Motorola C975 Review
Review: March 2005. Updated April 2006.
The Motorola C975 is an entry-level 3G mobile with a traditional "candy
bar" shape, and is available on the 3 network.
Featurewise, the C975 is a good all-rounder with everything that you
would expect from a 3G phone: video calling & video content downloads,
integrated mp3 player, integrated speakerphone, a good quality display,
and an expandable memory. The expandable memory is a very useful feature,
enabling you to store content like video clips and MP3 tracks on a TransFlash
card (up to 256 Mbytes), although you shouldn't expect to be able to
store as much as a dedicated mp3 player.
There are two cameras on the C975. The first points inwards and is
used for video calling. The second faces outwards and is intended for
taking pictures of people or scenes. The quality of both cameras is
fine, and the screen is large with 65k colours. It compares favourably
with rival 3G phones.
Usefully, the C975 comes with an integrated speakerphone and voice
dialling - ideal for video calls.
The build quality of the C975 is not really up to scratch and it does
have a tendency to break. The joystick is badly designed and is not
easy to use. The battery life is also poor, and the phone cannot be
recommended. The Motorola V975 has virtually
the same specification as the C975, but is a clamshell design.
Features of the Motorola C975 include:
- 3G services: video calling, video messaging & video clip downloading
- External VGA camera (640 x 480 pixels) with LED light and 4x digital
- Internal VGA camera for video calling
- Display: 65,000 colours, 176 x 220 pixels
- Integrated speakerphone
- Voice activated dialling
- Multi-call functionality
- MP3 player
- Messaging: SMS, EMS, MMS, email (POP3, SMTP,
- Polyphonic & MP3 ringtones
- Downloadable themes (ringtones, wallpaper & screensavers)
- Java games: embedded & space for downloads
- Phonebook (capacity depends on memory available)
- Personal organiser functions
- Memory: 2 Mbytes internal memory, expandable to 256 Mbytes with
- Connectivity: USB
- WAP 2.0, GPRS class 10, web browser
- Triband + 3G
- Size: 53 x 114 x 24 mm
- Weight: 139g
- Talk time: 130 minutes
- Video calling: 70 minutes
- Battery standby: 150 hours
Motorola C975 User Reviews
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Average rating from 101 reviews:
Reviewed by Matt from England on 14th May 2012
I have had this phone for ages and it is by far the best I've ever had,
it's easy to use, the joystick hasn't broken since I've had it. The
interface is simple and nice. The camera is low res, but I would expect
this from a old phone. Lots of space for games, pics, themes, anything.
Overall it's a great phone and does what it's supposed to.
Reviewed by Shejo from UK on 2nd Dec 2005
Well after 10 months with this phone , what can I say but brilliant
, never a call dropped , its got lots of stuff I have not used , and
probably never will , cos a phone is for talking , and after 10 months
which hasnt cost me a penny due to the free minutes and texts well what
more do you need, yes the "3" content is exclusive and you cant really
go anywhere else but to their grace , they are getting better , content
improving all the time and for a minimal amount you can surf to where
you like , so stop whinging about what it has and hasnt got , if you
want to play music get a MP3 player , if you want to take pics get a
camera , lets face it , a phone is for TALKING, and anything else is
a bonus for maybe the odd emergency or that on the spot never to be
seen again moment .So all in all a good phone and a good tariff on contract...full
Reviewed by legend from UK on 1st Dec 2005
Appauling. Constantly resets itself and screen has constant spasms resulting
in me having to take the battery out and put it back in every 5 minutes.
Terrible build quality, poor camera and a brick. Battery life is poor
and phone has hardly any memory. DONT BUY IT!!!
Reviewed by AJUBIGA CALEB from NIGERIA on 28th
IT COULD HAVE BEEN MORE BETTER IF THE PHONE HAS BLUETOOTH,AND THE BATTERY
RUNS DOWN SO FAST.MORESO, ONE CAN NOT DOWN LOAD PICS FROM ANOTHER PHONE
TO THE C975.
Reviewed by scott gilley from wales on 25th Nov
These phones aren't very good. They are very prone to water damage and
the "joystick" in the centre gets jammed often. Also the buttons fall
off easily. This has happened not only to my phone but 19 other people
I know with these phones.
Reviewed by SEAN from UK on 22nd Nov 2005
I have had this phone for a month, the navigation button has snapped
off. When speaking to 3 network all i got was a load of un-understandable
call center drivell. Motorola would not entertain me because i was with
the 3 network. battery life is pants, so is browsing.
Reviewed by Ching Lee from China on 14th Nov 2005
I really enjoyed this phone. With the two monthes i've had it i have
been impressed by the phone every day. i would recommend it to any one.
Reviewed by Jason from UK on 14th Nov 2005
Pro (yes, just one): The camera is an acceptable quality for viewing
on the phone's screen (if I want a good quality photo I use a real camera).
Cons: Poor battery life (needs charging EVERY day), poor signal strength,
dire call quality - keep getting cut off and every conversation I have
is 'bitty'. The menus are largely uninspired, the contact list isn't
exactly easy to use, text messaging is a pain in the rear end, the joystick
is clumsy - it's easy to select things by mistake.... need I go on?
Conclusion: I wouldn't have another one if I was paid to use it.
Reviewed by emstarcat from england on 13th Nov
1 week of use and very good results. No problems at all and it all works.
