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-When I bought this Phone-
My birthday was approaching (about 9-10 years ago) I wanted a phone for my birthday and looked around at the options available at the time, I eventually decided on this phone.
It has Polyphonic ringtones which at the time was the latest thing, the main thing I remember about this phone was annoying my friends and family by playing various animal noises and even the snippet of the "can you feel it" song.
There was no option to add extra ringtones to the phone at this time but there were a few tones pre installed on the phone that were very suitable.
It doesn't have a camera as this is a very old phone and was built before they decided to start adding cameras to phones, there were no memory card slots so there would have been no way to backup files when it got full.
It also has the basic utilities such as the alarm clock, calculator, calendar and timers included so can make this phone even more useful.
This phone is really basic and is mainly suitable for calling and texting so I can't really say much more about it, it is available dirt cheap nowadays though as it is very old.
This was my very first proper phone and I enjoyed using it very much, even though I don't use it any more it still works and I enjoy annoying my friends with the animal ringtones, I give this phone a 5/5 rating as it did everything I wanted it to at the time
Ok this phone is basic and the costs are very cheap. The ringtones are unusual, cows and other animals are included... You can class that as a good or bad thing... The phone itself is little and cute. The features are basic but easy to use and change... It has a 'black list' for unwanted callers and you can withhold your number, divert calls etc very easily. Games are not worth it and the good thing about it is that it is a bright colour phone with the added facility to change the time so that it looks like a clock if you cant read the 24 hour clock!
Its finally happened. Ive given in, Ive succumbed. I have always hated mobile phones and seeing and hearing people use them but now Ive got one. Sorry to let down any fellow mobile-haters but an emergency situation led to me making the agonising decision to get one.
Why?! Well, a few weeks ago I had my landline phone and broadband internet access cut-off when I was unable to pay an overdue bill. I called Customer Services (the only number I could still ring) to explain my mobility difficulties and my reliance, particularly, on my internet access for communication and virtually everything else. I tried to explain that with no means of contacting anyone then I couldnt get my bill paid, but if I couldnt get my bill paid then I had no means of contacting anyone! Customer Services were about as much help as a paper hat in a monsoon so I was eventually forced to find some change and waddle to a phone box to call a friend to help me out. So I was without the use of a phone for about three days and without my broadband for about five days. This might not sound too vital to some people but when you are stuck at home 99% of the time and rely on it, it is very distressing.
As a result of this I gave some thought to what would happen if a similar problem arose again, either through a fault or not paying the bill on time or whatever. Maybe I should just buy a cheapie mobile phone to have in a cupboard in case of emergencies? Mobile phone is a bit ironic really when Im far from mobile myself!! So, after wrestling with my indecision, I did a little research on the internet and in my mail order catalogue as to prices, etc. I knew next to nothing about these gadgets never having even used one before let alone bought or owned one. I was just looking for one I could buy outright, as cheaply as possible, could pay for calls as I needed with no binding contract, had basic functions of phone calls (obviously), texts, and answerphone at least. I was not going to be a phone snob about this purchase I was not concerned with brand names, trendy features and such like I wanted a budget buy that would do the job when necessary.
Bearing in mind my low financial budget my best course of action was to order one from my mail order catalogue so I could pay gradually with no interest charges and have it delivered. Admittedly this isnt the cheapest option in most cases but I could not afford to buy one outright either online or in the High Street and I cant go traipsing round the shops either so to my catalogue (Kays) it was.
There I found the Sagem MY X2 on sale down from £44.99 to £31.99 so I decided to go for that. It was the cheapest available, on a pay-as-you-go network and offered all the necessary functions so I ordered it and waited for its arrival.
A few days later the alien gadget arrived in a little box, complete with charging device, manual, SIM card, battery, phone top-up card and the usual plethora of leaflets. It was wearing an ice blue case with clear (but small!) silver coloured buttons. The first thing that struck me was how small and light it was it was going to be fiddly to use! Its given weight is 89 grams and it fits comfortably in my small hands. Once Id inserted the supplied battery and SIM card according to the simple and clear user manual I had to plug it in to charge for about 6 hours before its first use (subsequent charging takes much less time).
