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Anonymous
June 5, 2004 4:38:01 AM

Archived from groups: alt.cellular.fido (More info?)

Ok, it has been almost 6 months since I got that tiny puppy from Fido.

I have gotten used to its tiny size. Took about a month or two. But someone
with big fat fingers wouldn't be able to operate that phone.

The ON-OFF mechanism is really poorly designed. Outdoors, you don't really
know if you've pressed the button long enough to get the phone to "boot".
(first sign is a light blue screen with no text, so in bright sunlight, you
don't see any confirmation that the process has begun, and if you leave your
big fat finger on the button too long, it will then begin a shutdown procedure.

Also, while riding a bike, it is very hard to turn on the phone because you
first have to blindly press the button long enough to get it to boot, but you
then have to wait some time before the prompt for the pin, and afterwards, you
have to waiot for the useless movie to startt playing before you can press a
key to skip it, and then you finally get to the main screen, but that's not
all, you have to wait a good 10-15 seconds before the "MENU" button becomes active.

The shutdown procedure isn't obvious. If you press the button too long to get
out of a menu/application, it begins the shutdown procedure (also lengthy) and
if you see the Fido logo, you can't stop the shutdown.

While everyone claims that the reception is much better, and while it seemed
to be that way at first, now that the leaves are out, it doesn't seem all that
different from the 6190's reception. I would have to do my own tests to
really compare the two, but that is hard to quantify.


The lack of volume controls on the side of the phone are a real bummer. When
you call fido, you might get a decent volume while in the menus, and then when
you hit a furry 4 legged CSR, you may find it is way too loud or the reverse
and there is really no way to adjust it. It can be done, but you must take
phone away from ear, then press on the "right" key to get the phone menu, then
scroll down to get to the "volume" item which you then select and then you get
to use the arrow ketys to adjust the volume, but how can you adjust it when
you doN't have the phone to your ear ?

With my previous phones (Motorola and 2 nokias), the volume control on the
side allowed you to dynamically adjust the volume without taking the phone off
your ear.


The address book is really really much better than on Nokias (you can also
store adresses etc). Also, canada411 allows you to take an entry you just
looked up and send it to your phone via WAP and it gets stored in your address
book,. You can also store email adresses which you can then use when creating
emails. (so you don't have to retype long email adresses).

The email client is pretty good, However, when you reply to a message, it has
the unfortunate Microsoft disease of copyting the entire contents of the
message you are replying to below the text you enter, and it takes a long
while to delete that redundant text.


Also, even if you just want to send a message, it will still connect to the
POP3 server in your config (but do nothing). (I know this because I run my own
servers and I can see the logs).

Battery lifetime is acceptable when you are in good coverage areas. However,
if you are in a basement during summer, you need to turn off the phone because
the "network search" mode will drain your batteries in a matter of hours. (for
instance, leaving your phone overnight in a location on a desk where it
doesn't see Fido will result in batteries being almost dead in the morning).
Thankfully, it doesn't take very long to recharge. There should be a way to
disable the network search when you know you're in rural area, while still
keeping the PDA/email functions running so you can prepare emails etc.

The timeout for screen illumination is not configurable. It is annoying at
times to have he screen turn off and having to press a key to see it again.


The signal bars are not visible when you start a call nor when doing GPRS/WAP
stuff, so you have no idea in limit situation if you've walk out of range or
not. I was downloading my emails while riding my bike through the 200m patch
where there is service. There was no message/warning that it wasn't strong
enough signal to continue. It kept saying it was downloading the 6th of 7
messages. So I got smart, turned around and cycled back and then it continued
the download rapidly and got to 7 and finished.


The speakerphone feature is OK. However, it should become available as soon as
you've finished dialing. The M55 waits for connection to be established (phone
ringing) before allowing that menu to be accessed. Also, if you press any key
(such as voice menus at the other end, the menus disapear and you have to
clear all digits that you have pressed since the call was established before
you can again access the menus.