Was very good value for money. Like the speaker phone and easy to use
buttons. Three has been quick and clear with the contract terms. A content
Reviewed by manj from london uk on 12th Nov 2005
yea this c975 is fab ... luvin tha fone a lil heavy though but great
Reviewed by A Person from A Country on 10th Nov
wow what a dudey phone i mean 35 quid on orange and 80 quid on 3 i think
there is a big difference. i read the specs has no bluetooth that was
a put off but i is getting it anyway cos my m8 has one and the camera
is gd. also i am getting it coz all of the phones i had were motorola's
my last phone was a moto v220 what a load of junk tht was but C975 is
gd buy it now
Reviewed by Lloydy from LIVERPOOL on 3rd Nov 2005
tis an alreeeeeeeeeeeeeeet fone not to good an takes a while to load
up wen u turn it on alright tho the media on it is quite good :-)
Reviewed by Andy from england on 2nd Nov 2005
THe phone broke within two weeks of getting it. the buttons 0 and 5
don't work. The Volume buttons dose not work and the joy stick don't
work. DON'T BUY IT
Reviewed by Daniel from UK on 1st Nov 2005
The phone is ok, not excellent, but I think it should at least get a
"good" rating. Yes, it is heavy, but it doesn't really matter to me.
I am very very careful with the joystick now since I have read some
comments saying the joystick broke after 2 weeks. So I seldom play around
with it, just do the simple thing, calling and texting. But I do run
into a problem now, I tried to do msg texting today, after writing the
text, I press the "send", it went into the phone book, and you should
be able to choose a name from the phone book and press "send" again,
but the "send" is grey, meaning it's disabled. Any idea what's wrong?
Any idea where to get "technical support"? Another thing is the battery
life, really rather short. Less than 1 hour of total talk time, the
battery is flat.
Reviewed by mrs wong from uk on 31st Oct 2005
I just got this phone for £29 (pay as you go) from the Orange Network.
It is cheap for the phone that has many features like this. How on earth
people can broke the joinstick within two weeks. You guys should be
more gentle with it - nothing will last if you are rough with it. I
have this phone partly I want to use it when i go out at night, just
in case i got rob so i don't mind to give it away as it is cheap.
Reviewed by big guy from UK on 31st Oct 2005
An excellent phone. Who are these morons who say "dissapointed no bluetooth"
etc.? READ THE SPEC - if it says no bluetooth on the description then
don't buy it!! Anyway, back to the point. It is possible to get this
phone rediculously cheaply. OK so the camera isnt 2MP but who cares?
Buy a camera! This phone does everything a phone should do like have
great signal for voice calling, a BRILLIANT set of buttons for texting
that even my big gorilla fingers can cope with, and a simple camera
for taking a few pics. Why worry about a few extra grams in weight?
I bet your keys weigh more.
Reviewed by Lewis from England on 30th Oct 2005
well wen i first saw this i though it's a bit big and bulky but hey
im not getting it on 3 so i decided to get it unlocked wen i get it
so over and out ps. joystick is a pain on all motorola's my dad has
the E1000 i think its worse sticking it in the middle of the buttons
Reviewed by Pete from UK on 28th Oct 2005
Advantages: 1) It's one of the cheapest 3G mobiles. Disadvantages: 1)
The phone is large and heavy 2) The joystick is sensitive - it is easy
to accidentally click it down (select something) whilst trying to scroll
left/right/up/down - a major annoyance 3) It is not very user-friendly
- navigation and functionality are frustratingly poor.
Reviewed by singh from uk on 25th Oct 2005
junk-phone is useless joystick is rubbish get the v975 instead
Reviewed by Mr X from England on 22nd Oct 2005
This phone i s good. I am very disappointed it hasnt got bluetooth or
infared. I find the mp3 ringtones the best. The song 'Outta Control'
by 50 cent is on the phone but as a mp3.
Reviewed by BOOBS! from UK on 20th Oct 2005
good value for money
Reviewed by zapman from UK on 18th Oct 2005
Usual battery life issues. Loose back cover. Poor joy stick initially;
but got a replacement from the shop which worked better. 3G customer
service is abit tricky. You can`t always understand what they`re saying,
and even then you can be told different things each time you phone.
Pity about the voucher expiring so soon :/ ,but good on receiving free
e.mails. Having said all this, It`s good for the price; £39.99 in my
case, what do you expect?
Reviewed by ?? from U.K on 16th Oct 2005
its ok i surpose this fone cause good value for money decent camera
but no bluetooth thats the big let down
Reviewed by Tim Stanford from England on 16th
This phone is absolutly terrible. I had this phone for 6 months, and
the joystick broke within the first 3, then shortly afterwards, the
microphone broke, so that you can be shouting down the phone, and still
no-one hears you. Its a waste of money, the 3G network is rubbish, and
the video camera and camera are are waste of time, energy and space
on your phones memory card. It's rubbish, I'd avoid this one like the
plague if I were you. And also the three network is absolutly terrible.
It's got good deals on the talk and text things, but £5 for a poxy game?
It's bad, and this one is going straight for the dustbin.
Reviewed by AJ from UK on 15th Oct 2005
hi i jus bought this phone and it has been days since i've been tryin
2 put mp3 files onto it but cant. its a pain i have put on 2 tracks
and the phone does take the mik wen u av 2 put it on charge every day.
however, for those hu want like the phone and want to upload music files
on2 it jus go on google and search for "mobile phone tools 3.0 free
software download" you should be able 2 download the software for free
and u need 2 go out and buy a data cable for the phone any motorola
phone cable wud do as they all are the same. ciao
Reviewed by Lewis from England on 8th Oct 2005
first thing. u don't have to buy this on 3 anymore orange now sell it
in all there stores so u can now have ORANGE 3G which is a really good
thing wihcih means no 15 pound top ups but they are very limited stock
and can only be bought from their stores!!!!! second thing. you can
get battery boosters to make the battery last longer. third thing. the
phone weight is pretty light compared to other phones so u lot shut
up about weight. Who cares? i don't. fourth thing. I AM SO GETTING THIS
PHONE 4 CHRISTMAS
Reviewed by Tom from London on 7th Oct 2005
Wat a rubbish phone. ad it 4 a week and woz bored. absolutely a load
of junk. no matta how much u want it, do nt buy it. BIG MISTAKE.
