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Sony Ericsson TM506 Phone, Black/Chrome/Amber (T-Mobile)
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Product Description

With an all around eye-catching design, the compact and stylish clamshell Sony Ericsson TM506 for T-Mobile keeps you connected to your closest friends and family members with T-Mobiles myFaves. It's also Sony Ericsson's first handset supporting T-Mobile's HSDPA 3G network (in select markets), which provides fast web downloads and multimedia messaging. With built-in GPS and Telenav Navigator software, you can get turn-by-turn directions via voice and screen as well as see nearby restaurants, gas stations, and more. Other features include Bluetooth for handsfree communication and stereo music streaming, a 2-megapixel camera/camcorder, memory expansion via Micro Stick Micro (M2) media, digital audio player, and up to 9.5 hours of talk time.

The eye-catching, compact clamshell TM506 delivers an exceptional Web experience thanks to T-Mobile's 3G network (available in select markets).
T-Mobile Service
The TM506 operates on GSM 850/1800/1900 networks and can handle high-speed data connectivity via T-Mobile's EDGE network (which stands for "Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution"). This high-speed, mobile data and Internet access technology is fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services (with average data speeds between 75-135Kbps), including video and music clips, full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and email on the go.

It's also compatible with T-Mobile's UMTS/HSDPA 3G network, which operates on the 1700/2100 MHz AWS spectrum. This phone is designed to automatically connect to the best available network (3G or GSM/GPRS/EDGE) to provide faster data speeds when accessing the Web or downloading content from the T-Mobile t-zones content portal. T-Mobile is currently rolling out its 3G network, and it expects by year's end that its high-speed data network will be available in those cities where a majority of its subscribers currently use data services.

Call your favorite people with T-Mobile's myFaves service, which allows you to call up to five of your most common contacts--on any network, even landlines--without using any of your minutes. You'll also get free domestic long distance and no digital roaming charges anywhere across the US on all calls. (All myFaves plans require a two-year contract.) Learn more about myFaves from T-Mobile.

Download cool new games, HiFi Ringers (real songs by today's hottest artists), MegaTones (instrumental versions of songs), and wallpapers quickly, as well as stay connected via the Web, instant messaging, and email.

The sleek TM506 comes in silver and green models, each with an ebony black front clamshell.
Phone Features
The Sony Ericsson TM506 proves that good things come in small packages. Its compact design fits into any pocket, purse or briefcase for consumers on the move. A thin outer display (1.1-inch, 128 x 36 pixels, monochrome) on the sleek ebony gloss clamshell allows you to glance at caller ID without having to open the phone. It also provides current time, signal strength, and battery life. The interior screen measures 2.2 inches, has a 240 x 320-pixel resolution, and supports a 262K color depth. The alpha-numeric keypad has a unique overlapping circular design surrounded by lighted accents and they have a rubbery feel for easy keying.

The phone has 32 MB of internal memory, which can be expanded via optional Memory Stick Micro (M2) media, up to 4 GB in size. The internal phonebook provides storage for up to 1000 contact entries, with up to seven phone numbers per entry as well as an email address, street address, and web URL.

The integrated Bluetooth technology (version 2.0) allows handsfree communication with a compatible headset as well as the ability to exchange files with another Bluetooth compatible device. And, with the A2DP Bluetooth profile, you can stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones. Additionally, you can connect to your PC using infrared or USB.

The 2-megapixel camera provides several resolution options for either saving for print or sending via MMS messaging. Other features include a 2.5x digital zoom (for use at lower resolutions), panorama multi-shot capabilities, white balance and brightness adjustments, night mode, multiple color effects and frames, and a self-timer. The camcorder function of the camera can shoot in two modes: for as long as you have available memory for saving or a maximum of 45 seconds for sending via email or MMS. Share special moments with T-Mobile's My Album online sharing as well as the phone's video blogging capability.

The in-phone media player supports video and audio playback--supported audio formats include MP3 and AAC--and it features playlists as well as shuffle and repeat modes. It also includes a "Music Mode" that shuts down the phone functions so you can listen on an airplane or anytime you don't want to accept calls. Meanwhile, Digital Mega Bass and stereo widening combine to enhance your listening experience.

