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      01.08.2002 01:22
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      Having gone through my mobile phone life with Nokias, a year ago i felt that it was time for a change and the Siemens seemed like good value as it looked good and had the added feature of WAP. After a year i knew my phone would look bulky and out of date but i still expected it to work. I am a big texter and send in excess of 500 texts a month, however after about three months the phones buttons started to show excessive wear and also the buttons needed a firm press in order for them to work. After about eight months the phone decided to intermittently stall, and if your half way through a text this is very annoying as you have to take the battery out to start the phone again, and of course not only is your message deleted the phone saves a blank message in its measaly 10 sms memory. Its new trick is now pretending that i have a hands free kit so i can't hear any phone calls. The phone at first seems like a feature filled phone it has WAP, which actually is good, and not as tempramental as other WAP browsers i've heard about as you get connected about 85% of the time. It has an appointments section, a calculator, a currency convertor, four games :- the old pc owners favourite minesweeper, wayout a maze game, quattropoli a connect four game, and reversi which is a bit like checkers i think. There is also a stopwatch on the phone. The message capabilities are limited, the phone does have T9 technology, it predicts which word you mean to type, but there is only an SMS memory of 10 which is very annoying. The only other feature on this phone worth note is the ring tone composer. Quite a lot of sites have the key in codes for well known songs, however unlike the nokias you have to type them in and you can't download them straight to your phone, however i have Faithless we come one as my ring tone and it does sound very good. I must also point out the shocking battery life thta the phone has. From day one the battery only gave me a
      bout two days of standby time and now i'm lucky if i get a day with it on standby. If i make a call over 10 minutes it dies, and if i'm texting constantly it'll not last the day. In summing up i would say stay well clear of this phone unless you are getting it as purely a two month stop gap phone, some nice features and loud tones are ruined by shawdy construction. Get a nokia for the changable covers, downloadable ringtones and icons, features, and overal lastablility

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        30.05.2002 23:07
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        Keen to try out WAP to see what all the fuss was about, I picked up this phone free when subscribing to Genie, who offer free WAP and SMS. Initial impression were OK. I didn't think it was a particularly stunning handset, but it's grown on me. Despite my girlfriend's reassurance, size is important, and this phone is a good size. Not quite the smallest out there, but small enough to be discreet in a pocket. For me, features are highest on my list for a phone, and the C35 has almost all I need - vibrate, WAP, and T9 predicative text for SMS (a faster way of typing that, one mastered, is great). Gripes are that the SIM card doesn't hold as many text messages as it does in my old Ericsson - it claims to be full after 8 messages, when the same SIM in a different phone holds 16 - anyone know why this is? Also, although it's got a lot of ring tones, most of them are horrible - presumably Nokia's nabbed all of the best ones! Sadly for me. it lacks an infrared port, which I find really useful for use with my Psion Revo for typing in text messages and looking after my address book. All in all, a good phone, strong signal and with some other toys such as stopwatch, currency converter, calculator and some games.

