Written on: 18/09/2009
I too wish i'd read these reviews. My old phone broke so i needed a cheap new one, just for sending texts and making the odd call--i thought this would be a bargain as it looked fairly good. Plus, as a student i got £10 off, so it was only £19!
Unfortunately, the price showed. The interface is terrible, the buttons are too small, it's a nightmare to insert and take out the sim (even the guys at the orange shop managed to destroy a sim card trying) and overall this phone is abysmal.
Particularly annoyed by the lack of a simple "ringing" ringtone and an alert tone for messages.
The "eZitext" predictive-text function is awful-- there's no way to store your own words into the dictionary, so i can't even have a default "xxx" for the end of my messages. Texting is supposed to be quick, n'est-ce pas? This totally isn't. Also, there's no Abc function-- it's either ABC SO YOUR MESSAGES ARE ALL IN CAPS. or abc so that everything's in lower case. even after a full stop.
A further problem with the text messaging is the fact that anything longer the 70 characters counts as two messaages. Yes, that's less than half the standard length for messages.
I tried to return it... Orange won't. Despite the fact the the quality is much lower than i'd except for the price (back in 2000 i got a phone for £4.99 on orange that worked better than this!) and i'd argue that it's not fit for purpose (as my purpose is sending texts that are a normal, practical length).
Particularly bothersome as i've been a loyal customer of Orange for 9 years.
DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE.