Almost unbelievable but true! Nokia 1100 for me proved to be a very reliable phone. It was also my first phone bought in 2663 Rupees: a basic, low-end model with all the basic functions (no camera, FM and such like). The photo on the left is my phone.
I had bought the Nokia 1100 in late December 2005 (26 December?) from Munirka, South Delhi giving considerations to my low budget and Nokia’s reliability. It has completed four long years and it is still in perfect health! It never gave me any problems (except a minor message forwarding issue in the beginning which a friend said was a generic problem with this model). It looks new and works like new though I am planning to buy a new camera phone soon.
I stopped using the MTNL Jeevansathi connection (990 Rupees) that I had bought with it after some 3 years because MTNL’s service is irritating and switched to Airtel. I presently have two phones and three SIMs: Nokia 1100 phone (Airtel) and Huawei C2607 phone (Chinese phone but good; came with the CDMA Tata Indicom pay-per-call scheme which has probably the cheapest call rates in the country).
I had not done any research before buying the Nokia 1100 phone. I had a low budget and I wanted a reliable model. Hence Nokia 1100. I had many friends using this phone but they have all changed to other phones or had to change the battery. Here is why I think it has lasted for such a long time for me without any issues (this will also be a quick list of tips on taking care of your phone).
- I always kept it suitably covered in a plastic wrap that cost 10 Rupees (usually the Leader brand cover that is made in China). It saved it from dust and kept the keypad and the phone always new! I have a good typing speed with keypad or keyboard and used to type a lot of SMS messages. So the cover was actually a need to prevent the wear and tear to the keypad.
- I never charged the phone without the real need. Many people just charge their phone battery or laptop battery even without a need which is harmful to battery life!
- I never played any games on it (though I used the in-built torch occasionally). That also must have aided the battery life. Also I do not use keypad tones and silence it when I take time in answering the call so that I save the battery.
- Overall I took good care of my phone. I had even lost it once in a JNU campus book shop and found it after some 2 hours of search and investigation!
I like it so much that I will get a new Nokia original battery for it when the battery life is over (don’t think the phone will stop working anytime soon; presently I charge the battery once in 1.5 days) and will use it along with the other phones. Cheers to the world’s most trustworthy phone (see the pic above)! 🙂