There is some solid software and engineering that went into that phone. Some
of the features such as the flashing lights (which thankfully can be disabled)
are clearly designed for teenage girls. But that was done at the cost of
having much more necessary volume control buttons on the side.

The email/wap/sms/mms portion is well done.
The alarm clock does work even if the phone is turned off. (compared to nokia
6190 which didn't)
The phone book supports vcard entries from WAP or emails.
The calendar supports the v-something format for entries.

The phone's profiles are totally useless. You cannot choose different
ringtones for a different profile (for instance, a quiet one for work, a funny
one for after work, and a very loud one for sports/cycling.)

Ringtones are not assigned to profiles, they are assigned to groups of
callers. Again, something for teenage girls who want their phone to ring
differently depending on if it is their mother, girl or boy friends who call.
But for adults who want different ringtones not based on who calls, but on
what the person is doing at the moment, the profiles are useless.

The only option in profiles is essentially to disable all ringing and put on
the vibrator. But you can't have different ringtones. Also, even if you
disable the vibrator, the vibrator still "rings" for the first ring (starts
before the actual sound is heard, so when someone cvalls you, first thing you
hear is the vibration of phone on your desk (bzzzzzt) followed by the ringtone.

More about : comments siemens m55

Anonymous
June 5, 2004 8:02:35 AM

Archived from groups: alt.cellular.fido (More info?)

most of the things u said are right...few things probably u dont know how to
fix...

but rightly said this m55 signals were working fine for first 2 months and
now
it mostly remain on network search...


