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Brief Review: Samsung R455C On Tracfone

Today, my new Samsung R455C cell phone came in. It runs on the Tracfone service (which is actually just AT&T or Verizon service “rebranded” as Tracfone). This one happens to be running off the Verizon part of the Tracfone network. It comes with TRIPLE MINUTES FOR LIFE too!

My boyfriend ordered one for himself and one for me as a surprise. (Now, this sounds ridiculous, but I carry around multiple different cell phones at any given time, for different reasons). Usually I carry around my main smartphone, which is on T-Mobile, my extra smartphone on Virgin Mobile, and my extra “dumb phone” on Tracfone. I love my Tracfone phone because it has reception everywhere, the sound quality is better than my other extra phone, and the battery lasts about a week and a half or so before I need to charge it again.

Anyway, the new Samsung R455C is replacing my old LG 220C flip phone.

PHYSICAL

Here are some pictures of it unboxed:

^ The QWERTY keyboard has soft buttons. The front number pad, the send/end button, and the “soft keys” on the front of the phone are hard buttons. I find that the soft QWERTY keyboard keys are easier for me to text/type with. I guess maybe because I’m a girl with nails, it feels like it’s easier for me to text/type when the buttons are soft so my nails sink into the softness, instead of it slipping on hard plastic, slick buttons. Also, it feels sturdy in-hand without it being heavy. It’s definitely not flimsy and doesn’t feel “cheap”.

^ The keys on the QWERTY keyboard are wide and the layout is pretty straight forward, so it’s easy to use. No dedicated “@” button or “.com” button though.

^ The TOP of the phone has a spot for you to attach a landyard or keychain to, along with the charging port (which is micro USB).

^ The left side of the phone has the volume rocker. The phone slides up from this side to reveal the QWERTY keyboard.

^ The right side has a dedicated camera button, along with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

^ It HAS a micro SD card slot, which can be found by taking off the battery cover. (It’s on the same side as the volume rocker).

^ The screen is pretty nice and big.

^ The font and text size in the menu is very readable.

^ The buttons are all backlit.

^ It even has a FaceBook app you can download. A very simple one though. Nothing real fancy.

^ The FaceBook app isn’t preloaded onto this phone, so you have to open up the browser, navigate to facebook.com, then download the “app” from the download link that it provides there. It’ll then install a FaceBook app under your “Games” section of the phone. It tries to mimic an app as best it can for being on a feature phone like this. It’s pretty good though! It has icons that you can check everything from, a place to post your statuses, and you can even see little thumbnails of pictures that your friends or you post.

In-Call Quality and Speaker Quality

The in-call quality is excellent. It’s crystal clear (even in my room, which is like a spotty bomb shelter at best). It doesn’t pick up much or any background noise. I had the TV, fan, and air purifier going while I placed a test call to my boyfriend. He said it wasn’t loud and that he could hear me just fine and clear. The volume also can be set very loud which makes the other person easy to hear over a lot of noise. Speakerphone works really well. I could hear the other person loud and clear as well as be heard loud and clear while on speakerphone. I had to take off the back sticker that came on the phone because it was blocking the speaker that the sound was coming out of so it made everything sound a little “tinny” or like the sounds were coming from a tin can. After I took the sticker off, it sounded much better and not “tinny”.

ALSO, my mp3 ringtones sound EXCELLENT on this phone. I loaded my ringtone up to my SD card (which I had to provide myself, the phone didn’t come with one), and tested out a couple different ringers, and it was clear and crisp! I tried to take a video of it… It’s not the BEST quality, but check it out. The sound is pretty good for mp3 ringtones!

This video was recorded when it was playing the ringtones on medium volume.

Camera and Pictures

The pictures taken with the camera come out pretty good! It has a 1.3 mp camera. It takes better shots in full daylight and standing at a distance of at least a foot or two at the very least (as do mostly all camera phones). Night shots aren’t bad.

Here are some pictures taken with the camera:

^ Full daylight picture standing about a foot or two away from the spider plant.

^ Full daylight picture at about 6 inches or so away from the plant.

^ Shot of same plant at night (not in night mode) under regular bulb lighting.

^ Full daylight INSIDE picture of my cat Sasha while she’s sleeping.

^ ANOTHER full daylight INSIDE picture of my cat Sasha while she’s sleeping. (Yes, I bother her like this ALL the time).

Texting

First off, this phone limits you to 160 character per message (about 1 page). All of my Tracfones were like this, but it still irks me. Sometimes I need more than one page! Secondly, I type pretty fast and I found that when I use the QWERTY keyboard, it seems like it has a bit of a hard time keeping up. I think because the predictive text is on, so it keeps trying to pop up predictive words. It’s much better when it’s set to the “abc” mode when I’m texting with the QWERTY keyboard. When I use the number pad to text with the t9 predictive, it keeps up pretty well.

UPDATE: 4/6/12

Some other features I didn’t mention that I like are:
-Multiple alarms (my old blackberries NEVER could have more than one alarm set at a time! I never understood how a “business phone” like that could only have ONE alarm).
-bluetooth apparently DOES do file transfers (as I found out from my boyfriend)

Features I do not enjoy:
-The browser sucks. Period. As expected though.
-If the phone is laying flat on it’s back on the couch or bed, the ringer is harder to hear because it comes from the speaker on the back of the phone which gets muffled by the couch or bed.

To John: This phone DOES have a stand-alone music app. It’s simple, but very efficient!!! I was impressed.

I tested out exactly what you asked about.

You DON’T HAVE TO use playlists for this phone. I just started playing directly from my whole library. Also, I tested out how many songs you can add to a playlist, and it appears you can add as many as you want (if you want to make a playlist but not be limited to only 11 songs like your other phone.. haha). And it looks like you can have multiple different playlists with as many songs as you want in each.

Also, I tested out calls and texts while the media player was playing. It will auto-resume itself in the spot it was interrupted in after you end a call you pick up or after you reply to a text that you got.

Pretty good!

Edit to the music player section: I tested it out and it looks like both the ringtones folder AND the music folder are pulling from each other. I loaded ringtones to the ringtones folder, then songs to my music folder and it looks like when I go into the settings to play my ringtones it’s pulling both ringtones AND songs! even if I put them in separate folders on my micro sd card! The music player is exactly the same. When I open up the music player, the library pulls both songs and ringtones so your library contains both your songs and your ringtones! The only way to separate out the ringtones from your songs in your music player is to make a playlist with all your songs on it, versus just playing the songs from your library itself. I guess if you don’t load up ringtones, then this is not a problem, but if you do then it is kind of irritating.

Update 4/13/12

Okay, so my battery FINALLY died today. It lasted me 10 days. I don’t really heavily use my phone though. I browsed facebook a few times, took a handful of calls, and texted. 10 days is really good though!

Also, a problem has been brought to my attention by someone commenting on my youtube video… he/she said that when you set a picture ID for one person, then try to set another picture ID for another person, it resets all the other pictures to that same picture! Not a deal breaker in my book, but still irritating. Here is the commenter’s original post:

“Have you tried setting pictures for your contacts, i’ve been having an issue. When i set a photo for a contact, it randomly puts the same photo for other contacts. Try putting in pictures for several contacts and scroll through them and let me know if the same thing happens to you.”

I tested this out, and it turns out to be true. I hope this problem is fixed with a firmware update! SOON! I had only set a picture ID for one person, so I didn’t even notice this!!!

Edit to problem with the picture caller ID: YAY! Dave has brought it to my attention that there’s another way to set individual caller IDs for each person! THANK YOU THANK YOU!!

“Hey Krystn,
In regard to the problem involving setting a picture ID for more than one person, try going directly to the picture itself through My Folder, then go to options and Set As, follow through the steps to set it as a contact photo. Do this for each photo/contact. I haven’t seen if this works when actually receiving a call, but it did seem to work right when I scrolled throught the contact list. You’re mileage may vary with this, but it’s worth a try.”

So:
Menu > My Folder > My Images > Images > [Select the image you want to set as someone’s picture ID] > Options > Set As > Picture ID > [Select contact you want to set the picture for]

So instead of setting the pic straight from the contact, you go to the picture itself in the images then set it from there. Tested and verified by myself. Will show individual IDs from different callers. Also tested and verified by myself.

Very helpful!!!

Update 4/20/12

I ordered a case on ebay for $7 from the seller “expressmycell”. It fits well, feels nice, is easy to put on and take off, and has all the correct holes. I really like it. :) It’s listed as fitting the Net10 version of this phone as well as the Tracfone r455c. This is the “premium jet black hard case cover”:
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Pretty snazzy eh? :D

So far, this is all I have to comment or review on. You can just ask me questions about it and I’ll try to answer. Thanks!

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  1. April 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    You do really good reviews. If I was totally gonna buy a new phone you’d be the first place I’d read up on! :-P

    • April 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      Thanks mess! I appreciate that!

      • June 20, 2012 at 2:55 am

        Since it doesn’t have an @ key, nor a com key, how do you enter it? You can’t e-mail without those.!! Please help.

        Thanks,
        Faye Abbott

      • June 20, 2012 at 10:07 pm

        You can enter the @ and the . c-o-m by the regular keys… you just don’t have a dedicated key for it. like a specific key.

      • June 21, 2012 at 4:45 am

        Thanks so much for your reply. Do you know if this phone uses A. T. & T. or Verizon towers? Seems those are the two available in my area and I get better reception with A. T. & T.

      • June 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm

        If you have a sim card, it runs on the AT&T side of Tracfone. :)

  2. steve
    April 4, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I too just received the r455c from Tracfone. I changed from an LG290c because of the triple minutes for life on the r455c. I am less impressed. The camera on the r455c has almost no features as compared to the LG, and is unpleasant to use in comparison. But the worst part of the Samsung r455c is the contacts area. You can store contacts by group, but you can’t view ANY info on that contact unless you go back to the “list” area. Totally stupid. Also, there are no memo spaces in the contact info area so you can’t put in a persons hours avaiable or a stores hours open or other useful info. I am very disappointed, but I am stuck, as this is the only triple minute CDMA phone available from tracfone, and GSM phones do not work in my area.

    • April 4, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      I guess because I came from the LG 220c, this phone seems more impressive. Also, I had the LG 290c, and it kept shutting off when I would slide it closed, the sound quality was horrible for me (people had a really hard time hearing me no matter where I was), and it was hard to text with. I prefer having the QWERTY keyboard on the R455C. It’s very convenient. Sound quality is excellent. The phone itself is much nicer.

      Also, I don’t use grouping on any of my phones (not even my fancy smartphones) because I have no use for grouping contacts so that’s never been an issue for me. As for memos and hours, I use my main phone to store all that type of info because it’s a more expensive, high-powered, smartphone.

      I totally understand where you’re coming from when some things seem “stupid” about it… But If you depend on grouping, a fancier contact log, a reliable network, with lots of minutes, you might have to look into a more expensive phone and plan.

      I think what you get for 60 dollars + TMFL is really good.

