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      27.02.2013 21:38

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      Just a basic old fashioned phone

      My very first mobile phone was a siemens a50, in blue, as seen in the picture. It was a hand me down from my mom when I first went to high school (and had to get a bus, I took it just for safety). At the time most people had Nokias, but I had an old A50.

      When I got this phone, colour phones had come out (my parents didn't really want to give me something expensive as a first phone), and this fit the bill perfectly. It was cheap, and only had a colour screen. Yet it still had the most legendary game of them all, snake. It also had a battery life that would just last forever (but back then, I was not a heavy user, 1 call and 2 texts a month maybe?).
      This thing was incredibly robust. It was a fairly "rough" school I went to, so my phone did get "nicked" and chucked around a bit, never really taking any damage. I mean seriously, it was thrown from one end of the playground to the other and only came out with a few scratches. This was one tough phone.

      I eventually traded in the phone for a newer phone after 4 YEARS! of having this phone (an motorolla W377, which I have a separate review about) as it got me £10 off it or something like that. Honestly I can say this is one cheap, well made phone. It lacks features, and is only a black and white screen, but as a basic telephone, for texts and phone calls, you can't really go wrong with this. I wouldn't really pay more than £10 for one though, old Nokias are quite robust too! I can't really think of anything else interesting to say about this phone, because it didn't do very much, but everything it did worked very well!

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      12.06.2010 10:02
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      It stopped working summer 2006 when 3 and a half years old.

      Bought a Siemens A50 mobile phone just before Christmas 2003. Did so, as at the time had no home phone or a land line as some call them. Wanted a mobile without a monthly rip off charge. As previously had been charged mad money on my Barclaycard for a phone I had never used much - £15 a month for two phone calls!

      The Siemens A50 was the cheapest in Woolworths. At the time it was £60, so decided to get it. Since replaced by the identical looking A55

      It comes in a nice little box with a small charger. A surprise considering the size of previous phone chargers have had. Also, full instructions are included. You have to phone up the head office to have the phone switched on and then away you go. Also went for the call overseas option. When overseas you can ask to have the phone connected to a local service but never used it.

      Found that the battery life is far better than any of my previous phones. The last one was a 1997 vintage Nokia, which I junked in 2000 when my Barclaycard was cancelled. No longer having to do any daily recharge of my phone was great news. It now lasts about 5 days between recharges if not used much, even if left on standby and not switched off. It takes two hours to charge up, which is a good point, as there is no longer any need for all night charging.

      The features of then phone include a phone book that tells you if someone you have programmed into it is calling you, which is very handy. There is also plenty of storage space for numbers, the memory is built into the phone. It has a volume control, vibrate feature usable instead of the ring tone, and it keeps records of calls sent and received. It tells you the time and date, and also how much credit you have. It has cartoon ducks on the screen when you switch on and off.

      Text messaging is however difficult, even once you have the knack. This is not important to me, as I do not do much text messaging. I entered a Talk Sport win a Range Rover comp for £1.50, then I was asked to enter another competition every day for a week. I also tried to text Deal or No Deal, but I could not get through, even though I tried four times. My fingers are too big, and also my brain is huge!

      Sent for a free ring tone, but they do not work, so don't do it! I had all my credit deleted. This then happened again every time I credited my phone. I credited this phone by going to the shop and buying a card. You then have to key the card number into your phone and get the credit, usually £10 minimum. Having the credit deleted all the time meant I had to put a new SIM into the phone. I was on T-Mobile at the time and decided to change SIM cards at Tesco's for only £1.50 I got a new phone number.

      Beware then of the 'free' ring tones which cannot be stopped once ordered. Every week a charged ring tone will come through, even though they will not work on the phone.

      T-Mobile cal me up all the time wanting me to upgrade to them and lately it has been every week, so be prepared for these 'cold' calls. All very confusing as I was by then with another company but they kept calling.

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      25.04.2009 18:39
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      A simple, durable phone that has succeeded my expectations!

      Review of Siemens A50 mobile phone

      **The phone**

      The Siemens A50 is a basic model. It is a slim, deep blue phone with a fairly large screen and easy to see and use buttons. No fancy gizmo's or gadgets grace the A50's layout and no clamshell style opening for me to fumble with. The phone was retailing at around £40 on a Pay As You Go tariff when I purchased mine from Carphone Warehouse.

