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      04.09.2006 16:34
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      reliable phone if you dont want all the frills

      I bought this phone 3 years ago and at the time it was a really good phone..All my friends thought i was mad buying this when they were all out getting the top phones on the market.This has never bothered me about having a phone that can save the world..
      3 years on and my trusty phone is still alive and well , it still hods its battery life just as good as the day i bought it..
      The facia may be scratched and it may not be able to take fantastic pictures but i dont care..

      it has some good little features if you dont expect too much from it like :

      40 Polyphonic Ringtones : - 40 ringtones pre-installed, SMAF Format

      JAVA Games, download & embedded : - Download of JAVA games per WAP, max 100 KB per game, 300 KB storage, 2 embedded

      Messaging : - SMS (with T9 support), max 50 messages, EMS (Enhanced Messaging Service), Smart messaging

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      To do list
      Once/Daily/Weekly alarm
      Calculator
      Currency converter
      Memo book
      500 phone entries

      its specs are

      Dimensions : 111 x 45 x 17(mm)
      Weight : 76 (g)

      Battery - slim, standard, extended
      Capacity - 800 mAh / Li-Ion
      Talk Time - Up to 2,5 hrs
      Standby Time - Up to 90 hrs

      I paid £99 for this and have to say its the best money spent..

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        17.03.2004 19:16
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        The world of internet bargain hunting is fast-moving. When one eagle-eyed David Dickinson protoge finds the buy of the month, hundreds, or even thousands of people flock to take part in the deal. In the run up to Christmas, the Samsung Fun Club became the site of choice for eagle-eyed surfers. Just before Christmas 2003, Samsung began a competition issuing £50 cashback vouchers to one thousand Fun Club members every day. Less of a competition, more of a game of chance, the trick was simply to submit your form on their website until you 'won' your cashback prize. No doubt Samsung's aim was to clear abundant stocks of the unpopular C100 and outdated A800 to make way for new models, but it still meant a colour screen mobile phone could be had for £20 when trading in an old 'brick', and to me, that's an offer too good to refuse. So the C100 and I met under unusual circumstances - and for a long time I didn't even think I would buy the phone, as it looked rather bland and the features didn't seem particularly special. At the end of December I needed a Virgin SIM card for temporary use, and decided I had nothing to lose by spending the extra tenner on the phone and card together. I can honestly say I've not been this impressed by a mobile phone for some time... and even considered retiring my £150 T610 for my £20 Samsung. Recently I also came into posession of a Nokia 3510i through another online offer, so I'll do a few comparisons along the way. At normal prices, these two are vaguely comparable phones. --> DESIGN AND BUILD As soon as I got out of the shop, I burrowed into the box and pulled out the phone itself. I was absolutely amazed at how small it actually was. My SE T610 is short and stubby - this phone is a little longer but about half the depth. It's also considerably lighter than any other phone I've owned - and I have had quite a few! It feels solid and comfy, unlike No
        kias which can be a little plasticky in the hand. I then scrabbled around for the battery cover and battery but could only find one part. The battery cover IS the battery, so removing the back of the case will take the battery with it. Great design, great idea. I was also impressed with the battery catch which held the battery on well and was exceptionally well designed for ease of use. This is in contrast to most Nokias with their awkward push-button design. The front of the phone looks flat and bland at first glance, but if you can bear this, you'll be pleasantly surprised with the layout. The keys are logically set out and there is even a key that doubles up specifically for locking the keypad. When powered on, most of the keys light up with a pleasant electric blue glow, with a few significant keys lighting red. I think my phone-phobic boyfriend could get the hang of this, no problem. Another nice feature is the strap holder. This is a small hole drilled diagonally through the corner, which enables you to attach the supplied hand strap or any number of other accessories - flashing mascots, keyring loops or neck straps. This is the first of many clues that leads me to believe that this phone's design is relatively unchanged from its Japanese incarnation, as strap accessories are much more common in Asia than here (where most phones do not have this feature at all). I finally got to use my £5 eBay flashing phone mascot, a Hamtaro figure, which now swings from the top-right corner of my phone and flashes to alert me of an incoming call. If you don't like the idea of having bits and pieces hanging off your mobile, you can always make do with the built-in indicator light at the top left hand corner. The indicator light flashes one colour when idle, another when the battery is low, and can flash in multicoloured spurts when the phone rings. Cleverly, the flashing matches the beat of the ringtone you select, and the
