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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2011
This phone is OK. The one thing that is really bad about this phone though is that if someone texts you, something will pop up on the screen that says "1 new message" and the time and date that the message was sent, that's good but it doesn't say who the message is from until you view the message. So sometimes it doesn't matter if it shows you who it's from or not, but a lot of times it does because after you open the message, minutes get deducted, so you could open a text from someone you don't know or open a text that you don't want to respond to, and you won't know who it's from until after your minutes get deducted. I have wasted a lot of minutes because of that. Although, when someone calls you it DOES say who the call is from. I am planning on getting a new phone that shows who your text messages are from.

-Jill, Age 12
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2010
My phone had excellent reception in metro Detroit area. Fair camera quality. Bluetooth headset sync was easy. Have to pay TracFon 4min. to transfer photos :( because Bluetooth and x-fer cable is disabled. Some photos took 2 attempts (8 minutes!). Purchased the phone from my local Target, but Tracfon had to send a new SIM card to activate it. Phone started to die after 6 months; often can't turn it off. When it is off, you can see the keypad flash like it is trying to turn on. Drains the battery over night. Might go away after charging, but full or low battery does not effect problem. Tracfon will not let me just swap the SIM card to a new phone, so all the contact info will be lost :( I expected better.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2010
Tracfone still has the best geographic coverage of the pay as you go cell phone options. I had tried a Common Cents option when I wanted to upgrade to a phone with Bluetooth capabilities to work with a newly acquired car and bought in to the Common Cents hype about lower per minute cost and the round down on partial minutes of airtime. What Common Cents does not emphasize in their advertising is that there is absolutely no roaming. If you are outside of the Sprint network coverage area the phone will not work. Just because you have a friend or acquaintance with a Sprint Contract phone that gets coverage in the areas that you travel does not ensure that a Common Cents phone will work in those areas.

I subsequently upgraded my Tracfone to the Samsung t301g which did pair with my Ford Sync system and allows hand free calling. I was unable to get the contact list from the phone uploaded to the Sync system but Ford does have some free downloadable software that allows you to create a contact list on your computer and then transfer it to the vehicle via a USB data key.

The phone documentation is minimal and the download available from TracFone adds very little information. The default ringtone is progressive, starts out soft and gets louder, and I doubt that anyone will hear the first two rings in a store, restaurant or car. There are several other ringtones built in and I found one that was satisfactory when the volume is adjusted upward. The call volume is also adjustable during a call and most people will probably need to set it near the maximum for use with the hands free calling options with Ford Sync.

One peculiarity of the phone is that there is no provision for setting the date and time manually and the time picked up from the network is about two minutes slow. I initiated a support request via email and one week, four emails and about 2 hours spent on the phone with three "customer support" representatives I finally received an email confirming that there was no way to manually adjust the time, that they could do nothing about the incorrect (Compared to NIST)time, and stating that the "issue had been addressed", which in my opinion is not the same as the issue being resolved.

While the "Customer Support" representative were courteous, they speak a dialect that is difficult to understand and one every call you spend at least five minutes repeating information that you provided in you initial support request and all of your previous calls and then long periods on hold as they "check with a supervisor" or search "their system" for additional information regarding your problem.

