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NEC e616 review

 Review: August 2004  
 

Last updated June 2006

Rating: 1 star

In a nutshell: The NEC e616 supports the full range of 3's video mobile services - video calling, video messaging and downloading video clips.



 

Review

The e616 is NEC's replacement for the e606. Like the other NEC 3G phones, the e616 supports the full range of 3's video mobile services - video calling, video messaging and downloading video clips. In addition, it also supports the GPS (Global Positioning System) enhanced features such as directions, maps and traffic reports.

It has a larger screen than any of the previous NEC 3G phones, and benefits from a Bluetooth™ wireless headset connection. Other nice features are the decent internal memory and the option to add additional memory sticks. The phone supports Bluetooth™, but only for connecting to a wireless headset.

The e616 has 2 integrated video cameras - one mounted on the front, the other on the back panel. Strangely, the camera resolution is only CIF format (100,000 pixels) which is poor for a camera phone, although the camera does have a built-in light for taking pictures or videos in low light.

The battery life of the e616 is particularly poor, although the standard battery can be swapped for an extended battery which does improve things somewhat. The phone also has some reliability problems, as you can see from reading the consumer reviews below. Overall this isn't a phone that we recommend, and it certainly doesn't rate as highly as NEC's cheaper e228, even though it has the benefit of GPS and a Bluetooth headset option.


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I need to access this phone but thehandsetlock is on and I forgot it!!

Asked by Gemma Louise Collins from UK on 29th Feb 2016
Please help!!Trying to access phone after years but forgot handset code. Can anyone tell me how to reset the code or if I connect it through a usb lead will I still be able to transfer all my old pics onto computer despite the lock being on??



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Reviewed by Degi from Australia on 28th Jan 2014
i had this phone whilst i was in high school and used it for 2 years before upgrading to the Sony Ericsson W900i, and i have to admit that it was actually quite an amazing phone.. the battery lasted me on average two days. with the slim battery, and a week with the extended one, i do miss having this phone though
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Reviewed by hiba from england on 15th Jun 2012
in its day was a exellent phone in those days bluetooth was just head set. i still have mine and use as a spare phone. i bought in 2004. i not replaced battery or anyhting. what do people expect for that time.three was new.
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Reviewed by hiba from UK on 15th Jun 2012
it works fine for me. battery life is good. yes it basic by todays standered, but if all you want is call text and good battery life it great. and it a old phone so what do people expect. in its day was really good phone. i had mine when it first come out, still have to this day.
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Reviewed by Francis Irvine from UK and South Africa on 22nd Mar 2012
I have had this phone for four years, and used it in 3 countries with 5 networks. It is the best most adaptable phone I have. I use it exclusively, I 4 other phones which just ly in the office draw I dropped it in snow in Scotland while stealing a few apple at a country house. I returned to same house the following year at the same time to service equipment and while swiping a few more apples, I dropped one and there it was. I took it home opened it and left it on a window ledge for a week recharged the battery and switched it on. I phoned a mate immediately. i only good to say about it. The 3 net work did leave much to be desired but I opened mine myself, it has a selection switch, it lets you choose your network, I used it on pay as you go Virgin in UK, but is South Africa, they have no offices I could find so I use another net work to which I a switched myself. I would like to download a handbook for it as mine is in storage in UK.
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Reviewed by debbie matthews from UK on 5th Jan 2010
charges you for downloading pics ect but fails. you get charged anyway. network coverage useless..cuts out. refuses to go on internet..camera really bad with no color.disapointed although purchased second hand it was only used twice ...i now know why!!!! WOULD RATHER HAVE A 3210...ALWAYS STICK TO NOKIA.
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Reviewed by DEBBIE MATTHEWS from UK on 10th Dec 2009
fed up from west sussex..i put a memory card in and cant format ..wont even allow me to access memory card.. wont allow me to multimedia text message...followed the instructions in book to the letter but no luck...like the flashing lights but i knew there was some reason i stick to nokia
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Reviewed by deepak from UK on 21st Sep 2009
i have an nec e616 phone but its battery has been exhausted.If anyone knows about the availability of it's battery and the datacable also plz let me knw.
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Reviewed by dinesh from UK on 27th May 2009
i love this phone
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Reviewed by s robinson from UK on 9th May 2009
i love my nec e616v but could you tell me were to get a cd to put it on my pc so i can transfere pics and vidios the cd i got with the phone wont do it thanks
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Reviewed by Haseeb Sheikh from UK on 19th Feb 2009
In a nutshell: JUNK!
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Reviewed by no-one from UK on 13th Feb 2009
even though this phone is like 5 years old, it works great for me, very cheap to use for the internet, and i get tv on my phone for just 49p a day! the good thing is, if you drop this phone, it doesn't break, even though i once left it out in the rain and snow and everything for 3 days it still worked fine, i can even get emails off this for free, as well as voicemails, no problems with this phone for me
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Reviewed by Andrei Odaev from UK on 4th Feb 2009
I have had my NEC e616V for a couple of years, with no problems at all. I accidentally broke the screen when i fell off my pushbike several years ago. I bought my friend's phone, which was luckily the same one, and it has lasted me for 5 years and given me no problems apart from the main speaker going. Which i didnt need anyway, as i can transfer any video/audio files onto my PC and play them on there. Calling and SMS works perfectly, as does the camera and sound recorder. There is nothing wrong with slightly older technology that does the job fine. Thank you.
