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Sony Ericsson TM506 review

6/10 AVG.

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The Sony Ericsson TM506 currently has an Informr score of 6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 38 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Sony Ericsson TM506 is a fashionable flip that offers a 2MP camera with video, stereo Bluetooth, microSD expandability, GPS, voice commands and speakerphone.

The TM506 also has an alarm, calendar, calculator, to-do list and stopwatch. It’s a well rounded device with a menu system that you will want to check out before making a decision, since it will be a matter of taste. To get to the camera, for example, you have to press two buttons and it takes about three seconds for the camera to come online.

This two-toned clamshell has a good MP3 player but does not offer either a 2.5 or 3.5mm jack, so you are stuck when it comes to headphone selection.

With the TM506 you can browse the internet, text, MMS, take pictures, video, listen to music and find places with the GPS.

Rated at an impressive 9.5 hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby time, the TM506 provides another choice for users looking for “just the right” phone.

Screen Size
2+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


The Sony Ericsson TM506 for T-Mobile is a very stylish clamshell with a healthy set of extra features. It's also one of the first Sony Ericsson handsets to come to T-Mobile, and features 3G support and a built-in GPS receiver to boot! The multimedia features are impressive, including the extensive P...

- Ricky Cadden, MobileBurn

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Common Questions

Sony released the Ericsson TM506 on August 21, 2008.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Sony Ericsson TM506 user manual here.

Sony backs up the Ericsson TM506 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Ericsson TM506 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sony support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sony's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Sony Ericsson TM506's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.


There is a processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

35 MB

Internal memory is 35 MB. An external, Memory Stick Micro (M2) (up to 4 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery. Sony's performance ratings are 10.5 days standby time.

Ericsson TM506 Specs

Release date August 21, 2008
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/1800/1900 MHz
1700/2100 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No
Internal Storage 35 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.4 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Car Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 10.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Black, Green, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.5 x 4.7 x 1.8 cm (3.7 x 1.9 x 0.7 in)
Weight 101 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
Secondary Display Monochrome OLED, 36 x 128 pixels
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact 7 numbers, Email address
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info Memory Stick Micro (M2) (up to 4 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
2+ megapixels
2.5x digital
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Geotagging, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AMR, Real Audio, WMA Pro, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments -
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