call. I would not say that the call quality is crystal clear but good enough for £50… Extras The C12 has a really good feature which was great fun and quite addictive. The C12 had a function, which was like reading your stars in the paper etc. You would be asked your date of birth and you would be given an out of 5 rating for each e.g. Love. Another good feature on this phone is the 1471 feature, which is a good feature. (I don’t know how many times I tried phoning 1471 on my first mobile!). Other extras on the phone Inc a built in alarm clock and calculator. Looks The C12 is not the most eye catching of phones on the market, even when it was first launched. The phone is not huge and fits into your hand nicely. It’s not too small that you would very easily
        loose it but it’s not the model that’s often laughed at. The phones length is about from A to K on the keyboard. It’s not that chunky either but doesn’t feel cheap Built in phone book. This mobile has a built in phone book, which is not unusual for a mobile. It holds 90 names and numbers, which is enough for most people. In the phone book the phone book is easy to use and easy to find names. All names are in alphabetical order. Security You can protect your phone from being used if its lost or stolen by selecting a pin code. Once the pin code is entered wrongly 3 times the phones sim is blocked and you are then asked to enter a puk code. When tat is entered incorrectly 10 times your phone as well as pin is blocked forever. If you have lost your pin you must phone up your customer services where they will give you your pin code. DONOT MESS WITH YOUR PUK CODE. Reliability. I was so impressed with the reliability of the C12 it had been dropped in water and dropped onto concrete occasions but never let me down. It never failed to turn on and kept on going and going. I was a very heavy user of mine spending at least £15 per week. SMS messaging (text messages). This is a very handy feature which is standard on all phones bought new in the U.K. this is quite awkward as the phone is only 2 line display. Sending text messages takes time, as the buttons are quite soft. The C12 can send and receive text message sand they can be stored (saved). Picture icons can be sent to other C12 or U users and are quite silly and stupid but fun. Ease of use. This handset is very easy to use and whenever you do need help the instruction manual is quite understandable compared to some others I have had. I got to grips with mine within a few days. OVERALL Overall I think this phone is a good no frills handset and is idea for the everyday use. I was very happy wi
        th mine up until I parted with it to buy my Nokia 3310. I sold mine for £22, which is not too bad. Thanks for reading. Sam :0) P.S On the Bt pay as you go network the phone comes in matt black.

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        28.11.2001 20:08
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        One of the first ever mobile phone's that I got was a Philips C12. I enventually sold it to a friend at work as I wanted a more up to date phone. I now have a nokia 3310. The phone is black, and is not popular now, but it is an ok phone though. It's quite a big phone compared to mobile's these days.. There is an address book, where you can store up to 90 people's name and phone number. The person's name can be up to 11 characters long. The name's in the address book are all in alphabetical order, which makes it easy to find who you are looking for. You can send text messages to other people. Each message can be up to 160 characters long. You can also include pictures in your message too, which makes your messages look more interesting. The only thing is you can only send these pictures to people who have the same phone as you. There are 25 pictures to choose from, like faces, etc. You can store up to 10 messages at any one time. When you have a message, a flashing envelope will appear on the screen of your mobile. You can read, forward and delete messages. There is voice mail for when you can not answer your phone. You can record your own message or use the message which is already on your phone. I used the message that was on my phone. There are 20 ringtones to choose from. You can not compose any of your own though. There is a stop watch, which I never used. A calculator which I never used either. There is also a bio calendar which predicts your love, chance, energy and success levels on a certain day. It displays 2 lines of text at a time and 11 characters per line when you type in your messages. You can check how much credit you have on your phone so you know when you need to top it up again. You can see who the last person to call you was by dialling 1471. There is also the last 20 people that called, or you missed so you can see who called you. You can only get this phone on BT Cellnet, or you could when I had it anyway. The reception was always good on it though. I used to charge this phone up every day as I used to send a lot of text messages. If I did not use it as much I used to charge it up every other day. It has 250 hours standby time and 240 minutes talk time. You can have the time on your mobile. It has the battery life which is 4 bars and once it gets to 1 bar you know your phone will need charging up. I bought this phone from Argos for £39.99, which is really cheap. It will be even cheaper now I should think. You get 150 free minutes talk time to a nominated land line every month. You also had to top up with £15 every 3 months I think it was or they would cut you off. No idea why though. It is a good phone but not at all up to date now.

