Tracfone LG 420g Review

Part 3 - User Reviews and Questions

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Retrieving messages (Flip phone 420G) 
I have 27 days and 60 minutes of airtime and it's not letting me retrieve messages. It says Insufficient Air Time Balance and have no clue what that means. …

Old email 
Got a new phone but old unused email comes up on my login info how do I update? ----------------- HI Carol, Is this a "new" 420g or a different …

locked keypad trouble with Tracfone 
My keypad is locked and I cannot get it unlocked. Can someone help? I have looked everywhere and Tracfone is no help on the phone with them 2x's for over …

Lost LG420 TracFone 
After losing my phone, I contacted TracFone Customer Service who advised me to deactivate the phone. Questions: 1. Was this the right move, should I …

No Vibrate option on incoming calls? 
SB: You told me how to delete the 'beep tone' on the keypad for the LG420G. Now, when I put the phone on vibration mode by pressing and holding …

Camera locks up phone 
I like my Tracfone LG420g flip phones. After about a year, the first phone's camera feature locks up the camera in "loading" when it is activated. Only …

LG420G enlightenment 
Have had this Tracfone for about 4 years using it only for an emergency or urgent communications. Only turned it on when I was in the car. Got a new car …

Transfer text messages to computer 
Want to move text messages to a PC. I did manage to transfer photos from this phone to a PC by using bluetooth. Problem is, I want to transfer …

The battery goes down after a couple of hours even without making/receiving calls 
I have had it for a little over a year and only recently have run into a problem - I charge the phone but the battery is low within a couple of hours and …

No reception at home 
They just turned an ATT tower on that I can see without any obstacles in my line of site from home. We don't have any service. A friend of ours lives …

Limited reception 
I have been a Tracfone user for several years and very satisfied with them up until now. My husband and I both own the same Motorola Tracfone model and …

How to make voice recordings 
The manual says nothing about making a voice recording. I see in the menu that a voice recording can be used as a ringtone but I can't figure out how to …

Display backlight will not shut off! 
Back light will not go off ...so drains battery ------------- Hi Vicki, I received a similar question about the display via email from someone else, …

Changing ringtones 
I purchased a LG420G Tracfone and downloaded the Quick Start Guide. I had no problems until I got to the ringtones. I cannot find a way in the guide to …

Unable to send text messages and customer service stinks. 
For 6 months my LG420g phone worked perfectly. then i had trouble sending to e-mail address could never send a picture to FB mobile and finally could not …

Camera error "insufficient memory" 
I have had this phone for no more than 2 weeks. I downloaded 1 ringtone and 1 wallpaper. I took 2 photos which i have deleted. I tried to take a picture …

Battery Draining 
Suddenly my battery is draining from the LG 420g because the backlight is constantly on and I can't get it to shut off. How do you turn it off? If I …

How do I transfer contacts from my old phone 
I understand that I can transfer my contacts from my LG phone to my new phone using bluetooth. Both of my phones are bluetooth equipped. I have several …

Screen icons - arrow 
Next to my battery icon there's another and the best I can describe it as is it looks like an arrow thats "turning",,I have no idea what this icon is for …

Envelope icon with + and X  
I sent my first e-mail that went OK. Following this a new icon appeared on the start up screen showing an envelope with a beige colored + sign and a red …

Which Bluetooth Adaptor Do you have 
This is in referrence to SB's page giving step by step instructions on how to pair up an LG420G Tracfone with a Bluetooth Adaptor he had. I recently purchased …

Sending additional numbers - voicemail password? 
Is it possible to add a password # after dialing a contact entry that is stored in my contacts that can be used to access my work voice mail. In other …

Is there a hotkey for turning on/off bluetooth? 
Just got this phone to replace a prior Tracfone LG that did not have bluetooth. I had no problem linking the 420G to my Ford F150 sync and the contacts …

Missed calls because it didn't ring 
It seems the phone does not ring. I don't hear it. When I open the phone, it says "missed call". Yet I hear it when I get a text. Do I need to set it …