The TM506's built-in aGPS (assisted GPS) navigation capability along with the Telenav application enables you to always know your location get turn-by-turn voice-assisted directions. It also provides the ability to add geotagging information to your photos so you'll remember where snapshots were taken.

The phone offers a full range of email, text, and multimedia messaging options, including access to personal email viewed through the included Access NetFront web browser. It also supports RSS feeds, allowing you to use your phone to view up-to-the-minute news and other content from selected Web sites and blogs. Just subscribe to the feed and let it come to you.

Other features include:

  • Messaging: SMS text, MMS picture and video
  • Email: From select POP3 email accounts
  • T9 predictive text entry
  • USB connectivity with mass storage capability
  • Organizational tools: calendar, alarm clock, tasks, notes, timer, stopwatch, calculator
  • Speakerphone
  • Compatible with polyphonic and real-music ringtones
  • Downloadable Java-based games
  • Supports Exchange ActiveSync for synchronizing your Outlook contacts
  • Bluetooth version 2.0+EDR with the following profiles: A2DP (stereo music streaming), AVRC (remote control), HFP (hands-free car kits), HSP (communication headsets), BIP (for sending images to another device), DUN (dial-up networking), FTP (file transfer), HID (support for mice or joysticks), OPP (object push for business cards, calendar items, and pictures), PAN (personal area networking), PBA (transfer contacts)

Vital Statistics
The Sony Ericsson TM506 weighs 3.6 ounces and measures 1.8 x 3.7 x 0.7 inches. Its 950 mAh lithium-polymer battery is rated at up to 9.5 hours of talk time on GSM networks (3.5 hours of talk time using the 3G network), and up to 250 hours of standby time. It runs on the 850/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies as well as 1700/2100 MHz UMTS/HSDPA 3G frequencies.

  • Svelte, eye-catching clamshell phone in chrome and black compatible with T-Mobile's 3G network (available in select markets)
  • Compatible with T-Mobile's MyFaves service--unlimited calling to your five most called contacts
  • 2-megapixel camera/camcorder; Bluetooth for handsfree devices and stereo music; M2 expansion up to 4 GB; digital audio player
  • Up to 9.5 hours of GSM talk time (3.5 hours on 3G networks), up to 250 hours (10+ days) of standby time
  • Includes: handset, battery, travel charger, wired handsfree headset, quick start guide

Customer Reviews:

  • Not worth it - even if it's free
    This phone has been disappointing. It replaced a Nokia 5300 (hated that phone) and prior to that phone, I had a Motorola PEBL (good phone). I don't text or use the camera, so I don't have anything to say about those features.

    The call quality seems pretty good. Volume is adequate and the sound is clear. I've never used the speaker phone. The display is large and easy to read. The UI is fairly intuitive, but not the best. Sometimes tasks seem a bit more complicated than they should be, but it doesn't take too much effort to figure them out.

    I don't need my phone to do very much for me other than make phone calls, but the few needs I do have are not met by this phone.

    I don't wear a watch, and just look to my phone to find out the time. On this phone, I have to push the volume button in order to light up the display and read the time. (On the PEBL, the time was always visible.) The worst thing about that is that if there was a missed call or a calendar reminder on the screen, it goes away when I push the button, so I don't see it. (If there is a "new voicemail" notification, then it remains on the screen and I have to open the phone to see the time.) The "new voicemail" message is visible on the external screen even when the light is not on - I don't know why the time can't work this way, too.

    The phone only gives one audible alert for an event reminder or a voicemail notification, so if you are not near the phone when the bell sounds, then you're out of luck. That issue alone is enough to make me want to get rid of this phone.

    The GPS is a nice feature, but I find that it doesn't work in urban areas, so it can't be relied upon, which is really not much better than not having it at all. The voice on the speaker for the GPS is difficult to hear. You can use a wired headset, but not bluetooth, to listen to the GPS. The GPS is supposed to cost $10 a month, but I have been able to use it for free for the seven months I've owned the phone.

