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Motorola C550 review

 Review: January 2004  
 

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In a nutshell: The Motorola C550 brings an integrated digital camera to the popular Motorola C350 design. The integrated camera features a 2x digital zoom.

 

The small display of the C550 is not ideal for viewing photos, and with only 4k colours, this puts the C550 at the bottom of the "entry-level" bracket of camera phones. Still, with polyphonic ringtones, Java games and plenty of other features, this is a good phone to consider if you are on a tight budget.

Motorola C550 features include:

  • 4096 CSTN colour display (96 x 65 pixels)
  • Integrated digital camera (VGA, 640 x 480 pixels)
  • 32-voice polyphonic ringtones
  • Ringtone re-mixer
  • WAP 2.0, GPRS
  • EMS (add graphics, animations & sounds to messages)
  • Downloadable wallpaper & screensavers
  • Java games
  • Phone book (100 names)
  • USB connectivity
  • SMS chat
  • Group SMS
  • Clock, calendar, calculator, currency converter
  • Size: 98 x 43 x 19 mm
  • Weight: 94g
  • Battery standby: up to 230 hours
  • Battery talktime: up to 5.5 hours
  • Vibration alert
  • Dual band

Motorola C550 user reviews

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Reviewed by Liza H.I from UK on 13th Mar 2010
i had this phone once, i think about 2005 and it was such a great phone for that time. I had it until it died of use because i thought that it's such a great phone. If you want to buy it nowadays i'll say NOT a great idea. compared to the mobiles before this was SO GREAT but to the mobiles nowadays of course then it's not that good. Besides i want to tell that nobody other than me knew how to use it couse it really special to unlock and such everything about how to press the bottons is upside down, so if it gets stolen the thief will have a verrry hard time to learn how to use it if he ever learns ;=) i'll give it 5 stars rating for a phone in 2005 but only 2-3 stars rating for a phone compared to the new phones in 2010 :=)
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Reviewed by Martin from UK on 1st Jul 2009
Ok - so Im a young boy, but here me out - I have just as much opinion as you guys and gals! I got this phone from my dad after mine packed in and it does the job for me - ok ill agree, you can only see half a picture most of the time unless you're taking it - but it has good volume (for me) it has decent enough audio quality (of course not the best)the games can keep me occupied, so overall - i think it's a halfway decent phone!
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Reviewed by Dr Amar new delhi from UK on 26th Jun 2008
this stupid phone designed by motorola is an absolute waste of money just dont go for this if u hav money around 7000 or so i cud hav bought other motorola phones instead of this battery:PATHETIC looks:good applications:depressing read camera: this motorola flaunts a lot about their handsets overall : WASTE OF MONEY
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Reviewed by Sriram from UK on 30th Mar 2008
Hey guys! if you want to throw any thing into the dustbin you can throw this phone
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Reviewed by * from UK on 23rd Oct 2007
lOVED THIS LITTLE PHONE BUT LOST IT AT SOME POINT ABOUT 4 MONTHS AFTER I GOT IT WANT ANOTHER1!
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Reviewed by anoymous from UK on 14th Sep 2007
This was my second phone and i thought is was the best ever. Now i have a nokia N95 and i look back at the c550 and think haha. Im only 15 and i got the c550 when i was 10. I would not buy it again.
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Reviewed by K.S. from UK on 9th Jul 2007
In general following are the deficiencies in Motorolo C 550 Mobile Phones ( 1 ) Receiving Capability is Bad ( 2 ) Alloting Ring Tones to the Individuakl Number is not functioning ( 3 ) USB Connectivity is not there Any software is required to download / upload this mobile to / from PC If there please give me the location to my mail ID ksub25@rediffmail.com
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Reviewed by amanda from UK on 25th Apr 2007
I think it does not have enough memory (for example in the smsinbox and outbox.. the screen is to small.. nice design otherwise and if you don´t want great quality on pictures and stuff like that then this is an ok phone but really, if you´re not desperate DON´T BYE IT!! lol have funnn :P
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Reviewed by LONIS from UK on 11th Apr 2007
THATS REALLY BAD
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Reviewed by mulin from UK on 26th Feb 2007
it dint start bady but now it hungs and refuses to come so iam not happy wit it
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Reviewed by PRAVIN from UK on 12th Feb 2007
TO THE CUSTOMER CARE MANAGER MOTOROLLA APPLICANT MR C V JADHAV MODEL MOTOROLLA C550 SIR I AM USING UR COMPANIES ABOVE MENTIONED MODEL FROM PAST TWO YEARS SO THAT IT HAS GOT ONE MINOR PROBLEM THEN I HAVE VISITED UR SERVICE CENTRE KOLHAPUR BUT UR COMPANIES EXECUTIVE TELL US THAT THIS MODEL IS CLOSED BY US AND NO SERVICE IS AVAILABLE FOR THIS MODEL SO I AM TRYING TO LAUNCH COMPLAINT AT CONSUMER COURT BEFORE THAT I THINK THAT TO JUST INFORM U UR COSTUMER C V JADHAV +919822442459
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Reviewed by Madcow from UK on 31st Jan 2007
I had this phone for 3 years and I am pretty DISGUSTED. it's slow, I still can't find a way tocopy pictures to my pc, the syncro only works for phone book and calendar, buttons are too small, pic quality is c**p, good to call and receive calls, but anything else is rubbish. it's cute but upsetting!
