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May 1, 2005, 7:14 PM

Reception Question

I live in Champlin, Minnesota and i was wondering if anyone else here has this phone and is lives in Minnesota (anywhere in MN, preferebly around Minneapolis). Or if you have this phone and live anywhere, how good is reception? I want it to work in my house and in the basement (thats where my room is) so if it works well in those areas I'm definitly going to get it. Any help or information would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Apr 25, 2005, 9:52 PM


Does the alarms have a snooze feature????
7 replies

Apr 20, 2005, 2:30 PM

Video Quality?

Can anyone who owns the z500 tell me about the quality of the video camera. And if you've tried it, how is the steaming multimedia video clips. Thanks.

Feb 27, 2005, 9:36 PM

2 questions...

I currently have an LG VX4400 and am considering the SE Z500a for my upcoming switch to Cingular. There are 2 features of the VX4400 that bug me and I want to know if they are on the Z500a.

1. Ring and vibrate - on the VX4400 you get one or the other (or one after the other) but not both at the same time. What about the Z500a? Can it be set to ring and vibrate at the same time?

2. Side buttons - on the VX4400 there is a side button, below the volume up/down buttons, that puts the phone in vibrate ("manner mode") and then silent mode when pressed. Since I keep the phone in my pocket and the button is not recessed I was constantly putting the phone into silent mode without realizing it until I hacked away at the button to make it flush....
4 replies

Apr 8, 2005, 5:18 PM


Does anyone have this phone for T-Mobile? If you do, how is it?

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Mar 26, 2005, 12:14 PM


i am on the verge of buying this phone and it really depends on the camera
if its good I'll buy it
if bad obviosly no
1 replies

Feb 26, 2005, 11:28 AM


Has anyone used the Z500a and MobiTV... just wondering how well it showed up
5 replies

Mar 22, 2005, 7:58 PM

Hotmail and custom tones for messages?

First question... Is it possible to setup my hotmail account through the email section of MESSAGES. If so how?

Secondly, can you set a custom tone for your incoming text notification and also can you change the volume for the text notifications??

Mar 9, 2005, 10:22 PM

Can you turn off the flip answer?

on other phones, you can choose whether to take an incoming call when you open the flip or opening the flip and having to press accept or send or can i change this setting on the Z500?
3 replies

Mar 1, 2005, 3:51 PM

calling card option ?

does anyone know how to set this phone (z500a) to use calling card ? (local#+pin#+fon#).
i had old chocolate bar nokia and even that old one had that function.
anyone ?
that is main use of my mobile phone. a guy from cingular said it does NOT have it. but i still can not believe this new phone doesn't have that ancient function.

anyone anyone ?
1 replies

Dec 19, 2004, 7:42 PM

ptt software update?

I was told by a salesman in the cingular store that once the ptt network comes out all I have to do is bring my z500 to the store and they will update the software to support ptt. Is this true?
3 replies

Feb 16, 2005, 10:35 PM

How to View Z500a Photographs??

I was stunned to learn after taking the z500 home that I have to email the photos to myself.

Or blow 50$ on a cable the cingular store doesn't stock. Can't take the card out....

So I got the cable, loaded the software.

I connected the phone.

Now what?

"My Computer"/drives shows nothing.
An email several days ago to SE was not returned.

The only reason I haven't returned it is the store is closed right now.

um. Help?
2 replies

Dec 30, 2004, 10:41 PM

external display image?

I was told that this phone was going to be able to have an image in the outer display, is that true? Can you put a picture on the outer display? If so how?

- thank you so much. happy new years
3 replies

Jan 27, 2005, 3:46 PM

The Z500 really IS a good phone...

**The following is a reprint of an earlier post**

I work in a Cingular store that carries both the Z500 & the V551 & I've used both extensively in store. I don't understand what "supposedly" makes the v551 a gift from the cellular gods, while the z500 can eat @#$# & die.

I really like the z500. The only thing it lacks when being compared to the v551 is bluetooth. The camera/video quality is comparable. The price is lower than the v551. The screen resolution may be slightly lower, but not by much. The speakerphone function kicks butt over anything Motorola has on the market at this time. The speakerphone is louder AND maintains clarity better at high volumes. I have also noticed that in my store & in the surrounding area, the z500 ...
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Feb 7, 2005, 9:41 PM

Reading text messages from the external simply doesn't work.

I have no idea how a few people are able to do it, but I went to the site and found this.

"This phone does not support viewing messages from the external display. Sony Ericsson is aware this is a desirable feature on clamshell phones and is exploring this for future models."

Go to this link, en&ver=4000&template=ps1_1&zone=ps&lm=ps1_1&p id=10138, click knowledge base, type in text messages, click on search. The above statement will be located.

Like I said, I have no idea how some people can read messages. Maybe they don't know the difference between getting an alert about a message being received, and actually reading the received message.

If you are one of the lucky fe...
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Mar 7, 2005, 12:38 PM

External Screen as self-portriate view-finder????

I thought that was a feature but i cant figure out how to do it?

anyone care to tell?
1 replies

Mar 6, 2005, 1:47 PM

face plate problem

On my phone my face plate comes off by applying almost no pressure. Sometimes when I take my phone out of my pocket the faceplate falls off. my model was one of the first and I wonder if it is another defect because that isnt the only defect on my phone. Any solution besides getting a new phone??
1 replies

Feb 27, 2005, 8:34 PM

Which one is better? Z500, V551

Im having trouble deciding which phone to go with. Right now i think the Z500 is a better deal, but im still undecided so help me out.
1 replies

Feb 24, 2005, 8:05 PM


My wife just bought the Z500a and she was looking into finding a backgammon game. She loved playing it onher old Nokia 3595. I was just wondering if anybody had any ideas where we can find it for the Z500a??


Feb 19, 2005, 7:53 AM

won't recieve IM's as text messages

does anyone know why i can't recieve IM's from AIM users? Some friends of mine said they would get this message "Your message could not be delivered. Please try again later". I even tried messaging from my AIM account to my phone and got the same result. Could Someone Help Me?


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