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Reviewed by Simon says from UK on 2nd Feb 2009
This is a moblie phone for calling other phones and sending sms. Its not a teleporter for a space ship or a TV or a laptop. Its simple, easy to use and ant rocket science. Step 1, open phone. Step 2, key in the number. Step 3, speak and so on..DOH
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Reviewed by hector mackay from UK on 10th Nov 2008
best phone ever
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Reviewed by Georgie from UK on 26th Oct 2008
this phone is awasome even though it is old i have 2 of thease phones and they work perfectly but the bluetooth took ages till i figured out to do it i have loads on it i love it i have 8 mobiles all together but this is the best
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Reviewed by Bilal from UK on 29th Aug 2008
this mobile is very poor. get lost. bring a good mobile
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Reviewed by man in the pub.. from UK on 9th Aug 2008
whats all the fuss about its just a phone and all phones are for is makeing phone calls on 2 your m8s. iff i what the (internet) or (e.mials) i use my p.c. not a phone as for music like mp3 get a mp3 player. i give this phone by nec 7/10.
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Reviewed by vishal from UK on 7th Jul 2008
i personally don't want to give any stars to this piece of junk.i love this phone as it was a gift but this is seriously as heavy as a cordless in your pocket, poor battery, no bluetooth (only headset). only 128mb expandable this is some serious bad material. i don't no how have people voted for it.
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Reviewed by JASON MADISON from UK on 22nd Jun 2008
WORST PHONE EVER...RECEPTION JUST DIES AWAY AND HAS TO BE RESTARTED.TOOO BULKY AND HEAVY... bUT NOW I GOTA GET A NEW nOKIA E51 COZ MY DOG CHEWED THE HELL OUT OF THIS ONE.OK DAT WAS MY FAULT.
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Reviewed by Polish_guy from UK on 16th Jun 2008
its kind of heavy but very durable, i dropped i several times on a concrete floor and besides scratches its always been working fine. i imported it from UK, and had to upload lower firmware to be able to unlock it. I just want to say this one more time, this phone feels extremely well built, i have never seen such build quality of other phones, even other Necs. I even heard that primarily Nec developed this model for the American army, and they ;ve been using it in Iraq and Afghanistan but they were in khaki color.
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Reviewed by silvio from UK on 14th Jun 2008
good price for the phone
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Reviewed by Jonathan from UK on 29th Mar 2008
Hey. I would say don't buy it, my battery always run out in less than a day from the start. I loved it cos of it's lights tho - lol, which were good but the phone wasn't so good. Also, phones are a lot better now ! It's 2008 now! This phone's like 5 years old. Still have mine but rarely used!
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Reviewed by chanderveer singh from UK on 3rd Mar 2008
i hate it .
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Reviewed by victor kae from UK on 27th Feb 2008
I bought the phone last january, its a sturdy phone, I must say, very functional , the video and sound is not bad It has a large screen and has 3g, its the most affordable 3g phone I can think off. All the negative comments about the phone are grossly exagerated
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Reviewed by Kenard godson from UK on 5th Feb 2008
This is the best phone ever maide in the world
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Reviewed by breno from UK on 5th Feb 2008
i think you r wrong about this phone ive ad 1 4 a weekand they are great
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Reviewed by yayan from indonesia from UK on 21st Dec 2007
very dissapointed with this phone. I can't use blue tooth facility. and perhaps not suitable for indonesia's users
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Reviewed by stefan from UK on 27th Oct 2007
The nece616v is a big brick.i wouldn`t recamend it to any one.the bluethooth is RUBBISH and dont work.they dont sell the usb any more.the battary is only about 2 days.ya can`t put songs on it because it dont connect to the network is also rubbish.the camera is only vga it is not a megapixal rubbish.the good thing about it is you can down load football vidios for free by just pressing the second button on the right hand side.IT IS A OTHER RUBBISH ABBISMAL PHONE BY NEC AND 3 DON`T BY IT IT IS RUBBISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by abc from UK on 12th Sep 2007
Man i saw it had boulthoth, vga camera, and 3G... yeah right... with the bluethooth you can't send no files, the camera is junk, and I couldn't go on 3g.. Whatever you do DON'T BUY THIS PHONE
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Reviewed by faraz from UK on 5th Sep 2007
my review is tht frm out side it look very cool very nice..... but when u open it and use it u will shocked..hehe.. there is nothing in t mobile it is only gud fr style hehe.......its batter is very vry bad memory card is only upto 128 whts this its a mobile what i say... it better that i gave the money to a poor mistakely i bought it :-( farazahmad90@hotmail.com
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Reviewed by Johnny Diggle from UK on 20th Aug 2007
I had this phone and it was poor. No wonder i couldn't recieve or send data via bluetooth from other mobiles which is why i got the phone. The additional memory stick feature, the mp3 player, camera etc they were okay but I've never bought such a poor phone. I can't make calls on it now, not even to the 3 company. I also expected the bluetooth to let me send and recieve data from other phones. Overall I was very dissapointed with it.
