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.
Tariq_BH, 06 Dec 2008hello guys
i just bought one. its slim and nice. chose this one because i wanted a slim BASIC... moreTariq bhai, plz tell 1 thing, my friends told me
when U R talking with the other person the sound comes from both speakers(front& back)
Is it true ?
the main drawback and NOKIA is still repeating the mistakes 1)big keyboard as compared to LCD 2)still black screen
Y Y they r not putting white screen like 1112.this model will not capture market as compared to 1112
some phones have camera but no flash. This mobile has flash but no camera.....he..he...he
now thats a birthday present for your girlfriend if you want to break up
dont buy the phone it sucks sound comes from the speaker and the usual one
it is very gud phone gud battery life But its keypad is very rough & small display
Worst ever Phone By nokia...Wasted Rs1350.00 on it,Vibrates while speaking to the other person and also can hear voice of the person with whom u are speking with from speaker as well as headset...got so much irritated that left it back at the nokia Store without even Asking For a Refund......
Just a suggestion...Dont even Think of getting this Handset
This phone has lot of software issues!!!! when u recieve or dial calls the voice of the person whom u talk comes from both earpiece & speaker located at the back of the phone and it really irriates and voilates your privacy.very bad phone.low graded build and software.
any body say what is problem in my nokia 1202? I am unable to make second call to any network by this phone only going miss call, only first call work for next call require to switch off phone. I updated software but problem still. It come back from customer care L3 stage.
Bought one for my small siz 3 days ago and men this phone is a bomb i.e. if you just need simple phone services like calling and sms U will not regret it. Plus the price..oooohhhh its cheap and classy.