LG 800g is Back
UPDATE 8/12/2011: TracFone and Net10 have apparently corrected this issue. For more, read this post.
First, some news about the LG 800g. As I previously reported, this phone has suffered from a major issue with text messaging, basically rendering the device unusable in many cases. Because of that shortcoming, I advised against buying the LG 800g in all cases. At the same time, the phone was not available from either TracFone’s or Net10′s website.
Now, however, it appears they have fixed the problem, and the phone is back on both sites. After reading through some blog comments about this issue, it seems there is an updated software version for the LG 800g. The flawed software was version V10d, while the newest is V10e. Some people with problematic 800g’s were given replacements that had the newer software, and it also seems that devices purchased directly from TracFone or Net10 now include V10e as well.
One thing the watch out for on this is that other people have reported buying the LG 800g in stores (Target, Walmart, etc), and getting the old software. As far as I can tell at this point, there’s no way to determine the software version based on the packaging. So if you buy from a store, before you activate the phone you’ll probably want to check the software in the phone’s settings menu. Go to Menu>Settings>Phone>Information>Device Information and look for “S/W Version.”
And of course if you have a device with the old software, do not hesitate to call TracFone or Net10 and request a replacement device if you’ve had even a hint of problems with receiving text messages.
Finally, the fact that this phone is now being sold again means that I’ll revisit my LG 800g review and finish it up (though I’m currently also working with the LG 501c, Samsung t528g, and Motorola EX124g, with the Nokia E5 also around the corner). For now, though, I think it’s safe to say that as a general rule, I think the $50 800g is a better value than the $80 EX124g. In fact, even ignoring the price difference, I think the 800g might be a better phone in many important respects.
Updated TracFone bonus codes
I updated the list near the end of last week, and made a few changes. I didn’t find a lot of changes, but I think that it’s safe to say at this point that code 65901, which had previously given 100 bonus minutes on 60, 120, and 200-minute cards, is no longer valid. I had left it up simply because it was such a large bonus, but a sufficient number people have found it to be invalid that I have now marked it as such on the main list.
There were also just a handful of new codes to add to the list, and none are very exciting:
- 83118 for 20 bonus minutes on a 60-minute card
- 86380 for 30 bonus minutes on a 120-minute card
- 40305 for 50 bonus minutes on a 450-minute card
As I mentioned above, I have a lot on my plate in terms of reviewing phones, and I’m still struggling to find time to address all of those. Once school is back in session, though, I should be able to take care of them in rapid succession.
Coming up this week, I’ll have some news about a new handset in the America Movil lineup, and this time it’s a touch-screen CDMA phone. I’ll also post more on the LG 501c review, and later this week or early next I’ll continue with the t528g review.