TracFone Guru Pbushx2 has unearthed a couple of great deals on the brand new LG 800G, which I believe is the first ever touch screen device on Trac. Like most current TracFones, it comes with double minutes for life (DMFL) .
You can get it for $49.99 from TracFone.com
The other deal is at HSN.com and bundles the 800G with a $99.99 value 400 minute (800 minutes with DMFL) one year card for
Not much is known about the 800G and the TracFone site is quite vague about the specs. I found some additional information on the LG Developer's site which list specs as:
- GSM 850/1900 MHz GPRS, EDGE (2.5G)
- Resistive Touch Screen
- Size: 102.9 x 56.9 x 11.9 mm
- Weight : 86.5 g
- 2.8 inch screen, 240 x 320 pixels
- Accepts up to 4 GB Micro SD (card not included)
- Java ME and Flash Lite 2.1 for Apps
- Opera Mini 5 Browser
- Image : BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, WBMP
- Bluetooth 2.1
- USB : USB 2.0
- Camera : 2 MP, 1600 x 1200 Pixels, Video Capture
- Video Player
- Music player for MP3, AAC, AAC+
- Ringtones and audio: MID, MPEG, MP3 and QCP formats
- 3.5mm headset jack
- Voice recorder
- Auto redial
- Vibration alert
- Phonebook with up to 1,000 entries
- Alarm clock
All in all a fairly typical entry level touch screen feature phone at a very good price for a prepaid device. I expect the 800G to show up on Net10 and StraightTalk before long but for now its a TracFone exclusive.
Update 28-Apr-2011: The 800G is also now available on NET10.com for $49.99. There's no free refill included on the NET10 phone. As with TracFone.com you can use coupon code GI2011 to get $5 off the price on the phone on NET10.com and overnight shipping is free through Mother's Day, May 8th.
Update 30-Apr-2011: I'm seeing a lot of interest in this phone and readers are leaving comments asking questions about the phone. I don't have an 800G myself so I don't have the answers but I found a couple of videos that show the phone in action.
The first video shows the two virtual keyboards , a portrait T9 and a landscape QWERTY. The touchscreen seems nice and responsive.
This second clip shows the phone running several Java apps, the Opera Mini and Bolt browsers and the Snaptu IM, Twitter and Facebook client. Touchscreen in this second video seems much less responsive. It might be sample variation or perhaps a difference in technique. Manuals: 45 page Full Manual Download PDF View Online. 2 page Quick Start Guide Download PDF View Online There's also a nice interactive tutorial on the TracFone site that shows how most of the phone's features work. If you want to know more about the 800g, TracFone blogger Pbushx2 has published an in-depth review of the 800g. Via: Pbushx2 and HowardForums