Written on: 07/12/2010
that this phone is a failure never buy it my m8 thinks it is the best phone ever made but thts only because its the only one h e can afford but there u go just dnt buy it screen useless n so is every thing else!!!!!!! wait of money!!!! (read more)
Written on: 29/11/2010
it is not a good phone . it broke when i turned it on. the ring tones are rubbish. this phone is annoying (read more)
Written on: 22/11/2010
A cheap phone with incredibly frustrating predictive text and a useless camera - however at the price one cannot expect too much! (read more)
Written on: 31/10/2010
Great Value for money phone, It has everything you would really need in a phone a good 2MP camera, Mp3 Player, Call, Text, FM Radio and All For £9-00!!!. The people at Orange where also very helpful in transferring my Virgin Mobile Number over. The only issue that I do have is that the Signal for the GPRS is not great in that I have to be outside to use it... Apart from that a Great Little Phone!!! (read more)
Written on: 28/10/2010
I've had this phone for a while and so far I haven't had any problems with it. I have to admit the predictive text is a bit annoying, but with time you get used to it. It is a basic phone, but it has all the things you really need on it. A great value for money phone, I know people who've spent double the amount on a phone and still had problems. Still works after having orange juice spilled on it! (read more)
Written on: 02/08/2010
As above this is cheap but annoying, ring tones are bad, screen useless, has a mind of it's own, and now after 7 months it's dead! AVOID!!!! (read more)
Written on: 18/07/2010
This phone fails in every way at the most basic levels - reception rubbish, battery life is so low it doesn't even last 24hrs. And as forhaving to press "send " in FIVE places with a text message - give me a break.
DO NOT PURCHASE ON ANY ACCOUNT.
Written on: 03/07/2010
The screen is horrific, turning off the keylock takes great patience and generally speaking, this is a terrible phone. I only needed a cheap phone until I had the money to afford a better one, and granted you get what you pay for, but I would have rathered a more expensive, less annoying phone. Ok, so the Rome is easy to use, but the buttons seem to ignore you and do what they want, the predictive text is just odd and everytime I have to use this phone, I just get narked off with it and I... (read more)
Written on: 02/07/2010
Well, its a simple phone, with all the gadgets of a top class phone for a fraction of the cost. The batery life lasts between full and high due to my setting changes, and plays the music i want fine. Id recomend this phone for many people who are wanting a new phone on a budget. I paid £20 and for my £20 i got 36 to 40 MB internal memory, the new Bluetooth, and a 2.0mp camara. My old phone which had a 1.3mp camara and 16MB of internal memory cost me £45. Just look at the value difference,... (read more)
Written on: 25/06/2010 by nudger (1 review written)
DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE!!! IT IS A COMPLETE DISASTER!! AM ON MY 4TH ONE ALL HAVE HAD THE SAME FAULT, IT DOES NOT WORK AT ALL!!! THE SCREEN KEEPS CHANGING BY ITSELF, WON'T PLAY MP3, WON'T RECORD SENT MESSAGES, WILL NOT BE RESET.
ORANGE CUSTOMER SERVICES DIABOLICAL, COULD NOT/ WOULD NOT HELP!
I'M MOVING OVER TO A DIFFERENT NETWORK, ALTHOUGH I'VE BEEN WITH ORANGE SINCE WE FIRST BOUGHT OUR FIRST PHONE!!
THIS REVIEW WOULDN'T LET ME GIVE THE RATING 0!! (read more)
Written on: 06/06/2010
i bought this phone just to use as a backup and since then its become much more here's why:
camera very good for the price.
memory car slot
good radio and loud speaker
and flick feature
poor menu setup and crappy theme lets the phone down. (read more)
Written on: 29/05/2010
Simply rubbish - unable to send text messages (we have 3 other Oranange phones in house and all picking up clear signal)- Orange shop staff clueless - now attempting to restore factory settings - impossible as no one at Oranage seems to know codes and going round in circles with USB. DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE. (read more)
Written on: 06/05/2010
Bought this phone for my daughter for Christmas. Had to get a replacement by the end of December, as it had stopped working. Always struggled to charge it up. Last month the charger connector broke. Orange shop unable to help us, Orange customer support ptomised a replacement next day. Failed to arrive. Just called again and now told that we are not entitled to a free replacement.
