Ten pounds doesn't buy a lot these days..
yes, our parents will tell us that when they where younger,
a tenner could pay for a night out at the cinema for
two, a slap-up-meal and a cab home or something. Well,
one thing that ten pounds will buy you these
days in the Sagem my150X on Orange pay-as-you-go.
If you're obsessive about phones, or
perhaps you've taken it out of the box to look at and
can't remember which order it all goes back in, you
can have a look at the unboxing
It's a pretty straightforward device
- the Sagem my150X comes with the bare basics of a charger,
battery, manual and the SIM card, top-up card and an
Orange quick start guide. There's also a piece of paper
instructing you how to remove the charger or an accessory
from the concealed socket.
We didn't have an Orange SIM to plug
into the my150X, so the first thing to do was register
the SIM card. In the UK, you can do this by visiting
or by calling 0800 0790 0006. This was the first hurdle,
and in order to avoid having to talk to some awful call
centre somewhere, we tried to register it online..
We tried for several days and could
never get past the "Unfortunately there has been
a problem with your request. A fault has been reported."
Message. This did not bode well. Eventually, we gave
up on Orange's web site and called the number. This
was a pretty simple automated system that got the SIM
card activated in about three minutes. Encouraged by
this, we then tried to top-up the phone which also proved
impossible only, and only a very tedious and strained
call to some overseas call centre eventually managed
to get it topped up.
we got the my150X working and the first thing that strikes
you when you power it on is the screen. Sagem call this
display technology NeoN - and it's a very bright,
high-contrast monochrome display. There's a mix of a
matrix display and some predefined symbols, giving it
a very unusual look. The main matrix part of the screen
is quite low resolution, but it is very easy to read.
It is a very elegant looking phone -
the Sagem my150X is a very glossy device with a slightly
soft-touch rear panel. The metallic edging gives it
a very smart appearance, and the overall design is very
tidy. The flat keypad will not be to everyone's taste,
but it does have a very slight ridging to guide fingers
to the right place. At just 67 grams and just 10mm thick,
this is a very slim and lightweight device too. The
phone illuminates nicely when in use - it certainly
doesn't look like a cheap phone.
The phone's functions are fairly basic
but practical - there's a loudspeaker function, alarm
clock, calculator and SMS messaging, and that's
really about it. The audio quality isn't great, but
it's certainly adequate. Users can choose between a
variety of predefined ringtones and messaging tones,
all of which are quite loud and jolly.
The interface is really simple to use..
you won't need to refer to the manual for anything.
The menus and interface are attractively laid out given
the limitations of the display.
are a few faults - the whole phone is a real fingerprint
magnet. The highly polished front surface shows prints
and greasy marks easily, as does the plastic panel on
the back. In fact, the back cover feels a little flimsy,
but worst of all is the cover for the power charger
or accessory, that's really flimsy and looks
very easy to break off.
It's hardly a feature-rich phone either..
remember that it has a monochrome screen, no camera,
no Bluetooth, no MP3 player and no web browser. It doesn't
have Java either, so you can't download games, in fact
there are no built-in games at all.
Remember though that this is one of
the cheapest phones on the market, but for the money
you do get a very elegant, easy-to-use screen
with a unique display which is certain to attract some
attention. It certainly gives more "wows per pound"
than the iPhone.
So, if you're looking for a very low
cost but elegant phone as a Christmas gift, then the
Sagem my150X is worth considering. This is a highly
attractive and well thought out device, and the biggest
drawback that we can see is the pain of having to deal