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  1. #1
    Phil Lawrence
    Guest
    Can anyone give a constructive opinion on the old Ericsson R380. I was given
    one yesterday as a gift by a network here in Estonia along with 110 Euros
    worth of free calls as a promotion. Yes I do know that the phone is pretty
    ancient and that it is rather limited in today's world. However it was a
    phone that I quite fancied at the time when it was released and the only
    thing that kept me from buying it was the price so I bought the R320 instead
    all that time ago.

    I use the Z600 as my everyday phone but I thought that the R380 might be a
    useful emergency backup (the choice was R380, R320 or A2628 - I guess that
    there was a big box of phones lying on some shelf somewhere in Tallinn
    gathering dust!) in terms of functionality, but maybe I am completely wrong.

    Comments?

    Thanks in advance

    Phil

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  2. #2
    PDA Man
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    Re: R380

    Excellent phone, in its day. (I had to throw that in to be realistic) I have
    one and keep as a backup. great if you like to SMS and Text message. They
    were being sold like mad here in USA for a while and I got one new for $50
    USD and couldnt say no. (380W is GSM 900/1900 u probably got GSM 900/1800 )
    Biggest problem in USA is that it is not GPRS so you need to have CSD access
    (Only Tmobile does and who knows for how much longer. ) But if you have a
    plan with alot of minutes , or free wekends and eve, u can do some WAP work
    with it. Anyway, it is a fun phone, works great for messaging, just sucks
    for battery life compared with whats availablle today. One thing I will say,
    if you got it new in the box, the DATA cable, Desktop charger and case, are
    all useable on the later model phones so thats a plus. (The case depends on
    what phones u have) So, unless it was a matter of turning it down for
    something newer, take the phone and have fun with it. (Its a great
    Pre-Smartphone)

    NOTE: If you go to www.sonyericsson.com they have all the software to set it
    up to synch with your desktop, and otherv files. Also check out Floats
    Mobile Agent, will work with cable or IRDA with it. also www.esato.com is a
    good ericsson site as well as http://www.clubsonyericsson.com





  3. #3
    Eric B
    Guest

    Re: R380

    Agreed. Great phone except you cannot upload stuff to it. The biggest
    problem I have is that I can no longer find the Communications Suite
    Software. The sony/ericsson does not have (they only have the service
    packs) and I called Ericsson Canada directly and they do not have it.
    If someone has it, I would love to get a copy. If someone else is
    looking for it and I find it eventually, I would be more than happy to
    send it.

    Eric

    "PDA Man" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > Excellent phone, in its day. (I had to throw that in to be realistic) I have
    > one and keep as a backup. great if you like to SMS and Text message. They
    > were being sold like mad here in USA for a while and I got one new for $50
    > USD and couldnt say no. (380W is GSM 900/1900 u probably got GSM 900/1800 )
    > Biggest problem in USA is that it is not GPRS so you need to have CSD access
    > (Only Tmobile does and who knows for how much longer. ) But if you have a
    > plan with alot of minutes , or free wekends and eve, u can do some WAP work
    > with it. Anyway, it is a fun phone, works great for messaging, just sucks
    > for battery life compared with whats availablle today. One thing I will say,
    > if you got it new in the box, the DATA cable, Desktop charger and case, are
    > all useable on the later model phones so thats a plus. (The case depends on
    > what phones u have) So, unless it was a matter of turning it down for
    > something newer, take the phone and have fun with it. (Its a great
    > Pre-Smartphone)
    >
    > NOTE: If you go to www.sonyericsson.com they have all the software to set it
    > up to synch with your desktop, and otherv files. Also check out Floats
    > Mobile Agent, will work with cable or IRDA with it. also www.esato.com is a
    > good ericsson site as well as http://www.clubsonyericsson.com




  4. #4
    Pete
    Guest

    Re: R380

    On 16 Apr 2004 07:06:08 -0700, [email protected] (Eric B) wrote:

    >The biggest
    >problem I have is that I can no longer find the Communications Suite
    >Software. The sony/ericsson does not have (they only have the service
    >packs) and I called Ericsson Canada directly and they do not have it.
    >If someone has it, I would love to get a copy. If someone else is
    >looking for it and I find it eventually, I would be more than happy to
    >send it.