"JF Mezei" <jfmezei.spamnot@teksavvy.com> wrote in message
news:fc06a227d3fbf50056d6bd22d2a6277d@news.teranews.com...
> Ok, it has been almost 6 months since I got that tiny puppy from Fido.
>
> I have gotten used to its tiny size. Took about a month or two. But
someone
> with big fat fingers wouldn't be able to operate that phone.
>
> The ON-OFF mechanism is really poorly designed. Outdoors, you don't really
> know if you've pressed the button long enough to get the phone to "boot".
> (first sign is a light blue screen with no text, so in bright sunlight,
you
> don't see any confirmation that the process has begun, and if you leave
your
> big fat finger on the button too long, it will then begin a shutdown
procedure.
>
> Also, while riding a bike, it is very hard to turn on the phone because
you
> first have to blindly press the button long enough to get it to boot, but
you
> then have to wait some time before the prompt for the pin, and afterwards,
you
> have to waiot for the useless movie to startt playing before you can press
a
> key to skip it, and then you finally get to the main screen, but that's
not
> all, you have to wait a good 10-15 seconds before the "MENU" button
becomes active.
>
> The shutdown procedure isn't obvious. If you press the button too long to
get
> out of a menu/application, it begins the shutdown procedure (also lengthy)
and
> if you see the Fido logo, you can't stop the shutdown.
>
> While everyone claims that the reception is much better, and while it
seemed
> to be that way at first, now that the leaves are out, it doesn't seem all
that
> different from the 6190's reception. I would have to do my own tests to
> really compare the two, but that is hard to quantify.
>
>
> The lack of volume controls on the side of the phone are a real bummer.
When
> you call fido, you might get a decent volume while in the menus, and then
when
> you hit a furry 4 legged CSR, you may find it is way too loud or the
reverse
> and there is really no way to adjust it. It can be done, but you must take
> phone away from ear, then press on the "right" key to get the phone menu,
then
> scroll down to get to the "volume" item which you then select and then you
get
> to use the arrow ketys to adjust the volume, but how can you adjust it
when
> you doN't have the phone to your ear ?
>
> With my previous phones (Motorola and 2 nokias), the volume control on the
> side allowed you to dynamically adjust the volume without taking the phone
off
> your ear.
>
>
> The address book is really really much better than on Nokias (you can also
> store adresses etc). Also, canada411 allows you to take an entry you just
> looked up and send it to your phone via WAP and it gets stored in your
address
> book,. You can also store email adresses which you can then use when
creating
> emails. (so you don't have to retype long email adresses).
>
> The email client is pretty good, However, when you reply to a message, it
has
> the unfortunate Microsoft disease of copyting the entire contents of the
> message you are replying to below the text you enter, and it takes a long
> while to delete that redundant text.
>
>
> Also, even if you just want to send a message, it will still connect to
the
> POP3 server in your config (but do nothing). (I know this because I run my
own
> servers and I can see the logs).
>
> Battery lifetime is acceptable when you are in good coverage areas.
However,
> if you are in a basement during summer, you need to turn off the phone
because
> the "network search" mode will drain your batteries in a matter of hours.
(for
> instance, leaving your phone overnight in a location on a desk where it
> doesn't see Fido will result in batteries being almost dead in the
morning).
> Thankfully, it doesn't take very long to recharge. There should be a way
to
> disable the network search when you know you're in rural area, while still
> keeping the PDA/email functions running so you can prepare emails etc.
>
> The timeout for screen illumination is not configurable. It is annoying at
> times to have he screen turn off and having to press a key to see it
again.
>
>
> The signal bars are not visible when you start a call nor when doing
GPRS/WAP
> stuff, so you have no idea in limit situation if you've walk out of range
or
> not. I was downloading my emails while riding my bike through the 200m
patch
> where there is service. There was no message/warning that it wasn't strong
> enough signal to continue. It kept saying it was downloading the 6th of 7
> messages. So I got smart, turned around and cycled back and then it
continued
> the download rapidly and got to 7 and finished.
>
>
> The speakerphone feature is OK. However, it should become available as
soon as
> you've finished dialing. The M55 waits for connection to be established
(phone
> ringing) before allowing that menu to be accessed. Also, if you press any
key
> (such as voice menus at the other end, the menus disapear and you have to
> clear all digits that you have pressed since the call was established
before
> you can again access the menus.
>
>
> There is some solid software and engineering that went into that phone.
Some
> of the features such as the flashing lights (which thankfully can be
disabled)
> are clearly designed for teenage girls. But that was done at the cost of
> having much more necessary volume control buttons on the side.
>
> The email/wap/sms/mms portion is well done.
> The alarm clock does work even if the phone is turned off. (compared to
nokia
> 6190 which didn't)
> The phone book supports vcard entries from WAP or emails.
> The calendar supports the v-something format for entries.
>
> The phone's profiles are totally useless. You cannot choose different
> ringtones for a different profile (for instance, a quiet one for work, a
funny
> one for after work, and a very loud one for sports/cycling.)
>
> Ringtones are not assigned to profiles, they are assigned to groups of
> callers. Again, something for teenage girls who want their phone to ring
> differently depending on if it is their mother, girl or boy friends who
call.
> But for adults who want different ringtones not based on who calls, but on
> what the person is doing at the moment, the profiles are useless.
>
> The only option in profiles is essentially to disable all ringing and put
on
> the vibrator. But you can't have different ringtones. Also, even if you
> disable the vibrator, the vibrator still "rings" for the first ring
(starts
> before the actual sound is heard, so when someone cvalls you, first thing
you
> hear is the vibration of phone on your desk (bzzzzzt) followed by the
ringtone.
Anonymous
June 5, 2004 8:50:57 AM

Archived from groups: alt.cellular.fido (More info?)

Okay, I gotta ask. Why would you turn the phone on WHILE YOU WERE RIDING? Wouldn't you
turn it on BEFORE you started your ride?
--
Steve Punter
http://www.arcx.com/sites
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June 5, 2004 10:20:27 AM

Archived from groups: alt.cellular.fido (More info?)

True. Except I find the battery life better with the M55 than with my Rogers Moto 720i that I often interchange. I find the sound quality better (when I was on Fido). Overall, I still prefer the M55 in terms of quality. However, I do wish Siemens had volume controls on the side. You can't beat this color "world phone" for value and quality.

