Motorola “Moto Q GSM”, a QWERTY Mobile

Moto Q GSM with Thai/English QWERTY.
Moto Q GSM with Thai/English QWERTY.

I knew there was a reason I wasn’t buying Motorola anymore… and now I did.

Yesterday I got the Moto Q gsm so I could use the QWERTY keypad instead of pounding 16 keys to type the word internet on a regular phone pad and I could hit 8 keys like it should be.


I thought I was going to have to get the Nokia e71 as they are plentiful in Thailand and I’ve never seen a moto with a Qwerty outside of Bangkok. I’d wanted the Moto Q before it was released a long time ago.

Instead of waiting I bought the Nokia e70 with QWERTY instead – a great phone -but when I thought I was leaving the country I sold it to a friend.

The NOKIA e71 was 16,200 baht at the stores I saw, including TeleWiz, and that was not a pleasant thought. $570 USD for a phone? Iphones are selling here for 30,000 baht and more but it would have to sing me to sleep at that price – Iz style.

So I found this Moto Q gsm. It was 8,900. I was psyched. It had EDGE (EGPRS) which is as fast as it gets most places in Thailand on your mobile. I often connect with the mobile phone to internet and hook it up with the computer to give me access. It’s just barely fast enough that my temper doesn’t explode while I work. DTAC has the best service where I am – consistent and I can open up 25 FireFox browser tabs and still be in business. If you haven’t tried Firefox 3.0 – you’ve gotta get it. Throw away the slow IE 7. I tested Chrome a little bit – but came back to FF as I have too many great extensions that make life easy writing blogs all day.

Scroll wheel is nice.
Scroll wheel is nice.

The guy told me it had WIFI and I saw it had Bluetooth and infrared. So – I bought the Moto Q, thinking it will replace my Classic 3110 Nokia that does well enough, but doesn’t have the Qwerty. Inefficiency drives me batty and typing words on what is supposed to be a number pad drives me almost insane. I’m always needing to bang out a long response to someone’s email when I’m somewhere the computer is not.

I brought the phone home and it’s got this weird oval shaped thing in the Motorola box that didn’t make any sense.

It has 2 usb ports, one on each end. I thought it was a line cleaner type deal – that made the data transfer better or something – faster? Something.

I looked through the whole documentation – nothing.

I looked online – no mention of it.

I found the model number of the device on the bottom and Googled it. Holy hell. It’s a charger for the Moto Q. You charge it first – like you would your phone. It has a large battery inside it. Once charged you drop it in your bag and take it with you. If you ever need it – it can fully charge your phone battery – TWICE. So, if you fully charge your phone at the same time – you’ve got the equivalent of full 3 batteries. Pretty cool eh? No need to bring the a/c plug to charge – which is lighter, by the way – but less convenient because you need to be near the A/c plug – which usually means charging your phone at night as you sleep in a hotel if you’re traveling. If you’re on the train or bus – out of luck. No more.

So – that was cool, apparently thrown in for free – it’s a $50 item online.

Back of Moto Q GSM - obviously...
Back of Moto Q GSM - obviously...

I am having a rough time connecting to the internet and sharing the connection from the phone to my computer with the Moto Q. Everything is harder in Thailand because of lack of documentation specific to the country. Sometimes that’s in THAI and doesn’t help much at all. My Thai isn’t THAT good. When I read the menu I’m proud of myself.

MOTO Q GSM Good points:

  • Good mp3 sound, dual speakers. Stereo, surround sound.
  • Excellent coating – grippy rubber type. Build quality – excellent.
  • Graphics fine.
  • Chat: Yahoo, ICQ, MSN pre-installed.
  • Class 10 GPRS/EGPRS modem gives 8-12KBps on average, sometimes as high as 20KBps during downloading large files.
  • WIFI card can be added to memory slot ($100)
  • Talk quality – excellent.
  • QWERTY ok – can type fast enough.
  • Scroll wheel is very nice touch.
  • Battery charges while connected to USB mini port, unlike Nokias. When using phone as modem for your notebook or desktop computer this is a major plus.
  • Free battery charger with 2 full stored charges to take on the go was a nice touch.

MOTO Q GSM Bad points:

  • Connecting to Gmail with Gmail app – not supported. Probably because Windows mobile software -they want you to use msn live.
  • Connecting between computer and phone to share internet connection – non-existent at this point. Can surf internet on phone fine. Not sharing connection. UPDATE: Next day I got it working by, guess? Following the directions in the manual painstakingly closely. Works well – as fast or faster than my Nokia 3110classic phone with the same modem (class 10 GPRS/EGPRS).
  • No installed WIFI – can buy a small WIFI card as an extra that goes in memory slot. A VERY small card for about $100 USD.
  • Difficult to figure out the shared internet connection which connects phone to computer. Finally I got it – but not much fun
  • 1.3MP camera – why’d they even bother?
  • No FM radio – they didn’t bother. I’ve grown accustomed to hearing some radio every now and then when I want to practice listening to Thai news or I’m tired of my mp3 collection.

So – if anyone else has the Moto Q GSM here in Thailand and you can’t get the modem/computer connection working I can send you the pdf manual or walk you through it. Oh, there’s also a modem tool program that throws away your old driver and puts a different one in that works. I can send you the program or show you where to download it.

Also, if you want a Nokia 3110 Classic which I bought for 3650 baht at Tesco just a couple months ago I’ll sell it for just 2600 baht – including shipping in Thailand. Will send EMS. ATM transfer bank to bank for payment. It’s in perfect shape and comes with all the accessories (charger, 512Mb micro sd card, original Nokia battery, English/Thai manual, and software for PC SUITE.) Oh, and original box.

Update: I think I’ll keep the Nokia 3110 classic as a backup connection in case the MOTO Q GSM dies for some reason as electronics tend to do here in Thailand’s humid conditions.

Author: Vern

I'm an American expat living in Thailand. I like to write informative pieces about life in, living in Thailand, including topics like: Thai People, Thai Culture, Nightlife, Technology, and I have published a lot of photographs, videos, and even books on Thailand that you can find at ThailandeBooks.com. There are many photographs of Thailand here - feel free to share with attribution (a link back to the home page). All written content on this site by Vern Lovic. Contact me at Google+.

2 thoughts on “Motorola “Moto Q GSM”, a QWERTY Mobile”

  1. thank you for explaining what is the good and bad point of moto q gsm..cuase i dont have an idea whT WAS MY PHONE IS.. BECUASE I BUY THIS WITHOUT A MANUAL..MY PROBLEM NOW IS MY PHONE HAVE A DIFFICULT PROBLEM..WHAT SHOULD I DO..WHEN I SCROLL GOING TO SETTING…THE PHONE IS DIALED ITS OWN AND ITS HANGING.. THANK YOU I HOPE YOU CAN HELP ME..

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