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Cingular phones

by ptman / January 5, 2005 12:42 AM PST

Anyone have the Cingular/Sony Ericsson z500A phone. I need a new phone urgently but I am not interested in swithing carriers or spending more than $50 for the phone. Can anyone comment on this phone or recommend another choice?

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I don't have that phone but
by Jerry562 / January 6, 2005 3:12 AM PST
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have the Samsung X427 and feel it is a very good non-camera phone. I certainly recommend it. What are your phone needs?

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by ptman / January 6, 2005 10:58 AM PST

I have considered the Samsung, but I would really like a flip phone with an external caller ID screen. I really don't care too much about the other gadgetry such as the camera, but there really are no other choices that have the external screen. I saw that Cingular was advertising the Sony buy one get one free here locally and just wondered if it my do. I did get to go by there and check it out and I wasn't too impressed. It's a little thicker and longer than I had hoped. I may wind up with the Samsung after all.

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by mwhtlck / January 7, 2005 9:28 AM PST
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I have been using the Z500 for about 3 weeks now. Like most things, it has its pros and cons. First the cons:
The camera stinks. Don't plan on taking any family photos with it. The screen is CSTN and not TFT so it washes out easily in sunlight. There are not many ringtones or graphics included with the phone. Battery is only avg. SE claims something like 10 hrs talk time. I want some of what they are smoking. Expect around 4 hrs.

Now the pros:
The address book is terrific. A lot of thought went into it. The build quality is first rate, a very solid feeling phone. Unlike my other phones, (Nokia, SE, Samsung) I have yet to drop a call! The speakerphone us usefull too.

Overall I am very pleased. It makes the calls I need it to and keeps track of my contacts and it is worth the $149 I paid. One interesting thing though, with Cingular, the SIM card only holds 250 contacts while the phone holds 510. I currently have 420 in the phone. Cingular says that they have a new high capacity SIM coming, but it will be 2 or 3 months.

Good luck.

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by birdmantd Forum moderator / January 7, 2005 11:28 PM PST
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You also might consider the Motorola V180. External call display w/out camera. The phone is economical.

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by ptman / January 8, 2005 11:29 AM PST
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Looks like that phone is free right now on their website. I will check it out.

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