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          06.10.2001 02:06

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          Well after having my phone since Christmas this year i thought i had better write a review on it. The phone is the Cellnet U design and in the bright yellow colour, always cheers you up even on the rainy day! The phone also comes in Green and Black. You can purchase new covers for it, at resonable prices - the cheapset i have found was £6 - It alsorts of designs; such as, The Union Jack, The Moon and Stars etc. The phone is designed well, with a "curvey" look to it, rounded edges and it is resonalby light. Well comparing it the the "Brick" i had before! Which was the Orange Motorola! The keypad is good, therefore you can have a quick access to the keys, making it easy to such in the menu and write the text messages we all love to do. The menu includes features such as:- Names, Calls, Extra, Settings, Security and Messages and the usual really. Its simple to use, even for the elderly. You have a "green" phone button to answer call and a "red" phone button to end calls and swith the mobile off. Speaking of switching on and off - The battery. Well its a smallish battery flat and easy to put into the phone. I find that if you charge it up once a week it usually lasts me for up to 7 days. On the "savvy" you can have voice activated dialing for up to 10 numbers. Vibrating call alert. I think thats the only difference between the two phones, personally i cant see many changes have been made. You can also have picture messages which are good to send to friends. Things such as the Love heart meaning - love. Smily Faces, Wine bottles etc. Looking at call prices an such like - i found the orange slightly cheaper when they were using the £5 top up cards, since then though i have to admit that BT are the best for cheap calls and text messaging. Vodaphone are now the only firn that make £5 top up cards. Which is a shame that they arent available on all networks because it is a good deal for young
          sters with just the right amount of pocket money. Pay & go Charges on Bt are as follows: Standard call rate - weekends 25p. Evenings 10p. Weekends 2p. Calls to the internet using WAP phones are 10p at all times. Call to BT Cellnet Mobiles. 10p mon-fri at all times. 2p weekends. There is however charge to Customer Care which is 20p at all times. Text Messaging (up to 160 charachters per message) Thats where you start to use txt launguage! i will c u l8ta! is 10p per message and Voicemail retrieval and access is 10p at all times. Prices are from £20 - £30 now as the phone is not as popular as it used to be. I purchased mine at £10 which was a good deal. Other things and accessories such as Batterys and chargers are in the package. However some come without in-car chargers. I give BT Cellnet a whopping 10/10