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          18.04.2002 01:18
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          Review Siemens C35I This phone on first appearances seems quite complicated and confusing. On the other hand it is very small and thin, so I guess each one out ways each other. I brought mine on Virgin Mobiles, and although I unlocked it almost straight away Virgin offered a wide range of facilities including very good internet services. The C35I is the only one in C35 range that has games and vibrating alert, which as far as a standard phone goes is very good. Vibration normally only comes with the more expensive phones, and its nice to see that finally some companies are starting to offer it in the lower price bracket. Although the C35 has now been overtaken by its Siemens brother, the C45 it is a very feasible option for the cheaper buyers. You can get it in the V. Shop when requested and it costs a measly £70, which when compared to £130 which you can expect to pay for a Nokia 3310, it shows how it is great value to money. The back casing however is a bit of a fiddle and breakage’s would be a common problem if not looked after properly. The buttons take some time getting used to, but after a while you soon get the hang of it. The advantage of this phone is the shortcut buttons, and separate phone books. You can have a standard phone book, which could contain all your friends and family, then you can have a V.I.P phonebook in which your clients and important phone numbers can be stored, this can be accessed as easily as then normal phone book and is a quicker way of ringing someone important. Another fancy touch for the C35I is the games, they may not be a popular as ‘snake’ but at least they can entertain you for more than ten minutes. My personal favourite is the game Minesweeper, and then Way-out, both computer games adapted brilliantly for the mobile. The screen is very clear, easy to understand, and the shortcut keys for ‘Keylock’ and ‘Silent’ are a lot simpler than other phones I have had in the
          past. I think the overall quality of the phone is above average and the complex key set-up is the only flaw. The buttons are very easy to use and the C35 even has predictive text messaging which means all in all it doesn’t take long to contact someone. I changed from Virgin shortly after buying the phone, mainly to join a service called ‘Genie’ which provides free texting and free internet for only ten pounds a month. The thing that makes this service unique is that this isn’t a pay monthly sign-up, you can stop using your phone whenever you want, and all it takes to start up again is a quick minute call to Bt Cellnet. The £10 pound flat rate few means you can have up to 300 text messages free, then after that each text only cost 10p. The free internet is unlimited, to a certain extent, which means you cant stay online for more than 24 hours a time without disconnecting at least once. Which I think you find is quite reasonable. The company ‘Genie’ is mostly online based and although you may think you will spend endless hours trying to contact them, a recent ‘Watchdog’ survey showed that they responded in under three minutes. Now onto the actual company Siemens itself. Well it seems pretty flawless. My back casing snapped and they replaced it free, admitting that it was a bit of a fiddle. My screen went blank after a accident involving cars, and the company replaced the faulty parts free of charge and wished me a quick recovery. Its this type of service that you would expect from a company, but these days not many companies would offer such a personal service that I must say I was very pleased with. I understand that some people may read this a get very fed up either because their phone was faulty or the service was awful. So I would like to say that I wish not to offend when I say this phone is very good and I give it 4/5 I haven’t given top marks due to the fact that the controls are
          a bit confusing at the start and the back casing did break due to bad designing, but in all fairness Siemens did admit this and apologise which I cant say many other companies have been renounced for. Matt Pemberton

