I was on the lookout for a new cheap phone on the Virgin network due to the free virgin to Virgin minutes/texts myself and my daughter both have ( an ideal way to keep in touch without it costing a fortune) when I came across this Chrome Pink Virgin VM800 in Tesco for £29.99.
The Phone itself is made by Alcatel (OT-800), although the Alcatel name is not branded anywhere on the phone itself, only on the instructions. The only brand name visible on the phone is the virgin media symbol in silver just below the screen.
The phone itself is 10.7cm long, 5.8cm wide and 1.5cm in depth and weighs 100g. The VM800 has a screen size of 4.6cm long by 3.5cm wide, eith a resolution of 262K, below which is a full Qwerty keyboard.
The VM800 has a 2 MP camera,with a x4 zoom, video capture and video playback.
MMS with predictive text available
Colour menus, screen savers and wallpaper, a picture phone book and both pre-loaded and downloadable images.
It has Bluetooth, a built in FM radio and MP3 player, an expandable memory up to 4GB using a micro SD memory card (not included). It is Tri-band, has GPRS, WAP and an Email client, it contains a facebook short cut in the menu
Contains a calculator, calendar and a clock/alarm.
The VM800 had a talk time of nine hours and a standby time of 450 hours.
In the box with you the phone you get a mini disc with OT-PC suite on it, a pair of white mini earphones, a USB computer cable to attach the phone to the computer, sim card and a set of easy to follow fold-out instructions.
As we all know money is a little tight at the moment so therefore I do not have the spare cash I would of normally spent on a mobile phone for myself but my last smartphone my beloved Nokia N95 8gb was literally falling to pieces. As I stated previously I needed a phone on the virgin network and this phone seemed the perfect price when I noticed it in Tesco (£29.99). I am not not normally one for such bright phones either ( i prefer them black) but thought it looked like a cute pink blackberry so that was what swung it looks wise. It feels sleek and looks it to be honest. My daughter who owns a blackberry was very impressed when I came home from town with it, so it must be alright as you know how hard pre-teens are to please.
On getting my phone home I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was already charged so I could have a play with it straight away.
Most of the phones features are accessed through the phones menu by either clicking on the left top button or on the wheel in the middle (top, right, bottom, left), which is also used to scroll through the menu screen.
The menu includes the headings: Messages, web, Opera (the web browser), directory, calendar, radio, fun (games), camera, profiles, music player, image viewer, video player, file manager, calculator, notes, tasks, clock, converter, menu arrange, bluetooth, Java, call register, services and settings. A rather long list I know but the menu arrange tab allows you to add or remove things you don't want on your menu screen.
Making a call is really simple, just press the numbers and the green dotted key on the far left, with red dotted key for cancel call/put down. The call volume is really good, with it quite loud at full volume. The calls both outward and inward are always easy to hear and the person I am speaking to has no problem with the clarity at their end either.
The use of the qwerty keyboard makes it really easy to type messages or emails as it is the same keyboard on your PC at home. It has a separate key for Caps and a SYM key for the full list of symbols. The Shift key ( arrow pointing upwards) enables you to use numbers when writing text.
The fact that I can transfer songs to this phone really easily using either Bluetooth or the USB cable means I can have any ring tone I like which is a bonus as the ones included on the phone are not that modern to be honest.
The camera is deceptively good for a 2MP and I can take reasonable pictures although not having a flash does let it down a little.
The internet capabilities are really simple to use via Opera. I have bookmarked all my favourite websites and have no trouble accessing them at all.
Virgin offer really good deals on WAP access with 30p a day or depending on how much you top up the previous month free allowances the next month . Top up £15 in a month and get free unlimited texts and 1GB Mobile Web, £10 a month and get 300 free texts, it doesn't have to be topped up all in one go like some providers also. Virgin costs 31p a minute per call and 13p a text standard.
The phone seems to be quite tough as well as i have dropped it and managed to throw it down the stairs on one occasion and apart from a tiny chip in the pink it has not affected it.
So to sum it up I really like this little phone, it was cheap and does everything I need of it. Yes it is bright pink but hell I can handle that!