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Unlocked Motorola F3: £17.99 with £17 free Virgin airtime plus £3 Quidco!!

£17.99 @ e2save
This phone is for minimalists or people with not-so-good eyesight, or people who need a back-up phone or one for holidays. Read the reviews before you buy, it is probably the phone with the fewest fea… Read More
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9y, 10m agoFound 9 years, 10 months ago
This phone is for minimalists or people with not-so-good eyesight, or people who need a back-up phone or one for holidays. Read the reviews before you buy, it is probably the phone with the fewest features in the world. Having said that, I love it!

THE DEAL:
Go for the cheaper of the three networks, pay £18.99 and get the phone delivered free next day by special delivery. It comes with a Virgin SIM card that will have £12 of airtime after you register it ONLINE (£2 extra), bringing the cost of the phone down to £6.99. Plus you get get Quidco discount on top of that. e2save advertise £7.50 discount on Virgin SIM cards, but mine is currently tracking at £3 per phone. If it increases, then you will actually get paid £0.51 to buy it!

The phone has a twelve day standby time, 4.5 hours talk time, and is unlocked. It features a new type of black and white "e-paper" screen which uses hardly any power, Yet it has fantastic clarity in bright sunlight right down to very low levels, below which the keypad lights are sufficient.

The screen display is really big and has helpful voice prompts in English, German and Italian. The speaker-phone on it is great! Loud ring and vibrate too.

Bought two for my parents in their 80s, and one for me. All separate purchases, as you only get one Quidco discount per transaction.

UPDATE: Thanks to walerah for reminding me that the phone comes with £5 of credit, but this is is not an error. To get the extra, all you need to do is register the sim online with Virgin Mobile to receive the remaining balance (£5 + £2 registration bonus) and the full credit may take up to 10 days.

Also Fennie advises that e2save emailed to say there is a 7 day delay on these now with Virgin SIM card.

I guess there is a bit of a rush now! Site still appears to be accepting orders though.
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Delay now 10 days
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Delay now 14 days
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Delay now 17 days - see recent comments in thread for latest delay status!
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Registered the phone this morning online. Was credited with £15.00 Virgin airtime and not £12 as publicised. Don't know why. This brings cost of phone down to £1 with Quidco, or possibly a few pounds less, depending on final Quidco discount.
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UNBELIEVABLE AS IT SOUNDS - the registered card seems to have had another £2 of credit added around 24 hours after it was first registered - total Virgin Airtime credit is now £17. As the phone only cost £19 with at least £3 Quidco discount (may rise to £7.50), you are being paid to but this phone, and it is delivered free. Amazing
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With Virgin you have an option to pay by monthly direct debit, but don't, as it seems to mess up their systems (comment #95 has details)
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Backlog cleared as of 13/8, phones now shipping. Credit applied on card appears to be 1) £5 Virgin - on card, 2) £2 extra credit from Virgin when you register online, usually within 24 hrs and 3) £10 airtime, credited by e2save 0-8 days after purchase. Total credit £17, Quidco discount currently tracking at £3.00 (unchanged)
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GOOD NEWS: The final £10 was automatically credited to the phone today, 10 days after purchase, making £17 airtime total. I can also confirm there is no problem with setting up a direct debit, you still get all the airtime. So this phone costs £2, PLUS your Quidco bonus currently tracking at £3!!! As of 16 August, the offer is still on, so go get em guys and gals!!!
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STRANGE BUT TRUE... the price has fallen by a further pound to £17.99!!!!! My Quidco cashback has now been validated at £3.00, so you get paid £2 to buy this phone!
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#1
Thanks for that mouseclick, phone for £3.99 magic!
#2
a mate of mines got one - they're pretty rubbish for texting - only 2 lines of display with maybe 10 characters per line - but they last forever - as a phone to take to a festival etc they're unbeatable - 10 days standby i think.
#3
Hey! That is one HOT deal! Cheers.. Just What I Needed!
#4
bit of an old phone but a good deal thank you
#5
5lab
a mate of mines got one - they're pretty rubbish for texting - only 2 lines of display with maybe 10 characters per line - but they last forever - as a phone to take to a festival etc they're unbeatable - 10 days standby i think.