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Reviewed by nida from UK on 18th Jul 2007
this phone is bad nothing works waste of money
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Reviewed by Ant from UK on 8th Jul 2007
A big steaming pile of rubbish
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Reviewed by The Antichav from UK on 25th Jun 2007
A masterpiece of trash. A waste of money. The ideal phone for people who 'rite lik dis an liv in ingland an think itz da best ppl.' A phone bought by chavs because it's 30 at Woolworths. My partner's brother found one in a skip and bought it home. Next day it was pulverized at work in a hobart mincer!
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Reviewed by Ibrahim from UK on 5th Jun 2007
bad bluetooth can not have fun with your friends with other kind of phones.
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Reviewed by Dean from UK on 1st Jun 2007
I aquired one in 2006 but so far so good only that where am i some functions cant be suported why???
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Reviewed by oyebolu abidemi from UK on 22nd May 2007
the phone is quite good
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Reviewed by mustafa from UK on 29th Apr 2007
this phone is fabulous . i faced battery prob but i still liked the phone
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Reviewed by stefan from UK on 25th Apr 2007
it is not a bad phone. it can hold a memory card and it has a mp3 it mabe only a brick it is big
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Reviewed by cathy from UK on 16th Apr 2007
overall its an alright phone, the contract price is too expensive and a bad deal but u can search the internet for free thre isnt much you can do on the internet without paying. The video and camera quality are very good but u can only record for up to 60 secs. i wouldnt recomend buying it
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Reviewed by ana from UK on 25th Mar 2007
i hate tis phone cause da bluetooth doesnt work
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Reviewed by imran .pakistan from UK on 26th Feb 2007
in this price . its a good phone
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Reviewed by chimuka from UK on 16th Feb 2007
e616 is not a good phone. am in zambia, the phone itself. it is rejecting all sim or network. plz i need a help. chimwaanga@yahoo.com
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Reviewed by ccc from UK on 13th Feb 2007
this phone is not as bad as everyone makes out. it does everything any other phone does, just doesnt have bluetooth. you can easily put pics on the computer and its a nice phone. it would be much better if it could be on different networks though.
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Reviewed by salah from UK on 6th Feb 2007
i found it good only one problem it doesnot support GPRS if it can plz reply me i m using Ufone sim in Pakistan my Email Salah.aa@hotmail.com
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Reviewed by charlie from UK on 20th Jan 2007
well i love my nec e616v but the problem i have is that i can not transfer pics,videos,mp3s e.t.c from other phone models like sagem nokia motorola and so on only from a nec phone to another
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Reviewed by Augusto from UK on 13th Dec 2006
my phone is not ring a real tone as ringtone
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Reviewed by Bobor from UK on 31st Aug 2006
I have this phone one year, and I am very happy with it. No troubles at all.
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Reviewed by Bobor from UK on 31st Aug 2006
I have this phone one year, and I am very happy with it. No troubles at all.
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Reviewed by zain from UK on 23rd Jun 2006
its gud
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Reviewed by Ciara from UK on 13th May 2006
good phone but god it is ugly!!
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Reviewed by baby t from UK on 8th Apr 2006
I DONT EVEN WANNA RATE IT A 1 IT DONT DESERVE IT IT DESERVES A 0 4 NEVA SEEN SUCH A CRAPPY FONE IN MAH LIFE B4 DONT EVA GET THIS FONE AT FIRST WEN U C IT ON DA BOX U TINK OO NICE FONE ND GOOD PRICE DNT B FOOLED IM WARNING U FIRST 2 WEEKS UR FONE IS FINE AFTA DAT ITS HELL BATTERY LASTS 4 LIKE 1 HOUR MAX ND I AINT EVEN EXAGRATION I HAVE 2 CHARGE MAH FONE EVERYDAY IM SUPRISED MAH FLIPPIN CHARGER HAS BLOWN UP DA FONE CUTS OF WEN EVER IT FEELS LIKE IT DEN TURNS BACK ON DA CAMERA IS SO BAD OMD IVE NEVA SEEN ANYTHIN LIKE IT IT AINT EVEN 0.3MEGAPIXEL ITS 0.0 NOTHIN ITS SO RUBBISH ND FUZZY DA INTERNET SERVIVE IS SO EXPENSIVE MAN U CAN ONLY VOICE RECORD 4 50 SCONDS ND U MAY TINK DERES A GD TING BLUETOOTH DNT B FOOLED AGAIN DA BLUETOOTH DNT EVEN WORK EVERYTIME MAH M8S R SENDIN STUFF THREW BUETOTH I CAN NEVA COZ DA BLUETOOTH DOSNT EVEN WORK PROPLY IT ALWAYS SAYS PLEASE CONNECT 2 DA PC ND I THOUGHT IT WAS WIRELESS U HAVE 2 PAY 4 DA GAMES MAH TXT MESSAGES DNT CUM 2 LIKE 5 HOURS L8ER ND WEN U COMPLAIN 2 DA 3 NETWORK ALL DEY DO IS PUT U ON HOLD 4 LIKE 5 HOURS DEN SAY SOORI WE CNT HELP U ND CUT U OF DA BATTERY IS SO BIG EVEN DA FONE IS SO FATTT DA BRICKS R EVEN JEALOUS SAVE UR SELFS NOW ND DNT EVEN DARE GETTIN DIS FONE COZ IM TELLIN U UR GONA BUY A NEW FONE da nxt flippin day nd it not a low price 4 nuthin its a low price coz da fone is s**t nd dey no it dn evaa buy a Flippin nec fone nd if u eva wanna go on da network 3 u best tink twice coz if u get it ur regret it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xxxa very angry customerxxx
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Reviewed by Ryan Williams from UK on 8th Feb 2006
