After testing the Tracfone LG 420g, I could say that it was one of the best flip phone you could get from Tracfone. It is still a good phone for casual use if you can find one.
A newer version is now available. The 440g adds a better camera, text to speech, and a senior mode.
Previous versions like the 430g may be available from other sources like eBay etc.
It’s available as a double minutes phone. When you add a 60 minute
airtime card, you get 120 minutes. The early versions of the LG
420g, like mine, were not double minutes phones. Since both types may
still be floating around, if you get a used model from a store or
from someone, make sure you get the double minutes version. Tracfone now
only sells the double minutes version. There are no triple minutes version of this phone.
So let’s get to the features.
The 420g has a VGA resolution (640 x 480) camera just like the Samsung T301g. This is good enough for informal photos taken with friends for sharing via picture message and maybe okay for sending to email, or just keeping on your phone to look at later. You can take store over 100 photos at the VGA setting and almost 200 at the lower resolution (320 x 240) setting. There are a few settings you can tweak like the white balance. You can also set it to burst mode which take a few shots in rapid succession, which is sometimes useful in capturing just the right facial expression.
The phone also has Bluetooth support, so you can pair it up with a wireless hands-free headset. The recommendation, now, is never to use your phone while driving.
You can also transfer files using Bluetooth. This is great if you want to transfer your pictures to your computer for storing or emailing later and don’t want to use up extra airtime by sending them via picture message.
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While the main article gives you pointers to alternatives to this phone from Tracfone itself, here are some devices that work with other plans.
Here are some flip phones from Virgin, Net10, AT&T, and T-Mobile
Virgin introduced the Kyocera Kona as their basic flip phone for their PayLo plans. It's a decent phone with nice buttons but no Bluetooth file transfer.
In contrast, you can use Bluetooth to transfer your photo from the Samsung S275g. This is a great flip phone except for a charging anomaly, but I show you a work-around.
The Samsung T139 is still sold by T-Mobile proving that you're not alone in wanting to carry around a light prepaid flip phone rather than a heavy piece of glass.