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Motorola RIZR Z6c Review

Motorola MOTO Z6c

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Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
(Please Note: All calls were placed within the US and while on Verizon’s CDMA network.)

We found that the Reception and Call Quality of the Z6c were both good, equal to that of the Maxx, and were able to place and receive calls in fringe areas without problem. The voice quality in the earpiece is clear and natural sounding, with no distortion present, even when the volume was raised to the highest level. We still consider the V9m to have better voice quality, but it is by a very slim margin. People that we talked to (using a land-line) said that our voice was also natural sounding and was clearly heard. The Speakerphone on the Z6c works well, and is quite loud when the volume is at the highest level. For international GSM use, one should expect different degrees of call quality, depending on what network provider you are using.

There is very little lag when opening up downloaded applications or when going through the different menus. The Z6c comes with 77MB of internal memory, but only 55MB is available to the user. Fortunately, the device will accept microSD cards up to 4GB in size to allow additional space for music, pictures, and videos.

The included 950mAh battery is rated to have 5 hours of talk time or 15 days of standby time on a full charge. Our testing showed 4 hours of talk time.


The Motorola Z6c is a quality device and should be considered by consumers who require a Verizon phone that can also be used internationally. The call quality and reception were both good, with no distortion or interference. The slider design is unique, as most Verizon phones are either a flip or candy-bar style. It is well constructed and looks professional with the back and silver styling throughout, but it would have been nice some FlashUI Themes were included. The 2MP camera is good, not great, so be sure to pack a real digital camera with you if you’re going to be taking a lot of pictures. The MP3 player works well and sounds good, despite the very basic interface. Overall, we would recommend the Z6c if you require a Verizon phone that can be used internationally on GSM networks. However, if you are a business professional, then the BlackBerry 8830 Smartphone might be better suited to your needs.


  • Uses the Verizon CDMA network as well as GSM 900 and GSM 1800 international networks
  • Good call quality and signal reception
  • Slider design


  • MicroSD card is difficult to remove
  • Lack of FlashUI themes
  • Web Browser cannot be used with GSM networks
  • No flash for the camera
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Shooter (unregistered)

I was seriously considering this phone for something to take overseas with me but after reading this I'm a bit worried about the SIM. I had called Verizon and talked with a customer service rep. I asked, and I quote: "So, I can bring this phone to China and buy a SIM card there and use it?" The Rep answered yes. Now, according to this article you must buy a Verizon SIM. I guess it wouldn't be the first time I got a Rep that didn't know what they were talking about. In any case, I wonder if the phone could be unlocked and the use of other SIMs would be possible? Otherwise I'm better off buying a cheap phone overseas and having two phones, which is what I was trying to avoid in the first place...

posted on 23 Jan 2008, 15:58

2. LordObento (unregistered)

Verizon has a SIM for you, but the Phn can be unlocked. Difference? Verizon SIM you keep the same Phone # no matter where you go. Unlocked SIM, you get a phone # for whatever SIM you use.

posted on 27 Jan 2008, 14:24

3. BostonFan (unregistered)

I got this phone primarily because it's a decent phone. Should I travel to anywhere where GSM is support will be a bonus. Call quality is excellent, very clear on both sides. Even my father who always complains when I call on my cell didn't complain with this call :). The phone's reception is good. I live in a fringe area and it still gets a couple of bars (that's really good here!) The menus and screen are clear and legible even for aging eyes. The form factor is nice (first slider that I've had) Keys are a little narrow, but because of the grid between keys, very manageable.

posted on 08 Feb 2008, 15:43

4. Roadie (unregistered)

I too was told by Verizon that I could buy a local sim, ala a unlocked phone then use the phone from a foreign GSM network. After getting the phone they told me they don't even offer a SIM for Canada, and the one that came with the phone (I got none) would have to be used further abroad.

posted on 08 Jul 2008, 14:14

5. (unregistered)

Why does Verizon have SO MANY versions of the RIZR? They have the RIZR Z6c, RIZR z6cx, World Edition z6, and World Edition z6cx. Why don't they just discontinue the World Editions and only have the RIZR z6c?

posted on 08 Jul 2008, 16:45

6. Art (unregistered)

I've had the phone for a week now and like it. But...I use it as my home phone as well - which is to say I never turn it off. So I went on-line and have been trying to buy an extended battery - I can find the extended battery (BK91) but no extended battery doors! Every place I looked I keep finding that the doors sold with the BK91 battery supposely don't fit my Moto Z6c World phone. I will have to go to the store to try on a door from the Z6 or the Z6tv and see if it fits. If it does then maybe I can find an extended door for them. On the Verizon web site - they supposely sell the BK91 battery and door for $50. But since NO ONE else has an extended door to fit - I'm beginning to wonder even if I paid $50 to verizon - will it fit???

posted on 11 Aug 2008, 19:36

7. (unregistered)

can the sim card be from another country

posted on 11 Oct 2008, 22:18

8. backhome (unregistered)

I have the same question, can I buy a local SIM card, plug in and get a new phone number in the local GSM network?

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Display2.0 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (200 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.20 x 1.80 x 0.64 inches
(107 x 46 x 16 mm)
3.70 oz  (105 g)
Battery940 mAh, 4.91 hours talk time

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