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Sony Ericsson T200 review

 Review: February 2003  
 

Rating: 1 star

In a nutshell: Entry-level triband phone with optional CommuniCam digital camera.



 

Summary

On the face of it, the Sony Ericsson T200 is similar in spec to the Ericsson T68i, but the Sony Ericsson T200 is much more of an entry-level phone, with a greyscale display instead of colour. The main reason why we have awarded it just one star is its appalling reliability - read the consumer reviews below for a taste of this!

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Reviewed by kavitesh singh from India on 21st Apr 2012
i like this phone....
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Reviewed by mike tompsom from unknown on 13th Feb 2005
Had ma phone for not even a month, and it turns on and off on me.
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Reviewed by Felipe from Brazil on 9th Feb 2005
Very much problems and batery work only for 1/2 year. tkx.
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Reviewed by Sikander Julkernone from Bangladesh on 20th Jan 2005
after purchasing the mobile set in the march 2004 first three month overall performance is fine but in june 2004 all on a sudden software of the phone ha been corrupted. I could turn off the phone if do so the phone became hanged and i have to open the battery and attach again to restart, the dealer could not give me the customer service as promised
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Reviewed by Jim Bowen from United Kingdom on 12th Jan 2005
A fabulous little phone-I have had mine for around a year now and have experienced no problems whatsoever. A great phone for anyone that just wants to talk and text without all of the stupid accessories that come with most other modern phones.
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Reviewed by Tanya from UK on 4th Dec 2004
I dont understand the bad reviews...I have one of these and its been fine. Yes, I admit that a few times it has struggled with reception or turned itself off, but it has only been a few times. It has some great little features, it looks good and I find it easy to use. I like the idea of the Communicam, although I dont have one to go with my T200. I know it will keep going for a while yet, which is great, as I cant afford a new phone yet! Thanks SE, great job!
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Reviewed by Clawz from Denmark on 22nd Nov 2004
I've had this phone for about 2 years now, and I hate it. I've hated it since I got it. I seem to remember I paid around the equivalent of 150 USD for it, and for that kind of money I would have expected something a little more robust. I just wanted a phone that could dial, and send SMS'es. None of the fancy stuff that was being developed at the time (MMS, etc.) This phone seemed right for me, but it has been one complete letdown. - It switches on and off like it was a turnsignal, for no apparent reason. - It loses the network every time I walk into a new GSM antennas area. - Messages fails to get sent ever so often, and will fail over and over again, for no apparent reason. - If I place it lightly on the table, it switches off. - If I slam it hard down into the table - for some reason it stays on. - The power charger plug in the bottom of the phone has had a loose connection since I got it, because I have to bend and stretch the cord on the charger, to actually make it charge. - Ever so often, it will forget there's a SIM card inside, and I have to take out the battery and the SIM card, and put everything back before it realizes it was wrong. - From just walking around with the phone in my pocket, I managed to scrape off a lot of paint from the keys. This phone doesn't make sense. I cannot think of a word that describes how horrifying my experiences has been with this phone (it even cost me a relationship), except I'm glad it's all soon over because I'm getting a new phone. I won't miss this phone.
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Reviewed by Robin de Graaf from Netherlands on 5th Nov 2004
I've had nothing but aggrevation from this damn phone. It's ugly, it's not very sturdy (took me two months to strip the paint off of the damn thing simply by wearing it in my pocket), reception is crud, sound quality is mediocre at best, and the menu system is slow, confusing and unimportant, as you can't really do much with it anyway. I wonder now why I took it in the first place, as I can't wait for my contract to end, just so I can get a new phone. Funky thing is, I'll be going for the SE S700i, because, well, yeah, this is a bad phone, but what do you expect from a phone that was (when introduced) around 150 dollars? The ONLY good side, and with that I mean GOOD GOOD GOOD side, of this phone is one specific game. It's Pulldown, and I'll keep this phone, without a SIM-card, simply for that game. it's the best way of making sure you fall asleep at night - that's what it does best.
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Reviewed by rAcHeL from Singapore on 31st Oct 2004
THIS FONE SO TOTALLY SUX SO PLS DUN BUY IT!!!
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Reviewed by Ana from Mexico on 30th Oct 2004
I htink this phone is great! the menu is easily accesible, and it is pretty good on basi nnecessities: calling and text messages. I dont know why most people dont like it cause I love it! well done SE
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Reviewed by Geert from Antwerp-Belgium on 19th Sep 2004
I have my Sony T200 for over 2 years now, and i'm verry happy about it, even i only use it for phoning and text messages. Now the last 2 weeks i've got some problems with my connections, but after 2 years of outstanding support on my job it's time to buy a new cellphone, and off course it will be a Sony again !!
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Reviewed by Suzanne from Canada on 9th Sep 2004
I bought this phone from FIDO, as they were literally giving it away with phone time credits, so maybe I paid $20 for it. It's been my best phone yet! better than Motorola, Audiovox, and a precursor Ericsson! The battery is killer, weeks can go by before I have to charge and the standby and talk hours ARE AS ADVERTISED. This little phone held up admirably and relayed Carlos Santana playing in Vancouver to my boyfriend in Winnipeg, for well over an hour, so I have to say this is one great little phone. I can't find one with specs [standby/talk time] on the market that can compete with it!
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Reviewed by Jason from Canada on 8th Sep 2004
I used the ericsson for a while - then I got a Nokia (it was only $20 more) and saw what I had been missing. I'm going to give the ericsson away because I'd feel bad selling something so bad. So should Sony.
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Reviewed by Jenny from Canada on 7th Sep 2004
I hate this phone. It's ugly in the first place and I can't say enough on how sucky the interface is, how useless the options and ugly pics are and how completely dumb this phone is overall. I hate it. Nokia come back.