I had this phone for nearly 2 years and altho 3 used to be terrible I stuck by them and since they have improved soooo much, I got this phone when it dropped from 200 to 45. It only ever reset on me when I messed about with it to fast and hardly ever dropped calls but the battery done my head in. I recently upgraded to an NEC e338 as I wanted to stay on 3. I was gonna put my NEC e616v to one side but my girl asked if she cud have it so i gave it to her and she loves it more than her Sony Ericsson k700i which I also have and hate cos the keys r so small. But overall I think this is a good fone and for 2 years it served me well. Thank you 3 and NEC
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Reviewed by Danny Dickinson from UK on 24th Nov 2005
Yup. I have had this phone too. To be perfectly honest, it is a great phone, with excelent features. The only bad points being that it is HUGE and that the bluetooth is for PC Sync only. The biggest down is the actual service provider, 3. The fact that they are as good as stealing your credit if you haven't used it by the end of the month is bad, real bad. Oh well, i bought this phone brand new from the link for 30. Then i sold it on ebay for 47! I'm not complaining!
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Reviewed by Oliver from UK on 24th Nov 2005
4 words sums it all up for this phone and the 3G network: Absolute piece of junk. An absolutely horrible year for me stuck on this 3G contract, with this silver door stopper. It cuts off during calls within 5 mins, battery life lasts about as long as a virgin on heat i.e. 5 minutes, and 3 customer service are now on a par with AOL. Both are now based in India and it takes 15 minutes just to supply them with your personal details before stating the problem, finally resulting with 3 trying to fob you off the phone. If they finally admit to this piece of **** excuse for a phone to having problems, (maybe they should do a search on google on problems with the NEC 616) then you have to send it to them for repairs! (Thats just after they say, try your sim card on a friends phone for a few days, it might just be the sim card, call us back in 3/4 days.) I changed my contract today in a phone shop for an Orange contract, a Nokia 8910i and a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I'm now back in the mobile world and can feel proud with my Nokia. I dont feel any need for stupid ringtones, a rubbish camera and voice recorder etc, I'm not 14 years old and I want a RELIABLE PHONE THATS WORKS AND LOOKS GREAT. Buy into the 3G network at your peril. The worst phone I have ever owned.
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Reviewed by umair from UK on 8th Nov 2005
when i see this set i surprised and set a very good image about this mobile i am from pakistan and in my country the nec mobiles are not available in pin packed condition i bought this mobile from a small shop where this mobile phone was lying on the table without any packing and now i am very happy to get this mobile. ha ha ha
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Reviewed by ali from UK on 20th Jul 2005
it's really nice mobile
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Reviewed by Person who dosen't moan about the E616V from UK on 9th Jul 2005
I got it second hand for #20 and for that it is amazing. Ok, the mp3 memory is rubbish but already have an mp3 player and the phone is quite large but the screen is amazing and all the other features are excellent. The big battery is bulky but lasts for two weeks which is good. Also the screen flickers sometimes but it's no big problem. I don't know what you other are complaining about. Whatever you do don't get on 3 cos it's a rip off. I got mine unlocked and run it on orange. The only problem is that the internet doesn't work anymore but i think orange might be able to reprogramme the software for orange world.
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Reviewed by unknown from UK on 2nd Jul 2005
this fone is so bad. look how big it is, BRICK!!!!. me n my bredrin bought dis fone at da same time and we both tried to dwnload music of his computer and while his could dwnload music mine could not, i was angry so i took it bak next day............RUBBISH FONE.
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Reviewed by anth from UK on 10th Jun 2005
i think this phone can be gud at times and rubbish at the other. the bluetooth dose not work propley this fone is junk!
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Reviewed by Nick from UK on 19th Apr 2005
This phone is one of the most frustrating phones you could possibly buy. The camera element of it is absolutely superb, but it has many faults. Occasionally it doesn't received text messages, or it claims to have received them, but hasn't put them in the in-box. It frequently resets in the middle of a call and takes ages to set itself up again.i haven't even mentioned 3 yet. aside from the rude customer service, and the lack of coverage, they screwed me out of my warrenty. i had a problem with the phone not charging, so sent it back to them, having been assured that it was a regular problem with my phone and i needn't send the charger. 3 weeks, and many phone calls later, i got the phone back, after having had to pay #55 because i'd invalidated my warrenty, although they could not tell me why i had invalidated it, just that i couldn't get the phone back unless i paid. but when the phone came back it was still broken! turned out it was the charger that was broken, which my local 3 shop replaced for free, and the manager even printed me out some sheets of what they'd done, including the line 'does not show evidence of customer abuse'! so how had i invalidated my warrenty? they don't know. a few of their advisers even put the phone down on me when hearing about how many times i'd called before without avail. in the end i cancelled my contract as soon as i could. hopefully vodafone will be better. they certainly have a better reputation. STAY AWAY FROM 3!!