        idle light can be set to any colour you wish, or turned off completely. Mine blinks on and off in a nice shade of violet! The screen on the phone is quite small, but the display is exceptionally clear, sharp and bright, so I don't really see this being a problem for most people. --> USING THE PHONE: DISPLAY AND NAVIGATION Once the phone is on and connected, the screen shows a choice of wallpaper which can be changed through the phone's easy to use menus. Some images come with the phone and you can also add more via the infra-red port, from Samsung-toSamsung "picture" messages (not real picture messages), or by downloading via WAP. Colour replication is absolutely excellent. The Nokia 3510i's colours are abysmal, and picture messages look brown and badly contrasted - an absolute waste of time. On the Samsung, colours are sharp and true to life, and this makes the phone much more enjoyable to use for WAP, although the font in the WAP browser is horifically large. Most phone menus are now coming to some sort of standard, probably set by Nokia, in which menu systems are used to go through each of the phone features and settings. The menus are animated and colourful and the options clearly marked at each stage. Some of the options are in rather unlikely places, and some I can't find at all, so you will probably be slightly more reliant on the manual with this phone to begin with, unlike a Sony Ericsson or Nokia equivalent. Once you know where to look for the options you need, the phone helpfully displays pop-up alerts as you scroll, so you know what, for example, your ringtone is, without having to go into the ringtones menu to check. --> USING THE PHONE: WAP AND GAMES The Samsung C100 is GPRS enabled, which means that your network operator will charge you for the amount of data you receive - not the time spent receiving it. If you like checking emails or downloading games, this is a big
        plus, as you can leave the phone connected to GPRS and still receive calls at the same time. Unfortunately I bought the first C100 phone on the Virgin network, and while it is probably the best PAYG network around, GPRS and picture messaging are not catered for. This means WAP is charged per second. I did try it on my boyfriend's Orange C100 and speeds are good, but as I've already mentioned, the font is very large for such a small screen. Text entry and navigation is quite logical and quick to respond. Games on a mobile have never really interested me . Despite being a MASSIVE fan of 8-bit (1980s) video games which are now gaining new popularity on mobiles, I have always found the games to be dull, slow and basically unplayable - from my first gaming mobile, the Sagem MYG-5, right through to my SE T610. However, this Samsung is in another league. The games are quick, colourful and easy to play. The keypresses are logical and the games themselves run at a fairly brisk speed, in contrast to every other Java-enabled handset I've used. Confusingly, two built-in games can be found in the Fun Box under Games, but two more are lodged in the Fun Box's Downloads menu. All four have an obvious Japanese heritage with manga-type cartoon characters in the bowling, and Sanrio-styled hamsters in another game. There's also a nicely ported version of Pac Man. The games certainly filled time during a tow back from Edinburgh yesterday when my car broke down - and my T610 really didn't get a look in! --> CALLING AND TEXTING When it comes to the two mobile basics - calls and texts - the phone is a little more awkward. I found the omission of simple features quite annoying - for example, the ability to copy all numbers to the SIM card, or from SIM card to phone. This can make backing up or transferring numbers quite cumbersome... it is possible to copy them one by one, but you'll have a few blisters by the time you
        9;re done. One nice feature is that the phone makes a 'success' tone when dialling a number. So if your number has not worked, you're not left standing there like an idiot when the phone has already decided to put itself back in standby - with the Samsung you get a little fanfare to let you know you're being connected. I also like the volume switch on the side which allows you to adjust ringtone volume in some menus, or earpiece volume when in a call, without having to take the phone away from your ear. Editing contacts is also a bit strange and does not really follow the conventions you're probably used to. You can choose whether a number is a mobile, home phone or work phone when entering it into the phone, but you can't change the icon later if you pick the wrong one. If you store the numbers in the SIM card, you're not actually able to store more than one number under the same name anyway, which is a shame. Finally, I found that organising numbers was a bit of a tough job - the phone is set up to allow you to copy and paste, but that didn't really do what I thought it would do - it copies back and forth from SIM to phone, but doesn't just store the number in memory for you to slot into another contact. For such an impressive little mobile, the phone book entry end editing really leaves a lot to be desired. I have not done much texting with the phone as I have an Orange contract SIM with more free texts than I will probably ever use. Text entry is predictive (T9) or normal and switching between cases etc is catered for. Picture messaging is available too, but obviously the phone has no camera, so it's receive and forward only. --> ANYTHING ELSE? The ringtones on the phone are perhaps worth mentioning, because they are absolutely bizarre. This is the first phone that I have used that uses 40-bit MIDI tones - to your ears and mine, that just means they're more than polypho
