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Back to basics; LOOKING FOR AN EASY-TO-USE MOBILE PHONE BUT BAMBOOZLED BY THE TRICKERY AND CHOICE? JAN PATIENCE HAS SOME CONTENDERS FORYOU.

Byline: JAN PATIENCE

Nokia 6230i Around pounds 140

This is the Rolls Royce of Nokia's basic phone collection in that not only is it easy-to-operate, it also looks great while being able to do a goodly number of tricks, such as taking photographs, shooting videos, linking to the internet and providing radio access.

We're thinking Peggy Mitchell might like this. while Dot Cotton might be tempted by the second Nokia on our hit list (see right).Small but perfectly formed, it comes in a sleek black and silver handset and follows Nokia;s usual simple menu system. Comes with a memory large enough to store more than 1000 names and numbers so you need to have a lot of friends.

www.nokia.com.

Siemens A75 Around pounds 40

German mobile phone giants Siemens launched the A75 earlier this year and itAEs a neat little phone which looks good and offers great value-for-money. It has a clear and straight-forward four-way navigation pad which makes calling and texting easy. It also has the aforementioned tri-band, so if youAEre off on your hols to the States, itAEll work there. It has an inbuilt camera if youAEre interested and itAEs easy to send and receive images. It also gives you Internet access. One Siemens feature which always takes a bit of getting used to but is great once you know how is the hot key, which allows you to click instantly to features you use a lot, such as the clock or pre-programmed numbers. www.siemens-shop.co.uk

Sony Ericsson J210 Around pounds 70

If you want a basic phoning and texting mobile phone and fiddly little buttons are the bane of your life, this might be the way to go. Although this phone looks good, it's mercifully low on features and it has a great keypad with a joystick for easy navigation. If texting has scared the pants off you in the past, this could be the mobile to get you started. Go on - you know it can't be that hard. www.sonyericsson.com

Nokia 6030 Around pounds 50

The Dot Cotton in your life would definitely like this phone while the Stacey Slaters of this world would be horrified by its lack of accessories. This phone is fairly and squarely aimed at people who just want a phone to be a phone and make calls. It has text messaging and FM radio but that's it as far as technology goes. No camera, no Bluetooth, no tri-band (I had to look it up - it means a phone is capable of operating on three frequency bands, 900mhz, 1800mhz and 1900mhz. A tri-band phone is needed to if you wish to use your phone in the USA).

www.nokia.com.

Vodafone

Simply - around pounds 80

Mobile phone giants Vodafone have taken the back-to-basics idea and turned it into a marketing concept. The result is Vodafone Simply, which does what it says on the tin - makes and receives calls and text messages. It's bulkier than the average mobile but logically designed with easy-to-use buttons, each with a specific function. One button opens the home page, which tells you a number of things, including your own number, which is a superb innovation. Another button leads you to your contact list while the third takes you straight to your messages. A blue light flashes when you have a new message. Finally, another simply excellent innovation - a manual that is easy-to-digest. www.vodafone.co.uk
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Date:Oct 22, 2005
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