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Reviewed by Mellow from UK on 13th Apr 2005
This fone is totally rubbish in terms of what was originally advertised. Team up constant resetting itself with software freezes, drop of microphone in the middle of a call but the minutes still keep ticking away (AND charging you!) and you have a recipe for disaster! People who got this fone on contract should be given some kinda compensation! Can't even sell d fone on because no-one wants it!!!! Gotta be the worst buy I've ver made in terms of fones!!!!!
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Reviewed by Paeng Nopre from UK on 9th Apr 2005
this fone rocks! im using this here on the philippines but this fone works like a dream! i never experienced any problems related by some of the reviews, even if my fone is a year old! the camera is fantastic, call quality is good and the video is good for film shorties! I swapped my t610 with my aussie uncle and had it converted to local settings. the only downside is,compared to what most people here are using, this fone is too damn bulky. I may look stupid holding a wireles landline unit, but owning a fone other than nokia or SN makes it worthwhile...
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Reviewed by luke from UK on 1st Apr 2005
ARGHHH DO NOT BYE THIS PHONE I AVE JUST SHOT MINE IT IS A VERY BAD PHONE FOR EG CAN NOT RING PPL CUS IT HANGS UP 2 TEXT JUST DONT CUM AND THEN STOPS DOING EVERYTHING FOR HOURS 3 THERE IS NO BATTRY IN IT IM SURE 4 IM NOT EVEN GOING 2 TELL U 5 NOT WORTH A PENNY
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Reviewed by Dave Higgins from UK on 16th Feb 2005
Well,I am writing to point out a thing alot of people may not have realised.There is a NEC e616, and a more updated with better battery life and VGA camera NEC e616v. It has come to my attention that alot of people may have the older phone when in fact they wanted the newer model,or thought that they were buying it.My advice is to first check your recipts,and the outer sleeve of box.if your recipt (most important) says you have purchased an NEC e616V it will also say it on your phone.If it doesn't tally up,the take your phone back.The NEC e616v is a better phone..in fact different with a better camera.(CONFIRMED BY THE MANUFACTURERS).I am in the middle of trying to get satisfaction with a mobile phone shop and I am confident that I will get a result.
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Reviewed by kylie from UK on 16th Feb 2005
i got this phone for x-mas and i think it is brill the camera and the video is brill and the battery life seems to last forever i would recommend it to anyone the only downside is blue tooth (synchronisation code) and the size of the phone.
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Reviewed by Lewis from UK on 9th Feb 2005
Xcellent phone best in the world. "bit on the chunky side" but still a cool phone im getting this with my birthday money from choices downt he road from me every1 buy this fone 45 quid bargain (was #200)
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Reviewed by Philip from UK on 30th Jan 2005
This fone is really a pill of junk!!! If you are finkin of byin dis fone fink again!!!! It is so bik and bolkey!! The colour of the screen is so doul and I regrat payin money for dis fone!!! I must ammit da camra is o.k and da camcorder is o.k but it is a rubbish fone!!! Also it cost a lot of money to sen a message and make call!!! If u are finkin of byin dis u r wastin your money!!! DON'T WAST YOUR MONEY ON JUNK!!!
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Reviewed by DAVE SALISBURY from UK on 24th Jan 2005
THIS PHONE IS RUBBISH -BATTERY LIFE IS LESS THAN A DAY - NEVER GET A RECEPTION-HAVE TO DEAL WITH CALL CENTRE IN INDIA THAT DONT UNDERSTAND A WORD YOU TELL THEM.. WHAT MORE CAN I SAY -STAY AWAY FROM THREE AND DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE EVEN IF THE POPE TELLS YOU IT IS SIMPLY THE BEST -LOADS OF GADGETS BUT SHOCKING - JUST SHOCKING...
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Reviewed by Piglet from UK on 16th Jan 2005
Have had my phone 4 weeks. I got it unlocked so I could use it with my 02 sim card (because 3 is such a bad network) but it will not unlock fully so cannot use multimedia messaging etc. Camera ok, battery life shocking!
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Reviewed by dave smart from england on 20th Dec 2004
very dissapointed by this phone, it says on the packaging bluetooth enabled but soon discovered that this was only for the headset and not for exchanging messages etc. the phone is massive and cuts out from time to time and although the dowloadable music videos are of high quality there is limited choice. i tried everywhere to get this this phone especially due to the drop in price but after buying it i soon realised the reason for such a dramatic price cut, this phone is poor and a very big dissapointment.