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          Actually it’s not all that large, but you know what us lads are like. I’ve been going out with my Phillips C12 for nearly a year now, so decided it was time to review our relationship. It was cheap and cheerful when I got it, and with connection to BT cellnet the charges aren’t too bad either (12p for a text message, 2p per minute for weekend calls). The handset is dead easy to use. A big compass button navigates you through the menus, up and down through the levels and left or right to display the options at each level. It does pretty much everything you’d expect from a mobile, as you’ll see from the first level of the menus. MESSAGES: lets you send text messages. The only downside here is the storage capacity, with space for just ten in your “archive”, so if you don’t keep it clear they’ll all come in a burst when you have a sort-out. You can add an icon to your text message, with the usual selection of faces, but also things like a bear, a palm tree, or a mug of coffee. Actually, your best bet for sending text to someone in your address book is through the next option. NAMES: gives you access to your address book. From here you can rummage through your list, or jump by pressing the first letter of the name you’re after. Then follow it with a couple of “oks” to send a text message to that person, or push the big green button with a phone icon on it to call them. There’s also an “own number”, if like me you can never remember your own identity. CALLS: gives you access to details about your last calls, including any incoming calls that you missed. You can get to these details more easily by pushing that big green phone button. EXTRAS: has a few little luxuries to keep you amused. There’s a calculator, stopwatch and alarm clock, and also probably less usefully a biorhythm option that will use your birthda
          te to predict your chances for love, luck and energy today. The clock is permanently visible on the first screen. SETTINGS: lets you change your ring volume, and gives you a choice of about 20 different ring tones. Nothing too exciting, but they do the trick. SECURITY: the last option, lets you set a PIN code, so that if you have a habit of leaving the phone around, you won’t find your account penniless. I’ve been very happy with mine so far. There aren’t many downsides and it does most things you’re likely to need. The battery lasts well, needing a top up every few days if you don't use it too heavily. It is a little on the bulky side compared to more recent models, and is a bit sticky-outy in the aerial department, but not viciously. A bit more space on the screen would be good for text messaging, as it only shows 2 lines at a time, giving you about 4-5 words. Also you can’t download ringtones from the internet, so you’ll have to be satisfied with Old MacDonald for novelty. BUT This happy tale of wedded bliss is marred by recent worrying developments. It seems to have started fainting. I keep it on but with the keypad locked most of the time, and keep finding it blanked out. Nothing visible, or just a few parts of the icons on the screen, and with no response to the off button. Holding the unlock button will shut it down, and it seems to be alright once I start up again, but I’m guessing I’m out of communication while it’s frozen. I have no idea why, but will update once it’s been back to the carphone warehouse. Fingers crossed.

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            26.08.2001 21:01