Reviewed by Chris from England on 6th Oct 2005
For the price you pay this phone is excellent. It gives you everything
you could want for not a lot of money (compared to other video phones).
The only problem with this phone is that i bouht it on threepay (3's
excuse for pay as you go), it deletes your credit after 30 days, it
charges you to download videos even if it says there is a technical
glitch or not enough memory on phone, i have lost 18 pound due to this
and when you try and phone the call centre you are always calling india
for some reason and they wont give you your money back, they wouldnt
even admit that i had tried to download this movie. Unlocking this phone
from threepay is damn near impossoble, i have been to 3 different shops
and nobody can do it, so not only to they lock the phone to the worst
tarrif around, they make it so difficult to unlock your phone you are
forced to sell it just to change the network!
Reviewed by David from England on 5th Oct 2005
well dont want to make a bad review of this phone because it is a gd
phone, for example it has great picture quality and is quite sleak,
small and stylish, the only bad thing that i have to say about this
phone is that it doesnt have a huge memory but enough to take bout 15+
few more photos, and download around 2 games, but all round this phone
is really good and would recomend buying ti to everyone, also if you
do buy it dont go on '3' pay as u go, because '3' on pay as u go are
rubish but are really good on contract.
Reviewed by JJB from England on 26th Sep 2005
hi had this mobile yesturday for a prezzie of my dad its quite a good
phone easy to use and pretty good size (atleast it's not a brick!!)
the only downside is ill miss bluetooth and infrared cos on this its
only usb and i dont know how to use that!!!
Reviewed by Justin Credible from UK on 19th Sep
It's big, there's no getting away from that, but that's a plus, rather
than a minus for someone with big thumbs who has a tendency to lose
small handsets. Like me. Those that couldn't find the mp3 player, it's
in Multimedia / Games & Applications. But you'll need to get a memory
card for the mp3 player to be of any use, because the 975 doesn't have
a great deal of memory by itself. It seems a shame that the "Welcome
to 3" video that comes pre-loaded to the handset can't be deleted to
free up some more space. As it is it takes about half of the handset's
memory, not leaving much space for your own photos, videos or downloads.
Another nice touch is that you can receive email on your phone for free,
although sending email replies from your phone will cost you. Battery
life isn't as bad as some people have said here. Bottom line is that
when you're playing games, browsing the internet or making photos or
videos, the display is constantly on and lit. That really drains the
battery. If you use the phone mainly for voice & SMS, with occasional
web access, you shouldn't encounter any great issues with battery life.
The higher quality external camera has the added bonus of having a light
source for poor lighting conditions. This light is very bright & comes
in handy as a torch in emergencies. Of course this is another way to
drain your baterry more quickly than you'd probably like. But I've had
this phone for just over a month & it has lost the ability to recharge.
When I connect the charger the display reads "Unable To Charge" although
the phone will happily operate while connected to the charger (using
the mains supply). So it's about to go back the the shop, and I'll be
interested to learn whether it's the phone or the charger that's faulty.
If it's the phone that needs to be replaced I wonder how I'll get on
trying to get all my games downloaded onto the new handset without having
to pay for them again...
Reviewed by beeston from England on 5th Sep 2005
this fone is alr8 wiv all the functions n evrytin but it sez there is
an mp3 player on there n i dunno ow 2 work it can sum1 plz rite bk,
overall the fone is gd for about a week n then after tht its borin
Reviewed by Arfat from England on 5th Sep 2005
This fone is not as good as expected, but u can get it for cheap on
contract or pay as u go on 3.
Reviewed by Mike from UK on 4th Sep 2005
Very very poor battery. You will have to carry a dynamo with you at
all times. I charge it after every phone call. Never thought Motorola
battery could be so dreadful. Two weeks into use, the Joystick developed
cracks and soon broke into pieces. Quite soon one day, the phone went
dead. The battery had given away. I called up my network for help. They
examined the phone and sent it back to me saying neither of the problems
can be covered under product guarantee. I am completely baffled by their
response. I checked with my phone insurance. They too said this wasn't
covered under insurance. With no other solution in sight, I checked
with a local repair shop, and they quoted 40 pounds for getting it working.
I doubt if the phone itself is worth 40 pounds. I decided to give my
problem a decent burial - dumping the phone into the closet, and wait
till May 2006, when my 12 month contract expires. As if trouble with
one phone weren't enough, I had got two of the same model - result of
my foolish pursuit for cheap mobile deals. The second one too let out
a few signals. It went dead once or twice. Swinging, shaking and tapping,
I brought it back to life. I am reconciled to the fact that this too
is going to die soon. No tears would be shed. A few valuable lessons
this has given me: 1) Not to go after cheap deals like buy one take
one free. There would be a very good reason if anyone gives such free
deals for mobile phones. 2) Not to go anywhere near Motorola phones.
Nokia or Sony Ericsson, though a few pounds dearer, would be worth it.
And not to forget, a few pounds of extra muscles I have developed in
my arms, lifting and holding the BRICK.