    The email program is extremely annoying - I can't get it to turn off unless I actually delete my account. It buzzes every time I get an email, and every couple of hours it buzzes to tell me it's going to exit the program. I click "end application" and "exit," but it still keeps buzzing. It's dreadful.

    I sometimes have problems hitting the call or end call keys when I mean to hit the soft menu keys. Or I hit the left soft menu key for my contacts and somehow also end up hitting the call key, too, so I have made at least a dozen accidental calls to the first contact on my list.

    The ring volume control is a little annoying - sometimes I want it to be silent and vibrate, other times I want it to be silent and not vibrate. It is possible to have either option on this phone, but it takes too many steps to do it. The PEBL was much easier.

    The phone doesn't really come with any ringtones - just the tmobile jingle and a stupid sony jingle. I just want it to ring like a normal phone without having to pay for the privilege.

    The call log lists are not long enough. I don't know exactly how long they are - maybe 20 calls...

    The phone seems physically sturdy and is easy on the eye. I suppose it would be adequate for someone who was looking to use it for absolutely nothing other than phone calls....more info
  • Nice Looking but Cheaply Made
    This phone looks nice and has a bright screen and nice user interface. But the case is almost all plastic and feels cheap. I don't expect it will last long, certainly not for the length of the required 2 year T-Mobile contract. The manual is woefully incomplete. It doesn't even describe the meaning of the symbolic indicators on the displays. The phone has GPS, but the manual doesn't explain how to use it at all....more info
  • Elegant & excellent performer
    I've had this phone for a month, so enough time to offer an adequate assessment. From experience with Sony-Ericsson and Motorola phones, this is the most elegant and most capable phone I've owned so far. It is solidly built, looks and feels good in the hand, and the sound quality leaves competition in the dust. There are some low reviews of this phone, some claiming cheap construction. I'd guess those were written by the competition because this phone is more solid than my Moto RAZR and the sound quality kicks the RAZR to the scrap heap.

    The display is a great size, is bright, crisp, easy to read.

    Battery life is competitive with my other phones, and I was very pleasantly surprised to find it uses the same battery as my previous W300 "walkman" phone! With no need to seek out and buy that all important spare battery for emergencies, I had to conclude this company actually cares about its customers and is not out to nickel/dime you to death like most others.

    Picking up a 4-Gig micro memory chip from Amazon was trivial, and the phone accepts that size auxiliary memory without a flinch. I use my phone for laptop interface to the internet, so this amount of extra memory is great for backing up key files from the computer.

    The phone's bluetooth feature connects easily and quickly to my Moto earpiece as well as to my Cirago USB bluetooth adapter, and provides the same quality connection (audio and internet) as the hardwire USB connection.

    Another detail I've noticed: my previous phone would barely maintain a given charge level when connected via USB to the laptop in modem mode. This phone has a more efficient charging ability, and always tops off the battery while the phone is being used as a wireless modem.

    My only complaint is with t-Mobile: the lack of 3G service in my area, and the frequent lag in connection to the internet. But that will (hopefully) change, and their "in-network" rate for internet service is BY FAR the best bargain on the planet....more info
  • Solid model for regular cell phone users
    A typical SONY Ericsson phone:
    1. bright screen with good quality display of images or videos;
    2. user-friendly interface if you were a SONY Ericsson users before;
    3. bundles of applications pre-installed;
    4. solid built of phone body

