- Size (LWH): 3.77 inches, 2.04 inches, 0.85 inches
- Weight: 4.32 ounces
- Minimum Rated Talk Time: 5 hours
- Minimum Rated Standby Time: 300 hours
Motorola Motofone F3 Unlocked Phone with Dual-Band GSM 850/1900--International Version with No Warranty (Black)
- This unlocked cell phone is compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. Not all carrier features may be supported. It will not work with CDMA carriers like Verizon Wireless, Alltel and Sprint.
- International version dual-band GSM cell phone compatible with 850/1900 frequencies and GPRS capabilities
- Durable, flush-fitting keypad; large electronic ink display is easily viewed in direct sunlight; stores up to 250 contacts; clock with alarm
- Up to 4.5 hours of talk time, up to 300 hours (12.5 days) of standby time
- What's in the Box: Handset, battery, travel charger, documentation
- This cell phone may not include a US warranty as some manufacturers do not honor warranties for international version phones. Please contact the seller for specific warranty information.
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The super-slim Motofone F3 features a unique electronic ink display with large, easily readable characters.
This candybar-style phone measures just 0.35 inches (9mm) thin, and it has a unique Motorola ClearVision display that helps to increase the battery life of the phone. The changeable electronic ink display (electrophoretic imaging film) is easy to read in bright sunlight or dimly lit environments from virtually any angle--just like paper. Additionally, the display is plastic, lightweight and ultra-low power, making it ideal for mobile and power sensitive applications by eliminating the weight and breakability of glass used in LCD displays.
The text display contains only two lines of six characters each, and it shows a digital clock when there's no activity. Combined with a flush-fitting keypad and dust-resistant design, the Motofone F3 is especially durable in active everyday use.
The Motofone F3 offers a redesigned user interface with voice prompts to guide the you quickly and easily through menu navigation, messaging, and other functions. In addition, graphical icons visually demonstrate the menu features as well as network status and battery strength. For pre-paid customers, the Motofone F3 automatically reports the status of your pre-paid account after each call or message.
This phone allows you to store contacts only on the SIM card (for 250 entries), and it provides a view of the last 20 dialed/received/missed calls. The layout of the numeric keypad resembles Motorola's SLVR phones, and it includes a large navigation pad as well as send/end keys and two soft keys. Above the display are bars showing signal strength and battery life. Other features include:
- High-volume for call clarity in loud environments
- Embedded polyphonic ringtones in eight voices
- Ability to download ringtones
- Silent vibration mode
The Motofone F3 weighs 2.4 ounces and measures 4.5 x 1.85 x 0.35 inches. Its 750 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 500 minutes of talk time, and up to 500 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the 850/1900 GSM frequencies.
What's in the Box
Handset, battery, travel charger, documentation
Top Customer Reviews
When I received the box I was a little shocked. First thing I noticed is the manual was in Spanish. This wasn't a big deal to me. I searched the web and found an English manual to download. This could really annoy others expecting a better out of box experience. The next thing that caught me off guard was the default language; it was also Spanish. Again, no biggie because the phone "speaks" to you when you power it up and asks you what language you want to select. Pressing "3" sets the language to English and you're set.
Once powered on you can choose to keep the phone in "Voice Guidance" mode. This is actually a really user-friendly feature. After you push the Menu button (located to the left of the navigation pad) you can navigate through menu items with the pad and the voice tells you what menu item you are on. This totally makes up for the B/W screen and lackluster icons.
Overall this is a great entry-level or emergency phone. The call quality rivals any phone I've used. Volume was loud and clarity was near-perfect.
- Great signal strength
- Crystal clear calling
- Solid battery life
- Slim profile looks more sophisticated than it really is
- Speakerphone (press Menu button twice when on a call)
- Voice guidance
- Spanish manual and default language
- Low-res, monochrome LCD screen (See customer images)
- No modern bells or whistles
- Kinda plasticky feeling
- Not for Texters
For the price (Sub-$40) this can't be beat. Just make sure you know what you are getting into before you buy it.
Only 4-stars due to the whole Spanish manual/language thing.
If you're interested, please do read the reviews. These phones are not marketed in the USA it seems - I guess we are collectively just too hip and sophisticated for this quaint little thing. Mine came "unlocked" as advertised - I just transplanted the SIM card from my old phone and I was ready to go. You have to choose your preferred language, and if you want a manual for the dozen or less functions, you can download it easily from Motorola.
Some of the negative reviews are gut-busters. Did these folks even READ about the phone they were getting? Maybe it was a gift, I don't know. "Box was opened!"? That's because they're pulling these from South America or India and unlocking them for you! "Has a crappy interface!"? It does look like Etch a Sketch, but hey, I don't care to have all my friends' avatars on my screen. I can speed dial about 15 numbers. And you CAN send and receive text, if'n you really have to, though I don't think I ever will. (So counterintuitive... that's why God invented keyboards!Read more ›
I find the voice features to more than compensate for its deficient display. The speaker and microphone function superbly. If volume ever becomes problematic, the speakerphone is quite loud.
One of Motorola's marketing points is prolonged battery life (compared to other phones) because of e-paper's low power consumption. I would subjectively rate battery life to be "excellent." The only trouble is the long charging time. On an up note, the charging port is a cylindrical plug, which I have found in my experiences to be more durable than clip-type connectors, which tend to wear and fail over time.
One small annoyance with the phone: from a dead boot (i.e. take the battery out/in and power on)... The phone's clock seems to be completely internal. Unlike other phones which retrieve time from the network, the phone always asks you to input the date and time (which is lengthier than one might like). The phone has a voice-help feature, which audibly dictates menu functions (e.g. "send a message" "read a message" when the corresponding icons appear on screen). This feature can be disabled, but also resets and resumes from a dead boot. Therefore, one should silence the phone rather than turning it off.
Overall, this phone functions hassle-free to make and receive voice calls. Any other features like text messaging and alarm clock are slightly inconvenient to access. Personally, 90% of my mobile phone activity is voice calls. The lack of texting, camera, games, and the like are no bother to me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Clearly designed for non-US customer base. Could not get messaging to work. Ended up returning the phone. The return itself was quite difficult. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Motorola Motofone F3 is a basic, no-fills cell phone that's unique for it's usage of an e-ink display (same technology used in ebook readers like the Nook or Kindle). Read morePublished 19 months ago by OSReviews