        nic tones, but not q uite hi-fi (i.e. MP3) tones - they're somewhere in between. The phone can generate synthesised speech and reasonably realistic MIDI instruments, but the tones it comes pre-programmed with are strange - VERY strange (she says, waving her Japanese flag again). Ever fancied a reggae version of chopsticks, the wedding march or 'Jesu Joy Of Man's Desire'? They're all here, along with a million other weird and probably embarassing ringing signals. It's worth mentioning that there is no ringing signal that just goes 'ring ring', and funnily enough, I think it might be quite hard to download one anywhere! The phone also has an infra-red port, but no Bluetooth. I did try to send data from my T610 to my C100 with IR but the T610 wasn't having it. I haven't yet had a chance to try C100 to C100 transfer, but I suspect I might have more success. --> SUPPLIED ACCESSORIES One of our C100s is on Virgin, and one is on Orange. They cost £80 and £70 respectively, minus that magic £50 cheque of course. Both came with batteries, manuals and chargers, plus the aforementioned optional wrist strap. But interestingly enough, the Virgin phone had no Virgin logo printed on it - it came in the original Samsung branded box and - here's the bonus - came with a handsfree headset and a warranty card. No doubt the warranty is really academic, but to be honest I think the handsfree headset should come as standard with ALL phones now, bearing in mind the new mobile laws and the temptation we all have to make a quick call while driving. So although Orange are currently a little cheaper, and will (for a limited time) give you £10 free credit if you already have an Orange SIM, the Virgin phone is a little more impressive and the headset is a bonus. I would be inclined to go with Virgin again as I really hate Orange's insistance to stick logos all over their phones. In both cases the phones came l
        ocked and I'm still l ooking for a cheap place to unlock them, as many dealers don't seem to know what they are! --> CONCLUSIONS The C100 is not without it's faults. The noises it makes have to be tamed and a decent 'brrp brrp' tone would have been a good idea for the more modest among us. Getting your numbers in is a bit of a hassle too, and maybe some people will just be wary of an unpopular brand "cos it's not a Nokia". Who knows. But for £20/ £30 respectively, I cannot believe what a bargain I got. The C100 absolutely trounces the bog-standard Nokia 3510i - now with my Dad - on every count, unless you need to send and receive picture messages. The Samsung also looks a lot prettier in terms of the display, the menus and the casing. At 'normal' retail cost, the two are almost identically priced, and for me, there is absolutely no competition from any other phone in this price range. Go for the C100, cashback or no cashback - it's fun and easy to use, and gets away with being a smart, functional business phone or a fun gaming device with ease. It's small, light, tough and does its job well enough... and in a few months, it will be as cheap as chips. I've done quite a few phone ops in the past and it takes a lot for me to give a high rating these days, but the C100 won me over, and it may do the same for you. ____________________________________________ UPDATE: The next day! My girlfriend has been violently against mobiles for years. I have had one for as long as I can remember - I remember my mum's old Motorola sitting beside my bed before the days of Pay As You Go, which I was allowed to use for incoming calls only. My first phone was a Vodafone Maxon 1 and I've been on pretty much every network. But the other half is a different breed than me. He likes to download music, burn CDs, watch DVDs, that kind of thing. But he absolut
        ely refused to have a mobile, o n the grounds that he didn't know how to use one, or he thought they were annoying, or he thought the only people that have them are teenagers and salarymen. Last night I sent him out with the brand new Orange C100. I thought he would put it in his pocket and forget about it - or perhaps he would lose it, or switch it off. This morning I found it with his coat with five or six new numbers in the phone book and a few pence less credit too. And when he went off to work this morning, he picked up his glasses, coat, keys... and phone. Then, to my amazement, phoned me from work for a five minute chat, completely unprompted! This perhaps proves the appeal of the C100. The fact I didn't have to hassle him to take his phone out is good enough for me, and proves that the C100 has wide appeal as an easy-to-use, basic, stylish phone. He likes it because it's reasonably bland, discreet and "doesn't look like the bottom of a trainer" - he's referring to the 3510i there. I think, secretly, he actually likes the C100, although it might take him a while to admit it in public. However, while teaching him how to use the phone, we have come across a few more downsides which have caused me to knock a star off my previous rating. 1. Texting is a pain - it's set to T9 by default (which he hates) and changing between normal/ T9/ symbol/ number input is a slow and cumbersome process. Each time he wants to text he has to press the 'arrow-up' key three times to get into regular - i.e. old fashioned - text entry mode. 2. The wap browser is sufficient, but the font is enormous and there is no option to make it smaller. There is also no menu option to simply enter a URL without going through the Service Provider's screens. GPRS works well, though, and the speeds are good. 3. You cannot forward downloaded tones, images, etc to anyone else, nor can you s
        end 'real' multimedia messag es. Seems like a shame to waste the GPRS capabilities on a phone which doesn't have 'real' MMS implementation. 4. Setting the phone onto 'Vibrate and Ring' actually mutes the ringtone for the first 15 seconds or so - in other words, it doesn't actually ring at first, so if you've taken the phone out of your pocket, you might not hear it till it's too late. 5. Accidentally hitting the red 'End call' button while texting will lose the text for good, with no 'Are You Sure?' screen. He still really likes the mobile and has used a good £3 in credit today alone! And for £10-£20 I still think it's a great buy, don't get me wrong. But for those not comfortable with T9, or those who need to use WAP a lot, it may be worth looking at another phone and trying both. I would still recommend it - it really depends what your priorities are.