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Reviewed by pine from UK on 28th Jan 2007
i have this phone now fir four years and experience lotsa problems. my keys get stuck, my battery is very meak and my phone freezes often. lastly that my sms's are moody freezing sumtimes too, network is poorest of all the phones( that's very bad) and its super slow- slower than a tortoise
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Reviewed by Isaac Bayor from UK on 3rd Jan 2007
I bougt Motorola C550 for one year eight months now and its performance is still the same just as the very minute a started using it. What even facinates me most is the performance of the battery. Before i bought the phone i made some inquiry about phones in general. My frieds kept telling me that Motorola phones are generally noted to have poor battery performance. But i was determined to satisfy by passion to use a motorola phone so i went to buy motorola C550 and indeed the phone has disprove their theory. Their different brands of phones they bought even after several months i bought my are completely off use now and my motorola C550 is still perfect interms of functioning. Perhaps the only trivial comment i have to make is that the games are only two which give limited choice for entertainment. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
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Reviewed by Dana from Romania from UK on 6th Dec 2006
be calm people, you want a phone for calling or to make chips? It is a phone for making phone calls. Admiitedly the camera is awful but how many pictures do you need to take? It's a phone and it does exactly what it is primarily designed to do. And at a good budget price.
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Reviewed by Nikki from UK on 1st Apr 2006
i think its a good phone to start of with i have had my for 2 years now i am think it ok
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Reviewed by Emma from UK on 24th Jan 2006
I got this fone 4rm woolies cause it was cheap. its alrite if u wont a fone that u wont use alot. the camera is alrite but isnt that good. the fone is easy 2 work out but the keys are a bit small 4 big fingers like mine. ive been lukin 4 a fone 4 ages cause i want a much beter fone than this but it isnt realy that bad.
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Reviewed by phone master from UK on 17th Jan 2006
worst phone i have ever had the buttons dont work properly the camera is pathetic and the speaker on the phone blew up the day i got it. took it back and i couldnt get a refund so i killed it with a hammer . it is a pile of rubbish.
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Reviewed by Danny Boy from UK on 20th Dec 2005
Possibly the worst phone runs out of batteries in 20 minutes worst screen worst buttons worst everything.
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Reviewed by Lize from UK on 28th Jun 2005
I guys... i had this phone for almost a year now and are very impressed with this phone. Ok i know the camera is not as good as the samsung, but if u play around with the image while taking the picture it can actually come out very nice. I also think that the polyphonic ringtone is the best, if u download a ringtone from a certain site then the sound is great. im very happy with this phone and at the moment i wouldnt exchange it. If i wanna take a good picture, then i take it with my camera. Its after all a cell phone not a cell camera, the camera is just there to personalise ur phone a bit. Very impressed.
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Reviewed by Hannah from UK on 3rd Jun 2005
I really dont know what others are talking about. My reply to; The screens too small: well u can see how big the screen is next time dont bother buying it!And when taking pictures hid the softkeys its better. The cameras foggy: Try wiping the camera with a cloth you had it for months duh! Its makes a noise when i take a cord out: Put it on silent or vibrate u nutcase! The alarm still goes off loud! If keeps turning itself off: Take out and reinsert the battery and sim. The battery doesnt last long: For god sake a mobile doesnt have to be on 24/7 y dont you turn it off when you dont need it. The phone wont let me send photos to my computer: next time get a usual camera, then get the photos put onto camera. Question to ask yourself: Have i spent time reading the booklets? Am I on the best Tariff? do i spend too much time on my phone? Did i actually read the brief intro to the phone before i made the purchase? Have i downloaded something that can affect the way my phone works? Am i stupid enough to know when i have run out of credit. It does everything its meant to make and take txts and phone calls next time buy a better phone!
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Reviewed by Hannah from UK on 3rd Jun 2005
ok i've had the phone about 2-3 weeks now and i cant find out how to get the 2 zoom positions can u email me @silver_starlight@hotmail.co.uk if you know how Btw it cost #35.99 its great had no trouble downloaded poly ringtones well worth it! I have rated it 5 coz no phones perfect
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Reviewed by ben from AUSTRALIA on 19th Dec 2004
I am rating this so low because the screen size is tiny and it has so bad quality
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Reviewed by Adam Toms from UK on 14th Dec 2004
This heap of rubbish i had for 3 months fell out of the tractor i did not run over it the camera didnt work the same with the internet and now freezes up oh and battery stand by time only about 3 days got to take your charger everywhere with u sold it for £20 after 4 months i paid £120
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Reviewed by Richard from Australia, Sydney on 8th Dec 2004
Hey guys. this is an absoulute waste of money. There is only one word that i can clearly describe this as and it is CRAPPY! the camera is tiny, with extremely low resolution and the photos are so poor you cannot see hardly anything. I recommend this phone to anyone who is a STINGE, this phone isnt even good enough for a dog. People if you are planning on getting this phone for christmas for your children, think twice before you buy it because it has no features and you will be extremely LUCKY if your children DO NOT throw it in your face! Thankyou.
