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Not the most trendy of phones admittedly but no to be excluded from choice. This was one of my first mobile phones and it is quite lightweight/small in comparison to most phones, but then again it is very basic with no camera, basic ringtones and literally the ability to call out, however, when I bought this 5 years ago it was a mere £39 but the price tag is likely to have decreased further since making it a bargain buy. It comes in red or blue and is very easy to use especially it you get confused by all the extras and buttons that come with most newer phones. It has a fairly lengthy battery life of around a week (while mine did anyway). This phone is an ideal phone for those young and old alike with its basic black and white yet perfectly functional style. A must buy for those who want a cheaper phone with none of the additional extras.
I've been using this phone for nearly two years now, with no problems. I'm thinking of buying another one for my wife. I don't need the fancy gidgets and gadgets of the fancier -- and pricier-- phones that the kids love. I don't need a melodic ring-tone (the ones that are standard on the A55 offer plenty of choice for me) and I don't need a fancy screen. This is your basic model -- standard shift, with no air-conditioning or power-windows or central locking.
It's very easy to use. I learned how to use it without reference to the manual-- it's that intuitive. I've only used a heavy old Nokia and a Motorola fliptop before this. This one is easier to use than either of the others.
I've dropped it four feet onto a concrete floor. The back flew off but I snapped it back on and it suffered no permanent damage. It's beat and battered these days but still works fine. The battery still has plenty of juice after two days of stand-by and the occasional text.
Would I buy another one? You bet.
I had this phone sometime ago, If someone want to have phone for basic use, it is very good. But if someone like the teenagers who like to use thier mobiles to do lots of chatting then, it is not very impressive in this manner as typing the words is pretty tricky and difficult. Though its battery power has amazed me which is the best i ever had on any of my mobile phone, also it is probably one of the best ones which has a pretty good alarm which actually does wake you up. It is stylish and not at all expensive, it lack lots of ringing tunes but that can be sorted out. Oh yes..........one more thing, my man loved it for its video games.
When I was busy trawling the mobile phone shops around Christmas, one thing that became apparent is that most stores were happy to recommend the Siemens A55. Now, this might just sound like good sales tactics - it it wasn't for the fact that this is also one of the cheapest phones on the market. It is also a great solid, functional little phone. So what's the catch then - cheap and good - can't be true? Features: Alarm clock Polyphonic ring tones and composer WAP Cool little logos, Variety of fun (and addictive- be warned) games EMS SMS- text messaging is made easy thanks to the T9 predictive text option. Weight: 85g Size: 103 x 46 x 21.5mm Standby time: up to 250hrs Talk time: up to 6hrs It is small, lightweight and rather attractive - funky red or blue. Screen - has an orange backlight which makes the screen very clear. Easy to use speakerphone and great clarity when talking. Reception - very good (better than my current phone which cost more - groan!) Clear, easy to understand, looks great, very practical! So, um, yep, no catch really. Ok, so it doesn't have all the high tech gimmicks of a camera/video/do anything at all possible phone, but this is a great little functional, reliable phone that is easy to navigate around - great for those technology phobia people, or those who simply want a great phone that will last. And it really does have some useful features. The phone was purchased for about £39.99 on orange. It is one of the cheapest mobiles on the market at the moment but also one that came highly recommended to me by phone dealers - often being recommended above more expensive mobiles. Now that must be saying something!
My first mobile phone had a transparent cover moulded to it with a strap attached and was carried on my wrist. This was necessary since it was too large to fit into a handbag comfortably, let alone a pocket. In those pre-dooyoo days I would have reviewed it if the site existed. Nowdays mobile phones have such advanced technology built in that to date I have felt too overwhelmed by others' technologically knowledgeable ops to attempt it. Recent conversations have re-assured me at last that I am not the only soul who wants a phone with which I can make and receive calls and, at a pinch, text. I don't want to take pictures in glowing colour, play cyber games or hack into Langley, Virginia. What is more, I have no desire to pay an exorbitant sum for the ability to do these things. When for the third time a phone slid out of a jacket side pocket straight into my horse's water container I started the search for an inexpensive communication device which would fit into a smaller pocket for security, have easily accessed buttons, simple directory storage and reliability. I also needed clear sound reception and the Pay-as-you-go facility. Having already bought my sister the Siemens A55 for her birthday, I knew this was the one for me and have not been disappointed. A quick glance down the list at Comet Online and within a few days I had my T- Mobile Siemans phone for £39.95 (available from Orange shops at £30 if you take in an old phone) and am pleased as punch with my purchase. Having owned Nokia, Motorola and Sagem, the Siemens has everything I want. At 4" by less than 2" at its widest point this slim little device loses itself safely in the back pocket of my jeans and although the buttons are at first glance rather small they are easily activated. They are spaced and respon
sive enough for me to press with the tip of a finger rather than struggling with a fingernail to avoid the adjoining numbers/letters. I also like the fact that without the instruction booklet handy I can cruise through the menu without being lost within a minefield of unwanted extras. That is not to say that we are back to the abacus here. The Siemens A55 does WAP, has an alarm clock and dual bandwith for calling Europe and tri-bandwith for use in the USA. It tells me that it has polyphonic ringtones as near as you can get to stereo on a mobile and an interchangeable cover. I don't mind what colour phone I am using, don't need an alarm clock any more (unless to time cakes in the oven) and am happy using the computer on my desk. So does it matter what mobile I have just for receiving calls when on the net, calling the AA if necessary or informing the stableyard from the bottom of the hill that my horse has broken free and is on his way back up at full gallop? Yes it does matter and I shall tell you why I like this little inexpensive phone. My Siemens is stylishly curved and fits into the palm of my hand comfortably. The one I have is dark blue and flat steel coloured with inset chrome detail. The screen is a sensible size with clear lettering and figures, giving me the date/time, signal strength and battery remaining as well as a menu inviting me to look for the goodies within. The antenna is integrated, but I guess they all are now. Simplicity is the keyword here. On removal from its packaging readying my phone for use was a doddle. The light flat battery slides into the rear of the base as does the sim card and then the back of the case is replaced to fit snugly and easily into place. I needed to call T-Mobile on their free number to register the payment top up card which could then be ac
tivated online. Although I could have topped -up using the free number I chose to pop down to the local garage to have the card swiped, as no credits come with the mobile. As mentioned before, I personally find the well-spread, if small, keys very responsive. Should you need to text predictive text messaging is available. The two "soft" keys for calling up functions are spaced either side of a good sized scroll key and beneath these and either side are the call and on/off buttons. I am very impressed with the battery life. Although making calls only once or twice a day at most, my phone is on all day (in case someone needs to tell me that my horse is now galloping back down the hill by himself) and all night (in case a burglar cuts my landline wires). Talk time is 5 hours and there is a standby time of 250 hours. I re-charge about once a week and should I let the battery run right down, re-charging takes a very short time indeed. Fifty phone book locations are easily entered as are ringtones and an animation can be added to each number to show on the screen when that person calls. Should you wish to place your phonebook entries into groups this may be done and a special ringtone assigned when you are called by a member of a particular group. I have no need or desire for this advanced stuff, but this is an example of the versatility of this little device. The little Siemens A55 does not have a colour screen, MMS picture messaging (whatever that is), a built-in camera, voice activated dialling or hands free facility but does have a vibration alert. The instruction booklet is clear and well laid out and I have deliberately not explained the finer details of operation as it is all there. It seems that the Siemens A55 is catching on. Only a couple of years ago it seemed that the street-cred phone was a N
;okia and was to be seen everywhere. Lately I have found that when I pull out my phone at the same time as someone else we say "Snap