      I chose this phone some four years ago as a replacement for an all singing, all dancing model made by a rival manufacturer. The reason for selecting a basic phone was very simple (rather like me!), I got fed up with the fiddly number pad and complicated menu on my other phone and decided that as I had no interest in playing games, listening to music, surfing the net, receiving and sending email or taking photographs with my phone, it was pointless to have all these features!
      A bog standard phone call and text menu and a neat, yet functional phone was all I felt I needed and indeed, with the Siemens A50, this is exactly what I got!

      **Use and reliability**

      As I have already stated, I am not interested in all the fancy technological things mobile phones are capable of nowadays. My mobile is not a vital part of my life, it is a means of communication, no more, no less. I live a somewhat nomadic existence, travelling by narrowboat at certain times of the year. I also retreat to a holiday home in the North East of England at other times, so a mobile phone is a useful means of keeping in touch with family and friends when I am away from home.
      I have had no problems at all with my A50, it has never let me down and is simplicity itself to operate. The phonebook facility is capable of storing all the numbers I need and is sturdy and durable enough to withstand the constant travelling, it has been dropped, knocked and generally ill treated, yet still looks as good as it did when new!

      The phone came with a mains charger and a hands free kit, the charger is still in use but I never actually used the hands free kit, as I am very much against using mobiles in the car, so never bothered with it.
      On start up the phone has an amusing cartoon of a cat and goldfish, I understand other options can be downloaded, but personally I cannot see the necessity! The phone is capable of accessing the net and has various interactive facilities, there are a couple of games built in, 'Snack Attack' and 'Balloon Shooter' but as I have not used any of these features, I cannot confirm whether they are any good! The selection of pre-programmed ring tones is adequate for my needs although perhaps a younger user would find them too limited.

      The phone is used daily and still has the original battery in place. The battery is not holding it's charge for quite as long as it used to, but this really is not a problem to me. Considering the phone and battery are over four years old, I do not consider this to be an unreasonable situation. The talk and standby time on the phone are acceptable, I tend to make one or two shortish calls per day and only charge the phone twice a week on average.
      The reception quality of the Siemens A50 is very good, certainly comparable to other mobiles that I have used. The one draw back with the phone that I feel I must mention is that the loudest setting of ring tone volume is not quite loud enough to hear over my narrowboat engine, however I am sure that this is not an uncommon problem with any model of mobile, as narrowboats can be noisy!

      **Conclusion**

      As a basic mobile phone, the Siemens A50 takes an awful lot of beating. Text messages, making and receiving calls are simplicity itself, making the mobile ideal for my meagre needs! I do not think this phone would suit someone who wants more than just a took to make and receive calls and texts, but if, like me, you see your mobile phone as a necessary evil, you would need to go a long way to find a better more durable product. Given that I have owned the phone for such a long time, I really feel that I have had my moneys worth from the product!
      This phone is unlikely to be available from the main mobile phone stockists given it's age and the demise of the manufacturer! It is available second-hand from e Bay and similar sites. The Siemens company was made a part of the Benq group and in February 2007 the company went into liquidation.


      Thank you for reading.
      ©brittle1906 April 2009.