My parents current phone is an old Philips, they write down phone numbers on the back because they cant see or figure out the menus system. So text and features like menu systems are just confusing to them, and anyway the display is too small for them to see. I have loaded up the phone book for them, it is easy to access, and their friends names are displayed in huge font. With this one I can send them texts, and it is pretty simple for them to read, and maybe even to reply! Text addicts please note, you can't even type upper case, and there is no predictive text. No internal memory, SIM only

But the price is incredible, and I have fallen in love with the phone's simplicity (by the way my hi-tech first phone is a Sony Ericsson K550i and I wouldn't want to swap for this).

Has anyone reading this got any experience of Quidco cashback on Virgin SIMs? Do they track as £3 and go up to £7.50 when validated? Have a look at http://www.quidco.com/e2save/.

I have submitted an earnings query, but it may be ages before I find out. Not that I am complaining at the current price :)
#6
iDeal
bit of an old phone but a good deal thank you


:giggle: Actually it is brand new, only a few months into production I think, and has ground breaking technology such as a electrophoretic display that will soon be used in the One Laptop Per Child Project. Read this http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2007/03/29/review_motorola_motofone_f3/ and this http://nickbaum.com/2007/01/motofone/, when it was only available in India in January 2007

Minimalist is not "old"!

By the way, this happened to me:
[INDENT]"Using the F3 is a straightforward affair once you've stopped looking for the menus that aren't there because this phone doesn't do what you other phones do."[/INDENT]

Here's 2 comments from another review http://www.cneophytou.com/2007/02/19/motorola-motofone-f3/ stemming from the India one:

[INDENT]"Nick: What do you like best about the phone? Me: I’d have to say the large characters that display the time, the visibility of the screen, and the intuitiveness of the interface (after you take 10 minutes to learn it, mainly because we’ve all been conditioned to expect a lot of counter-intuitive interfaces from phones). Oh, and the price. You just can’t beat a $40 price tag on a phone that looks this good."

"I bought this unlocked Motofone in the Netherlands for 35 Euros, and I love it! Its design is beautiful and classy. It does exectly what I want from a telephone: I can make phonecalls, nothing less, nothing more. It reminds me of the good, old, primitive times, when I programmed a Sinclair ZX81 computer, and used DOS instead of Windows."[/INDENT]

This Video is excellent!!!! >>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwHPK1LMXtk
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I have one of these phones, but it's with Orange
Had abit of fuss at first because it didn't come with a phone number(so activating it was impossible).. i phoned the activation number, i think i pressed # for every question and finally got through to a human.. after about 11minutes(using my dad's mobile on T-Mobile), i managed to get my phone in a usable state(with the Orange phone, you can't use it until you've registered it with Orange)

So.. now i have a usable phone, very slim(hasn't fallen out of my pocket, yet :P), free 1pound credit(received a few hours after activation) and with what i hear is a long battery life.
I've had it for about 4days now, have it turned off for about 10hours overnight, but on during the day, i turned it on this morning and it had 3bars left out of 5, didn't notice that it even went down to 4bars, but oh well..

eitherway, the phone is good for a cheap phone, i wouldn't even bother trying to send(or read) a text message for that matter, but calls are nice and clear :)

EDIT: I will say one thing though, I was under the impression(after reading the Wikipedia page) that it wasn't region locked.. but trying a T-Mobile SIM card in it just told me it was locked out :(
#8
Hso
I will say one thing though, I was under the impression(after reading the Wikipedia page) that it wasn't region locked.. but trying a T-Mobile SIM card in it just told me it was locked out :(


Ooooh, thank you for the link to that Wikipedia page. I had wondered if this phone could be locked, because it is so simple. Are you sure the problem is with the phone? Could it be a SIM card issue? Try another t-mobile card!
#9
apocralypse :- No sales talk here :)
#10
mouseclick
Ooooh, thank you for the link to that Wikipedia page. I had wondered if this phone could be locked, because it is so simple. Are you sure the problem is with the phone? Could it be a SIM card issue? Try another t-mobile card!


i'm sure, the T-Mobile SIM card i used(offered by my sister) was new, kind of a sad that i popped it from it's plastic casing for no reason :(
#11
Just bought 1 each for my parents. Great deal.
#12
Sorry for the silly question, but can anyone point out where it says that the phone is unlocked?
#13
thesaint
Sorry for the silly question, but can anyone point out where it says that the phone is unlocked?


It does not say that, and I don't think you will ever find that boast on a major reseller's website, because it would upset the networks who provide the phones and SIM cards. You will only find unlocked claims on sites such as ebay and through smaller resellers.