I will not buy an Orange phone again. Although this phone appeared good value at the time of purchase, it has... (read more)
Written on: 09/04/2010
Bought this phone for my daughters christmas and it stopped working after 3 months. Orange sent me a replacement handset and that one didn't work either. Will be steering clear of orange from now on as i've lost faith in the brand. (read more)
Written on: 08/04/2010
Practically useless as a phone as the screen is so dim on max brightness that it cannot be read on a fine day, even if held in your shadow. My wife has an identical phone with the same problem
Also, my phone (but not my wife's) repeatedly stops receiving calls and has to be returned to the factory settings before it will work again. (read more)
Written on: 08/04/2010
Although a nice neat looking little phone, I find it pretty frustrating! Lots of annoying things like the defaulting to capitals in texting, and all the menu that you have to go through just to send a text. I keep losing a whole long text when clearing, because it decides to wipe the lot if I decide to try and delete a few words by holding clear button down. Most of all, I go outside into day light and the screen turns into a mirror, and I cannot see anything on it!! Impossible to use in... (read more)
Written on: 05/04/2010
Brilliant little handy phone, excellent as it is very simple, cheap but very very effective!!
I would recommend this product for children as it is a very solid phone and has a very exciting camera. i would say it is a good phone all round and it was worth the 14 quid i paid for it.
i also loved the way it reacts so quickly and how the menu was laid out. (read more)
Written on: 27/02/2010
I bought the Orange Rome as a cheap phone to use when my contract one broke. Have since got another phone again but still using Rome for the while...
The battery life is superb....4-6 days with very heavy use!
Music and Radio are good enough for anyone...good speaker!
Ridiculously cheap phone!
The predicted text has lots of annoying things wrong with it
and the screen quality is not great at all
and the camera is simply pants
Definitely a cheap phone worth getting...just... (read more)
Written on: 13/02/2010
The menus are terribly laid out and not at all intuitive. Why do i have to confirm the sending of text message twice? The predictive text is the worst I have ever used, and cannot even do Abc mode (forces you to pick either ABC or abc). Cannot add new words and the phone will force you to type a new word in 2 parts; if it doesn't know the word it stops you after a few letters, you have to accept that and then finish the word.
This is the worst phone I have owned, including those dating back... (read more)
Written on: 23/01/2010
well I Cant for some strange reason put songs on the phone from my computer!it didnt come with instalation cd .I cnt change ma text message ringtone aswell ! the message progress is kind of long to be honest , cant u just have the message get 2 the person & send but its more clickin which is more time if ur trying do it fast.I also can't automatically save my sent messages whcih is stange because most phones can. When i take a picture i have 2 keep my hand still for like an extra 5 secounds... (read more)
Written on: 05/01/2010
As a 40 year old dad involved in various clubs and activities, I need to be contactable and be able to send texts quickly and simply to groups of people. This phone looks smart and feels robust but is really annoying to use. The menus are badly arranged, the default short cuts are poor and not very short and the texting user interface is terrible (toggle between different modes to choose between upper or lower case or numbers, impossible to add words to the predictive dictionary, need to... (read more)
Written on: 04/01/2010
It's an alright phone. I do give it credit for such a nice styled bar phone and it's certainly a lot lighter than most phones.
Towards the other comment. The wallpaper changes because of it's flicker sensor feature (which I like). It can be disabled for wallpapers can can be used to switch songs in the media player.
The phone was made by ZTE Corporation. (read more)
Written on: 02/01/2010
Agree with many comments on this thread. The phone isn't the best I've ever bought, capitals for texting (eh?), phone locks after a very short time when not in use, the wallpaper changes itsel, there's no means of downloading the text alerts and the choices of alert were awful, as were the ring tone choices. At least I could download something better. And, it doesn't seem like anyone sells a skin or case specifically for that phone. Does anyone know who actually made this model (nokia?). (read more)
Written on: 30/12/2009
very good phone the applications are brilliant and I very much enjoy the music player on it, the camera is qiuck and easy to use aswell. also it is not hard at all to recieve and view your texts and phone calls either. there is a good variety of games to, also it is moderately light so it isn't heavy when you put into your pocket. The style is I think very modern and in my oppinion more stylish then most of the phones in it's category.
