The Orange Rio: £55

These Orange Rio handsets are rather interesting. At first glance they are BlackBerries, on further inspection they are something else. And they are simply £55 each on Pay As You Go. Plus, on the Dolphin PAYG tariff, email, chat and browsing is included. Very interesting. I will need to take a closer look!

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73 Responses to The Orange Rio: £55

  1. robbie May 12, 2010 at 8:50 pm #

    when does it get released in shops?

  2. Ewan May 12, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

    That photo is from the Orange shop in Carnaby Street, London — so it's available now!

  3. robbie May 13, 2010 at 5:35 pm #

    oh right because on the orange shop website it says 'coming soon' so i wasn't too sure haha, thanks! 🙂

  4. Ewan May 13, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    Ah Robbie, you might not be able to order online yet — but it looks like they're available in the shops!

  5. John May 16, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    They are available. I ordered one from customer services last saturday and it arrived Tuesday. I'm not very tech savvy so am still getting my way around it. So far it hasn't crashed, hung or done anything odd. For the cost it also seems to have quite a good build quality and feels quite solid. I'm a geocache geek so am hoping this will help me when I'm out and about to get to the geocaching website. It's not got GPS though so you'll still need a proper GPS handset. All in all so far it seems pretty good, especially for the money.

  6. Ewan May 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    Good feedbaack, John. It looks like you get 'a lot of phone' for the money!

  7. Dani May 21, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    I brought this phone about 10 days ago. since then the top of the screen has fallen off and the touch screen now doesnt work! a good phone but not very well stuck together!

  8. Abi May 23, 2010 at 5:02 pm #

    I like this phone but cant seem to put my music onto the mps player on home screen it keeps saying playist is not ready. Overall the phone is good long battery time easy to use qwerty keyboard and touchscreen is easy to use fast internet access too.

  9. John D May 23, 2010 at 9:07 pm #

    As a follow up to my first comment I've now had this phone a couple of weeks so am getting to know it better. As I said before I'm not a teckkie so apologies if some of what I say is basic.

    I've had no problems with the phone at all, no crashing, no stalling and nothing breaking or not working. Email is useful although it won't delete the mail in my main email (although this is probably a good thing). The Widgets are useful although the comedy clips doesn't work but I think this is because I haven't got the correct player as it also won't play videos on YouTube. Any ideas anyone? The web surfing is good and I like the way it displays pages, not that quick but what do you expect from something smaller than a fag packet?! I find it's better to connect to the web with the orange browser as it links straight into pages specific for phonest that are more user friendly. The cameras ok but nothing special. You need the touch screen for some things and it works well.

    All in all I like this phone and it seems to work well. I'm sure it doesn't compare to a full on Blackberry but neither does the price.

  10. Ewan May 23, 2010 at 9:45 pm #

    Super overview, John!

  11. sabina May 27, 2010 at 11:10 pm #

    i am gald i am not the only one having problems with the music lol
    its a great phone other then that

  12. davey June 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    Has anyone worked out to delete all Emails in one hit sat in the the Email Inbox. Can only seem to delete one at a time and can be rather painful when you have around 50 to delete.

  13. John D June 7, 2010 at 9:07 pm #

    Hello Davey, the quickest way I've found is to go into options on each message and select 'mark as deleted'. Once you've done every one go back to the main email menu and select 'delete marked emails'. It's not the quickest but quicker than doing it one by one.

    Re previous comments re the playlist I managed to get my files onto the memory card (bought separately) and can see the songs in the playlist but haven't worked out how to just play the songs from one album that I want – very annoying!

  14. Davey June 10, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    Hi John
    thanks for that but as the delete and mark all email is in the same menu I may as well delete there than having to go to delete all marked. Maybe the only option on the phone is to delete one by one or remember every time Emails come in do this as a task once read.
    It would be more helpful in the menu for deleting marked email in the inbox if you could go to select all here rather than having to do that one by one prior to entering that menu.
    I notice that there is an option on the SMS tool to delete all in certain directories.

    Thanks for you help John

  15. Buffyc1973 June 11, 2010 at 3:06 pm #

    I bought this phone yesterday. With a £47 Phone fund and a £5 voucher it cost me all of £3+£10 top up, best £3 I ever spent!!!

    I adore the phone and so glad I opted for it. It will take some getting used to and there isn't much help on it on the internet yet. I have got all my music on the memory card. I would just like to know how to view files on my card from the phone and also downloading is a struggle at the moment, I can't get opera mini to install, it always says “Default-Game can not be upgraded” and trying to download other software, such as snaptu causes the phone to restart, then I can't find where it has gone to! :/ sure I will work it all out in the end!

    The touch screen works very well, other phones are a struggle to work. £55 is extremely good value for a good phone. £3 well I feel like I robbed the Orange shop!

  16. Ewan June 11, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

    That's a really good deal!