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Reviewed by Michelle from UK on 20th Aug 2004
To start with the positives, this phone looks quite attractive with its grey and blue cover, and it is a really nice compact size. The blue screen is great and the menu is really easy to navigate. But this phone is all style and no content. Text messaging is a bit slow and accessing the inbox and its contents is snail pace. The "Please Wait" message only serves to irritate. The reception is useless, and often i have to hold my arm in the air to ensure a text message will not fail! Sometimes my text messages come through hours after they have been sent. At one time some of the buttons stopped working on my phone also. Sound quality is poor and often i can hear myself echoing at the other end. The phone also has a habit of turning itself off really easily if it is in a bag or pocket. Despite all this i have put up with this phone for almost two years and am only changing to get a contract phone.
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Reviewed by Bert D from Belgium on 18th Aug 2004
I've been using this phone for over a year and a half now, and have yet to experience a problem. It works great as a telephone and short message machine, no fancy pancy bloating needed for me. The sound quality on the Belgian Mobistar network is wonderful, the sms function indeed works a bit slow but that's ok since I'm not a fast sms typer. I can't agree with all your comments. Besides, sometimes the problem isn't hardware or software, but just human.
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Reviewed by Brad from Zanzibar on 10th Aug 2004
What a nasty piece of work!
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Reviewed by Phil from Uk on 4th Aug 2004
this site made me smile:) there i was thinking that i was the only guy in the UK who thought this phone was pants, but no! we all know its terrible. luckily its just had an accident with a microwave so now my company will have to replace it! always wondered why nobody could get hold of me and why i was woken up at 3 in the morning saying i have a new message.. oh no you think something terribles happened, only to find the message was left 15 hours previously! what a turkey! well done sont ericsson! back to nokia, boring but hey it will work and yipee NO MORE ECHO i said NO MORE ECHO
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Reviewed by ralph from canada on 3rd Aug 2004
i bought this phone last year from fido, after two weeks it crashed i can't call, send text message etc.... its good to have a 1 year warranty, i sent it back and they give me a new unit except the battery, every thing went fine and then after the warranty has expired, the battery went dead, what a "disposable cellphone". if you are planning to buy an expensive phone good only for a year, i recommend the t200 or else shop around you may find something better... i rate this phone very very poor, it is just a waste of money... and time (very slow). "DON'T BUY IT, IT IS DISPOSABLE AFTER A YEAR"
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Reviewed by S from UK on 24th Jun 2004
Basic but very good. Excellent call quailty, which is what you use a phone for, no echo or anything. I used to have a Nokia 6100 on the same network and it's much better that that.
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Reviewed by Atul Dev from India on 17th Jun 2004
I do not have proper words to express my frustration with T200 as well as Sonyerricson company. I bought this phone from their authorised dealer with proper bill and one year warranty in Oct 2003. Phone's software got corrupted on 10 Jan 2004. Next day phone was handed over to the dealer for repair under warranty, who sent it to Delhi for repair. The phone came back in April 2004, but without any repair. Local dealer again sent it and it has not come back till date. What is the use of such warranty? Even if the company gives me a new phone today with renewed warranty it is not sufficient. What about my sufferings? I am paying the charges of my sim card without using it. I lost all the contact numbers stored in the phone memory. I am not able to communicate, when I needed it most. Shame to Sonyerricson. Such treatment to its customers will certainly dig it's grave. Atul Dev
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Reviewed by Margaret from Canada on 8th Jun 2004
Totally useless!! I've changed it 4 times in one year, always had technical problems that could not be fixed so they kept replacing the phone until the warranty ran out. Now I'm stuck with an expensive worhtless phone.Would never recommend it to anybody!!!
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Reviewed by Shaheen from bangladesh on 26th May 2004
To begin with I must say that this phone sucks. This phone has the poorest software ever planted in a phone. After using it for two months it went real mad. All contacts are gone, couldn't even switch it off. I took it to the service center. They reloaded the software but there are still bugs. Looks like the marriage between Sony and Ericsson has not produced good offsprings.
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Reviewed by Lawers from belgium on 21st Apr 2004
I'm using the t200 because my nokia died on me after many wonderful years ... about the t200... i don't know what to think of this phone, i think the menu is easy and accessible but the buttons are too small (and my fingers aren't all that big). It also goes haywire sometimes, making phonecalls when i'm textmessaging, shutting down and starting up again... i guess my phone's schizofrenic
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Reviewed by K from Canada on 15th Apr 2004
Don't ever buy a Sony Ericsson!! The reception is terrible. It was the most frustrating experience - attempting to make a call to only have my phone beep 3 times and tell me the network is busy, or just simply not have my call go through without reason. When people tried to call me they would often get the message - all available circuits are busy. I missed 1 out of 3 received calls and hung up on almost everyone I spoke too. I was contantly apologizing to friends and they actually expected my phone to cut off and thought nothing of it in the end. I had the phone replaced with another T200 and the new one was also useless. I then had the new one repaired and it still didn't work. I am now holding my breath hoping my new Siemens M55, that Fido made me purchase for $50.00,(even though the phone they sold me sucks!!) will actually allow me to make a call. Please don't purchase Sony phones. Cheers.
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Reviewed by andrew from malaysia on 2nd Apr 2004
I haven't get any message such as "Invalid Phone" displyed in my screen before eventhough this phone belongs to me until I bought this T200. This happens many times and each time it happens, I have to switch it off and switch it on back again. And you can't make or receive any calls once this message appear. My T200 is only 9 months old and I am suprise also it switches of by itself very well. Writing SMS also its a real pits. So slow comparing to the Nokia's phone. So T200 users, forget about entering any SMS competition/challenges. So those of you out there, if you are choosing a phone, forget about T200 and get a other phone instead. T200 is really an "invalid" phone.
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Reviewed by Sudarshan from India on 20th Mar 2004
The worst phone i ever touched. I bought the phone due to 01) Sony and ericsson brand names and 02) due to it having triband. Right from day one i had problems of signal going off, call getting cut. The service centre in Bangalore updated the software once and swapped ( basically changed the entire set but for the top shell). Still no improvement. Now they also say nothing more can be done. Surprisingly they talk of warrenty period getting over just 3 months after swapping the inside of the cell phone. Worst is i am not getting any response from the email id sugested by the service agent in india - Salora. The email id being " questions.in@support.sonyericssion.com". I now seriously wonder what sort of companies these two are ?