However whatever wallpaper you may have on it sometimes... (read more)
Written on: 27/12/2009
Cussed designers have gone out of their way to make things awkward. Horrible SMS alert choices can only be silenced, but not replaced by the user. We specifically wanted sensible text entry, but the Abc option is not included. Predictive text sucks. It is cheap, but still very poor value for money if you plan on using the damn thing. (read more)
Written on: 20/12/2009
This is a terrible phone. I decided to buy something cheap and regret my decision. The only good things about it are that it looks OK and my battery life is good. The screen is very hard to see in cetain light conditions. The ring tones are dreadful - there seems to be no facility to change SMS tones to ones of your own. Texting is very unpleasant. Menus are illogical and frustrating. The sound distorts badly if you are on full volume. This is quite highly specified junk. A rotten egg stinks... (read more)
Written on: 16/12/2009
stupid menus, cant upload own sms tones (WHY NOT???????), default messaging is CAPS lock, cant add new words to dictionary, doesnt save sent messages, can only hold about 80 messages, address book cant have names longer than a few characters, cant see the screen in daylight, bursts into parts when u drop it, buttons are cheap. menus are stupid and long winded.
good value for price i guess. i bought it because it looked th ebest of the cheap phones and i only needed an emergency one, but... (read more)
Written on: 13/12/2009
allright its not trendy but i bought this phone to put me on while my contract phone was sent to me after washing the old one
i paid £30 FOR IT AND YOU KNOW IT DOES WHAT IT SUPPOSED TO DO sound is good, reception good, nice and slim for pockets load ring if needed,photos are ok well fine for ebay pics, i have had slide phones and they just get flimsier and flimsier so its nice to have a solid phone thats not a brick
it just works, worth £30 ANY DAY (read more)
Written on: 09/12/2009
Okay so it's not the most features packed piece of kit on the market. Neither is it the most user friendly, but it does everything I want and for £25 I think it was good value for money.
The best thing about is the fact that it switches itself off at night so that I can't be woken up by Orange's irritating - 'Sorry you didn't top up by £100 this month, no bonus for you'- texts in the middle of the night. (read more)
Written on: 07/12/2009
I am aware that ROME(ORANGE) is a cheap phone, but there are too many menus to go through before doing much with it. I have yet to work out how to use the speed dial facility which I have set up. ( on my previous phone you just hold the relevant button down to connect to who you are calling).To hang up after an answerphone reply is really complicated. Not just a case of pressing the red receiver icon. I don't understand the predictive text, and to get to ordinary text method, again there... (read more)
Written on: 04/12/2009
As this was my first new mobile in 8 years i just wanted something simple. However there now appears to be no such thing as a simple mobile. I am very happy with its features but found the user manual to be very poor. Only a small amount of explanation is provided and many menu items are not covered. Maybe all mobiles asume you know how they work. It seems that trial and error is the only way to work out how to use this phone to its full potential. As i know nothing of other products it... (read more)
Written on: 30/11/2009
Bought this phone about 1 week ago previously having owned an Ericsson W302, which was a stylish but ordinary phone. The styling I would say is average, but the predictive text is very good and quick, although caps only is a bit disappointing. Generally speaking navigating around is fast, and simple.
The camera is very good for a 2mp job, the W302 was more expensive but image quality definitely inferior. Battery life good and the Radio self tunes swiftly.
A real dislike is the amount of... (read more)
Written on: 28/11/2009
I only bought this phone to last me a month whilst I was waiting for a better phone, but I have to admitt that I was pleasantly surprised by what i got for my £30. Previous reviews seem to complain about the fact default text is capitals, all it takes is the click of a key to change it to lower case...it's not hard. I found phone calls were more then adequate and sending texts was simple. I do however agree that there are more than enough submenus, but for £30 i didn't expect perfection. The... (read more)
Written on: 28/11/2009
having read some comments below, i conculde that peoples expectations are too high, theyre comparing the ROME to their Blackberrys etc!!! The screen for the price is good, the buttons is size is fine, cameras good, and yes the texting etc isnt as slick as more expensive phones, but what do you expect for the money you've barely spent.... The fact a 30 quid phone can have a 2MP camera, and be clear and easy to use, im happy. My only real annoyance is there are too many submenus between every... (read more)
Written on: 27/11/2009
Mediocre phone, although decent looking.
Txt messaging is a PAIN. CAPS is their default txt! Who does that?
Okay screen. Wallpaper doesn't stay on - it selects its own one arbitrarily whenever it wants (or I'm missing something, and even if I am missing something, it shouldn't be that way - ever).
Worst of all - it comes with charger that Orange no longer stocks, so good luck if you lose yours.
Yes, it was the slickest looking phone for the price, and the camera is not bad... (read more)
Written on: 15/11/2009
Great phone, easy to use, has some very impressive and useful features,the only negative comment that i would make is that the buttons are very close together, but really i am nit-picking because overall this is a fantastic phone and is great value for money. Would reccomend to anyone. 10 out of 10! (read more)
Written on: 06/11/2009 by Robwin18 (1 review written)
After having read these reviews I thought I had bought a different phone as the majority of comments are a load of rubbish.
I had to check I did have an Orange Rome phone.