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Reviewed by tinman from on 20th Dec 2004
going to get this for xmas me and my partner both bought one and she is not the most techno minded at best but i dont understand why some of you out there are having such trouble.LOL i sat for one evening before it got packed for santa and i must say i found it really easy to navigate around the menu's and found something new all the time cant WAIT !! will right another review after a week or so of having it.
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Reviewed by Golfdevil from UK - Exeter on 19th Dec 2004
I agree that the sales patter for this phone was misleading. I'm still a little confused about billing too. Luckily for me, I live in a good area for 3 services, which I checked before I bought this phone. FOR & AGAINST. FOR: 1. I find it easy to upload & download to or from my PC. You don't have to buy wallpapers, you just have to format them to the right size & file type (210x280 pixels, .jpg works for me), then use the options to set as wallpaper. Sod paying 2.50 ea. 2. Lots of fun stuff to mess about with (including .wav files of which I have 100s of farts, burps & insults etc.). 3a. The camera is a lot of fun, when you get to grips with it. 3b. So is the video capture. 4. Uploading video to the PC is easy. You do need to find the MP4 codec if you want to watch or edit it, but it's there if you look. 5. The storage allows a lot more than I thought. I had envisioned having to buy a 512mb memory stick duo, but there's lots of space, without having to be too selective with my content. 6. You do actually GET 2 batteries! AGAINST: 1. This is the 1st phone I ever owned without games already installed & @ 5 each game that's upped the cost of this phone by 15, as I would expect to have at least 3 games free with the phone. 2.It wasn't clear that you can't surf the web on this phone. Being tied to 3 is a definite con, in all senses of the word. 3. Why is everything so damn expensive? 2.50 for a ringtune is outrageously dear for a 20kb midi file, especially when I already have 10,000 similar files on my PC, which I downloaded for free! 4. I want to top up with 5, 10 or 20 etc. & use it how I like, not how 3 TELLS me to use it. Credit should last until you need it too, not just 30 days! This wasn't fully explained to me by the salesman at Carphone Warehouse. 5. The battery life is poor, even considering the extra functions. OVERALL 3 stars. I think the phone is great & gets 5 stars from me. The 3 services get 1 star. OUTLOOK. I'm waiting for new firmware, or unlocking to another network, but keeping the phone for now.
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Reviewed by Mark Devaney from Englad on 19th Dec 2004
This is quite possible one of the most technologically advanced phones, but the service provide both in customer service and just having signal around England is so bad that the phone should be removed from the stores immediately. I have had it for 7 months and i personally want to throw it at the "3" directors.
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Reviewed by Ryan from UK on 19th Dec 2004
I left a review below saying this fone sucks. Well it doesnt the fone is fine and the network does wind me up but its ok. Many people have added me to MSN so please continue to do so as I'm enjoying talking to people about this fone. ryanwilliams479@hotmail.com
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Reviewed by horny devil from uk on 19th Dec 2004
this fone is da best cause it is a flip fone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by stooeyg from uk on 18th Dec 2004
got this phone today so obviously havent encountered any probs. One thing I have to say tho , is that for 30 quid , you really do get your moneys worth. granted I'd be peeved if i paid 200 squids etc....... but i havent. Listen it costs 30 quid!!!! includes pc sync kit usb cable etc...... 2 batteries ( granted the battery life isnt too good , but it is better than the sony e k700i in which my partner uses ) for the low price alone I cannot see how anyone can knock this phone. i'll post a review in a weeks time , see if i still feel the same way bout the phone !! LOL
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Reviewed by Steph from England on 17th Dec 2004
The camera on this phone is rubbish , its all fuzzy , nd the video is bad 2 . especially at night the camera nd video is fuzzy nd rubbish . I do not recomend this phone atall it is ugly. DO NOT BUY IT WOTEVA U DO!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by Raf from england on 15th Dec 2004
dis fone is a fat fone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by james stewart from ing land on 15th Dec 2004
dis phone is wicked and da camara the quality
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Reviewed by Lewis67 from UK on 14th Dec 2004
Nec e616 What a brick. Its huge not the fone i would buy but im getting it anyway its got gr8 mp3 player and radio so its great get it now *****
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Reviewed by James from UK on 13th Dec 2004
What ever you do, do not buy this phone. It is the worst phone in the world. The menu is tricky, time consuming and inconsistent. The battery is as about as reliable as a chocolate teapot. If you want to download the pictures you took onto your PC, forget about, its very tricky. And forget about calling 3G support. If your problem is too tricky, they'll just ask you if they can put you on hold, and then they will cut you off. And if you phone back and ask to speak to the person who was handling your problem, they will just deny that that person ever existed. I like to think I am good with gadgets, and I like a bit of a challenge, but this phone is the worst phone in the world. The people at NEC who designed this phone should seriously find another job. Please, do yourself a favour; do not buy anything from NEC. It;s not worth the nightmares.
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Reviewed by kane from croydon on 11th Dec 2004
my m8 jus swaped is phone 4 dis phone and e finks it is gr8. the cam t8s really good pics and the vid is exellent i am getin 1 4 x-mas wen i was round is hose it took me ten mins to work out how 2 use da fone. sum man said it cost 115 quid 2 get it unlocked go in 2 croydon an it wil cost u 15-20 qid al peeps who give it bad reviews must jus av faulty handsets and if ure pushy enof at da shop wifin 28 days da av 2 giv u a fone its in da terms an conditions. so im exited abot gtin dis nw fone so if ure fone aint workin do sumting abot it safe1.
