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Samsung T301G Prepaid Phone (Tracfone)

by Samsung
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  • Prepaid slider phone with text messaging, voicemail, caller ID, call waiting and multi-language support
  • Pay for only the calling time you use with minutes purchased from Tracfone--no annual contract required
  • VGA camera for still photos; Bluetooth for handsfree devices; phonebook with up to 100 entries; organizer tools
  • Up to 4 hours of talk time, up to 336 hours (14 days) of standby time
  • What's in the Box: handset, battery, charger, user manual
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 4 inches, 1.8 inches, 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 2.88 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: GSM
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 1.8 x 0.9 inches ; 2.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00280QJFU
  • Item model number: T101G
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,253 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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Product Description


This stylish Samsung T301G slider phone offers an affordable way to stay in touch with family and friends across town and around the globe via voice communication and text messaging via the Tracfone prepaid wireless service. In addition to voice communication, it offers a full range of messaging options--both text and picture messaging as well as IM capabilites--and it's mobile Web ready. It features a VGA camera for capturing still photos on the go, Bluetooth connectivity for handsfree devices, color display, speakerphone, bi-lingual support (English and Spanish), organizer tools, up to 4 hours of talk time, and up to 20 minutes of starter airtime upon activation.

Tracfone Service
Tracfone provides nationwide prepaid wireless service using the nation's leading cellular providers to create a national footprint covering 99 percent of the U.S. population. This gives you connectivity everywhere cellular service is available. You can use your Tracfone across the U.S. and if you move, you can relocate your wireless number with just a phone call.

You can buy bundles of minutes (which must be used within a set time limit of between 90 to 365 days) from the Tracfone web site on your home PC or directly from your phone's web browser. For example, if you purchase a block of 120 minutes of airtime, you'll need to use that within 90 days of your first use. When you buy additional airtime minutes, your Tracfone service is extended automatically by another 90 days. Tracfone also offers international long distance calling to over 60 international destinations (including Argentina, Brazil, China, Mexico, most European countries, and many more), which deducts the same amount of minutes from your phone as when you make calls to destinations within the U.S.

Whether you want to send a text, go hands-free, or stay on schedule, the Samsung T301G has the tools you need to get the job done quickly and easily.

This phone ships with a number of handy Tracfone services, including free voice mail, free caller ID, and free call waiting. And perhaps most importantly, the integrated TracFone Airtime Balance Display shows you how much airtime you've used and how much is left, so you can control your costs. You must activate your cell phone before use either by calling the Tracfone toll-free number or going to the Tracfone web site.

Phone Features
The Samsung T301G has a brightly colorful LCD screen (128 x 160 pixels, 65K colors) that sits above a standard navigation area with send/end buttons and soft navigation keys. The face slides smoothly up to reveal an alpha-numeric keypad. The phone's small internal 2.4 MB memory can store up to 100 contact entries in the handset's phone book, and it also displays the last 30 incoming/outgoing/missed calls.

Handsfree communication is easy thanks to the integrated speakerphone. This phone also provides Bluetooth wireless connectivity (version 2.0), and includes profiles for communication headset and handsfree car kits.

Check out the Tracfone coverage map.

If you need messaging capabilities, the T301G has you covered as support is built-in for sending and receiving both SMS text messages and MMS picture messages--great for sending on-the-go photos captured by the phone's VGA camera (640 x 480-pixel resolution). The T9 predictive text technology is built into the unit, which autocompletes text for you as you type on the alpha-numeric keypad and offers options for selecting the correct word.

Other features include:

  • Includes up to 20 minutes of starter airtime upon activation (after activating your TracFone on the TracFone web site)
  • TracFone Airtime Balance Display shows you how much airtime you've used and how much is left, so you control your costs
  • Downloadable ringtones, graphics, news, weather, sports and more using Airtime Minutes
  • Organizer tools: Alarm clock, calendar, calculator, world time, stopwatch, converter
  • 20 pre-loaded ringtones
  • Multilingual text display (English and Spanish)
  • Vibrating alert

Vital Statistics
The Samsung T301G weighs 2.92 ounces and measures 3.92 x 1.95 x 0.56 inches. Its 800 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4 hours of talk time, and up to 336 hours (14 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS frequencies.