"JF Mezei" <jfmezei.spamnot@teksavvy.com> wrote in message news:fc06a227d3fbf50056d6bd22d2a6277d@news.teranews.com...
: Ok, it has been almost 6 months since I got that tiny puppy from Fido.
:
: I have gotten used to its tiny size. Took about a month or two. But someone
: with big fat fingers wouldn't be able to operate that phone.
:
: The ON-OFF mechanism is really poorly designed. Outdoors, you don't really
: know if you've pressed the button long enough to get the phone to "boot".
: (first sign is a light blue screen with no text, so in bright sunlight, you
: don't see any confirmation that the process has begun, and if you leave your
: big fat finger on the button too long, it will then begin a shutdown procedure.
:
: Also, while riding a bike, it is very hard to turn on the phone because you
: first have to blindly press the button long enough to get it to boot, but you
: then have to wait some time before the prompt for the pin, and afterwards, you
: have to waiot for the useless movie to startt playing before you can press a
: key to skip it, and then you finally get to the main screen, but that's not
: all, you have to wait a good 10-15 seconds before the "MENU" button becomes active.
:
: The shutdown procedure isn't obvious. If you press the button too long to get
: out of a menu/application, it begins the shutdown procedure (also lengthy) and
: if you see the Fido logo, you can't stop the shutdown.
:
: While everyone claims that the reception is much better, and while it seemed
: to be that way at first, now that the leaves are out, it doesn't seem all that
: different from the 6190's reception. I would have to do my own tests to
: really compare the two, but that is hard to quantify.
:
:
: The lack of volume controls on the side of the phone are a real bummer. When
: you call fido, you might get a decent volume while in the menus, and then when
: you hit a furry 4 legged CSR, you may find it is way too loud or the reverse
: and there is really no way to adjust it. It can be done, but you must take
: phone away from ear, then press on the "right" key to get the phone menu, then
: scroll down to get to the "volume" item which you then select and then you get
: to use the arrow ketys to adjust the volume, but how can you adjust it when
: you doN't have the phone to your ear ?
:
: With my previous phones (Motorola and 2 nokias), the volume control on the
: side allowed you to dynamically adjust the volume without taking the phone off
: your ear.
:
:
: The address book is really really much better than on Nokias (you can also
: store adresses etc). Also, canada411 allows you to take an entry you just
: looked up and send it to your phone via WAP and it gets stored in your address
: book,. You can also store email adresses which you can then use when creating
: emails. (so you don't have to retype long email adresses).
:
: The email client is pretty good, However, when you reply to a message, it has
: the unfortunate Microsoft disease of copyting the entire contents of the
: message you are replying to below the text you enter, and it takes a long
: while to delete that redundant text.
:
:
: Also, even if you just want to send a message, it will still connect to the
: POP3 server in your config (but do nothing). (I know this because I run my own
: servers and I can see the logs).
:
: Battery lifetime is acceptable when you are in good coverage areas. However,
: if you are in a basement during summer, you need to turn off the phone because
: the "network search" mode will drain your batteries in a matter of hours. (for
: instance, leaving your phone overnight in a location on a desk where it
: doesn't see Fido will result in batteries being almost dead in the morning).
: Thankfully, it doesn't take very long to recharge. There should be a way to
: disable the network search when you know you're in rural area, while still
: keeping the PDA/email functions running so you can prepare emails etc.
:
: The timeout for screen illumination is not configurable. It is annoying at
: times to have he screen turn off and having to press a key to see it again.
:
:
: The signal bars are not visible when you start a call nor when doing GPRS/WAP
: stuff, so you have no idea in limit situation if you've walk out of range or
: not. I was downloading my emails while riding my bike through the 200m patch
: where there is service. There was no message/warning that it wasn't strong
: enough signal to continue. It kept saying it was downloading the 6th of 7
: messages. So I got smart, turned around and cycled back and then it continued
: the download rapidly and got to 7 and finished.
:
:
: The speakerphone feature is OK. However, it should become available as soon as
: you've finished dialing. The M55 waits for connection to be established (phone
: ringing) before allowing that menu to be accessed. Also, if you press any key
: (such as voice menus at the other end, the menus disapear and you have to
: clear all digits that you have pressed since the call was established before
: you can again access the menus.
:
:
: There is some solid software and engineering that went into that phone. Some
: of the features such as the flashing lights (which thankfully can be disabled)
: are clearly designed for teenage girls. But that was done at the cost of
: having much more necessary volume control buttons on the side.
:
: The email/wap/sms/mms portion is well done.
: The alarm clock does work even if the phone is turned off. (compared to nokia
: 6190 which didn't)
: The phone book supports vcard entries from WAP or emails.
: The calendar supports the v-something format for entries.
:
: The phone's profiles are totally useless. You cannot choose different
: ringtones for a different profile (for instance, a quiet one for work, a funny
: one for after work, and a very loud one for sports/cycling.)
:
: Ringtones are not assigned to profiles, they are assigned to groups of
: callers. Again, something for teenage girls who want their phone to ring
: differently depending on if it is their mother, girl or boy friends who call.
: But for adults who want different ringtones not based on who calls, but on
: what the person is doing at the moment, the profiles are useless.
:
: The only option in profiles is essentially to disable all ringing and put on
: the vibrator. But you can't have different ringtones. Also, even if you
: disable the vibrator, the vibrator still "rings" for the first ring (starts
: before the actual sound is heard, so when someone cvalls you, first thing you
: hear is the vibration of phone on your desk (bzzzzzt) followed by the ringtone.
Anonymous
June 5, 2004 11:58:53 AM