    Eric,

    On the R380 eGroup (now killed by Porn spammers) I constructed a mini
    Comm Suite (50MB if thats Mini ))).. from their 600MB? CD..

    I still have it around if you want to e.mail me (firststep#clara,net).
    I don't have a lot of web space so we'll need to split the file and
    work out a method for you to get it..

    Anyway if you need still it let me know.

    I tried to share it as widely as I could but with the death of the
    eGroup it is hard to keep it in circulation. So Its a one time offer
    to you only as I'm going to archive it soon.

    Pete
    Spamblocking



  5. #5
    Phil Lawrence
    Guest

    Re: R380

    "PDA Man" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Excellent phone, in its day. (I had to throw that in to be realistic) I

    have
    > one and keep as a backup. great if you like to SMS and Text message. They
    > were being sold like mad here in USA for a while and I got one new for $50
    > USD and couldnt say no. (380W is GSM 900/1900 u probably got GSM

    900/1800 )
    > Biggest problem in USA is that it is not GPRS so you need to have CSD

    access
    > (Only Tmobile does and who knows for how much longer. ) But if you have a
    > plan with alot of minutes , or free wekends and eve, u can do some WAP

    work
    > with it. Anyway, it is a fun phone, works great for messaging, just sucks
    > for battery life compared with whats availablle today. One thing I will

    say,
    > if you got it new in the box, the DATA cable, Desktop charger and case,

    are
    > all useable on the later model phones so thats a plus. (The case depends

    on
    > what phones u have) So, unless it was a matter of turning it down for
    > something newer, take the phone and have fun with it. (Its a great
    > Pre-Smartphone)


    Quite frankly the best part about owning the R380 is the fact that the
    CDW-10 charger cradle/synch station is in the box. I have a Z600, my wife
    uses the T68i and her dad pops in from time to time and he cherishes my old
    R520. So all the family phones fit the CDW-10. Far better than connecting a
    cable into the bottom of the phone - just deposit the phone into the cradle.

    But seriously though, I had never realised how close the R380 was in
    performance terms to the original Nokia Communicator. If only Ericsson had
    had a little more street cred this phone could have really kicked some ass.
    As a confirmed SE fan I regret that I didn't spend a few quid more back when
    I chose my R320 in 2001 (?). Don't get me wrong; the R320 was a superbly
    stylish piece of kit, if not a little bit slow in its operation. But the
    R380 was probably a cult icon of its time.

    Anyway, next on my agenda is to buy a mint condition R310. That is a phone
    which I would simply place on a shelf and exhibit as a style statement!!!!!

    Phil





  6. #6
    matt weber
    Guest

    Re: R380

    On Thu, 15 Apr 2004 18:32:32 +0300, "Phil Lawrence" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Can anyone give a constructive opinion on the old Ericsson R380. I was given
    >one yesterday as a gift by a network here in Estonia along with 110 Euros
    >worth of free calls as a promotion. Yes I do know that the phone is pretty
    >ancient and that it is rather limited in today's world. However it was a
    >phone that I quite fancied at the time when it was released and the only
    >thing that kept me from buying it was the price so I bought the R320 instead
    >all that time ago.
    >
    >I use the Z600 as my everyday phone but I thought that the R380 might be a
    >useful emergency backup (the choice was R380, R320 or A2628 - I guess that
    >there was a big box of phones lying on some shelf somewhere in Tallinn
    >gathering dust!) in terms of functionality, but maybe I am completely wrong.
    >

    The R380 is quite capable, although it is a dual band (900/1800 or
    900/1900). It lacks the whistles and bells, but as a telephone that
    can send, receive SMS and the other garden variety stuff, no
    complaints.
    >Comments?
    >
    >Thanks in advance
    >
    >Phil





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