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I was looking for a review on the LG 225. I just bought a Motorola W376g and a LG225 (one for me and one for my wife) but I wanted to at least get some confirmation that the LG225 was ok. I will be starting from scratch (new number, must buy minutes), and my wife will be tranferring a small number of units from her old phone but over 3 years of service time plus phone number.
Thanks for any comments you have, especially on whether I should open the box on the LG225. Neither phones are opened yet and both were bought from Tracfone directly.
This is one of the few TracFone models that I have never tried myself. I think that those that own it have generally been happy with it. For a long time, it was one of the few available models with a camera.
The only thing that I can point out, which is not that great from a review standpoint, is that the w376g has bluetooth while the LG225 does not. My wife has the w376g and has been quite happy with it. From other users, by far the biggest complaint with that phone is that the bluetooth works only with a headset, and cannot be used to transfer files between the phone and other bluetooth devices. If you like the appearance of the LG225 and don’t mind the absence of bluetooth, then I think you’ll be perfectly happy with the LG. Also, I think that the LG may have included a free accessory kit? If so, that may be of value to you.
I just purchased this phone through Tracfone.com with the double minutes for life and free accessory pack deal. ($49.99)
It should arrive (hopefully) today, or possibly tomorrow.
Once I’ve tried it out I’ll share a review with everyone! I LOVED the author’s W376g three part review series and I waited for you to do one for the LG 225 but was so excited to take the deal that I just had to get it!
Anyway, the phones are pretty much similar except for BlueTooth which I don’t even know what that is so it is no problem for me.
What mainly attracted me to the LG225 rather than the W376g initially was that while the icons are cool, I preferred having the digital clock on the flip screen. I also thought that the W376 (without ever seeing it actual size) seemed a bit larger than my current phone, and I don’t want to carry something larger in my pocket.
I previously had a Motorola V170 one of the first Tracfones. I LOVE it, but I upgraded because I really wanted a camera, and the phone was nearing its expiration date again.
As I said, I’ll be sure to post up a review. Or if I am heavily dissatisfied, I’ll send it back to Tracfone for a W376g.
I love this blog and while I don’t comment usually, I’m a serious lurker here. @_@
@lorddonk – Thanks for your input! Lurking is perfectly fine, but commenting is even better. I think I’ve mentioned it elsewhere on the blog comments, but the LG 225 is one of the few TracFone models that I’ve never tried. At the time that the 225 came out, my attention was focused elsewhere, so I never got my hands on one. By the time I got back to reviewing the latest, greatest phones, several newer models had been released. But I, and I’m sure many others, will greatly appreciate the comments that you can add. Thanks again, and feel free to comment any time!
I’ll be sure to leave a review! Unfortunately, my phone still hasn’t come today. I’m very scared now because the offer included free FedEx delivery, (I usually use UPS) and the reviews of FedEx online aren’t too good…
Anyway, I was wondering if you knew anything about transferring a TracFone number from one phone to another? For example if I transfer it from the V170 to the 225 will the V170 phone still work or will it automatically get a new number or something?
Tracfone documentation isn’t very clear on this, I can only find information on how to transfer but it doesn’t mention what happens to the old phone. I wondered if you would know this since you’ve tested a lot of Tracfones?
You should be able to track your shipment using the tracking number that TracFone included in your confirmation email. FedEx does a good job of tracking packages in real time – on more than one occasion I signed for a package at my front door, ran to my computer, and found that the system had already been updated to show the package as “delivered.” So that little bit of info went from the FedEx driver’s wireless handset, through who knows how many servers, and up to the website all in just a few seconds – faster than I could walk 20 feet from my front door to my computer and hit “refresh” on my keyboard. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the “free shipping” that TracFone gives you is a pretty low priority status for FedEx. So if you and your neighbor both have packages scheduled to be delivered, but your package is TracFone’s free shipping and your neighbor’s is a higher priority, and the driver in your area has a busy route that day, then the neighbor might get his package delivered that day while yours sits on the truck for another day because the driver had to prioritize his time for that day. But you’ll definitely get it by the end of the 5th day at the latest. Anyway, don’t worry about the shipment – it will get there.
