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I have used both Agile on the M3100 (very good), and the private beta of Windows Live Messenger (truly awesome).

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Gosh, that was quick - thanks. :D

OK, it is good to hear that you have the Live client working. I did some googling and discovered some newsgroup postings that state that Orange does not support MSN - no doubt for the reasons already explained. I found some postings from people having connectivity problems with MSN messenger losing connectivity on Orange so glad to hear it works.

Hmm, I might reconsider getting one of these now... if I can get it for free or a good price... and a sensible monthly tariff... Speaking of which, are there any rocket scientists here who understand and who can suggest a good Orange tariff - trying to figure out the minutes, texts and now data combinations is darn tricky?

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Give us a clue as to how many minutes (and to whom) how many texts, how much data etc?

(PS - not a rocket scientist)
(PPS - there is a site that is supposed to work it out for you call tariffchecker or something)

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Hi this is my first post so I just wanted to ask some advice and also to say what a great review!

I have been offered an upgrade by orange to a Spv M600 (for free) and to a Spv M3100 (for 25).

I currently run a Spv C550, and have used the spv smartphones for a few years now, and wanted to know which of the above you would recommend.

I also wanted to know if:
-does the lack of a keyboard on the M600 inhibit the phone much?
-what about the lack of the scroll wheel?
-is the M3100 noticeably bigger than the M600?
-is it worth paying an extra 25 for the M3100?

Thanks for your help.

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Just got mine today ...love it great device not as big as i thought .....Is everyone bypassing the orange customisation at the start?

The p990 i got is just so basic compared to windows mobile for how much i paid for the p990 (600 :D ) its not a patch on it.....defo will be returning the p990

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Just got mine today ...love it great device not as big as i thought .....Is everyone bypassing the orange customisation at the start?


I was suprised when I put the m3100 and the JAMin (Prophet) side by side. It's only a little thicker and still sits happily in a pocket.

Surely the first thing all Modaco members do is to remove the orange plug in and homescreen?

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-does the lack of a keyboard on the M600 inhibit the phone much?
-what about the lack of the scroll wheel?
-is the M3100 noticeably bigger than the M600?
-is it worth paying an extra 25 for the M3100?

I would definitely recommend the M3100 over the M600. It is a bit bigger and certainly heavier, but the 400MHz instead of 200MHz processor makes a world of difference.

Add the fact it is 3G, has a camera flash, is a newer version of Windows Mobile 5, has the great qwerty keyboard etc. etc. and it's a simple decision - go M3100 :D

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I would definitely recommend the M3100 over the M600. It is a bit bigger and certainly heavier, but the 400MHz instead of 200MHz processor makes a world of difference.

Add the fact it is 3G, has a camera flash, is a newer version of Windows Mobile 5, has the great qwerty keyboard etc. etc. and it's a simple decision - go M3100 :D

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+ The sroll wheel which im finding to be very useful.....should be on all WM phones

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As anyone tried tomtom on the m3100 .....I cant at the min as i havnt got a memory card.

Is it quicker to load than the jamin/m600?.....a pain i found on the jamin was the slow loading ...dont know if theres a difference on the m3100 with the added processor speed or is the loading speed down to ram?

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Will test when my microSD arrives!

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Give us a clue as to how many minutes (and to whom) how many texts, how much data etc?



I currently have a Motorolla timeport 250e from about 1998/99. I've really not had a need to upgrade before but the phone is becoming faulty now plus I said I would always hold out until a good Windows Mobile phone appeared on the market - was waiting for the seemingly never to arrive in the UK Motorola Q. Had a look at the 600(?) last week oddly enough but the lack of keyboard was a no no.

I have been with Orange since about 1998, am on a business tariff and pay about 25 a month but I usually have loads of minutes left over that I never use - mainly because I use the phone for incoming business calls, hardly ever call out on it and cannot remember the last time I texted BUT... I am about to change my business line - offering PC support to home users and SMEs instead of being a callous IT contractor - and I suspect I will have not just a greater need for texting but also in making outgoing calls to customers/clients. I also want to be able to use Microsoft Messenger on the phone also.