Reviewed by Joe Blount from UK on 27th Aug 2005
An excellent phone totally ruined by a lousy choice of weak plastics
! I have a MOTO A1000 as my main phone and got this on a 3pay contract
as a secondary phone that could use the same charger and accessories
GOOD POINTS : It seems to get a stronger signal than my Moto A1000,
its speakerphone is excellent, the cameras are good, it has a lot of
features for an entry level phone. BAD POINTS It is quite a size and
not terribly attractive, the keylock is neccasary yet cumbersome, some
of the keys EG the Menu key are cumbersome and counter-intuitive WORST
POINT, This phone is made of such cheap lousy quality plastic that it
is NOT FIT FOR ITS PURPOSE as a mobile telephone, I had made 3 days
when a crack appeared across the joystick, the following week the joystic
split wide open across this crack under normal useage !!! I notice it
has been withdrawn from sale in all the UK hig street retailers and
I know think I know why, I really must emphasise that although I have
dropped quite a few phones inm my lifetime this one has never had even
a slight impact YET in two weeks I have turned it into a useless heap
of cracked and broken plastic UNDER NORMAL USAGE CIRCUMSTANCES ! AVOID
AT ALL COSTS !
Reviewed by Jaz from England on 23rd Aug 2005
The phone is rubbish. the battery life is absolutely pathetic. it looks
like a brick. the joystick does not work after a while. there are very
few plus points to this phone. the camera quality is excellent. however,
this is the only real good point. this phone is meant to have voice
activated dialling, however this function can only be used if you can
set voice tones to the names. this is not possible......heres some advice....DO
NOT BUY THE PHONE
Reviewed by Clare Smith from UK on 23rd Aug 2005
The phone is very large (good in a way as it's not easy to lose)and
has poor battery life which is the only downside. It has excellent video
and picture quality and if you configure it correctly it will video
for 2 minutes. No problems with coverage which I did not expect as I
was told coverage could be poor. All in all quite a cool phone.
Reviewed by Lisa from England on 22nd Aug 2005
I got a really good deal with this phone. 500 mins free and 100 text
with phone direct. It's also free line rental. I think the video and
camera bit are great. I don't like the size of it, it's twice the size
of my last phone. I also don't like the navigator button as sometimes
when you try to navigate it selects instead!! It ain't bad at all, but
i want the LG 8330, it rocks!
Reviewed by Neha from UK on 22nd Aug 2005
I have only had this phone and it has broken twice. It is really cheap
and really very large. My advice - don't bother with it.
Reviewed by flora from england on 22nd Aug 2005
dis fone is gr8! its got video messagin nd recorder its got a big screen
which is rele gd quality nd so is da camera! yea its heavy nd quite
chunky but its still rele cool nd looks gd! i recommend it!
Reviewed by Ahmad Saleem from United kingdom on
14th Aug 2005
its ok, it works well, u have to charge it every day, the only disadvantage
that seems to me is it dont have infra red or blue tooth, but overall
Reviewed by Ibraheem from Egland on 12th Aug 2005
Its the worst phone you can ever buy it toke the hole space of my poket
it felt i was carying a brick i thoughti was going to fall.
Reviewed by lewis from uk on 12th Aug 2005
it is a cool phone but i thing the network 3 is a bit bad i want to
unlock my phone to change the network to 02 if you can unlock phones
for free please email me at email@example.com 3 pay is junk cos
when you put on 15 quid credit if you dont use it after a month it automattically
deletes your credit. so plz help. regards Lewis
Reviewed by andrei from romania on 5th Aug 2005
it's very cool and the price is acceptable
Reviewed by aBc Mozzaw@msn.com from United Kingdom on
30th Jul 2005
This phone is really really good! It is cheap and it still has all the
new and up-to-date features. The only things wrong with ti are the fact
that it is BIT of a brick and that it only does 30secs of video. But
it is good for some1 who is around 12-14 or 30-41. ANY QUESTIONS email
me on Mozzaw@msn.com or add me to msn messenger!
Reviewed by D. Sutter from Wales on 21st Jul 2005
I think this phone is very poor. It's very, very, very slow and half
the time dose'nt work. It's too big and chunky. The desing is OK! Not
my cup of tea AT ALL! AHHH!!!!!!!!! Disgraceful!!!! Waste of Money!!!
Reviewed by STEVE RUDD from Huddersfield on 17th
The phone is a pile of junk, the joystick button broke after only three
Reviewed by christian from australia on 16th Jul
personally, im pretty sick of people complaining about petty things
with this phone. my brother and friend has it, and im getting it in
2 days. i understand the battery is dismal, but i cant stand people
complaining about the fact that it doesnt come with games, bluetooth,
etc, etc... to put it plain and simply for the phone fanatics: if you
DO want a phone with bluetooth, great games, great ringtones, and all
your other "special needs", then go ahead and pay a fortune for an expensive
and probably fragile phone. im sure the dealer wont mind you handing
over a couple of hundred $$. But in my humble opinion, the people who
just want a really nifty phone with reasonalbe to good camera/video
quality and multimedia, get the phone. What more can you expect from
an inexpensive phone? for the complainers: get stuffed!
Reviewed by allan squire from England on 16th
What a great phone, had it for 2 months now and I think it is great
value for money (£1.99 a month from 3 and they gave me 500 mins 100
texts and £10 back, £14/year bargain), no reception problems at all,
battery life short but I charge it up over night, big phone suits big
hands, hate tiny buttons, good menu system, if you find it heavy suggest
you go to the gym and sort out your own problem, overall best phone
I've had, it mocks the samsung T100 and Sony T68i and makes V500 feel
very dated, everyone should get one for £1.99 a month, again BARGAIN!!!!
