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My brother just got the new Siemens C56 GSM phone from AT&T Wireless. It is a dual band GSM 850/1900MHz phone. My first impression was that the phone was pretty small, and had a nice size and light weight. The overall shape/design of the phone was pretty pleasing. Honestly, the pictures that one sees online don't do the phone much justice. The phone actually has some "chrome" accents, that make it look nice, which you can't tell they're "chrome" online.

Overall, the interface is pretty good, and the phone has many good features. Of note, it has a speakerphone, as well as polyphonic ringtones. In fact, it has a built-in recorder which you can use to record your own ringtones. It also features simple wallpapers and animated screensavers.

As for sound quality and RF, it seems pretty good. We called MovieTickets.com and put it on speaker. Everything sounded pretty good. My only gripe is that the RF signal meter is a bit tricky to understand/decifer. So I really wasn't able to tell how much signal/reception the phone was getting.

The phone boasts 5 hours of talk time, and about 10 days standby. It has Java for games, but I'm not sure if you can get regular Java programs as well. The only thing I'm not too fond of is the orange screen, which can also be found on the Siemens S46.

Overall, I would recommend this phone to someone needing an inexpensive, small GSM phone.

-- Elias

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by elias See Profile edited by Kevin See Profile
last modified: 2003-05-20 20:04:58