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Why do so many people complain about this phone its not that bad for the price (£29-39) Which other phone at this price range has: A large, (Optimax!?) display which is irridesant! VibraCall silent alert, this is a must on all modern phones nowadays, as what's more embarrassing than having your phone go off, in the middle of doing something! Three minute Voice-Note message recorder GSM 900/1800 Dual Band capabilities (not all networks) Available in 3 designs (blue, sliver and black) I?ve got the blue and I must say it's a very nice colour, which isn?t easily lost! Data capable without PC card by using the (now cheap Adapter) not really tried this feature as I?ve no use for it, but I might buy an adaptor for it anyway. The voice notes are personally really useful to me, as I forget things most times, or even as I?ve got at the moment, I've put a music track on it, which is less than 3 minutes! I even got a cool adapter plug/charger and a free leather case (with Motorola embedded on front!!) This is the best phone I have owned and I will keep it until I get a WAP one or a 3G one! Overall a cheap phone PACKED with features!
I got this phone last year, and I have been very pleased with its results. This is a vivid revamp of the old "Motorola Brick" with loads of new features, which enclude:- 1)Vibrating call alert 2)3:00m recording time 3)Accesible buttons on the side of phone I have to say that it is still an amazing phone to smack people on the head with, but it is a smaller and more atrctive phone that the old vesion. It also has the added feature of being able to save 180 numbers on the phone: - 90 on the sim card - 90 on the phone memory The one downside is that it doesn't have the option of changeable covers, and it is still quite chunky. But all round a great phone and a great bargin.
As I have been working abroad for the last few years I have had (the luxury of) a company mobile at my disposal. After being back in the UK for a few months I decided that I needed to look for a personal one. I found it very difficult not having one anymore. I’ve previously had mobile phones (both company and personal ones) so I had a good idea of the kind of features I would want. Luckily for me I’m not that fussy when it come to these features. As long as it has a good, long lasting battery, a reasonable storage capacity for phone numbers, a clear/crisp sound and an answer-phone facility then I’m quite happy. Anything else on top of that is a bonus. This time I decided on getting a prepay phone instead of one purchased along with an airtime contract. I always found myself spending far more on the monthly airtime rental than on calls. I looked around at the various prepay networks/tariffs and the phones on offer with them. Eventually I chose the Motorola cd930e on the Orange “Just Talk” prepay tariff. Features: - It’s a very cheap entry level phone which you can pick up for around £30 to £40; - Small and robust design (I’ve dropped it a few times and not a hint of a scratch to date); - It’s a dual band phone (therefore can be used internationally on call roaming); - Very long lasting battery which gives up to 4 hours talk time or 96 hours on standby; - Option to select “silent” function whereby the phone vibrates rather than rings. You can also select it to vibrate and then ring; - Answer-phone service; - It has something called “Voicenotes” which allows you to record up to a maximum of 3 minutes of conversations on the phone (up to 99 different recordings); - SMS text messaging; - Call divert; - Call waiting; - One-touch dialing facility; - Large phonebook memory for up to 100 names and numbers on both the SIM card and on the phone memory; - You can restrict you’re phone number when making calls so the person receiving does not see you’re number. There are other features but the above ones are the most important ones when considering this particular phone. There are various other optional extras you can buy such as hands free car kits, car chargers, spare batteries, personal hands-free kits and leather covers. The package I bought came with a leather cover but unfortunately you have to take the phone out of the cover to use it as there are no holes for the ear or mouthpiece. It also has no clear panel on the front for the keypad, so even with holes for the ear and mouthpiece you wouldn’t be able to see who you’re calling anyway! It’s a little annoying but it came free with the phone so I can’t really complain too much and it does a decent enough job of keeping it protected from a few knocks. A replacement cover with the holes and a clear panel will set you back around £20. So what’s it like to use? It’s not the most sophisticated piece of kit you will find but for the money it is great value. The reception quality is good and the volume isn’t deafening or too quiet. The Orange network has a good coverage (except in the Peak District). The battery just seems to last forever on this phone. I’m not on it constantly but do use it for about 30 minutes each day and I only recharge it once a week. I can remember the days of recharging mobile phones on a daily basis so this is a welcome relief for me. The vibration function is quite useful as I’m not a fan of all the ringing tones. After a while the sound of mobiles going off in an office all day long with “comedy” tunes can drive you insane. The SMS text messaging function is quite fiddly and difficult to use. Anything but the shortest of messages can take