So far though, all the 3 Virgin ones I have ordered (they don't like you buying more than 3 and I think this may be because of Quidco) are unlocked. If anyone finds that one is locked, please report it here, and I guess it would help if others here confirmed their phones were unlocked when they get them. I bought mine two days ago, and just got another this morning by Special Delivery... they didn't block all of my two orders yesterday it seems. sticking O2 SIM in... BINGO O2 UK comes up on screen, test call, yes it works.

I can't vouch for the state of the dearer phones bought from e-2save on the T-mobile or Orange network. I have tested mine on O2, T-mobile and with United Mobile's UM+ card*. I have an Orange card here too, let me try... yes it works. If you know someone that has bought a Motofone F3 advertised as being on either Orange or T-mobile, and you know the state of it's SIM lock, I guess it is likely to be the same if you buy it from e2save (should you be inclined to pay more than £3.99 :)).

The Wikipedia page says "According to its very low price (starting from 20 to 30 €/$) the F3/F3c is mainly sold with prepaid (pay-as-you-go) SIM cards and it seems that the sellers often (but not always) don't bother to implement a SIM-lock, so many units can be used with any SIM card."
[INDENT]* It accepts a United Mobile+ Card, but only for receiving calls. You can't use it to make calls because you need to use menu dialling for UM+, and this phone has no menus! :)[/INDENT]
#14
Has anyone used this phone for Orange Wednesdays?
#15
T8RSP
Has anyone used this phone for Orange Wednesdays?


This is the thing where you send a text and get a free cinema ticket, right? Well it can send lower case text, and works on Orange, so I can't see why it shouldn't, unless there is something I am missing.
#16
I have an very old Orange Motorola. Can I take the sim card out of this and put it into this new phone? If I do, what then do I do with the Virgin sim card?
Do I then have to contact Orange?
Sorry, I have to ask such basic questions and please don't shout at me!
All answers will be much appreciated.
Thanks.
#17
Has anyone used this with a vodafone sim?
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just a quick heads up to save some of you calling an 0871 customer helpline to complain that the phone does not come fully topped up (at least not for me) the phone ships with £5 on the sim, customer service will tell you you need to register the sim online with virginmobile to receive the balance (£5 + £2 registration bonus) and the full credit may take up to 10 days

otherwise it does what it says on the box
#19
mouseclick
This is the thing where you send a text and get a free cinema ticket, right? Well it can send lower case text, and works on Orange, so I can't see why it shouldn't, unless there is something I am missing.


Sorry, I'm not being clear.

Obviously you should be able to send the text and everything no problems (I would assume anyway!), but when it comes to getting something back, say a barcode or something to be scanned (if this is what happens, I have no idea!) then if it goes on 3 lines of text, then it's not going to be seen.

Can anyone shed any light on this? I'm in the middle of looking on Orange now!
#20
walerah
just a quick heads up to save some of you calling an 0871 customer helpline to complain that the phone does not come fully topped up (at least not for me) the phone ships with £5 on the sim, customer service will tell you you need to register the sim online with virginmobile to receive the balance (£5 + £2 registration bonus) and the full credit may take up to 10 days

otherwise it does what it says on the box


Confirmed, same for me, and I rang the helpline too :oops: . Should have mentioned that, thanks for pointing out.
#21
T8RSP
Sorry, I'm not being clear.

Obviously you should be able to send the text and everything no problems (I would assume anyway!), but when it comes to getting something back, say a barcode or something to be scanned (if this is what happens, I have no idea!) then if it goes on 3 lines of text, then it's not going to be seen.

Can anyone shed any light on this? I'm in the middle of looking on Orange now!


If so, no way, as it can only receive and display basic text messages. Characters that are not recognised will be displayed as minus signs. And forget anything like MMS!
#22
T8RSP

Can anyone shed any light on this? I'm in the middle of looking on Orange now!


I've never actually used it, but I did apply for it last week and then we ended up not going -- you send a text to Orange and get back a text with a six-digit numerical code in. So there's no reason this, or any other phone, would be incompatible with the service. Hope that helps!
#23
If you are giving this phone as a gift to an elderly relative, you might find this tip useful.

You can set the hash key (bottom right) to dial any number when you press and hold it down. This is meant to be for balance enquiries, eg with Virgin you would normally set it to 789. However, you can set this key to be any number, for example your number. Thus you can give them a phone and tell them how to contact you if they get stuck - simply press and hold the hash key down.
1 Like #24
salthepal
I have an very old Orange Motorola. Can I take the sim card out of this and put it into this new phone? If I do, what then do I do with the Virgin sim card?
Do I then have to contact Orange?
Sorry, I have to ask such basic questions and please don't shout at me!
All answers will be much appreciated.
Thanks.


