Tracfone Samsung S150g

Table of Contents

1 - Basic Phone with Browser

2 - Video Review

The Samsung S150g is a basic Tracfone with a web browser and speech recognition facilities. It is also a 3G phone and can send and receive picture messages as well as text messages. So what’s the big deal. While nothing earth-shattering, this does mean that there were no purely talk and text phone offered under this plan until the introduction of a basic Huawei H110C.

Other changes include a bigger and nicer screen, and a slightly funky keyboard. First let’s start with the web browser.

Samsung S150g

Web Browser

The same web browser you found on other Tracfone handsets is now available on the S150g as well. This means that the home page has a list of links to their ringtone and graphics download pages followed by a link to Facebook, news, sports, weather and email.

As this is a 3G phone, how much airtime you use depends on how much data is required to download a particular web page.

S150g web browser menu

Larger Sharper Screen

Samsung S150g screen

The screen is also improved from the S125g, being larger and sharper.  This allows for a slightly more colorful and detailed set of menu icons.

Games and Apps

Games and Apps

Because the phone now has web access, you can download additional games and java apps. Not too many though, because storage is still limited, and there’s no slot for a memory card. Two demo games are included with the phone: UNO and Platinum Solitaire. The demo version of solitaire even imposes a two minute time limit! You have to pay if you want the full versions. Aargh!

Ringtones & Graphics

The Samsung S150g comes with 15 mp3 ringtones and 7 Wallpaper graphics. You have the option to buy additional ones from Tracfone for the cost of a few airtime minutes.

Speech Recognition

Nuance voice recognition on S150g

You can train the voice recognition to Call, Send a Message, Look up a Name, Go to an App or Check an item. Once you train it, it should work pretty well.

When voice recognition first came out, I did see a few people use it , but I haven’t lately. The main issue is that if there’s anyone around, they’ll know what you’re doing on your phone so you lose that privacy. Of course, it’s great if you want to have some fun with stuff like: “Call Superman” – if you’ve assigned a contact number with that name.

What's Missing

No camera. No Bluetooth. No slot for memory card.

Get One?

LG G40g from Tracfone

Get this basic phone!

The Tracfone Samsung S150g is still a basic phone but one that has a web browser and downloadable ringtones and graphics. If that’s what you need, this is a nice little package. It's available at stores like Walmart (where I picked up mine) and Kmart.

Update June 2013

Still available for $9.99 directly from Tracfone. You'll need to get at least one other item to qualify for free shipping.

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You have a few other options for a basic cell phone. Starting with the . . .

Samsung S125g

If you don't want your phone to really only do talk and text, then you could try the Samsung S125g. Since it doesn't have a web browser, that means no downloadable games or ringtones.

If you want to go slightly in the opposite direction and add a basic camera then you could choose from a couple of basic QWERTY phones or flip phones.

QWERTY Phones

If you want an inexpensive QWERTY phone then the LG 500g can be a good choice. A slightly better model available from NET10 is the 900g.


Flip Phones

Basic flip-style camera phones like the LG 440g are still available. While they don't have capability of smart phones, they're still great for their long standby time so you don't have to worry about charging it everyday.

Other examples:

This Kyocera Kona is a basic camera phone. Some touches such as the external screen graphics are kind of nice, and you do get access to some of Virgin's stuff.