"Worthless and Unreliable- STAY AWAY FROM KYOCERA"0.5 starson by thishereguy
Pros: Nothing. Absolutely aweful.
Cons: NO INTERNAL CLOCK - lose the signal, you can't see what time it is, and your alarm won't go off if it is set.
Keypad lock doesn't work for incoming calls- friends will wind up talking to your pocket.
Poor sound quality
Bad keyboard design.
Summary: I didn't expect much for $15, but The Jax is a nightmare.
There are two HUGE failures on this phone which make it completely worthless.
1) The phone has NO INTERNAL CLOCK, it gets the time from the service provider. I called Kyocera, this is true on all of their phones. So if you lose the signal, say, because you're in a large hotel at a convention (as I was this weekend), you can't see what time it is, and your alarm will fail to go off if it is set. If you ever use your phone as a watch or an alarm DO NOT BUY A KYOCERA.
2) Your friends will wind up muted or talking to your pocket. The phone has a "feature" called "any key" which cannot be disabled and which overrides the keyboard lock. It can be set to "any key answer" (pressing any key answers an incoming call) or "any key mute" (pressing any key mutes an incoming call) but it cannot be turned off. This virtually guarantees that if the phone is in your pocket, it will either be muted or answered IMMEDIATELY, as some button will probably be depressed at any given time.
These are the less significant problems.
3) The sound quality is very poor and low volume, as the cnet reviewer pointed out- if the room is at all noisy, you and the person on the other end of the call will not hear each other.
4) The keys are all very flat, the same shape, and don't give much tactile feedback when pressed- it's virtually impossible to dial without looking at the phone, as you might while driving (obviously you shouldn't, but we all do, don't we?) . I haven't tested the voice dialing feature.
I couldn't even get the thing to connect properly to virgin mobile's data network, even after talking to the company repeatedly (I could make and receive calls). Virgin mobile insists that it's a problem with the phone. I talked to Kyocera, and while they didn't have an explanation for my not being able to connect, the clock and "any key" problems are simply design issues. I'm taking this thing back, and finding another provider (since all of Virgin Mobile's phones are by Kyocera.)