    However, my 3-star rating is for any international users like me who asks for flexibility from this phone. I have multiple SIM cards to switch on my phone while I travel to different countries. TM506 can only work with T-mobile SIM card. What a shame. By the way, if you have pictures/videos/music that named in other languages other than English or Spanish, the phone can't display it properly....more info
  • Great
    The phone gets great reception and seems really sturdy.. if you are just a basic phone user.. dont use internet, etc, its great.. I like the camera and the rubber outside of the phone.. great alarm and easy to use for texting.....more info
  • Good Phone...But...
    This phone is a classy looking phone. Very sleek, but prone to fingerprints (so scuff up the finish with use, and take of that problem) The phone lags a bit with some features, but normal usage such as calling or messaging works just fine. The phone has very little memory, so you'll want to get a memory card ($10 on Ebay) Now the battery life is so very short. I only get about 2 hours or less of talk time. My RAZR got about 4 hours or more of talk time with the battery. I also would like the option of showing the clock all the time on the outside of the phone.
    Overall this phone is pretty decent....more info
  • Bad voice quality
    This phone is great except for its voice quality. It actually gets pretty good reception and does not drop calls like my old phone did half as much, however the sound is sortof quiet and a bit fuzzy. I have to press the phone hard against my ear in just the right spot, and it is not a very comfortable earpiece. The audio makes the phone vibrate slightly- It's like the sound isn't coming towards your ear but is vibrating the whole phone. Using an earpiece that came with the phone helps by making it slightly louder, but it is still a bit fuzzy. Worse than my cheap and old phone.

    I do have to say though that the OTHER person actually says that my voice quality is quite good. So the person on the receiving end has better quality.

    Yes now and then there is slight lag on the phone when you are navigating, however it really is not that bad! I would love this phone if it wasn't for the voice quality. It looks pretty too. I have the red, and the red rim on it when it's closed looks really nice.

    The buttons feel good to use. I was worried at first that they would be hard to press as they look so flat, but they actually are easy to press and have a satisfying click when you press them.

    The screen is big and looks very nice. Very sharp nice picture on the screen.

    Navigating the phone is pretty easy.

    You should already know about the awesome features like camera and music player and it also has 3G capability.

    Battery life is simply okay. With about an hour and a half's use, it lasted a day and a half.

    This is a nice little phone but call quality is important to me so I am returning it. Better luck next time.

    On second thought after researching more, other issues with other phones at a similar value seem mostly worse, so I am rethinking the return....more info
  • very disappointing phone
    very disappointing phone, October 19, 2008

    I suggest you to see the phone yourself at nearby T-mobile store before you decide. It looks thin and fancy on amazon's website but actually not. It looks very very cheap/bulky.
    Not only the poor build quality, it has a very annoying 1-2 second lag when you open the phone, the screen dosen't lit up immediately like most other phone. There is reason for sony keep slipping out of cell phone business.
    Don't buy this phone!! ...more info
  • Another winner from SE
    With all the varying reviews on this phone, I was quite skeptical. I got the phone today and I like it a lot. I've owned SE T610, w810, w600 and now this. I like this phone as much as I liked the w810 when it came out.

    PROS: large, clear screen
    spacey keys
    separate keys for c and ending calls (people not used to the SE GUI tend to get confused when they don't see these as separate keys as in most SEs)
    external display for time, and caller id
    will play music through bluetooth headsets
    doesn't require the expensive dataplan.

    CONS: battery cover hard to open
    doesn't come with the USB cable, or stereo headphones or extra memory.
    M2 memory chips...means another memory chip format to buy. It is fairly cheap though.
    doesn't have FM radio

    Another particularly appealing feature of this phone is that if you are willing to risk modding the phone you can
    a. tether
    b. possibly get FM radio
    c. get the trackID application
    d. get free GPS navigation (though not as good as a standalone GPS device)
    ...more info
  • Great phone features, irritating menu lag
    I have only had my phone for a little over a week (new T-mobile service). I have found the phone to be easy to navigate and customize. Call clarity is excellent. Display is beautiful (bright, vivid colors). I am waiting on my data cable to arrive, so haven't tried the music player yet. However I have bluetoothed files back and forth with my kids (a new experience for me) - which is my temp way around not having the data cable. Battery life is so-so. My Katana (Sprint service) seemed to go a little longer between charges. However, I have been using the phone heavily as I test it out; under normal circumstances my phone has fair to moderate use (primarily texting).

    To give you an idea of the types of phones I have been accustomed to, my previous phones are an old Nokia bar phone (I don't even remember the model #), followed by a Motorola clamshell phone (think it was a V190), followed by the Sprint Katana (I really liked this phone).

