Anonymous, 03 Jun 2015does it have email configuration?I have the Cat B100 and can confirm it does do email.
Mike, 03 Jun 2015Just got my CAT B100 last week and I'm over the moon with it.
Admittedly, it's a no frills ... moredo you still get this phone?
would like to buy my Father 1
because he cant come right with this
new phone that have touch screens.
How much is it?
Just got my CAT B100 last week and I'm over the moon with it.
Admittedly, it's a no frills bit of gear, offers hardly any of the fancy stuff a smart phone has and really isn't a pretty sight. But that's the point, it's for outdoor use where all that fancy stuff isn't needed, where you've other things to do than playing around with your phone.
For that it's rugged, water proof, takes a bit of hammering and has a real and precise keyboard that avoids fat finger syndrome. In other words a real man's mobile.
For those only used to smart phones the user interface might be a bit of a pain at first. But it's not really much different to land line phones and is in fact simpler to use once you've got the hang of it.
Apart from the rugged outdoor features my biggest joy is the huge standby time of 25 days. I've always hated having to remember every day to keep my smart phone charged.
A feature that I also like is the built-in GPS. Most dumb-phones don't have that, but I really think if you're going to have an outdoor phone GPS should be part of it. For this you can of course install the Google Maps App, but I like to be independent of having to load down the maps from the internet, especially when your in the wilds somewhere without an internet connection.
So I just loaded down OpenStreetMaps that I saved on my SD-memory chip. To read the maps you need a bit of navigation software. There's a whole load of free JAVA software on the internet for this, just Google "Navigation with Java Mobile" or something like that and you'll soon find a few websites offering advice, information and links.
There's a whole load I could still post here, but that's the most important stuff. As far as I'm concerned I don't really miss all the other things my smart phone has to offer, especially when I'm out and about.
I got what I wanted - a worry-free cellphone with green button, red button, contacts and life-long battery. Once forgot into my trousers and through the washing machine it went; 60 degrees Celcius with all the chemistry and still working fine. Drop, drown, forget and smash androids! Happy with it, regardless of the yellow font.
great battery life.
good solid heft.
interesting ring tones.
bullet proof - water proof ------so far.
tiny hard to read weird yellow script on mini screen.
weird uk navigating menu.
b100 dumb phone - is what i wanted.
my samsung rugby is much more user friendly,
desent size script on screen, easy read.
bottom line: its really a coversation piece since most
people have never seen it before - wish i didnt either.
but i started with the motorola black brick phone.
then motorola star tek
have a whole drawer full - soon this b100 is going in
the "dead drawer" !
you asked ! you got it !
angel, 13 Feb 2015Can this phone take whats upno. It doesn't have Android OS or iOS
miroi, 02 Apr 2015Hi all, I bought Cat B100 (in Slovakia), few thoughts about it. I had some work with imp... moreI think, that it is impossible to import Google maps in this phone. This isn't smartphone. This is very durable phone. This isn't full smartphone (like HTC ONE M8 or Samsung Galaxy)
I bought Cat B100 (in Slovakia), few thoughts about it.
I had some work with importing my contacts from Google.
The PhoneSuite Cat B100 5.4.1 accepts only vcf format (no csv), and only one-contact per one-vcf file.
So I had to split my multiple-contacts-vcf file obtained from Google into individual vcf-files (thanks to the VCFCutter tool).
To ensure local language preservation in loaded vcf contacts I had to switch phone language to Slovak. Importing of vcf-contacts into the PhoneSuite Cat B100 5.4.1 program works only by cca 10 files at once (I had more than 150 cvf files).
Big disappointment: imported vcf files were without addresses/pictures. Only name, phone number, date of birth. Addresses and other data are losts.
Another problem: I don't see option for importing Google Maps through the PC-connection. Mobile phone offers only per GSM downloading, what is charged. Maybe someone knows how to do that ?
Advo, 19 Mar 2015can dis phone watsup?There is no provision for Whats app and you can't download anything as far as I recall.
Nowhere to go to get it anyway.
Save your money and go for Android or Windows O/S. I own a B100 so I can vouch for its retardedness in this area!