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Can I lock the keys? 
I have young grandchildren who like to pick up phones and push buttons. I don't want them calling people and using my minutes. I've had phones before that …

How easy is it to toggle predictive text mode? 
How easy is it to toggle predictive text mode? Some phones allow you to use a hot key (such as double-clicking the pound key) to easily toggle between …

Receiving calls - phone is going into"hold" 
I recently bought the this handset. When the phone rings, I press send, as instructed, but instead of being connected immediately to the caller, the phone …

ATT vs T-Mobile SIM cards 
I bought the $20 refurb kit. First phone came in limping, dead the next day. Never could get it to fully activate. Sent it back. Replacement arrived. …

No audible low battery indicator? 
Is the phone suppose to let you know battery is low or do you always have to look at the icon. Last tracfone I had it would tell you battery is low. …

Answer options? 
Can I set it to answer the call by just opening the phone? I don't see where in settings. ---------------- Helen, That's actually how my phone …

How to receive calls while roaming 
I have instructions on how to receive calls on while roaming. They say before leaving your local area you have to put in a code such as for A *18+send+end …

Goes to voicemail after 3 rings 
It's almost impossible for me to answer the call before it goes to voicemail. How do I set the number of rings to allow more time to answer the call? …

Bought the LG420 phone, and received the HTC HD7 Windows Phone as a gift. Can i use Tracfone prepaid cards with the Windows HD7 phone? 
A few weeks after i purchased the LG420 phone, I received the HTC HD7 Windows Phone as a gift. I prefer using prepaid cards as opposed to a monthly …

Want to transfer pictures from LG420g to my laptop using a Bluetooth adapter. 
I have taken several pictures, but I can't figure out how to send them to my laptop. Does anyone have any information on how to do it? Has anyone been …

My first cell phone just bought it 
It's nice, but after charging it for the five hours, and using it for 4 calls, used 10 mins time. This morning, my phone was completely dead. I had it …

Compared to the rest of the cell world 
I just came off of a 3 year stint with SPRINT...(yeah, I know, that's a lot of pain)... At $66 bucks a month, my wife & I could only afford the one cell …

How do i change the ringtone? 
I cant figure out how to change ringtones. -------------------- Hi, See the pictures above. You just go to My Folder -> Sounds -> Default Sounds …

how do you set the time and the date? 
I'll be brief. how do you set the time and the date for this phone? It is not covered in that "getting started" thing? Please respond and help.

Emailing pictures or downloading to my pc? 
How about sending pictures to my pc or email? No instructions anywhere that I can see! Update: See comments below for instructions. Hi, It doesn't …

Downloading free games not possible! 
This phone is rigged so you cannot download your own games to it outside of Tracfone. Tracfone has it rigged so it looks for Author and Tracfone price …

deleting messages on lg 420g 
how do you delete all messages on this phone? I can only delete one at a time. I can't find an option to delete all.

How do I program autodial 
I love this phone, but no help with such a minimal manual. Can't figure out how to add my most often called numbers into an autodial. Hate that #1 is …

What Bluetooth headset? 
Yes, I know join the modern era, so I did. What I would like to hear is about a good Bluetooth headset that works reasonably fine with the LG420G. …

Where is speaker phone? 
I just got this trac fone and I am miffed about the missing manual to get this phone set up properly!! For one...where is the speaker phone button? Someone …

Sending pictures to email 
I bought a camera phone so I can send pictures. So far I can only send pictures to another mobile phone. I have tried and tried to send via e-mail both …

How to use a voice recording as a ringtone? 
Q: How do you change your voice recording into another profile mode? A: Hi Kathryn, Thanks for your feedback. I have a little difficulty understanding …

Hi! I have a question (about ringtones) 
Can you record on the phone a ringtone or what you want to be a ringtone and set it as a ringtone?? I really want one and it would help if someone knows. …

Incoming calls going directly to voice mail? 
Does anyone know how to stop the incoming calls from going directly to the voicemail, instead of ringing, and then manually picking up the call like it …

Adding full contact info 
How do i enter names and numbers in the phone book? Not my first phone but the manual doesn't say how. -------------- Hi, You've probably figured …