Reviewed by baz from ireland on 13th Jul 2005
i bought this fone off ebay from england.the 3G doesent work in ireland
you cant get ringtones or wallpapers etc.The fone is like a brick and
is massive.Although it has a good camera and video the memory is so
small with out a memory card.Buy this fone if you like carrying a brick
in your pocket all day if not don't buy it.Buy the sony ericsson v800
instead its alot better.
Reviewed by Mike from Australia on 12th Jul 2005
This phone is one excellent phone, it is far better than some phones
which cost a fortune but it isn't that stylish in colour. One bad thing
is that i got a usb data cable with software but the software does not
support the phone, it has many types of phones which it supports such
as the v600, a835 etc but it does not have the c975 if anyone knows
where i can download the appropriate software, please email me at Mike_Adz@hotmail.com
Reviewed by Disgusted from United Kingdom on 10th
I have to say this is one of the worst phones I have ever had, and I
would recommend everyone to stay well clear of Motorola in general.
The text memory fills up after 70 or 80 text messages, because of woeful
inbuilt memory. Ok I thought, I'll go and buy a memory card, and I couldn't
find it anywhere, eventually, I bought it through the internet, and
yet still wouldn't save any of the text messages. And you have set EACH
message to deliver a receipt, won't do it automatically. It will only
allow you to record three minutes of video at a time. No pre-installed
games, no PC cable, headphones for one ear only, sound quality poor,
no adjustable volume, very bulky, EXTREMELY POOR battery life. I'm going
back to Nokia!!!
Reviewed by nick w from australia on 8th Jul 2005
i just bought this phone it rocks so bad the camera kicks ass.........but
does it have a voice recorder or infa red can someone tell me please
Reviewed by Martis from Lithuania on 29th Jun
Good phone i think.I bought it.Not new but from other person.Cameras.It's
really good.Especially flashgun.It's unlocked and i was trying to get
to wap.I was lucky,and i downloaded DJ Aligator song(3:40) without problems.1.5
mb...Java.Works perfect.I've downloaded splinter cell2 ,moto gp,XIII.Everything
works pretty good.Display is very sharp,and colors are amazing.keypad..Big
buttons...Comfortable.Joystick.A lil bit worse than in T610.Batery..Not
briliant.It lacks only irda or bluetooth.One bad point that my microphone
doesnt work. :/ .i'll try to repare it.All in all very good phone.I
recomen you to buy it without looking at other three devices
Reviewed by Edward from England on 25th Jun 2005
The C975 is an excellent phone and extremely good value for money. It
has literally everything you need from a phone and is also very stylish.
I have only had this phone for a month and I can't put it down. In my
opinion it is the best phone in the world and deserves 6 stars not five.
If you don't have a phone and are looking for one get the C975 it is
the best and you can't beat it in any way!!!!!
Reviewed by Tim from England on 19th Jun 2005
I actually quite like this phone. It has a solid feel about it and the
speakerphone is excellent and the keys are a reasonable size. The rubbish
battery life and lack of memory to allow you to use its MP3 player are
the only minus points for me. I don't play games on it and as a phone
or message centre it seems fine. 3 has some coverage issues but I unlocked
it and use the O2 2.5g setting instead and it is ok most times - certainly
no worse than Virgin in Woolwich anyway. The USB port was locked and
the lead and software I bought would not work until after I got it unlocked
- also you need to use the web to update the software disc that comes
with the lead as it doesn't support this phone until after the update
has been downloaded. Good screen quality and the camera's not bad -
what do you want when the phone was free with a contract that give 500mins
and 100 texts for a fiver a month?
Reviewed by phone guru from usa on 12th Jun 2005
this is the worst phone i have ever come across. The feature it has
are very primmitive and for the price of the phone it is not worth buying.
personally i would use the phone box instead.
Reviewed by Jacker from Australia on 8th Jun 2005
4 all u nobs out there hu think this phone is no good, i say get a frekin
life! The camera is 0.3 megapixel wich is the same as Sony Ericsson
K700i but the Motorola has heaps more features! Only con is the battery
life sucks but still for the price, it's one of the best in it's range.
P.S pplz Nokia Sucks!Dismal cameras, hideously overpriced mobiles they
r really falling behind if you plan to get a new phone get a Panasonic
or a LG or a Motorola trust me you wont regret it! ;)
Reviewed by FC from England on 6th Jun 2005
This phone does not really merit 1 star, so unsatisfactory is it. How
did Motorola get it so wrong? I've never had a 'Moto' before - are they
all as bad as this? I think basically, the problem is that it is totally
uninspired and devoid of any thought or interest on the part of the
designers. Cons: poor call quality, low battery life, poor build quality
(plastic squeaks when you move it in your hand), badly lit keypad so
you can't quite see the alphabet on all keys other than 5 and 8, no
connectivity other than extra-cost wiry USB, brainless menu structure
with no keypad selection, separate contact record for each number belonging
to one individual, generally jazzy look and feel with no underlying
substance, two cameras (one is superfluous already), weighs a ton. Pros:
can be used as an effective throwing weapon in self-defence. Summary:
get an LG U8138 and send it to Motorola marked suggestions for improvement.
Reviewed by shauna from england on 22nd May 2005
i love the phone i think its great but i have 1 problem......I CANT
GET MY PICTURES TO OR FROM A PC. i have bought phone tools but that
dosent work!! please help as it is the only thing that is annoying me
about the phone!