      Some other features I didn’t mention that I like are:
      -Multiple alarms (my old blackberries NEVER could have more than one alarm set at a time! I never understood how a “business phone” like that could only have ONE alarm).
      -bluetooth apparently DOES do file transfers (as I found out from my boyfriend)

      Features I do not enjoy:
      -The browser sucks. Period. As expected though.
      -If the phone is laying flat on it’s back on the couch or bed, the ringer is harder to hear because it comes from the speaker on the back of the phone which gets muffled by the couch or bed.

  3. April 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    how long did it take to get to u

    • April 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      It shipped FedEx 2nd day air. We live in Hawaii so it took a little longer than to the continental US. We ordered on the 28th (Wednesday), shipped on the 29th (Thursday) and got it on the 2nd (Monday) since the packages aren’t in transit on the weekend.

  4. April 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    great i ordered it wensday how much more do u think it will take for me

    • April 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      If you live on the mailand, it might be here today! How exciting! Is this tracfone going to be your main phone? Or is it an extra?

  5. April 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I live in HB and im so excited its my first phone i cant wait

    • April 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Wow! That IS exciting! Tracfone has been the most worth my money and since it’s running on the Verizon part of Tracfone, it’s always been very reliable. I hope you like it!!!

  6. Douglas Smith
    April 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    thanks for your review, I just bought one based on it.

    • April 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      You’re very welcome! I hope that it’s a good fit for you and that you like it! :)

  7. John
    April 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Does it have a standalone MP3 Player app? The T404G’s built-in player sucks. You HAVE to use playlists (11 playlist limit, 50 songs max each…I have over 650 songs lol), and it stops and won’t resume in the same spot if you receive a call or go to reply to a text.

    • April 6, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Hey John! I added a little bit about the media player for you at the bottom of the post with pics! I think you’ll be happy. :)

  8. Lee
    April 7, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I just received my phone yesterday, however Tracfone was not able to activate it and finally said that it would not work in my area (Atlanta), even though it was listed for my zip code. Very disappointing. At this point they are to send me some other phone but could not give me any specifics on the brand etc., or even if I would receive a refund it there was a price difference. How long has Tracfone been in business any way? So far the experience has been less than professional.

    • April 7, 2012 at 10:48 am

      Tracfone has been around for a veryyyy long time. Their customer service DOES suck though. It’s on par with Virgin Mobile’s customer service because they both outsource their reps. Sometimes they don’t know what they’re doing. I try to deal with them as little as possible, but I have had trouble with activations before. I make them send me a new phone, or I make them put their supervisors on to make sure that what they rep is saying is correct or I call back to talk to a totally different rep. If Tracfone’s service weren’t so good and their prices SO reasonable, I wouldn’t deal with it. However, I do need the extra phone and the cheap pricing. I also have a Virgin Mobile phone that has excellent reception, data everywhere, and a decent amount of minutes every month. They have horrible customer service too but everything else is so dependable and affordable.

      I’d call Tracfone back to make sure that your phone really can’t be activated in your area. Don’t tell them that another rep said that (or they’re just gonna say that to you again and assume so they can get you off the phone). I’d try getting a replacement phone (one of the same thing), then if THAT doesn’t work, I’d return it for a refund.

      I’ve had a phone that was sent to me that didn’t activate, but it was the phone. Not the area I lived in.

      Sorry, so much hassle, but once it’s working it’s GREAT, and once it’s working, you pretty much don’t have to ever deal with customer service again, since you can just add minutes yourself or online. If this is too much trouble for you or a waste of your time, maybe you need to consider another carrier or a major carrier. Again, I’d spend the time doing it because I need the reliable service and cheap pricing. Good luck!:)

      • dwagg
        April 12, 2012 at 11:53 pm

        I can tell you why….Atlanta has GSM coverage, and when possible, Tracfone puts you on a GSM network(usually ATT). Their costs are much less, and with triple minutes, no way. They are going to send you a GSM phone I would imagine. They just loaded the zip the wrong way in their system. This is the 1st phone they have offered with double or triple minutes that is CDMA. I want one just because of that feature. I don’t care how many bells and whistles it has.

      • April 13, 2012 at 1:03 am

        I really like being on the CDMA Verizon part of Tracfone! :) For the most part, I REALLY try to stay on that side. My phone before this was the basic flip LG 220c. No camera or anything. I loved it. And it lasted forever! This r455c lasted me 10 days!

  9. Erica
    April 7, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Where do u get that one at? cause I looked at website and price is not avabile or anything. It just lets u look at it.

  10. Erica
    April 7, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Nvm I found it i just had to type zip and it was avabile thanks for all this information now i cant wait to get it (:

    • April 7, 2012 at 10:50 am

      I had the same problem as you initially when I wanted to get to the order page of the phone! Just had to type the zip code in. Glad you found it! :) And hope you like the phone!

  11. April 7, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks for putting so much effort and information into your review. Really useful, helpful, cool.
    Allen

    • April 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Thank you Allen! I’m glad to help out. And I really like phones. If I were buying a phone, I’d hope someone’d do the same. :) Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  12. Brandon
    April 8, 2012 at 10:45 am

    where did u buy it at

  13. Brandon
    April 8, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Because i couldnt find it anywhere

    • April 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      You should be able to buy it on the Tracfone website under “buy phones”. It should prompt you for your zip code and then pull up all the available phones.

  14. Dave
    April 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Hi Krystn, Nice review. I’ve been thinking of buying this phone, but I’ve seen some concerns about how easy it is to accidentally hit the browser button. I’m wondering if you know how long the keypad, or screen lock takes to kick in after you stop using the phone? On my current phone, you just hit “Menu – Star” to lock it. The manual just says “When the phone is inactive for a period of time, the screen locks to prevent accidental key presses.”
    Thanks!

    • April 8, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      Hey Dave! Thank you! The “auto keylock” is automatically set to “on” when you get the phone… (there is an option to turn it on or off, but no option to set how long before it auto locks itself.) It looks like it takes about a minute to lock by itself. However, you can just lock it yourself by holding the * (star) key whenever you want to. I don’t really have a problem hitting the browser button but my phone is usually locked already before I throw it into my purse… the browser button is set to the right “soft key”, however it doesnt look like you can change this setting. I hope this helps!

      • Dave
        April 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm

        That’s great if you can lock it with the star key. If only they would have put that fact in the manual. I may just have to get one of these. My current phone’s an old Nokia 5180, so it’s about time to upgrade. Unfortunately, according to MANY posts on Tracfones forum there’s no way to move or disable the browser buttons function, so I’m guessing it gets hit a lot. Thanks so much for taking the time to check it out. You may have just convinced me to get one.

      • April 9, 2012 at 9:51 am

        You’re welcome Dave! Geez, is that not in the manual? That would have helped a lot of people I’m sure. (I’m not a manual/instructions type of person hahaha) But yeah, usually, if I have a problem with needing the phone to lock, I just lock it myself, which makes the star key lock option very useful. I think if you look at the pics I posted, you might be able to see the little “lock” icon on the star key. I usually look for that little icon on my phones to check if that’s an option. Even if a phone does not have a “lock” symbol on the phone (like a few phones that I have), the star key still works as a lock option. I guess a lot of manufacturers use the star key as a universal “lock” button these days… I’ve also seen them use the # (pound) key as well, but not as often. Anyway, I hope you like the phone if you decide to get it. I remember the 5180! All of my friends had that phone when I was younger (I was not as fortunate at the time, but I managed to catch up today). I have new phones ALL the time now. And on multiple carriers. It’s sort of a hobby of mine. or… sickness rather. Hahahaha…

      • Dave
        April 9, 2012 at 10:22 am

        Ha!, I actually found the lock function mentioned under the button descriptions. Duh. Funny that they wouldn’t mention it on the page where they describe the UNLOCK function in “detail”. I should really know better than to read those things. Hey, if you get some time, maybe you could write a little bit on how the Facebook App works. I’m kinda curious about why you have to D/L it since the TracFone tutorials show it in the browser menu. I’m kind of a newbie when it comes to apps on phones n’such. I’m a communications geek myself, (radios, TVs, phones, computers), so I understand the sickness. Have a nice day!

      • April 10, 2012 at 2:48 am

        Yay for phones, TVs and computers/laptops/netbooks! Radios… I’m not so familiar with. LOL Anyyyyway, I just uploaded a little more on the FB “app”! There’s not a whole lot to talk about because it’s very basic, but it let’s you do and see all the necessities! :) It’s actually pretty good!

      • Dave
        April 10, 2012 at 8:01 am

        Thank You Very Much. You’re the best! I ordered my phones today. Fingers crossed.

      • April 10, 2012 at 10:22 am

        Fingers crossed x 2! :)

  15. Jim C
    April 9, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Does anybody know if you have bluetooth enabled and you plug in a headset does it disable the bluetooth? I have a LG800G that does that which prevents me from plugging in a 3.5mm to my car stereo and also syncing to my handsfree bluetooth!

    • April 9, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Hey Jim! I just tested out what you asked about. I had to dig out my old Bluetooth headset for this one. LOL I paired it and placed a call, then plugged it into my 3.5 mm car stereo (ipod) jack and it DID disable my bluetooth so that I couldn’t hear the call anymore. Sorry.. :(

      • Jim C
        April 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm

        thanks Krystn. I appreciate you checking that out for me. My Blackberry can put out music through the 3.5mm jack plus continue to be connected to bluetooth. I was trying to get my wife the same setup but neither the LG800g or the R455C can do it, and have triple the minutes.

      • April 10, 2012 at 4:56 pm

        Aww, that’s a bummer. I like the triple minutes for life. I hope you can find your wife something that will work well for her! :) Good luck!

  16. Kate
    April 9, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Thank you for your review. I think that this is what I am looking for in a new phone. Great job describing the product. I really appreciated finding this review.

    • April 10, 2012 at 2:34 am

      Thank you Kate! I’m glad this helped you! :)

  17. travis
    April 10, 2012 at 4:41 am

    have you tried the Samsung T404G trackphone cause i was thinking of gettin it instead it seams like it has the same features but has vid recording and better camera

    • April 10, 2012 at 10:27 am

      I have not tried the T404! It looks nice though, and it looks like it has as 2MP camera? That’s pretty neat that it does video recording too!

    • April 11, 2012 at 12:08 am

      Oh! And I forgot to mention… I hunk the T404 runs on the AT&T side of Tracfone. I try to stay specifically on the Verizon side of Tracfone. I dunno if that makes a difference for you though. :) Just thought I’d mention that!

  18. Mad Jack
    April 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I just ordered one ,Great Review ! I lost my T404G and now it’s not available. I hope this one is as good or better. Looks like the camera is not as good ,but the mp3 may be better . Would it be possible to plug the phone into a mp3 compatible stereo on my Harley and if so what type cable would that take ? I don’t know much about phones yet I have a lot to learn !

  19. John
    April 11, 2012 at 6:59 am

    I just got the Samsung sch-r455c. I love the phone except that I’m having difficulty downloading games and songs to the phone. Does any one know how to do this? I have a Micro SD Memory Card in the phone. I could download games through Tracfone but they tend to be expensive. Any ideas?