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TracFone did me wrong! 
I turned on my LG Tracfone on March 23rd to find the prompt "Unregistered SIM". Unable to call, I emailed Tracfone from another device. Tracfone claimed …

External screen no longer turns off after timeout 
I'd like to have the time & date (on the external screen)time out and turn off like it did went I got the phone. The front display stay on with time & …

Can't upload pics to web 
I thought because of the camera & blue tooth in the phone I could upload pictures to the web? what a waste of money. If anyone has an app that does this …

Emailing 
TO SEND TEXT TO AN EMAIL ADDRESS Enter 36245 (that’s the code for EMAIL) in the TO field. In the text field, enter the actual email address followed by …

Default 4 digit secret pass code 
This may be applicable to all new Tracfones, I don't know? Just thought I would let people know that the secret pass code for allowing mass deletions …

Pair with car bluetooth 
Bought the phone from Radioshack it came with an AT&T manual & no instructions on how to pair up with my car's bluetooth. So how does one do that? …

Difficult to flip open phone and remove battery cover 
Used this phone for about a week. Not bad, except for the following: 1. Difficult to open the phone. Need to get your fingernails between the two clamshell …

The Original Author IS A Nut! 
He/she obviously doesn't know what they're talking about and has only read the press on this phone. As a person who owns this little technological pain …

Can't receive pic messages anymore 
I have had this phone since December. Never had a problem getting picture messages before. Now I can't receive them it says maximum size exceeded or something. …

No service Not rated yet
I just refill money on my LG420G but it still doesn't have service. --------------- The 2G network that this phone uses is no longer supported. Contact …

Sim card locked my phone Not rated yet
I switched my sim card off and couldn't get the code right to turn it back on. It locked my phone completely. Nothing works.

Ringtone Volume on incoming calls not activating as usual. Not rated yet
SB, The side volume button to raise or lower the volume of the ringtone seemed to stop working the way it is supposed to. Now it's down to 1 and I can't …

Can't answer phone (hands off) in car because it went into "private" mode Not rated yet
Got new car. Cell phone was setup in car. It rings in car, but we accidentally tried to answer from cell phone one time. Now it will not allow us to answer …

Text Messaging not entering right letter. Not rated yet
When creating a message, I enter the letter "M" on keypad, and it now shows the letter "O". This just started after having the phone for a while. How do …

Missing text messages Not rated yet
Boss sent text this a.m. while I had phone in hand...but it didn't show up or give ring notice. Wasn't until I checked messages that I found text had …

Works Well & So Compact Not rated yet
Had one in service for more than 18 months. Only retired it for a higher resolution camera on the LG430g. (1.3 mp vs VGA) Found out the 430g has a defect …

Headset for LG 410g Not rated yet
Can I get a headset for my lg410g cell phone. Let me know please by email at snip. -------------- Sorry I had to snip out your email address. …

Full Manual (Canadian Version) Not rated yet
Here is a site where you can see a Full User Manual. Hope this helps other non-techno savy LG phone users. ---------------------- Hi, Thanks for …

Tracfone dropped SMS from Facebook? Not rated yet
I've had Facebook Mobile on my Tracfone for at least a year and suddenly Tracfone is dropping that SMS function. I can no longer text FB with the short …

Deactivating Call Barring (or Call Reject) Not rated yet
I set call barring to all incoming calls. Now, when I try to deactivate it in order to accept calls, it will not accept the password. I didn't forget the …

Why do my text messages cost 1.5 units and not arrive? Not rated yet
I don't know how it happened but, when I send a text message it costs 1.50 units instead of .30 units and the person receiving it is charged .50 units …

Meeting mode icon Not rated yet
I enjoy my LG 420g, but I have an icon that looks like two people holding hands, and I cannot figure out what it is or what it means. It is by the time …

How do I accept a second incoming call? Not rated yet
When I am on a call and I get a beeping that I have another incoming call, how do I access it? ----------------- Hi, When the second call comes …

How many reception bars is adequate to receive calls? Not rated yet
How many do I need to get reception inside my office? What is the max number of bars that the phone offers? ----------------- Hi Mike, Sorry to …