      Review also published on www.ciao.co.uk

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        16.12.2003 23:12
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        . a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. Those of you who know me will already know I am a carer for the elderly in their own homes, this means that as well as visiting them for several hours a day I am also on 24 hour response and as three of them are linked to the Careline system (a little button they can wear to press if they need help) I am down as their first responder. This of course means I need to be able to be contacted when ever, where ever. To make it easier for Careline and my charges to contact me, I felt the need to buy a mobile phone, something I have never really wanted for my self as I always found one of the best things about going out was that I could get away from things like people always phoning and such but needs must. Now I'm afraid I don't have a lot of faith in technology, my view on these phones that have games, camerass and videos etc, is that when one stops working they all do so I have a camera to take photos, a pc for games, internet etc and a camcorder that makes films so wanted a phone to make phone calls. After the enthusiastic young man in the phone shop, had tried without success to sell me all manner of the latest gadgets I bought a Siemens A50 for £59.99. This included the phone, user book, battery charger and £1.00 starter credit. I found the user book very helpful and informative, it is written in plain English and has illustrations to help you understand better. The phone its self is quite attractive in dark blue and white with an easy to read screen, the screen is quite large enough to read easily, not a colour one but I don't need a colour one anyway. The phone is quite small at approximately 4 inches long so it fits nicely into my handbag. It got quite a good clarity to the sound and is very easy to use. I ca
        n send and r eceive text messages, which at first I thought I would have no need of but now find it very useful to communicate with my son and his girlfriend. Lisa is at university so she can?t answer the phone when in lectures so I can send a text message and she can read and reply when she's ready. Adam works in construction and often can't hear his phone above the sound of the machinery so again text messages come in handy there too. It has something called predefined text, which means I don't have to type in the whole word. I just start to type and it guesses what I want to write, very clever this saves me a lot of time. It has a large capacity phone book which is divided up into sections which makes it easy to find numbers, a menu which in which you can do quite a few things including enter set-up, change ring tones, set the clock or alarm clock, change the volume of the ring tone or the call its self, access the internet (wap) and play games. I did find the wap a big let down, I tried to access the net which it allowed me to do but once there it seems quite useless as anything requested got a "your phone cannot perform this operation" not that I?m that bothered as I said I want it to make phone calls. Although I did manage to download a screensaver successfully. Another useless thing is the games. There are two of them, "Stack Attack" which involves a silly little man waking from side to side trying not to get hit on the head with wooden creates and "Balloon Shooter" which as the title suggests you shoot at balloons. I did fiddle with these but very bored with them very quickly. The only real down side to this phone when used as a phone is the number keys can be a little stick and sometimes dialling a number or using the menu can be a bit like trying to hit a moving target but this doesn't happen too often. The battery life is also quite short, I find I need to char
        ge every 2-3 days. All in all the Siemens A50 mobile p hone is good if like me you need a phone that is a phone, it does have a few glitches but nothing too serious. I would recommend this phone as being very reliable, easy to use and of a reasonable price. I am quite satisfied with mine and find it very useful. Thanks for reading. Kim.

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          30.11.2003 08:13
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          I've owned this phone for 7 days, purchased Brand New with T-Mobile Sim for £30 (a Buy It Now on Ebay). My first impression was its size, the A50 makes a 3210 look and feel like a brick. The battery is a little harder to fit than the other phones I have owned as it locks in place two ways. On start-up you get a short intro before being asked to confirm switch-on. Once up and running the display shows everything you need to know with info boxes to get to menu's. Signal strength on T-Mobile seems lower than my other phones have shown although connection has not been a problem. Battery life is not bad, however, my new battery will need a few charges to condition before reaching its best. Charge time is very short (approx 2 hours). The keys are well set out with room between and they feel right. Menu keys take a little getting used to as they undertake two options depending on which side you press them but, I'm soon getting the hang of it. My phone runs in my pocket on silent mode with keypad locked and the vibrate function lets me know if I'm needed, no problems there. All in all a very nice entry level mobile phone that does everthing I need it to, and available now at a real bargain price.

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            17.07.2003 03:35
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            • "all facias seem to be blue and white"

            To be honest the first thing that attracted me to this phone was the price.Other phones for the same price looked really basic.When i got the phone home i found it was quite complicated to use all the different functions.I was disappointed with the screensavers and the ringtones.Both are meant to be easily found at download sites,but i havent found this to be the case. The phone itself is quite solid,my baby son having thrown it about quite a lot.I bought my wife an A50 a couple of months after i got mine,so i must be satisfied with it. If you want a good basic cheap phone then the Siemens A50 is for you