Rolandos, 17 Mar 2015I have this phone for 6 months now. very happy with itDoes this phone have WiFi and can it take whattsapp
Its just as well that you can drop it and throw it at the wall because, when you try sms ing or using any of the functions , that's exactly what you will want to do. DO NOT buy this device without looking at the tiny writing, the terrible font colours, or the dismal selection of ring tones!
Very Well said.. that changed my decision to purchase and saving my money. Thank you.
Re my review opinion below -
Whilst there are the issues I mentioned below re the handset features, I've persevered with it. Once you can work around the different O.S, it actually becomes rather ok to use. Either use all capitals, all small letters or use multi-tap which is sometimes quicker than predictive, especially when you are using abbreviations.
I have just purchased this handset which I felt was going to be a good decision - hmmmm! After barely 2 days of using it..... well.....
The good - Nice solid & chunky design with excellent buttons for clumsy fingers. Uses Opera Mini for browser which gives you a reasonably good experience. Flashlight. Camera. The operating system is extremely similar to Sonim with the calendar layout/function and some of the notifications; which makes me think that Sonim may have had some involvement with the design.
BUT SADLY, that's where the love affair ends. Why?
Where to start???? Ok, here goes, and I'll be bluntly honest. Ringtone selections are poor and not very pleasant. Setting your own tone is possible, but it is very low volume. There are only 4 alert tones available and they are not that exciting. You may set your recordings off your MicroSD card as a ringtone but not as an alert tone. Main menu screen is a greenish/yellow color and not very easy on the eye. Sonim have their menu entries with a line number, so you can key in the line number to go to a specific item rather than scroll down. You can do that on the CAT B100, but you will be guessing the line number and then scroll up or down from there. I have a 4GB MicroSD card with plenty of free space, and the handset tells me I have plenty of storage, yet after 25 brief calendar entries, I get the message "Calendar list is full." ????? Sms - I could only work out how to send a message to multiple recipients by selecting them from "Contacts" first. Then I was restricted to 20 contacts per message. Sms system is weird. Unless you are using multi tap just like the "old days" before predictive text arrived, you use a predictive system called Cstar. Very off-putting. It lets you choose a word from the options presented horizontally along the base of the screen which is fine; however, the text you are inputting appears in a rectangular box directly above the above mentioned. In order for the text to appear in the main text body of the message you have to press the "D" center circle or select soft key. Takes a bit of getting used to and nowhere near as effective as predictive T9 system or Android offerings. Text input in so-called "smart" ABC or abc is exactly that. You can either choose to SHOUT YOUR MESSAGE ALL IN CAPITALS or the entire message in small letters, including the first letter of a sentence and "i."
Unless you can read small font or don't have 20/20 vision you will find it extremely difficult to see what you are entering especially in the search boxes. The font is small and can not be changed.
Replying to an email is odd as I never know where to start entering my text, and it usually ends up below the text of the person who sent the original email to you and once again, unless you want to make more movements than a data entry operator, you will be either having all the small letters again making you look lazy and incompetent or TYPE ALL IN CAPITALS AND SHOUT YOUR REPLY. I could have lived with all the deficiencies. Seriously I could have. Why? It's an extremely comfortable handset to hold and possibly the best phone keypad and soft keys I have EVER used - and for that reason alone I could have tolerated the deficiencies. But when the OS expects that I will only ever have 25 calendar entries at any given point in time; well - I may as well be at a meeting taking notes on a piece of bathroom tissue........ and that alone........... from a handset released in early 2014 and facing competition from many other manufacturers in the Rugged Device market...... and for which the OS is just not up to the par.......... is a poor result. This could have been an awesome phone but for me... it simply isn't. If you want it for the ruggedness and the size of they keys alone; then this could be ideal for you. The price of $270 NZD was certainly excellent buying. But seriously, IMO and experience of using a total of 95 handsets since November 1993, this device could have been a real winner if only the designers had put as much effort and attention into the software as they obviously have with the hardware. It takes me back to the early low resolution color screen offerings we saw back in the earlier cheaper models of years gone by. One of the pitfalls of buying a device "sight unseen" via on-line mail order. CAT - I feel more like I've got a DOG! Rating 4/10 and that's for the hardware design ONLY, otherwise a 2/10 for me.