Shuts down every few hours Not rated yet
I just received my Tracfone LG420g several days ago. I was able to activate it, but it has been turning itself off every few hours, even with a fully charged …

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Fb app on this phone? Not rated yet
Is this downloadable with Lg420g? ----------------------- Hi Chris, Before I answer your question I just want to point out that you can access Facebook …

Deleting pictures Not rated yet
How do you delete pictures? Cannot find a delete option! ------------ Hi Janet, Here's how to delete pictures. First go to: Menu -> My Folder …

Silent mode with no vibration Not rated yet
Is there any way to make my phone completely silent? Even on silent the text vibrates and it drives me crazy! --------- Hi, There are a couple of …

how do i play and record music Not rated yet
I bought a new lg420g tracfone and would like to know how to play and record music on it. In media it has no play list thank you for your help. ---------------- …

Creating my own voicemail greeting instead of automated one . Not rated yet
Hello, I'm very happy with my new lg420g phone, I bought it recently and would like to leave my own greeting message. Could you please tell me how I …

Reformatted quick start guide Not rated yet
I bought a lg420g from Tracfone. I am impressed with it. All I need now is a manual for the phone. Can you help me? I have bought 6-7 of your phones in …

Can I transfer my computer chip from my nokia tracfone? Not rated yet
Can I transfer my computer chip from my nokia tracfone? --------------- Hi Joy, Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, you can't just take the …

Trouble checking Hotmail Not rated yet
I can't access my email. When I log on to Hotmail, the phone tells me "insufficient memory" and can not continue. I go to the memory section of the phone …

Holding and Swapping Calls Not rated yet
I can't get the fone off "HOLD". Help! ------------ Hi, I didn't have any problem putting a single incoming call on and off hold after picking …

Can't check voicemail while roaming Not rated yet
I live in a rural area in TN but it is covered well by Verizon wireless. The 420g works well at my house but it starts to roam every time I go out of the …

Vibration mode Not rated yet
I'd like to put my phone on vibe but can't find a way to do so. Anyone know how? -------------- Hi Win, The quickest way to put it in vibration …

How do I get the currency converter to work Not rated yet
I was trying to get the currency equivalent of the Euro to the US dollar. I can enter info into the phone but I can't figure out how to get it to display …

Caller ID shows complete stranger's info Not rated yet
If I call someone the caller ID name that comes up is a complete stranger and not my name, apparently this person had this number prior to me, is there …

Does it have long tone capabilities? Not rated yet
Before I buy this phone, does it have long tone capabilities? My apartment can transfer the door gates and other access points directly to the phone, but …

Tips for handling in cold weather Not rated yet
Really like the phone so far except, case too slick to handle well in cold weather, I put rubber bands around lid just under the speaker hole and the picture, …

Locks up when powering down? Not rated yet
Bought 2 of these phones less than 2 months ago, always left them on, one powered down due to a low battery, and froze up when charged and powered up. …

Compared to Motorola W376g Not rated yet
I had the Motorola W376g from Tracfone. Liked it better than this phone - better camera, easy to text in T9 mode instead of ABC, easier to insert symbols. …

Printing photos via Bluetooth Not rated yet
I noticed that my LG420 can print photos using the bluetooth feature. On what printer would this work on? ----------- Hi, From what I can tell, …

Reading text messages for free and installing Opera browser? Not rated yet
I just bought it and did some research and found your website. Great reviews including the features on the phones. So there is a trick I read if you read …

Organizing contact list into groups Not rated yet
How do I place a contact into a group without having it also appear in the all-inclusive "contact list"? When I move one of the contacts into a specific …

Adding additional numbers for one person Not rated yet
Just got my new phone today and was entering all my phone numbers. On my last phone I could add all numbers for one person under his name...ie Joe Blow, …

Will accessory kit for lg 410g fit lg 420g? Not rated yet
Q: Will accessory kit for lg410g fit lg420g? A: Unfortunately, the connector for the LG 420g is not the same as for the LG 410g. There's just one "usb" …

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