minutes to type out letter by letter. Once the message is sent it is quickly sent and so far I haven’t experienced any problems with it (unlike some other phones I have had previously). Navigation around the phone menus can be a bit exasperating at times as it isn’t the best thought out. My only major gripe other than the layout is the phonebook. In order to allow up to 100 names and numbers in the SIM card memory and the phone memory then the number of characters you can type in the phonebook is limited to 12 (including spaces). This is frustrating when putting in names as you will have to shorten virtually every one of them. The “Voicenotes” function is a bit of a gimmick as most people won’t need it. It may come in handy some time but if you’re thinking of trying to use it to sneakily record something then you can’t as it emits an audible “beep” to the person on the other end after every 10 seconds of recording. There are no games on this phone and only a small, unexciting selection of ring tones available. This won’t make it the most attractive phone to the younger generation. If you’re just looking for a reasonable, long lasting phone to use infrequently then it’s pretty good. My main concern is how long the antenna lasts. It is one that is external and therefore liable to damage. The previous Ericsson and Nokia phones I had as company mobile phones both had to be replaced inside of 12 months due to this very problem. As long as you take reasonable precautions thought it should last a few years, and at this price that is not a bad deal at all. Update 12th February 2001 ------ I've noticed one slight problem with this phone. I have it set on the highest volume and still don't hear it ring sometimes. If I leave it in the next room or in the same room with the TV or radio it can get drowned out. The best way to ensure you rece ive all the calls is to set it on the vibrate then ring function and clip it onto your belt or stick it in your pocket (if you can). It almost shakes itself to pieces before ringing and I guarantee you will notice it! Update 28th December 2001 ------ Well, this handset is certainly a robust little devil. It's been dropped, stood on and even survived being dipped in water! If you're looking for a functional phone that will last then i'd still recommend this one, but only if you don't intend to use it too much. As an emergency use phone it's hard to fault. The main drawback now is that it is very hard to find as it's been replaced by newer models. Online auctions are probably the best bet now.
UPDATE 17th JULY 2001 This phone is no longer available new although you may see them second hand certainly in Leeds market. I have had a Nokia 3210/3310 since and although they may be easier to use, NEITHER come close for reliability/call quality/signal strength. Still a classic. I part exchanged a c12 for £15 and got this for £14.99 brand new from carphone warehouse. It is their best selling prepay phone. It is on new cellnet pay and go which is best prepay package on market, offering calls from just 2p! just ahead of orange. I wanted to get one of these for some time as it is 2 years old and will not be in production for too much longer. This fone is £79.99 on orange in some web shops. Not widely available although Morrisons are selling them for £29.99 on Orange which is excellent value. Only other place you will find it is Carphone warehouse and I have just noticed some black ones in Tandy.The Orange version is Blue. The phone also came free with an official Motorola leather Holster which looks good. This phone has a classic design and is very solid and chunky. but feels compact in my hand and easy to use. This phone really holds onto a weak signal very well indeed - I have had no dropped calls - and the Lithium battery(1000 mah)is excellent. I always get at least 100 hours standby and upto 120 so far -Motorola phones are VERY reliable. I cannot understand when mags complain about the personality menu as the quick access menu makes it simple and quick to use. The Keypad is chunky and rubberised, very nice to use. This phone is a little bigger and heavier than the new breed of phones which get ever smaller+lighter but after using my philips genie which is very small and light at 99 grams, this feels much more the part. Vibration alert works very well and ringtones are easily loud enough in the busy city centre of Leeds. Call quality and earpiece volume are also excellent and better than a Nokia. Shame about lack of alarm and t9 tex t but it is 2 years since release. I am surprised at motorolas lack of an update/follow up for such a stylish and ruggedly designed phone. They should have made new wap version with alarm/diary and T9 instead of producing the abominations which are the t2288 and v2288 -Maybe the "Timeport" is the update?This a classic cult phone produced by a company renowned for reliability. GET ONE WHILE YOU CAN!!!! .
While I like my phone, and it has some great features (like the call vibrate), there are some annoying points. The on/off button is a real pain to use, and sometimes I feel like I'm about to break it, just to get my phone switched on. Also, trying to find any accessories is really difficult. If you want to find a better phone case, so that you can actually use the phone while it's in the case, you will really struggle. I still haven't found one after nearly 6 months of looking. I don't know if I would recommend it - I bought a Nokia for my husband and I think that is a better phone than mine.