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Reviewed by kev from canada on 19th Mar 2004
hmmm owned this phone for a little more than a year but i didn't have a single problem with it. all i can say is that the phone is a bit slow.
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Reviewed by Good boy from India on 17th Mar 2004
This telephone is really good and very much competetive within its price segment models. I m using this phone since the past year and have had no trouble. GPRS and WAP works very well.
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Reviewed by Tomas Stenberg from Sweden on 15th Mar 2004
It's useless. Don't buy! I have not had anything but problem with this phone, and the warranty is not valid. I have had it on service for three different times. Ericsson sucks!
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Reviewed by thomas angelo from greece on 29th Feb 2004
the worst phonwe i ve ever bought!!problems|rigging is out and has no access to the phone company!!
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Reviewed by emily vallestero from philippines on 27th Feb 2004
Congratulations Sony Ericsson, based in my perception I considered the best mobile phone...easy, classy and affordable. Keep it up and I know you can make it to be the number 1.......More power to you and less power to them......!
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Reviewed by norman from United Kingdom on 26th Feb 2004
This is not a good phone. I could forgive its fairly basic features, but what condemns it in my eyes is: Poor signal Poor quality sound Random turning off : EXTREMELY annoying :I had to change my voicemail message to explain this to p*d off friends and busines contacts. Poor battery life: only bearable if you turn off the back light. Then u have to memorise the key stokes to turn the light on again in the dark. in short get something else or get an upgrade.(mine is due any day)
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Reviewed by poor prince from philippines on 20th Feb 2004
I have been sony ericsson for a year and I loved this foen so much. I have Nokia's but I much prefer sony ericsson t200, the best. I am mobile phoen collector and Im planning to buy another sony ericsson phone Z200 I know Sony Ericsson mobile phone has an excellent standard in regards to quality not like Nokia even street vendors are selling nokia housing and accessories because its so cheap....and easily fade when you have new model after a month your phone belongs to archives...
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Reviewed by Bogdan from Romania on 16th Feb 2004
This phone is c!!p. The software is buggy like hell and I can't even see the call time for my type of subscription. The battery is poor and sometimes the phone just switches off for no apparent reason. I regret not buying a Nokia. They may be more expensive, but you don't have this kind of problems with them.
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Reviewed by Jess Mckenzie from England on 6th Feb 2004
I think the phone is a nice little classy phone. Although it does not have a colour screen it si still very good. lots of good extras the camera and sms . It is normally the nopkias i like but they are to expensive. And now i have pfallen in love with this phone people should not crtiasise it in such a way. Thank you
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Reviewed by panir from india on 2nd Feb 2004
my phonebattery is not getting charged whle the screen shows display message the battery is literally not getting charged. when contacted the service centres they give a reply saying that every thig is perfect and battery needs to be replaced. since the batter is new i dont know what to do since investing more money in that piece is not worth
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Reviewed by Jeremy from Oxford on 31st Jan 2004
I am about to part with this phone after a years' use here in the UK on Orange PAYG. My only phone beforehand had been the 3210 from Nokia, and so I had to relearn how to use many of the phone's features. A year ago, the first cameraphones were beginning to be marketed, and what I wanted was a simple phone with the capability of WAP over GPRS (far cheaper than paying by the minute). This is what I got - it's a fantastic little phone in theory. The call quality is a little less than perfect but tolerable, and the phone does sometimes freeze when lots of SMS messages arrive together. However, it is simple, and you can use the screen backlight as quite an effective torch! I'm looking to move on to an SPV now - but for someone who wants just a phone with good battery life (think grandparents here), you could do an awful lot worse. One to give to the relatives or eBay, but not for very much. Then again, not a hideous phone either...
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Reviewed by Harley from Australia on 28th Jan 2004
Iv had my mobile since april 2003 and experienced no problems for a few months, after that the phone lost all reception coverage in my area whislt my sis's nokia had full bars. After sending it back to sony ericsson they gave me a replacement unit, the biggest piece of junk unit ever. It doesnt charge the battery and when it does turn on it, turns itself off in a matter of seconds. i would not ever mention getting this fone to any of my friends coz they are all smart and go with nokia. Seriously hate sony ericsson now. Nokia is the only way
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Reviewed by Hosenkhan from Mauritius on 20th Jan 2004
My wife bought her T200 in singapore in Jan 2003. At first sight it looked like a great bargain. After 2 month of operation the phone started to * off. Whenever I phoned my wife I heared my echo, my could not hear anything i said and after a few weeks the screen went blue without anythig displayed. I tried to turn it on and off and the screen displayed a vertically mirrored image i.e displayed text from right to left(nosscire ynos 002T). Eventually we gave it to our 4 year old daughter as a toy phone. Very bad product from Sony!!!
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Reviewed by juard xerxes from philippines on 20th Jan 2004
for m, this fone is nice. it have advantge. nokia fone are usualy people used. its easy to use, so your friends wants to have too. but when you hve this fone, theire not gona hve coz your the only one to use this fone. it takes s one day to study this fone.
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Reviewed by Delnaz from India on 19th Jan 2004
The reception is simply pathetic with this phone not to mention the keypads. They make a lot of noise even when on silent.The only thing i like about the phone is that its very light,sleek and easy menus.I even got the phone exchanged after I bought it but suffered the same way.What I disliked most is that even after I went to the dealer with my complaints they just didnt have any answer to give me or atleast provide me with a solution & this happened within a few days of buying the cell phone.
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Reviewed by Jacqui Waterhouse from England on 6th Jan 2004
Does anyone know where I can get a replacement user manual for the T200 ? Unlike Nokia, Sony seem to like to keep their information to themselves. It is very difficult to suss out how the phone works without written instructions. If anyone can help I would be most grateful.