    • April 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      Once you stick the SD card in the phone, it should format it with folders. you can then take it out of your phone, then put it into your computer or hook it up to your computer (however you do it), and then you can add your MP3s to the music folder.

      I’ve never tried putting games onto my phone except through downloading them from tracfone, so I’m not too sure on that one.

      • John
        April 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm

        Thank you Krystn, you rock. I owe you one. You are doing an awesome job and your site is one of a kind. I will continue to check your site for more info on the phone when available.

      • April 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm

        No problem john! Glad I could be of help!! :) please do check back, and have a great day!

  20. April 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I’m not exactly sure what you’re asking??

    • John
      April 12, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Sorry Krystn, I didnt post that comment. It wasnt me. Yhank you again for the help with my phone again.

      • April 13, 2012 at 1:06 am

        Hahaha okay! No problem John. I was like… “ummmm”… Hahahah

  21. John
    April 12, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Krystn, I downloaded songs to the phone in the “My Songs” folder. They downloaded into the mp3 player successfully but they also went into “My Ringtones” folder. Is this normal? Did your phone do this as well? How do I just download the songs into “My Songs” folder without them going into “My Ringtones” folder? Am I doing something wrong? Thanx again.

    • April 13, 2012 at 1:05 am

      My songs ended up loading into my ringtones folder too… I think that it’s just the phone that does that. So it’s easier to pull your personalized ringtones for you. I don’t think there’s really a “fix” for this either. I tried deleting something from the ringtones folder and it deletes completely from the phone so you won’t have it in your music library as well. :/

      • John
        April 13, 2012 at 5:29 am

        Thanx Krystn. You rock!!!!!!!! Keep up the good work. Have an awesome day.

  22. Bob
    April 13, 2012 at 3:09 am

    Krystn, thanks for all the information on the R455C. It helped answer several questions I had. I was wondering though. If you insert your mico card and let the phone fotmat it with it’s folders and then insert that card in your computer, will the MP3 music files go to both the music folder and the ringtones ? Or just the music folder ?
    I’ve bookmarked your site and will be back from time to time to see what’s new. Had my phone for about a week now and very happy with it.

    • April 13, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Hey Bob! Okay, I think earlier I might have said earlier that the ringtones is pulling from the music folder. I tested it out and it looks like both the ringtones folder AND the music folder are pulling from each other. I loaded ringtones to the ringtones folder, then songs to my music folder and it looks like when I go into the settings to play my ringtones it’s pulling both ringtones AND songs! even if i put them in separate folders on my micro sd card! The music player is exactly the same. When I open up the music player, the library pulls both songs and ringtones so your library contains both your songs and your ringtones! The only way to seperate out the ringtones from your songs in your music player is to make a playlist with all your songs on it, versus just playing the songs from your library itself. I guess if you don’t load up ringtones, then this is not a problem, but if you do then it is kind of irritating.

      • Bob
        April 13, 2012 at 9:47 am

        Hey Krystn, thanks, exactly what I was wondering. The playlist thing will work fine. I like funny ringtones too. Have a great weekend and thanks again.

      • April 13, 2012 at 10:00 am

        No problem bob! you have a great weekend too!

  23. Gail
    April 13, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Krystn, Just wanted to tell you, that I think all your research and information is fantastic. I am already a tracfone user, and I am thinking of getting the R455c. The one question I have is pertaining to texting. As I am not adapt at texting, I have heard there are phone that allow you to speak the text. and then the person getting will receive it as a normal text. Do you know if this is possible with this new phone?

    • April 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Thank you so much gail! I appreciate the compliment!! And let’s see… I looked into the phone, and it looks like there is a “voice command” setting, but it only allows you to command it to open a text to a specfic person. it doesn’t actually write out the text for you as you speak it.

      There are phones out there that have features like “text to speech”, which would allow you to say what you wanted to and it would write it out as a text and you can send it to the person just using your voice, but those are usually more expensive smartphones.

      So, basically, it looks like the r455c won’t allow you to speak a text and send it to someone just by saying it. Sorry. :/

  24. Travis
    April 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Are you able to take the pictures from your phone to your computer or can you only send pictures from the phone?

    • April 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      If you have a micro SD card in your phone, you can set the camera to save pics to the card, and then you can take the card out from your phone and put it into your computer and get the pics like that. Otherwise, you can just use units to send them through text to an email address.

  25. JoshIII
    April 14, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Are there any GPS navigation apps (Java) that are downloadable for the R455C? I’ve got 1500 minutes on my LG220C that I am saving for a future TracFone SmartPhone that uses the Verizon network … if the R455C can run a GPS app, then I’ll get one.

    Krystn: Excellent Tracfone review and blog!

    • April 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks Josh!! I know what you mean about saving your minutes for a future tracfone on the verizon side smartphone… I have about 1000 minutes on my tracfone! i hope they bring a good one out soon! I really try to stick to the verizon side of tracfone.

      Anyway… as far as i can say, there is no GPS app for this phone. I mean, i haven’t come across one and i tried to check for one but have not come up with anything. Sorry!

      • Pete
        April 16, 2012 at 5:23 am

        Krystn: I am currently a tracfone user and i will be purchasing minutes in a couple of weeks. i was also looking at upgrading to the r455c. do i need to go through Tracfone to purchase the phone? should i wait until i purchase minutes and then get the phone? can you recommend a strategy?

      • April 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm

        Hey Pete! If you’re gonna get the r455c, I’d recommend getting it, porting your current Tracfone number over to it, then adding your minutes. Sometimes Tracfone customer care will give you a hard time when you port you old line over to a new line if there are a LOT of minutes on it. So I’d do the port first, then add the minutes. :) and you can just get the phone through Tracfone’s website. My boyfriend got ours through there. :) hope this helps!

  26. Bob
    April 16, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Krystn, Do you know if there are any full screen weather radar apps for the R455C ? The only one I found is thumnail size and very difficult to see.

    • April 16, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Hey bob! I have not come across any real good apps for the r455c. And downloading anything from the browser is slow and painful. Sorry about that! But do let be know if you cne across anything good! I’m always open to trying out new apps!

  27. Mike
    April 16, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Great review! What size of SD card will the phone accept?

    • April 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Hey mike! Right now I have a 4GB micro SD card in mine. Not sure what the max size it’ll go up to though.

      • Mad Jack
        April 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm

        I think it’s 16 ,that’s what I have !

  28. David
    April 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Krystn, I have needed a new TracFone for the longest time. Tonight, I went to their site and zeroed in on the Samsung R455C. As always, I turn to Google to see what other’s are saying. Your site is so informative. I’m on my way back to the TracFone website to order mine. Thanks for your dedication and help to others.

    • April 16, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Awwww! Thank you David! I’m just a plain old person who has a genuine interest and love for cell phones and technology. :) glad I could be of help! I really really do appreciate the feedback! :)

  29. John
    April 16, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    the max size micro sd card is 16gb.

  30. David
    April 17, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Krystn, I went on-line to order the phone and at the very end, after I’d entered all my credit card information, a box came up asking if I wanted to change my zip code entry. At first I said no, nothing happened. It came up again, I said yes, the screen went blank, did not receive a confirmation of the order either on-line or e-mail. I live in Washington, DC. The website says the phone services DC. My credit card has not been charged. Any thought?

    • April 17, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      it looks like your order did not go through.. i’m not sure why, but i ALWAYS get a confirmation email from them, along with a charge to my card.. lol soooo.. I’m pretty sure it didn’t go through. I’d order again, and watch just in case to see if it looks like a double order. or if a second charge appears. :) hope this helps!

  31. Melanie
    April 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    just curious if you know whether I can transfer the phone numbers in my new R455C phone to the bluetooth located in my car….I’d hate to have to manually put in all that information. Thanks in advance for any help.

    • April 17, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Hey Melanie! I’m not exactly sure about this because i don’t have bluetooth in my car so i can’t test it out. maybe another post-er can help. sorry about that!

  32. Dave
    April 17, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Hey Krystn,
    In regard to the problem involving setting a picture ID for more than one person, try going directly to the picture itself through My Folder, then go to options and Set As, follow through the steps to set it as a contact photo. Do this for each photo/contact. I haven’t seen if this works when actually receiving a call, but it did seem to work right when I scrolled throught the contact list. You’re mileage may vary with this, but it’s worth a try.

    • April 17, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      WOW! Thank you SO much dave! I tried this out and it DOES work! Now I can set different pics for each person!! You’re awesome!!! :D
      So for those of you who want to set picture IDs, the way to do it so it doesn’t set them all the same is like this:
      Menu > My Folder > My Images > Images > [Select the image you want to set as someone’s picture ID] > Options > Set As > Picture ID > [Select contact you want to set the picture for]
      Then VOILA! You have your picture set for your person. You must do it this way each time so that the picture doesn’t set the same picture and override all your other pics. If you go through contacts and select the contact first to set the pic, then it will auto set all your contacts to that same pic.

      Thanks again Dave!

      • April 17, 2012 at 8:20 pm

        ALSO, I did test the picture ID’s by having different number call my phone. Each person’s different picture ID DOES show up! YAY!

      • Dave
        April 17, 2012 at 8:51 pm

        Glad I could help. While I’m at it, I noticed on your BF’s review that someone complained agout the R455C not having a voice recorder. I noticed that if you go to your Ringtones folder, (I think. I don’t have the phone with me.) you have the option to “Record New” or something like that. It’s not a standalone app, and may not be exactly what the poster was looking for, but it definately records your voice to an MP3 file. I can’t post on his forum without registering and whatnot so you might want to pass that info on to him.
        Have a nice day!

      • April 18, 2012 at 3:30 am

        Oh!!! Thank you again!! You know. I saw that in the media player.. the voice recorder but didn’t even think anything of it! It’s a 60-second voice recorder. He’s gonna update his thread because of you though!! He said you should join because ppl like you are who they need. And he said thank you too! :)

      • Dave
        April 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm

        Thanks for the flowers Krystn. I’m usually just too lazy to sign up for the forums, but yours was pretty easy to post on. Truth is, though I do have a background in electronics, my sum total of cellphone experience is a Nokia 918 and Nokia 252, both analog phones, two Nokia 5180iP’s, and now the Samsung R455C’s. All were TracFones. While the tech fascinates me, I’m guessing most people on your BF’s forum are way ahead of me.
        I had to send one of my new phones back to TracFone because of an issue with it not wanting to connect to my computer using a USB cable. Might have been the phone, might have been the SD card, even though I tried more than one. Either way, I figured time to start fresh. New phone, new card. Once I get the replacement, and activate it, I’ll let you know my impressions of it. So far though, they mostly mirror yours.

      • April 18, 2012 at 11:58 pm

        Oh my gosh! My BF said that he had the nokia 252c on tracfone back in ’99! Hahahahaha! He said the $20 card got you 30 minutes, and the $8 card got you 10 minutes. Geez we’ve come a long ways!! LOL

        No but really, I don’t post much on the forums. It’s not so bad tho… you don’t have to be superly tech saavy as much as just helpful and intuitive the way you are. :) like.. you actually check the phone out thoroughly. Hahahaha… anyways…

        Let me know how your replacement goes!

