EE Rook 4G Android 5.1 Handset - £39 in-store at EE Stores (£49 for Non-EE Customers)
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EE Rook 4G Android 5.1 Handset - £39 in-store at EE Stores (£49 for Non-EE Customers)

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Found 7th Jul 2015
Launching today apparently.

Even though it's billed as a 'low end' handset, it's still got a quad core processor, 1GB of ram and the latest version of Android.

"Granted, the hardware isn't anything to get terribly excited about. The Rook rocks a 4in display running at just 480x800, with a quad-core 1Ghz MediaTek processor and 1GB RAM. The back camera rates at 5MP, while the front is just a 0.3MP option; meanwhile, the battery is a 1,500mAh pack that EE says should provide more than five hours of talk time"

(Link shows online prices etc)

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seen a review it says £39 if ee customer if not £49 but do not know if info accurate.+£10 top up.
Edited by: "allan1954" 7th Jul 2015

Original Poster

allan1954

seen a review it says £39 if ee customer if not £49 but do not know if i … seen a review it says £39 if ee customer if not £49 but do not know if info accurate.



I suspect they'll still sell it as £39 either way but require a £10 top-up if you're a non-ee customer.

Banned

Can we unlock it ? easy and cheaply ?

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dude_1234

Can we unlock it ? easy and cheaply ?



Too soon to tell. I would have thought with an Android phone, it'll only be a matter of time though.

HankHandsome

Too soon to tell. I would have thought with an Android phone, it'll only … Too soon to tell. I would have thought with an Android phone, it'll only be a matter of time though.



Unlocking it is up to EE.

Original Poster

rev6

Unlocking it is up to EE.



Officially, yes, but there's a huge community of android developers who will very likely be able to unlock it fairly easily.

HankHandsome

Officially, yes, but there's a huge community of android developers who … Officially, yes, but there's a huge community of android developers who will very likely be able to unlock it fairly easily.



It used to be easy back when there were exploits in earlier Android versions. It's getting much more difficult now.

It's £39 if you have an existing EE PAYG SIM in use for at least 6 months, or an EE Pay Monthly contract.

Otherwise it's £59 (£49 + £10 Top Up) for new customers.

Not sure how good this deal is without seeing a review of the handset.
Edited by: "chancooluk" 7th Jul 2015

at the £39 its okay but with the specs its not going to do much of anything other than be a phone with a few options for apps. would be good for someone looking for a phone first with some additional features second. lime barcode scanner etc will work fine and mySupermarket etc so this would be fine for my mother and price is okay. it's not realistically doing much else though

chancooluk

It's £39 if you have an existing EE PAYG SIM in use for at least 6 … It's £39 if you have an existing EE PAYG SIM in use for at least 6 months, or an EE Pay Monthly contract.Otherwise it's £59 (£49 + £10 Top Up) for new customers.Not sure how good this deal is without seeing a review of the handset.


If it costs £59, then Y550 with 4.5" screen seems good alternative.
shop.ee.co.uk/mob…ils
£39 + £20 topup + £5 TCB

amazing price for a 4g phone....perfect for the kids....hot.

I read online that it's with a £10 top up regardless of whether you are already a customer

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penguini

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What a stroke of luck, I'd do the lottery today, you're bound to win.

the link is to a review and not the product, cold for lazy linking and the fact that this isn't really a special or deal, its the normal price for the handset...

This the older mediatek that has dodgy gps and compass? Would normall look it up but I can't be arsed TBH.

Get the Huawei Ascend Y550 for £39.99 from EE instead - Also 4g & 1gb ram & 4.5inch screen. Kitkat 4.4.2 - Bigger better battery 2000mah - Does require a £20 top up online though

Only 4gb internal memory though which was around 1.5gb from memory - Not a bad phone though

Supposedly it uses the MediaTek MT6735M. 64 bit quad 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53, Mali-T720 GPU, Cat. 4 LTE. I actually does quite well on benchmarks beating the Snapdragon 410 found in the latest Moto E and expected in the third generation Moto G.