Archived from groups: alt.cellular.fido (More info?)

Steve Punter wrote:
>
> Okay, I gotta ask. Why would you turn the phone on WHILE YOU WERE RIDING? Wouldn't you
> turn it on BEFORE you started your ride?

Because when you're out of range, it drains batteries real fast, I have to
leave it turned off once I am out of the city until I reach an area where I
know there is service.

(For instance, if I ride up to cottage for a few days, I need to preserve
batteries as much as possible because I don't have a charger up there.

On the 6190, turning on the phone was real fast/easy and it also didn't drain
batteries that badly when out of network.
Anonymous
June 5, 2004 12:02:51 PM

Archived from groups: alt.cellular.fido (More info?)

Pavel wrote:
>prefer the M55 in terms of quality. However, I do wish Siemens had volume
controls on the
>side. You can't beat this color "world phone" for value and quality.

Siemens came very close to a very very nice phone. But the missing touches and
the few design flaws really take out much of what could have been an
incredible phone.

As far as "world phone" is concerned, Microcell has deactivated the menu that
allows one to know it is a world phone. (eg: what network on what frequency is available).

I wish network providers weren't allowed to disable documented menus on phones.
Anonymous
June 5, 2004 12:31:27 PM

Archived from groups: alt.cellular.fido (More info?)

I'd just like to know if anyone has changed the housing on one of these
things.