  33. Arnold
    April 18, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Hey Krystn,
    Thanks for the great review. My experience with Tracfone has been the same as yours. There is great reception wherever I go and generally better than any other service. This Samsung R455 looks great for texting and I will be ordering one.

    • April 18, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      Hey arnold! Thanks!! I hope you like the phone!! :)

  34. island_boy
    April 19, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Dave :
    Thanks for the flowers Krystn. I’m usually just too lazy to sign up for the forums, but yours was pretty easy to post on. Truth is, though I do have a background in electronics, my sum total of cellphone experience is a Nokia 918 and Nokia 252, both analog phones, two Nokia 5180iP’s, and now the Samsung R455C’s. All were TracFones. While the tech fascinates me, I’m guessing most people on your BF’s forum are way ahead of me.
    I had to send one of my new phones back to TracFone because of an issue with it not wanting to connect to my computer using a USB cable. Might have been the phone, might have been the SD card, even though I tried more than one. Either way, I figured time to start fresh. New phone, new card. Once I get the replacement, and activate it, I’ll let you know my impressions of it. So far though, they mostly mirror yours.

    Dave – that’s so funny. I told Krystn that “he’ll remember the $20 card which got you 30 minutes, along with the $7.99 card for 10 minutes” so TracFone could advertise the nation’s lowest monthly cost with no contract. I also had the 5180i — I remember it being a big deal because it was the first DIGITAL TracFone with caller ID, voicemail, and text messaging. I don’t know anyone who has had TracFone as long as I have! It’s a spare phone for me now so I do the minimum, or most recently I got the 1yr card for $75 on Amazon. With triple minutes for life and bonus codes, it’s 1450-1500 minutes and 12 months of service = 5 cents a minute! That’s insanely cheap for a phone on Verizon’s network that roams on Sprint if need be.

    Anyway, you shoud stick around Howard Forums even if you don’t register. Lots of useful information. The folks in the TracFone forum are pretty laid back.

    • Dave
      April 19, 2012 at 3:00 am

      Gosh, that’s so long ago, I cant remember how many minutes the cards were. I do remember there being a 10 minute one though. We’ve always gone for the $20 ones though,(10% off because my wife works at Wal-Mart). Since we dont really use them that much that seems to be the best fit. (That may change now with a Net enabled phone.) My Inlaws got a Net-10 phone and were always adding tons of minutes they’ll never use just to keep it active. You compelled me to go dig up the box for my old 918. According to the Waranty card I never sent in, I bought it in Sept. of 2000, so I think you have me beat. To be honest, I always liked the sound on it better. The digital ones drop too many packets in weak areas making them sound choppy. I kept the 5180i for so long because I like the Verizon network better. I don’t know when TracFone started selling CDMA phones again, but it’s about time. I did try a Motorola C155 briefly. Great little phone, hated the network.
      Anyway, whenever I need cellphone knowledge, google usually shoots me to Howard Forums. That’s how I found you guys!

      • April 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm

        Hahahaha! Now my boyfriend wants to go dig up his old phones!! And he was sitting here trying to think of all of his phones. Ahahaha :p

        Anyway, I’m glad we could be of help! And I’m glad you stumbled upon the post and could help us too! :)

  35. Carol
    April 19, 2012 at 7:16 am

    What a fantastic review!!! Very detailed and one of the most helpful I’ve seen. Thanks so much!!

    • April 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      Thank you Carol! I appreciate it! :)

  36. Scorpio Mike
    April 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Krystn, I just ordered the Samsung R455c and am waiting for delivery and I was browsing the web and found your blog. Very informative! Thank you for providing me with a lot of good info.
    I am upgrading from a Motorola VGA flip phone that I’ve had for years. I’m happy to see that you are happy with Tracphone in general. I have never had any other cell phone service but I’ve never had any problems with them. I really like the Triple Minuets For Life program. You did make a remark about customer service giving you a hard time transfering alot of minuets.
    I have 1396 minuets currently, so I’m hoping they will transfer them without a big hassle. Thank you and keep up the good work!

    • April 19, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      Hey Scorpio Mike! I’m glad tracfone works for you! I’ve had them for maybe.. 4 years straight already.. and they’ve been good to me..

      I’ve only had trouble with transferring from one phone to another with about 1000+ minutes ONCE. But… I think that’s back when Tracfone was monitoring ppl and their minutes. They kind of almost thought it was suspicious that you had 1000 minutes in only x amount of time or something. I think because people were using promo codes and getting plenty plenty minutes (but only by adding a 60 minute card). I haven’t had problems switching phones myself online, but I hate to call in and deal with the reps. :/

    • April 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      But I hope you enjoy your phone! And thank you for the compliments! :D

  37. Dave
    April 20, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Hi krystn, Just a quick update. I returned one of my two R455C’s because of it not connecting to my laptop through a USB cable. Well the replacement has the same problem, so I am at a loss. New phone, new micro SD card. I guess that leaves the laptop or the cable maybe? When connected, the phone shows up in device manager as “samsung cdma technologies”with a yellow “?”. If you google that phrase it comes back with a lot of connection problems to Samsung phones, so maybe it’s a quirk of the phones. If anyone else has had this problem, I’d be interested in hearing how you dealt with it. Meanwhile, I ordered a bluetooth dongle for the computer. Hope that works.

    On a lighter note, IsLand_BoY might be interested in this little trick.
    With the keypad locked, take a magnet, (like the one on my new phone holster), and brush it past the the back of the phone between the camera, and the earphone jack. This will unlock the keypad, and rotate the view on the screen as if the slide had been open. (The screen goes back to normal view when you remove the magnet.) This could get tricky if you have a holster with a magnetic latch.
    Dave

    • Kate
      April 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      We used an adapter for with the micro sd card and plugged it directly into the computer to load or unload what I wanted music/pictures onto it and it worked when I put it back into the phone just fine. Seemed a lot easier to do it that way anyway. Give that a try.

      • April 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm

        I do this too. It’s helpful to have SD card slots on ny laptop as well as my desktop. Before, these options were not so frequently or commonly built-in. :p I do wish it registered when I plugged in via USB cable though. :)

    • April 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Hey Dave.. hmmm.. when I tried to connect my R455c to my gateway desktop through USB cable, it doesn’t register at all. Does your second one that you kept (did not exchange) connect via USB. To me, most of these phones (non smartphones) is really hit or miss if it’ll register when I plug it in to my computer. :p

      And wow… that is interesting? I think magnets are supposed to be bad for your phone so I try to stay away from cases with magnets. I just got a $7 hard case in eBay for mine. Slides well. Feels satin-ish. I like it. :p

      • Dave
        April 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm

        Well, at least I know I’m not alone then. :) I guess TracFone’s gonna get a perfectly good phone back when I return the 1st one. My laptop’s kinda old, and doesn’t have a card slot.
        I have a cheapo Targus card reader that’s supposed to read SDHC cards but it doesn’t. :( My wife’s laptop will read them though, so that works if all else fails. It’s just a pain to open up the phone each time.
        Yes the other phone did connect OK. as long as it had the original card I put in it. The other ones wouldn’t work, and the “good” card wouldn’t connect when in the other phone. Hopefully it’ll work with bluetooth, but who knows. It’s not a deal breaker….just annoying.
        Did you notice when you had the card in the reader that there’s a folder named “videos” on the phone? I wonder what that’s for given it doesn’t do vids.
        I dont think the magnet would hurt anything. It must have one inside to tell it when the slide is open. I like the satin idea though. That might keep the darn thing from flying out of my hands every time I try to type!

      • April 20, 2012 at 9:23 pm

        WOW! I guess my phone just doesn’t connect then. But yeah, not a total deal breaker for me. but you’re right. it IS a pain to have to open up the phone all the time. :p

        HAHAHAHA! Come to think of it, i think i DID notice that there was a videos folder!!! and yeahhhh… that’s a little funny because the phone doesn’t do video. must just be a samsung auto format thing.

        But yeah! I really like my new hard case. :p

  38. Dave
    April 21, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Actually, my phones DO connect to the USB……for about a second. They even show up in “my computer”. But then they just disconnect for no reason. (The computer makes multiple USB up/down/failed noises.) If yours doesn’t connect at all, make sure you go into Menu-Settings-Phone Settings-PC Connections, and turn on Mass USB Storage. Also from My Folder-Memory Status-Save Options-Images, make sure Card Memory is selected. It should do something if those settings are correct, The phone should say something about being in USB mode when connected too. I more or less ruled out my computer being the problem by trying it on my wife’s with no joy. I’ve got a Samsung cable on the way, so we’ll see what happens then.

    • April 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Hmm.. I did try connecting initially with it set to USB mass storage mode on.. but it still didn’t work. It didn’t show up in my computer, but I think my compute did say something for a second about recognizing that i did plug SOMETHING in. However, it was just for a second, and with it not showing at all in my computer. :/

      Let me know how the new cable goes tho. :)

  39. Dave
    April 21, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    That sounds about right. If you look at “my computer”, it’ll pop up as “drive E” or whatever, then disappear. On the phone, is says USB mode for a second then goes back to the home screen. Sometimes if I plug and unplug it rapidly it actually connects and stays that way. But it’s hit or miss, and I wouldn’t recommend it. Kinda hard on the plug.

  40. Kate
    April 22, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Ok, here is what seems like a silly question… what steps do you take to have the ringer go longer before the call goes to voice mail. It seems to be set at ring once and go to voicemail. I am baffled that I can’s seem to find where to do this. LOL

    • Dave
      April 22, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      I think your voice mail is kept by the phone carrier. You might try calling your voice mail and listen for an options menu on there. I dont know if there’s an option to change the number of rings though. It’s been a long time since I’ve poked around in there cause I don’t like wasting minutes on it. Try calling your phone from another phone. I seem to remember it took a couple of rings before the R455C even started to ring. That might explain why it seems to go to voice mail so quick.

    • April 22, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      I called my R455c and on my end it it reached the second ring and simultaneously started ringing on my R455C. However, it rang a total of 5 times on my end (4 times on my r455c) before going to voicemail… I’m not sure why your ringer seems to be going to voicemail after only one ring… and i can’t seem to find an option in the phone menu to set this. sorry kate. :(

      • Pat
        June 28, 2012 at 9:33 am

        My husband has a different Samsung from tracfone and he had the same problem – could never reach the phone fast enough to answer before it went to vm. You have to call tracfone – and call and call. But they finally did fix it to ring longer for him :)

      • June 28, 2012 at 11:12 am

        Thank you for the input Pat! I’m sure users with this problem will much appreciate this!

  41. Keith
    April 22, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I’m thinking of ditching my ATT Blackberry 9800 Torch in favor of this phone. I want something simpler and cheaper. I don’t care one way or the other about browsing, but I do need my calendar and contacts to be synced w/ the computer. I was wondering if anyone had any experience being able to sync contacts and calendar items from Outlook. Judging by the USB connection comments, I’m guessing “no”, but I thought I’d ask. Samsung doesn’t seem to have a utility to do this such as Nokia (Ovi) and Blackberry (Desktop Manager) do.