  17. German_brummie June 13, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

    if you haven't figured the music out now, you have to make sure you put the music into the 'audio' file on the memory card. then go onto the player and then onto list, then refresh and all songs should be there. i had the same problem and thats how i did it. hope that helped.

  18. Smelly_shoob_kickboxer June 13, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

    hey i just read your comment about your new phone…
    well i was just wondering how you got all your music onto your memory card… because when people send me music through bluetooth it doesnt go to the audio player so i do not know where my music is going too?

  19. tinker2121 June 15, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    i got the rio phone today but im having trouble downloading games it wont let me even from orange ??

  20. Ewan June 15, 2010 at 5:55 pm #

    Can you connect to the web ok?

  21. tinker2121 June 15, 2010 at 6:03 pm #

    yes can get ringtones but not games

  22. Ewan June 15, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    Where are you navigating? Tell me and I will check it out on my Rio.

  23. tinker2121 June 15, 2010 at 6:25 pm #

    i go to my orange world then games and it says it has no games for my phone then i played the demo monopoly and was going to buy it but it came up with invalid something ???

  24. Ewan June 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

    Ah perhaps they don't have any games for the Rio yet?

  25. Buffyc1973 June 16, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    As German_brummie said it needs to go into a file named “Audio” you can locate sent items by touching the file icon on the bottom menu bar, locate the music, then select options, then move and put each track in the audio file.

  26. Hazardmusic June 17, 2010 at 11:22 pm #

    Can u get opera mini on this phone i would buy it straight away if it did

  27. Ewan June 17, 2010 at 11:55 pm #

    Yup there's Opera Mini on it

  28. Hazardmusic June 18, 2010 at 1:30 am #

    All of them? im only asking cuz i have hard thatt the internet is slow on this phone and some people r having touble installing opera on the phone. The last phone i got off orange was there vigus and it dint let me download it ect

  29. Poppy_hillx June 22, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

    i have a memory card
    i put all my music on memory in the audio file.
    then went to the audio player
    settings, and then chose get music from the memory card
    then its all there (:
    i love my rio (L).
    and i cant seem to get facebook on it 😕

  30. Connie June 24, 2010 at 10:26 pm #

    Can anyone tell me how to sort out the voice mail when I ring the phone it rings and rings and does not go into the answering machine and ideas???

  31. Angel June 25, 2010 at 10:22 pm #

    is this in arogs ?

  32. Ewan June 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm #

    I'm not sure, it may be Orange shop exclusive

  33. Kate86 June 29, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    I love it, too!
    Just a question… When I've got a voice mail and listen to it, the symbol (little cassette) does not disappear although I have already listened to it and deleted it!
    I gotta switch the phone off and on… Only then it is gone… Any ideas?
    Many thanks!

  34. Soph4055 July 3, 2010 at 7:42 pm #

    can you put music off yourcomputer onto it and does ittake a memory card?? x

  35. Soph4055 July 3, 2010 at 7:46 pm #

    will it play music off a computer because I find some phones dont support the file type. I want it 2be able to play music off my PC coz I like to use itlike an MP3 player x

  36. Abbielightbody July 8, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    i bought the rio pone in black yesterday . it is great and soo easy to use i would recommend it to everyone i got it for a cheaper price of £49 . the touch-screen is good and the key board spaced out so you don't press two keys . it is extreamly good for its price and would be hard to beat !

  37. lucy July 12, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    well you obviously don't look after it then becuause i've had mine a while now and theres not a scratch on it

  38. Mollaaaay July 17, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    Heya, Ive just got me Gourgess Pink Riooo(:
    Its Greaat, cept' i dont know how to get onto email :/
    Anyone n=know how?

  39. Kojeje July 19, 2010 at 6:19 am #

    Woww.. the price is still high…
    Wish it down soon 🙂

  40. Gary July 21, 2010 at 8:33 pm #

    can anybody send emails from this phone, I can recieve but not send.
    can it sync with mac computer for address book and calender?

  41. Shararr July 25, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    Yeah I saw it from the argos catalogue

  42. Amber_rose1993 July 26, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    How do you get onto facebook on it ? im having difficulties.

  43. dum July 27, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    how do you move music to memory card ? i dont seem to find audio file in my memory card

  44. Surfup785 July 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm #

    brought one other day i agree excellent value for money

  45. bex July 29, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

    Can any body tell me how to connect to the interent because everytime i try it says 'unknown host'?

  46. Gizmomk12 July 30, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    i stil cant get music

  47. Gizmomk12 July 30, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    please help got phone yesterday but like a lot of people having trouble with music i have formated card but still cant get music sorted help not happy plezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz help

  48. Gary spencer August 2, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    Why can I not send emails, all I get is a message DNS error, I have ask orange who were not very helpful

  49. Tracy August 2, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    I bought the rio 2 weeks ago and so far, I am very pleased with it. My only problem is the keypad doesn't fully illuminate! Only the edges and the call buttons seem to light up. I took it back to the shop but they have sold out and had nothing to compare it with!!! I've got to go back at the end of the week when they have more stock. Does anyone else have this problem, didn't know whether it was just a 'quirk' with this phone or a fault.

