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hi guys,

i've just seen a free pay as you go phone on the carphone warehouse website - it says somewhere else on the site that last order date for xmas delivery is 23rd december at 12 midday, so this seems a bit of a no brainer. i'm not sure when the deal ends but i guess it'll end when their last lorder date ends?
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#1
Hi and welcome!
Good tip, but note:
"when bought with £10 Airtime "
Places sometimes do this.
#2
Free when bought with £10 airtime

This has been around for a while now
#3
These are clearance phones - you might not get a nice box - but they will probably be unlocked
#4
Good! Heat added.. but is tht mobile worth it? Looks sick ! :(
#5
Excellent phone for kids - if you want peace of mind while they are out!
#6
puls3
Good! Heat added.. but is tht mobile worth it? Looks sick ! :(


It's a motorola. Need you say more?
#7
you can bypass the "only when bought with £10 airtime"
if you are already on pay as you go with the same service provider as the phone you are buying they can put it through as an upgrade and you don't have to pay for the £10 airtime.

missus kpm had a nokia 6111 on o2
i bought an lg chocolate on o2 (£49 + £10 top up)
carphonewarehouse put it through as an upgrade on missus kpms existing o2 number
i only paid £49

not sure how/if this would work online

:santa:
#8
I have bought a couple of these for the oldies! Easy to use and large numbers! Carphone Warehouse usually unlocked. Would recommend and voted hot.
#9
Father had one of these for easy use , as its supposed to be a basic phone ,,an absolute nightmare !was a very difficult phone to unlock and use and very confusing instuctions , ended up buying a new nokia .be warned
#10
I hate to burst everyones bubble.... I bought one of these about 6 months ago for my elderly mother, since it supposedly designed to be ultra simple to use and has an oversize display.

Yes it is beautifully made, is thin and very light but (and it's a big but) I have never come across a phone that is so difficult to use, it is utterly unintuitive, uses codes to set or remove certain functions (don't lose the sheet of paper/manual).

I have seriously considered doing a Brainiac with it and popping it the Microwave (joke...)!

You've been warned - that could be why there is a surplus of them.

Patrick
worcs.
#11
Well surely you are only paying for the airtime voucher. What does it matter how good or bad the phone is; just chuck it away after you have used the minutes. Great find ''Samuraibush'' an excellent first post. I have bought two phones.

OR give it to a charity that is collecting old mobiles.
#12
WARNING:

This is a terrible phone! It does not have a colour screen, as image above suggests. It is worse than the very first mobile phones that came out. Just one line of text on the screen. Very difficult to use. I bought it while back and still don't know how to use the dam thing! Avoid, avoid and avoid!
#13
Superb spot. Cannot believe some people are being negative about a free phone. Bought 2. Thanks OP.
#14
The phone is really really poor for usability- its biggest letdown is its display being single line- would be good otherwise. I wouldn't even give it to a kid since it is actually harder to user than far more sophisticated phones e.g. the N95. Missed calls are a bit of a nightmare on it and forget text messaging.

This is an extremely basic phone and is only really useful for absolute emergencies. Nothing more than that in my honest opinion i.e. it's not an everyday phone.
#15
£10 of credit and £5 quidco !!!

throw the phone or give it away to a school or charity !!
#16
diabeticguy;1372478
Well surely you are only paying for the airtime voucher. What does it matter how good or bad the phone is; just chuck it away after you have used the minutes. Great find ''Samuraibush'' an excellent first post. I have bought two phones.


your buying the airtime so whats the point ? come back here when you have tried to use them and tell us how good they are ! absolutly s**t phone , better buying ANY other cheap phone at least you will be able to use it .
#17
Oh... and I hate the fact that people are actively supporting over-manufacturing (e.g. the suggestion of buying the voucher and chucking the phone). Such an arrangement will most likely end up in tears what with the limited supply of crude for instance. But it's a dog eat dog world, so I wouldn't expect the average joe to care.
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I don't go for this "if it's free then get it!" arguement. If the phone is excrement, save the planet and don't bother getting it. Motorola may then also get their butts in gear and start producing phones that are actually worth having, if they end up with mountains of unwanted stock. Free isn't always worth having, especially when it's a POS like this one.
#19
i think its worth having just for emergencies - what else can you get for free?????????
#20
Ok then don't throw the phone put it in the attic and wait for it to go up in value:-D

here is a better picture of the phone http://www.oaktreeent.com/web_photos/Telephones/Motorola_Cellular-One_Cell-Phone_web.jpg
#21
cost is £10 mate
#22
bilbo
throw the phone or give it away to a school or charity !!