Reviewed by frank from england on 19th May 2005
THE PHONE IS A BRICK IT HAS NOT GOT A SINGLE GAME NO VOICE RECORDING
VIDEO RECORDING 30 SECONDS AND ITS VERY HEAVY DONT GET IT
Reviewed by Adrian from Romania on 18th May 2005
The Phone is very good ,camera is great, and 3G is excelent but with
very poor battery life, The problem is : I don't have a memory card
and I want to download some ringtunes(mp3) from internet, can anyone
tell me if I can to save a ringtunes in Phone without a memory card......??????PLS
ANYONE...... Thank's SORRY FOR MY ENGLISH
Reviewed by Daniel from UK on 17th May 2005
This phone is fantastic!! Its so cheap and has so many features! MP3
Player, MPEG4 & 3GP playback, 3G Broadband, 2 Cameras!!! With a 256mb
memory card you can put whole movies and music albums on your phone
to watch on the go! The screen is nice and big and the quality of the
videos are nice and sharp, the sound is also another strong point for
this phone, the loudspeaker is great! The only downside is that its
on the 3 network, but I managed to unlock mine and put in a Vodafone
sim. The battery life could be better, if your a heavy user you might
get a day out of it.... but charge it up at night! Its not like your
gonna use it asleep!!
Reviewed by roonboy from Englad on 9th May 2005
LMAO Dan u did exactly wat i did i got rid of the moto got an NEC den
got a Nokia 3200 LMAO cowincidence!!!! and yea the nokia is much better
ive only got this fone now :(, 3 was peeing me about so i sold the NEC
plus im not payin £15 a month might aswel go on contract! can
i just say if u want a good fone choose a nokia there the best make
of fone they may not look good but they are the best phones!!!!!
Reviewed by bare-bear from Scotland on 4th May
It was time to upgrade on my pay monthly Orange contract, so I was looking
for a phone with 3G so I could find out what all the fuss was about.
I checked the features of a few phones on the Orange site and finally
went for the C975. It looked good on the web site, but I was a bit disappointed
when it was sent to me. Upgrading from the Motorola V500 did not seem
like much of a leap as I still had GPRS, a camera (the one on the V500
is just as good as this one), predictive texting, Bluetooth and usb
connectivity. The only other things I was getting with the C975 was
the video part, ie. video calling and recording, and the MP3 player
feature. I now realise that these are not very important features on
a phone, but infact are added distractions. I also found the reception
to be worse. I had to continually move around and listen to people say
"You're breaking up, I can't hear you very well". This was in an area
where I had so called full coverage as the signal strength bar was ful
ly loaded, the V500 coped very well, infact much better in exactly the
same places. I had a choice to make and just got it made in time. Orange
gave me 7 days to change my mind and I called them to arrange a return.
I have used the V500 for over a week again since I sent back the C975
and I can appreciate a phone with good reception again. Overall the
C975 is quite bulky and awkward to navigate. the joystick feature is
sore on the finger! Although it is feature packed, it lacked a few vital
specifications for my taste. I am now on the lookout for a phone with
good reception and not necessarily any fancy modern technologies. I
am considering the Moto V3 Razr or the Samsung D500. Veering toward
the Samsung actually.
Reviewed by laurie from ? on 3rd May 2005
the fone is OK but when i got it, it was on three and i wanted 2 download
videos but all i could was Quikplay them and i wasnt able 2 save them.
when i phoned up 3 they told me 2 get a memory card 4 it so i did (cost
me 25 squid), but i still couldnt save the videos so i phoned 3 AGAIN
an they said it waz coz i never had enough credit in my fone so i topped
up and STILL couldnt save them so three was phoned 4 the third time
and then they tell me the Motorola C975 couldnt save videos AT ALL!!
so i through the fone in a temper then sold it on e-bay 4 £50
(i only paid £45!! HEEHEE lol) the brick wasnt worth buyin. STEAR
CLEAR OF THIS FONE!!!
Reviewed by Smithy from Newcastle on 25th Apr
Got 2 give this phone 5 stars! What more do u want for £35.00???
I was VERY surprised at the screen quality!!! Camera was great too.
Mp3 player could have done with an equalizer to change the sound quality
but again great 4 the price. Ive now changed to the nokia 6230. The
mp3 player is excellent as is the radio. Why not just buy an mp3 i hear
u ask! Well i guess your right but i dont want to basically. i chose
the nokia 6230 over the samsung D500! The d500 was a let down for me.
The best phones out there are the sharp fones by vodaphone but vodaphone
wont give me a contract. Neither will t-mobile, o2, virgin or even 3!!!
But somehow orange think ive a good credit rating! Well, their loss
when i dont pay my bills i suppose!
Reviewed by Isaac from Mushroom Mountain on 21st
cool fone and the joystick is way cool but doesnt improve gameplay at
all. That was a bit of a disapointment, and the lack of games is also
not great. But is a good fone, and for my first fone it is way cool,
videotalk, 3 content is a great thing, exept i hav no credit anymore
lol. For $200(AUD) it is as good as NEC e616v anyday i think, which
is $195 and a flip-fone. Good one Motorola. Btw, can u delet the pics
& stuff alreddy on fone, and is ther any places to get free games in
australia?? plz sum1 anser
Reviewed by Brandon from U.K. on 17th Apr 2005
This phone is execellent but lacks battery, bluetooth/infared, memory
Reviewed by Justin from England on 16th Apr 2005
I have had this phone for 2 months. Its easy to navigate through the
menu's and quick and easy to take photos. very good solid phone that
doesn't feel like its tackyplastic. Buy data cables for this phone for
only £3.60 on ebay. A data cable will allow you to save pictures
to you PC from your c975 mobile.