    • April 22, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      Hey Keith! I do not use outlook or sync my contacts to my desktop so I’m not sure. Hopefully, another reader may be able to provide some insight? I wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t do this (the way the BB does, or the nokia.) :p

  42. April 23, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Hello,

    I’ve been following your blog and thought I could ask since I am a techno newbie, how or can I use a song I already have as a ringtone by putting it in the “ringtones folder”? Or do I have to buy it already made as a ringtone? If so, is there free software I can use to make that song a ringtone? Thanks! Keep bloggin’! ;)

    • April 24, 2012 at 1:03 am

      Hey Marc!

      If you already have the ringtone on your computer, then you can load it up to your SD card, pop it into your phone, and just “set as” ringtone.

      If you don’t already have the file, then you can just use a program like… Audacity (that’s what I use) to cut the song you want into a shorter ringtone.

      Then you can upload that file to your SD card and use it as a ringtone. :)

      Or, you can always buy the ringtone you want. :p

  43. Carol
    April 24, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I downloaded an app to my pc; when I put in the SD card, which folder do I put the app in? I can’t find it on my phone. Thanks!

  44. Scorpio Mike
    April 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Krystn,
    just FYI, I’m having some problems with Tracphone activating my upgraded phone.

    I went on the website and did everything as instructed and got a Transaction Summary and a
    tracking #. The summary says the transfer should take a few hours to complete (in some
    cases as long as two days). Well, my old phone has been de-activated and my new phone still says activation required.

    The tech/support page on the website cannot find my info and when I called the help line I was told they are experiencing technical difficulties and I
    should wait 24 hrs and call back then!

    So, now I have 2 Tracphones, neither of which work and I am more than a little pizzed off at them! I’ll keep you posted.

    • April 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      I’ve had problems like that before. In some cases, all it took was waiting on the new phone to activate. I would turn off and on the phone every so often to sort of “refresh” it.

      In other cases, I DID have to call Tracfone multiple times.

      It sounds like yours is just in processing of switching.. how long has it been since you swapped to the new phone?

      When I switched to this particular phone, the r455c, mine didn’t go through til the next day even if they deactivated my old tracfone immediately. My BF swapped to his r455c at the same time I did, but his went through immediately.

      Also, if you’re going from the GSM side of tracfone to the CDMA side (basically if you had a sim card tracfone then switched to the r455c that doesn’t have a sim card) it usually does take a while longer to get the service running.

      • Kate
        April 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm

        I have always found it easier and more reliable to call to have phones activated and numbers switched over. I didn’t have luck with the computer method and swore it off, Always had more of an immediate transaction this way. I will admit that it is most always torturous to have to speak to a tracfone rep… just remember to pull your patients out of your pocket and lock yourself in a quiet room before dialing the phone. LOL

      • April 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm

        Hahahah! I totally agree. It’s a pain. For me it’s been easier to switch it over online. About 80% of the time the Tracfone rep doesn’t know what the problem is or they don’t understand it to begin with. Hahahaha.. so yes.. be patient!

  45. Scorpio Mike
    April 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Well I started yesterday trying to switch but so far still nothing. I try about every 2 hrs or so to “refresh” it but so far no joy. I guess I’ll just try to be patient (thank you Kate!) and see if anything happens by tomorrow :(

  46. Dave
    April 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Gotta agree with Kate on this. I transferred both of my phones over the phone, a week apart, without any trouble. I used the 1-800-323-2366 number. I had to punch numbers for the first one, but they used the OTA programming for the second. No idea why. The OTA failed the 1st time but went through on the second. Both phones were activated and functioning before I hung up with support. As usual, the tech’s were hard to understand, but with a little patience, I made it through. After Dealing with Verizon’s DSL Internet support off and on for the better part of a year, this was a breeze! :)

  47. jane
    April 25, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Hi Krystn, Great review!! I am looking at this phone for my mom. She is a young 77. If I get a cover for it, does that quiet the speaker and ring of the phone down? Also, my dad has a hearing aid and has trouble hearing on cell phones. Is the speaker loud…good quality??

    Thanks for your help. Again, awesome review. Very helpful!!

    • April 25, 2012 at 11:32 am

      Hey Jane!
      First off, I give your mom a big thumbs up on even using a cell phone.. (I’ve been trying to get my 85 year old grandma to use one, and she just for the life of her says she can’t do it. Even if it’s JUST like our house phone). hahaha Anyway…

      If you get a cover with the right holes, it shouldn’t quiet the speaker. I have a cheap case that i bought on ebay. I love it actually. it has all the right holes for the speaker port and charging port, etc, so it doesn’t hinder the phone in any way.

      The speaker phone is very loud. I was kind of impressed because it’s better than my $300 smartphone. Hahahaha… I had my fan on and my air purifier on and the TV on and i could still hear using speaker phone very well.

      Hope this helps!

      • Kat =^..^=
        May 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm

        I have a dumb question. How do you turn on the speaker? On my old phone I liked to turn on the speaker when checking my voice mail.
        And on the phone under alerts what is Voice privacy alert? And again under call settings voice privacy? Under phone settings what is system select?
        I really like to know how to use all of my settings on my new phones.
        Thx

  48. Tom
    April 25, 2012 at 5:48 am

    I’ve read the reviews for the Samsung R455C and T404G and know that Tracfone uses Verizon/Sprint and AT&T, respectively, based on model. Aside from this, why choose the R455C when it has a lower resolution camera? Any other significant differences or advantages?

    • April 25, 2012 at 11:40 am

      I think it’s more of a personal preference thing.

      For me, I chose the r455c because it is on the verizon side. I prefer being on the verizon side because the AT&T side has always been crappy for me and the verizon-side phones available on tracfone has always been better-functioning for me. It doesn’t do video and it has a lower resolution camera, but for me, the pics still come out pretty good!

      Plus, this is my extra phone that I use for business. I need it to last a very long time (in terms of battery, and have excellent call quality and reception). If I need to take excellent pics or video, or use the internet, I use my main phone, which is an 8mp smartphone with camera and flash that I have on another carrier.

      I think it’s just about what would fit your needs better. If this is your main phone, and you need to have video and a better camera, then you should go with the AT&T phone. :) Hope this helps! :)

      • Tom
        April 25, 2012 at 11:55 am

        Thanks Krystn. I’m going to give this a try. If I need better pictures or video, I’ll bring a camera. BTW, your review was very helpful. mahalo.

      • April 26, 2012 at 1:05 am

        no problem tom! glad i could be of help! :) hope you like the phone. :p

  49. Scorpio Mike
    April 25, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Finally!!! Had to call tech support but the new phone was finally activated after 20 minuets of being on hold and trying to understand the tech rep but I was able to make a call and set up my voice mail. But then when I tried to call my voice mail to see if it was set up I got the recorded message that the # I was trying to reach had been disconnected and was no longer in service!

    In checking, I found they had assigned me a different # and that was why I couldn’t access
    my voicemail. So, back to tech support, another rep who had to pass me off to her floor supervisor, and after she had me enter about a hundred #’s and going thru the security
    routine I finally got my old # back. It took 2 days and about 2 hrs of phone time on my landline
    but I’m up and running. At least the tech reps were nice (even if hard to understand).

    Now I can go back and look at your help and info posts and learn some things.

    Keep On Postin’! :)

    • April 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

      OH MAN. I can’t tell you enough how much I feel your pain mike. I’ve been through that situation about 3 or four times on several different occasions. It’s frustrating, but everything’s better when your phone is actually working!!!

      Which, by the way, I’d like to congratulate you for! Your phone is finally working!!! :D

      Good luck and happy phone using. :)

  50. E. Stankus
    April 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Hi Krystn-

    Greetings from the northern Adirondack mountains where we are currently getting some April showers in the form of snow. Thanks for posting all this great info.

    I was excited to see this phone pop up when I did a zip code search on TracFone. Do you know if there is an ebay app for this phone. I am looking the least expensive way to bring ebay with me on weekend garage sale-ing excursions so I can research potential finds to resell before I buy them.

    Many Thanks.

    • April 26, 2012 at 1:11 am

      Hey E.,

      Went to the ebay website… Ummm… Looks like there’s no app to download. The phone does load an ebay mobile site that looks useable. But the browser itself is very slow so it’s not very ideal if you’re in any type of rush. hahaha

      Sorry about that. hope this helps! :)

  51. E. Stankus
    April 26, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Thanks so much for checking up on the ebay usage question for me, my search continues……

    Wishing you a great day.

    • April 27, 2012 at 1:51 am

      No problem! Good luck! :)

  52. Dave
    April 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Hi Krystn,
    Well Ive had my R455C for a while now and so far so good.

    In call sound quality seems much better than my 10 year old Nokia, and the signal strength seems about the same. Although the number of bars appears lower. The ringer could be a bit louder IMO. I don’t know yet if it’s loud enough to wake me up. I D/L’d some obnoxiously loud ring tones to try and offset that.

    My first impression was “geeze this sure is tiny!”. For anyone with big fumbly fingers like me, you may have some trouble using this for texting. Thumbs are out for me. In order to use the keyboard, I have to hold it with my thumbs and middle fingers, and type with my pointers. Whatever works I guess. I have already hit the Browser button accidentally a couple of times, but was able to back out of it before it deducted any minutes.

    The case is shiny and slippery, making it easy to drop. The back cover doesn’t look real sturdy, so I worry about that. A hard case like the one you have may be the way to go there, or maybe a lanyard. Bear in mind that I’m used to using my 10 year old Nokia 5180 that you could probably run over with a car and still have it work, so it’s all part of getting used to the new one.

    I saw on the browser menu a link for the Opera browser, so I D/L’d it. It seems faster and easier to use than the built in browser, so I’ve been using it instead. The Facebook app installed easily, but it does seem kinda slow and klunky. Better than nothing though.

    Overall, my experience with TracFone went very well. I used the 1-800-323-2366 number to activate both phones. A live person answered immediately both times, and in spite of the usual difficulty undestanding them, I was off the phone in less than an hour each time, and the phones activated before I was done with the call.

    As I posted earlier, I had to return one phone because it wouldn’t connect to my computer via a USB cable, only to find that the replacement phone has the same issue. So far, I haven’t found a solution for this. I even bought a Samsung cable, and that didn’t work. I picked up a Bluetooth dongle for my laptop, and that works acceptably, so it’s not that much of a problem, but I’m still looking for a solution if anyone finds one.

    Well, that’s about it. So far, (with the usual upgrade learning curve), the R455C has been fun and easy to use. My tech challenged wife was even able to retreive picture messages of our new grandson! With the exception of the USB issue, I haven’t had any real problems to speak of. Hopefully, the R455C will last me as long as my old Nokia 5180 did!
    Time will tell.

    Thanks for your excellent review, and all your help.

