Why Three Stars?
Reviewed on Thursday November 4, 2004 by Gerald, Toronto
After reading all of the terrible comments, I wonder how this phone manages to have a three star rating.
I have owned this phone for about 1 year now. When I first got the phone, the battery lasts for about 80 hours (a little over 3 days), in a digital
area, with absolutely no activity. Not bad, at least I feel confident that it will last for one full day.
The reception is terrible, probably the worst reception on a cell phone that I have ever owned. I have never had a call drop, but I usually have to go outside to make a call. Indoors, I usually have to turn the phone off, because the borderline signal strength causes it to constantly search for a signal and that drains the battery within a single day (8 hours). Still, it does manage to pull in a signal most of the time (when I'm out of my office), and when it does the voice quality is clear and loud enough.
The rigner is bad, I can't hear it in a car, shopping mall or other crowded area, unless I'm holding the phone in my hand. Or maybe I do hear it, but I don't realize that it's my phone. Strangely, other people, who are standing next to me, can hear it ring. I miss a lot of calls because of this.
The phone seems to get stuck, when you press 'stop' while listening to voice message recorded on the built-in answering machine (great feature). Then none of the buttons work, so I need to remove the battery to get it running again.
The phone is cheaper than other phones. It's nice looking, small, and has great features. If you don't depend on this phone for receiving calls, ... meaning
you don't mind missing a lot of calls (because of no signal, or you can't hear the ring) or you only use it to call out, and you can wait until you move into an area where you have good reception... then it's a perfectly good phone.
Yeah, I bought a new phone. It's great, so far, I'll review it after I've used it for a few months.