LG 500g, LG 800g, Motorola EX124g, and Samsung t404g
A lot of new phone news has been cropping up on various message boards like HowardForums.com, and I had to share some with you. I’ll start with the least interesting, then move on to the really big news.
The Samsung t404g, apparently the successor to the Samsung t401g, is now available for Straight Talk. It doesn’t appear to offer too much in teh way of upgrades, with the exception of improving the camera from 1.3 mp to 2.0. Click here for more info.
Now, the more exciting info: It appears that both Net10 and TracFone will be getting both a new QWERTY handset and a new touch-screen phone. I always get asked when TracFone will have a QWERTY or touch-screen device, or when Net10 will get a touch screen, so I know this will be interesting to people.
The LG 500g is appears to be a QWERTY phone, and is showing up on both TracFone and Net10′s web sites – not currently for sale, but under various “support” pages. This model appears to be related to the LG C105, which came out last year and includes Bluetooth, 1.3 mp camera, video recorder, mp3 player, and microSD card slot, to name a few features.
The LG 800g is a touch screen device, also showing up in support pages on Net10 and TracFone’s sites. This one seems to be very similar to the LG C310, aka Cookie Style, aka Wink Style. Based on that connection, it appears that we can expect a quad-band GSM device with a 2.8-inch, 240×320 resistive touchscreen, Bluetooth, 2.0 mp camera, video recorder, mp3 player, video playback and microSD card slot.
Another touch screen phone, the Motorola EX124g (below) has also appeared in some advanced Net10 marketing material. I don’t have much info at all about this one, other than it is a touch-screen device, and I assume that based on the model number that it’s a GSM handset.
Unfortunately, I don’t know when any of these devices will be available (with the exception of the t404g, which is already on Straight Talk). Because the LG’s are already on parts of Net10 and Trac’s site, while the Motorola is not, I think we might see the LG’s first.
Historically, these companies have all released some new phones in the mid-spring, so I hope to see these for sale by May. I’ll be watching closely, and of course I’ll update you with more info when they are available.
One other note for email and RSS subscribers – you might notice I published two other posts earlier today, to serve as index pages for upcoming reviews. In addition to the LG 231c and the LG 900g, I’ve still got work to do on the Nokia E71 and Motorola w408g. After that, I’ll be ready to begin on the models listed in the title of this post. Stay plugged in to the feed; I’ll have a lot of reviews coming at you in the next few months!