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Reviewed by fizle from Finland on 7th Dec 2004
I buy this phone and I cost this 99e and this is good purchase. Camera is good. Think if in your mobile phone is bigger than usual normal digital camera. No whine!
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Reviewed by Saqib Ahmed From Pakistan from UK on 4th Dec 2004
The only reason one should buy this phone is money.It is quited cheap as compare to other cmanera mobile phone sets.The worst thing is that Motorola is still incapable of making a good mobile set.Graphics are too bad, screen is too short and the worst thing is that the camera result is not that good.I recommend to spend couple of more bucks and buy a better mobile phone.
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Reviewed by Stuart from Australia on 28th Nov 2004
I bought this phone 6 months ago and have had no trouble with it at all. It's reliable,effective does the job well. As for the camera, thats a different story. The camera itself is quite good. In the right lighting conditions it can take quite good shots, however the biggest let down is that the camera is not suited to the 4096 colour display.The shots cannot reach their full potential.Also,sometimes you may not be able to hear the phone ring because its not incredibly loud.It's only some tones that this is for. Apart from those minor issues The phone is quite good for someone on a budget. My next phone will be the NEC E616v. Hope its as reliable as this(with better features)
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Reviewed by jay from england on 27th Nov 2004
it is a rubbish phone. It also starts making calls itself using your line and credit to people in your phonebook - even when the keypad is locked!!! Anyone else had the same problem???
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Reviewed by Yasir from Pakistan(Karachi) on 26th Nov 2004
Hello! Dear friends I wanna explain something about Motorola C550 with camera, the phone is too bad and have a lot of drawbacks, I note here some of them. 1-the phone screen is too small and resolution is very bad. 2-the phone color is also not good. 3-yes it is right that the phone is cheap price but i think not only cheap price but also the phone is look like is also very cheaper (means very bad). 4-the phone ring tones is very slow. 5-the phone USB port is some time not work. 6-the phone keypad is too small to use even ur hands is too small. My friends and I purchased the motorola c550 mobile phone three months ago but We think we lost our money purchaising this cheaper (very bad) phone. We dont recommend any person to purchase it, if they want their money no lost.
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Reviewed by Luk from Australia on 25th Nov 2004
Hey everybody, This fone is ok. I would recommend you buy it if you are a kid that doesn't have much money. My friend has one of these and i was wondering whether to buy one but i thought i didn't want to copy. It is a good fone. It has a camera(take ok pictures in sunlight but not to good in darkness), Polyphonics(they sound ok), and lots of other great features. I am actually getting a Sony Ericsson T610, they are a great fone if you have a problem with this fone. all round its a pretty good phone.
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Reviewed by Barak from Singapore on 22nd Nov 2004
This phone is rubbish. You can't hardly see the photos taken. After just months of having it, it went crazy and started acting up. First it wouldn't turn on, then it did but the select buttons don't work which makes the phone applications useless and unaccessable
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Reviewed by Christopher from Hong Kong on 22nd Nov 2004
This phone is very near to junk. the display is rubbish (65 times 96 pixels), the camera is rubbish, and the interface is rubbish. Also, there is no infared, so sending pictures to the computer or other phones will be hard. The only good thing about this phone is that it is cheap. Overall, I dont recommend this phone to people, except for elderly and old age pensioner.
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Reviewed by Iain from UK on 19th Nov 2004
I loved this phone at first - but quite quickly became somewhat disenchanted. I will say it's a great cameraphone for the MONEY (it's the cheapest camphone available in Australia), but if you have a bit of dosh to splosh then buy something else. Reason? The screen is tiny - one cannot view the whole picture when you receive an MMS, one must scroll up and down - the "softkeys" obscure the bottom of the screen. The only way to view the image in full is to transfer the image itself to the memory and then select "Hide Softkeys" - I cannot fathom why the hide softkeys function is not available when viewing the MMS in your inbox. Also, just in general the screen is very small and not of great resolution. I had major problems with the first handset, it had three visits to the workshop in the first month, then now 4 months on all my RAM has disappeared - Motorola replaced it. There was also a problem with the scroll bars being blotchy which Motorola could not seem to be able to trace. The replacement handset seems fine. Maybe I just got a lemon with the first, even the buttons on this second one are easier to press, but a friend also had his Mot V70 going back to the factory within the first 2 weeks too - I've read Moto phones have quality control/reliabilty probs. Don't get me wrong - I like this phone - a lot, and it has a LOT of features for such little $$$ and is funky to look at - I just now find the screen resolution and size, and camera quality to be annoying. Cam qual is OK, but...just OK. For example what camera turns a green top blue? But it is an entry level camphone. Not the easiest to text on. MOTOROLA TAKE NOTE: HOW DARE YOU MAKE CAMERAPHONES WHICH YOU REFUSE TO SUPPORT WITH SOFTWARE TO TRANSFER IMAGES TO PC? What's the point in that? It's a fun phone, light and cool - but not without some fairly serious drawbacks, but if money is tight, and PC connectivity is not an issue, then go it.