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Reviewed by Alice from Singapore on 31st Dec 2003
I hate this phone! its ringtones r lousy and it always fails now and then when i make a phone call or send a msg. i think its a bit crazy, it does things which i didnt do such as saving a msg when i dont want it and turning off by itself... i should hv never bought this phone, it totally wasted my time and money. for those reading this, dont make the same mistake as me... My frens who hv nokia dont get this kind of problem so i noe its the problem with the brand! i totally hate sony ericsson, and i'll never be ur customer again!!! :(
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Reviewed by Allan from Canada on 28th Dec 2003
This phone is absolutely the worse phone i've ever bought. It worked relatively well for the first month or two, but after a while, the reception was terrible. I made myself a little aluminum foil antenna and stuck it to the back of the phone, on order to have DECENT reception. Overall, just DONT" buy this phone. Go with Nokia all the way.
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Reviewed by azn from canada on 19th Dec 2003
worst phone dont buy it..i wouldgive it 0 stars if there was
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Reviewed by Petru from Romania on 12th Dec 2003
The phone crashed after 3 months! It behaves like the battery is bad. It is blue and cute, good battery specs but AVOID it! They smile at you when they sell this piece of equipement but they know thi phone is faulty! AVOID IT at any price! The good ol' Nokia or Siemens would make it.
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Reviewed by Eva from Canada on 10th Dec 2003
i would give it negative 100! it only sucks!! i have experienced all the negative effects yous guys have mentioned. it turns off by itself for nothing. it freezes up out of nowhere. the key-pad lockin sucks since it doesnt completely lock. theres a lot of little problems with the features and all. the material used is cheap. sound quality sucks. n i think the worst thing is that it has the WORST reception. like i tried to "turnin on/off" the phone thing and it hardly EVER works. i can even be outdoors in places with the supposedly "best reception" n not be able to make a call. n u know the reception bars that show up?? yeah, well, they can be full (which i think is 6 bars?) n im still NOT able to make the call. sometimes by some miracle it does work but hardly ever. n when it does theres a lot of static n the person on the other end cannot hear me. i am only in highschool and therefore cannot afford to get a new phone all the time. i got this phone more than a year ago when i was startin my freshman year n the warranty has expired. back then, when i got the phone i did not know about the 14 day money back thing. if i did i would obivously have returned it then. even though my warranty has already expired, during the time my phone was still under warranty i called the fido customer service like 30 times n they always told me that they didnt know what was wrong n that it didnt happen to others. apparently not so by what i have seen here. i had to take it downtown to their customer service center to fix 5 times. it still doesnt work well. at all. since i lkive very far from that CS center, it obviously did not please my parents to take the 4 hr trip. n 5 TIMES. at first i thought it was a fido problem because theres also other ppl with different fido phones who seem to have a reception problem but theres also other ppl who dont. so i really dont know but i recommend to SO NOT BUY THIS PHONE. POOR ME!! I DONT THINK I WOULD BE GETTING A PHONE ANYTIME SOON ALTHOUGHT I STRONGLY NEED ONE!!! oh and does anyone know how i can contact sony ericsson by phone?!?!? cuz i dont know the number. thanx in advance.
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Reviewed by bonie from indonesia on 6th Dec 2003
just a simple advice:DON'T BUY THIS PHONE...first it looks like a good and excellent phone, but when u try it...olala it feels like a junk!
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Reviewed by Soeren from Denmark on 1st Dec 2003
A basic phone. Better, lighter than Nokia 3310 and has a much better batteri, despite it is very small. (Nokia batteries are not as good as SonyEricsson...). I like the menu - easy to use. It does not have a lot of ring-tones/melodies. Furthermore its a cheap well build tri-band (which means I can use it in USA). It is not a colorscreen-music machine. Its a light-weigt, well working, good-looking basic WAP and Tri band phone. I am very satisfied.
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Reviewed by lorraine taylor from england on 30th Nov 2003
I wish i had found this site sooner, experiencing all the problems which arise with T200 have sent it for repair twice comes back and the faults are still their I am going to ring sony erricsion customer services and see if i will get any luck in getting a replacement as it is still in warranty I think im going to be unlucky though reading some of the reviews still always worth a try I will never buy another sony e phone absoulutley load of s**t!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by Queenz from Montreal on 20th Nov 2003
I find this phone good so far ... my friend gave it to me i don't find it slow at all. People probably think their phone is slow because the have taken up to much space on their phone... It's just like a computer if you use up to much space eventually your computer is going to be slow i find this phone a good phone so far...the only thing i dont like about the phone is that its not in color i would like to get a colored screen phone.. this phone should have its own website that would juss great it probably does but anyways this phone it good. I've been reading some of other comments and there very poor... i've been reading is slow, it shuts down for itself , i hope this doesnt happend to me b-cuz i dont have one time with this
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Reviewed by costa geogakis from montreal on 17th Nov 2003
this phone is very small yes but poor reception no donloadable pictures or ringtones wat so ever and also it has no features like other phones do i do not recomend this phone to any one!!!
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Reviewed by Chris from Canada on 15th Nov 2003
I've been using the T200 for about 1 year now. My first service provider was "Fido" and I am now with "Rogers AT&T". As far as the difference between the 2 providers, Fido had good signal strength in the city but none outside. Rogers has thin signal coverage but they cover the vast majority of the country. As for the phone itself, because it is digital only, don't expect to get a signal where you don't have a provider with decent digital coverage - it simply doesn't work and isn't supposed to. The phone is good. Volume, clarity, menu, brightness, SMS and battery strength all good. Here is the interesting part: About a week ago I began using it for internet browsing. Keep in mind this phone is well over a year old. A bit challenging to browse with such a small screen. many web pages simply do not work and even though it is "pay-as-you-surf", I recommend subscribing to the special network sites for phone likes this - the usability is much higher. I love the phone and , given the choice would stick with SonyEricsson again but maybe would go with the T68i instead.