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              My Mother's Sagem mobile phone, broke (never ever buy a Sagem? I wont go in to that one), so she needed a new phone and was on a budget. So the only phones that were around the price range she wanted were: Nokia 3310, Sagem (big no no!) and the Siemens. My mother, being slightly, how shall I put it? Not technology educated, left the decision up to me. So, I chose the Siemens, because out all the phones I?ve set up for people, I have never set up a Siemens before. When we got it home, I briefly looked at the phone and I had real difficulties just getting on to the menu, so I left it for the night. I looked at the phone, again and after glancing at the manual, still couldn't work out how the buttons worked things. It took me a long time, and I'm not at all bad with working with computers and mobiles as such. For any users who decide to get this phone, that have had previously Nokia's, you may find this phone very hard to use at first, but it does get easier. Customisation You may want to add fascias (covers), to your mobile which to be honest are quite hard to find. I had to get a fascia off www.ebay.co.uk, because I couldn?t find them anywhere else. However, I have just noticed, that the Siemens website (www.siemens.co.uk click on the phone) has just started doing a small selection of them, but they aren?t plain and boring. Free ringtones/logo sites, are very hard to come by. If you join with the Siemens website you can get 2 free logos/ringtones, but I have to admit these aren?t really very good. You can't, sadly type in a ringtone because there is no composer. So, if you want good quality ringtones/logos, you?ll have to pay. On the A50, you get 20 ringtones (which are not very loud) and only 4 individual ringtones, which is slightly disapointing. You do not get any logos with the phone, so if you can't afford one then you can not have one. The A50 includes the ability to insert pictures and
              sounds, but often your friends may not have a siemens phone and if they don't they wont be able to recieve the sounds or pictures. The only screensaver you can have is a horrible clock one, you are apparently able to have a duck or cat and fish one, but you cannot do this. Features The A50, which is cheaper than the Nokia 3310 has a lot more advanced features than the 3310, so just because Nokia is a good name, doesn't mean the phone is any better. The features this phone has are: · Weight : 95g ? This phone is really light, much lighter than the Nokia. · GSM Dualband (900/1800). · 1.2.1 WAP browser ? I haven?t used the WAP, because of the expensive price, so I can't coment on this feauture. · EMS (Enhanced Messaging Service) ? This gives T9, which is predictive messenging, personally I find this really annoying, but luckly it is easy to switch off, unlike the Nokia 3410. · Extended SMS messages of up to 760 characters. This is great, you can finally write lots of writing. · Call vibration ? If your phone is on silent, you can feel this in your bag, great feauture. · Exchangeable CLIPit Covers - Already mentioned this. · Downloadable ring tones and images - Hard to find, rare. · Alarm clock, calendar, screensaver, calculator and games - These are regular feautrues which you expect to find on most phones. · Up to 250 hours of standby time. · Up to 5 hours of talk time. Other The amount of games you get on this phone is slightly disappointing to the game user because you only get two. Snack attack and balloon shooter, but to be fair these are pretty good games, and good quality. I think you may be able to download games, if not you can play them online on your phone. The battery lasts quite a long time, but like most phones that really depends on how much you call or use it. Although,
              this is a newer model than the c45, it doesn't have any of the features of reminding you of things such as birthdays. The phone is really cheap. You can get it from pretty much any phone shop you can think of and online. I have seen it for 39.99 in phones for you (including trade in), but like I said you can get it from anywhere, www.amazon.co.uk, www.phones4u.co.uk, www.carephonewarehouse.co.uk or www.siemens.co.uk. Another feature that I really think is good (I'm not sure if it's like that on all phones now because I have a really old phone), is that if you do not have a phone number in your address book and they have called you, you can add them really easily. Or, if you type in a phone number on the main screen and the phone doesn't recognise it all you have to do is press the left button and they are added. When messaging, you can just go to reply, when you want to write in message or if you don't have their number, just add their number! The address book is really cool. You can make groups and add people in to them. The people you add, you can set different ringing tones or add pictures next to them, simple things are very fun!

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                04.02.2003 02:59
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                I received the Siemens A50 in October last year as a present. Since that time i have had mixed experiences about the handset. All was going well until, after a few weeks the phone just stopped working without any known damage to the phone. Whilst this was only an isolated fault affecting my handset I still feel this needs to be included here. Since this situation was rectified I have had but minor problems with the phone. This phone is strong. It has withstood several drops onto concrete. The only damage was minor scratches to the case ? this is to be expected with any dropped phone. One niggling problem I have experienced is the speed of this phone. When searching the phone book the phone is sluggish to say the most. At times (usually on cold days the phone can slow to a crawl) and this is not an intermittent fault it is always a present problem. This phone is only a basic model but it does everything required of it. If you only want a mobile to phone and text, and am not in a hurry to do either of these things this phone is for you ? if not then I recommend buying a higher specification model.

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                A phone to get the message across without any fuss. Enjoy all that really matters. If you need all the comfort, without any fuss, have a look at the A50. It's small, chic and got all functions a modern phone should offer. Nothing less.

                You'll like the round curves or "must touch" buttons. And you'll love the functionality. The lightweight (97 grams) and coolly designed phone got extended standby of over 10 days and 5 hours of talk time.

                With programmable one-touch Quickdial keys you've got faster access to functions and phone numbers, WAP or the integrated games. Alarm, date and real time clock are standard. Beside these essentials there is so much more to use and to add maximum comfort and fun: with EMS (Enhanced Messaging Service) you can simply add pictures or sounds to your extra long SMS!

                With Calling Faces you add a face to your display and see in a flash who's calling you - an extra smile to every call. You can store up to 50 additional numbers in your phone - plenty of space. Anyhow, the A50 is designed for getting the message across, with minimum fuss. Equipped with a WAP 1.2.1 browser the A50 lets you access the online world. So surf the mobile Internet or add some personal touches with ringtones, screensavers and bitmaps to download.