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Reviewed by Amy from England on 16th Nov 2004
Hi, Just to let you all know i have this phone and i think it's very poor, the camera is **** and foggy. and the phone is quite bulky compared to some of the nokia phones. I have now decided to buy a Nokia 02 X3 as my sister had this one for her birthday recently, i do like the tunes tho, but the texting is awful not as straight forward as alot of the phones on the market today.
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Reviewed by rob from scotland on 15th Nov 2004
this wee phone is fine, the cam works well in the right lighting conditions, to transfer stuff to and from your pc get pk2man and usb driver here. 350 and 550 r the same http://motorolac.wz.cz/?str=download *** EDITOR'S NOTE: WE INCLUDE THIS LINK FOR INFORMATION. HOWEVER, PLEASE NOTE THAT MOBILE-PHONES-UK.ORG.UK HAS NOT TESTED THIS LINK AND YOU USE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE CONTENT OF EXTERNAL WEBSITES IS NOT SUBJECT TO OUR CONTROL AND WE ACCEPT NO LIABILITY FOR THEIR USE. ***
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Reviewed by Mike from England on 1st Nov 2004
The camera quality is bad? It's a poor alarm clock? Oh, come on! It's a phone! Have you considered buying a camera or an alarm clock? It's small enough to fit in a pocket/handbag/purse - just like a mobile phone! It makes phone calls! It receives phone calls! It sends and receives text messages - just like a mobile phone! It's a good budget mobile phone (I just paid less than 50 pounds sterling). I already own a camera and an alarm clock. I even have a calculator, TV, PC, fridge/freezer, DVD... the list goes on. Want a good, cheap phone. Buy this. Want a camera? Buy a camera!
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Reviewed by firsak from Russian Federation on 26th Oct 2004
By the way... Here is an example photo taken by this phone! http://motofan.ru/index.php?act=gal&code=01&img=15 And don't tell me that this phone has a bad camera =) And here's the latest software for downloading/uploading files from the phone. All p2k phones supported, English language supported (customize in options), win98/me not supported :( http://p2ktools.motofan.ru/download/P2KTools.rar *** EDITOR'S NOTE: WE INCLUDE THIS LINK FOR INFORMATION. HOWEVER, PLEASE NOTE THAT MOBILE-PHONES-UK.ORG.UK HAS NOT TESTED THIS LINK AND YOU USE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE CONTENT OF EXTERNAL WEBSITES IS NOT SUBJECT TO OUR CONTROL AND WE ACCEPT NO LIABILITY FOR THEIR USE. ***
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Reviewed by Chris from Australia on 23rd Oct 2004
I dont know why the hell so many people complain about this fone, i hav only found a few probs with it, and most of them are because of my network. I cant use the WAP thing cos im with optus prepaid. everything else is good but i cant find the software to load stuff on there, or where to get the stuff to load on there.
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Reviewed by Elizabeth from Australia on 22nd Oct 2004
Hey i have wrote a report on this phone about a month ago and i have noticed that mi eyes have been sore from using this phone too much...my eyes hav been totally fine before and i have never had any problems untill when i started using this phone...i am wondering if anyone has had the same problem with me or has my eyes gone worst altogether...plz tell me :-)
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Reviewed by joe wilcock from UK on 21st Oct 2004
this fone is ledgeandary it is top notch its a peach it survived going threw the washing machine cameras a little dodgy but the java games r cool ringtones cool buttons just right and 4 70 quid its a bargin 82 quid if u count the repairs 4 it going threw da wash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by babydoll from UK on 20th Oct 2004
steve is wrong this phone is hot stuff
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Reviewed by shawn from scotland on 16th Oct 2004
this phone is the worst phone you can get camrea is rubbish when i first reviewed this phone i tohought it would be good but its a load of ****!!! stick with the flip and slide phones
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Reviewed by Amelia from Australia on 14th Oct 2004
I got my phone while in China, as it was the cheapest one with a camera :P At first i was pretty damn P.O'ed coz the whole thing was in chinese, even my instruction manual. But once i managed to translate it, it was all good. The phone has a pretty bad picture when you take photos. But thats my only complaint about the phone. To all you people saying the keys arent big enough... why buy the phone in the first place if you know you're too damn fat to operate? Honestly, you lose the right to complain! A good worker never blames his tools! All u americans and europeans, learn 2 be more positive like us aussies! Even if the product is rubbish we'll find something good about it and brag about that!! Have a nice day!
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Reviewed by Bev from Australia on 14th Oct 2004
YUM!
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Reviewed by jen from australia on 14th Oct 2004
pretty fone, with camera and a motomixer! pretty cool! nice..
