does anyone know when this phone will be available in Eastern Europe?
Phone is already availble in Tunisia , price : 42$ .
Okey here is the clarification and solution (yep, a SOLUTION) to a major 1202 issue.
=== CLARIFICATION ===
Yes, while talking in normal (non speaker-phone mode), sound comes out from both front and back side of phone. This sound 'leakage' is so much that someone standing besides you can easily hear what your caller is saying.
This is due to the awkward placement of speaker inside such a small body. This issue is there for all the models in all the regions and can not be corrected by firmware update as it is a hardware thing.
Also, there is a noticeable and irritating vibration in the top half of phone when your caller talks which is due to metallic interiors of this phone.
=== SOLUTION ===
Fortunately, there is a simple yet effective home-made solution for this issue which I did to my set and now its working a lot better.
Just take a thin plastic sheet and some tissue papers. Make a thin wrapping of 2 layers of paper and 1 layer of plastic about 3mm X 7mm size. Open battery cover, put this wrapping inside so that it covers the back side specially at top. Put another small piece of paper exactly where the back speaker it. Make sure the wrapping is really thin and does not put any extra pressure on components when you close the back cover and it should not block any cover fixing holes. Now close the back cover with this packing inside. Thats it!
For me, this has solved the sound leakage problem by 90% and vibration problem by 70%. Actually both of the problems are non noticeable now. However speakerphone and ringtone volumes will be reduced to 70%.
=== GENERAL VERDICT ===
Apart from the discussed issue, this phone is really nice. Its small, light and the curve design makes it really very comfortable to hold. Screen is white backlit which looks professional and has been shifted up unlike other nokia phones which results in better keypad and great texting.
On the bad side, it stores only 60 sms (on phone). Also if you dial text info numbers (like *123# for balance enquiry), sometimes it is unable to process such requests, but sometimes it works fine.
I agree with all the postings of Yasir, Khantastic & W.B Mike.
The worst thing in 1202 is the failure of basic function i.e TALKING. Man its crazy that when you talk, the voice of other person comes from the back-speaker. It's irritating & non-privacy.
Only good things are:
1. Flash light
2. Schduled messaging. (You can set future date & time for sending messages)
You should see the pros & cons before bying this phone.
The phone is nice but the speaker is come on the back side its not nice..............
@ Nima: yEw aRe dAm rYt!!
nOkIa iS lYk a kInG oF sMaLL, chEaP iN cOsT, bSt bY uSagE aNd oWsUm bEttRy!!
I confirm "Khantastic Report".
This phone is good....but the ear-speaker really sucks! The voice of other person comes not from the ear-piece...but from the external speaker at the back-side of phone. What is this? Did Nokia people make a mistake? Did they place the ear-speaker in wrong direction?
This is the big fault in this phone.
I just bought this phone. The keypad is great. its very comfortable for typing sms, also the voice is very clear.
Anonymous, 05 Mar 2009OH MY GOD! That is all I can say to such a thing from the early 90s...YOu have obviously not seen a phone from the 90s. I have been using mobile phones since 1990. This phone ranks right up there for versatility and practicality.
I currently use iPhone (terrible battery) but for regular voice calls, I would easily use Nokia 1202 over anything else.
Khantastic, 11 Mar 2009I bought this phone a month back,and there was this freaky feature or a fault may be i dnt kno... moreYOu probably had it set on speaker phone. By the way, the speaker is very good.
Alan, 14 Mar 2009Anyone knows if there is "Nostalgia" ringtone ? I used this phone during my recent visit to India. During my 10 weeks usage, I was very impressed with this handset. In areas, where my Blackberry could not get signal coverage, this little trusted phone worked beautifully. The voice quality was excellent. Easy to use. All features were easy to use. Battery life was excellent. Charging stations and battery adapters are widely avaiable.
The phone also has a built in LED flashlight if you are ever stuck in the dark (common in India) with bright enough lights to let you avoid cow dungs etc.,
Over all, excellent phone for under $30!!!
ElementX, 19 Feb 2009This phone doesn't serve the first purpose: Communication. The speaker is awful. Even at the l... moreman didn't you just say u r a heavy(?) phone user? Doesn't that mean having 8 hrs talk time is good. How contradictory. Of course no one talks for 8 hrs but charging the phone every 2 or so hrs is cumbersome I think.
...and hey, if u wanna make gsmarena know its been released then just post it in a separate opinion and hit 'report' below (after its published) that way some moderator will know.....
I bought this phone a month back,and there was this freaky feature or a fault may be i dnt know,the voice of the other person was coming from the loudspeaker instead of earpiece i checked it so many times.So i returned it within 1 hour of purchase coz the shopkeeper was kinda friendly i told him the problem and he took it back.So i advice all of you to check this thing immediately after purchase or confirm this with your dealer before any deal.
I hope this will help.
I buy this N1202 on Jan31,2009 in Jakarta-Indonesia. Today I must take this phone to Nokia Care because ALLWAYS restart itself - OFF itself - ON itself.
Uh..only a month a brand new phone of Nokia BROKE!
It's true, not a joke, not a spam posting.
Thank you for your attention.