T-Mobile Sparq Prepaid Phone (T-Mobile)

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  1. Steven A. Vidaurri "digitalmonkeys" says:
    50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Basic for Texting, Good for Talking, Web is Useless, November 10, 2011
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    Steven A. Vidaurri “digitalmonkeys” (Grand Rapids, MI) –
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    This review is from: T-Mobile Sparq Prepaid Phone (T-Mobile) (Wireless Phone Accessory)

    I had a flip phone for 5 years on Verizon. Wanted to pay less per month and get a better phone without spending a lot. Wanted the Nokia X2 but the salesperson talked me into the new Sparq.

    The call clarity is great. People on the other end though say that when I am not talking it sounds like I have hung up, there is complete silence. From my end though there is no distortion, no humming or buzzing, it’s very clear. I have had only 1 dropped call in a week and that was in the basement.

    The front keypad is horrible. The buttons are spongy rubber and you have to press down with your nail right in the middle of the button, thankfully though most of my calls are to my contacts.

    The phone is small and slippery, I have almost dropped it or dropped it on my lap numerous times. The back of the phone is smooth plastic.

    The music sounds great from the phones speaker, much better than my girlfriends LG touchscreen. The music menus though are cumbersome and difficult to use. There are fewer options than both our last LG’s for sorting and listening to music.

    The camera takes poor quality pictures that blur easily and is useless in low lighting.

    The menu’s are not intuitive or easy to use. It’s hard to find menu options you are looking for.

    There is no volume button anywhere to be found, you have to go into the “profiles” section to set your ringer volumes and then switch between these “profiles.” You cannot manually turn the ringer up or down otherwise.

    Internet is about worthless. Trying to look up anything takes FOREVER, I mean slower than dial-up, don’t know what dial-up is, ask your folks. Every page is a “loader.” I even got a “memory full” error message when trying to load a google page. I was able to find a business phone number on google but it took about 5 minutes, calling information would have been easier and worth the $2. If you are going to use this phone for web, even once a month get a different phone. I do check email often on it though, it’s easy to read emails, difficult to respond, delete, or sort.

    Texting is okay if you turn off the smart text. That’s when it autofills in a word it thinks you are trying to type. It’s awful and accidentally fills in words you didn’t choose. My girlfriend has this feature on her LG touchscreen and it works well. The slider is okay but feels cheap and flimsy. I have small hands and small fingers for a 6′ tall guy and it’s still harder to txt on the slider than my old flip phone. I thought I’d love the qwerty keyboard, I don’t. The function button that you have to use all the time is hard to hit, and doesn’t always respond. The keys almost need to be pounded and not touched to work right.

    Battery life seems good, got about 100 texts, hours of talking, even some frustrating web usage and the battery needs only to be charged every other day. I did turn down the brightness on the screen, all the way up it’s like a lighthouse beacon at night. I also changed the duration that the screen stays lit after you stop hitting keys. It’s preset for 30 sec and I think I changed it to 10sec. That saves a lot of battery life when your phone is just sitting.

    Ringtones were surprisingly easy to change. My LG, still haven’t figured out how to do it without paying verizon. This phone, I just loaded my music, went to profiles and selected a song from my library. You can do the same with each contact, they can all have different ring tones.

    There is definately a learning curve for this phone. My LG flip phone and my girlfriends LG touchscreen are both intuitive and easy to operate. Finding and changing settings on both our LGs was a snap and its fast and easy to navigate the menus. This phone is anything but easy. I will be returning this phone and trying the Nokia x2 or the Lg Optimus. I would not recommend this phone to anyone who plans to text a lot or use the web. It’s a basic generic phone with extremely basic features.

    UPDATE: I decided to keep this phone as T-mobile was no longer carrying the phone I had wanted. The phone speaker stopped working about 2 weeks after I bought it and had to be swapped out. T-mobile rep at the store said they usual make you mail them in and you are without a phone for weeks, but since it had only been 2 weeks she swapped it in the store for me. Bonus points for customer service!

    UPDATE: Had this phone for about 4 months now and the decal that is on the keypad is starting to come up. I take very good care of my phone and yet the silver backing is starting to lift and bubble in spots, pulling away from the keys. I will use this phone until it dies and then buy a something else.

