A few days ago I got a hot tip from a reader, Steven, who found evidence of new models coming soon to TracFone and/or Net10. He was looking at the website of the FCC, which must approve new handsets before they are released to the public. On that site, Steven has found seven different models that all appear to be headed for Tracfone or Net10.
Five of these new models are from LG, and all but one are GSM models. There are also two new Samsung models awaiting FCC approval, both GSM. Below is Steven’s summary of the upcoming models, with some of my notes in brackets:
The LG 231C is a CDMA 1x phone with a camera, bluetooth, and GPS (note that all new phones must have GPS to comply with E911 laws). [Note that the GPS capability doesn’t necessarily mean that the phone will support GPS applications for navigation, just that the phone can report its location back to the nearest cell tower.] It is the successor to the LG 220C.
The LG 320G is a GSM phone and is most likely a candybar style.
The LG 420G is a GSM phone with a camera and bluetooth. Based on the model number it is the successor to the LG 410G so most likely it is the same form factor (flip).
The LG 620G is a GSM phone with camera, bluetooth, MP3 player, and FM radio.
The LG 900G is a GSM phone and that is all I know about it. Based on the model number I assume it is a higher-end model.
Two new Samsung models also appear. The Samsung T105G and the Samsung T155G. I’m not sure what to make of the model numbers. What I do know about them is that they are GSM phones and will have SMS text messaging capability.
Steven went on to say that he is not aware of a release schedule for these models, but most likely the Samsungs will precede the LG’s. It also seems possible, based on previous experience, that the Samsungs will be released simultaneously, and all of the LG’s will come out at approximately the same time as well.
If you want to see all of what Steven had to say, including how to look up new phone details for yourself, you can read his comments starting here.