Motorola M3788

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Motorola M3788

All Motorola cellular telephones are manufactured to exacting specifications and world-class quality standards, and are designed to withstand the hars...

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Review of "Motorola M3788"

published 16/03/2004 | pcman18
Member since : 16/03/2004
Reviews : 13
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About me :
Pro Cheap
Cons Big, Heavy, Very few features.
Look & Feel
Durability & Robustness
Battery standby time
Battery talktime
Value for money

"My first phone"

This phone was my first phone and I got it very cheap (£29.99) The phone is a good phone for first time users.

There are shortcut menus which you can assign to your own menus if you dont like the ones already set.

1. Call Voicemail
Here you can dial your answer phone when you have voicemail messages

2. Divert Voice Call
Dibverty Incoming calls to your answer phone or a different phone number. (On pay as you go you can only divert to your answerphone)

3. Message editor
Sending SMS to people, unfortunately you can only send an SMS up to 160 characters. Multimessaging is not available on this phone

4. Read messages
Reading messages that have not been read

5. Add entry to SIM
For quickly adding a number to the SIM card. Unfortunately you can not store on the phone. 90 umbers could be stored on the SIM card on this phone - but that was more than 3 years ago.

6. Battery Meter
This shows a more precise indication of battery power remaining

7. Phone lock now
This is someting nokia could learn. Here you lock the phone and you have to enter your four digit unlock code to unlock the phone. There is also the default lock keypad by pressing * and #.

8. Find by name
Search the first three letters of a name and the phone will find the number and call it.

9. Switch Line 1/2
On this phone you can have two phone lines however it you have to subscribe to the service and it is not available on Pay as you go.

Now for the main menu

Here you can find out about infoirmation on Sport, Lifestyle, and Finance. However this option is not available on Pay as you go

This is where the phone numbers are stored. Your number is also stored here as well as the last 10 calls as well as fixed dialling and one touch dial setting.

Call related Features
Here you can display the battery meter, restrict your caller ID on the next call, and you can set up Call diverting, call waiting and call barring

Here you can call your voicemail, check your inbox and outbox, or send an SMS.
You canalso set messagfe settings for example the validity period of the text messages sent.

Phone setup
Here you can select line 1 or line 2, adjust the ring volume, turn the ringer on or off. You can set the ringer tone from a 'wide' range of 11 tones. You can set a ringer tone for line 2. You can lock the phone here (this is the one where you have to type the code to unlock the phone). For extra added security you can have the phone so that the phone is locked when you first turn it on. You can also set to require the PIN code here, and for very high security you can have the phone set up so that you must enter both the PIN code and Unlock code to use the phone - pretty handy indeed.
Here you can turn extended menus on or off. WIth extended menus turned on you get access to language selection, battery saving mode and keypad tones.

Network Selection.
Another feature not available to pay as you go. Here you can select Available networks, Network search, Preffered networks and Find new network

Call meters
Here you can select to show calll charges, you can see call timers for total calls, last call or reset timers. You can set the phone to beep over a specific mount of time in a call and you acn also choose to show or hide the call counters when in calls.

Accessory Setup
This menu will only show when connected to handsfree kit and car kit accessories and you can select automatic answer wich answers the phone after two rings and safety timer and you set the amount of time the phone stays on for after the car ignition has stoped and saves you entering PIN codes and unlock codes.

The phone's size and weight
Height: 140mm (excluding aerial)
Width: 50mm
Depth: 25mm
Weight: 170g

This phone is recommended as a first phone or someone that is not feature crazy, (well it was made in 1999) It is a good phone.

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  • BubbleLove published 17/03/2004
    Hi welcome to Ciao!! I had one of these phones! Good Luck and have Fun! - lou x
  • Mynti published 16/03/2004
    Welcome to Ciao... great start! Dxx
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Product Information : Motorola M3788

Manufacturer's product description

All Motorola cellular telephones are manufactured to exacting specifications and world-class quality standards, and are designed to withstand the harshest environmental conditions. Their commitment to total customer satisfaction and over sixty-five years of experience in personal communications mean you can depend upon the quality of this Motorola product. Specific subscription contract conditions and services are provider / market specific and couldn't be captured at the time this product information was researched.

Product Details

Product Description: Motorola M3788 - black - GSM - mobile phone

Product Type: Mobile phone

Service Provider: Not specified

Form Factor: Bar

Dimensions (WxDxH): 50 mm x 28 mm x 140 mm

Weight: 170 g

Colour: Black

Technology: GSM

Band: Dual Band

Display: LCD display

Talk Time: Up to 230 minutes

Standby Time: Up to 110 hours

Localisation: English

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty



Product Type: Mobile phone

Form Factor: Bar

Aerial: External

Width: 50 mm

Depth: 28 mm

Height: 140 mm

Weight: 170 g

Body Colour: Black

Body Material: Plastic

Localisation: English


Technology: GSM

Band: Dual Band

Service Provider: Not specified

Messaging & Internet

Cellular Messaging Services: SMS

Supported SMS Functions: SMS CB (Cell Broadcast)


Max Data Transfer Rate: 9.6 Kbps

Phone Features

Phone Functions: Call timer, conference call

Speed Dial: Yes

Speech Codec: EFR, FR, HR

Ring Tones: 11

Additional Features: SIM application toolkit (STK)


Missed Calls Memory: 10

Dialed Calls Memory: 10

SIM Card Based Directory: 155 names & numbers

Security Features

Phone Lock: Yes (manual/automatic)

Keypad Lock: Yes

Restrict Access to Phone Book: Yes


Type: LCD display

Display Resolution: 96 x 32 pixels

Display Indicators: Signal strength, home zone, roaming, off-hook, text message waiting, voice message waiting, ringer alert on, battery meter

Display Illumination Colour: Green

Features: Backlit


Connector Type: Headset jack ¦ Data port


Technology: Nickel Metal Hydride

Capacity: 700 mAh

Run Time Details: Talk - up to 230 min ¦ Standby - up to 110 hrs

Recharge Time: 230 min


Included Accessories: Power adapter

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year


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