Regarding transferring the number from the V170, it should be a snap to do it all online. What will happen is that your old number, as well as any remaining airtime units and days of service, will be added on to the new 225 phone. The V170 will be deactivated in the process (because all the minutes are now on the 225). If you ever wanted to re-activate the V170, you’ll have to get a new SIM card from TracFone, and you’ll have to add airtime to the V170 and reactivate with the new SIM card, getting a new number in the process. Here’s a link to helpful tutorial my friend put together, for the purpose of explaining how to transfer the number from one phone to the other. (in your case, both phones are GSM so it should not be a problem at all).
This is all very interesting. I live half the year in Vt., which is GSM territory, and half the year in Boston, which is CDMA territory. I can get reception in both areas on either type Tracfone. Let me clarify that: I can only get reception in Vt. at various hotspots around my property that seem to change daily. Vermonters want cell coverage, but they don’t want cell towers, so coverage, except in the Rt. 7 (north to south) corridor is limited.
I now have to replace my refurbed Motorola V180, which seems to have developed antenna problems and can’t get a signal anywhere no-how. I like the form factor of the Motorola, but when I bought it, I also bought an LG3280 for a friend who only uses the phone in Vt., and I like the resolution of that screen a great deal more than the screen on the Moto.
How does the resolution of the LG 225 compare with that of the LG 3280 and the Moto W376g? A friend of mine has the latter and likes it a great deal, but it’s big and I don’t need Bluetooth. As a matter of fact, I only use the phone for emergency calls. I’m deaf and have a cochlear implant and I’ve found that the frequency response of the Tracfones is better for my hearing than the landline phones I’ve used.
Dear Pbush, love your web site, but can not locate your
3 part rewiew on LG 225 ! the site ststed that the LG 225
review was moved , so ckick this site ! Only get me to a basic LG 225 info site with no review ! Where the LG 225
Review ? thanks Jim
I have to apologize – I have never reviewed the 225. I have, however, reviewed the LG 600g extensively. That review was a three-part series. I must have inadvertently switched the model numbers somewhere along the line, and I’ll try to find and fix that error. I apologize for the confusion.
Sorry – I’m all hooked up except for the 22 unit charge for one download. Crap – you learn your lesson.
I luv your tracfone blog. I’ve get updates emailed to me for the past month or so and already saved me money. I have also learned a lot.
You said that you would be reviewing an LG225. I’ve had one since last spring when I finally tossed away my Motorols V61. It unfortunatly cost me about 80 bucks. It did come with DMFL. But that’s all. I like the phone. Good audio quality. Easy enough to send sms. The only complaint is it’s too easy to hit the camera button. When holding it in your left hand, it’s easy for my index or middle finger to push. Then it takes several button pushes to turn it off. If you accidentally take a picture also then even more to delete it.
I have the LG225. My DH liked mine so he bought one too. We have had them for about a year. We have not had any problems with them. We are pretty much phone only users so I can not respond about texting and the like, but it has been a reliable phone. We get reception in stores like Walmart or Target, which my last phone did not. It has a good vibrate mode so I can feel it while it is in my coat pocket. I can never seem to hear it when I am out. Maybe because I don’t use it alot because I have been out and someone walked by me and told me my phone was ringing and it was in my purse(and it was zipped shut) and sure enough it was ringing! It is easy to use as well.
where is your review for the LG600G?
Bluazul, here you go:
We got a LG225, our third phone with Tracfone.
The battery ran out within two days, not something that ever happened with the other phones. So I called and they sent us a new battery, which came with FedEx in two days. This one didn’t work any better. So I called again and they sent us a new phone, which again came within two days. This one holds the charge the way it’s supposed to. So if you are having this problem, it may be the phone.
As you know, this phone at the present time comes with a double minutes for life (of the phone). What they don’t tell you is that the minutes you get with the phone are doubled right away, so you really get 800 minutes, not the 400 they advertise. I also used a bonus code and we got another 200 minutes.
We are very happy Tracfone customers, and I was pleasantly surprised at how fast they acted on our problems.
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