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          03.01.2002 05:03
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          This is my second mobile phone and I'm totally in love with it! I saw the C35 on offer at Tesco.com for £59.95 which I thought was quite a bargain considering it had been on sale for £109 in the shops. I expect the reason it was on sale is because it's being replaced by the newer S45, so old stock is being sold off. Even though it's an older model it's still a vast improvement on my trusty old Motorola. Look and Feel It looks very stylish with its rounded edges and two-tone case. The aerial is flat rather than cylindrical which is quite unique. It's a small phone which is great for storage but if you have big hands like mine then it can be a tad awkward to hold. It's not too heavy and it's not too light! Screen and Keypad The screen is small and cluttered: - Signal strength/battery level at the top - Service provider's name in the middle - Optional time/date below that - Menu items at the bottom Mine is pre-pay BT Cellnet and they have locked one of the menus on the main screen so that it acts as a short cut to their services which is a bit annoying if you like to customize things as much as I do. Oh well... Like the screen, the keypad is also teeny with the buttons being just large enough to use if you have fat thumbs like me! There are two "Softkeys" just under the screen which are used to navigate through the menus. Their function is context sensitive so you have to look at the text above them to see which option to choose from. Sounds complicated but you soon get used to it... WAP access There was a special offer on when I got this phone giving me free WAP access for 30 days, after which the service costs 10p per minute to use. WAP is so useless that I won"t even be using the 30 day trial, let alone the 10p per minute service!! The only use I found for it was finding out whether or not there were any problems on
          the Circle line on the London Underground... Not worth bothering with in my opinion. Menus Internet "Home" connects you to the Genie Homepage "Favorites" opens the list of up to nine of your favorite WAP sites "Profiles" lets you setup your WAP access which was preconfigured on mine Office & Fun "Internet" takes you to the above menu "Appointments" lets you set up to 30 reminders which can have memos attached. You can set reminders to be one off, daily, weekly, annual etc. and your phone will alert you when an item is due even if the power is off! If the alarm goes off when the phone is on then you get the option to "Pause" which acts like a sleep function - giving you an extra reminder 5 minutes later. This is great if you find it hard to wake up in the mornings!! "Calculator" and "Currency Converter" are self explanatory but very useful "Games" contains 4 games, none of which I bother playing... "Wayout" is a 3D maze game, "Reversi" is actually Othello, "Quattropoli" is actually Connect Four, and then there"s Microsoft"s "Minesweeper" which I hate! Much more fun is the "Chronometer" with a stopwatch and countdown timer - great for use in the kitchen! Messages Here"s where you read, write and store messages. From the write menu you can create a new message or use one of the templates: "Late", "Appointment" or "Anniversary" which I"ve not bothered with. The C35 has T9 text input which replaces the traditional "multi-tap" method of entering text providing the ability to enter text using only one keystroke per letter. Most times the phone guesses your words correctly, and when it doesn't it's easy to write the word manually and add it to the dictionary. Records: You
          r calls received and missed etc. Profiles: You can create 3 of your own profiles which are basically a group of customized settings... There are also 3 presets: Normal, Quiet and Noisy. If you"re in a meeting the you could set the profile to Quiet and this would lower the ringer volume and activate the vibrate alert. If you"re in a loud pub then you could set it to Noisy so that when your phone rings you hear it! As well as the volume, you can also assign different melodies to the different profiles, even change the text size, menu style and graphics theme! Audio I don"t use this menu as it contains the same settings as those found in the profiles. You can record your own ring tones from this menu but you can only store one of your own. After recording quite a few myself, the novelty wore off and I opted for one of the boring "Standard" tones! I used these instructions to record my own tones: http://www.geocities.com/abes_geo/mobilephone/mainpage.html Time/Charges Lets you see how many minutes you"ve used your phone for incoming or outgoing calls. Should also tell you how much money you"ve spent but this isn't available on the Pay & Go network. Divert Set when the phone diverts calls to a voicemail service Setup Everything else! Too many settings to mention but a couple of my favourites are the personal greeting so instead of "Siemens C35i" being displayed when you switch on the phone, you can get the screen to display a happy message like "Hello Richie!" etc. You can also change the graphic theme from "Lighthouse" to "Dog" or "CI" which stands for Communication and Information, I think. The best is definitely the Dog theme! If you set a pin number for extra security, when you turn on the phone and enter it correctly the little dog eats a bone! When you turn the phone off, the dog sniffs about bef
          ore leaping off screen - very cute...