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Reviewed by Alejandro from SPAIN on 13th Oct 2004
Hello all... Under windowx xp, does it possible to download pictures from the phone to the computer without any software? Regards I'm going to get this phone free and I would like to know that to buy or not usb cable. Thanks you
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Reviewed by Minde from - on 11th Oct 2004
Well this motorola is not so bad.It has a vga camera.But i'm really angry on the company becouse it's support center.I requested a software to download photos to my pc, and they said : "Dear Customer The C550 does not support the transfer of photos to PC via USB. To transfer a photo from the phone you will have to send it to an email adress via MMS. Thank you for contacting Motorola. For any further assistance or information please do not hesitate to contact us again, quoting your Question Reference number. Motorola Cellular Response Centre (UK) ". But i managed to transfer these photos to pc via usb. So it looks like motorola company has no interest in keeping their clients.I think i'll never buy a motorola phone again.
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Reviewed by Morten from Denmark on 4th Oct 2004
Bought the phone over the web and hadn't seen or tested it in real life, so it's my own fault, I guess. Annoying things aplenty: I use the phone as an alarm clock and leave it to be charged beside the bed every night. I get up early, and I have learned to stuff the phone under the mattress before unplugging the power cord. Reason: The phone gives off a loud, annoyoing bleepeleep-sound when I remove the power cord. Can't figure out if I can turn it off. Actually, the phone announces its presence loudly and blatantly when I plug in the power cord, unplug the power cord, touch different keys, turn it off, turn it on, and so forth. A real PITA. I have had the phone for 5 months or so, and most of the buttons and the navigation thingy in the middle are worn through in the lacquer. Bad production quality, simply. The camera is a disappointment. This is my first camera phone and of course I did not expect supreme quality. However, I did expect to be able to recognize what I take pictures of, but I can't. I think I may have taken less than a dozen pictures with this thing - it's bloody worthless. The pictures measure something like 8 x 10 pixels, the images are dark and fuzzy and not worth a damn. Keys: This phone may be all right for midgets with tiny fingers, but for a grown man it is quite poor. I only use my little finger when dialling, and it means I never write SMS'es or such. Can't wait to get rid of this thing.
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Reviewed by steve from UK on 4th Oct 2004
i got this phone under false pretenses on a t-mobile contract ,i was pondering which phone to have and was advised to have this as it had just come out and it was worth bucket loads,then i when i got the phone it looked cheap and nasty and the digital camera was rubbish.then i discovered you can buy it for 70 quid on pay as you go which i wasnt impressed about what so ever,thanks for the great advice T-MOBILE .. from a deserted customer
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Reviewed by Elizabeth from Australia on 3rd Oct 2004
Hey i got this fone yesturday and it automactilly finished charging within 3 hours...i thought this fone was stuffed up after reading the reviews but overall, it started working. I havent tried MMS yet but hopefully it'll work for me. Haven't you realiased that all the people who rote a review from australia said it was ok???and all the people from uk and usa sed it was rubbish??? well anyways all the australian people hu has this fone plz tell me if the mms works if ur under vodafone??? tah mi email is groovydivarox@hotmail.com P.S not a bad fone so far...small screen, rubbish camera and WHERE THE HELL IS THE CURRENCY CONVERTER AND THE STOP WATCH cuz apparently it doesn't hav it on mi fone.
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Reviewed by John Dogan from UK on 1st Oct 2004
This phone would probably get a slightly higher rating, but due to the fact that it has been a nightmare trying to find the software and drivers for it on the motorola sit it stays at a lowly 3***s.... and as for chubby people finding it dificult to text then my suggestion is exercise
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Reviewed by Tmo from Finland on 27th Sep 2004
outstanding
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Reviewed by Glenn from Australia on 19th Sep 2004
This phone is perfect for what it needs to do. While the screen may be smallish on size, it only affects the operations when trying to view pictures. The navigation is excellent, considering it is highly customisable (you can make menu options appear in any order, and even change the quick-link from the soft-buttons). If you actually turn up the volume, the ringtones are rather loud. Managing to hear it clearly 50m away, and even using it as an alarm-clock to wake me up, I'm heavily reliant on it and it's yet to let me down. As for the vibrating feature: I've left this in my pocket and have felt it every time it's vibrated. There's also the great feature where it vibrates every 5mins after you get a txt/call until you respond, just incase you don't realise! Ultimately, in the end, it is a good phone. You simply need to know how to work it (and it seems like there are quite a few people here whom don't). Yet, considering I knew how to work it fine after having it 30mins, I don't see what anyone else's problem is.
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Reviewed by michael from australia on 17th Sep 2004
outstanding does it
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Reviewed by jimi from england on 11th Sep 2004
well i bought this phone in feb this year its quite a very good phone but it wasnat designed to last you can take pictures and download them you can upload ringtones you can connect thru USB to your PC and use the PC instead BUT i have returned it 3 times for repair first two time was the phone not charging last one was with the messaging the ringtones are very low the volume is very low so you cant you it without shouting screen is too small can only take 10 text messages keys are too small creates difficulty in texting IN SHORT NOT A GOOD BUY IF U WANT SOMETHING THAT WILL LAST
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Reviewed by Terry Johnson from UK on 6th Sep 2004
This is an awful phone its screen is much too small and the buttons are too awqward so do not buy it unless you need a phone that is unable too use mms and just to ring people otherwise do not!