THX1138

Supposedly it uses the MediaTek MT6735M. 64 bit quad 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53, … Supposedly it uses the MediaTek MT6735M. 64 bit quad 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53, Mali-T720 GPU, Cat. 4 LTE. I actually does quite well on benchmarks beating the Snapdragon 410 found in the latest Moto E and expected in the third generation Moto G.



If only the benchmarks meant anything It's a smartphone afterall.

rev6

If only the benchmarks meant anything It's a smartphone afterall.



Sure but the point is that the phone is not some ancient junk, it is using a new MediaTek chipset, that ought to offer good enough performance, and for £39 will be hard to beat.

THX1138

Sure but the point is that the phone is not some ancient junk, it is … Sure but the point is that the phone is not some ancient junk, it is using a new MediaTek chipset, that ought to offer good enough performance, and for £39 will be hard to beat.



True. The problem I see is the battery size and being locked to EE.

fishmaster

What a stroke of luck, I'd do the lottery today, you're bound to win.

your too funny, have I seen u on telly?

how does it compare with the old ee branded kestrel? smaller screen, newer Android but other specs?
seems strange they make the screen smaller, step backwards?

are Huawei the makers behind this also?

but voted worst customer service I've two contracts with them haven't had issues myself, but if they can't offer good upgrade deal I'm off.

was going to get this for daughter but unsure

my last two phones from ee have been unlocked

I have just got the huawei ascend Y330 its got a better stuff memory thany sony experia one I had

the 1500mah battery isnt gonna last long

most are 2000mah nowadays and if you get the Vodafone ultra 6 you're lucky to get 3000mah - you do have to pay £125 for the ultra though!

nigelbutler

the 1500mah battery isnt gonna last longmost are 2000mah nowadays and if … the 1500mah battery isnt gonna last longmost are 2000mah nowadays and if you get the Vodafone ultra 6 you're lucky to get 3000mah - you do have to pay £125 for the ultra though!



The Ultra 6 is a massive phone compared to this.

Nice find hank... Now to buy a 99p EE sim and try and get the £39 price...

Who needs a bigger battery when you can carry this beast in your jeans and look a bit like a porn star !

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jaydeeuk1

This the older mediatek that has dodgy gps and compass? Would normall … This the older mediatek that has dodgy gps and compass? Would normall look it up but I can't be arsed TBH.


Then I hope no one can be arsed answering .

Just went to Westfield EE. They said £60. I have been with EE.TMobile for 13 years and no deal. Very bad. Good looking device though.

The ZTE Blade L3 might be a better bet although there's no 4G. Much better spec... LOOK HERE

Dext377

Just went to Westfield EE. They said £60. I have been with EE.TMobile for … Just went to Westfield EE. They said £60. I have been with EE.TMobile for 13 years and no deal. Very bad. Good looking device though.

i am on t-mobile the local ee store told me £49.99 including the £10 top up this added to the t-mobile sim card i have.

calling them is always better price I find and can usually haggle free shipping as well

They have not got them in my local EE shop.

Specs not bad, that display though for touch screen will prove interesting. Looking for something like this or a secondary phone for my other sims for offers etc

According to CNET it is manufactured by ZTE

I went in to get one as a replacement phone yesterday. I have been with EE for years and pay £43 a month on a 4g contract, yet for me this phone would have been £59... quite annoying.

I bought one from EE yesterday for £39 plus £10 top-up which went on my wife's PAYG because I owned my phone and had a SIM only contract with them getting 500 anytime mins/500 texts/100MB of data (which was never used as I didn't know what 100MB equated to, but was told, about 15 mins a day surfing) and an average monthly spend of £9.53.

The idea is I am tempted to enter the smart phone era (am mid 70's). Once it is made known how to unlock the EE side of things, I will seek out a SIM only contract that will give say 500MB of data which I would feel safe using as I don't want to incu extra charges. Virgin do one for £8 I see.

The internet has been turned off on the Rook so I don't use it accidentally, but am able to connect wirelessly to home set-up.

It feels OK, I seem to be able to handle texting OK, am please with 5mega pixel camera especially as I can use it freely/easily and then send to my laptop once home. I suppose a case is next on the agenda.
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