on April 9, 2012
So far so good. Just received the phone, super fast delivery (only 3 days incl. Sunday). I transferred my phone number from my previous Net10 phone with no problems. Had my new phone working within one hour. Setup was easy and phone seems to work fine.
Just one work of caution: I tried to set up my Security Code so that I could lock my phone for obvious reasons. There seems to be a factory code installed on the phone, because when I tried to enter/change the code of course I didn't know the factory code nor was it listed in the user manual (which is VERY basic). After three unsuccessfus attempts of entering a code I locked my phone and had to enter a PUK code which of course I didn't have either. I ended up going to the Net10 website wich luckily has a forum section, and apparently I'm not the first person who made this same mistake.
If you've locked yourself out of your phone DO NOT attempt to unlock the phone and enter some random number thinking you'll enter the PUK code. After 10 unsuccessful attempts you will permanently lock your phone and will have to replace the SIM card. Go to the Net10 website and from there onto their forum page. You'll have to register as a member before you can request help from an admin. I received a reply within 10 minutes. They will ask you for your SIM number in a private message, but in order to reply in a private message you will have to have posted at least five new posts on any forum page. Not sure why they require such a thing, especially when you have such an annoying problem and need help NOW, but you will have to make those posts before you'll be able to send any private message back to the admin person. Once you can reply and you send that SIM number it wont take long and they will send you that PUK number to unlock your phone. They will also send you your factory security code (mine happend to be 1111), I was able to enter it and then change it to something of my choosing. Now I can safetly lock my phone. Hope this info will keep someone from making the same mistakes I made.
on January 6, 2013
I have spent so long searching for a touchscreen phone that wasn't actually a smartphone. I am so glad I found this one! This is a really great phone if you just want something basic, but a little nicer than the usual basic flip-phones or 'stick' phones. I really like the touch screen, and I like that it is really small and thin. It has all the regular features that I've come to expect from a cell phone, like clock, calender, alarms, camera, calculator, games, etc. It also has a video recorder, and a voice recorder. The camera does not take very good pictures, but then again, it's a cell-phone, not a camera, who cares. I don't know about browsing the internet on the phone because I refuse to pay money for that. So basically, if you're looking for a basic phone that doesn't look totally out-dated, this one is for you! If you're one of those people who thinks they need to pay hundreds a month so that their cell phone can run their entire lives for them, well, look elsewhere.
on October 29, 2012
I received my phone in 2 DAYS, could not believe how fast the shipping and delivery was. Well I have to say that after researching touch screem phones and prices, I went with the lg800g at Amazon expecially because they have the best price and due to my past experience with their vendor, which has always been EXCELLENT to say the least This is a great little phone, I started using it as soon as I got it, was also plesantly surprise how easy it was to transfer my phone # & minutes online thru the net ten website. To anyone still on the fence about purchasing this phone, don't hessitate if you are someone like myself who wants basic, but with perks, you can't go wrong with this choice. As far as the other reviews which mention the phone locking up in the middle of call using a computer pront, its a little annoying, but will research online to see if anything can be done about this.
on June 23, 2015
As long as you don't expect this to act like an Android or iPhone, it's a good buy.
We had thousands of unused minutes on an old bare-bones Net10 phone that was misplaced. This phone was the replacement. Although Net10 is not exactly known for their customer support, activation was remarkably uneventful. The old Net10 phone was on the T-mobile network, this one arrived with an AT&T SIM card. Using the Net10 website, I was able to deactivate the old phone and add this one as the replacement. There were some hoops to jump through, and then I discovered the need to have the old phone number ported from T-Mobile to AT&T. I expected at least a day of waiting and some sort of hassle, but the Net10 website initiated the process and within an hour I had a working phone, with all of the minutes carried over from the old one!
