Pros Simple, great battery life, great sound quality
Cons No auto keypad lock
Summary My work phone cannot have a camera, so it limits what phones I can choose from. Even without that limitation, I'd still choose one without a camera. What I need is a phone that remembers its a phone first and everything else second. That is a rarity these days. I went into two different AT&T stores looking for a simple, reliable phone with good battery life. Both times the sales clerks acted like I had the plague when I didn't get all excited about a Razr or Blackberry. One of them literally turned his back and walked away when I told him I wasn't interested in text messaging or accessing the internet. AT&T and the rest need to wake up!!!! There's a whole lot of people out there that'd stampede to their door if they'd just offer a simple reliable phone! The JitterBug is going after the senior market with success. Why in the heck isn't someone going after the folks like me that just need a phone to make calls, receive calls, and keep an address book? Huh? I mean come on. I don't give a flip about taking pictures, listening to music, seeing what the weather is in Minneapolis, or having Snoop Dog for a ring tone. Most of the people I know would toss their current phone in the trash if you'd offer a phone that is just a PHONE!!!!
Anyway, back to the review...I bought the C168i for $19 for all the reasons above plus I was sick of extending my contract just to get a phone for a reasonable price. I chunked the "GO" phone SIM card that came with it and stuck my regular SIM card in. Works like a charm. So far, it has fantastic battery life, is easy to hear for someone with less than perfect ears, and does EVERYTHING I need it to do and darned few of the things I don't. As above, the only drawback so far is the lack of an automatic keypad lock like I used to have on my old Nokia. Seems a no-brainer to have such a feature on a stick phone, but I can live with having to lock it manually as long as it keeps doing everything else as it should.
Pros Simple design, easy to navigate, great battery life, stylish looks
Cons Fuzzy reception, doesn't support real-music ringtones or most graphics
Summary I have recently been looking for a cell phone that will function for my basic needs, such as arranging for rides or changing plans on short notice, without paying for many confusing bells and whistles and the hassle of contracts. I decided on the C168i, and it seems like just the phone I need. The design is very basic and easy to understand, the service is good, it looks great-- and at $19, who could resist? Other than the fact that the reception sometimes sounds so fuzzy I can barely understand the speaker (which may just have something to do with the area I'm in), my primary gripe is that the phone does not support real-music ringtones. I researched the phone on multiple sites before purchasing the C168i, and all claimed that it could support them. It can't. I was extremely disappointed with that, as well as the fact that I can't pick one of AT&T's awesome wallpapers from my favourite movie on this model. I ended up settling for a polyphonic tone and wallpaper that I like very much, but don't love. Nothing else was available for my phone.
All in all, the C168i is a nice, purely functional phone if you just want something very simple that will work for your basic needs, but certainly not the phone for you if you want all the fancy features more expensive phones offer.
Pros Best Reception I've ever seen. Very compact.
Cons Crappy ringtones, (though you can download others), and no speaker phone.
Summary Gets great reception. I live in the middle of nowhere and have a hard time finding a phone that gets service where I live. This phone has 4 or full bars throughout my whole house. You can barely tell it’s in your pocket because it’s so dang small. Paid less than $10.00 on sale and is normally around $15.00 to $20.00 which is still a steal of a deal. It was easily unlocked faxing info and receipt to at&t and got unlock code the next day to use on any GSM network. Add some ringtones to it and you'd have a nearly perfect phone without all the bells and whistles of the higher priced phones on the market. Very highly recommended.
Pros works well with a headset, decent call quality, excellent battery life, compact and light, easy to use
Cons keys are quite small, layout of keyboard is such that you can depress the wrong key easily
Summary I bought this phone to determine how much I would use a cell phone, before locking myself into a contract. You can actually do a lot on this little thing, and it has some very useful features including an alarm clock, a calculator. a calendar and others. I mainly call or occasionally text message, and it works very well for me. I can tell you that the battery seems to last quite awhile. I use a universal headset with this phone and the reception and call quality are quite good. For practically next to nothing, you can get good basic functionality and determine what rate plan is right for you!
Pros Battery life, small size, price
Cons Voice quality, features
Summary I bought two of these phones to test AT&Ts service. As my spouse is a long-haul truck driver, we wanted to compare Verizon and AT&T for coverage around the U.S.A. without committing to either service with a long-term contract so a go-phone for each of us was the test environment. This phone is GREAT considering the price. The battery lasts longer than any phone we have ever had. Five days of talking on the road and the battery was STILL going! The ringer is LOUD but the volume can be adjusted. Media-net and text messaging is also available. The phone size makes it easy to carry in a shirt or pant pocket without knowing it is there.
The cons: Voice quality could be better but considering the price, one can't complain. However, voice quality improved and sounded better when a headset was plugged in. Also, some features such as ring-tones wouldn't "set" on a consistent basis. No matter what ringtone was picked, the phone would revert to the AT&T ring tone.
Summary: Although Verizon has much better nation-wide coverage than AT&T, this phone works great where AT&T does have coverage. If you want a CHEAP phone that works in an AT&T area, this one is hard to beat. I rated it an "7" because although it works well in coverage areas and has a great battery life, voice quality and features that don't set permanently keep it from being a perfect "10." The phone cost $19 at Walmart with a $10 phone credit so the phone really only cost $9. One really can't complain about the cons for that price.