"Echo is real, ringtones too low"2.5 starson by stephusrey
Pros: Nice design, easy to use.
Cons: For me, 1) the echo (callers hearing their own voice) is terrible and WAY annoying to my friends, 2) ringtone volume is too low (even when volume is on high) and 3) vibration mechanism is too weak.
Summary: I never write reviews of products I buy, but this is worthy of your consideration. I had the LG Envy2 and loved it till it finally died. Since I can't afford a smartphone, I tried the next best thing, the new LG Octane and got it for free with my 2-year upgrade. It was brand new, but already one user had posted about the echo. THEY WERE RIGHT! It appears to be worse if callers are also using a cell phone and/or when I have 2 bars or less of signal. Interestingly, this goes away when I use my wired handsfree earphone/microphone device that plugs into the phone. Weird. I have had no luck using the *228 gimmick mentioned, but you can try it. BEWARE - strangely, Verizon claims to have no knowledge of these issues. Really? I wish there was another phone with all the same features but without the echo and low ringtones. The vibration mechanism is WAY weak.