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Review: Motorola ic402

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Sending or receiving text messages with the ic402 is a simple affair. Since it has no exterior display, you're alerted to new messages by the indicator light, which flashes orange. You can choose to have the message alert also beep or vibrate when a new message has arrived.

When you open the phone, the main screen will show a little message icon at the top. Once you open the messaging center, it launches the newest message immediately. Messages are easy to read on the bright screen. With the message open, you can choose to reply to it, or edit, delete, save it, or add the number to your contacts. One neat thing about the inbox is that each message is listed by contact from newest to oldest. It contains the message header (who from, what time) and under the header, the message itself scrolls to the left so you can read them without opening them up.

The messaging center contains a number of preset messages and it's no surprise that they are mostly work related, and say things like: "The meeting is canceled", or "I have to work late". Motorola apparently assumes users of this phone will not have a life. There are several personal preset messages at the very end of the list.

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Since there's no camera on the ic402, you can't send picture or video messages. You can, however, receive them. The ic402 receives picture messages via a web link, which you have load in order to view a thumbnail. You can then view the larger image, and choose to download it to your phone. Once it's downloaded, you can set is as a wallpaper, set is as a photo ID, etc.


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