This phone comes connected to the T-Mobile pay-as-you-go network and a top-up card is supplied with the phone so you can take it in to any participating shop, pay your money (minimum £10), the card is swiped and the credit goes on to your phone account immediately. However one thing I didnt know, and which wasnt clear in the manual, was that you need to ring Customer Services and register your phone and card FIRST before you can put money on it so my first trip to the shop was wasted as I hadnt done this. Once Id overcome that little glitch and my phone was fully charged it was ready for me to use for the first time.
I only know a couple of peoples mobile phone numbers so I tried a handful of test texts to get the hang of it and once I was happy (didnt want to use too much credit!) I stopped and proceeded to test out other functions and fiddle with the settings to suit me. The user manual has clear diagrams and simple instructions to explain all this and I had the time and date set within a minute and had found all the pre-set choices of ringtones, 3D wallpapers and animated screensavers ( about ten choices of each). I opted it for it to give a cat mew ringtone for phone calls and a cow moomoo for text messages :o)
Additional features include the Phonebook facility to store all your contacts, security features if needed, WAP access for connecting to the internet to download additional ringtones, wallpapers, etc., calculator, money converter, alarm function, memory storage display, vibrate option, T-mobiles own interactive zone, picture puzzles, databank, choice of languages and text formats and more quite a lot really considering I was only after basic functions!
As with most mobile phones the cover/fascia can be changed and other accessories are available to buy separately such as cases, USB cables for data transference, car kits, handsfree kits and the like. I admit I have invested in two new covers (Tigger and Hello Kitty!) and a little leather case for it but I found these on Ebay and the total for all of them together was only about £5.
Right, that about wraps it up I think, and yes, I still HATE people using these in public and so far I have NOT taken mine out with me or used it in the presence of anyone else! I have used it for a bit of fun texting at home but apart from that it will be kept, as intended, in a convenient place for emergency use only or if, by any slim chance, I have to travel somewhere alone in the future. It suits me and it serves its purpose enough said!
Sometimes you come across a very generous person who, despite their own circumstances, gives you an unexpected present for no apparent reason. Well this has happened to my youngest daughter when one of her friends Mums bought her a mobile phone I was astounded and actually shaking when she gave it to me!!!
The phone is a Sagem myx-2 and was £25 from Currys. It is locked into the Orange Pay As You Go network. Now this, to me who has a Nokia 3310, is a very small phone around 5 inches long and an inch and a half wide. It has a colour screen that is just over an inch square. It does fit snugly into your hand though and as my daughter has hands even smaller than mine it is ideal for her. I find the buttons very tiny to use though and it is easy to catch the wrong button, although I think she finds them OK.
The menus although comprehensive are actually rather hard to navigate around compared to my Nokia and it is rather easy to actually get lost in the system. I even managed to make a call without realising it the other day! They seem to have gone overboard with the amount of graphics rather than looking at how easy it is to use.
So what can it do?
Well obviously it makes phone calls and the sound quality seems to be OK and we have had no problems hearing or being heard. Also it sends those text things, which take me a fortnight to write, but which my daughter can write with her eyes closed! It has that irritating predictive text on too but we have found out how to turn it off! Received texts are quite easy to read on the screen. The phone book can store up to 90 names and numbers on the SIM card and 250 on the phones internal memory you can choose where to save them when you input a new contact.
You can also exchange picture messages with other compatible phones. There are some Animations which come with the phone but we havent used these as I suspect they cost more than 12p to send! It has a disappointing range of games considering you could do quite a lot with having a colour screen, really only one which is a puzzle putting numbers in order in a square.
This is also A WAP phone and you can do all of the normal things associated with that service. Again it is not something we have investigated yet. Of course if you wanted to play more games then you could use this option.
The screen is colour and the phone comes with a variety of backgrounds (flowers, animals, landscapes) to choose from. I personally find the screen quite garish but my daughter loves it I think that is just an age thing really!! It also has a large variety of ringtones including frogs croaking and cockerels cock-a-doodle dooing! Absolutely ideal for my 10 year old really. The ringtone volume is a bit hit or miss though really either quiet or loud.
One thing which is really annoying is that when the phone is not in use it is quite hard to see whether it is actually switched on or not as the screen goes very dark and could easily be mistaken for being off. The battery life seems pretty good and it takes 4 hours to charge from flat, the charger just plugs in to the bottom of the phone. There is quite a good handbook that comes with the phone and it will answer most queries and point you in the right direction, although I think the best way to learn with this is just to get on and use it!