My brother gave me this phone when his contract ran out, and I bought a pay as you go sim card for it. My old phone was really old, large, chunky etc. so this seemed really compact. The design is very rounded and easy to hold. It feels comfortable in any hand. My phone is 12 months old, and a lot of the fantastic blue colour has chipped off. This is quite disappointing. I have tried to replace the casing, but Orange have informed me that this is not advisable, and they do not sell replacement casings anyway. The plastic keys remain intact however. My brother was a frequent user, but the keys haven't started to fade at all. Now here's what I think of the phones features:- RINGTONES:- limited to say the least. In this day of trendy composable ringtones, these are uninteresting and all seem to be similar. VIBRATE:- This phone has a vibrate option which is useful. SMS:- I like the SMS features on this phone. It stores time and date as well as the number. It will store up to 10 messages at a time. You can only compose messages in capials though. Is this a drawback? Dosen't bother me but maybe it would you. CALLS MADE/RECEIVED:- Stores last 10 calls made and last 10 calls received. VOICEMAIL:- I personally love this feature, although it is a bit of a novelty. I use it for shopping, phone numbers, addresses and appointments amongst other things, but my brother never used it, although this was one of the reasons he bought the phone. KEYPAD LOCK:- I can't seem to get this to come on automatically, but it is easy to lock and unlock anyway. BATTERY LIFE:- This is excellent. I use the phone maybe once or twice a day.From a full charge, the battery will last me 5 days. SPEED DIAL:- It has a speed dial which can have upto 9 numbers stored in it. You press the number then the has to pull up the number. Easy to use and useful. MISSED CALLS:- This phone displays how many calls have been missed, but then you have to go into last cal ls received to access them. This can be a nuisance. OVERALL:- I love this phone. To but new on pay as you go (orange) they are much cheaper than a Nokia 3210. The styling is neat and the colour is eyecatching. I may not have as many features as the Nokia, but I am happy with it. I would recommend this phone as a cheaper alternative to the Nokia. It has more features than other cheap phones, and the colour and styling are also better. If you would find the voicemail useful, then you have another good reason to buy one.
Its the best looking phone in the shop but it has its drawbacks. The colour is the first thing you notice, a brilliant cobalt blue. Its got a cute lozenge shape that makes you want to pick it up and hold in your hand. The buttons are similarly shaped and have a rubbery texture. The large display seems holographic and shimmers slightly. unfortunatley it is not as robust as other phones, the most used buttons on the pad have faded and worn off within 9 months. The buttons on the side that activate the voice memo are knackered. mororola provide horrible ring tones and, when compared to what you can do with a nokia, 11 horrible ringtones is unacepptable. The vibrate function is very good, but does not have a lot of power when the battery level is less than half full. All the usual functions are present but, like other reviewers, I do not like the lack of information provided on text messages and on unanswered calls. If you have this phone on yiour desk people will notice it, everyone who has seen this phone has loved it. This phone is a bit ofa bimbo, v pretty, not much up top
I have had my Motorola cd930 for nearly a year and have had no problems at all with it. Nearly everyone I know has a Nokia of some sort so I thought I would try something different. I really like the look of the phone, especially the screen display but I don't like the way some of the menus work. You don't get the details of when the missed call was or how many times that person has called and when you receive a text message it only gives the number of the sender, not the name, even if they're in the phonebook. Overall the phone is quire straighforward to use, a nice size but it doesn't have all the functions of a Nokia or NEC phone.
To be fair, to see this phone in black i dont think i would of gone into a shop to consider buying. My phone is in a metallic cobalt blue, and in this colour it does look very cool. The cd930 is a nice compact little number, all the number's on and off button's are clearly and easily use-able without hitting the wrong one.I chose this one as there are so many out now, you dont know what to go for but my previous phone was also a Motorola, and having had this make for almost four year's i cant fault it. The amount of features on this model are endless, and i dont have the time to use them, but dont knock it as their there if you choose too. . This phone has a phone book to store your number's, it has an answering machine, you can also send and receive text messages.You can choose which ring you want to receive your call's with, and there are 11 to choose from, or you could change from a ringer to vibrate instead.On the left side of this model there is a round button with a raised diamond on it if you press this it will take you straight into your phone-book giving you the option to dial at a press of a few button's instead of putting the number's in each time.If you press the button below this, you can reduce the volume on the phone, press the one above and you increase it to what you want. On the right hand side you have just one button, if you press this you can tape any of your phone call's. On this model it has a little dumpy arial which is angled away from your head plus i think you'd be less likely to poke your eye out, as opossed to the one's with the telescopic arial's. Also one useful suggestion, if you press the asterix and the hash button's simultaneously you will lock the phone, this mean's you can still take your call's but prevent's you from accidently dialling someone if you happen to lean on your phone. You can easily take the lock off by doing the same thing, which you will have to if you wa nt to make a call.