Summary: I got this phone because I didn't want to extend my current contract at this time. For that purpose, this phone works fine, I have had no trouble with it. Two things worth noting: -- I don't use the keyboard lock feature because the user manual mentions the need for a "pin" provided with your SIM card in order to unlock the keyboard. Since I don't have a "pin", I don't want to take the chance of permanently locking the keyboard.
Summary: I bought this phone to use with a prepaid SIM card while visiting my folks in Canada. I could have used an add-on to my existing mobile calling plan, but wanted a local number reachable from my Mom's telephone extension while she was in the hospital. The phone worked just fine as a phone, but I found it hard to go back to using a numeric keyboard for text messages. I didn't try the FM radio, so I don't know how well that works.
Summary: I was looking for a phone with no frills. This Samsung E1086 is that phone. I had 2 real requirements. Predictive text and no WAP(Mobile Web/internet). Having come from a Samsung A107 flip phone I had high hopes for this model, most of which were met. I will break it down. PROS: Size and feel of the phone are good, it is all plastic but feels well built. Keypad has a good feel to it and is easy to use. Backlight for keypad and screen is very good.
Great phone but can't by accessories like car charger
2 May 2012
Summary: This sales page didn't say international, and I bought it for my husband, as he wanted something simple to use right here in the USA. The box and packaging were all in Spanish, but once I put his Sim card in, it switched to English. I found the English version of the manual online. He loves the phone, good volume, holds a charge a nice long time, but I have been trying to buy a car charger for it and getting nowhere.
Summary: Picked up a couple of these for my teenage sons as cheap "first phones". The boxes had me worried at first, because everything was in Spanish. The phones themselves let you set the language (which had English as the default anyway). The single game included on the phone is still in Spanish, and so is the title of the central menu item (messages). Those don't really bother me at all. So these phones are exactly what I was looking for.
Summary: I've been using this phone for about 4 months now. Initially I just got it as a temporary phone after breaking my beloved SE Walkman and none of the smartphones being offered by my carrier were appealing to me. Anyway, so far my relationship with this phone has been great. I use it mostly for texting and the keypad is made from a very nice rubber-plastic material. There's a nice tactile response when you push the buttons which I feel helps make typing a lot easier.
Summary: I bought this phone to make and receive brief urgent calls. It does that just fine. Reception is ok (at least here; I haven't gone far from home yet). The sound quality is poor but doesn't interfere with understanding what people are saying. The headphones (included with the pone) improve that somewhat. Initially there was a glitch with receiving calls, but a call to my carrier got that resolved.