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Orange Rio mobile phone - Woolworths.co.uk - £29 (+ £3.95 delivery) - £10 free credit £32.95

£32.95 @ Woolworths
Also free delivery if spending over £50. Useful for anyone not wanting to spend an extra £10 on credit from Argos, Orange, etc. - just ordered, and total including delivery and the 'free' £10 credit … Read More
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6y, 3m agoFound 6 years, 3 months ago
Also free delivery if spending over £50. Useful for anyone not wanting to spend an extra £10 on credit from Argos, Orange, etc. - just ordered, and total including delivery and the 'free' £10 credit was £32.95. Like the idea of touch screen + QWERTY keyboard, and at this price well worth a shot.

With the combination of a user-friendly Qwerty keyboard and a touch screen, the Orange Rio is designed to keep you in touch.

The resistive 2.4in touch screen is easy to view and you've got three home screens to easily swipe between, with lots of room to drop and drag all the widgets you want.

Surf the internet to your heart's content via the Opera Mini browser and keep up to date with your emails.

Enjoy your music on the move courtesy of the built-in MP3 player and a 3.5mm audio jack lets you use your favourite headphones.

A 2-megapixel digital camera lets you capture photos and video of all your adventures and you can share content with friends via Bluetooth.

Also available in Pink - PL267.

Useful info:
2.4in resistive touch screen
Full Qwerty keyboard
2Mp camera
Mp3 player
Bluetooth
Includes Orange top-up
3.5mm audio jack
Standby/talk time: 20 days/8 hours
Colour: Black.
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#1
Can you use it for mobile internet? And could I use it on another network?
#2
mccririck
Can you use it for mobile internet? And could I use it on another network?


as its an orange branded handset and only released in the uk as the orange rio, it will be locked. Bit of googling will tell if you can have it unlocked though. The internet will most likely be mobile internet based and not the full net as you may see on some of the more top line phones. If you are interested in surfing the net, definately consider going the extra cash for the san francisco, truly impressive for £80/90. Almost as good as the htc wildfire and just try pricing it!
#3
Yes, can use for mobile internet, doesn't have Wifi or 3g but uses normal GPRS, which is fine for me on my Nokia C3. Apparently this phone is easily unlocked, this looks a promising site... http://www.nextgenserver.com/calculator/ will give it a go when phone arrives.
#4
Why doesnt it have wifi??
#5
As for the San Francisco, it does look an impressive phone, but I used to have a Nokia 5800 and found texting on a touchscreen a nightmare...hence wanting the QWERTY keyboard as well. A friend has recently got the San Francisco, and while loving the phone, says the same thing about using it to text; not much fun on touchscreen. Depends what you want I suppose, should imagine the battery life on the Orange Rio (a rebranded Alcatel I believe) to be better than on one of the higher-end smartphones, another appeal for people like me who just want it to be as easy as possible to use. Word of warning...camera won't be great, not a priority on the basic QWERTY phones, doesn't matter to me but might for some.
#6
mccririck
Why doesnt it have wifi??

Probably because of the price!! To be honest I rarely use Wifi on my C3 as the only place I can generally access it tends to be at home, where I'll use the PC instead, and I find normal GPRS fine to use for checking emails, facebook etc.
#7
If you want Wifi, check out the Nokia C3 from Phones 4 U etc, or the Samsung Chat recently posted http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/samsung-chat-s3350-49-95-plus-10-p4u/873437/?page=2#post10673399 where I first heard about the existence of the Rio!
#8
amethystl
As for the San Francisco, it does look an impressive phone, but I used to have a Nokia 5800 and found texting on a touchscreen a nightmare...hence wanting the QWERTY keyboard as well. A friend has recently got the San Francisco, and while loving the phone, says the same thing about using it to text; not much fun on touchscreen. Depends what you want I suppose, should imagine the battery life on the Orange Rio (a rebranded Alcatel I believe) to be better than on one of the higher-end smartphones, another appeal for people like me who just want it to be as easy as possible to use. Word of warning...camera won't be great, not a priority on the basic QWERTY phones, doesn't matter to me but might for some.


I think I would agree with everything you just said!! I personally use a Desire and I've finally gotten faster at touch screen typing than texting (took over a year) but I love the phone!

We should probably ask Mccririck, what kind of web do you want it for? Quick checks or actual surfing? Watching videos online? Do you live in a 3g area?
#9
jaybear88
I think I would agree with everything you just said!! I personally use a Desire and I've finally gotten faster at touch screen typing than texting (took over a year) but I love the phone!

We should probably ask Mccririck, what kind of web do you want it for? Quick checks or actual surfing? Watching videos online? Do you live in a 3g area?

Haha thanks!! I just think expectations can be unrealistic at times, the only thing that seems to separate this from the C3 and Samsung Chat is the lack of Wifi, but for £20-£30 less I wouldn't say that's bad at all! Certainly won't get an Orange San Francisco (or indeed HTC Desire) for just over £30, but that's all some people want to spend, and what really sold it to me was the combination of touch screen and QWERTY that no others have at this price point.

On a side note, everyone I know with the Desire seems to love it!! My 5800 had a smaller screen, more phone-sized, and I just found texting such a pain that I kept putting off answering messages if I was busy, leading to quite a few being forgotten! With the C3 (quite a downgrade) and hopefully the Rio, far easier to just send a quick text without the hassle. Never even particularly liked predictive text systems anyway, so I'm loving having a proper keyboard for the first time!
#10
ok so how does GPRS internet work? Is that what iPhones etc use?

Also which SIM card should I use in it for cheap internet?

Edited By: mccririck on Feb 21, 2011 23:13
#11
No, I'm afraid this isn't a £30 iPhone, I don't know what they use as I don't own one and certainly don't want to, but I'm guessing it'll be Wifi where possible and 3G where there's a signal for it, then GPRS as a backup, is that right with the HTC Desire? Similar kind of level I believe in terms of spec, though from the bits I've heard the Desire seems far preferable. However they're several hundred pounds. GPRS I believe just uses the normal mobile signal, whereas 3G is faster but less widespread, I certainly don't have a signal where I live (or in several places I regularly visit!) so don't really miss it.

If internet is mainly what you want the phone for, then others on here have suggested GiffGaff, which I haven't used but seem to rate highly. Otherwise, look at the data limits in the "Fair Usage Policy" - some networks cap 'unlimited' broadband at 500mb, 1gb, etc etc, need to be careful or easy to go over, though if you're regularly in a place where you can use Wifi this is less of an issue as you can just select that.
#12
showing at £39.00 with £10 top up now
#13
Thanks, will expire the deal then, glad I ordered when I did then!

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