so i have had the motorola V557 for about a year and a half. at first i loved. but about 10 months after i got it, the screen started going blank, the phone won't charge, the camera is messed up and is taking horrible blury pictures, the speakerphone is all static, and the phone started falling apart...literaly. this phone is great for very short term use. but other than, avoid it at all costs.
This device is a good performer but the phone will not charge after 8 months. This apparently a fault in this model. The charger port goes bad. Avoid at all costs.
I liked the features of this phone, however, I have had major issues with this product. I originally had a v551 on which the screen went blank. My replacement phone was a v557, which was fine until about a year later the phone's inner and outer display went blank. I received my replacement v557 and that same day the phone's screen bagean to flicker. The next day I powered it down and for about two hours was unable to get the phone back on. Cingular's customer service and warranty department were no help at all in trying to rectify my situation with this phone. They are sending me a replacement v557, which I have no faith in working properly. I will update this opinion when I receive the replacement phone.
Fantastic Phone. I went from Nokia 6340i to the Motorola V557. I have used it for a month now and compared to the Nokia I had, you can hear on this phone. You never loose signal. The Nokia was a GAIT phone so it was always looking for signal. You always had to wait to use. No more with this phone. Camera is fantastic! I use my phone for business and I have used it for 2 days now without having to charge the battery. Of course, compared to what I had before, anything is better.
My friend just gave me this phone because the current phone I had broke (physically cracked when I dropped it). This phone drops calls all the time compared to my Nokia. I have the same carrier - just placed my sim card into this one - and I drop calls on the way home from work whereas with the nokia, I NEVER did. Also, battery life is terrible. I actually ordered a new battery (yes OEM) and it lasts only marginally longer than the used one. Very disappointed and will have to buy a new phone anyway.
this phone is horrible. it gets stuck and selected buttons will work and others won't. it also calls people randomly. i had the phone for 8 months before it started doing all of this craziness and i did not do any damage to my phone. when i finally got them to send me a replacement, it took 3 days before that refurbished phone also got stuck randomly. i cannot call out. the cingular instore rep said they see so much problems with this phone. it sucks. don't buy it.
if this phone is anything like the v551 you will be happy with it,i have not used the bluetooth yet.video and picture are great,plus it is easy to hold with its rubber like trim.
The bluetooth makes me sad.
It randomly turns off or calls people that I dont want to call.
When I'm on the phone with someone and someone else calls, it turns off. (for no apparent reason)
Then I turn it back on, and its says full battery for about 10 minutes and then dies.
And i do it all over again.
Not good at all.
this phone is apsolutely awesome i kicked it half way down a football feild and it drilled a kid and it still works
I got this phone about two weeks the bluetooth not working properly and the ring tone is crappy. The picture and video quality is good though.
This phone is a TANK. I've abused it endlessly -- dropped it, stepped on it, spilled on it, you name it -- and it still works well. The battery life is crappy but that's true of every cell phone I've ever used (and not just Motorolas, either).
Just purchased the phone a few days ago. I gigured I was due for an upgrade because the last phone I had didn't even have a camera. I have no clue about the multiple bells and whistles when it comes to cell phones but I can tell you this much:
I have had cingular for about 6 years now and I receive very poor, if any reception within my home (something to do with my aluminum siding or some BS). As you may have guessed, this almost defeats the purpose of using the cell phonefor long distance. The Motorola V557 seems to give me one more bar of reception and this little bit helps out a great deal. I guess I haven't had the phone long enough to know about any problems yet, and with me being a guy, I haven'tread the book yet either...lol. I do hope I end up finding a way to decrease the font size so more people appear on the screen when accessing names.......anyone have any advice? (be polite!)
I have thoroughly enjoyed my V557 with the following exceptions. (1) The bluetooth connection drops periodically and (2) the ring tone sounds very garbled, almost like the battery is going low or the speaker got wet (niether of which has happened). I took it to a Cingular dealer who said he hadn't ever heard that complaint and couldn't find anything wrong. Regardless of what ringtone I use, it is distorted and garbled. Otherwise, I enjoy the phone.