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          19.02.2004 02:44
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          I bought my C-100 shortly before Christmas 2004 after some pilfering bugger stole my previous phone. The C-100 appealed on price and looks. On those points it is an absolute winner. The screen is the best I have seen on a mobile and slim and sleek design is to die for. Aesthetically, therefore, the phone is great. Where it is less great is functionality. From an early age I was reared on a diet of Nokias ? so I am accustomed to simple and intuitive functionality. This is not because I do not understand technology but because it is there to perform a function ? not annoy me with its peculiarities. Take for example its text messaging functionalities. First, it is not possible to add words to its T9 dictionary. Second, when writing in lowercase it is not possible to access the comma symbol. Third, when replying to a text it does not ask you to confirm the recipient. Fourth, after being on for a few days I have to turn it off because it becomes unable to send text messages. Fifth, when the message goes over / under 1 (or any other number of) message(s) it displays a obtrusive and lengthy display telling me how many messages the message consists of. What happened to a small 1 (or whatever) in the corner? The one plus side of this is that because writing a text is such a tedious chore I no longer exceed my free monthly text allowance! Another annoying set of features is the silly ?all singing ? all dancing? start-up and shut-down sequences. Granted, when on silent the phone will not play its shut-down jingle but come to turn it on again and it has forgotten this setting. I do not want my colleagues hearing some silly polyphonic ?tune? announcing I have turned my phone on. The only functional feature that I like about his phone is its Alarm features: an alarm can bet set to only go off during the week (not at weekends). Although this is not a bad phone ? it looks great, will do everything you want, and is cheap
          ? it does seem that this is style over substance. Samsung should have put greater emphasis on the operational nature of this phone. If you want a phone to do what a phone should do then do not buy this phone. If you want a great looking phone that is cheap then this is the phone for you.

