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Disappointed in minute-robbing features
on December 17, 2014
There is more good than there is bad about this cellphone. I do like the looks, the size, the clarity of the lettering and graphics, the QWERTY keyboard, the triple minutes for life, the many different features on a lower-cost cellphone, etc. However, there are some flaws that I cannot pass up this opportunity to point out:
I have been using this phone for a little over 3 weeks now. I feel the same as some others who have posted about the S390G. The browser key being placed right next to a key that is used often (the "End" key) does not seem to be just an oversight. It's a good way to get more money out of us, because every time I mistakenly push that key, time is deducted! (Notice how the word "Browser" is not directly over the right soft key? That plays with your mind, making it easier to make the mistake of pushing it, instead of the "End" key.) There should have been a way to lock the Browser until you're ready to use it!
Another time-grabber is the incoming text message notification. Seeing only the first few letters of a text message has not proven to be helpful at all for me (for example: "It loo.....", "I beli.....", "To get....."). That's not enough to tell me WHO is texting me. I need to know WHO is texting me so I can determine: (1) if it's from someone whose text I WANT to open, (2) if it's from someone I was expecting to hear from, or (3) whether it's possibly urgent enough to respond to immediately, or if it can wait.....,etc. Considering all the information one can enter into Contacts, certainly there could be something from that source that could be used to identify the person who is sending the text message! The other TracFones I have had in the past showed a Caller ID for text messages.
Maybe it is because this phone has ways of robbing you of some of your time, that it comes with triple minutes for life. You need the extra minutes to compensate for the loss! Of course, I would rather to have known that up front, since I was not counting on having to forfeit those minutes to the flaws that were built in to an otherwise pretty good cellphone.
I have considered returning this phone in exchange for one that won't trick me into using more minutes than I intend to!