I've been using the v557 for over a month so far, and it's been working without any major problems. The reason I pick this phone was that I already use the v330 and I'm familiar with the interface, and I've got most of the extra stuff for it. I read the problems experienced by most people on this thread, I hope I don't run into the same things.
This phone has been nothing but trouble for me. I have had Cingular for only four months, and I have already had to get four replacements for this phone. It SUCKS! I'm tired of it. It does't charge, it spazzes out- turning on and off every few seconds automatically. I can't even leave it on long enough to press two buttons! When it is closed, it just stays off. It doesn't work. Everything about this phone is horrible! Instead of getting another replacement for this phone, and going through the same frustration, I decided I'd buy a whole different brand of phone-Samsung. I wanted specifically a Motorola flip phone, but what a bad choice. For all you people who want a Motorola phone, it is a waste of everything! Not worth it. Really.
Oh good grief! Spare me from this phone and from Motorola. Never again. I have had it 5 months and already had to have it replaced once. The replacement is no better than the first one. And Motorola goes out of their way to be as un-helpful as possible. Their idea of great service is to ship it to them and do without a phone for three weeks while they make up their minds if they are going to grace you with something remotely close to what you paid for...... a working phone. Cingular (my service provider) is no better. I spent 47 minutes on hold with them before I ever got to talk to a real live human being. All tolled, I was on the phone for 1 hour and 23 minutes. They arranged for sending me this replacement phone (which was "refurbished". Didn't I pay for a new phone? If I wanted a used one, I'd have gone to ebay.
The first one would drop calls, lose signal, and sometimes just turn itself off. The replacement one has horrible garbled reception, drops calls, and sometimes goes directly to voice mail even though I have what it indicates is a full signal and fully charged battery. And it gives me no notification that I have missed that call, and no notice that I have received a voice mail. I can't tell by looking at it whether it is working or not. My only option is to turn it off, remove the battery, reinstall the battery and restart the phone. At least that way, a couple of times a day I can check to see if I have missed anything or not. Why should anyone have to do that? Goodbye Moto
I have had nothing but headaches with this phone. Literally 80-90% of my calls drop and about 60% are so garbled as to be useless. I am trying my best to get this phone replaced because I might as well not have a cell phone than continue with this junk.
V 557 is JUNK!!!!!!!!!!!
I hate the V557! going to try and change it but have had it more than 3o days. EVERY call is garbled, the voice quality is crap! if i have to sell it on ebay and get something else I will, my Nokias never had any problems.
Hi I am KC, I really was very happy starting off with my phone. The first phone was fine starting off,then the key broad & screen started to shut off. First thinking maybe I didn't charge it completed but found out that wasn't the problem. I called my service they tried to help but still was having problems. They changed my phone out to a new Mot.v557,still having problems. Called my carrier again due to the fact that I have ins.& with in the 30days period also. My phone has been changed out 5 times. My phone was change out to an Sony Ericsson Z520a. The Ericsson has nice feactures but volume & size didn't work for me. I call today 7-14-06 to my carrier that I wasn't happy with this phone also. The man I spoke with stated he must speak with his manager because they have changed my phone out so many times. He got back with me & stated that they could send me back another Mot.v557 or Nokia 6102. I ask was this a better phone less problems but he really couldn't say only that it was compare close to the Mot.v557. He also stated that they have changed out my phone so many times this would be the last time they would exchange the phone if I still have problems with the phone. Now that's something & another time I was told if I was still having problems with the phone call them back. Now I have read that I am not the only person having problems with this phone. I am hoping that the next phone they send work out because this is the most problem I have had with any phone. I have never had this problem with a Mot.phone.************************
Hi I am KC, I really was very happy starting off with my phone. The first phone was fine starting off,then the key broad & screen started to shut off. First thinking maybe I didn't charge it completed but found out that wasn't the problem. I called my service they tried to help but still was having problems. They changed my phone out to a new mot.v557,still having problems. Called my carrier again due to fact I have ins.& with in the 30day warrentt