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            Phillips Savy C12 I have had this phone for about two years now, and so I think I qualify to write an opinion on how good or bad it is. I have actually bought a new phone since the original purchase of my Philips, but I stayed with the same phone, mainly because it is so cheap! The battery is standard, basically nothing special as you may expect! Well, the talktime on it is quite poor, not really that long. You can be on the phone for fifteen minutes after fully recharging it, and one of the four bars will have disappeared from the top left hand corner of the screen. I recharge mine about twice a week, partly because I receive so many text messages (no, I’m not popular, BT send me one every time I receive an email!) which wears the battery down considerably. It takes about two hours, maybe a bit less to fully recharge the phone from being ‘dead’. The display is, in a word, minimal. With only two lines of text seen at any one time, this is really one major downfall of the phone. I know that the Nokia 3210’s and 3310’s have more lines of reading, and this is something that is a disadvantage as reading is more difficult. The display above the text lines show the battery level, the signal level, whether you have a new message (an envelope symbol) or a full text archive, in which case the symbol will flash. The menu functions on the phone are actually quite good. Under the ‘extra’ part of the menu you will find an alarm clock, a calculator, a stopwatch and a biocalendar which will tell you what your chance, love, energy and success levels for that particular day, after entering your date of birth. - a bit of fun! There is also a ‘calls’ section in the menu which will show you your previous in and out going calls (also seen by pressing the green key once) and will show you your talk time etc. The ring tone selection is standard. There are a lot of tones, but will become a bit
            annoying after a while! (although with ‘Old McDonald' you cannot complain!) Ring tones cannot be downloaded off the internet (like with Nokia’s) so you will only hear new tones from friends’ phones! The text message alert tone is what used to be played when an emperor was introduced to his people. I am sure you know what is sounds like! This cannot be changed. The disadvantage with messages is that you can only store ten at a time. So, if your mates decide to play a game where they all text you at once five times when they know your phone will be turned off, you will find you are in the annoying situation where messages are continually coming through! So, favourite texts can sometimes needed to not be kept as they take up valuable storage space. Sending is easy though, just pressing down from the ‘home’ screen, selecting a name then continually pressing down makes this a very simple process. You can send from many different icons too, including smiley, unhappy etc faces, a bomb (symbol, the real thing could be handy...) skull and crossbones, a ball, palm tree, a cat, a dog… many in other words! When typing a message, there is no real difficulty. The buttons are of a reasonable size, not small like the T10’s. (I believe these are the phones with flip lids?) This phone is mainly associated with BTCellnet phones, and comes with a good, very helpful manual to help you get started on the phone. The phone is now described as a bit chunky. When it first came out it was one of the smallest phones around, but as technology has increased so positively, this phone is continually sliding down the mobile phone list. The aerial also sticks out a fair bit, which is off-putting, as you know that Nokia phones do not have any aerial at all! The most common colour for the phone is black, although different casing can be bought. One mate bought blue casing for about fifteen pounds from the internet, and another bought a
            blue aerial which flashed when receiving a message or phone call. This was about five pounds. So, accessories are available to ‘jazz up’ the phone. So, to sum this phone up, good for a ‘beginner’ although as two thirds of the population now have mobiles now, so not much chance of finding many beginners! A very easy phone to operate, and is easily a bargain at thirty pounds (with BT’s latest pay and go tariff). But, I would advise you to have a look around as there is a large market for mobile phones at the moment (the bubble will burst in my opinion when all the population has mobiles! - not too long away!) and there are good deals around. Thanks for reading, hope my first opinion here is of great help. (Trying not to sound too amateurish eh?!) Ta DAN