"JF Mezei" <jfmezei.spamnot@teksavvy.com> wrote in message
news:fc06a227d3fbf50056d6bd22d2a6277d@news.teranews.com...
> Ok, it has been almost 6 months since I got that tiny puppy from Fido.
>
> I have gotten used to its tiny size. Took about a month or two. But
someone
> with big fat fingers wouldn't be able to operate that phone.
>
> The ON-OFF mechanism is really poorly designed. Outdoors, you don't really
> know if you've pressed the button long enough to get the phone to "boot".
> (first sign is a light blue screen with no text, so in bright sunlight,
you
> don't see any confirmation that the process has begun, and if you leave
your
> big fat finger on the button too long, it will then begin a shutdown
procedure.
>
> Also, while riding a bike, it is very hard to turn on the phone because
you
> first have to blindly press the button long enough to get it to boot, but
you
> then have to wait some time before the prompt for the pin, and afterwards,
you
> have to waiot for the useless movie to startt playing before you can press
a
> key to skip it, and then you finally get to the main screen, but that's
not
> all, you have to wait a good 10-15 seconds before the "MENU" button
becomes active.
>
> The shutdown procedure isn't obvious. If you press the button too long to
get
> out of a menu/application, it begins the shutdown procedure (also lengthy)
and
> if you see the Fido logo, you can't stop the shutdown.
>
> While everyone claims that the reception is much better, and while it
seemed
> to be that way at first, now that the leaves are out, it doesn't seem all
that
> different from the 6190's reception. I would have to do my own tests to
> really compare the two, but that is hard to quantify.
>
>
> The lack of volume controls on the side of the phone are a real bummer.
When
> you call fido, you might get a decent volume while in the menus, and then
when
> you hit a furry 4 legged CSR, you may find it is way too loud or the
reverse
> and there is really no way to adjust it. It can be done, but you must take
> phone away from ear, then press on the "right" key to get the phone menu,
then
> scroll down to get to the "volume" item which you then select and then you
get
> to use the arrow ketys to adjust the volume, but how can you adjust it
when
> you doN't have the phone to your ear ?
>
> With my previous phones (Motorola and 2 nokias), the volume control on the
> side allowed you to dynamically adjust the volume without taking the phone
off
> your ear.
>
>
> The address book is really really much better than on Nokias (you can also
> store adresses etc). Also, canada411 allows you to take an entry you just
> looked up and send it to your phone via WAP and it gets stored in your
address
> book,. You can also store email adresses which you can then use when
creating
> emails. (so you don't have to retype long email adresses).
>
> The email client is pretty good, However, when you reply to a message, it
has
> the unfortunate Microsoft disease of copyting the entire contents of the
> message you are replying to below the text you enter, and it takes a long
> while to delete that redundant text.
>
>
> Also, even if you just want to send a message, it will still connect to
the
> POP3 server in your config (but do nothing). (I know this because I run my
own
> servers and I can see the logs).
>
> Battery lifetime is acceptable when you are in good coverage areas.
However,
> if you are in a basement during summer, you need to turn off the phone
because
> the "network search" mode will drain your batteries in a matter of hours.
(for
> instance, leaving your phone overnight in a location on a desk where it
> doesn't see Fido will result in batteries being almost dead in the
morning).
> Thankfully, it doesn't take very long to recharge. There should be a way
to
> disable the network search when you know you're in rural area, while still
> keeping the PDA/email functions running so you can prepare emails etc.
>
> The timeout for screen illumination is not configurable. It is annoying at
> times to have he screen turn off and having to press a key to see it
again.
>
>
> The signal bars are not visible when you start a call nor when doing
GPRS/WAP
> stuff, so you have no idea in limit situation if you've walk out of range
or
> not. I was downloading my emails while riding my bike through the 200m
patch
> where there is service. There was no message/warning that it wasn't strong
> enough signal to continue. It kept saying it was downloading the 6th of 7
> messages. So I got smart, turned around and cycled back and then it
continued
> the download rapidly and got to 7 and finished.
>
>
> The speakerphone feature is OK. However, it should become available as
soon as
> you've finished dialing. The M55 waits for connection to be established
(phone
> ringing) before allowing that menu to be accessed. Also, if you press any
key
> (such as voice menus at the other end, the menus disapear and you have to
> clear all digits that you have pressed since the call was established
before
> you can again access the menus.
>
>
> There is some solid software and engineering that went into that phone.
Some
> of the features such as the flashing lights (which thankfully can be
disabled)
> are clearly designed for teenage girls. But that was done at the cost of
> having much more necessary volume control buttons on the side.
>
> The email/wap/sms/mms portion is well done.
> The alarm clock does work even if the phone is turned off. (compared to
nokia
> 6190 which didn't)
> The phone book supports vcard entries from WAP or emails.
> The calendar supports the v-something format for entries.
>
> The phone's profiles are totally useless. You cannot choose different
> ringtones for a different profile (for instance, a quiet one for work, a
funny
> one for after work, and a very loud one for sports/cycling.)
>
> Ringtones are not assigned to profiles, they are assigned to groups of
> callers. Again, something for teenage girls who want their phone to ring
> differently depending on if it is their mother, girl or boy friends who
call.
> But for adults who want different ringtones not based on who calls, but on
> what the person is doing at the moment, the profiles are useless.
>
> The only option in profiles is essentially to disable all ringing and put
on
> the vibrator. But you can't have different ringtones. Also, even if you
> disable the vibrator, the vibrator still "rings" for the first ring
(starts
> before the actual sound is heard, so when someone cvalls you, first thing
you
> hear is the vibration of phone on your desk (bzzzzzt) followed by the
ringtone.
June 5, 2004 11:55:07 PM

Archived from groups: alt.cellular.fido (More info?)