    • April 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      Hahahaha WOW! Thanks for the feedback and review of the phone and your experiences!

      I saw someone else with the opera mini browser too but i haven’t downloaded it yet. I better download that!

      And I know what you mean about it not comparing in build to the old nokias! Those were almost bulletproof!

      Also, about the texting, on the QWERTY keyboard I’ve noticed that the letters are off center (the letter is not in the middle of the button but more off center to left) which makes it hard for me to type because i’m aiming for the side of the key rather than the center. but it beats not having a QWERTY keyboard at all!

      Thanks again for all the info and contribution Dave!

  53. April 29, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Thank you so much for posting this review. I’ve been a happy Tracfone customer since 2006. No more than I use my cell phone it just makes more sense cost wise than having my husband add me to his Verizon plan. I guess I just got lucky because the two times I had to call Tracfone for help with something instead of doing it online they were great. Guess you have to get the right rep. :)

    For the past two years I’ve been using a LG 290c and it’s been a great phone. I prefer a slider over any other type phone. I don’t text or access Facebook from my phone often but when I do I REALLY want a QWERTY keyboard. I had been checking the Tracfone website periodically for a while looking for a slider with a QWERTY keyboard that works in my area. Around here Verizon is the only major carrier who has coverage.

    I was thrilled when I saw this phone show up as one available in my zip code but also a little hesitant about getting it. I’ve been so pleased with my current phone I didn’t want to spend 60 bucks on something that might not work as well. Thanks to what I’ve read here I went ahead and ordered it. Mine should be here by this coming Wednesday.

    Oh yeah. The triple minutes are just icing on the cake, I would have ordered this phone even without them.

    • April 29, 2012 at 11:08 am

      Thanks you Jackie!!

      MAN! Every single time I absolutely have to call tracfone (i really try not to) it’s been horrendous for me. BUT I love that they’re so reasonably priced and that they have things like double minutes, triple minutes, and promo codes!

      I hope the r455c works out great for you!!! :) I love mine. I fully enjoy the slide up QWERTY keyboard and the extra SD storage space. :)

      HOW EXCITING TOO! New phones coming in the mail or getting one period is always so fun. :) Enjoy!

  54. RobDX
    April 30, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Question, can I just take a plain ole 3.5mm to 3.5mm plug from the phone to the AUX jack in my car and play music from this phone in my car stereo?

    • April 30, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Yep! You can just plug it in with the aux cable and it’ll work! :)

  55. Rebecca
    April 30, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Hi, I loved your review, very thourough. I just got this phone yesterday and am suprisingly impressed with it’s layout. There are two things that are driving me bats though… The first is have you found a way to lock the keypad while on a call? I always throw the phone in my pocket or purse when talking on bluetooth, and on other phones have been able to lock it so it doesn’t press buttons while I’m talking. The second is have you found any way to change the banner on the homescreen? I got my phone with straight talk, and it has a banner on the bottom telling me how many days are left. Its a small thing, but it scrolls the words on the screen because the sentance is too long to fit. Again, it’s a little thing, but very distracting to the eye. Aside from these two things, I’m am loving this phone. It is very colouful on the background, and I love the loudness and clarity it has, especially on speaker phone.

    • April 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      Hey Rebecca! Thanks! Hmmm.. as far as I can tell, I can’t seem to lock the keypad while in a call… :( and for Tracfone, there are ways to turn off the airtime display and stuff in the “display options”.. but as for straight talk I’m not too sure if you can actually turn off the phone banner itself with the service name. Sorry! Maybe someone else will have better luck at figuring out a way to do these things. As far as I can tell though, it doesn’t look like there is a way. :) hope this helps!

  56. Country Mike
    April 30, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Krystn great review!

    Since the speaker is on the bottom of the phone was wondering how big of an issue this is seems like the ringer would always be muffled when laying down?

    My wife has a LG 290C and I think it’s a really nice phone for what it is good reception, good sound quality, etc.but I see someone here thought the R455C was a step down from it but you didn’t feel that way did you?

    Size wise how does the R455C compare to the LG 290C?

    • April 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Thanks country mike!

      Hmmm… I didn’t really like the 290c. It didn’t function well for me, kept shutting off on the slide up or down, and had horrible sound quality for me. The r455c is a little bigger in terms of it being fatter because it slides up to reveal the QWERTY keyboard, and it’s a little taller than the 290c (if the 290c were slid closed).. it’s not bulky or unmanageable though. I like it. :)

      As for the speaker.. when it is on it’s back, screen up… it muffled the ringer (because that’s where the sound comes from). It’s not super quiet. I can still hear it pretty well.. I tested it while my air purifier was on high, my fan was on and my TV was going… it’s just a little louder when the speaker is face up. And it’s only really muffled if it’s on something like bedding, a blanket, the couch or something soft like that. If it’s on a hard surface like a counter or a desk, it’s not really muffled. :) hope this helps!

  57. Country Mike
    May 1, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Thanks Krystn for the info!

    I going to order the r455c today and need a case does the one you have feel like it’s on the phone pretty securely… I’ve bought cases off eBay in the past saying they fit a particular phone but really didn’t?

    Does your case have a slick or rubbery feel to it?

    Did you get a screen protector for it or do people normally don’t get them for phones this small?

    • RobDX
      May 1, 2012 at 7:04 am

      Hey, I was looking at cases too and got one from Wireless Mayhem. Haven’t gotten it yet but they do have hard cases with rubberized feel (which i like because it won’t slip outta your hand). But there is this store on Amazon called MY Cool Face that has glossy cases with fancy cool designs on it. But the one I ordered came with a nice pre cut screen protector. Ill update everyone when I get it!

      • May 1, 2012 at 9:44 pm

        Thanks RobDX!

        That sounds good. I like the rubberized feel if I get a hard case too. I got a cheap on off of ebay to tide me over for now, but i actually really like it. it has a satin-y feel to it though. not really rubberized. I think other users like Country Mike might be looking for something like this though!

        Let us know how it is! :) Thanks!

    • May 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      No problem!!

      And I got a hard case, but it has that… “satin-y” feel.. it’s not slippery for me (and i have sweaty palms all the time :( ).

      this is the one I got. it fits perfectly, securely and has all the right holes.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/220994544709?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

    • John Kalb
      August 10, 2012 at 1:32 am

      Great review Krystn

      Is the ringer louder then the 290c, about the same or weaker.

      John

      • August 10, 2012 at 6:43 pm

        Thank you John!! Ummm… shoot. I can’t remember if it’s louder or not… BUT.. I can say that the ringer IS pretty loud on the r455c! On max volume it can just about wake me up early in the morning if I’m sleeping…. and I’m a heavy sleeper.

  58. Confused
    May 1, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Hello And thank you for such a detailed review. Just got the phone in the mail yesterday.
    I was looking on tracfones website for apps and games and all it came up with was ringtones and graphics. Any idea what I’m doing wrong?

    • May 1, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      Hello confused,

      I don’t really shop from the tracfone site for games and ringtones. I loaded up my own ringtones via the SD card, and I didn’t download any games yet (because I haven’t run across anything good yet).. Maybe another user can be of help?

      • kate
        May 2, 2012 at 2:20 am

        Hi, For game info purposes, go to games on your phone and you can buy games from there. Choose buy games and it will take you to a list that you can purchase. Not many to choose from but there are some.

      • Confused
        May 2, 2012 at 4:44 am

        OK thank you Krystn and Kate. Helps a little. I was trying to get them without going through the phone.(yes I’m cheap) but I will keep looking and if I find out another way I will post.

        Thanks Again:)

      • RobDX
        May 2, 2012 at 6:54 am

        Can you use just regular MP3 songs that you load in to listen to as ringtones or do you have to get polyphonic ones?

    • John Kalb
      August 11, 2012 at 12:04 am

      Okay, good to know. Thanks

  59. jemeza
    May 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Hello, everyone, to use an mp3 as a ringtone just edit it with some free software and make it less than 300kb, just chose the part you like the most, google “free online mp3 cutter”

    • RobDX
      May 2, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      How many secs is that about?

  60. RobDX
    May 2, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    This is a great website http://cutmp3.net/ and if you wanna do it on PC, get Audicity, it’s free. And to get audio from a youtube video get Youtube Downloader HD (free), install, and play the video from your PC in your media player and record the audio in Audicity (it records it right from the sound card, no loss in quality).

  61. Jacqueline
    May 3, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Great review! Yours and your bf’s helped me a lot! Thank you!

    I currently have a Tracfone- Samsung T404G and I like it very much BUT the headphone jack and the transfer cable jack are non standard and not the .3mm like most head phone jacks, so I would have to have a special headset or converting piece to use regular headphones or plug it into the audio jack in my car stereo (maybe that is the mini USB that this phone also has?) Every time I go to a store, they tell me that the newer phones all have the standard headphone jack, so that is why I would advise getting the R455C vs. the T404G.

    Also, it looks like the miniSD card is easier to access on this phone (due to your great picture taking, I can see this! Thanks!) The other card required quite the gymnastics to get it in and out.

    Also, the T404G has an ALT key that is confusing to remeber when to use vs. the Shift key. The R455C seems to have eliminated that problem.
    The T404G has been good though, I just like these improvements. I am buying a phone for my son and will go with the R455G (Or keep it and give him my T404G Haha!)

    My friend and I have ordered Tracfone TMFL phones from vendors with good ratings on Amazon and saved quite a bit. Phone cards also! Just an idea. :)

    • May 3, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Thank you for the compliment Jacqueline! And thank you for all the valuable input! Some people were wondering about the T404 and the comparison!

      It’s nice that the r455c has the standard 3.5mm headphone jack. anything’ll fit in it that is a standard size. i’ve already used headphones and a headset and they fit and work perfectly. :p

      I really love the phone so far. It’s nice and is pretty good for everything that I use it for! :)

      Hope you (or your son haha) enjoys it! :D

  62. Janet
    May 3, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Does anyone know if this phone can sync with Outlook calendar?

  63. Jerry
    May 3, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Hello! This is great info on this phone–very helpful.
    Question—With these hard cases, can you still slide the qwerty keyboard open? You wouldn’t think so looking at the picture. Thanks for sharing everyone!

    • May 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Hey jerry! Thanks! Yes, you can still slide it open. the back cover snaps onto the back of the phone, and the front snaps onto the front of the phone.

      Funny because I used to have the same thought when looking at the cases for the slider phones online. But yes. They do slide open with the case on.

  64. Nanette
    May 3, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Krystn – this it the best review I have seen on any phone – Thanks so much for the terrific info!

    I am considering changing from Straight Talk to TracPhone to save money, but REALLY need to have a decent contacts section on the phone. Does the R445C have places for several different phone numbers for each person, email address, and a place for a mailing address? If not a dedicated address spot, does it at least have a memo or comments section big enough to add an address?

    Also, can you transfer contacts from another phone by Bluetooth to the R445C? Any other way to move contacts from either a phone or computer into the phone?

    Thanks!

    • May 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      Hey Nanette!