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              08.08.2001 21:38

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              This mobile phone by Philips is a long way from the very latest mobile's with such things as WAP, customised ring tones and quality picture messaging to name a few. However this is not what it’s all about. For the relative cheap price of this older mobile, you do get a reliable and useful piece of equipment. It is fairly stylish, an average size. With an average size screen. It has the normal functions of; phone book, messages (holds 10) + picture messages, alarm clock, calculator. And other functions like security features, which are standard on most mobiles. The range of really useful funtions is poor. The sound quality is good. The battery life is impressive, with average use, a charge is needed every few days or so. The 'pay as you go' option can work out cheap depending on company etc. This mobile is for a person who needs a reliable mobile who isn’t worried about having all the mod cons. A user who would simply require the use of calling and texting with ease. It is fairly light and can easily fit into most pockets. This is a neat mobile which lasts. Not a mobile for those who expect everything from it and capable of upgrades etc. Overall a cheap and cheerful mobile that does the job.

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              Like the title!? ~ Well thats me, I think I'm the only 14 yr old girl in the whole nation who hasn't got her own mobile phone!!! I mean, I'd like a phone but with parents who don't think its neccessary and myself with no money, I guess I'm just going to keep on saving! Hopefully this opinion will put a few bob my way too! I'm nearly there now, I just need about £30 and I can have a phone! I'm looking to get the Nokia 3210e on Orange from Argos. But anyway, you must be thinking, why on earth am I writing an opinion on this phone when I don't even have a phone!? Well, the main reason why my parents don't think its neccessary for me to get a phone is because WE already have one, yes WE. It's supposed to be my mums phone and it is but she hardly ever needs or uses it so she lets me and my sisters use it when we need it. It's really handy and also real easy to use. The C12 isn't what I'd say the most popular and attractive phone on the market, but it does the job and basically, thats all the matters doesen't it!? We have our C12 on BTCELLNET tariff and we have to top it up with £15 every 60 days otherwise you get cut off. We have been cut off once for forgetting, we just topped up the next day and it took around a couple of hours to un-bar itself. You even get text messages reminding you to do it which is pretty helpful for us. I have heard that if you don't want to pay £15 every 60 days for credit then as soon as you buy the phone, you can ring the helpline and get the deal cut off instantly as long as you put £15 on your phone when you buy it! Another deal that we recieved with our phone is that you can have a 'BEST FRIEND'. Basically a FREE number to anyone, anywhere in the UK that you can ring for however long at whatever time of the day! This number remains the same although apparantly you can change it every couple of months or so. This deal is great fo
              r us because we have our HOME phone number as the FREE one, so when us kiddies are out we can ring home for FREE! We've now had our C12 for 2yrs and we've never really had any problems with it, apart from something that happened earlier on this year, I dropped it while talking to someone on the phone! ~ Since then and we think it's to do with dropping it, we can't send ANY text messages to ANYONE!!! No-one uses the text messaging (SMS) service that the phone provides apart from me, but no one has ever gone to get it fixed so we just live with it now. We can still recieve texts however, just whenever you try and send one it prints out 'failed' across the screen. I believe that these phones are becoming very rare in the shops nowadays, maybe they're discontinued, I'm not really sure! However I saw a C12 in my local Argos the other day on the same deals as this one for £30. We got ours from Sainsburys but I'm afraid I'm not that sure on the price. The phone has a funky and small look but not the total 'IN' mobile look with interchangable faces etc. The screen is quite small leaving more room for the keys. The phone isn't at all bulky or heavy, it's quite light-weight and very diddy, but not as tiny as you can get them nowadays! The phone itself has many functions. The first main feature is the scroll across MENU bar. This includes the 'Names' 'Calls' 'Extra' 'Settings' 'Security' and 'Messages' sections. Names ~ Here you can 'view' 'search' and 'add' numbers in your phone. There is also you 'own number' incase you forget it! Calls ~ Here you can 'view' and 'delete all' calls made or recieved. there is also 'meters' where you can check your top-up balance and see the amount that you topped up with last. Extra ~ In this section you have an 'alarm
              clock' 'calculator' 'biocalender' 'stopwatch' and a 'clock'. For all of you that don't know the 'biocalender', this is where you can write your birth date and the present date and see what 'chance' 'love' 'energy' and 'success' you recieve. E.G ~ Today I have 2/5 for chance, 4/5 for love, 4/5 for energy and 5/5 for success. Settings ~ Here you have your options for your 'ringer' 'voicemail' 'box number' 'register' and 'key tones'. You can choose from around 20 ring tones in the 'ringer' section or have the phone on silent. We usually have our phone on 'Dream'. in the 'voicemail' section you can just basically turn your voicemail on or off. You box number just tells you your box number incase you forget, that number is for recieving voicemail. In register, you can request things, but this does cost money because it rings a number. The key tones, you can basically turn on or off. Security ~ Here you can decide between a PIN code for your phone, fixed names, restriction and changing PIN 2. All these options are set on or set off options. Messages ~ Here you can 'send' and 'archive' messages, you also recieve your 'centre number' too. Instead of writing messages you can insteasd use the 'usual messages' option where there are re-written messages, like 'call me' for instance. These are all the main functions of the phone, you also have a 'C' button which locks your phone, both answering and calling buttons, the hanging up button is also the on/off button. The screen on the phone is very small, which sometimes annoys me but I've got used to it, a cool thing about the phone is when you turn it off, a little hand comes up andit waves and then it says goodbye and then turns off! So all-in-all this phone is alright and does its
              job well, it may not be the smartest mobile around and you won't get any street cred for it but its cheap and cheerful and most importantly, it works!!! Thanks for reading.~M~