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            29.08.2001 18:38
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            For Christmas my husband bought me a new mobile phone. A Siemens C35i, it is very light and small compared to my old phone a Philips Diga. The C35i display has icons for Network signal, Battery Charge, date and time using the 24-hour clock, and your network provider, mine is BT Cellnet. You have two selector buttons, which correspond to options on the display. The book icon allows you to view your address book and if you double click on it the V.I.P. address book is viewed (you can not double into your V.I.P address book when sending messages, which is quite annoying). The Green Phone icon allows you to pick up calls etc… and the Red phone icon allows you to reject calls and to go back while using the menu bars, a long press of the Red phone button turns the phone off. Underneath these are all the numbers. The C35i has WAP capabilities; I have not used the Internet through the phone so I cannot comment. Using the menu option you are given sub menus of My Services Cellnet Internet WAP Internet Office & Fun Appointments Calculator Currency Conv. Games Chronometer Messages Write Message Incoming Message Outgoing Message Message Set-up Voice Message Cell Broadcast Records Calls Missed Calls Received Calls Dialled Alarms Missed Profiles Normal Quiet Environment
            Noisy Environment 3 Empty for your own use Audio Ringer Setting Volume Melodies Vibration Call Screening Service Tones Record Melody Time/Charge Charges Charge Set-up Divert All unanswered All Calls Specific Divert All Fax Calls All Data Calls Status Check Clear all Diverts Set-up Menu Mode Phone Security Network During Calls Fax/Data mode Clock Car Use Headset Usage Hints Using info Basic Use Ways to call During a Call Dialling Lists Phonebooks V.I.P. Phonebooks Voice Mail Text Messages Accessories I use a hands free kit with my phone when I
            am in my car, you can program the phone to pick up after 3 rings if the hands free kit is plugged in, by ticking the box next to Headset in menu The phone vibrates and lights up when a message or a call comes through, these can be disabled to conserve battery charge if needed. I use the chronometer as an alarm clock when away from home to wake me up in the morning. The alarm starts quietly and gets louder and louder. There are over 20 pre-programmed melodies for the ring tone and message prompt, you can have a V.I.P. ring, normal ring and Message prompt all with different melodies. My phone is used as a pay as you go, 10p for text messages, calls are 2p at weekends 25p in the evenings week days and 45p at peak times. The phone is very easy to get the hang of and costs £99.99, and there is a voucher for £5 in the box to get you started. You can buy vouchers or pay on Credit or Debit cards. Overall this phone is an excellent buy.

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              16.07.2001 23:27
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              Here we have a sturdy, reasonable looking addition to the Siemens line up of mobile phones. It is the big brother to the successful Siemens C25 (read my opinion on this to find out if I liked it), and unfortunately this is where the similarities end, with the name. Don't get me wrong I am not saying that this phone is ugly or anything like that but it loses the slim and sleek good looks of the C25. However I think I am being a little critical here when you have to remember that the C35 is a WAP (wireless application protocol) phone, and WAP capabilities could never be fitted into the tiny C25. The first thing I noticed when I saw this phone was the interesting "dumpy" aerial on the C35. It is a very short aerial and very fat. However I think that the general layout of the phone would look out of place if it had a more standard thin and longer aerial. The C35 comes with a very good viewable screen for using the WAP service that is accessible through this phone. It is very well laid out with the standard 11 number and miscellaneous digit buttons, along with a power button, a call button, a message button and scroll buttons. This phone is incredibly light. It weighs just 110g which suprised me for a phone that looked a little bulkier than this. To have made this phone 25g lighter than the very small C25 is a remarkable acheivement by the engineers at Siemens. As for other features it comes with the standard 99 name and number memory and a fast battery charger. If you have the phone on Virgin you also get a free hands free kit as is standard with all Virgin Mobile phones. As for networks this phone isn't overly supported with it just being offered on Vodafone and Virgin networks. As i've stated many times before I would go for Virgin but choice is optional. We can't forget to mention the fact that this phone is a WAP phone and hence can connect to the internet or should I say connect to the mobi
              le phones version of the internet. This is very good technology and is being expanded all the time. Overall we have a very competant phone here and at just 100-00 is very competitively priced in comparison to other WAP capable phones. I would certainly consider it seriously if you are looking for a phone that is WAP capable and available on the Virgin network for cheap calls.

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                06.07.2001 08:10
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                This phone is packed with a load of features and very small in size.It weighs only 110 grams and has wap capabilities too.It also has pred text input and ring tone composer.I would certainly go for this phone as a alternative to the nokia 3210 and probably the 3310 too.The price is around the sme as the 3310,but it does vary according to where you buy it.Overall if you want a phone thats got good features,small,on pay as you go and simple to use then id recommend this phone to you.