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Reviewed by Ryan Williams from UK on 10th Dec 2004
The phone looks wicke dbut is junk. If anyone wants to talk about it add me to their MSN or email mr ryanwilliams479@hotmail.com
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Reviewed by shaun horner from endland on 9th Dec 2004
i think it is a good phone because i got to try it out but ill never be able to get one my self because i carnt aford one i wish someone would give me theres if any body does here is my e-mail address horners04@aol.com please someone give there phone to me i think it is fab please please please i love that phone and i want one today
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Reviewed by Snords from Australia on 8th Dec 2004
In a nutshell: Deceptive sales practices, lacklustre support and unreliable network coverage. In detail: Cleverly, the sales staff at 3 forget to show you the phone with the suitcase-sized battery that is required to run this phone for any longer than a day. Instead they show you the phone with the super-slim and sexy battery and mention that there are two extra batteries included. Great! ... but the only really useful battery adds about 30% to the thickness of the handset. Customer service is tragic, and the phone has had to go back for software upgrades as it was losing SMS messages, creating phantom SMSs and generally stuffing up. Calling between 3 phones often suffers from dropouts - even within the city centre where coverage should be great. 3's area coverage is woeful and you are "Roaming" more often than you are in 3's coverage area. Even within the coverage area you can go for days without getting 3 coverage. While experienceing drop outs and non-connections between 3 phones I am able to grab my friends Vodafone handset and call a 3 phone with crystal clarity. You cannot even download games, instead you have to pay per use or for unlimited use every three days. That's just a cynical money-grab by 3. Very unhappy with this unreliable network, unreliable phone and the deceptive sales practices used by 3 staff.
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Reviewed by Tim from UK -London on 8th Dec 2004
i got this fone a few weeks ago and im allreadyt sick off it. It's a decent fone, good features and stuff but there is allot wrong. The Gprs is junk!! - u can only go on the 3 site and everything ther costs a fortune. The bluetooth is rubbish - it cannot conect to other fones most of the time but even wen it does u can send/recieve files. U can't use mp3 ringtones and midi files can only be under 20kb. You can only use games from the 3 site as wen u upload any from the computer u cannot install them. I wouldnt recomend this fone if u want advanced features!!
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Reviewed by aelso from UK on 8th Dec 2004
I bought this phone. it looked promising. It was on sale for 35 including 15 credit, which was excellent considering that the phone has a 200 value. But I'm so glad that I never paid 200 for it. I've owned a Nokia 3210, 3300, Siemens A50 and SonyE T610, and the NEC e616 has to be the worst phone I've purchased. First of all the handset is very bulky with the larger battery, second the firmware and features of the phone are rubbish. Third, 3's services are unreliable. I live in the centre of London, but when I'm at home I still don't get 3G coverage. When I first bought the phone, it refused to make any calls. I contacted 3 Customer Support, but was finally put through to India! Struggling to tell the woman at the other end my phone number. Also, for some reason text messages don't always arrive at the destination, even when you get a report back saying 'Delivered Successfully', and trying to read emails is a pain. Avoid this phone. Please...
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Reviewed by edward henderson from UK on 8th Dec 2004
Fascinating to read so many contrasting reviews. I bought this phone , e616, from a colleague who found it complex. I enjoyed the challenge and mastered it in a few hours of continuous use. Furthermore I am impressed with the battery life and ease of use. Excellent screen, camera, sound recorder etc Compared with a number of other offerings I have owned over the years this one has a comfortable chunky feel and is easy to hold and operate one handed. I live on the iow and coverage can be problematical with most networks at home but out in town etc it performs admirably just like other non 3g phones. I like it. Incidentally 4/5 is my top rating. Nothing is perfect.
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Reviewed by from england on 6th Dec 2004
basically a load of junk, and the same from three pays customer services, does nothing but freeze, lose calls, no notifications of voice mails, have to take battery out half the time to end calls, and try talking to customer services and your be lucky they can understand english, if it cost 1pence it would be a wasted 1pence, never buy an nec again, more rubbish than comes out of tony blairs mouth
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Reviewed by Mike from UK on 6th Dec 2004
what a load of junk this phone is cheap and had loads of cool stuff like bluetooth//camera//video etc. i thought it would be a good value for money phone. BUT IVE NEVER BEEN SO WRONG IN MY LIFE. ITS HEAVY NO SIGNAL BATTERY LIFE=RUBBISH.......dont by this and any other phone on the '3' network cos its all junk and there just trying to get loads of customers without caring for them...so stay away please
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Reviewed by Natz from UK on 5th Dec 2004
Why iz evri1 dissing dis fone? If you ask me i'd say ur da onez dat need 2 wake up 2 d 21st centry coz dis fone iz gr8!!!!!!!! If you are reviewing dis fone dont take any **** from dese loosers it is a really gr8 fone and you get alot considering the low prices! It is compact and gr8 4 both buisness an fashionable uses. Dont hesitate go owt and buy it. Ani1 agree?