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Reviewed by Sudhir Mohandas from uae on 9th Nov 2003
Dear friends, I will like to bring to notice how the international companies like SONY ERICSSON along with local agents cheating innocent's customer. I bought a Sony Erission T200 from Gulf Oasis Electronics, Lu Lu Hyper market on 25 May 2003. This particular phone is provided with a one year Warranty from AXIOM TELECOM and repairs from PHONE CARE. Just after four and half month the phone started giving trouble. On taking the phone to PHONE CARE, they claim that atmosphere or sweat vapor have got inside the phone, hence warranty in void. In would ask my friends if a phone can not withstand the atmosphere humidity, why it should be allow to be marketed in Gulf. Hence my sincere advice is to boycott the following three companies for selling and marketing substandard product. SONY ERICSSON AXIOM TELECOM PHONE CARE Please forward this mail to as many as you can, so that at least few of prospective buyers of Sony Ericsson could be warned. Yours truly, Sudhir Mohandas
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Reviewed by Frank from Spain on 7th Nov 2003
nice looking phone but keeps going out of signal everywere, i don´t really recomend it unless you live in front of the cell antenna....
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Reviewed by Gregory Harris, from Helsinki, Finland on 5th Nov 2003
The worst phone I have ever seen. I wish I had seen such a page as this one. Standing in the city center of Helsinki where the GSM signal is strong, the phone often can't even find the network. It's absolutely useless!!! It worked fine when I bought it but is getting worse over time. Absolutely do not buy this piece of junk. I'll never buy another SonyEricsson product again.
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Reviewed by Moacyr from Brazil on 23rd Oct 2003
Very beautiful machine, GREAT accessories and specifications, awesome price. BUT YOU CAN'T CALL IT A PHONE. I had one of those, when I touched it the signal used do drop drastically, most of my phone calls were forwarded to my mailbox even though my phone was on and displaying a good signal level. I know several people who are having the some problem with it. I sent my machine to get fixed by Sony Ericsson's authorized company, 40 had passed and it haven't been fixed, Sony Ericsson must be having so much trouble with this phone that they don't even have enough good parts to fix the troubled phones. My phone company gave my money back and now I bought a Motorola C350, it seems to be MUCH MUCH MUCH BETTER phone. Why to have this beautiful blue machine with tons of applications and features if it doesn't work as you need most: A CELL PHONE!
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Reviewed by Jason L from Australia on 17th Oct 2003
the se t 200 was the only phone that sony ericson had made faultly the rest of them are good but the t 200 was made for just sms and phone calls the camera and wap was just extras for people to fiddle with i sujest stay with sony ericson because they are actully better than nokia i recommened a t 310 or t610
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Reviewed by Bizzy Iweha from nigeria on 14th Oct 2003
wish i saw this page soonner i was more luck than most guys mine stayed 2 months and then no network unless you hit or bend the phone in a particular way. my money down the drain Nice functions but no reliability, WHY. i still wonder if the phone was designed to display No Network PLEASE don't make my mistake you'll go mad.Get Anything else I changed brand entirly
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Reviewed by Cristi from on 10th Oct 2003
Don't buy this phone. T200 it's a resonable piece of hardware, but has many flaws on its software. It has by far the worst software from all the phones I owned. You can't lock the keypad thus the phone switches off when you least expect this, can't redial properly, seems to have a problem with the dialed in numbers, they appear on screen after you terminate the call and seem to stay there until you press twice "No" button. I also notice some problems with their WAP implementation, but since I'm not using this feature so often I don't find it annoying. It has other problems, like it looses signal even if you don't move the phone. It is such a shame that a company like Sony Ericsson releases poor products, but markets them as state of art products. If think we should gather and sue them. Conclusion BUY NOKIA, its products are way better.
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Reviewed by Rita from Norway on 7th Oct 2003
I have had my T200 for about one year and finally I understand why my phone keeps turning itself off while in my pocket. Nice touch, Ericsson! But there are worse problems. The sound seems nice in my end of the phone, but people who talk to me keep hearing the echo of their own voice. I have tried different networks in different countries and talked to people with different telephones. Using handsfree helps, but it still is unacceptable. I hardly receive any phonecalls anymore, people hate talking to me in that phone! Other drawbacks are the hard buttons and the extremely SLOW typing of SMS. I haven't experienced any of the problems described about not receiving calls etc. But I would never recommend this phone anyway, because of the terrible sound problem.
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Reviewed by alex from UK on 6th Oct 2003
Well this is my second review of the phone. After two months in use one day the phone start displaying "Insert Correct SIM" message. It will not accept any sim card. I sent it to SonyErricson repair center. They say that there is a problem with the phone and it cannot be repaired. Moreover they are out of stock and they cannot replace the phone quicky enough. I have been waiting for three weeks and they say that perhaps I need to wait two more weeks. The fact speak for themself, this phone has a serios quality problem and put a shame on Sony trademark.
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Reviewed by john from france on 3rd Oct 2003
Have not experienced many of the problems other reviewers have had. But I'm getting 'slightly' annoyed by the fact the thing turns itself off within 2 minutes of being in my pocket. I shouldn't have to check a phone every half hour to see if its on or not - makes me look like i'm desperate for calls or something. Don't advertise a key pad lock if it truelly isn't a feature. I naively thought that all the big phone producers didn't still make fundamental design errors.... Don't buy this phone and if you're using this site to properly research for your next phone - well done, you're a wizer monkey than me - don't trust the spotty git in the shop - they'll have you every time.....
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Reviewed by Constatin Cutieru from Romania on 2nd Oct 2003
T200 is a resonable piece of hardware, but is by far the phone with the worst software I ever had. You can't block the keypad on this phone, so it closes when you would least expect. The redialer is not redialing at all and if you hit any key from the keypad it closes. Somehow, after you dialed in a number (not from the agenda) and closed the connection, the dialed number is still on your screen. You can hit any key to make it dissapear :). And so on. This is a poor product. What is even worse is the fact that Sony Ericsson is realising this kind of products and doesn't do a damn thing to fix this. If you have owned other kind of phone than Ericsson before, don't buy this one.
