I've had this phone for 3 months now, when I got it I was very happy with it. For the price you get an awful lot of good features, also I love the red colour. However, some aspects have irritated me so much, I have ordered a Nokia 1100, like the one I used to have. This Sagem phone has several bugs in it which over time are really aggravating, such as not being able to turn off the vibrate alert, even when that option is set in the menu. If I use the alarm clock, and select to switch the phone on when the alarm goes off, it forgets what the wallpaper was, I am forever resetting this. The bluetooth seems unable to connect with Samsung mobiles (this may be a samsung problem). Also, T-Mobile have 'customised' it poorly, it seems much too easy to go online with it by accident. The text message alerts are basically ringtones, no straightforward beep if you get a message, this will ring excessively (Sagem have a fixation with animal noises for ringtones - different, yes. But the novelty soon wears off!). I have also experienced the mono headset problem, and have cut some of the plastic coating off the adaptor, but its still very temperamental. The predictive text seems to put all the words I use most at the very end of the list you have to scroll through, why its done this I have no idea. Also trying to find someone to unlock it has proven impossible, I only wanted it on Orange, but in red and not pink as Orange offered. The fact that it can charge from USB is pretty neat though, but plugging it into my computer also makes the phone forget what the wallpaper was. Oh and the fact that you have to confirm everything before it will delete anything is also an annoyance. I bought this as a phone/camera/Mp3 player. But it performs unsatisfactorily on all counts. I will go back to using iPod/digital camera, and a phone that communicates well - the Nokia 1100. If you can live with the idiosyncracies of this phone, then it represents astonishing value. It still doesn't seem quite polished enough, quite rough around the edges, hopefully Sagem will improve the software in future.
Can anyone help? I have purchased trough Sagem a USB data cable to try to transfer data from my PC to my phone. What a I doing wrong, all I get is rejected. Please someone help before I go insane!!!!!!!
Possibilites are via Bluetooth or data cable. Data cable (USB type Mini B - male) is almost certainly more reliable & is cheaply available from 'phone shops, electronics shops, camera shops or Ebay. (Be very careful about the data cable type - there are various versions of mini usb connectors supposedly 'standard' connectors & a seemingly increasing number of 'item specific'/manufacturers own versions.)
NOTE: 'Phone must be USB enabled ('Menu', 'Settings', 'Connectivity', 'USB Mode', 'At Plugging-in' & 'Validate'.) When I first connected my 'phone to PC via cable, the PC had to be restarted before I was able to copy to the 'phone's folders or to the MicroSD card's (still in the 'phone) folders. The MicroSD card appeared then in Windows Explorer as one 'Removable Disk' & the 'phone's storage appeared as another 'Removable Disk'.
So far, I've only managed to get MP3s to the 'phone using a data cable or by removing the MicroSD card from the 'phone & transferring the music files directly to the card (via a multi-card reader/writer) & replacing card into 'phone. I've not, as yet, been able to get any type of files to transfer via a Bluetooth dongle (Belkin F8T001uk) from the PC.
It appears ringtones must be in the 'MIDI' (.mid) format - at least, that is what works for me. (1) Transfer via Bluetooth to the 'phone, alternatively, (2) copy directly from PC onto a MicroSD card & insert that card into the 'phone or (3) use a data cable from PC to 'phone (see 'Data Transfer' section above). I copied the files onto the 'phone so the ringtones work directly through the 'phone rather than sourcing from the card.
I first found out when I just couldn't get along with the standard tones provided. A daughter of a good friend, who is musically inclined, offered to create a simple ringtone on her electronic keyboard. Me not having a data cable for the Sagem my501c meant she saved the music file she created, onto a floppy disk, transferred it to their PC, sent it to her mobile phone & sent it to my phone via Bluetooth. A rigmarole indeed, but it worked.
Editing contacts via PC:
I've not yet found a way of getting the contacts list to the PC, to be able to edit it, then send it back to the 'phone. If someone else has any idea, I'd appreciate the knowledge.
I find the menus are a little slow, but the text entry requires the user to be very quick - I wish I could slow it down a little, I often find it has timed out before I can get to the wanted character with my slow fingers.
The camera isn't at all bad. Considering it has no flash, the light sensing works quite well depending on the subject & surroundings.
Be careful with the side buttons regarding incoming calls. I put my 'phone in a belt pouch which apparently left one of the buttons pressed. When someone 'phoned me, this continuous key press connected the call without ringing or vibrating - ten times(!!) - leaving the caller rather irate with me!
I'm using a Southwing SH505 Bluetooth headset by recommendation of a guy in the 'phone shop where I got the Sagem. While I felt it was expensive, I have to say the audio quality is excellent & more than loud enough for use in an old diesel van!
Generally, I'm well impressed with the my501c, especially for the price. Except, that is, for the only awful (pink) colour sold by Orange, but, thanks to the Bluetooth headset, I can limit my embarrassment.
I hope all this helps some of you guys.
Australia is so unlucky !!!
Here it only comes in a light purpulish silverish colour on front and everywhere else it is the keypad silver colour.
My friend got it its a great phone. Would have brought one myself if i could get it in red.
Bought a Z550i instead.
Im junior editor TechDigest Magazine in the UK. As a result i have the misfortune of having to review new phones, mp3 players and other such products. I don't mind that much, but makes me spend far too much time at a computer writing reviews and reading manuals. I have to admit, getting this phone in the post was a bit disheartning, its a sagem, but its feature rich and easy to use. Good quality camera, although the screen isn't realy powerful enough for it, decent navigation and not hideous. Its easy to have a pop at it, but i have a V3xx, and feature wise, they are fairly similer. I have used this phone on a climbing holiday last week, and all i can say is it worked for me. Buy, if need a phone that does the job with a few multimedia extras! 8/10
sounds like the sagem company have really dissapointed people reading all these comments puts me off having a sagem ever AGAEN
this phone i am very dissapointed with its very slow ive had other sagems before but this on is not worth the money
ive had this fone for 4 months now and its the worst fone ever the bluetooth is slow the cameras good but u receive a txt about 20mins after people txt u the speaker hole is crap cuz they dont work in both ears i cud go on 4 eva which i will. also no one knows about sagems they dont hold there money cuz say u buy it for £60 which i did u go to a fone shop and they only offer u £20 for it i tried that the first week and i said no i aint waisting my money P.S DONT LOSE UR RECEIPT CUZ IF U TRY AND SELL IT SECOND HAND U WONT GET HARDLY ANY MONEY.
this fone is so rubbish it might sound freaky but even looking at the fone gets u stressed cuz people have got mint motorolas and samsungs etc and theres u with a crappy sagem that no ones ever heard of MY VERDICT PLZ DO NOT BUY IT HAS GOOD FEATURES BUT POOR DESIGN P.S i just got rid of mine today and brought a new one HOORAH
You need a soft convertor:wma to mp3 or aac.
Make a search on "google"=>"wma to aac(mp3) free convertor".
does anyone know how to change the phone to mp3 cuz when i download songz it comes up wma and it wont play
I have question about this particular model.
This phone supports microSDTM external memory, and has microSD card reader. How does this work? Do you place the card inside the phone and use it as an external memory, or do you just copy the data from the memory card to the internal(32mb) memory and take the card off?