In summary the phone is usable and does provide some functionality with Ford Sync systems at a reasonable price when you factor in that you get double minutes for the life of the phone. TracFone support is basically non-existent. If you are the type that reads manuals and are willing to do some internet research Tracfone provides "as needed airtime" at a reasonable cost. If you are the type that likes or needs some hand holding you should probably look elsewhere and if you have become dependent on a cell phone to provide the correct time you definitely need a different phone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2011
Read other reviews for pros/cons, but do note that the dual use charger-headset jack is not micro or mini USB. According to Samsung and a local dealer, there is no adapter available. None of the multiple adapters provided with the phone will work w/the proprietary jack. So, you cannot use your own plug-in headset or a universal external extended battery, and there are no OEM extended batteries w/cover. I was told by a dealer that post 2008 phones must have compatible micro or mini jacks, and T301g is older. If this is not an issue for you, the phone is a very good simple phone, especially once the browser is disabled. These are problems for me, and may be for you: 1. microphone quality of provided headset is significantly lower than the Plantronics I was using; 2. I am in a rural area and the battery use is higher than the previous Motorola tracfone, so other battery options are helpful; 3. bluetooth costs more than the phone, and given phone and battery life, didn't seem a worthwhile investment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2013
As some of you have discovered these phones, along with many others, have a habit of accidentally dialing the browser when you place the phone in your holster and eating up lots of minutes. The simple fix is to wait about five seconds for the screen to go blank before placing the phone in the holster. This locks the keys until you press unlock then OK or slide the phone open. The browser will not dial if you wait these few seconds. It's a pain and stupid on Samsung's part but it's the only way to prevent this problem, there's no way to lock out the browser.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon September 4, 2010
I like this phone "OK". I've have simple needs and this phone works well, but I have to subtract a couple of stars because of that darn browser button that I have hit several times by accident, costing me 1/2 unit of airtime each time. It screams of a "SCAM" to reduce your airtime/units, and there seems to be no way to fix this issue. I also have some concern as to how durable the phone would be, should I drop it when it's not in the case I bought for it off eBay. Finally, the screen is difficult to read in sunlight. But other than these things, the phone seems to suit my needs well enough, and saves me a lot of money versus an overpriced "gotcha" contract plan.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2010
Left for vacation and my LG600g phone was in the console. At 2am thought it was safe when valet parked it. GONE. Bought this phone because it had bluetooth and a couple other features the 600 didn't. BEWARE! Bluetooth will not connect to your computer for file transfer. Only for headset. Buttons hard to use. 2 steps to unlock slider. Called Tracfone Indian CS AND THEY WOULDN'T GIVE ME THE MINUTES PROMISED FROM THE 600. No answer from Emails. Returning this phone. Calling CS again shortly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2013
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A few comments on this phone:

1) The builtin ringtones are lame, they're uninspiring, almost random sounding "tunes," however I find the ring volume loud enough, in contrast to complaints from some users that it's too low. Perhaps Samsung fixed this issue.
2) The screen is 2" diagonal, which is a good size for a low end phone, however the low resolution makes it a bit grainy. Also it has a narrow viewing angle, i.e. you have to hold it at a certain angle or it appears dark or washed out.
3) The mobile web capability is very limited because of the phone's low memory. Originally Tracfone only allowed you to go to a set of preselected sites. Now you can enter any URL, but most of the time you get an insufficent memory error because the site is too large. I mainly use it to get info. by searching Google, in lieu of the Google SMS service that they discontinued.
4) As others have noted, when you close the slider the outer buttons don't lock immediately, you have to wait a few seconds before putting it in your pocket, otherwise the browser button could get pushed and you can lose a lot of minutes.
5) Battery standby time is less than a week, which is lower than other phones I've used. On the other hand it recharges faster than usual. EDIT: I recently charged the phone on a Sunday night, and it lasted until the next Monday morning, with light usage during the week. It will stay at one battery bar for a while and still be functional. When you recharge it, there doesn't seem to be any alert when it is finished, you have to just see if the battery icon is full.
6) The menu screens have a black and orange color scheme which, while readable, is a bit odd.

I got it when it was $8, from Dealathon, and I'm still using it. Overall I'd say it is worth the current price of $5, for those of us who are not into the complexity and cost of smartphones. You can upgrade to another Tracfone later on. You can connect it to your Windows PC using a free program from Samsung and a cable you can get from Amazon for a few dollars, see this thread on the Howard forum: [...]

ONE ADDITIONAL NOTE: Unlike some of their other phones, Samsung doesn't provide a PDF booklet/manual for this phone. However, the Samsung T245G flip phone has features that are mostly similar and that does have a manual at [...]
The main menus of the two phones are the same except for item #6, which on the T301G is "Games & Apps" while on the T245G it is "Camera." In actuality, the "Games & Apps" item on the T301G contains Games and the Camera function, so that item is not properly named. While the T245G doesn't have games, just the Camera function.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2013
I found Tracfone coverage in AC 508 spotty at best, non-existent in most towns on MVY. "Customer Service" (as many other reviewers point out) is a joke, the operators are not only unwilling but also incapable of giving any kind of explanation why the service varies so greatly within a few hundred feet, also depending on the time of day. You may find yourself in a "black hole".

The little Samsung works OK, the display is bright and the buttons not too responsive (except the cursed browser one). Volume control is not quite up to par. The menu to access functions is unncessarily complicated and not at all intuitive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2013
I don't really know alot about phones but if I was to buy these phones just because it's cheap and it says prepaid on it, can I still just put my own sim card in there. will it still work or do i have to stick with the sim card that comes with it that is prepaid?
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