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Reviewed by Keith Chitty from UK on 2nd Oct 2003
This has to be the worst purchase of my life. The phone reliability is appalling. It constantly loses signals or fails to aquire them even in areas with a high signal strength. What is much worse thiugh is the unbelievably poor after sales service and the total disinterest in any one from Sony Ericsson in trying to improve it. I returned my phone to Celestica, the repair service provider in the UK, for rectification and after about 2 weeks it came back saying that it met specification. It was just the same as when I sent it (at a cost of £4.50. Trying to phone Celestica is a complete waste of time, it takes about 30 minute in a phone queue avery time. I tried the Sony help line, this takes about the smae amount of waiting time. With a lot of persistance I managed to get reach a David Upton who claimed to be a dept Team Manager at Sony Ericcson. He refused to acknowledge there was any problem with the phone design and failed to give any indication of the slightest interest that I had problems and was a very angry customer. His suggestion was that I return it agian to Cellestica. I dis this and 3 weeks later after many long waits on the phone again they agreed to replace it. It duly arrived in the mail, with no battery. More long delays on the phone and Cellestica agreed to send me a battery. Great except when it arrived it would not accept any charge. Long phone calls to Sony Erricson. I requested a replacement phone again, they said no but agreed to send me another battery which still has not arrived. As I type this I have been waiting in a Cellestica phone queue for 35 minutes and have been without my phone for 6 weeks. If you are thinking about this phone don't touch it with a barge pole. If you've bought one it seems to have a high probalbilty of going wrong. If it does wrong throw it away, you@ll never get it repaired or replaced. My advice is buy a Nokia or anything rather than an Erricsson
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Reviewed by Mateusz from Poland on 22nd Sep 2003
First of all I'm really astonished that somebody has experienced any problems with the T200. Hungs up, doesn't receive the calls?I've got it for a half year and never had any problems.Maybe I'm lucky to have a Swedish version of the software? That could be the case. The mobile is as easy as pie, simple and apart from EMS and games doesn't have any extra features. I don't mind it as I was after a phone not a toy when buying it. Basic functions are great though. Battery life is excellent, sound is clear,the phone NEVER hungs up. The only thing is that if the kyepad is locked and the "No" is hold for more than 10 seconds (which has happened a few times in my pocket), the phone turns off. So the key lock doesn't work properly. Otherwise it's just a decent mobile you can rely on.
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Reviewed by Mike from New Zealand on 18th Sep 2003
I got this phone about a month ago and I loved it. The signal is clear the quality of the reception is great. Yes it does crash if the keypad is locked and you hold down the no button for 10 seconds. But all I had to do to fix it was press the no button twice and it comes back on. When receiving a txt it beeps very loud, the ring volume could be a bit louder but thats why you have vibrate. I haven't had any problems with it either, I have had nokia phones, always with the batteries falling off, and alcatels with then either not going or just turning off all the time, I have just got another T200 for my wife and she loves it too with out any problems either.
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Reviewed by kulz from australia on 16th Sep 2003
i have owned the t200 for the last few months and so far so good, no problems whats so ever. i have had good reception on the OPTUS network, no missed calls or anything like what some of the ppl have stated on here. id say only the key lock and inreasing the sound while on the phone should b upgraded, but thats no biggie.
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Reviewed by Will from Canada on 15th Sep 2003
OMFG! What a piece of c**p. The Sony Ericsson T200 constantly drops calls, refuses to accept calls WHEN TURNED ON (acts like it is turned off), refuses to place outgoing calls to anyone except FIDO customer service, randomly turns itself off. I traded mine (FIDO upgraded me for free) for a Siemens A56. I have had the Siemens "problem free" for 5 weeks now!
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Reviewed by Karen from United Kingdom on 12th Sep 2003
As for my thoughts on this phone... I have had no problems whatsoever and don't know what all the fuss is about. The battery life is great and it's lightweight as well. Sure, it's a bit difficult to hear it when it rings in my bag, but that is easily fixed by turning up the volume on the ringer. Had a small problem getting the wap to work, but took it into my local Orange shop and they tweaked the settings and now it works perfectly. A great phone for everyday use.
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Reviewed by Phil from Canada on 9th Sep 2003
I got this phone two weeks ago and I am happy with it. It's from Fido, and the connection is very good. My previous phone was Nokia 3360 with Rogers and I find that the connection quality is much better. It's true that sometimes it shows "no network", but that's not that big a problem for me. The phone itself is very convenient, it's lightweighted ( not like Nokia 3360, it's like a brick - you can kill with it), and has convenient features.
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Reviewed by anupam from india on 29th Aug 2003
Right Size. But poor sound reception quality. Outgoing sound is good for listener at other end. But incoming sound is really filled with static. Plus, sometimes, keypad is locked, and it won't even unlock for me to answer incmoming calls while rining. Few times I missed calls while it was rining and I pressed all buttons to accpet the call, but phone did not unlock. Solution for bad incoming sound quality : I purchased a signal booster (sticker) that did miracle improvement in sound reception quality. I highly recommed that option for everyone. Only problem is that it is very difficult, almost impossible to find appropriate place to install/stick that signal booster, due to the small size of T200.
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Reviewed by Francis from Philippines on 29th Aug 2003
I feel so sorry for myself that it was too late when i discovered this site. I bought my SE T200 just 3 days ago. On my fist hour of use the menu hang 4 times. The other problem is the very weak message allert tone, its almost not audible when the phone is in the pocket of my pants. Im affraid lots of my friends will get mad at me for late reply to their text messages. The service center in Manila tried to upgrade the program but its still the same. Its so bad theres no "money back guarantee" in Phil. Well the only thing that i could do to get even is to tell to as many people as i can "DONT BUY SONY ERICSON T200"
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Reviewed by Suresh from India on 26th Aug 2003
I had Sony J70..I took this one.. just when Blue screen became a craze.. then I took this one.. hoping it would be as good as Sony J70. Phone is good with the bright blue screen & battery life, yet light weight. Not too small not too big.. just right sized and easy to handle keys.. spendid menu options.. and features were all good for the price.. But Man.. its very bad in signal reception, esp when you try to take ring-roads of your city. When in office guys get calls.. and mine shows No-network. ... Suddenly it goes Blank. It does not come up at all. When taken to the Service center.. we come to know that its a typical problem.. as I saw two guys reporting the same issue .. Since its a problem with the board !! Service center guys replaced my handset with another one after a week.. ! God know what problem its got ! The signal reception is drastically bad. Becoz of such problems.. you get fed up.. and more like.. cheated. I dont want to sell it off.. as it equal to me cheating another guy.. I never would go for this sony ericcson phone ! Sony was good .. sony ericsson.. Please dont waste you money..and more Time with this phone. If SONY ERICSSON happens to hear.. STOP THIS PHONE PRODUCTION AND NEVER AGAIN RELEASE SUCH BAD PRODUCTS EVEN IN DEVELOPING NATIONS LIKE INDIA !!
