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Alcatel 813D, Ice-Cube (ICE3) 4 years ownership review

Monday, May 24, 2010

/ by Srikanth Eswaran
About 4 years ago, I pursued a fancy wish of mine to own a phone that was not a smartphone, but had ample battery, and was ultra cool to hold and speak for an hour or two without worrying about radiation and all those issues.

At a time when smartphone sales were gaining pace all over the place in this country, I did some research and found a dual sim phone from [Alcatel](http://www.alcatelonetouch.com/global-en/products/featurephones/ot-813.html#.U4B28ViSxU4), called the 813D.



The FCC or Federal Communications Commission lays down rules regarding the acceptable [SAR values](http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/specific-absorption-rate-sar-cellular-telephones) for mobile phones. These limits are given in terms of a unit referred to as the [Specific Absorption Rate](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Specific_absorption_rate) (SAR), which is a measure of the amount of radio frequency energy absorbed by the body when using a mobile phone.

According to them, the limit for public exposure from cellular telephones is an SAR level of 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6 W/kg).

Alcatel's 813D boasts a SAR of (0.859) W/Kg and for use close to the body is (0.92) W/Kg. Now you can see why the phone is also referred to as ICE3. Just in comparison, the nokia asha is at 1.5 W/kg which is very high.

With a 1000maH lithium battery and music, pim, resistive touchscreen capabilities, this phone is slightly more useful than one can think. The keyboard is blackberry style and functions well though quite annoying in the days of swype keypads on smartphones.

After 4 years, I have had no issues with the phone in anyway after much of rough handling the instrument. On long international calls, I have felt very cool on the ear using this phone due to the rated SAR value. Quite obviously I use this phone as a secondary phone which I am now planning to change to the recently launched [Nokia 630](http://www.nokia.com/global/products/phone/lumia630/). Time will tell if that would still get me the same purpose solved.
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