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            Before i bought my samsung c100 i was the owner of a different variety of phones. Firstly Nokia 3210, Nokia 3330, Samsung T100 and finally Nokia 8310. Of all my phones the Samsung C100 outshines them all. This phone has 2 games which can become very addictive! It has a gr8 variety of polyphonic ringtones even better than the T100. I especially like the wedding march, makes me feel excited about my forthcoming wedding! :-) Menu has great wee graphics. This phone also has an organiser which includes calculator, to do list, alarm, calender. Looks good as well as its very slim and has a beautiful color screen. All in all this is a great phone the only drawback being poor battery. Mines on average lasts two and a half days which is nothing compared to most nokias but it doesnt put me off this phone. Its simple to work and doesnt have any extraordinary function but i love my samsung c100

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            31.01.2004 19:11
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            My first mobile phone :). I like it as a low-end phone. It looks good, slim, light-weight. The only problem is it's low volume in ringtones. So, if you are in a loud party you may totally miss a call not hearing the ringtone. Other than this, I would say it is a great phone for it's price with - a nice 65K colour screen - IrDA port (ehich enables you to download/upload ringtones, your phone book, allows you to write SMS from your computer using Samsung EasyGPRS software), - and its GPRS (I have never used my phone as a wireless modem though, and the WAP browser is not good - a WAP browser would not make someone like me happy who is online 24/7 using real broswers!!)

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              19.11.2003 05:18
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              After seeing the other review, I felt obliged to put in mine. Unfortunately for the other reviewer, Argos is very clear about its mobile phone policy and has a disclaimer at the bottom of all of its catalogue pages. With that said, I am sorry to see that someone out there got a lemon out of this superb phone. I formerly tried getting a Motorola C350. That phone was flawed so I took it back and got a Samsung A800. That was quite a lovely phone, but I couldn't stand being without the colour screen anymore. The next obvious choice was the Samsung C100. The screen on this phone is probably one of its most appealing aspects. 65k in colour, a screen like this will impress just about anyone. It sure did when I saw the one my best friend owns. Then, I compared the size to that of the A800. There was really not much of a difference. And now we come to one of the other best aspects of this phone. It is quite slim and light (as in only 76g). That makes it barely noticeable when carrying it around. I actually forget sometimes that I have it on me (which can be both good and bad). The phone I have runs on the Virgin network and with their price discounts (on the assumption you buy airtime), the C100 came to about 70 pounds in price. Don't let the price fool you on this phone; it is anything but cheap in quality. One would think that the slim size and colourful screen, which are must-haves, are all you might get for 70 quid. Not true. In addition to those features, the C100 also comes with fun, not necessary but definitely not rejectable aspects including: polyphonic ringtones, a WAP browser, Animated wallpapers, an easy-to-use menu, silent vibrate, JAVA games (which you can download more of), a service light (indicating where you're getting service at), and a tantalising blue lit keypad. The battery is also another point of interest as, unlike many other phones, it can hold a pretty decent charge. And if you ge
              t too popular with your new phone and run out of room on your SIM card to store numbers, don't fear as this phone comes with the capability to store up to 500 contacts! Overall, this phone is by far one of the best I've seen in the Pay As You Go market. If you're getting a contract phone, then by all means, get some hugely high tech phone that has all the goods as you get a discount. But if you are getting PAYG and you need to pay up front for your phone, this is definitely the phone you want to be paying up front for. The C100 has only a couple of bad aspects including the fact that it is not triband and also it has no interchangeable fascias. The problem with not having triband will soon be solved by Virgin when they allow their phones to still be used on the UK network but overseas. However, this may not be true with other services and it also means it could get expensive. If you plan on being out of the UK for longer than 6 months, this may not be the phone you want. As for the fascias, Samsung has made the design of the C100 so palatable that, though fascias would be fun, you really won't mind that you're missing out on them (especially seeing as they cost so much). Other than that, you will be quite hard pressed to find something you're not quite happy with on this phone.

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                12.10.2003 23:22
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                I have had many mobile phones over the past few years and apart from them going out of fashion or some other excuse to buy a new model I was very recently tempted by a new model from Samsung "The C100" Well I bought it from Argos stores as a pay as you go phone on the 1st Sept 2003 it worked for a couple of days then people I called started complaining they got a squealing noise which I could not hear but so many people mentioned it I went back to an older phone for a couple of days and there was no problem. Argos do NOT want to know about it except they will send it away for repair but the local store does not know where they go to for repair. Argos seem to think they have their own special rule despite selling regulations that means phones in particular are exempt from being returned as faulty goods for replacement or refund even after one day! Samsung do NOT want to know either and also declined to replace it or intervene they use a third party repair company and to quote from their email it will be repaired when and if spares are available for this model. A major worldwide electronic company but they cannot repair their own products. I suggest you DO NOT purchase this make or model and give a lot of thought before considering Samsung items in this product range.

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