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                What a little gem this phone is! 5 months ago I decided to upgrade my Siemens C25 to a WAP phone. I liked the styling of the new range of Siemens phones so decided to stick with them and get the C35i. Once I'd ripped open the package the phone was very easy to set up, and within just a few minutes I had transfered all my phone numbers from my old phone to the new one. I was very pleased that there is a separate phone book button and liked the ability to add icons to each phone book entry. Straight away I knew I had made the right choice buying this phone. The menus were in the most, intuitive and I did not have to spend a long time hunting around for what I wanted. The addition of 4 games did, I admit, sway me even further, although I have since realised that these use the battery up far to quickly. Sending text messages is easy, and the C35i has an intelligent text feature whereby you only need to press a button once for all the letter options on that button, so for example you would press 287 (equating to atp on most phones) and it would bring up 'cup', if instead of 'cup' you had meant 'bus', then all you have to do is press the menu button to cycle through the other letter combinations. This is great in theory, but at times can be a little annoying when it doesn't recognise your word at all, and you have to go back and enter it manually! As far as WAP is concerned, I very very rarely use it. I have come to realise that it is slow and costs too much money to be worth it. The one thing I have found it useful for, is sending emails on the move, but at an average of £1.25 for a 10 word email it really is something left only for those occasions where I simply have no other option. One final useful feature this phone has is the "Battery Care" function. This gives you the ability to completely discharge the phone's battery before recharging it to help prolong the
                life of the battery. This phone is great if you want a compact, light and easy to use WAP phone with lots of features, but don't want to be overwhelmed by the choice of Nokia ringtones and logos. The only real criticism I have is that after a while it starts to "creak" when you press the buttons. But that's really only minor and otherwise this phone really is a great friend to carry around with you.

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                  04.06.2001 00:06
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                  Upgrading from my old mobile wasn't of my own choice but due to the fact that my Motorola practically imploded! The first thing that struck me when purchasing this phone was it's titchy size + weight! The phone itself has a massive range of useful functions (unlike some other phones I can think of) including a calculator, a chronograph and a countdown-timer to name a few. On top of this is the WAP capabilities, of which I am a great fan. Although the WAP is difficult to configure, the time spent doing this is well worth it, as the range of info available on WAP internet is outstanding and it is growing all the time. Although initially more complicated to use than a Nokia of similar price range, it soon becomes as easy if not easier than many of the Nokias I have encountered. I would definately recommend this phone to anyone with a serious mobile usage time due to its seemingly huge battery capacity and its range of functions. When I am eventually forced to upgrade (when my phone goes pop!) I will definately purchase another Siemens model, if not another C35i.

