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Amoi Skypephone – 4 months later

Last November, I bought a 3 Skypephone, AKA an AMOI WP-S1, AKA an AMOI 8512. My original review of it is here.

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After five months of continuous Drive use, I’ve decided to take another look at the phone.

And it is in remarkably good shape, despite being dropped, splashed, almosted drowned, and generally abused. The magnet holding the battery cover in place hasn’t fallen off yet, which is unexpected. Some of the rubberised coating has become a bit worn, but thats not really a big issue.
Remarkably, neither the screen nor camera lens have suffered any damage at all. The buttons all still work, and the USB port has failed to go all loose and wonky.
Physically, it seems about as indestructable as my old Motorola V600 (but I haven’t thrown it at a wall yet – most likely due to not having anything to do with O2 these days).

Skype:

Well, yes. I’ve used it twice, and that was just to see if it worked. I only know one avid Skyper (who will admit to it, anyway), and I never bought it for the Skype functionality anyway. It works.

MSN:

It works now, after 3 finally got around to supporting it properly, but the app is a pain to use on the handset.

PC Connectivity:

To start with, the software seemed overly complicated and tedious. Why, I thought, couldn’t I just plug it in and use it like a USB memory stick? Well. After I found the MicroSD card taped inside the packaging (just as I was about to chuck all the needless cardboard into the recycling bin) and installed it, thats exactly how it wholesale NFL jerseys works. It’s just a pity that it won’t work that way with the internal memory.

MoDem:

This is the best thing about the phone. True, the connection speed is only 115.2kpbs 180kbps download / 43kbps upload at the moment, but wholesale nba jerseys that is double what I was getting through the internal modem on the laptop on a normal dial-up connection. Sadly, the modem now refuses to work when the AMOI’s drivers are installed, but that is hardly a big loss as it was just causing me to run up big phone bills at work.

Pretty much Tinnitus? everything i’ve tried is working over this connection, with the exception of the YouTube multi-uploader. I haven’t tried World of Warcraft yet, because I’d like to retain some of what little of a life I have left.
The connection speed may sound low, but its enough to watch videos without them stopping all the time.
3 do wholesale nfl jerseys have annoying policy concerning what they term as “adult” sites, though. You can’t access them. No chance. This is annoying as i used to use b3ta a lot, but now I can’t (apart from one day last month when their policy got relaxed – or got broken, more likely – for about 6 hours). Also, quite a few of my friends’ sites have been tagged as “adult”, as they are a sweary bunch of troublemakers.
All this talk of data transfer brings me on to probably the most important thing about a mobile phone…

Running costs:

Calls to normal numbers cost 12p per minute, with texts at 12p each. You can buy add-on bundles to make these cheaper, which I only tend to do for texts, as I try to not to ring many people (apart from taxis, pizza delivery places and pubs).
Data is charged at a quid per megabyte, which sounds expensive because it is. However, the internet add-on bundles can save you loads of money and cost 50p for a day, S?zleri £2.50 a week, or £5 a month.
I’m still not sure what the “fair use” data limits are for the weekly and monthly blocks, but daily seems to be about 100mb. Which isn’t bad.
I tend to Amoi stick on a load of daily blocks in one go, as its easy to exceed 100mb in a day (if, for example, you decide to watch all the Happy Tree Friends episodes whilst drunk), and you can move into the next day’s block without having to wait until midnight.
All in all, it cost me about £20 every three weeks.

So whats wrong with it?

The camera doesn’t have a light or a flash. <sarcasm>Oh shame</sarcasm>.
The microSD card was cunningly hidden in the depths of the packaging and nearly got binned. And doesn’t come with an adapter.
I can’t get the modem to work with the built-in bluetooth on my laptop, yet it works with an external dongle. Not really an issue, as anyone likely to want to connect a laptop to their phone will probably have a USB cable on them.
And thats it.

Verdict?

It is still a brilliant and cheap little phone, and works almost perfectly. I’d like to see a new version that does full mobile broadband without me having to carry an additional dongle, and maybe a future one will. I’ll upgrade to that when it comes out, but for now I can handle the slower speed. You should buy one now.
Oh, you want a rating? Right. Which 80s popsters had a song wholesale MLB jerseys called “System Addict”?
Thats right. Five Star.

Amoi WP-S1 3/Skype Phone

This week I got a bit drunk and bought a new phone, a 3 Skype phone. In reality, its an Amoi (no wok included) WP-S1, and this is what it looks like…

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Snazzy, eh?

For £49 its not really a bad bit of kit. True, it is on the 3 network, but after being frigged about by O2 and Virgin over the last two weeks I’ll try any alternative.

So, what does it do?

Well. It does all your normal phone crap, plus it allegedly automatically uses Skype when you want it to. I say allegedly as I ‘cant even get mine to log in using my Skype details. And 3’s usually unhelpful customer support have no idea what to do.(But at least they can’t beat the O2 monkey who asked me, twenty minutes into our conversation about why my GPRS had been cancelled, if I owned a mobile phone. No, Sherlock, I can process GSM signals in my head.)

Anyway, thats not important. What can it do?

For me the big win is that you can use it as a modem and get ‘net access. True, its only about 116Kbps, but that better than I was getting from O2. The downside to this is that the software supplied completely screws up all your existing modem drivers. Not a big loss for most people, but bloody annoying nonetheless.

Sadly the internet service is somewhat restricted. Mail and Web services seem okay (with exceptions), but thats it. FTP is blocked, as are MSN Messenger (probably a good thing) and no gaming stuff will work.

For some reason, POP access to my gmail account won’t work, but I can still access the gmail website. Odd.

Access to sites like B3ta are blocked, but thats probably a good thing for me.

A big problem is Facebook. I was never a big fan of it (see elsewhere) until I got the phone. Now I’m on it all the time, mainly because you can access straight from the phone. This is my biggest U-turn since I suddenly decided that VW campers were indeed a bit cool.

The FTP thing is annoying, as I have to update these pages via FTP. I means that I have to go to the pub and use the WIFI machine. Like I needed an excuse.

So… ultimate verdict, is it any good?

Yup. Best phone i’ve had in ages.

Update: Yay! FTP / IM / Flickr uploader…. it all works now!