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Reviewed by jake from bahamas on 4th Dec 2004
this is the best phone ever!!!!!!!!the bluetooth is wicked you can send it anybody the cameras light torch and flash is brilliant amd listening to songs on th mp3 player is fantastic-there ent much better on the market.
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Reviewed by ryan from australia on 4th Dec 2004
ive got da nec mobile, and i love it. its got outstanding features, great pixels and on top of that, it hasnt froze once on me, droped out on me, ran out of batery on me or refused to give messages. for those who has one that does that, see someone about it and dont complain.
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Reviewed by Francis from UK on 3rd Dec 2004
Well, I really don't know what the nay-sayers are on about, judging by their comments that their brains are just not understanding what is going on.. probably because they've just used their phones so much, the radiation is seeping in. 3, unlike other networks are still building their network, there are parts of the country where coverage is poor - THIS makes the signal unreliable and the calls can be dropped and/or certain 3G services are not available. In York for example, coverage in the city centre is ok but if you are moving down certain streets while talking the signal may drop out - nothing to do with the phone, in my house I cannot get 3G services - nothing to do with the phone - my house is on the edge of the coverage area. This will improve as the company expands the network, kiddies and those still in nappies wont remember but the situation was exactly the same with Mercury One2One in London when it started - limited coverage and a clogged network. Ok, the phone. This phone is better than the lower 228 IMHO, I had one and took it back to get this one, I was stunned to find two batteries, one being a bigger 1800mAh cell and all the goodies to connect to a PC - a CD and USB cable - great stuff - at last the camera has a practical use beyond being a money spinner for the networks, you can transfer photos, video and music etc and it works flawlessly, I've not had any problems with it. As a phone for 29.99 (plus 15 quid for the topup), plus it's features and accessories, it cannot be beaten and is excellent value. The ONLY gripes I have are with the network/service: 1. The top-up included is not a real one, therefore 3 insist it must be applied as voice credit as opposed to text, this is contrary to the impression given on the packaging etc and is something I am pursuing with Trading Standards now. 2. Network coverage is still patchy in many places, I imagin e London is well covered. Here in York it is poor especially on the outskirts. 3. Getting through to 3 customer services can be difficult, sometimes impossible, often emotionally draining, I've tried for days on end without success. 4. Some of the services (Top Shelf) appear a bit questionable especially as a kid can buy the phone - these services should not be available IMHO, seekers of filth should find it elsewhere. I am assuming it's filth anyway, could be wrong, I guess many won't give a damn about the morality aspect anyway nowadays. 5. The price of the top-up is high and the 30 days use period is a joke - it makes an assumption that we're all mobile junkies, lovers of radiation and/or have bottomless pockets. It is EXPENSIVE to run, probably not much different than a contract phone. I'm used to putting a tenner on a phone once every few months. This will cost you 180 quid a year at least. But the phone itself is very good. Check your coverage first. If you're a parent, check the types of services available just in case. Be aware that the problems many have voiced here are network issues and not the phone - oh yeah, it does NOT feel cheap.. ;-)
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Reviewed by Peter MacCabe from UK on 3rd Dec 2004
I've just purchased a e616v on 3Pay in preference to a Motorola A835 which I'd had on contract with 3-truly AWFUL. Having owned it for three whole days what do I think? Well the phone is angular and clumsy in the hand,the display is poor and the interface is awkward.Good points, the battery life is great, reception and sound quality are very good and I've got a give-away tarriff. Not perfect... But hey.... What do I expect for 44.95 inc 15 of airtime? I'm going to load it with 40 credit each month giving me 750 mins call time and 75 text messages... Reception in Wolverhampton has improved so now I'm ok to use it the way 3 have pushed it. A handset with a bit of style to make loads of voice calls offering fantastic value-for-money. Not a phone I would have chosen on a contract but with pre-pay it has to be one of those little bargains.Thanks to 3!
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Reviewed by joshua from england on 3rd Dec 2004
this is a brilliant phone . Top quality camera you can watch music videos download games and listen to great polyphonic ringtonesand loads more go buy this phone now
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Reviewed by keith from uk on 3rd Dec 2004
THIS PHONE is junk it DIED ON ME 4 DAYS AFTER BUYING Maybee it could be a one off but the problem being it would take 3-14days to repair. 3 said that they wpould repair the phone but I would lose ALL MY CREDIT 35.00 As I had Just bought a voucher. Be warned they admitted themselves That if the problem re occured and I bought a new voucher to reactivate my phone the same would apply again. BE WARNED !!!!!!! Ive thrown it in the bin !
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Reviewed by josh from UK on 3rd Dec 2004
great phone great camera what more could you possilaby want
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Reviewed by r.m from england on 2nd Dec 2004
this is the worst phone i have ever had in my life!!!!!!!!!!!!! i hardly ever have a reception,my phone rarely lets me read the messages i recieve!there is no point having this stupid phone because you can never use it either your battery is low(i have to recharge mine every night) you ahve no signal!or it keeps on switiching off for no reason!
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