Recycle it for charity, if nothing else - Carphonewarehouse even have their own program.

http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/commerce/servlet/gben-server-PageServer?ARTICLE=MAIN.UK.INTERNET.MOBILECONTENT.IS.PAGE4

And Oxfam:

http://www.oxfam.org.uk/get_involved/recycle/bringbring.html

:thumbsup:
#23
You can get £2.46 cash or £2.83 at argos to trade in the phone at envirophone or £3.00 at mazuma :roll:
#24
I recently bought one of these from E2save for £5 all in with £10 calltime & £7.50 Quidco cashback , it's awful to use & as others have said NOT very intuitive .

It is now used as a glorified paperweight .
#25
or sell it to Cex once you've used the credit:

http://www.cex.co.uk/product.php?sku=SMOTF3ORAA
#27
PJR
I recently bought one of these from E2save for £5 all in with £10 calltime & £7.50 Quidco cashback , it's awful to use & as others have said NOT very intuitive .

It is now used as a glorified paperweight .


glorified paperweight :p

well reading reviews, i saved myself 10£
#28
I bought one of these phones a while ago when they were about £7.50 for my son to take traveling on a gap year. Have used the SIM and credit that came with it on another phone. Thing is this phone is dirt cheap, so doesn't matter if it gets lost, broken or stolen. It was unlocked and so works with locally purchased PAYG SIM cards. It was designed as a low cost simple phone for use in the developing world. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorola_F3 . It is very robust, dust/damp proof, thin and lightweight, battery charge lasts forever, screen can be read in bright sunlight. Oh nearly forgot to mention - it works just fine for making telephone calls. While it can also text, it has limited number of words displayed on the screen and no intelligent typing facilities - but it can send and receive texts if you really have to. If you want anything else from a phone then it's not the one for you - but as a basic emergency or spare phone, it's ideal.

I've just ordered another one on this deal for my elderly mother, who can't be doing with new fangled gadgets and needs something that doesn't lose its charge every few days. Ordered via Quidco, so will be a bonus if I get £5 cash back as well!

Gets my vote. It is what it is & it's FREE!
#29
This has gotta be hot, £5 quidco and at least £6 cash from cex.
Good find, s**t phone.
#30
Scribbles
I don't go for this "if it's free then get it!" arguement. If the phone is excrement, save the planet and don't bother getting it. Motorola may then also get their butts in gear and start producing phones that are actually worth having, if they end up with mountains of unwanted stock. Free isn't always worth having, especially when it's a POS like this one.

I Agree - voted cold.
#31
I went into CPW to buy one of these phones and the sales assistant refused. He said it was ****, the worst phone he'd ever seen and would expect me to bring it back broken within 3 months.
#32
mcparland
I went into CPW to buy one of these phones and the sales assistant refused. He said it was ****, the worst phone he'd ever seen and would expect me to bring it back broken within 3 months.


And did the nice "helpful" man get you onto a more expensive phone?:whistling:
#33
i agree not worth it for free,, ****** phone
#34
I've got this phone on a free deal from Tesco.

If you want a basic phone for yourself or the kids it's great.

User interface is poor, texting hard work as no predictive texting, but it's slim & light,

For a phone for the kids as they rush out of the door it's perfect.
#35
One for each cars glove box, for when my wife forgets her phone. Which she does regularly

Oh & Blanco, I take it you never fly, walk everywhere & buy all your goods locally :p

Merry Christmas to one & all
:santa:
#36
Where abouts is it cant seem to find it?.
#37
danmc
Where abouts is it cant seem to find it?.



looks like its ended :w00t::x
#38
Unfortunately its EXPIRED

See http://shop.carphonewarehouse.com/pay-as-you-go/motorola/f3-blue-clearance/

Now £7.95 + £10 airtime making £17.95!
#39
AMJ
Ordered via Quidco, so will be a bonus if I get £5 cash back as well!


Has tracked £5 cash back - so nett cost £5 for a £10 call card - plus a free phone that does just what I needed.
Thanks Samuraibush a good find!
#40
cr362
... . It is worse than the very first mobile phones that came out. Just one line of text on the screen.


Someone's got a rather short memory. I had one of the very first mobile phones and this is
streets ahead in so many ways: weight, battery life, SMS, size ... well you get the picture.

Whatever you think of it, you can't beat the price.

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