      Someone was commenting that the r455c does not have a comments section in the phone book. I looked and it doesn’t seem to look like there is one.

      There also is no spot to input an address. All there is in the contacts section when you add a new contact are “Picture ID, name, mobile #, home#, work #, mobile 2 #, email, group, ringtone, fax.

      It does not look like the contacts log is very advanced. Sorry about that. :(

      And as for bluetoothing the contacts… It does look like you can “send name card via bluetooth”.. But it looks like you’d have to do them one at a time.

      • Nanette
        May 4, 2012 at 3:41 am

        Thanks for your reply Krystn. The phone sounded perfect at first, apparently, I will have to keep looking since not having a place for an address is a deal breaker for me. Awesome blog – it would have been nearly impossible to get this info any other way.

      • May 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm

        Thanks nanette! I appreciate the compliments! And.. I hope you can find something to your liking and that fits your needs!! :) Good luck!

  65. Kimberlysaunt
    May 3, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Krystn – Awesome review! I just got the R455C and am still playing around with it. The “space” button on the QWERTY keyboard doesn’t work – is there a secret to using it or is this phone
    defective? Also – do you know how to get rid of the annoying tune that plays when you first turn the phone on? I read somewhere it could be done. And finally, Is there a way to program the phone to turn off at a certain time? Your valuable insight is much appreciated.

    • May 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Hey Kimberly! Hmmm.. your space button should work on your qwerty keyboard. It does sound like the phone is defective. and as for the startup tune, you can go Settings > Sound Settings > Alerts > Power On > [then set this to “off”]. That should make it so the startup tone doesn’t make any noise (i tested this and it does work)… as for the way to turn the phone off at a certain time.. I’m not too sure there is a way to do this. maybe another user can provide more insight. :) Hope this helps! :)

  66. Nanette
    May 3, 2012 at 8:59 am

    One more question – does the R445C have a calendar which allows you to set apointments with reminders?

    Thanks again!

    • May 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Yes! It does have a calendar which you can set appointments in with reminders. :) You can also set an alert for the event so it alerts you x time beforehand. :)

  67. Faith
    May 3, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Hi, great knowledge to be found here. Thanks so much. I have the Straight Talk R455C and like someone else already posted – is there a way to get rid of the annoying days left of service banner?

    • May 4, 2012 at 1:10 am

      On my Tracfone I just went to the Prepaid menu then Airtime Display. There you can turn the Balance and Due Date off and on individually. I guess it works the same with a Straight Talk phone.

      • May 4, 2012 at 2:47 am

        Oh! Thanks Jackie! I totally thought the person was talking about the “straight talk” banner. Another person says the banner that says “straight talk” is too long so it scroll.. that’s what I thought they were talking about. Ahahah totally missed that they were talking about the airtime banner and days left. :p

  68. joe
    May 4, 2012 at 11:29 am

    i have a question…i purchased the R455C, and i will say the speakerphone capabilty on my phone is almost worthless…with the volume all the way up, i can hardly hear anything…i read your prior post about it being “tinny”…until you removed something that was covering the speaker…mine is “tinny” and there is nothing covering the speaker port…have any suggestions?

    • May 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      My speakerphone is very loud when it’s turned all the way up. It sounded tinny when the back sticker was on it but when I took it off, it didn’t sound tinny anymore. I can hear it in loud scenarios and it comes out very clear. If yours is that bad, maybe it’s defective? If not, then maybe your speakerphone expectations are higher than mine. I’ve had super crappy speakerphone and this is by far nowhere near that. hahahaha :p

    • May 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      also, I’d most definitely try exchanging it for another one. :) Someone’s tracfone came and they said their space button didn’t work. Sometimes it’s just a defect. Sorry that you might have gotten one like that! “/

  69. joe
    May 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    well, let me say the dummy operating my phone didn’t press the speakerphone button long enough to be in speakerphone mode…lol…now that that has been resolved, it does sound very “tinny”…and with the volume up, very cracklely (if there is such a word)…so i don’t know if i’m expecting too much or not :(

    • May 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      HAHAHAHA you’re so FUNNY! and.. are you calling your voicemail or an automated system when you do the test call?? Sometimes that can be the reason it sounds tinny. When I placed a test call to an actual person, the quality of the speakerphone sounded excellent, going both ways. The person has the same phone as me, so the r455c as well, and he thinks that the speakerphone is good too. Hmmm.. if it really is that bad, then maybe you should try exchanging it? Of if not, find another phone?? :( Bummer to hear this though!

      • joe
        May 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm

        i called an actual person a few times to see if it was just the connection…the results were the same. Their comment was that i sounded like i was in a tunnel no matter if i was using the normal mode or speakerphone mode…they could hear me alright…and no, i wasn’t in a tunnel :). Thanks for the responses :)

    • RobDX
      May 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      That could also be poor service. Try playing music on it.

      • joe
        May 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm

        will try that…have a data disk on order…will upload some music and try it out…thanks for the idea :)

  70. Dave
    May 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    What happened with TracFone Krystn? I saw your Tweet at the top of the page. I hope it’s not an issue with the phone model. How did you notice it was shut off? I use mine very little, and might not even notice for days. Anyway, glad to see you got it resolved.

    • May 4, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Hey Dave!

      No worries. It has nothing to do with the phone. I had another phone linked to my Tracfone account, and i transferred it to a different tracfone (and they’re REALLY picky about what you do when you transfer) so I think they flagged my account, and disabled THIS phone (not the one i transferred) since it’s listed as my “primary phone”. SO I WAS SOOOOO IRRITATED because I had to call in multiple times to get someone who knew how to reactivate my account. of course, not before going over troubleshooting the phone itself (which there was nothing wrong with)…….. Grrrrrrrr….

      So I had to wait until 2:00am hawaii time to call in because they open at 8am eastern time and close at 10pm or something… so i was even MORE angry because i had to wait til the early hours of the morning, THEN spend an HOUR talking to like 3 different people trying to reactivate my phone. T.T

      Like i said tho.. nothing for you guys to worry about in terms of it happening to you. LOL I just HAD to set them off about SOMETHING… :/

      • Dave
        May 4, 2012 at 9:54 pm

        Glad to know it all worked out OK. Those TracFone accounts seem like they’re more throuble than they’re worth. I’ve always just bought the cards in the store when I needed time.

        I never really understood why their support hours are for Eastern time when the call center is probably in Mexico. (If it’s even in this hemisphere.) Anyway, it’s good that you’re keeping them on their toes. :)

      • May 4, 2012 at 10:27 pm

        HAHAHAH! Usually I do too! But because I always have so much trouble with them and my minutes and my phones, I had to start an account to see if my phones were listed as “active”.. it really is more trouble that it’s worth AND i really prefer to give out as little of my info as possible… so this is soooo HUMBUG!

        but i HAD to! which is just the worst…

        BUT YES. I am DEFINITELY keeping them on their toes! AHAHAHAH! :p

  71. RobDX
    May 4, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Regular headphones should work with this too right? Oh and can it handle AAC or lossless audio?

    • May 4, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      I know that it works with regular headphones (all are usually the 3.5mm headphone jack… aaaannndd… i’m not sure what AAC od lossless audio is. :p

  72. RobDX
    May 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Oh and what kind of plug is on it, MicroUSB? Will any MicroUSB charger work with it, because I got a Motorola MicroUSB car charger.

    • Dave
      May 4, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      The plug is a MicroUSB, and any MicroUSB charger will probably work with it. That said, it’s always best to use the original charger as different ones may charge at different rates, and could damage the battery, or the phone. It can be charged through your computers USB port as well. I personally have had trouble getting it to tranfer files through a USB cable though.
      I would think full size headphones would work, but the phone might not have enough audio power to drive them well. I don’t think the phone is setup to use anything other than .mp3 or .mid files, but I haven’t tried it to find out.

      • RobDX
        May 4, 2012 at 6:10 pm

        I couldn’t find a samsung car charger so I bought a motorola one. I hope it charges it right. I’ll look up the charge rates. I have small headphones so I think it should work.

      • May 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm

        I agree… for emergencies, i will resort to charging it with a different charger, but i try to use the OEM or original charger to charge it. :)

        I use the micro SD card and the card reader to trasfer files and stuff. or i bluetooth it from one phone to this one… that works pretty well too. I can’t get it to hook up at all via USB tho.

    • May 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      Pretty much any car charger or charger that is the right voltage/power to charger the phone will work. if t charges other similar phones, it should charge your r455c. :)

  73. May 4, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    So far I am really liking this phone. I downloaded the Opera mini browser and like it too. I don’t use my phone much for going online but this will do just fine for checking the weather, sports scores or a quick glance at facebook while I’m away from my computer.

    If you mainly want to talk and text this phone is GREAT. Just like the LG 290C I had, and was very happy with, it feels good and solid, not cheap, in my hand. But now I have a QWERTY keyboard. Woohoo!!!

    I haven’t tried it on speakerphone yet but the sound quality on voice calls is excellent.

    • May 4, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      I’m glad that you’re liking the phone! I feel the same way! SOOOO glad to have a qwerty keyboard! LOL thanks for the input jackie! :)

  74. Kimberlysaunt
    May 4, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Krystn – THANKS sooooo much for telling me how to get rid of that annoying tune when turning on the phone! Oh – I discovered the “space” bar doesn’t work in the “to” box, but worked perfectly in the message box. So, if you want to send a message to Bob B or Kim C, you’ll have to enter it as BobB, KimC, etc. I can live with that. Keep up the good work.

    • May 4, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      No problem kimberly and thank you for the compliment! Glad I could be of help. :) and that’s good to know! I never realized that the space bar didn’t work in the “to” box!

    • RobDX
      May 5, 2012 at 6:10 am

      Can’t you select a contact out of the contacts menu instead of typing it?

      • May 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm

        yes you can. but you can start typing them in too. for some people, that’s faster. :)

  75. joe
    May 5, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    new question…i looked thru the info that came with the cell…and i’ve looked at the online manual i downloaded from the tracfone website for the R455C…is there a batman decoder ring somewhere for what the status icons are on the main screen?

    • Dave
      May 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Go to Menu>Settings>Phone Info>Icon Glossary. It’s got pretty good descriptions for most of the icons.

      • joe
        May 6, 2012 at 5:52 am

        thanks :)

    • May 5, 2012 at 11:36 pm

      Hahahahaha batman decoder ring… hahahaha!

      Hmmm.. do you have a pic or can you describe what the icon looks like… that you have on your screen?

      • joe
        May 6, 2012 at 5:54 am

        Dave answered where they are…”Go to Menu>Settings>Phone Info>Icon Glossary. It’s got pretty good descriptions for most of the icons.”

  76. May 5, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Jackie :So far I am really liking this phone. I downloaded the Opera mini browser and like it too.

    Correction RE: “liking” the Opera mini browser. I LOVE that Opera mini browser. We were on the way to Macon this afternoon and I forgot to check gas prices online before we left. It’s not as fast as a 4G or even a 3G smartphone would be but I was easily able to get to gasbuddy.com and find what I needed.