Reviewed by Richard from Australia on 13th Apr
The phone is excellent for what it is BUT, in Australia, 3 locks the
phone to disable the USB port so that syncing with a PC is not possible.
WHY? Mobile Phone Tools will therefore not work. The USB port is therefore
useless. I don't know if it's the same elsewhere. Check this issue out
before you buy.
Reviewed by Aragorn from England on 12th Apr 2005
My friend has got it and it is quite bad and the camera length is terrible
the ringtones are bad and it is waY TOO CHUNKY
Reviewed by Dan from England on 8th Apr 2005
I so wish i could give it a 0 star but hey, i bought this phone in december
04, and its junk. the camera is god and the lashlight is handy. BUT
the size and wieght of it remind me of a pathing slab. i dont like the
phone too big.and the network is rubbish. ie downgraded to a nokia 3200
Reviewed by Chris from England on 7th Apr 2005
This is a great phone,I got this for £45 at Carphone Warehouse
on Three. Amazing value for money considering the fact you get great:
screen, MP3, Video and looks. Can also use expandible memory (128MB
Reviewed by dave from englang on 6th Apr 2005
its ok but how do u install java games
Reviewed by Muzamil from UK on 6th Apr 2005
at the first glance the phone does not appear to be very user friendly,
but when i fist using it i feel i was using a windows Xp and it was
very user friendly. the large 65k tft screen is of top quality. the
camera is excellent although it is not of a mega pixel. it is a 3g phone
with 2 cameras.it has a 4x digital zoom and a led. you can record up
to 30 seconds without the memory card. can anyone help me and let me
know if i put on the memory card i will have how many minutes of video
recording. this phone is amazing!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by stephanie from uk on 5th Apr 2005
hi, just won this phone, can anyone help, how do you get to the mp3
player. also want to download some ringtunes from internet, but noone
seems to offer it for this phone, wanted a realtune. any ideas
Reviewed by steph from engalnd on 3rd Apr 2005
hi, dis is 4 stacey hu dont no how 2 change da time, u go 2 settings
nd den scroll down 2 intial setup nd go on time nd date nd change it.
i fink da fone is rely gd but i dno how 2 get on 2 da mp3 player can
u help me?? nd also i lost da ear piece, wer can u buy new ones? fank
u 4 helpin me if u can
Reviewed by othman from malaysia on 1st Apr 2005
Overall, the phone is good except for the battery its useless can last
only for 10 hours.
Reviewed by lesley from englang on 1st Apr 2005
This phone is rubbish. Carn't stop it bleeping every 10seconds customer
services are rubbish haven't got a clue. Phones going back
Reviewed by Richard from uk on 31st Mar 2005
Stacey - from main menu select `settings` then `initial set up`then
`time and date`, change.
Reviewed by stacey from newcaste on 30th Mar 2005
i really like this fone but dont know how to change the time can any
one help me?
Reviewed by Bhavin from India on 28th Mar 2005
This is an excellent phone and has eveything, it has an excellent camera,
mp3 player, it's triband and it is packed full of features, only con
is battery life
Reviewed by someone from somewhere on 23rd Mar
i like the fone. my friend has it. gud pic quality and colour. nice
design, a little heavy. i fink its gud but wot a shame it only available
on 3 coz thats not such a gud network.
Reviewed by moe from england on 22nd Mar 2005
dis iz a bad man phone its got video callin video recording and its
only 50 quid and im gettin it
Reviewed by roonboy from england on 20th Mar 2005
hiya i got this fone 4 christmas but i took it back on new years eve
it was a waste of money the memory is rubbish u hav 2 pay £30
4 a memory card and it doesnt hav bluetooth or infered so i took it
back and got a nec e616v wiv £10 cash back i thought it was gr8
even tho the bluetooth dont work but i got a usb cable wiv it and a
memory card on threepay!! good or wat but any way i still do miss some
functions on the moto like the screen savers, wallpapers and ringtones
but hey the nec is well better and on the moto u cudnt save music videos
on it u cud only watch them how bad is that wel im happy now wiv my
nec and bi da way wen i took it back i got my £15 credit again
how cool is dat!!!!!
Reviewed by Alex matthews from england on 20th
i bought this phone to have the camara and blue tooth as it said on
the case blue tooth and vga camara built in later on i find it not to
have bluetooth this really p me off. the phone is o.k. as a hole the
down sides are not having blue tooth and when you download you can't
save it to memory without the memory stick which costs an additional
£30.00. its an alright phone if you want a basic phone but if
you want additional things its not worth it.
Reviewed by Al Channing from UK on 19th Mar 2005
"HellllloMoto" O god it's on the brain and yes it's one of
the MP3 ringtones on the phone as well lol! I bought this phone a couple
of days ago, my dad got one on contract and after seeing the quality
of the phone I rushed out and bought one my self, This is the first
Motorola phone I've have, and not to put to finer point to it, this
phone really is amazing, I've always had Nokias. my current phone being
the nokia 3650 phone, yea ok it was a good phone, but the Moto C975
puts it well and truly in the shade in terms of sound, graphics etc,
at first glance of the phones menu and setup etc I thought it was running
on a windows xp type system, it looks very similar and indeed very easy
to use, I love all the animated icons. This is the first phone I've
had with MP3 ring tones, and I have to admit, I'm impressed, the phone
is also very loud when set to the highest setting, there is a speaker
located on the back of the phone from which every sound of the phone
plays though, the sound is clear and crisp, with none of that cheap
tiny sound. On a whole the Moto C975 is excellent value for money and
built extremely well. It has a weighty feeling of quality to it and
it comes with loads of accessories, for people reading the bad reviews
of this phone you don't want to believe them who say its rubbish, because
it's not, as for battery life, I've had no problems up till now, the
max I've got out of this phone is just over a week and a half, turn
your screen saver off and put on the battery save feature on, any phone
will run down quick if you use it a lot, my nokia 3650 was just the
Reviewed by norman price from usa on 18th Mar
this phone is fillip wicked! the cam is exalent. if ya need a new phone
get this 1!