"JF Mezei" <jfmezei.spamnot@teksavvy.com> wrote in message
:
: As far as "world phone" is concerned, Microcell has deactivated the menu
that
: allows one to know it is a world phone. (eg: what network on what
frequency is available).
:
: I wish network providers weren't allowed to disable documented menus on
phones.

They deactivated it? You can't do a manual search for a network? I can do
so on mine and always was able to do so before I unlocked it.
Anonymous
June 6, 2004 4:12:36 AM

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>Because when you're out of range, it drains batteries real fast,
>I have to leave it turned off once I am out of the city until I
>reach an area where I know there is service.

Fair enough.
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Anonymous
June 6, 2004 9:23:43 AM

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Pavel wrote:
> They deactivated it? You can't do a manual search for a network? I can do
> so on mine and always was able to do so before I unlocked it.

You can do a manual search for "a" network. However, they deactivated the
menus that concerned the multi-band capabilities. So you won't know if you're
tuning into a 1800 1900 or 900 network for instance.

Probably an issue with reducing the amount of support calls on the phone (the
fewer the menus, the fewer calls they woudl get).
Anonymous
June 6, 2004 9:27:52 AM

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Oh, another "issue".

If you are looking for service while riding on a bike for instance, the phone
not only turns off the light but also goes in iddle mode (blank screen with
just a network name).

So you can't easily find out where service is strong enough to stop riding and
make call, unless you constantly fiddle with the phone going from one menu and
back so you can see the signal bars.

I realise that in Europe, they probably don't have regions without coverage,
but in north america, this is an issue.
Anonymous
June 7, 2004 5:24:27 PM

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"JF Mezei" <jfmezei.spamnot@teksavvy.com> wrote in message
news:fdb62555a017a08236c8fa437736a4a2@news.teranews.com...
> Pavel wrote:
> > They deactivated it? You can't do a manual search for a network? I can
do
> > so on mine and always was able to do so before I unlocked it.
>
> You can do a manual search for "a" network. However, they deactivated the
> menus that concerned the multi-band capabilities. So you won't know if
you're
> tuning into a 1800 1900 or 900 network for instance.
>

This menu ca be turn on with a small utility software (Siemens quick eprom)
You need the data cable. It looks like a lot of operators disable it since
thisis an europan software. Also this phone is very easy to unlock with
others softs.

You can find it here: www.siemens-java.com

The S55 would be a better choice for you because it's the same phone with a
more "classic" look, the side volume, BT and IR. Only 256 colors but looks
good. the only problem is Fido selling it 3 times the price of the M55. In
europe it's only bit more than M55.

> Probably an issue with reducing the amount of support calls on the phone
(the
> fewer the menus, the fewer calls they woudl get).
Anonymous
June 7, 2004 10:47:50 PM

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> The S55 would be a better choice for you because it's the same phone with
a
> more "classic" look, the side volume, BT and IR. Only 256 colors but
looks
> good. the only problem is Fido selling it 3 times the price of the M55.
In
> europe it's only bit more than M55.

Actually, on a 2 year Fido Agreement it is only $100. Limited inventory out
there at some stores.
June 8, 2004 9:23:01 AM

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"mistaroboto" <mistaroboto@shaw.ca> wrote in message news:qL2xc.661396$Pk3.360164@pd7tw1no...

: Actually, on a 2 year Fido Agreement it is only $100. Limited inventory out
: there at some stores.

That's still high especially since I got mine for $5.00.
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