I needed a phone that allowed me to text messages faster than my LG420. When I saw this phone from Net10, just by reading the product information convinced me to purchase it. And I'm glad that I did.
Since I knew that Net10 is a sister company to Tracfone, I was not leery about the phone coverage or its service. I had great coverage with my old LG420, so I was really confident that Net10 would perform as great as its sister company. For my location here in Hilo, Hawaii, Net10 and Tracfone operates through the AT&T network, so I have the same coverage areas as AT&T (former customer of AT&T also).
As stated earlier, the LG900G allows me to send out texts faster than my old phone. Anyone who has texted with the numeric keys would know how dreary that is. It took me a little time to get used to the QWERTY keys, and eventually, I've learned to adapt to it by means of the "two-fingered" method of typing with this keypad. And if one knows how we Hawaiian brothers are, some of us don't have small fingers... ;-)
Now, this phone isn't made to do some serious surfing on the Internet, it's not one of those 3G or 4G rigs that's being sold by other service carriers. And sadly, it doesn't play streaming video (Youtube). But... it's good enough where I can check emails quickly, and send off quick replies as well. You won't see much web graphics when checking emails, but at least you can retrieve your messages if you need a quick look. BTW... I downloaded Yahoo Mobile to check my emails, it's faster than using the built-in web browser or Oprah Mini (IMO).
I haven't installed too much apps in this unit, since I'm basically using it for checking emails and sending texts. I have tried logging into Facebook with the phone, but it takes awhile for it to load up (could be transmission problems at the site), but of course, as I said earlier, it's not 3G.
The LG900G is not heavy to hold onto. And the size of it is perfect for my Hawaiian hands. The built-in camera takes good pictures, although I wish the color quality was a bit better. When there's a nice outdoor shot I wanna take, with the built-in camera, the colors aren't as bright. There's like a slight, blueish-greyish tint that's noticeable (maybe I gotta play with the settings more). It's not the greatest digital video camera, but it's okay to make quick videos of something happening at an instant.
As far as Ringtones are concerned, the phone has nicer ringtones as compared to my 420. It's great that I can create my own ringtones, and load it into the phone. FYI... if you're going to create your own ringtones, it must be under 20 seconds to be useable. To transfer music or pictures onto this phone, I use a data cable (I don't own a bluetooth), and my laptop. I usually transfer the files onto the 4GB SD card to keep the phone memory at a minimum.
The call quality of this phone is super, the audio quality of the speaker phone is great... really loud enough for some of us who are partially deaf. It took me some time to remember how the numeric keys are laid out on the keypad. I have to remember that the number "0" is to the right of the 9 key, and that the star (*) and pound (#) keys are above it. If you're used to dialing fast on a standard numeric keypad, you're gonna have to re-learn it while using this phone. But then, after playing with the phone for some time, I have adapted to dialing numbers fast with this keypad.
As far as battery life... I think it lasts long enough as stated in the specs. Now, I said "I think" because I hate letting the battery run down really low. I'm a stickler to plug in the charger after work. I guess I'm one of those that likes to keep the battery charged up at all times.
Purchasing this phone on this site was painless, and you really can't beat the price or the deal you get with this purchase... the phone, earphones, car adapter, 4GB SD card and wall charger, all for around $30. If you really plan to purchase this phone, you have to think seriously on what you're going to do with it. If you're like most of us who uses the phone mainly for calling, sending text messages or do 'light' surfing on the Internet (emails), then this phone would definitely work for you. And for the price, it can't be beat! Of course, depending on your usage on the data side, the $50 Unlimited Plan is the best option.
Because the outer casing of this phone is plastic, I'd recommend that you also get the 18 month Accidental Protection Plan, just in case...
I purchased a clip-on cell phone case from Wal-Mart that fitted the phone beautifully (Case Logic), since I don't like carrying the phone in my pocket. The case's flap is magnetic, and it protects the phone adequately. The clip of the cell phone case allows the phone to rotate vertically or horizontally, when carrying it on my belt.
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