Yes you can put the Orange SIM in the new phone and it will work. You can do what you want with the Virgin SIM, give it to a friend, sell it (they don't go for much) or just register it, use up the £12 credit and throw it away.

You didn't mention if your SIM is contract or PAYG, or if you wish to keep your Orange number, or stick with Orange. But you can port your old number to the new Virgin Card, if you prefer the Virgin tariff.

Oh and by the way, Virgin will agree to transfer credits between Virgin SIM cards that are registered to the same name, if you ask them nicely. They said they would do this with my dad, who has £3 credit on his old card. Soon that card will be deactivated and his new one will have £15 balance. In the past, I have even transferred the registration of a SIM card from me to him, so they are quite flexible. This time I have set him up with a direct debit, so when he uses up his fifteen quid he won't have to worry about topping up. Now all I have to do is persuade him to actually leave the phone turned on so he can receive calls, rather than turning it on just when he wants to make a call!! Hopefully, with a 12 day battery life, this won't be too much of a problem for him.

[INDENT]Just an afterthought to anyone wanting to get the Quidco discount. I read something about Virgin's refer a friend scheme that said your friend had to register the card and use it within a certain period (35 days?) in order to get your £10 airtime bonus. So maybe these sort of terms applies to e2save paying the Quidco bonus on Virgin SIM cards, I don't know. And I STILL don't know if it will be £3 or £7.50![/INDENT]
#25
just ordered one for the old man! :D

Cheers for the heads up!
#26
Just had a email from E2save - 7 day delay on these now with Virgin.
#27
very nice deal. I was going to purchase one as a backup, but i am still not 100% that i need a backup lol
#28
Just ordered one as a backup phone, many thanks for a great deal! :)
#29
Just ordered for my dad - 81......thanks to op!
#30
Fennie
Just had a email from E2save - 7 day delay on these now with Virgin.


I guessed that would happen as soon as I posted it here :-(

That's why I got my four in first :-D
#31
a credit card I use everyday is being declined by e2save.
#32
For fans of Orange this particular model can be picked up at most Orange shops for £9.99, plus a £10 compulsory top-up.

As already mentioned it is great just to keep in the car for emergency use, or whatever. Best to give it the occasional charge though, I supose!
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Now on 10 day delay......
#34
Could i just get some clarification on this. Does the deal gives you a £10 airtime voucher, and the phone itself contains a £5 credit already. By registering online you get an additional £2. So altogether you receive £17 credit?
#35
spacecowboy
Could i just get some clarification on this. Does the deal gives you a £10 airtime voucher, and the phone itself contains a £5 credit already. By registering online you get an additional £2. So altogether you receive £17 credit?


£5 credit applied, £5 extra when you register, £2 bonus if you register online, total £12
#36
MadJen
Now on 10 day delay......


Thanks, just added this info to Deal
#37
Thanks - one ordered last night and in the post. Q: the SIM card is registered to my credit card right, so I can't pass it on to a friend unless I arrange with virgin to have it transferred? is that the case, or can she simply take the card and register it without me ending up her bills?! (heat and rep added)
#38
Applesink
Thanks - one ordered last night and in the post. Q: the SIM card is registered to my credit card right, so I can't pass it on to a friend unless I arrange with virgin to have it transferred? is that the case, or can she simply take the card and register it without me ending up her bills?! (heat and rep added)


Thanks! No, you have just paid for it with your credit card from e2save, along with the phone. It is not registered yet in any way at all so it can't be transferred as there is no one to transfer it from! Anyone can register it. And there are no bills, cos it's prepay which you have already bought! Whoever registers it takes responsibility for future payments, and they provide a credit card. Whoever registers can choose to set up a direct debit if they prefer, and once the credit is used up Virgin will then bill them monthly in arrears and take the payment by direct debit. Or, they can just keep topping it up
#39
Just got confirmation that mine is on it's way, thanks to the OP.;-)
1 Like #40
Thanks for this. Just ordered for my daughter who is always losing her contract phone. Last time resulted in a £200+ bill after someone stole/found it and notched up £200 worth of downloads in the early hours before she realised it was missing. She can use this one just when she goes out at night so she can stay in touch with us and if it goes missing, she has only lost the current credit.
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