It has all the security features of more expensive phones, PIN codes, keypad locks etc and can actually make a voice call if you are still into actual person to person contact. It also has all the accessories you would expect calculator, alarm, timer etc.
Personally I still prefer my old Nokia and I wouldnt choose to be on Orange, but a mobile for £25 who can really complain! All in all for the price I think this is quite a nice little phone.
At Last!! My mum has got rid of her horrible Alcatel mobile phone and bought a real phone!! She has had her yucky phone for almost 2 years now and after it cutting out when she tries to send a message, not being able to get a signal, and just generally being the most annoying phone on earth she went to Galashiels and spent a whole 30GBP on a Sagem MY X-2!
To be honest, I am a little jealous! My Nokia 3410 has been my faithful servant but even this phone has a coloured screen and is actually a few centimetres smaller as well as being much lighter than mine!! - You should see the battery on this thing!
So, why did mum take so long in making her new purchase? Well, she didn't want a contract phone - they are just a waste of money if you never use your phone except for emergency calls and messages, and she wanted a flip phone but they cost around 100GBP which she really wasn't willing to pay. I'm not sure what possessed her to buy this specific one but she did and i'm hoping she will find it hard to use so I can have it and she can have my Nokia!! Mum also wanted a phone she would be able to put her current SIM card into which meant she was only able to buy a T-Mobile phone and not have to worry about getting the SIM card to be accepted, she also knew she would be able to get a signal which is important as not many networks will work in my town.
When you buy this phone, it comes in quite a jazzy little square box which holds the phone, battery, SIM and E-Top up cards, charger and the most important thing - the instruction manual which is in English!
While mum went off to do the shopping, I was in charge of setting up the phone - all that really means is getting it to charge for 4 hours before you can do anything! One major drawback I see of this phone is there is no evidence that this phone is charging - when the phone is on or off. She charged it for more than 4 hours but it still only said that the battery was 2 of the bars full (it has 4 bars). It does say in the instuctions that the battery will reach optimum capacity after a few charges.
Because mum was just putting her old SIM card into the phone, there was no need for her to register it which is a big advantage as when you get the phone, you don't get any free credit like you used to in the old days!
Ok, so you now have a fully charged phone... now what?
Well, when you put the phone on you are instantly hit by graphics - the screen is actually very clear and colourful which makes a difference from my Nokia! Just press the up and down buttons to scroll through the menu!
Features of this phone:
*Messages (see creating messages below)
*WAP - this seems very confusing to me - especially trying to type in a URL! I can never find a '.'!
*Picture Puzzle - this is the only game on the phone.
*Sounds - here you will find the ring tones - they are quite jazzy although people might think you have a cat, dog, frog or even a cow in your handbag!! One big mistake they have made is putting Kylie's 'Can't Get You Out of My Head' in there! EWW!!! The tracks do sound as though they have just been recorded through a microphone (except for the tunes) so Kylie's is very real and she's even singing.
*Backgrounds - Here you can choose to have a different coloured background to the phone (the default is turquoise and looks to be the best out of the selection). When you put the phone on, there is also a background wallpaper - there are quite a few to choose from - flowers, eyes, baby, trees, butterflies.... I personally like 'Eye_2' the best - it looks most realistic. - the baby is just scary!
*Accessories - Calculator, Converter, Alarm, Timer, Car Kit, Data. These are pretty general and mostly speak for themselves... they are very easy to use.
*Services - this is just services that are offered by the network - e.g. T-Mobile has theirs called 'Interactive' - here you can find Info services, Text chat, fun and games, voice services - most of these cost around 25p per message (I have them all on my Nokia).
Phone book - This phone actually has a pretty decent amount of space - 250 numbers!
Creating messages - this phone has (like many others) the horrible T9 dictionary which 'helps' you to create messages quickly by partly typing a word and the rest will show up - in my experience, this has never happened! There are only 159 character spaces which means you are creating 1 message and will have to send that one before you can continue into a second message - Unlike Nokia where you have space for 3 messages. You can actually change the text size, alignment and style on this phone - what's wrong with just normal?! You can insert animations, pictures and melodies.... What is good is you can save messages to your SIM card, or the phone itself - according to my SIM card (they differ)... the phone will hold 100 messages and the SIM card will hold 10.
