Both myself and my wife have had V195s since about 2006. We have taken them thru out the world since we got them unlocked. Just slip in a county SIM and we can go! They are the most rugged cell phones and have quality voice. I have two reserve V195s if the originals ever die. I keep checking for something as sinple, high quality, rugged, and great voice and have not found it!
hummm! Would u believe i still own this phone after years of faithful service! Unfortunately im just not getting any service from it now! but great ph anyway and could take pressure.Imagine my ph fell in water, urine,lol,fell on concrete and was stepped on and was still working without fault or breaking or cracking! I think they should make another one just like this but with a camera.Hurts me to have to part with it now!
The Motorola phone for the elderly looks good. However, I find it too bulky. If my father puts it in his purse, it will definitely look awkward in it. Anyway, I was really attracted to purchase this phone the first time I have learned its features. When I checked out the reviews that were written about it though, I learned that this phone has a poor call quality. This claim has been consistent in the reviews I have read so I hesitated to pursue my plan to get this phone for my father.
Well yeah, nothing to fret anyway because in my search, I found a good alternative, which I believe, is a more viable choice. It’s the Just5 phone. Just5 does not present unimportant features for the elderly. Everything counts a lot—from its physical make up to the way the phone functions. And yeah, I should never forget to mention that it is being offered at a very affordable cost that does not come with an agreement. It is simple yet perfect.
I have had a t-Mobile issued V195 for 5 years. The phone has been dropped many times, falling from my open car door onto pavement and concrete and has been bounced around in bags. It continues to work well and keeps a charge for a long time. It does not have a camera, but can receive MMS. It can send email in a rudimentary way. I know longer have data service but had used it as a tether modem with success. I do use the IM feature of the phone with both Yahoo and AIM.
I am a little amazed that so many people have had problems with it. I even bought another unlocked V195 from some online place just so I could have one once my current one dies. For email, I use a Peek (www.getpeek.com). I do get iPhone envy once in awhile, but I use the money I would have spent on data services on chocolate and beer. The V195 is a simple phone that does voice service well. Also, it is a quad band, so if I ever do that motorcycle trip from paris to Beijing, it will work well everywhere I go. I am surprised that so many people have had bad experiences with this model. I am tempted to buy another unlocked V195, since they are no longer manufactured and the phone has been so reliable.
I have had a V195 through t-mobile for YEARS! It has taken a ton of abuse and works great. I am a little amazed at all the negative comments. Sure, it doesn't have a camera, but it has been a solid simple and practical phone for going on 4 years now.
Simply the best Motorola I have ever owned. Everything but the camera it comes with for that type of phone. works still flawlessly after 3 years.
Bought a v195 for $40.00 with pre-pay plan. good call quaility and good screen resolution, but the phone lasted for 1 year. it's a good basic phone but not long lasting.
I recently got this phone from t-mobile.com.I paid 29.95 plus a free 25 dollar prepay refill...so the phone actually cost me 5 dollars.
If you are looking for a simple phone with long battery life and great call quality then look no further.The v195 from t-mobile prepay is the best deal going
Best Motorola I have ever owned. Super battery-life, fantastic clarity and reception. A definite winner. Still works fine after 2 years
Anonymous, 25 Sep 2008The manufacturers of these handsets in particular, should be issued sanctions in terms of qual... morei bought one 2 years ago and i used ut real rough but it still works real fine !!!!
The manufacturers of these handsets in particular, should be issued sanctions in terms of quality production, by the government of its origin. This phone has absolutely no standard of quality. Its frequency adaptation and adjustments are extremely poor..get these phones off the shelves..!! thank you..
Purchased two v195s a few months apart. After a 3 or 4 months, the signal strength dropped from 4 or 5 bars to 0 and 1 bar on the first unit. We have two of these so we can do side by side signal strength comparison. Have swapped batteries and sim cards between the phones, did not help. Due to signal issue, it has trouble making and receiving calls as well as accessing T-Zone. After owning the second phone for 4 months, it no longer plays sounds through the speakerphone. This means incoming calls does not ring. Manually play sound but no ring tones are heard. While on call, speakerphone doesn't work. I see in previous post, others had issue with the speaker phone as well.... Other than these quite important issues, no service or no incoming ring alert, the phone has been great.
Phonebook issue - How do get the v195s to change between phone & sim card . on page 50 in motorola manual can't seen to find the [-] key
This is a great phone in terms of talk time hours, battery life and reception. But theres only one problem with this..can anyone tell me wheres the camera..? this is the only good thing missing from this perfect phone...also, is this a quad or tri band..?
Jan, 29 Feb 2008I bought the unlocked Motorola V197 from their website and have had nothing but trouble and ha... moreHi, Jan.
I had the exact same problem with my SamsungT209. I could receive messages but couldn't send them. I'm with T-Mobile too and they fixed it although it took about a month of convincing. I had a motorola V180 before this and it worked beautifully for three years (until it finally broke down). And my samsung was doing this from day 1. So I would strongly consider calling T-Mobile again, if you're still having the problem.
i think that the motorola v195 is a pretty nice phone. not fancy nothing special but a nice phone especially for the cost........
we always go camping and it gets great signal usually all my minutes are gone because people want to use mine..... once again its not fancy but its a nice phone