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Reviewed by Hugo from Australia on 5th Sep 2004
i cant beleive i gotta camera phone for $2.00 first hand! its pretty good for a 2 dollar phone. buy it fast! before its sold out
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Reviewed by mike from australia on 5th Sep 2004
Just got this phone as a present-great phone-but having problems with telstra (phone came under vodaphone but they assure us its NOT locked!!) apparently telsta cannt adjust the settings as they dont stock this handset!!!????!!!!! so everything wks except mms (which is why it was bought!!!) BLOODY TELSTRA!!!!! If anyone has any ideas please email me with detail.... mneveldsen@hotmail.com would be much appreciated!! (unfortunately i have to stay with telstra for a few more months yet until my contract runs out!!!! Great phone tho-for pay as u go- $150!! Bargin-its not vodaphones fault telstra screw up their settings!!!
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Reviewed by ian from UK on 5th Sep 2004
i had to chose out of a siemens mc60 or the motorola c550 i chose the c550 i have no problems with the phone the ring5tones are good the camera is exellent it has a zoom it also has java buiti dont know anwhere to get software but its all good
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Reviewed by donna from australia on 2nd Sep 2004
ok the phone is ok but how do i get the clock off the screen and how do i get it to not say the vodophone logo thinny any 1 help please get back to me asap coz this clock just recks the whole look
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Reviewed by m from australia on 1st Sep 2004
outstanding
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Reviewed by firsak from Russia on 30th Aug 2004
For those silly-billies, who still can't download photos from the phone, use this link: http://anton.tbg.ru/files/p2kman.zip It's a file manager for the Motorola phones of P2K standart (c350, c450, c550, c650, V300, 600 and others...). This program comes with a manual (also in English), so there musn't be any difficulties in using it. *** EDITOR'S NOTE: WE INCLUDE THIS LINK FOR INFORMATION. HOWEVER, PLEASE NOTE THAT MOBILE-PHONES-UK.ORG.UK HAS NOT TESTED THIS LINK AND YOU USE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE CONTENT OF EXTERNAL WEBSITES IS NOT SUBJECT TO OUR CONTROL AND WE ACCEPT NO LIABILITY FOR THEIR USE. ***
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Reviewed by Geoff from australia on 29th Aug 2004
This is my first mobile ever.I'm amazed at what I can get out of it.Read the manual and no prob's operating it.It cost me $135 dollars and I got $130 dollars back in calls and cashback.The camera is not great,but hey,ITS A PHONE!DUH!!! I'm a novice but after a couple of days have sent MMS (free for a month under my deal), text , accessed web and been able to do everything it claimed it could do. Bargain!
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Reviewed by rAd from Australia on 29th Aug 2004
I think the phone has some great features but I'm disapointed that I have to go to a spanish website and try to translate spanish to understand how to upload pics to my pc. I can't find any free games anywhere for this phone and motorola have the cheek to charge yo $ for games on their website. The support of this phone is SHOCKING and trying to get software or drivers or games is like looking for a needle in a desert, simply DEPLORABLE - BAD BAD BAD MOTOROLA - support your customers and give them propoer software and free games. SHAME, I will take this phone back
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Reviewed by Ian from Australia on 25th Aug 2004
it is agreat phone with a zoom which makes the camera good it is great for the price it has great fun gmaes and good ringtones plus it has screen savers and much more teriffic i advise u to buy thhis fone if u are on abudget
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Reviewed by Colin Powell (Not him!!!) from England on 19th Aug 2004
Like the rest of you I'm struggling to figure this phone out.....I'm winning the battle I think!. Looked at other forums and found that the only site you can download anything to help you download the photos to your PC is on the Hong Kong site. You apparently need the right drivers! This phone should have the software with it or have the vendors tell you this camera phone comes without it! Otherwise it ain't too bad for my first camera phone!
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Reviewed by bondie from australia on 14th Aug 2004
this phone is quiet good for it's price. Camera, polophonics, colour screen, MMS.. what more could you really expect for 150 dollars australian. Although the photos dont look that good on the screen when you upload them onto the computer they are quite good. Anyone who thinks it's hard to navigate around the menu must have rocks in their heads. It's easy when you have used it for a week or so... like anything you get used to it. If your on a tight budget this is a reasonably good phone!
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Reviewed by raptor from australia on 11th Aug 2004
i dont know about the rest of you dumbasses but i bought this phon yesterday and it was completely setup in about 1 hour go and buy now
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Reviewed by Gustov Matveila from Sweden on 4th Aug 2004
Cool Phone
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Reviewed by Fred from Mcarthy on 2nd Aug 2004
GREAT
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Reviewed by Lawrence Chan from Hong Kong on 2nd Aug 2004
Maybe in Hong Kong we have been spoiled and have higher requirements of our mobiles but this is definitely what you call a bad phone unless you just want a phone to make & receive calls. For those of us use to the Nokia, its a nightmare to navigate, the logic for the navigation is just non-existent. The screen quality is poor, ringtone barely audible, the vibrating alert useless. The only good thing is the price but even for me its not value for money. Advice...invest double the price in a better phone or buy an old model phone for calls & msgs.
