Samsung C5220

The C5220 is a passable prepaid from Telstra. Its low-specs are elevated somewhat by Next G compatibility, though there's little else to recommend it.


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Design

Samsung's C5220 is one of those phones you feel you've seen before you take it out of the box. There's no real surprises here. The black plastic chassis is solid, and attractive for about 30 seconds before we covered (absolutely covered) it in greasy finger-shaped smears. On the top of this flip phone is a 1-inch external display that shows a very old-school clock face in standby, with the 1.3-megapixel external camera mounted just above the screen.

The rest of the exterior of this handset is pretty sparse. There's obviously no camera on the back, and there were very few shortcut keys; only two volume keys on the side. Two external input ports are covered by plastic doors, a microSD card slot and a combined charging and headphone USB port. That's right, no 3.5mm headphone socket here.

Flipping the phone open reveals a colourful but noticeably low-res 2-inch screen. Below it is a tiny front-facing camera for video calling, and below the hinge is a standard Samsung numeric keypad: flat as a tack as per several of Samsung's previous models. Each key on the pad is quite large, though each is defined by a horizontal plastic strip with no vertical definition to speak of.

Features

As you may have noticed from the pictures, the C5220 is a Telstra phone, and apart from external badges, you can't miss the fact when you play with this handset. Foxtel and BigPond shortcuts are front and centre on the home screen and pressing the middle nav-key takes you to the main menu, highlighting Telstra's "My Place" shortcut first.

These shortcuts make use of the phone's 3.6Mbps HSDPA web data speeds, and though the built-in browser is nothing to write home about (or to write in a review about) it is ample for short web sessions. You also get access to Telstra's full suite of online services including BigPond music and WhereIs maps. The C5220 doesn't have a GPS receiver, but makes good use of cell tower triangulation to find points of interests on the maps in your area.

The C5220 supports a basic range of media files: MP3s, AAC, AAC+ and WMA audio, and MP4 video. While it's not a smartphone, you can install Java apps on the C5220. Predictably Telstra spruiks its apps on the phone, including a Matchmaker dating app that promises to find you love using "technology based on your natural algorithms" — creepy.

Performance

For basic phone functions we had no complaints using the C5220. Call quality was clear and loud, though holding the phone to our face made us aware of some give in the hinge, though this doesn't seem like a major issue. Messaging and email is good with T9 predictive text. Web browsing is the real joy, the fast Telstra speeds really show, and we zipped from page to page. The browser isn't tremendously robust, trying to access the Sydney Morning Herald website gave us a "Page too large" warning. When browsing with the C5220 make sure you know the mobile alternatives for your favourite websites.

Overall

Cheap and cheerful is not a phrase we tend to use when describing Telstra products and services, but with a new push towards prepaid handsets Telstra finally has some budget models to crow about. The C5220 is available outright for AU$199, which seems about right to us. You get HSDPA web speeds, but to make best use of them be prepared to pay extra for a data package and for subscriptions to Telstra services.

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SelH posted a comment   

How do I use the front facing camera?! I have one of these phones.

 

piglet113 posted a comment   

I have the Telecom Xt version of this phoen i have no problems with it i have had it two months and my mother had it before i did and she had no problems with it either they are great wee phones

BexP Facebook
9
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"Fantastic Phone"

BexP posted a review   

The Good:Everything

The Bad:Fingerprints

Great Phone had for 1 year, Not a single issue ever!

sarah081
8
Rating
 

"Love it"

sarah081 posted a review   
Australia

The Good:Strong, cheap phone that works

The Bad:Fingerprints

I've had this for years and no faults everything is customizable if you know where to look, battery has a 3-5 day life depending on usage, been dropped a 1000 times and hasn't broken yet.

 

Jack43 posted a comment   
Australia

How do I turn off the reminder noise when I haven't read a text message??

 

BexP posted a reply   

Hold Down Hash Key till it switches to Silent

jennifur
5
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jennifur posted a review   

The Good:initially loved it

The Bad:recent faults

initially loved this phone however 6 months in and it's been randomly switching itself off. it;s been sent away for repairs twice with no success. Anyone else had this problem?

Jane
8
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Jane posted a review   

The Good:easy to use, good coverage in the country

The Bad:SMS alert isn't really loud enough for me

I've had one of these for 2 years. The battery is long lasting. You can turn off the beep for the keypad. No issues to date.

CrazyDuck
8
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CrazyDuck posted a review   

The Good:Yip

The Bad:Nothing wrong with this

I have had my phone over a year. It took me a while to figure everything out but with a little perseverance and a lot of playing with various icons I got there... I've had no probs with battery, it lasts about 3 days. Over all, iy's the best one I've had

ab
8
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ab posted a review   

I've had one for a year. Got it for about $80 from Australia Post. Then they stopped stocking them. Beware Telstra AND others - do you need telling? - they'll talk down any cheap phone to urge you into something else. This phone is fine - don't accept any shortcomings such as mentioned 'reboots' and whatever.. that one was shonky, return it. Saw one review 'no camera inside' - wrong - you can do video calls, it has a 'face yourself' camera. Put more memory in. Pics are good. Fliptop, lovely. I like it.

Wrinkles
8
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Wrinkles posted a review   

The Good:Godd cheap replacement phone

The Bad:Nothing as yet except cant work out how to stop the keys beeping when pressed

Looked for a cheap replacement for my other phone on a plan that broke. Only had it for a week. Seems to be doing the job ok. Only need it for basic mobile use. Easy navigation so far.Buttons are larger which helps me who normally needs reading glasses.


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User Reviews / Comments  Samsung C5220

  • SelH

    SelH

    "How do I use the front facing camera?! I have one of these phones."

  • piglet113

    piglet113

    "I have the Telecom Xt version of this phoen i have no problems with it i have had it two months and my mother had it before i did and she had no problems with it either they are great wee phones"

  • BexP

    BexP

    Rating9

    "Great Phone had for 1 year, Not a single issue ever!"

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