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    Default Phone kit fun.

    On a slightly lighter note than my other post......
    We're currently going through the annual mobile phone upgrade at work, and I went for a Nokia 6233, to replace my slightly boring but worthy 6210.
    This necessitated a change of phone cradle to suit. My employers will pay for a charging cradle and bluetooth headset, but not a full car kit, so I've always paid up myself for the full kit, as I can't stand looking like a Borg assassin!
    My kit consisted of an original CARK-91 kit, plus an adaptor cable to work with later phones. It's been through 6310i, 6230 and 6021 without problems.
    So, I cheerfully ordered a CR-56 cradle to suit the new phone, slapped it in, and it worked fine -but wouldn't charge! "Charger not supported" kept coming up. Some trawling of the web revealed that this is a known problem with older CARK-91 kits and some of the newer phones. There are some mods you can make to achieve a result, but it's a lot of faffing about.

    So, I've had to pay out for a new CK-7W (sorry about all these numbers, by the way) kit, to make things work. It went in easily, charges, and supports bluetooth as well as the cradle, so it's pretty cool.
    On the other hand, it's £70 I could have done without paying out!
    Anyway, the whole point of this drivel is to warn anyone going down the same route, and to say that if anyone wants a CARK-91, plus a cradle for a 6233 or a 6310 (or both!) (yes, more numbers!) I've got 'em available.

    Phil

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    I know exactly what you mean. I changed from a 6310i to a 6200, changing only the cradle to the new style. (luckily I bought one that was a simple swap that plugged into the old brain unit).

    My new company phone (6021 = ****) doesn't really fit the cradle as it has no retainer lug holes on the side of the handset (you'll know what i mean if you look at yours) - the upshot is that I've had to carefully cut a recess in the back cover on the edge so the cradle can hold the phone in.

    All in all a bit of a battlefield repair, but it works.

    Damn Nokia with the different types of connector, means you need to change the cradle everytime you change your phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SignumPhil View Post
    as I can't stand looking like a Borg assassin!



    Nice quote....Exactly the reason I got a parrot bluetooth. No wories over compatibility. I carry two phones 6320i and a 6210(?). Both hook up fine and a ciggy light socket does the charging!

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    We had to change our ( 2) company mobile phones last year because we could no longer find any new batteries for them as they were so obsolete.

    o2 ****ed themselves and thought it was the funniest thing in the world that we hadn't changed our phones for 5 years, our account was still under BT Cellnet. But if it works, rings and makes calls, why do you need to change it all the time, oh yes fashion, still, we hope to get another 5 years out of these phones.........at the very least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCOTTEX View Post
    We had to change our ( 2) company mobile phones last year because we could no longer find any new batteries for them as they were so obsolete.

    o2 ****ed themselves and thought it was the funniest thing in the world that we hadn't changed our phones for 5 years, our account was still under BT Cellnet. But if it works, rings and makes calls, why do you need to change it all the time, oh yes fashion, still, we hope to get another 5 years out of these phones.........at the very least.
    Our outfit don't normally bother, but since we were taken over the account has gone corporate, so all the upgrade fund was about to be lost. So, our Admin manager took it upon herself to spend it on new phones, as she couldn't convert it to vodka!

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    Had the same problem with the Nokia car kit when I replaced my phone and had to get a completely new one. Then with the new kit, I discovered that my Nokia 6600 (which looks like it was designed and built by Fisher Price) only fitted the cradle. No charging, no aerial only very dodgy bluetooth. My company had just purchased the world's most expensive phone cradle.

    Anyway, after 2 months I accidentally dropped the toytown phone into the water and got something that works.

    A number of people in our company have actually gone back to the old 6310 because the battery lasts more than about a day (usually managed a week without charging). Anyone else noticed the utterly cr*p battery life of new phones??

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    Yeah i noticed that the battery on mine is rubbish. I've done what i have been told to revive it (Run the battery flat Then Fully Re-charge) but still it's rubbish.

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    I think that it is because

    1) The phones have a lot of features that use more power
    2) battery technology has lagged behind mobile phone progress and
    3) my favorite - the phone manufacturers realised that phones like the 6310 were so good that no-one wanted to replace them and they were losing sales as a result. So now they make rubbish so we all buy one every year. Sharks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brocks View Post


    Nice quote....Exactly the reason I got a parrot bluetooth. No wories over compatibility. I carry two phones 6320i and a 6210(?). Both hook up fine and a ciggy light socket does the charging!

    Parrots are great which one did ya get? CK3100 is brilliant IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by G.O'Rilla View Post
    I think that it is because

    1) The phones have a lot of features that use more power
    2) battery technology has lagged behind mobile phone progress and
    3) my favorite - the phone manufacturers realised that phones like the 6310 were so good that no-one wanted to replace them and they were losing sales as a result. So now they make rubbish so we all buy one every year. Sharks!
    dont have any problems with sony ericson phones,my phone has a 1 week battery life even when using its features and the phone as well,i have a sony ericson phone kit in my 04 vectra and it all plugged in(there is a plug behind the glove box)

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