The bottom line: This phone is better than most $29 phones, and you can get on the AT&T network via Net10 for a lot less money than it costs to go through AT&T.
on March 26, 2014
I had a more complicated phone but returned to this model due to its ease of use (my original 800G had been lost). All I need is a way to make/receive calls, occasionally take pictures, access voice messages and auto dial frequently used phone numbers. I cannot figure out how to delete unwanted icons from the main screen, but that is an operator issue not the phone's. I would highly recommend this cell for anyone who wants access to basic features without a lot of complicated and extraneous options. I believe this was the last 800G from this particular supplier's inventory, so I don't know what I'll do when I get to the point I need to replace it.
on September 14, 2012
Yes, it is easy to keep track of your minutes, etc....especially since EVERY SINGLE TIME you go to use it, you have to wait several seconds after the screen announces how many minutes you have left. Great feature for irresponsible kids, I guess. It is convenient for those who may only need to use it in emergencies, as I started with the $20/ 200 minute card, and they give you up to 90 days to use them up. Rules are quite clear, and there appears no hidden small print. Texts appear to be only 5c. (I am going to keep buying the cards at the store, and not mess around with "auto renewal" monthly things at their site, as people here seem to complain about it, though you may save a few dollars doing it online.)
Boy---if you even TRY to use the very limited internet on this phone, each attempt, if you get on or not, alerts you that some more minutes were chewed away. Haven't even been able to check my Yahoo! email. I click what is apparently the link, after logging on...and it resets back to the original search screen, chewing away minutes. Sigh.
I also chose Net-10 because it SAYS it rides on major carriers, and as such you get the same 10c/min. coverage, including in roaming areas....as opposed to the small print on Trac Phone, which says that if the phone is out of service area, in 'roaming' the phone will not work (!). Alas, the one place I'd hoped I'd get signal--a building I work in on the weekends, that is notoriously bad for most cell services--it does not work in. "Antennae" and 4 bars showing...but it states "No Service!"
Largest complaint is the &%^! virtual keyboard. I have NO idea how everyone here is applauding this feature! I'm a female, and the virtual keys are so small...I have to continually backspace to correct. I'm fussy about spelling, and I'm so tired of correcting my mistypes that I've given up looking after my spelling. ...I'm finding myself holding it in one hand, and using one index finger only to slowly, carefully tap out a message. ...I'd type a text faster on my old 9-digit phone keypad! Also, I find the screen not sensitive enough, despite what everyone is saying. I click on a contact, it is then highlighted so it must have registered...yet I have to keep pounding on it. Ugh.
Sound is good on this phone, though. Lots of neato gadgets and widgets you'll quickly find useful, for those like me coming from the dinosaur era of early cell phones, who are not used to such frills. HOWEVER, what do all the camera/music/widget advantages have, if one is aggravated by the basics? I didn't buy the phone for widgets.
Also, I do agree it seems sturdy. I dropped it about three feet onto a slate slab, and it *seems* okay. Although, the fact that I dropped it may be due to the small, sleek, slippery shape of it, which I think someone else mentioned. Ugh--I'm ready to tape duct tape around it, to give it some grip.
UPDATE: Looks like it was only with that $20/200 minute card that texts were 5c/min. ...I now have the $25/750 minute for 30 days card, and texts are 10c/min.
UPDATE: It also chews away 2.5 minutes, just for "retrieving" messages sent from certain types of technology--smart phones or whatever, I'm not savvy on what--in addition to another 1 minute for opening that same message.
Continues to be exceptionally slow in response time, after tapping on virtual keyboard. Ugh. Sometimes it doesn't even respond, upon tapping and tapping on your selection. ALSO, in cold weather its exceptionally bad.
Often, upon loading minutes from a top-up card purchased at a store, I get a message of "system unavailable at this time" or some such thing. ...It could be several minutes...or several HOURS before I am able to add minutes to my phone! Unreal.
Yes, the "plan" is simple, but the technology sucks. Nowadays, there are competitive plans out there, with better phone choices.