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Nokia 1208

Affordable and easy-to-use, with handy One Touch shortcut keys, unique cost management features, and a vibrant color display screen to make your conne...

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Review of "Nokia 1208"

published 01/07/2009 | karic66
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About me :
Not for me
Pro None
Cons What use is a phone that won't receive calls?
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Value for money

"Nokia 1208 - useless phone!"

I am writing this review on behalf of my dad (he lives 300 miles away) who bought this mobile as an emergency when BT cut him off 5 days earlier than requested prior to moving house!! (But THAT'S another story!!!)
He purchased the Nokia 1208 from Tesco Mobile on Pay as You Go, for £17.97. It was good deal, if you top up by £15 they will triple it to £45. Well done Tesco.
Anyway back to the phone review, it has the following 'features' -

65k Colour CSTN Screen (96 x 68 Pixels)
Large Digital Clock Wallpaper, Animated Screensavers, Jumbo Font
Dual Band (GSM 900 & GSM 1800)
4 Mbytes Memory, 7 Hours Talk Time
365 Hours Standby
One Touch Shortcut Keys
Flashlight - Probably its most useful function!!!
SMS (Text Messaging)

Phone Book (200 Contacts)
Alarm Clock
Time (Analogue & Digital)
Countdown Timer
Stopwatch, Calculator, Converter, Reminders
Language Support
Time Tracker
One Touch Shortcut Keys
Power Saver Mode
Preloaded MP3 & Polyphonic Ringtones
Handsfree Speaker

Weight & Size
77 g
102 x 44.1 x 17.5 mm

This is a basic no frills mobile that seems to promise so much for particularly the elderly or 'technophobes' but delivers very little.
As I said my dad has used this but I haven't, so I can't comment on looks and feel,etc, however I can say that it does not fulfill its use as a phone. I received a first call from dad and then rang him straight back (to save him funds) and I kept getting voicemail. Oh Dad I thought you've been fiddling in the menus and changed something! So had to wait for him to ring me again, When he did he promised me he had not changed anything so I let it go and rang him again. Voicemail each time.

I waited for another call and persuaded him to take it to a mobile dealer for some basic lessons!! The guy in the shop told him that the phone was set up to receive calls - no divert etc on and he couldn't explain why it kept going to voicemail.
I looked on the internet for the manual - very basic with hardly any info at all. Other reviewers have said the same as me, maybe its a big technical glitch. Tesco had no advice either so I'm afraid he took a hammer to it and that's the end of that!!!!

What is the use of a phone that can't receive calls? I think that Nokia have made a dud here at the bottom end of their range which is a pity as there will always be a market for simple to use, cheap mobiles. They should have spent less time adding a torch and more time ensuring it works properly :(

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  • TheHairyGodmother published 05/10/2009
    Nice review :)
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Product Information : Nokia 1208

Manufacturer's product description

Affordable and easy-to-use, with handy One Touch shortcut keys, unique cost management features, and a vibrant color display screen to make your connections hassle-free.

Product Details

Manufacturer: Nokia

Phone Design: Classic

Cellular / Phone Form Factor: Classic

Cellular / Type: Mobile phone

Long Name: 1208

EAN: 6417182767074

Weight: 77 g

Display: LCD display - colour - CSTN

Standby Time: Up to 365 hours

Talk Time: Up to 420 minutes

Technology: GSM

Colour: Red, Black

Dimensions (WxDxH): 44 mm x 18 mm x 102 mm

Form Factor: Bar

Service Provider: Not specified, Vodafone

Product Type: Mobile phone

Product Description: Nokia 1208 - red - GSM - mobile phone, Nokia 1208 - black - GSM - mobile phone, Nokia 1208 - GSM - mobile phone

Band: EGSM 900/1800 (Dual Band)

SAR Value: 1.01 W/kg

Phone Features

Additional Features: Flash light

Ring Tone Formats: MP3

Polyphonic Ring Tone Voice Qty: 32

Polyphonic Ringer: Yes

Speech Codec: EFR, FR, HR, AMR

Phone Functions: Speakerphone, call timer, vibrating alert


Weight: 77 g

Height: 102 mm

Depth: 18 mm

Width: 44 mm

Body Colour: Red, Black

Aerial: Internal

Form Factor: Bar

Product Type: Mobile phone

MPN: 002B0P0, 1208-red, 002B0N2, HGNK162, 002B1H5, 002B1H6, NOK1208, 1208

Image Colour Disclaimer: The image of the product displayed may be of a different colour

SAR Value: 1.01 W/kg

Available Body Colours: Black, red


Service Provider: Not specified, Vodafone

Technology: GSM - Dual-band, GSM

Band: EGSM 900/1800 (Dual Band)

Messaging & Internet

Cellular Messaging Services: Nokia Smart Messaging, SMS


Personal Information Management: Calendar, calculator, countdown timer, stopwatch, alarm clock

Phone Book Entries Qty: 200


User Memory: 4 MB


Features: Wallpaper, screen saver

Multi-language Menu: Yes

Colour Depth: 65,536 colours

Display Resolution: 96 x 68 pixels

Technology: CSTN

Type: LCD display - colour


Connector Type: Headset jack - sub-mini-phone 2.5mm


Run Time Details: Talk - up to 420 min ¦ Standby - up to 365 hrs

Capacity: 700 mAh


Included Accessories: Power adapter


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