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Reviewed by Michael from Little on 2nd Aug 2004
My word this is an amazing phone, I got the phone not that long ago and the screen may be about the same size as the c350 but its well worth is go out and get it NOW!!
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Reviewed by Terry Johnson from America on 31st Jul 2004
Excellent amazing phone perfect for anyone!!
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Reviewed by ALEX from UK on 28th Jul 2004
I just got one of these phones yesterday, the reason being that i wanted a camera phone. I'm quite impressed with the phone - it does what it says on the tin. It is slightly annoying to navigate but i think that most of these reviewers are a little stupid and couldn't operate a water tap. It's a little slow but not like an old computer, the tones are quite good, but some are quiter than others. The camera is ok, maybe a little poor in quality but the zoom makes up for that. I'm maybe a little dissapointed, and i miss my nokia, but overall it isn't a bad phone if you have a little patience.
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Reviewed by JET from UK on 28th Jul 2004
Just got this phone for a bargain 50.00.... I find it really easy to use after all, all I use it for is to make and recieve call the camera is a bonus and although the screen is small it's not to bad. I also like the fact you can have a little picture come up when you get call's. so all in all not a bad phone..........or am I just saying that cause I got a bargain perhaps if i'd paid 100.00 i'd be saying the same as ev1 else.......
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Reviewed by reilly from scotland on 21st Jul 2004
the phone is not loud enought also you cant recieve ringtones with mine must have some kind of fault or i cant work it right
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Reviewed by Wilfred So from Hong Kong on 17th Jul 2004
Well~ I have already submitted a review last month with 2 star rating, i would like to change it, becuz after using it for one more month, i find it too annoying. First, the ring tone, is far too weak to listen, and i cannot feel the vibration too, that means i always have more than 10 missed call everytime when i take out my phone from my pocket. And the camera, the quality when u see in the computer is not bad, but it take photo after around 2 second when u press the button, and the start up for the camera is so slow, that i always miss some great shot~ The monitor, i didn't expect the monitor to be good at this price, but not that bad. When i compare the 4096 color screen with other phone, i found the pixels are really big, and the word are extremely blurred. Finally, if u want to buy a phone that is cheap with camera and color screen, buy this one. But i dun recommend ppl to buy cheap phone with camera and color screen. if u dun have the money, but a cheap phone with black and white screen. If u have the money, buy a 65000 color screen. Buying a rubbish color screen and rubbish camera will just make you unhappy~
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Reviewed by corado from lithuania on 10th Jul 2004
it`s very good phone!!!
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Reviewed by firsak from russia on 8th Jul 2004
The quality of this phone is outstanding. And it's very cheap! This phone should have cost 200 dollars instead of 130!!!
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Reviewed by Wilfred So from Hong Kong on 30th Jun 2004
i brought back this phone a few months ago, it is working quite well, the receive is quite good.. but there is a few things that is really bad first, the vibration is really weak, u cannot feel it unless its on ur hand. Second, the volume of the ring tone is not enough, i always missed the call and it cause a lot of troubles. Third, the little screen is far too small, u cannot see the wallpaper as it is almost totally covered by the network provider, clock, line number 1..... All in all, it is a great value for money, but not a good phone at all.
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Reviewed by Mike from UK on 26th Jun 2004
This phone is great&
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Reviewed by Chris Tooley from UK on 15th Jun 2004
Review: This is the best phone i have ever purchaced. my advice to everyone out there is to buy it now!!!!!
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Reviewed by andrea from uk on 13th Jun 2004
this is actually the worst phone i've seen in this world. i bought it from nigeria thinking it looked so nice, but on the second day after purchasing it, i actually gave up on it. its soooooooooooooooo hard 2 understand and i cant even get my gprs and wap installed on the fone. the fone is just a devil disguised as an angel.
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Reviewed by matty from england on 5th Jun 2004
this phone is a total pile ov poo!!!the screen is to small and when you try to look at the pictures you have to scrole down to see the rest of it.The buttons are realy small and very fidley to use, the menu is a pile of junk too,it takes ages to write a message.The whole screen is starting to flick off and the buttons are wearing away.The time and date on the screen is totaly pointless aswell becouse you cant see any of the wallpapers you put on. When i bought this phone the WAP settings where all wrong and when i took it back to the shop to set them it still didnt work.You cant send photos on most networks and when u finaly get it to work you have to go on the internet to see them, and still they are in black and white.You can only hold 20 messages tops on this phone so anyone buying this for there son/doughter it wont be any use.
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Reviewed by eldrin from india on 1st Jun 2004
it is the worst phone that i ever bought, it started giving problems from the 3rd day of purchase. the problems is that when u click a snap can hear rats inside the phone talking to you tying to tell you something. u go to the service center they say many sets have the same problem & have to cut some of the keypad "does't make sense to me", u go the next time the say u have to change the board & motorola itself has no parts available "man how in hell do they make their sale? ans: without boards". still keeping my fingers crossed for the warranty.