I've noticed a big difference between Orange's business tariffs and their new animal ones. The business tariffs now look ridiculously expensive - on Scan's website they are offering the M3100 free with business tariffs - and this is even with a half-price rate for X months offer which closes at the end of the month. I wonder if Orange is about to change its business tariffs as they are not competitive.

I intend to ring them and find out what deal they are going to offer. I really do not want a 18 month contract as I suspect mobile phone costs will fall dramatically in the coming year - they have to. At the same time I do not aim to pay Orange's, IMPO, over-priced business rates, especially since they have brought in the animal tariffs... So, I have no idea which way to go...

I keep remembering some consumer survey a few years back that said mobile phone costs were deilberately difficult to understand and that reading them all would literally take someone a LIFE TIME to read through.

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Most tariffs allow you to reduce/change after 6 months. At 25 per month you are talking about a pretty low tariff, so with your anticipation of more phone usage, you will have to decide whether to go for a low tariff and stomach extra minutes cost (if you do use the phone more) or a higher tariff and put up with some wasted/rollover minutes each month. Of course if you go for a low tariff, they should let you increase it if you find you are spending too much on extra talktime.

Of course at 300 per year, it may be that the tariff you choose will be dependant on saving a few quid on the handset. Business tariffs seem expensive but lots of them allow for free calls between talkshare handsets, free voicemail and insurance etc.

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Is the SPV 3100 commonly available yet?

Is it out yet on both T-Mobile and Orange?

I'm looking to get a contract with about 400mins and 200 texts and unlimited (or high data usage) any advice on what to go for?

From what I can see so far T-mobile seems to be cheaper. And is the higher data speed available on T-Mobile (what was it again HSDPA?).

Thanks for any advice. :D

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Hello again,

My wap problem was an issue with orange. They hadn't added it to my services and therefore i couldn't receive GRPS data.

Personally i've not had ANY problems with the keyboard, or accuracy with the screen. The phone volume and clarity in calls is perfect too.

Really pleased with the phone. Just need to start learning how to customise it now.

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Hi Paul

Thanks for the effort you put into the review, very much appreciated.
Have just started bidding on a M3100 on ebay prefer the look of it to the tytn and now that Florin (wasn't he a characture outta of Magic Knights Spellbound on the ZXSpectrum?) and his gang have an unlock process i'm happy to buy one lock to orange.

However HOW DID YOU GET RID OF THE ORANGE LOGO :D

I'm assuming cos you're on such good terms they gave you one that had yet to be branded.

Do you think looking at the phone the old sugar cube trick used for other phones would work?

Thanks again

Fozza

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Hi Paul

Thanks for the effort you put into the review, very much appreciated.
Have just started bidding on a M3100 on ebay prefer the look of it to the tytn and now that Florin (wasn't he a characture outta of Magic Knights Spellbound on the ZXSpectrum?) and his gang have an unlock process i'm happy to buy one lock to orange.

However HOW DID YOU GET RID OF THE ORANGE LOGO :D

I'm assuming cos you're on such good terms they gave you one that had yet to be branded.

Do you think looking at the phone the old sugar cube trick used for other phones would work?

Thanks again

Fozza



Sugar cube trick?

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As anyone tried tomtom on the m3100 .....I cant at the min as i havnt got a memory card.

Is it quicker to load than the jamin/m600?.....a pain i found on the jamin was the slow loading ...dont know if theres a difference on the m3100 with the added processor speed or is the loading speed down to ram?


I have just installed TomTom 5.21 and it runs at about the same speed as my SPV M500 which is much faster than a K-Jam/m600 from my experience.

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I think Paul would like us to be careful if we do this.....

In case you missed that...

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You cant buy the m3100 without a contract from Orange but there will probably be some on ebay, you would need to wait for the Dopod 838 pro or the Imate JasJam to come out and they will typically be 500 simfree.

My 3100 has a slightly lazy E key (which is getting better with use) but otherwise the hardware issues that the early Tytns have displayed do not seem to affect the 3100.


Are you 100% sure?

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