Pros The phone is basic, simple, rugged, it feels solid and is has a really, really loud ringer. It's a good size to fit in your hand and easy to talk on, and has a sort or rubberized grip on the back to keep it from slipping out of your hands.
Cons The screen is soft plastic that scratches easily even with gentle use, after a week itlooked terrible. The rest of the phone is fine, but the part you actually need to look through the screen is hazy and scratched. And very short battery life.
Summary The phone was only $59 to purchase, so I was not expecting too much, but it has two major flaws. The screen is very cheap plastic which is sub par to anything I have ever seen on a cell phone before ever, and it scratches terribly. Also while I haven't paid specific attention, I do notice I have to charge it up way more frequently than any of my other phones. In fact, if I use it much during the day, I am often worried it will not last throughout the day without the battery dying, and I've never had a phone with such a weak battery that can't handle an hour or two of talk time a day.
Pros Great for using as just a phone and walkie-talkie. The walkie talkie, if you and your coworkers/friends actually use it, is the most awesome feature for a cellphone to have. Sound quality is excellent. Bluetooth support. GPS capability
Cons Phone software is slow and simple. Data speed is slow. Uses the old Nextel iDEN network, so there's no real roaming possible. No CDMA or GSM cross-compatibility. Default text entry setup is terrible, but can be adjusted. Default theme is awful.
Summary I like this product for what it is - A simple cellphone with good sound quality. Combine this with Boost Wireless's $50 unlimited plan and you got a cheap working phone & walkie talkie. The boost mobile theme is a lot more tolerable than the default blue-grey theme, which is almost impossible to use. Overall a good value, but not hi-end at all.
Pros It makes and receives phone calls. It sends and receives text messages.
Cons It won't work if you run over it with your truck, or drop it in water, or if you only have 3 fingers on each hand.
Summary This is a great basic phone. With Boost Mobile, I can make unlimited phone calls, send unlimited text messages and even check the headlines on CNN, SportsIllustrated and ESPN.com .... for $50 a month.... with no contract.
If you want more than that, then spend more money. If you want more money, then buy this phone.
Boost Mobile customer service has been AMAZING. This is not sarcasm. I was shocked at how helpful they were when I was transferring my phone number.
Call quality has been great. There are dropped calls, but every phone on every carrier drops calls from time to time.
Anyone that has anything bad to say about this phone didn't bother to do any research before they bought it. This is a great phone at a great price with great service. Simple, Easy, INEXPENSIVE, and it works.
Pros This was the cheapest new phone at my local shopping mall. I loved that it uses the same exact battery as the broken phone I was replacing. It has survived over a year of my heavy use and abuse, and it hasn't died on me yet! A very rugged phone!
Cons A very frustrating phone. Severe lack of features and ease of use. Internet browser crashes incessantly. Undependable reminder alarms. Freezes often during heavy usage. No calculator. Spontaneously restarts. Turns itself back on after shutdown.
"Simple but Tough"on by elrich1
Pros Good call quality. Easy to use. Military spec tough. Good battery life.
Cons Automatically locks to prevent accidental dialing. A worthwhile trade-off for slimness and exposed keys. Just unlock with the push of two buttons.
Summary Those that complain it is not tough got defects not the real thing. This phone is like a Timex- takes a licking and keeps on ticking! Remarkable given its size and exposed face.