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  2. Tony Apf says:
    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Good phone for the money, December 2, 2011
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    This review is from: T-Mobile Sparq Prepaid Phone (T-Mobile) (Wireless Phone Accessory)

    I was looking for a replacement phone for my Nokia for my Tmobile prepaid, since a decent Nokia phone that isnt a droid is difficult to find at Tmobile these days I chose the sparq by Alcatel. the phone is pretty close to my Nokia as far as accessories and ease of use. My only complaint is that when I end a phone call and press the end button for more than a second, the phone will power of. I have to adjust for that and give the button a quick push, and not hold it too long. Otherwise, the phone is simple to use, easy to follow instructions and does what it should. Its nothing fancy, but all I want to do is make a phone call or send a text and thats what I can do. I would reccomend this phone to anyone who wants a decent phone with out all the hassle of apps and secret key stroke tracking that Droid phones are known for.

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  3. Mike Thorn "Mike" says:
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good basic phone, December 4, 2011
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    Mike Thorn “Mike” (San Diego, CA) –

    This review is from: T-Mobile Sparq Prepaid Phone (T-Mobile) (Wireless Phone Accessory)

    I lke this phone after 1 week of usage: good quality of calls, good battery life, FM radioo, music player (should buy MicroSD card). I commute to work by train and can listen news and musi w/o any additional player. Unfortunately, it does not look fancy or attractive, warranty is 90 days only but I am OK’ with that at such price tag.

    0 for resonable price.

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  4. Susan Myers says:
    20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Works great WHEN and IF it wants to – not reliable, April 3, 2009
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    Susan Myers (Lisbon, NY USA) –

    This review is from: BlackBerry Pearl 8110 Unlocked Phone with 2 MP Camera, GPS, MicroSD Slot, and Digital Media Player–International Version with No Warranty (Titanium) (Wireless Phone Accessory)

    Well my Blackberry Pearl 8110 that I have had for 5 months is going in the garbage. The constant rebooting during phone calls has become intolerable over the last 3 weeks. When I inquired I was told that it is “outdated” but upgrading to a new Blackberry bold would solve the problem. (Sounds like a marketing ploy but I have no choice) My local store that carries these took my name. I had to go on a waitng list for the next shipments of phones due to the amount of Blackberry Pearl 8110 people have replaced over the last month, they sell the upgraded phone as fast as they get them in.
    If you choose to purchase, print out these steps and memorize them, you will be doing this during all the random reboots that occur several times a day. If you think it won’t happen to you, at work I immediately found several people who were getting rid of this phone, and several who were forced to get rid of it and replace it at their own cost due to this problem over the last week.
    This will be your life with this phone:
    Anywhere from 5-10 minutes into a phone call, it will reboot for 5 minutes, works for two minutes then turns off and reboots again. Then about the 4th cycle, it doesn’t come back on, the red light flashes except it is otherwise dead. Take the battery out put it back in and it will come on and reboot for another 5 minutes. Maybe you can talk for 5 minutes and the next reboot begins, your call is dropped, it has a red flashing light and dead phone, take the battery out and put it back in and watch the dead phone flash the red light (they only thing that works) for better than 5 minutes until it comes on and reboots again. Today it did this for 35 minutes where I was unable to use it for the entire 35 minutes. For someone who travels in by myself, I can’t have a phone that talks to the mothership more than me. It has definitely gotten worse over the last 3 weeks. Sometimes it will work OK for a couple of hours but it is unpredictable. It otherwise works great. I even turned the data off before I make a call and turn it off and on thinking it will be happy and work for more than 10 minutes.
    WRONG! I do not have the time to spend a day making phone calls and replacing this phone and neither did anyone else I found when we compared notes.

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  5. David L. Jensen says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    brilliant, September 2, 2009
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    David L. Jensen
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    This review is from: BlackBerry Pearl 8110 Unlocked Phone with 2 MP Camera, GPS, MicroSD Slot, and Digital Media Player–International Version with No Warranty (Titanium) (Wireless Phone Accessory)

    i have been using this phone for the past 4 months in south africa, and it works perfect on our networks. the gps, graphic and internet capabilities are brilliant to say the least. the only problem is when you are changing the SIM Card, the slot tends to be too tight hence taking out your SIM Card can be a mission otherwise i give it a thumbs up!

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