Firstly you don't need a car charger lead as you have a USB lead with it so all you need is a car adaptor with a USB socket in it.(not rocket science)
Screen quality is very good.
As far as the background always changing the owner obviously hasn't switched off the Flick sensor which changes the screen if you shake it.
So... (read more)
Written on: 28/10/2009
I ABSOLUTELY HATE THIS PHONE!!
The one, simple function I wanted it for - to make and receive telephone calls - is utterly USELESS. The person on the other end of the phone is muffled and I can here a delay of my own voice when I am talking, which is extremely distracting and the person on the other end of the phone can only hear me as a tinny sound, as if I'm far away from the speaker. Don't even get me started on the STUPID text messaging system, in which you can either write in CAPS or... (read more)
Written on: 22/10/2009
This a a horrible phone, I hate it! I wanted a basic, easy to use phone, this is so basic its a pain in the ass! I wanted to just do easy quick texts only now i have to go through the motions of getting it to the standard input of either lower case or upper case letters. I love predicive txt but on this phone its impossible as it does not recognise most abreviated words and there is no option of adding them like on most phones. Then you have to tell it to send the message on three... (read more)
Written on: 20/10/2009
Difficult to write texts. I had to go through 7 menus to send a text. Also sentences don't automatically start with a capital letter. The screen quality is abysmal, the plastic in front of the screen is too reflective, almost mirror like. The battery life is not very good. The home screen keeps going back to a factory default image. Even though I keep changing it to an image I've uploaded to the phone. Unless you want a £50 door stop, DON'T buy this phone ! (read more)
Written on: 13/10/2009
Its ok, but my last phone that cost £9 was loads better. While it didnt have a camera, sending a text was much easier, as it allowed you to spell words with a capital at the beginning in predictive, and you could add words to your dictionary. So much less hassle.
I just wish i could take it back!!! (read more)
Written on: 10/10/2009
Realy stylish and packed with features which out do any other phones within its price range, it also feels like a realy well built phone and is slim nice to hold in your hand (read more)
Written on: 09/10/2009
Orange Rome Mobile Phone Review (October 2009)
Please don't buy this phone.
I was seduced by the 'quite' high-spec camera and bluetooth at a very reasonable price, but it was a very bad choice.
1. When you write a text the only options appear to be ALL UPPER CASE or all lower case; unless you're prepared to keep changing the case and tap out each character individually.
2. There doesn't appear to be any way to add new words to the phone's dictionary.
3. You have to use one of the... (read more)
Written on: 05/10/2009 by nm1270 (5 reviews written)
Maybe at 40 I'm getting old but I'm very surprised at the other reviews posted here because I think the Orange Rome is actually well worth the cost.It's sleek,stylish,robust handset fits perfectly in your pocket.It has functions galore including camera,video capture,FM radio,bluetooth and supports MP3.You can also charge the battery from your PC's usb port which is great while browsing the web.It cost £40-the same as my Nokia which didn't even have a memory card slot!After years with awful... (read more)
Written on: 04/10/2009
It's cheap for a very good reason. Although having said that I could have got a (probably) perfectly adequate Samsung for another tenner. You live and learn I suppose. (read more)
Written on: 03/10/2009
I am glad i did not read the other reviews before i bought this phone. It is stylish, easy to use and must be one of the best value for money phones on the market. It has a good selection of ring tones and all my friends think it is great. I think the other reviwers have forgoten how cheap it was. (read more)
Written on: 03/10/2009
Absolute rubbish phone. Bought it as a replacement of my dead phone just for a while until i could afford a good one. I paid £40 for this and was very dissapointed. It scratches easily, the screen is rubbish... I really dont think there are any good points at all. (read more)
Written on: 26/09/2009
I bought this ROME on impulse as I wanted a cheap camera phone, and this was on offer for students...I wish I had read these reviews before I'd gone shopping! I found the display too small, the characters hardly distinguishable (and my eyesight is good), the menus were illogical BUT the biggest criticism is the ringtones!! There aren't any, well, any that you'd want to hear. The people at Orange seem to think that you'd want to hear some French accordian music (over 1 min) every time you get... (read more)
Written on: 19/09/2009
I bought this phone as a spare in case my BlackBerry breaks down. And after just 5 minutes of playing with this phone, I put it back in the box. It is the worst, most awfully though-out heap of rubbish that dares to call itself a mobile phone!! And I've owned Sagems in the past so that's really saying something. Avoid this dreck like the plague! And the ringtones are loud, but incredibly naff. As is the non-ability to have your own sound as a SMS alert. It's laughable! Try viewing the screen... (read more)