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                  I was almost new to mobile phones when I made my purchase. Having helped my parents by a "cheapie" Siemens C25 I figured I may as well look around for myself - but with the justification of needing it for work and therefore making "vibro alert" a must-have feature. The C35i is pretty hard to fault. OK with a Siemens you can't load "bespoke" graphics or melodies from the burgeoning selection at the back of every magazine, but in my eyes that is a positive rather than a negative aspect. My phone choices were somewhat limited by the fact that I wanted a pay as you go service on one2one - since this is the only pay as you go that currently offers overseas roaming. Therefore I didn't do a full comparison of this phone against all phones on all tariffs before making a purchase, but can comment on how I find it on an absolute rather than a relative basis. Firstly - Look and Feel; Overall this phone is nicely designed. In the William Morris edict of things in the home should be functional or beautiful, this majors on functionality, and manages to be attractive without being over-fussy in its decorative aspects. No clip on tiger-print covers here, which I consider to be a good thing since I'm not a 14yr old schoolgirl. If someone could invent a phone which is small in the pocket and big in the hand then I think modern life would be enhanced - but given that it doesn't really exist, this phone strikes a comfortable balance between slipping easily into my pocket and still being workable by my podgy fingers. The phone is small, not too heavy, and the microphone works even though it seems to sit half way around your face. My one is a dark blue and silver design and sits neatly in the palm of the hand. Button labelling and icons are clear and understandable, and the lighting works well. It has a little stubby ariel which doesn't seem to get itself into too much trouble. Audio Clarity: Th
                  is is tough to comment on as it is a function of network and location as well as the phone itself. I can tell you that when at its best, this phone is crystal clear to the extent that people have been surprised to find out that I'm on a mobile, and they have sounded like they are standing next to me. It does break up significantly when reception is poor, but I assume all phones do this. I've learnt not to top up my credits when on a train heading towards a tunnel! Sounds, melodies etc: In terms of ringtones there are a wide selection plus the option of creating your own - though the ones provided strike me as sufficient. They have employed the services of "top DJs" to create some of the ring melodies. It is all highly configurable so that you can set then noises it makes when you press buttons, receive text messages, get calls, get calls from a selected group, get voicemail etc. You can set up profiles which group all these settings together and change them en masse with the changing of one setting. So you can have a "meetings" profile which switches off all tones but leaves vibro on, or a "disco" profile which uses all tones and vibro, etc. The tunes themselves are pretty diverse, ranging from the cringingly embarrassing to the distinct yet liveable with. There are of course standard ringing noises, by I tend to find that these get lost in the ether. The volume is loud enough for most circumstances, but won't get through if you have the phone wrapped in a scarf in an inside pocket. Battery Life: I was attracted by the promise of a long battery. It is pretty much OK, but I can find two faults. Firstly, the battery indicator can be somewhat alarmist as the first half disappears much quicker than the second half, spooking you into believing that you will have to charge it up again soon. However, be brave: the situation is better than it appears. Secondly the battery does go quite quickly if you are a
                  heavy user of the phone. You will get a good few days if you switch it off for long periods, and use it to pick up messages etc, but if you leave the phone on and get into a few significant calls a day you will be reaching for the charger more often than you would like. However I will say that the rapid charger (provided) is excellent: it seems to be able to get the phone up to full strength in a matter of minutes. Features: It has a wide range of features, including T9 text input for messages, to WAP and the usual address books etc. The T9 is really, really good - I used to think it was a gimmick but now I find it indispensable - and you should get a phone with it if you are serious about sending messages. Mind you, it would be good if they programmed a more "contemporary" (i.e. ruder) vocabulary for people like me! The WAP works about as well as WAP can, and the other stuff is all pretty standard and pretty good. Auto keypad protection, lists of calls made/missed, voicemail, etc, etc area ll there and all work well. Oh, and it vibrates. Usability: Though small the keys are sufficiently spaced to be useable, but at times (and for some) it does veer into the fiddly at times. Everything else is excellent. Functions are driven by four keys who's action is context sensitive. At all times you can see what they will do on the display. Otherwise there is a special key for the phone book, and the usual phone up/down buttons as well as the numbers. Voicemail can be got at by doing a press-and-hold on the 1 button. The menus are well laid out and intuitive, and most things are highly customisable - to the extent that you can choose between two menu schemes, one which has all features and one which limits what is shown to just a few. Compared to the cheaper C25 this phone is not only more functional but far easier to use. Display: The display is a revelation - particularly compared to the phone's C25 little brother. Tho
                  ugh the display area isn't as big as some, the use of high resolution allows a great deal of information to be displayed, which in turn allows more flexibility and therefor clarity for the menu structures and so on. It has various animations here and there, which look OK but are unnecessary. The labelling of the soft keys is easy to see, and easy to understand, and overall the display give a clear understandable version of what is going on with the phone. The only slight niggle is that following a call to the service centre or to voicemail, the display shows the gobbledegook sequence of key presses even once the call is ended. So all in all, pretty hard to fault. A neat looking phone packed with features that are easy to use, and most importantly giving phone calls where both parties can actually hear. Highly recommended.