Customer Reviews

Stay away from this one, folks.
C. Wiseman
This is a really good phone if you just need a basic model for low use, or just to keep for emergencies.
UPDATE: December 8, 2011 In the past year, I have gone through 3 of these phones.
Kawa Jaan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

176 of 182 people found the following review helpful By Angela G. on February 28, 2010
You may turn off GPRS (mobile web/MMS) to save battery life if you do not use GPRS features. However, the option requires accessing a secret menu. This is how:

Open the slider and type *#4777*8665# and a menu should pop up. Go to menu number 5, Attach Mode. Select Manual attach. OK. It will inform you that you need to restart the phone for this to take effect - do this later. Then go to menu number 2, GPRS detach. The phone will notify you that it has done the GPRS detach, which means that it is no longer connected to the GPRS network. Now restart the phone, and there should be a blue and white G at the top of the screen instead of a red and white one. Success! Of course, you may reverse this at any time by going back to the secret menu and selecting Auto attach and GPRS attach.

This will NOT adversely affect your ability to add minutes to the phone via [...] or by using a minutes card purchased in a store. If blocking the browser makes you unable to add minutes directly from the phone, just GPRS attach again and you'll be fine. If you cannot remember the code, consider putting it into a note (in the tools menu) for safe keeping.

Enjoy your longer battery life!
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125 of 132 people found the following review helpful By JGA on October 1, 2009
You can read on an unopened package what features a phone has but what people really need to hear is how those features you use most "work." It's a well built phone that I will use mostly for talking and limited texting. My main concerns about a phone are its quality and its audio performance (both incoming and outgoing). Because I have owned and used all three, I can compare this phone to the LG600G and the Motorola W376G and this one is the winner hands down! Audio is as good or better than the Motorola 376 and even better quality of construction. The 376 has a "flimsy" key pad not conducive to large finger tips and its silver case scratches easily. The LG600G (or at least the one I received) had POOR quality audio coming and going - nobody sounded like them self and it was not sharp and clear.

Samsung produced some features you don't see in the average "prepay plan phones." The one I appreciate most is an added touch that speaks to the quality of Samsung products and it is the ability to adjust total sound levels up or down depending on your environment (normal, silent, driving and outdoors).

They'll continue to improve as time goes on but for the present, the T301G is the best that TracFone offers and is an excellent phone.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Liz on August 8, 2010
Just had to add my two cents. I read the reviews about the ease of accidentally hitting the browser button and losing minutes, and I ordered this phone anyway. And I agree 100% about the browser. While setting up the phone I have lost a few minutes already by accidentally hitting the darn browser key. What a dumb place to put a browser key! (It's the top right button on the front of the phone, and if you bump it, hit it, press it accidentally (even when the phone is in the closed position), if your phone is on, you will lose 0.5 minutes. I have searched all over the web and there is no way to disable it, or at least have it ask you if you want to connect. Terrible terrible feature. I also followed the instructions of another reviewer and entered *#4777*8665# and followed the instructions, and it doesn't work for me, and from other sites I have found out, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I am going to see over the next month how much time I lose, and then I may have to take another reviewer's advice from another website and glue the button shut. (He said this worked for him fine and you can still get to the browser from the menu button). I cannot recommend this phone to anyone who has kids, your kids will drain their minutes by accident.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mattie's friend on May 23, 2010
My wife and I each have one of this model Tracfone. Neither has been a problem with outgoing or incoming calls. No dropped calls. Voice quality has been clear and natural sounding. We haven't yet found any areas where the phone won't work, and this covers New England to Oregon. Those are the "pros." The following are the "cons," along with some physical features we would like to see improved:

- One of my biggest cons is the fact that the browser key is fixed and cannot be changed or disabled. The prompt that gets you into this limited browser can be easily activated and cost you fractions of minutes.

- I carry my T301G sideways in a belt holder. I have occasionally missed a call when extracting the phone and quickly pressing the "off" button by mistake. This won't shut the phone off, but it will cancel the incoming call.

- The little, raised line under the display is used to slide the phone open. This line is too small and and just about useless to use. A rubber, or ribbed area on the side of the phone would be much more useful to slide the phone up. I find the process to be a "two thumbs" operation if you don't want to press on the LED display all the time - or activate one of the soft keys which are much too close.

- My previous Tracfone was a "clamshell" V176. This has a rubber feel to the phone, and I never thought I might drop the thing because of a slick, or slippery exterior. I wish the T301G was made from the same material - although I have not yet dropped this phone.

- The four soft keys can be programmed for whatever you want. I have found that assigning your "contact list," messages, list of incoming calls and phone info (minutes and time left) works best for me. The keys themselves, however, are still too small.
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