So, which would I have if I had to choose between my Nokia 3410 and the Sagem MY X-2.... There are some added advantages for the Sagem - coloured screen, more message spaces, better tones but this phone also has its disadvantages - it is harder to use - especially if you have large fingers - I find it pretty hard to use and I only have small hands!! Will my mum find it easier to use compared to her Alcatel? Well, when she gets the characters sorted out with a couple of practices, it should be a lot easier for her - no doubt i'll have to show her. This phone is also just the size of my palm!! As I mentioned above - you really have to see the size of this battery - it is thicker than a credit card but less than half the size!! There is a vibrating alert on this phone and luckily it doesn't go mad!
The covers are very easy to remove on this phone (could become a problem in time?) but we have already noticed scratches on the base - happened before purchase but could happen with the rest if left on a rough surface. I don't know if you can buy replacement covers but the back needs to be removed if you are replacing the battery or taking out the SIM card.
So if you are willing to part with 30GBP this is certainly a great purchase!!
We actually discovered there was a fault with this phone as it wouldn't charge so mum took it back and got a replacement. She just got exactly the same phone again but the HiFi tone is no longer Kylie! It's some other strange tune... I just made the ring tone into the cow! hehe!
We have also noticed that if you don't have a signal it will still show you have one but it has the letter R above the bars whereas it shows Y when you do have a siganl - how strange!
Sagem's Myx2, the beginner before the upgrades. A cheap phone, with colour screen, wap interface, hifi ringtones, backgrounds, security pin locks and other features. Its a decent phone with a very nice price tag on aswell. for under 40 quid now. With the Myx2 you can send attachments via sms, recieve attachments, sound and animation. Get the latest news, or football scores or horoscopes etc via Orange Plus onformation services. Download games via wap, (as the games included in the phone are frustrating and pointless) Theres room for 250 numbers on the phone, you can designate people into desired groups and send group txt messages for ease and convienience. There is an automatic witheld number function built in so that when you call certain mobiles your call is anonymous. Built in calculator and currency converter. Alarm clock, timer, In car kit function for hands free. Speakerphone included, which is for in car hands free or when your in loud places. One thing which is annoying about this phone, is that there is no outbox, which really peeved me off, so now before i send a message i have to save it as a darft first to view it back later.
Phone includes, date and time function, a directory for where all your downloaded data is kept. (maximum size of 250kb) A language setter which can be adjusted for the phone to display, English, German, Spanish or French. A network option for when your abroad and need to view which network your will be currently subscribed to. A contrast feature which alows you to change the contrast of the screen, an energy saving feature, which turns the light off at the back of the phone. (WARNING) don't use this feature unless you really have to, because i found that wihout the light, i could hardly see a thing, and i was faffing around with the phone for about 40 minutes trying to get back on the menu to change it back. A short cut menu designed for your lazy thumbs, which allows you to call different people wit h a push of a button on the keypad. A reset settings function which restores the phones back to its original factory settings. (note that doing this does not delete any download data you may have on the phone, it just restores the background colour and screen colour etc. There are about 20 ringtones, with 1 speical ringtone, which for most myx2's is "can you feel it" which is a very catchy tune :D Theres a fantastic reception with this phone, because of its design, it recieves a good solid signal strength.
There is a view last call item which is self explanetory, a counter function which tells you how many minutes or hours ot days you have been using your phone for calling and incoming calls. The display numbers setting which allows you to block your called id going out to anyone you call.
An auto redial function which when activivated will keep redialling a busy number until somebody picks up. A blacklist which to be honest, i have no idea about, i click on it and it just comes up empty. But i dont think its that important. Theres various other functions with the phone, like test LCD display, and battery status(which tells you how much voltage is left in the batery, when it is below 3.7 then you should recharge.)
Theres one more thing i'd like to add about this phone, it's maintenance, i cant remember how many times ive dropped this phone on the floor, and its smashed open and the batterys gone flying out, but shockingly, it still works. Incredible. Must be because its japanase. They are the best for maintenance.
I love this little natty phone, and now you can get it for under £40 its brilliant value for money, it hasn't got anything fancy like camera or bluetooth or GPRS but it has sufficient menouverability within which to do a normal task.
Ideal for a first time mobile phone user, and ideal for a temporary phone while you look for an upgrade for your last phone. Goods all round from me
Thanks for reading