Tracfone LG840G Review (video review)

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Average: 3.4 (167 votes)

The LG840G for Tracfone, is defiantly their best so far, and is the first phone to feature 3G and WiFi. The phone has a strong design and feels really good quality. The price is what you would expect for a top of the line Tracfone device, and will make the current top phone the LG800G seem like junk.

A few things that are maybe are not obvious to some people, the phone is not an Android, and will not play Youtube or any other streaming media. Even if you did have this ability it would waist all your minutes in no time. The phone appears to be operating on the T-Mobile network, which is typical of many GSM (sim card) phones. The 3G will make the Tracfone service noticeably faster when using email or the browser. The social networking software application that is installed on the phone is called SNS it is an all-in-one for connecting to Twitter, Facebook and myspace.

The screen on the phone isn’t a high resolution, you can see the pixels but for a Tracfone, it is better than other phones previously.

Tracfone LG840G Review

The LG840G (actual size)

  • Included Battery    Lithium-ion
  • Size    4.0 x 2.4 x 0.5
  • Standby time    Up to 13 days
  • Talk time    Up to 3 hours
  • Weight    3.8 (ounces)
Included Accessories:
  • AC Adapter
  • Battery
  • 2GB SD Card

Features:
  • 2 Megapixel Camera
  • 2G/3G
  • WiFi connectivity
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bluetooth Capable
  • Call Waiting

 
  • Caller ID
  • Color Screen
  • E-mail
  • Graphics Download
  • HAC Compatible
  • Handsfree Speaker
  • Mobile Web
  • MP3 Player
  • Phone Book with up to 1,000 Entries
  • Ringtones Download
  • Text/Picture Messaging
  • Vibration Alert
  • Video Recorder
  • Voicemail
download: Tracfone LG840G Manualprice: $59.88 ex tax

 

Comments

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I was wondering if there was a setting or way to restrict the browser or email from using data minutes and only use it on wifi? I don't want to accidentally use data minutes when I only want to use those features on wifi. Thanks!

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what is the default security code

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how do i know what the security code is?

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Wontek video says no WiFi. So does it work on wifi? Can you use email or browse without paying minutes to Tracfone?

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I am astonished that no one ever comments on the false claim for GPS on this phone. I called LG, the manufacturer of the phone and even though the phone has a customized configuration for TracFone, they were able to confirm for me that the phone has no GPS chip. On top of that LG makes a completely different model of phone with the exact same model number which has a slide out keyboard, and is a true smartphone with the higher capabilities which would add to the confusion were you to call them to ask about specs and only give them a model number without mentioning Tracfone. About the "GPS" which was what sold me on the phone, evidently there is a way for a program to triangulate between cell towers to approximate its location termed GSM mobile positioning and run Google's mapping and tracking program, hence their give and inch, take a mile claim, similar to that of the phone being a SmartPhone after merely reconfiguring its menu to look like loaded apps. They simply removed the regular features that come with an ordinary LG phone under headings such as prepaid, contacts, messages, games and apps and tools and spread out those folder's contents with an icon to represent each one, as though each were an app, and then you can buy nothing more than before on the ordinary phones from the worse than minimal games and ringtones store, only now calling them apps. Somehow we are supposed to be able download and run the Google Maps and tracking apps, only no guidance is provided, even though this is touted as a primary selling feature. Plus it uses the same old crappy Mobile Web browser as my last ordinary Tracfone, which was also not a smartphone and it similarly stops just short of showing video when it otherwise brings you all the way up to the point of successfully seeing thumbnails for each video for which you can search and provides links that offer to "watch video" in green, no less, only to give you a network error. I am keeping mine because it is better than the alternative and I want to stay with Tracfone, but gosh they have to stop treating us like we are idiots to whom any half-baked claim can be made.

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Picked up 2 at Black Friday Kmart $29.99 . They both work fine on WiFi both WEP & WPA passwords and also on open Wi-Fi like the coffee shop. Tested them on Wi-Fi before transferring my old number and time over to them. One is on AT&T sim card (TF64SIMC4 V2) and I ordered a T-mobile sim card (TF64SIMT5 V2) to install in the other phone. A few months back I picked up a sim card reader on ebay there like $5 it's well worth it you copy your phone book to the sim card then read into your PC next take the new sim card out of the new phone and write the phone book to it. Makes switching Tracfones easy. The LG-840g runs on 3G GSM networks AT&T or T-mobile only no Sprint or Verizon as there are CDMA type networks. The GSM is "world type" like you find in other counties. I do not know if this phone is a "world phone" working on 850 mhz & 1900 mhz (USA) and 900 mhz & 1800 mhz in other counties. But for the person who needs a phone and does not make a lot of calls this is it. Otherwise use their sister company Straight Talk $45 a month rare.

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I found the review very imformative and it was very instrumental in my decision to upgrade my old Samsung Tracfone to the LG 840. Upon receipt I read the user's manual on the website and that answered most of my questions except for Goggle Maps and Tracking and how to load it. I soon discovered that once my WiFi was activated that I could simply load it from the Goggle page, however that is when I ran into my problem. Upon attemping to download I was greeted with the statement that Goggle Maps was an 'Untrusted Midlet' (!!!), This made me very nervous and I did not complete the download. I did not know what an untrusted midlet was but it sounded ominous. If downloaded is it leaving me vulnerable to bringing in a virus or something else malicious? Can a cell phone be crashed when using WiFi and an untrusted midlet has free rein? Worrying since to the best of my knowledge there is no virus protection or firewall apps that can be downloaded to this phone. However I want these apps so I did some research to determine just what did 'Untrusted Midlet' mean and what was the risk of ignoring and downloading anyway. I did not have much success. I am assuming others have run into this and wondering how did you handle it - did you ignore and download? Is an untrusted midlet harmless or potentially harmful? Should I just give up the wish to utilize Goggle Maps and Tracking? What is the best advice? Aside from this glitch I am quite pleased with the phone and will keep it - it has been nice upgrade from my old Tracfone. Perhaps I will upgrade to a real Smartphone in a couple of years! (I am hoping that the monthly charge will become more reasonable)

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LG840 is not a smart phone. Instead, I call it stupid phone. If you try to get on line surf the web, the phone do not offer key board input. One have to use the phone dial to enter words. I cannot believe that a modern phone do not keyboard or keypad to input data. I do not recommend this phone to anybody.

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Try 0000 or 1111 if one of these work you can change the code to what you want go to settings/security/change codes enter 0000 or 1111 then enter your own code hope this helps.

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I'd like to know the answer to this question also!

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