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Reviewed by sally from uk on 29th May 2004
THIS IS A AMZING PHONE WITH A GOOD CAMERA WIYH ZOOM U CAN SEND MMS WITH IT !! U CAN DOWNLOAD YOUR PICS FROM DA PHONE TO YOUR COMPUTER THE RING TONES ARE LOUD AND REALLY GOOD! ITS ALSO A GOOD SIZE SMALL AND SLIM LINE CAN FIT IN YOUR POCKET. My FRIEND WENT OUT AND BOUGHT A £300 POUND FOEN AND SHE SAID THAT SHE WISH SHE BOUGHT MINE AS IT MUCH BETTER . PHONE ALSO LOOKS GREAT AND FASHIONABLE AND MODERN. BUY IT YOU WONT REGRET IT
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Reviewed by nah from uk on 17th May 2004
I work for a big mobile service provider. This phone failed every test and was not put on the product portfolio. Utter sh1te!
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Reviewed by Ken from USA on 12th May 2004
I got this phone from Croydon with information that this phone had triband (alesman sold it). After 2 months I came back to USA and try to use it overhere it didn't work so I took it to local dealer and told me that this ont triband phone.
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Reviewed by Helena from on 10th May 2004
THIS PHONE IS UTTER C**P. DO NOT BUY IT. So the VGA camera is a nice addition, but the screen is too small. It looks great, but that's all there is to it. I would recommend the Siemens MC60 or the Samsung X600 if you can afford it.
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Reviewed by stacey from UK on 4th May 2004
This phone is c**p. The camera quality is rubbish and only shows a fairly clear pictures outdoors. Everytime i open up a feature (e.g messages) it takes ages to open up! The buttons are poor quality and have to push hard on them just for the number/letter to appear. I regret buying this phone and i would not recomend it to anyone! The colour quality isnt that good either, i wouldn't have bought this phone if i had have been given a demonstration of what it was like before hand.
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Reviewed by Brendon from India on 29th Apr 2004
Great phone ! Though i find it strange that people find this phone difficult to use. Also if you want more features spend more money !
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Reviewed by Merph from England on 28th Apr 2004
Got this on a free upgrade, wish I had not bothered. Went back to my trusty Nokia which has better reception and is a better mobile all round. Very disapointed with the C550
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Reviewed by Jonzo from UK on 27th Apr 2004
Given the price (Free on everything pay monthly) OK I suppose - in fact the best reception where I live than any other phone. And I've had a few... BUT: Whilst I can hear everyone else perfectly, they can only hear a Dalek on the other end. Apparently continuously breaking up. Or perhaps they just don't like me.... Texting is truly an abismal experience - Motorola seem to have succeeded in ensuring you have to go through the most complicated set of key strokes possible to write and send one. Well done Moto - you've won that one. So basically, don't buy one. If you need a cheap phone go for a low end Nokia ro Sony Ericsson. And don't think you'll be losing out on a camera, the one on a C550 might as well not be there.
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Reviewed by venky from Chennai,India on 27th Apr 2004
Its a waste phone. Don't ever think of buying it. Ring tones are not at all audible. No much of flexibility in controlling the volume. Data port can be used to transfer only data entries. You can not transfer images clicked using the C550 to a PC via the data port. You can only MMS if your service provider allows you to. The dealer tells you it can be done. But it can not be done and there is no mention about it in the manual also. I am currently using this phone and am feeling sorry for buying it. Any other clarification required regarding C550 before you (DON'T) buy you can mail me at kavi_masscomm@yahoo.com. Thank you
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Reviewed by AJ from UK on 26th Apr 2004
This is the worst phone I have EVER had!!! Don't buy it - you will regret it!!! I normally check out reviews on-line before I buy a phone but didn't this time (unfortunately)... It is crap in every way - for example you can only store 10 texts in its memory!! Even my first ever phone could store 15!!! the screen is small and fuzzy, it freezes all the time - I hate it so much!
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Reviewed by Jacqui from england on 23rd Apr 2004
I like the phone but cant download pics to my pc because I havent got the software. Apart from the instant membership to mensa(which you need to figure out how to use the damned thing)i also cant send or receive pictures to a phone. I feel quite stupid having a camera phone that I cant get the pictures out of so is it technically a camera phone or just a mobile that stores useless images? If anyone knowws how to e-mail or download, send receive pics etc. will you let me know?
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Reviewed by Darren from UK on 21st Apr 2004
I plead with readers DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE. Its clumsy to use and the screen is way too small. The wallpapers are ugly and the layout so very basic, and the camera is a complete joke. You cannot see anyone through it, its too bright, too dark, never right. I really cant give it any praise at all. STEER CLEAR. You have been warned.
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Reviewed by danny50cent1990 from britain on 18th Apr 2004
this fone looks pretty good on the eye but as all the other reviews say the screen is too small hey listen motorola you could ave made this a betta fone still ave problems setting it up for picture messages and stuff and on the 02 site you can't use it as ur phone cuz it doesn't give u the option. Its got a pretty good camera including zoom capabilities and gives different colours so thats alright
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Reviewed by Fix from UK on 15th Apr 2004
Why can't I get software for this phone? Everything else is great. If anyone knows where I can download software for taking pictures from the phone on the PC, please send me the adress: gregorije@hotmail.com
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