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                I have had my Philips phone for nearly two years now and it is still as good as new. It is my third handset though as in the first year I had lots of problems with faulty handsets. I will not rant on about how bad my experiences have been with the Philips phone as it is mainly due to BT Cellnet and not Philips. If you wish to know more about my experiences you can read my BT Cellnet opinion. Anyway as for this phone I have definitely got my moneys worth. It has got to be one of the most well known mobile phones in the country. At one point it was as common as the Nokia and it has remained popular due to the cheap prices. The only reason I bought this phone was because it meant I could have unlimited free talktime to one landline phone. It made good sense to buy this one and get free calls to my boyfriend. I was just starting university and it was one of the cheapest on the market and was popular at the time. If you only want a mobile for making and receiving calls then this handset is the cheapest and the best looking. It is fairly small in size but the big ariel is fairly ugly. As for features this phone has a few but nothing in comparison to Nokia and other competitors on the market. It is very easy to navigate and everything is in basic terms that even the beginner would understand. There is a special button dedicated to the Menu and nothing else. This saves time and also makes it easier especially as it is labeled with Menu. In the Menu there are six options: Names, Calls, Extra, Settings, Security and Messages. Names Obviously this is the section where you will find your address book. It allows you to view your numbers, add numbers, search for a specific name and it even gives you your own number. I think the idea of having a section dedicated to your own number is great as if you are anything like me you will often forget your mobile number or don’t even bother learning it. Calls Under View you are a
                ble to view the last twenty calls you have received/made. You can also look under meters, which informs you of your balance, your last cost, your last reload, and your call info. You can also find you duration here that shows how long you have been on the phone. Oh God mine says 217 hours and that is only since October, and I have another mobile. (Phone freak!!) Extras In this section you will find the alarm clock, calculator, stopwatch, clock and BioCalendar. In case you were wondering what a BioCalendar is it is in fact a kind of game which allows you to see your forecast on any given date. For example today it says I have 1 out of five for chance, 2 out of five for love, 3 out of five for energy and 4 out of five for success. I would not agree with any of that in the slightest as I have no energy at all. Settings In this section you can change you ring tone and decide whether to set your key tones on or off. There are twenty ring tones to choose from but most are annoying and get on your nerves. Security This phone allows you to use PIN codes, which you need to access your phone. You don’t have to use this feature but can be handy if you don’t want anyone else using your phone. Messages This section allows you to send messages and look at your saved messages. It allows you to save nine messages. You can also send usual messages, which are saved into your phone and can save typing a message out. These messages include Please Call, I will be late, I will call, Where are you, OK for lunch?, I love you, Good Luck, Happy Birthday, Get Lost!, I miss you, and How are you? This phone also allows you to send pictures on your messages to other Philips users. These pictures include things like smiley faces, a wink, a sad face, an angry face, etc. Overall I think this is a good phone for the cheap price it is on offer for. I much prefer my Nokia but for a basic cheap phone the Philips wins. <
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                  10.07.2001 22:51
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                  My opinion : My opinion on the Philips c12 is ..... Well I’m not sure. It has good qualities and bad qualities. It is an older phone so it has no Internet, screensaver or logo but it has very good deals and call time. (Only with BT cellnet ). What it has: As I said, it is an older phone so it doesn’t have as many qualities as the new phones now a days. Names and keys: It can store up to 90 names or more, has hot keys (as in speed dial) or the hot keys can be used to show credit meters and so forth. Extra: Has an alarm clock, calculator, Biocalender, stopwatch, clock (visible on main menu). Settings: It has 20 stored ringers, has voicemail (including input voice), Box number, gives you the option to register with a different network (as long as you buy a non-connected network phone) key tones (on or of). Security: Changeable pin code and can have 2 pin codes running at the same time. Messages: Can send text messages, receive text messages, has usual messages stored if you are in a hurry, can save up to 10 text messages and can add pictured text messages. Only other Philips phones on the same network can view pictures. Costs: This is not too expensive or too cheap. A normal call to a local house number usually costs 35 p per minute, 12p per text message and a quite high amount to call other mobiles, free of charge to service center (help line). The best part of a Philips c12 running on a BT cellnet network is that you get as much call time to any number chosen! The number can only be changed when toped up. Restrictions: A bad point about this phone as every 60 days you have to top up your credit by 10 pounds. If you do not get toped up you get barred till you top up at least £15 but then if you do that there is no more credit topup's needed if you add another £5. Only in you
                  r own time. What it doesn’t have: If you are thinking of buying this phone for a present to a child, then don’t. It does not have any of the things that phones now a day's have such as games, logo's, internet and much more. This phone would suit someone who is not going to use it all the time like a teenager or businessman. I warn you though, it has a very blurry connection and cuts of quit al lot!. With BT cellnet. Thank you for taking the time to read my opinion. I hope this has been useful to you in some way. By sean-kenny

