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I HAVE NO COMPLAINTS
on June 24, 2010
I think this phone is a perfect for young kids and seniors. I choose it to help hold me over until the iPhone breaks free from AT&T this fall (fingers crossed). My current Motorola phone with Sprint is dying and I do not want to make an expensive phone purchase or get locked into a 2 year contract. This phone looked like a good option.
I have had no problems with signal or dropped calls; in fact, coverage with this phone is better then Sprint. The clarity of phone calls was fine. The phone is smaller then I thought it would be, it measures 4" x 2" and almost 3/4" thick. It does not have an antenna that sticks out like most flip phones, which is nice. The buttons are large and easy to press. No misdialing. The font on the screen is also large. The back of the phone has a large green button for quick access to emergency numbers. The front of the phone has two lights, one for battery status and the other to signal new texts. The package includes the phone, wall charger, carrying strap and earphones.
The set up is basic but easy. I like the functionality more then my present phone since too many features can get in the way of accessing them. You scroll through the menu of Phonebook (100 entry); Games (Robot & UFO,); Settings for Ring (20 melodies), Alarm (7), Opening (7), Closing (7) and Message (7); Call Log; FM Radio (can set stations but must use earphones to access this feature); Calculator; Calendar (you can add tasks) and Alarm. The phone is bluetooth enabled and the earphones have a clip to help keep in place.
The cost ($50) is very reasonable and it requires no contract. Consumer Cellular offers affordable monthly plans ($20/month for 250 minutes or $10/month with $.25 per minute) and although not affiliated with AT&T, uses their network. I found Consumer Cellular customer service to be excellent but if you wanted to go elsewhere, they will provide you with a pass code to unlock the phone (it uses a SIM card). Just note that they cannot guarantee features if an outside carrier is used.
This would be the perfect choice for young kids, seniors (endorsed by the AARP for a reason) or those who need a cell phone just for emergencies. It is not the trendiest or most advanced on the market but it does perform well. If you are looking for a reliable and solid cell phone, this is the phone for you! The Doro 410 would be my highest recommendation to anyone new to cell phones.