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The Nokia C3 is quite different from most of the mobile phones we review on this site. We often write about the latest and greatest mobile handsets, highlighting their good points and bad points, whilst uncovering a few deals which will enable students to get their hands on them, for a fraction of the 'normal' price.
The Nokia C3 however, is not a top-of-the-range mobile phone, but it does have a few smashing features which make it ideal for students on a budget.
We really like the Nokia C3. It offers a cheap alternative to the likes of a Blackberry, and certainly looks the part with it's QWERTY keyboard and no-nonsense design. The phone is equipped with an MP3 player and FM radio (as we've come to expect from most handsets these days), as well as a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, Wi-Fi and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The Wi-Fi is an excellent addition to the device. Whilst some would expect to see 3G or GPS functionality on most handsets these days, the Nokia C3 has none of this - but this is not necessarily a bad thing. Firstly, it separates the C3 from the rest of the more expensive device on the market, and will certainly save you a fair bit of money as you won't be tempted to browse the Internet (via 3G) when you're out and about. If you need to browse the web, you should try to find yourself a Wi-Fi enabled area. Lets face it, more and more places are offering free Wi-Fi these days, including shopping centres, coffee shops and airports. It's likely you'll never be too far from free Wi-Fi.
When you do find yourself browsing the web, the Nokia C3 offers social media applications right from your home-screen, so you can update your Facebook status and send a few tweets relatively easily. Another great point to make about the C3 is that it has a remarkable battery life - so you'll be able to browse the web, chat to your mates and text until the cows come home.
But, by far and away the most impressive aspect to the Nokia C3 is that it is the perfect device for both pay monthly and pay as you go deals. Some of the big mobile providers offer the C3 with huge amounts of cashback, meaning you can pick up the phone on an 18 month contract for as little as £6.67/month, with inclusive minutes and thousands of texts. Deals are also available through a number of network providers, so whether you favour O2, Orange or T-Mobile, you're sure to find something that suits.
As for the pay as you go deals, well, with no 3G connectivity and if you limit yourself to browsing the web via free Wi-Fi, you won't be charged for web usage so it really is down to you how much you spend on calls and texts. You can get yourself the handset for somewhere in the region of £60. Bonus!
You really have to be picky to find fault in the Nokia C3. It might not have the best camera in the world, nor the largest display, but the lack of both of these features means that it becomes an affordable mobile phone for almost all students.
The Nokia C3 is almost built for the student market. It's not a bad looking device, has some great features (such as the QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, an FM radio and MP3 player) and can certainly save you a fair chunk of money. With this phone, you can rule out the need for a new iPod, but you may need to look into buying yourself a digital camera if you're likely going to need to take some high-quality photos as part of your university/college course for example.
Regardless of this, we can't help but award the Nokia C3 with the prestigious 5-star rating, because of it's low cost and general good performance. This is the perfect phone for students on a budget.
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