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                    15.05.2001 05:18
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                    The one thing I will say if you are about to purchase this phone and I don’t change your mind, GET INSURANCE!!! Here are the problems I have had with this phone, When you get a message from the one person more than twice the phone locks on the message screen and refuses to move on. It is the most sensitive phone I have ever came across. My keypad stopped working and the software crashed so I took it into a phone shop to have it repaired. I was the told that Siemens would not allow anybody to open their phones but them so I had to have it sent to siemens leaving me without a phone for about 3 weeks. When they finally returned the phone they told me it was water damaged and needed a new screen and keypad (that would set be back at least £100). So naturally I refused and claimed a new phone off my insurance policy. The battery on my phone must be leaking because it has to be recharged every day and I don’t use the phone much at all. The games are terrible and the ring tones are the same. The one thing likeable about this phone? IT LOOKS GOOD!!!!!!

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                      I brought the Siemens C35i as a replacement for a Philips C14 Savvy Vogue (the Philips was a replacement for a Nokia 3210, which never worked properly). I wanted a phone with WAP (the internet on a mobile phone, which is actually nothing like the internet you get on a computer, it's mainly text-based and has few pictures and graphics). The C35i weighs just 116 grams, it is ment to have a talktime of up to 300 minutes, and standby time of 180 hours, but be warned, when you have the backlight on, the battery goes down quickly. You are ment to be able to send fax and data off the telephone, but I have not tried it out yet. I decieded to get the C35i on the Virgin Mobile 'virtual' network, as it's service provider One2One has the best coverage in my area, and I think that the C35i is a more attractive cover than that on other networks. Some people may not like the C35i on the Virgin and Orange networks as it has the networks logo. The buttons (which are rubber) are not too big, and not too small the antenna is flat which I think is better than the standard antenna you would get on most mobile telephones. When you start the phone up, a text message appears on the screen ('Siemens C35i') this can be changed. In case you were wondering, the i in C35i stands for internet (I think that there is a non-internet version that is not avalible in the United Kingdom). When you turn the phone off, for an unknown reason, there is a graphic of a lighthouse, again this can be changed to two other things; a Siemens Information and Communications logo, and a Dog. The display is different to many other phones which I have used, the signal strengh and battery power symbols are very differnt compared to other phones, and I think that it is better. The date and a clcok is shown in small text below the network name, which you can change the size of. One of my friends thinks the display looks 'cluttered' but I think
                      that he is just used to looking at another phone's display. There are two 'softkeys' which you mainly use to find your way around the phone's features, I think that these are very useful, you can set at least one of them to do what you want for instance to take you straight to the games, which are Wayout, (a maze) Reversi, (something that I have not got a clue how to use) Quattopoli, (which is like the connect four game) and Minesweeper, a game similar to that found on computers runnning microsoft operating systems. The games are OK, but I do prefer snake on Nokia phones, but anyway you don't buy a phone for games! You buy it to make calls! (Well, that's what I think anyway). The internet is simple and easy to use, although it took me a while to get to sites other than my network's. You can store favorite sites so that you have quick access to them (good if it costs about 15 pence per minute to go on the internet, you don't have to spend ages looking for the page that you want to go on). In the office and fun section, there is an appointments feature where you can program appointments and set an alarm to remind you of them. A caluculator, a currency converter (where you have to set the exchange rates though) the games, and a Chronometer, where you can use a stopwatch and set your phone to countdown. In many menus, there are 'usage hints' where it gives you hints on how to use the phone. In the messages section, you can send fax, data e-mail telex and X400 (I am not sure what the last two are). You can also set vadility periods (which are how long the message will be availible on the other person's phone for). You can also access cell broadcasts which are things like football news (I think), but I am not too sure. In the records section, you can access; Calls missed, Calls received, Calls dialled and Alarms missed. In the profiles section, you can set t
                      he volume settings, they are; Normal, Quiet Enviroment, Noisy Enviroment and you can set your own, for instance I set 'silent'. In the audio section you can set ringtones which are OK, but will not appeal to everyone, apparently, they are composed by top Disc Jockeys. You can also change the message tones to all of the twenty ring tones and the key tone to a click or a bleep. You can compose your own ringtones (but I don't think that you can have them sent to the phone, and I am not sure if you can have sharp and flat notes). You can find out call times, and charges in the time/charge section, and set call diverts in the divert section (you may not be able to do this on pay-as-you go though). In the setup section, you can setup things like the screen contrast backlight on/off and the text size. The Siemens C35i has a good signal strength, excellent display, it's easy to use, light and small (not too small), but for a telephone of this price, I think that it should have voice activated dialling. I am not too keen on the keypad lock as you can still accidently dial the emergency services. All-in-all I think that the Siemens C35i is an excellent mobile telephone, and would reccomend it to anyone, especially a social user. *UPDATE* I forgot to mention that you can store one-hundered numbers in the phone's phone-book, not just in the network's SIM card. (A SIM card is a computer chip that stores Phone Book entries and network information). There is also a VIP (Very Important Person) phonebook for important entries. A useful feature the phone has is Battery Care, it is ment to re-generate the telephones battery to improve standby and talk-time. If I think that I should have mentioned anything else, I will try to update this opinion again.