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Reviewed by chris from england on 18th Aug 2003
An amazing battery life for this phone but that is all the good i can find about it. After a week of having the phone and being incredibly tolerant of the slow dial up times and the fact that I don't get my voice mail messages for hours after they were sent, the phone broke, the bottom of the screen had been cut. After having the phone sent off for repair i found more problems with the signal, I can't even get 1 bar of signal now even next to a bloody mobile phone mast! Do not buy this phone.
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Reviewed by Alan Walters from England on 12th Aug 2003
Sorry but I can't agree with all the reviews below. For £69 I have a great, reliable little phone with tremendous battery life, great reception, and I don't feel as though I've been ripped of paying a fortune for features I would never use. For £35 extra I have obtained a data cable to hook up to my laptop and can now check and send emails (or surf if I want to) when on the move. You can keep your expensive toys and silly ring tones. This is a 'phone for people who actually need to make and receive calls on the move instead of having a fashion accessory!!
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Reviewed by Tobias Radeskog from Sweden on 6th Aug 2003
I'm sorry, can't agree to all the posts about poor voice quality and irreliability, because it simply isn't true. This phone has the BEST voice quality I have ever experienced. It's so damn clear that it sounds as if you're speaking with the person for real! Perhaps a Swedish phone feels comfortable to be on a Swedish network, because that's what I'm using it on. Features are also great and the menus are fast as on no other fone. However, there is one MAJOR ANNOYANCE with this phone which makes it TOTALLY VOID AND UNUSABLE for some people. When the keylock is on, you suppose the keys should be locked, right...? Not on this phone! If you hold the "NO" key for ten seconds when the phone is locked, it turns off anyways! I know of at least two people who are considering sending their phones back because of this. It turns off twice a day while lying in their bags! This also seems to be connected to the hardware - I believe it's not a bug but rather a restart routine SE implemented! If SE would be so kind not to implement this feature in their upcoming phones, they might just become usable. But I'm sorry, this is such a big gripe that it shouldn't be accepted. Would have been 5 stars if it didn't have this little feature. Now I can only give a low to sub-average grade.
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Reviewed by Johan from Finland on 6th Aug 2003
The SE T200 is the WORST phone I've ever owned. Ever since the second week I had it there has been problems of all sorts. The phone shuts down by itself, calls are missed although there is good reception and the latest problem is that sometimes when I answer or call someone the piece of junk turns off by itself, although it's fully charged. Damn I hate Swedish products. Nothing beats a Nokia!!!
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Reviewed by Gerry from Canada on 1st Aug 2003
Sorry, they don't have a 0 star rating. do not buy that phone. Poor reception, missed calls while the phone shows full reception, Sllllllllooooooowwww, turns off by itself (while sitting on a desk beside me)... Sony Ericsson also programmed a very special mechanism that makes the phone crash the day you're waiting for important calls. A tech at my service provider (FIDO, these get 1 star for making me waste hours with them, and wait till the 5th exchange to give me something else, a t300.) whispered to me that "...if the phone was made before the 43th(i think) week, it's screwed up...". He then opened the case, looked under the battery and sure enough, the phone is junk. Sony Ericsson tried more than 2 times to fix the problem with new batches of t200 but they still have it wrong. By the way, you put the key lock so you can have the phone in your pocket and it call anywhere or turn off by itself right? on the the t200. put the key lock on, and press the power key for about 10secs. You just made your T200 crash. T200 sucks a big fat !#$@%, sonyericson sucks a big fat !@#$% and FIDO suck a big fat !@#$. That's my review for you. More to come in the t300.
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Reviewed by Stefan from Canada on 27th Jul 2003
All I can say is DO NOT PURCHASE THIS PHONE!!! I have had it for only 12 days, and have already missed over 30 calls, only to be reminded a few minutes later that I have a new voice message, and this has all happened in an area where there is reasonably good coverage. When I actually use it to place a call, the connection wait is terribly long, and 6 out of my 10 calls are prematurely cut off due to the lousy reception. Luckily, my service provider has a 14-day exchange policy, so I called them up and ordered the Nokia 5100. Final thoughts....Stick with Nokia
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Reviewed by Ty from Canada on 22nd Jul 2003
what a load of junk! - i had my first T200 replaced due to poor reception and calls going directly to my voice mail. at present i cannot unlock the phone, cannot answer calls. if i remove the battery to re-boot i have problems switching it back on. this is the biggest pile of junk i have ever owned. i am going to buy a Nokia then smash the T200 with a sledge hammer and send it back to SonyEricsson.
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Reviewed by Don from UK on 21st Jul 2003
Only just bought a computer and found this site by accident. How i wish I had read this BEFORE I bought the T200. Thought it looked good, sounded good, in reality it is a pile of poo ! Phone locked on the 2nd day I had it ! Very slow connecting to WAP. Didn't want a Nokia coz everyone's got one, but now I know why......
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Reviewed by Rahul from India on 18th Jul 2003
This phone has made life miserable for me. It shows that it is logged into the network, but I am unable to receive calls. It usually takes 4-5 tries to make a call. The voice quality is pathetic and has noticably reduced since I first bought the phoneabout 4 months back. Nodoubt the design and functionality is excellent, but whats the use if I can't receive or make phone calls.
