This has to be the worse phone ever. I cannot believe I left my trusty old Nokia 6131 for this. Firstly, it is huge, the hinge feels cheap and the keypad rattles. The materials flaked off after about 2 weeks. Metal? Yes, I suppose it is, but the edges are so square that you actually hurt your ear holding the phone to speak into it. The media/mp3 player is slow and basic, and the less said about the camera the better "click" goes your photo.... wait... wait..... 5 seconds later "Save image...?" ok "Yes" wait ..... wait...... 5 seconds later....."saved to My photos"...... Zzzzzzzzzzzz.... Battery life is a joke. Clarity is TERRIBLE, when I talk to my wife it sounds like she's in a snow-storm, when really she's sat at home in a quiet room.
The menu's are SLOW (and yes I am using fw58...) and frustrating. There is such a delay between pressing a button and seeing something happening. Texting is annoying because the letters are HUGE, like this phone was designed for a 6 year old, and don't get too far into a message because it'll interupt you with "message too long for SMS, switch to MMS instead?" NO I DON'T WANT TO SWITCH TO MMS!!!!!!!!
Please avoid this phone. I know it is over a year old, but it really isn't worth bothering with. A mid-range Nokia/Samsung/Sony will serve you much better, really.
To all the people giving this phone good reviews, I can only assume that you're defending your purchase even though you know you've bought a notoriously bad piece of kit.
I guess the people that like it are in some former Russian republic or Malaysia or Nigeria or somewhere you can't get decent phones..... AVOID AVOID AVOID.
Now, to try and find what drawer I put that old 6131 in.......
Sorry for all the mistakes on the first post and this one to.
So I have 2 working sim card tested in my blackberry.
Im my EF81 with FW48 all works ok if I update to FW58 the phone will stay on if there is no sim card in it. When I put a sim card in it will turn off after 5 sec all the time.
If I plug the phone in then it will stay on also.
That sums it up.
I have the phone and like it I can't get the FW58 running on it thow.
I install it and then the phone will turn on for 5 seconds and the off and if I plug the phone in it stays on and if I take out the sim card it stays on also it's as soon that there is a sim card in it and I have 2 working card tested in my blackberry and they both work.
Went back to FW48 and now all works ok.
can you tell me what's for the fw48 update from the benq website? i downloaded it but when i tried to update my fw the program said "you tried to download the wrong software" My SVN was 27, the program recognized it but after that only the error message appeared.
Vodacom still stock EF81! WTH! The stopped stocking the EL71 ages ago!
i woke up this morning and i found out my phone was off, because of low batt.. then when i try to recharge the phone.. but, i cant because the phone keeps ON/OFF- ON/OFF... can anyone xplan this to me.. n how can i actually fixed this... plz...urgent....
Okay, don't bother with that FW 48. Go to www.gsmmulti-fund.de and register. You can get FW 58 from there.
Its Unofficial but is much better than 48.
Also a rumor about FW 60/62 has sufaced but it is very likely a false lead. You need to register on a Croatian website and pay a subscription to download the "newest" FW.
micko you moron! have it for few days and its great. Just go to service and instal fw48 (paid 2E). I have SDMini 1Gb and it's still very fast.
just ordered my EF81 from Vodacom,
you can get FW48 from the benQ site:
This phone is good only if you don`t have it... :) Price is only what is good at this phone... :)
where i can find FW60/FW62 for this phone?
If realy true that the FW6x existed.
This is the worst phone I have ever bought. There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly The damn phone kept on turning off which got extremeley annoying!!!
If you do your research and update the FW... this is the bargain of the century. I have two, one that is new for whn this one breaks down eventually:)!
ok i have the german version 58. can anyone give me short instruction how to apply it? cause in the forums i can't understand some details of it??
Run a search on google for FW58. There are a number of forums out there that will link you to the upgrade.
Update the Firmware to version 58. It takes care of most of the bugs that plagues this phone. I live in the USA and this phone isn't available here, so if I am able to get a hold of FW58, I am sure that most of you guys can get it.
I have lost the CD with the driver, can anyone post a link where i can download it?
I love this phone, but it turns itself of sometimes... :(
Have the phone for a week now but can tell that this type is NOT GOOD.
I still love the design but the phone went off 3 times without any reason.
I know how to handle the bluetooth options but SOME other phones do pair but it's not possible to send at all.
Still have to recharge the phone every 2 days. Think that te big screen uses a lot of energy.