Reviewed by yemi odunsi from nigeria on 18th Mar
the phone is da bomb,i wanted to go buy a phone,but my friend ask me
to get a motorola c975,and it wasnt what i planned to buy,but i have
not regret buying,its really fantastic,but the problem i have is that,i
wasny able to download music,ringtones,i will like to know how i can
get this,i should have downloaded it from the pc,but the phone did not
come with a pc cable,the battery is good if u dont play with the phone,i
can be reached back to at firstname.lastname@example.org i will like to know where
and how to get a pc cable,so as to get more music ringtones.
Reviewed by Junior from england on 17th Mar 2005
this phone is fantastic, the camera is sharper and quicker than the
a835, the mp3 is great!!! and so is the video recorder, although the
battery life is kida poor but it would last if you use it wisely. i
also bought the Memory chip and card reader a few weeks ago and now
i can practically do anyting with the fone, i got over 39 javagames
from the net, i can also use animated GIF files as screensacers. i have
neva spent as much time on a phonw as i've done with this phone. 1 word
of advise if you are thinking to buy this phone...DO IT NOW!!!!
Reviewed by *+*kimmy_kisses*+* from United Kingdom on
16th Mar 2005
Hiya!! Altho it's pretty thick n heavy, this phone has got such great
features!! I realli recommend it!! It may not be the most eye-catching
phone around, but its design is cool n cute. It's a lovely sleek design
n is definately NOT ugly!! It's fab for its price n after seeing it
n what it can do, mi mates are definately getting one soon!!!
Reviewed by daniel from england ( liverpool on
15th Mar 2005
I THINK THAT THE MOTOTORLA C975 IS A BEAST!!!! ITS GOT EVERYTHING THE
CAMERAS A BEAST THE ONLY PROBLEM IS I NEED A NEW CASE LOL BUT THE PHONES
A MONSTER any 1 hu sez its poo needs a slap hahah ahhaha
Reviewed by Jon from UK on 7th Mar 2005
Large and heavy, with very poor battery life. The instruction manual
is totally useless. Joystick control is fiddly and you end up selecting
the wrong thing. Contacts are hopeless to find. I'm sending it back
Reviewed by Beab from UK on 3rd Mar 2005
I have had this phone for a couple of days and its seems OK. Previously
I have had the Moto A835 and this is a much lighter and smaller in size
compared to that phone. It has good colourful graphics and good camera
too. On the downside the battery does not last long and needs to be
recharged frequently. The surface finish does not appear to be as durable
as the A835. Otherwise a good phone...as yet!!
Reviewed by Patnut from England on 3rd Mar 2005
I already have an A1000 and my girlfriend has an E1000 I purchased this
phone a couple of days ago only because the line rental is hardly anything
for the whole year and i needed a smaller second phone. What can I say........
I'm amazed by this phone I was expecting a cheap little phone with poor
functions but this is not the case. It looks allot better in the flesh
& fits nicely in the hand. After using the A1000 for such a long time
the C975 feels super fast & easy to use. The camera takes sharp photos
during the day and takes much much better pictures than the A1000 with
low/no light conditions in-fact my A1000 couldn't take any decent pictures
if the light conditions was not perfect. But with full daylight the
A1000 would take great photos. I know I have only had it for 2 days
now so I don't know what the battery life is like. I can't believe this
I'm acutely considering selling my A1000 for the E1000 as I can't take
its annoying habits anymore. Don't get me wrong I used to think the
A1000 was amazing you can play some really cool games and install some
good stuff on it too but the touch screen is slow and annoying it's
big & not easy to make a call in a rush after all it is supposed to
be a phone. As you can tell I'm very happy with this phone great value
for money. Cheers.
Reviewed by Berral Sanchez from UK on 1st Mar
This phone is heavy, the battery life is poor and the design is ugly.
Reviewed by Monkleigh from UK on 28th Feb 2005
The phone does just about everything very well indeed and is packed
full of features. The camera is particularly flexible & good quality.
Very user friendly phone; excellent colour screen; difficult to find
fault with it. Aesthetically the C975 is very pleasing to the eye &
to hold. It achieves an excellent balance of classic design strength
combibned with streamlined modern features. If pushed the only 2 things
I can fault are the (expected) rather short battery life & a (slightly)
loose fitting back cover. Overal an excellent phone to use & own. I
would not hesitate to recommend it as a fun, useful & pleasing acquisition.
Reviewed by Daniel from Australa on 27th Feb 2005
The Moto C975 is alright, It is quite big and heavy, the battery life
lasts 7 hours and I know its going to get worse the older the phone
gets, and the screen scratches very easily. The look of the phone isnt
anything special, its quite boring actually.
Reviewed by Panda from UK on 25th Feb 2005
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Great phone, but I had it for 2 weeks and the joystick broke.