    I would agree with others that there is often an irritating delay when accessing menus (and even on opening the phone up). Sometimes it is very fast - other times takes several seconds (long enough for you to wonder if you really pushed the button or in the case of opening up the phone - whether the phone is even powered on). I almost exchanged this phone for another one simply because of this irritation. However, I didn't have another phone I liked from T-mobile in the $50 and under range - and couldn't justify spending $149 or more for the phones I would have considered. For my intended uses of this phone - it has all the features I want and the sometimes lag doesn't affect what I do. No phone is perfect - and I decided this would be the one feature that I don't like on this phone.

    1. Phone feels nice in hand, not to big or small
    2. Call clarity is great
    3. Brilliant looking display (bright and vivid colors)
    4. Easy to customize, easy to navigate
    5. Love the fact that I can type as long of a text message as I want - and the phone simply breaks them apart for me when it sends (as opposed to me having to create/send multiple messages).
    6. Loud ringers, easy to hear.
    7. Like the option to see my email through t-mail - without incurring a data charge (counts as text messaging). That said, it can be slow to look at the emails - and since I would rather answer on my computer - I probably won't use this.

    1. Menu lag time (on my phone, not always present, and when it is present - it is in varying degrees)
    2. No backlight for cover or screen (the light is either on or it is off - and it is not possible to alter this). The light does start dimming before it goes off - so if you are looking at something - you can then just hit the toggle key to keep in on another 15 or 20 seconds.
    3. Would have preferred a window on the front of the phone, but instead there is a small retangular window that displays the time (or a message - such as letting you know you have a new text message).
    4. Wish there were some type of notification on the phone for missed messages/calls (my Katana had a small light that would occasionally flash).

    For me the pros outweight the cons. As I said, there is no perfect phone - so it is a matter of deciding what things you can live with (and without). If it weren't for the menu lag, this phone would be perfect for me.
    ...more info
  • Frustrating phone
    We've had two of these phones for over a week and have had several problems.
    The battery life seems short, although we have used the phones quite a bit. The battery does not seem to last as long as the ones in our two-year-old Nokia phones.
    This phone will not sync calendars with a Mac without suspect third-party software from Europe, and then it does not sync well.
    The Sony proprietary M2 memory stick is hard to find.
    Our two phones do not receive picture messages without compressing them to less than 7KB, so that once they arrive they fill less than half the screen. Sony and T-Mobile have not been able to help us fix this problem yet.
    The phone does have many nice features. We just wish it didn't have so many annoying problems....more info
  • comes with very frustrating software
    TM506 comes with very frustrating software.
    1. It has 1 or 2 seconds delay for most of the operations. I keep wondering if the phone is broken once in a while.
    2. It has a bug with the 'manager calls' function. I should be able create a list from which I choose to accept calls from. But it always gets to a point when I add one more contact the entire list is flushed with a bunch of the very first added contact, and one last added contact.
    3. It does not let user specify where to store the file sent through blue tooth, neither does it let user rename files.
    4. It comes with a video player which does not seem to be able to do much. I tried .wmv, .mov and .avi....more info
  • Good phone the 2nd time around
    I recently bought this phone and had nothing but frustration with the short battery life. I spoke with the representative who said to not expect more than 2-3 days of standby on any of the new phones, but I simply would not accept that answer.

    I returned the phone in exchange for exactly the same model (this time in green), and the new phone has consistently held a charge for at least 4-5 days. My first phone had a bad battery!

    Now that the battery is lasting, I've been able to enjoy the great features this phone offers. So far so good...

    ***** After writing this review, I had to return my phone two more times, so yes, I am now on my FOURTH phone. But, this time it really does seem to be working fine. I have plenty of battery strength, and the front screen works on this one (my third phone had a defective front screen). So far so good - I wouldn't have stuck with this design for so long except that I had signed up for a 2 year contract renewal and would've been stuck with nothing to show for it if I'd simply returned the phone for a refund. I guess there was bound to be a good one out there somewhere :)...more info