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Reviewed by Britney from Canada on 16th Jul 2003
I was debating between the Nokia 8390 and this phone. Unfortunately for me, I made the wrong choice. Reception is horrible. Please wait , Please wait. It's SOOOOO slow.
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Reviewed by Sean from Canada on 13th Jul 2003
This phone sucks... keypad is very hard and the overal quality is very poor. this is a teenie high school girls phone. i had a nokia 3360 before the T200 and man the phone was great...but the service provider (rogers att) sucked so i wanted a GSM phone so i got the t200. i game it to one of my girls and baught me a nokia 8890.
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Reviewed by Jimmy from Philippines on 11th Jul 2003
Just buy T200 for 1 week, features cannot be compare with Nokia, though the size and the design is pretty cool, the features response very slow, shift from one features to another should be done one by one, very time comsuming. Its not a good recommended for after being fool by their leaflets and all those advance features. Poor me. Dont buy this one.
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Reviewed by dave from Australia on 7th Jul 2003
This phone is worse than poor, When you lock the keyboard, then hold down the NO/power off key it crashes the phone after about 60seconds. I've tried it on about 10 t200's everyone does it, and erricsson wont fix it. Only way to fix it is to remove the battery, and restart it
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Reviewed by simon from england on 5th Jul 2003
i got this phone one week ago and use it no end as i moved to sweden.I have no problems with it battry life is very good wap works excellent. the only thing i would say bad about it is that it is slow when in the menu otherwise a good phone. i have had t68i t28 nokia3210 5210 8210 and i think this phone is as good them all
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Reviewed by alex from UK on 18th Jun 2003
The phone could be excellent if SonyEricson did a better job with its software. On the paper it is a great phone (3-band, WAP, GRPS, small & light) but software sucks. I had it for two weeks and already finding problems. 1. WAP brouser. It has problems, the wap pages & forms that are displayed without any problems on Nokias, are not displayed correcly on T200. So the WAP browser is no good. 2. Audio quality. I have compared T200 with Nokia 6310i. Sound quality on Nokia is "deep and rich". In T200 is rather "dry and shallow" in comparison. 3. Quality of plastic and buttons. Nokia 6310i has a qulity feel to it. T200 has rather cheap plastic. The pait started peeling off from the buttons only after two weeks use.
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Reviewed by Alex from Romania on 16th Jun 2003
Overall it's a good phone. It doesn't offer much more than the basic functions, but it' resistant and lightweight, and has a superb design. I also read some other reviews, and observed that a lot of people were influenced by network problems (otherwise the phone has good sound receiving). And ofcourse there are some phones that have been built with errors on them, but these are random errors that every phone manufacturer has.
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Reviewed by pradeep from india on 28th May 2003
i got this phone 2months back,when i tried to change the "my animation-transion" ,my phone got stucked.no phone book,no pictures,no luck code,no ring tones and no profile.i don't know what to do now
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Reviewed by Vishal from India on 9th May 2003
I am not that much happy with mobile as I expected and the Sony Ericsson created this Hype about. See the main aim of a mobile is to get and make calls sometimes that is also not possible it gets hanged I heard a few days back one of pals T200's battery got bursted while charging. Else its a nice phone.
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Reviewed by - from USA on 6th May 2003
Had this phone 4 months and hate it. Reception is very poor, an issue I initially attributed to the network but no - the phone just sucks! 90% of the time the phone won't pick up calls or connect. I don't trust it and would warn anyone against it.
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Reviewed by Tim from - on 18th Apr 2003
I got this phone from work, so it didn't cost me any money thank god. What a terrible phone. It's interface is SO slow, try doing something in a hurry, it'll just get confused and take forever to respond. Not really a problem I guess, but I work in a fast paced job and something I want to throw it against a wall. The Nokia I used to have gave me no such grief. The WORST thing about this phone is that I'll find it thinks it's still on the network (ie:has signal) but it won't accept calls or txts. The network thinks the phone is switched off. The only way to fix this is to turn the phone off and on again. I find this happens about once every two or three days. I can't figure out what makes it happen, but I can't begin to tell you how annoying this is. Other problems include, as already mentioned, the phone locking up totally sometimes and terribly slow txt input. The phone does have a few good features though, the GPRS works really well, when actually on a call it is very clear, good quality audio. Overall though, this feels like a really half finished, rushed to market job. If the T68i interface is anything like the T200 interface then I feel sorry for everyone who owns one of those as well. I am currently trying to get my work to fork out for another phone, because this T200 isn't much good for me.
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Reviewed by Mark Kristophe from Mexicalztingo on 11th Apr 2003
Same thing with the freezing of the phone... I thought It was just mine I was about to change it. I really like the design.
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Reviewed by - from - on 5th Mar 2003
I found the phone light but had problems with it getting the network most of the time after two weeks of use . Returned the set for a new one. Still looking how the new hand set gonna fare.
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Reviewed by Hunter from - on 2nd Mar 2003
Been looking for a phone that does a little bit of everythin, this pretty much does that. Quite happy with it. Tri Band, GPRS, WAP, EMS, a lower end phone at a descent price. Misses polyphonic ringtones though.
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Reviewed by MANOJ from UINTED ARAB EMIRATES on 24th Feb 2003
I MADE A BIG MISTAKE TO BUY THIS PHONE SONY ERICSSON T200. IT HAS MANY PROBLEMS YES, NO.7, NO.0 BUTTONS GETS JAMMED. SOME TIME IT SHOWS NO COVERAGE OF SERVICE PROVIDER. EVERY DAY I FACE NEW PROBLEM WITH THIS PHONE. ITS JUST 3 MONTHS SINCE I PURCHASED IT, I HAVE BEEN ALWAYS HAPPY WITH NOKIA. I HAVE USED NOKIA 3210,8310,6510 AND EVER HAD SUCH PROBLEM.
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Reviewed by Rachael from Wales on 22nd Feb 2003
The handset is very light. My screen also froze and I was unable to do anything without removing the battery. Otherwise a good phone.
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