  50. Misswhitestockingtops August 10, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    just bought a pink rio, but the querty keyboard is jammed, the m won't work, has any one else had a problem like this?

  51. Babybluebubz August 11, 2010 at 5:54 pm #

    Im getting this phone next week woo hooo!

  52. Ebony August 11, 2010 at 6:05 pm #

    Yep, Its from argos but even though it says 49.99 you have to top up an extra 10.00 to purchase so its kinda £59.99 in argos, when I get it next week Im planning on begging the person at the counter to take the 49.99 and forget bout the tenner lol xx hope i helped sweety

  53. Amy H O August 11, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

    I am geting the rio and i am getting it in pink

  54. Broderick1 August 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

    i bought this phone for my 14 year old, he loves it. I paid £39.99 for his one as i work for the
    NHS and u get £20 off the retail price, oh but i had to buy £10 top up hence £39.99 and not £49.99

  55. Cheekysmiler65 August 16, 2010 at 7:54 pm #

    i cant get my rio to call out it just says unable to connect

  56. coolgirlz August 18, 2010 at 10:10 pm #

    i just got this fone today! the pinkone! when i wanadownload themusic i put it to audio folder. then when icheck on the fone its not there! and ii do have the memorycard. PLEASE HELP ME!!

  57. B Keen August 19, 2010 at 1:44 pm #

    Sameeee x

  58. B Keen August 19, 2010 at 1:49 pm #

    Yer ! Tbhh I Am Getting This phone On Sat And I am Gunna Care for It So Just llok After It Moree! x

  59. Col August 19, 2010 at 6:29 pm #

    In response to all those of you who are STILL struggling to get music on….
    The Rio will only play *.mp3 files, so any *.wma you have will need to be converted. Connect your Rio to your PC, and drag/drop your files to the “audio” file on your memory card. Disconnect the phone. Go to “file manager” – you'll be able to see the files there (remember to look under the “audio” folder ON THE MEMORY CARD!. Now go to the audio player -> list -> options -> settings -> player settings and make sure the “pref playlist is set to “Memory card”. Back all the way out of that to the audio player main screen, and press “list” (just to be on the safe side.
    If that doesn't work, I have no idea ;o)

  60. coolgirlz August 20, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

    this is how you do it:

    1. put it in AUDIO FILE
    2. go to menu and click MUSIC
    3. click LIST
    4. click OPTIONS
    5. click ADD
    6. then select the AUDIO
    7. go back two times and you'll see your music will be there, and now you can listen to it!


  61. coolgirlz August 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    nope. my prob has all gone.. 🙂

  62. Col August 22, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

    Don't know if you have this sorted now, but I checked mine last night – all the buttons light up. I'd suggest yours has a fault. Col

  63. guest August 24, 2010 at 7:56 pm #

    I have the answer to this. Firstly, you need to download a file editor (I have MiniCommander, where the icon is two blue columns with light blue horizontal lines at the top). The directory is /Phone:/@email/stora1 (there might be more storas for other accounts) and all of the files are in there but I think that it's all of the files regardless of sent, inbox, etc. Hope this works for you! 🙂

  64. Kawaiify September 4, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    i am thinking about getting the rio phone, is it a good quality phone?

  65. Ldmepsey1 September 6, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    Did this phone come with a memory card i bought it yesterday and don't have one with it?

  66. cheniiii1658 September 6, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    I'm getting this phone today woop.Do you have to pay to use the internet though :S?

  67. niamh September 12, 2010 at 4:02 pm #

    i bought this phone the other day and im on the dolphin plan although its only 300 mesages and ive nearly ran out already .. anybody know weither u can get this phone unlocked to put an o2 sim in it?

  68. Kellz_bellz7 September 16, 2010 at 9:03 pm #

    does it cost to recieve emails?

  69. duncanj September 19, 2010 at 6:46 pm #

    hey,i bought this phone a couple of weeks ago.the only problems ive got with it are that when i try launch orange widgets and opera mini and other apps it causes it to restart!also i cant send mp3s via bluetooth!i can recieve them fine.also when i lock my keypad theres an irratating orange wallpaper i cant remove or change!ive tried ringing orange like 10times at 25p a try often lines are to busy..they send me updates but still doesnt work.any help please?will be appreciated..

  70. Jade November 25, 2010 at 6:27 pm #


  71. Ewan January 16, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    Nice one

  72. Kelly Renshaw September 12, 2011 at 1:31 am #

    it wont let me go on internet properly and plus it wont send texts half of the time do you think thats my sim card or a fault on my phone?

  73. Kelly Renshaw September 12, 2011 at 1:31 am #

    it wont let me go on internet properly and plus it wont send texts half of the time do you think thats my sim card or a fault on my phone?

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