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                        03.05.2001 23:33
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                        I bought a mobile phone mostly because all my friends had 1 and I didn't and I was begining to feel left out. But then I found out how useful they are when your board out of your mind. You can play games on most of them and even go on the internet on some. (like the seimens C35i(My phone)) It only cost me £70 on BTcellnet from the link. The siemens I have is great value for money, you can "surf the BTcellnet" lol, send SMS, e-mail, faxes, plus as an added bonus i got a free hands-free kit with it. The C35i allows you to create your own greeting when you turn on your phone or you can have a small animation instead. The only problem is that it is small, so it is easier to loose. Thank you for Reading PS. Sorry about the spelling

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                          14.04.2001 23:34

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                          I really like this phone because you can fit it into your pockets or bag as it's quite small and light. It has great animation on the menu and you can change the look of the menu if you want (from small lettering to big lettering or with and without animation). You can compose one ringtone, although it is quite hard to find ringtones for the phone. Try ringtones4all.com if you have this phone and want a cool ringtone! It is useful for day to day use as it has a reminders section and a calculator, etc... The standby time depends on how much you use it and what you use it for. I use mine a lot and the battery usually lasts for about 2 - 3 days and I normally charge it overnight for about 8 hours. Some people say that this phone is quite clear when you speak into it, unlike some phones. My mum bought this phone for me for £99.99, but the prices range from £59.99 to £99.99. It depends which network and shop you choose.

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                          12.04.2001 00:27
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                          I ditched a quirky Ericcson mobile for this Siemens C35i. I wasn't intending to buy this model--the main feature I was looking for was vibration--but the salespeople at the store I went to convinced me it was worth the extra money. And although I had my suspicions that I may have fell prey to heavy-handed marketing, after using the phone, I'm convinced. I'm using it in a One2One pay-as-you-go set-up. And of all the phones I've had--and I'm on phone four because of them being stolen or broken or just annoying--this is by far the best. The reception is very good. The phone is light. The vibration feature works well. The phone lasts a good while without needing charging. Even the power cord is well-constructed, as I'm not worried that I'll break off the end every time I plug it in. Not that the phone is perfect. I'm disappointed with the ring tone selection, and you can't download Nokia ones, although you can program your own. When you text message, the default option is predictive text, which for me is a lot more trouble than it is worth (however, it's not that hard to turn off the feature). Not a huge fan of the built-in games, but that's no reason to buy or not buy a phone. You may have noticed that I haven't commented much on the WAP feature. That's for a reason--I think WAP generally is a waste of time. Say you're on a bus--it might be fun to get caught up on some news or sport or whatever, but the costs are so high that it's not really worth it, and a person certainly doesn't <i>need</i> the info that WAP provides. The time it would come in handy is if abroad, but then, the WAP would cost a fortune, as you're dialing back to the U.K. to get onto (a very slow) Internet. Anyway, the WAP works fine, but after testing it out, I don't have any real use for it. Bottom line--good phone, particularly at recent prices. It's worth picking up.

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