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                    This is a nice phone. I used to have one personally and have few complaints about it. It has a good amount of standby and talktime, especially for me (lots of standby) and the charge is good. Many slightly older phones require you to remove the battery to charge it up, which wears your battery cover out. But this phone you just plug in and your away! You can still use the fone while it is charging (which is quite handy...). The phone's actual navigation is very easy to use. Everything is on the central menu which you navigate with the Circular direction pad. On the phone I am using (this on BtCellnet..) I have found a number of useful shortcuts. Here they are... On the "standby" screen, press Green phone... and it gets you to your calls list. Down.... brings up your phonebook. Left/Right... set volume / silence. 1-9... Hot Keys (see manual). 0... Language selection. #... Calculator Other shortcuts that I have found extremely useful (but are probably standard on most mobiles are...) * After you type in a number, press down and you can store it, send a text to it, send a Usual Msg (default texts eg. Happy Birthday, I Love You etc...). * You can also send texts after you find someone in your addr book. * And you can include a pic from the picture set in your messages (dependent on service provider). Also on the phone you get a number of useful "Extra" bits... BioCalendar... not exactly useful, but good for a laugh. Bash in your date of birth and today's date and it works out your Love, Chance, Success and Energy. Calculator... dead handy! Lets you do simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Alarm Clock... bash in a time, and it will ring. Stopwatch... need I say more. (Use the Down key to start and stop.) All together, this is a DAMN good phone, and with BT Cellnet and Virgin Mobile selling this for around £40
                    a shot, they really are affordable. The only downfall is that it is made from cheap plastic and it does have a tendency for bits to snap off. eg. Don't buy one of the Dextra hands free kits! They are naff and will fall to bits! Mine broke in about 4 or 5 days after buying da kit. UPDATE: YAWN! There are so many better phones! There are still a few good things: it doesn't have anything that's bad about phones (eg. group graphics, ringtones, snakeskin style covers etc) that all the Nokia addicts are constantly going on about. But that doesn't make it a good phone. For £50 you can get much better phones, and spend a bit more and you can get phones like the 3310 by Nokia, or my personal preference, the V100 by Motorola.

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                      As there has been a rapid increase in the amount of mobile phones and computer technology, mobile phones go out of date so fast. The Philips C12 is a phone that has been around for quite a while now. However it continues to be a good phone and one of the best for text messaging. The phone has a 90 name and number memory, an alarm clock, a biorhythm game (one of those birthday things) and weighs around 140g. Its best feature is its text messaging. It may not be as good as the Nokia phones, however, text messaging icons can be sent from any C12 to another. These icons range from smile faces and love hearts to a bottle of wine. They are sent pretty fast and are fairly reliable. The phone I had was on a BT cellnet network, but I am unsure if it is available on other networks. The battery life is fairly good and it does charge quick. However it could be better. I recommend the phone as it is a good one and does have good text message. I especially recommend it to children as it is easy to use. Happy mobiling!

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                      I had this fone for about a year and a bit and just had to buy a new fone, because the fone started to fail. First of all the buttons kept pressing numbers on their own, then the fone wouldnt even register and no reception anywhere. No problems with BT but as it was jst out of warrantee, i decided to get a new fone (trium mars still on bt) and im overall very pleased with BT, not so much philips C12, although i did get a free best friend number. Sorry!

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                        If you can't choose the right phone I recommend the Philips BT Celnet. I brought the phone last year when it was the top phone out. OK now it might be old hack to some people but I still like it. It’s neither let me down and the battery seems to go on and on. I can charge it up over night and it will last me all week. To text someone it only cost 5p and to ring someone on a BT mobile its still only 5p a min. In the book it says that you have to top it up £10 every 3 months. But I’ve left the phone without credit for 6 months and it was still ok. If you like the phone you can pick it up for about £20 now. And believe me it's worth it. Theirs also a way to send free text messages! I might tell you later in another opinions. So remember if you're looking for a cheap phone that it cheap to run buy the Philips BT Cellnet. I guarantee it will not let you down.

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