    I think switching to this phone was $60.00 well spent. And finding this review was priceless. I wouldn’t even have known to look for that Opera browser if I hadn’t read about it here. So thank you very much Krystn for posting the review and Dave for mentioning the Opera browser.

    • May 5, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      Awwww… thanks Jackie! So glad you like the phone.. and thanks for checking out my blog! I love phones. And I love my tracfone. Ahahaha! :)

  77. Dave
    May 6, 2012 at 3:23 am

    I currently have some kind of Samsung slider type phone. I am always rejecting calls when reaching in my pocket to get it. Would I have the same problem with this phone? Your review sounds great . I’m trying to decide between this phone because of the keyboard. I am a slow texter of just going with a flip phone so I will quit rejecting calls.Thanks

    • May 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Hey Dave! Personally, I rummage around in my bag for the phone and don’t seem to have a problem with rejecting calls.. The phone’s end button is a harder button.. i don’t know if this is different from your slider samsung… but it isn’t really a problem for me. maybe others can give their feedback as well.. :)

  78. Jerry
    May 6, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Krystn—When selecting an image to view, mine are kinda small and not full screen like the ones your showing us above. I’m having no luck finding the settings for this—any tips?
    thanks, Jerry.

    • May 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Hey Jerry! Hmmm… are you just trying to view them on the phone? They don’t show full screen when you’re just viewing them in the images folder. The “full screen” pictures that you’re seeing in my post might just be the pictures that I set as my background. The picture of my cat that is full screen is a picture that i set as my background. :)

      As far as I can tell, there is now way to see the picture where it will take up the full screen. Sorry!

  79. Jerry
    May 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    okay—also, I do like the phone and thanks for sharing Krystn.—Jerry.

    • May 6, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      No problem jerry! Thank you!

  80. joe
    May 7, 2012 at 3:41 am

    where does one find bonus codes for additional minutes when purchasing minutes? Take a minute to answer…lol

    • RobDX
      May 7, 2012 at 6:36 am

      the most reliable right here http://tracfoneclub.com/ If you get a 60 min card, this ALWAYS works to get you another 60 “67861”. So if you get this phone, that is 240 minutes for 20 bucks!

      • joe
        May 7, 2012 at 6:58 am

        ty :)

    • May 8, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      “Take a minute to answer…”

      ?? What do you mean?

      • RobDX
        May 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm

        Because the way he typed it was a bit confusing.

      • joe
        May 9, 2012 at 1:01 am

        sorry…was just being a smart butt :(

  81. Kimberlysaunt
    May 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I think I’m addicted to this site! When I take a picture and set it as my background – it has a bit of
    almost a “hologram” affect. I’m still playing with the settings, but no change so far. Is this normal ?
    I don’t see it when I use Tracfone ‘s images as my background. Anyone else have this on their
    phone?

    • May 8, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Is it the screen itself having that holographic effect? The screen is made so that if you look at it straight on it looks okay, but if you tilt it a certain way, it looks either very white or very black.. (Try look at it straight on, and shut one eye. One eye will be different from the other.. but that’s just the screen…) :p

      • Kimberlysaunt
        May 8, 2012 at 6:08 pm

        Krystn – once again you’re right! The screen does look ok straight on, it’s when it’s tilted that the picture changes. At least I know that’s how it’s made. Thank You.

  82. RobDX
    May 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I am having a hard time removing the back cover. How do you remove it?

    • May 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      There’s a little slit on the bottom where you can put your fingernail or something of that like and you can just pull it off. lift upwards (away from the phone). :)

  83. RobDX
    May 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Another review coming in. Phone is great, love the music player, reception is amazing, speaker sounds great. Everything is great with this phone. Even the buttons. Camera is pretty good too , and the screen is vivid. Pretty much I can’t find any problem with this phone. I already set up mp3s for texts ringtone and Voice mail sounds. Funny, every time I get a text it dos the I’m rich biatch from Chappelle’s show.

  84. RobDX
    May 8, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    On problem was after transfering number and minutes online the website recognized it but I had to go thru hoops and threaten the support people on the facebook page (threaten that they’ll lose a customer) to get them to give me a 10 codes that I had to all type individually to reset the phone correctly to activate the phone.

  85. Andrew
    May 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Does anyone know if the calendar on the R455C is a 200 year type? My LG800 has one.

    • May 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Hey Andrew, I’m not too sure how far the calendar goes, but I did try to go to the year 2212. It said invalid date, so I don’t think it goes up to 200 years. Maybe another user has more info on this.. sorry!

  86. Andrew
    May 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    …by the way I haven’t bought the R455C yet but I’m sure I will.

  87. Alicia Chan
    May 9, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Hey, I just recently got one, and I’m having ultra troubles uploading pics to facebook? I get all the notifications and i can update my status, but the pictures wont appear on my wall. the phone says it sent but it doesnt show up. Any helpful suggestions, please??

  88. Jerry Donaldson
    May 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I just returned an LG800G because I couldn’t take the auto key pad lock which I couldn’t disable. This phone looks like a possible replacement but I need to know if I can completely turn off the key pad lock. I will mostly use this phone as a land line and if I do carry it I can turn the key pad lock back on.
    Is all this possible?

    • May 10, 2012 at 10:19 am

      Hey Jerry! There is a way to disable the auto key lock. This makes it so the keypad doesn’t lock itself. However, you can still lock it manually (even if the auto key lock is off) by holding the star (*) key. And you can turn the auto key lock back on if you want to.

      If you get the phone it should be in:
      Menu > Settings > Phone Settings > Auto Key Lock > “ON” or “OFF”.

      Hope this helps! :)

  89. Andrew
    May 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    ”Hey Andrew, I’m not too sure how far the calendar goes, but I did try to go to the year 2212. It said invalid date, so I don’t think it goes up to 200 years.”

    Hi Krystn. Try typing in the year 1900 (any month); my LG800 works that way.

    Thanks.

    • May 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Hey again andrew! I typed in 1900 as a date, and it still says invalid date. :/

      However after some testing, it seems to go back to 1980 (nothing before that) and up to….. the year 2099 (nothing after that). Hope this helps!

  90. Jerry Donaldson
    May 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Krystn,
    Thanks for the reply.
    I have another question I forgot to ask before. Is there a way to block incoming calls with this phone. Maybe something like entering the numbers to be blocked in a special group list.

    Jerry

    • May 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      No problem! As far as I know, I can’t seem to find a way to block calls straight from the phone. I’m not sure if you can block number by calling in either. Maybe other users have some input?

  91. Andrew
    May 12, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Thanks Krystn.

    The phone I had before the LG 800 only went back as far as 1970, so I’m guessing the state of affairs on the R455C is what it is, that is, from 1980 to 2099. Thanks much for your time. :-)

    P.S. You may be wondering what the big deal is on the year thing. Once in awhile I get caught up in the trivia scene so in that sense I have a need to know, e.g., days and date from my childhood.

  92. joe
    May 12, 2012 at 6:40 am

    i added a 16 GB disk to the phone…and added about 1 GB of music songs…now, when i try to create a “Playlist”, the phone screen displays “loading” for about 30 seconds, then the phone reboots itself and goes back to phone standby mode…tried a few times to create a music playlist, but the same results occur…i’m following the user manual instructions on how to create a Playlist…got any suggestions???

    • RobDX
      May 12, 2012 at 10:16 am

      Best thing to do is put it back in your PC, add the music to a playlist in your favorite media player, and save that playlist on your 16GB card. So that means the music and the playlist are both on the card and the phone will read it (make sure it saves as a .m3u flie)

    • Dave
      May 13, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      Does the phone actually reboot, as in the blue status bar and so forth, or does it just “go to sleep” like it does normally when not in use? You might try hitting a button every once in a while to keep the phone “awake” while the phone displays “loading”. Just a thought.

      • joe
        May 14, 2012 at 3:22 am

        Yep, it reboots…it’s not going into sleep mode. I’m going to start from scratch again…i’ve already deleted all music files out of the phone music folder…i’ve reorganised all the music files on my PC and reloaded on to the phone memory card…will attempt creating a “playlist”.

      • joe
        May 15, 2012 at 2:49 am

        update…after removing all music files from the phone and reloading the same files…using the directions to create and make “playlists”…i can report success :)

        i do not know why the phone was previously rebooting when attempting to make a playlist.

  93. Cliff Herrick
    May 12, 2012 at 7:56 am

    How does one figure out whether any given tracfone uses att or verizon?

    • May 13, 2012 at 12:05 am

      Basically, one will have a similar card (AT&T/T-Mobile) and one won’t (Verizon). But you can tell by the packaging or by the URL when you order the phone. Any Tracfone with a model number ending in G, like the “T301G”, is on AT&T, or anything that ends in a C, like ours is the “R455C”, runs on Verizon.

      • Kate
        May 13, 2012 at 4:45 am

        That is very good information to have. I didn’t realize this and will take it into consideration when purchasing other phones. Thanks

      • May 13, 2012 at 7:56 pm

        Oops. Stupid autocorrect. I meant to type SIM CARD. NOT SIMILAR CARD. Hahahaha

  94. Mia
    May 13, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Which version of Opera Mini should be downloaded in this phone? Is it 4.4? Does this phone offer chats after Facebook app download?
    Thanks.

    • Dave
      May 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      I just used the link in the phones browser to download Opera mini. It gave me version 6.5.
      I haven’t used it much, but it seems to work OK.

  95. Tmbrg
    May 15, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Has anyone successfully installed 3rd-party games? I’ve downloaded an email client from Opera/Handster to my Mac, a .jad file, but the 455C doesn’t seem to want to recognize it. Can’t transfer it via Bluetooth or USB. Also, does anyone know how to “see” the memory card when connected to computer? All I can see are folders for Images and Music, but nothing for Games or Contacts. Thanks any advance for your help.

    • May 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      I haven’t downloaded any games onto mine… and mine won’t connect to the computer via USB, so I have to take the micro SD card out and use the adapter to put it in my card reader in my computer. I go that route to put anything onto my phone… sorry I can’t be of any help! Maybe others have had more luck?

    • Dave
      May 15, 2012 at 11:43 pm

      I think you’re one of the lucky ones if you can connect with a USB cable. Mine won’t stay connected for more than a second.

      The folders you are seeing when you are connected using the cable are the ones on the microSD card. If you take out the card, I dont think it will even connect.

      If you connect using Bluetooth, you can see the folders on the phone as well, but they are the same type folders that are on the card. (Folders named: Images / Card_Images, Sounds / Card_Sounds. Also one named Card_Music)

      It appears that TracFone hides the games folders and such, so the only way to install games is to download them over the air. Hopefully someday, someone will find a way around this.

  96. WG
    May 15, 2012 at 5:14 am

    I tried to listen to my music with my headphones but the music keeps playing on the phones speaker and not through the headphones. Is there a setting I need to change or something to make the headphones work? Thanks.

    • May 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      Are you sure the headphones are plugged in good? I had to really shove mine down to get it to plug in all the way…?

  97. Cliff Herrick
    May 15, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Is this phone considered an android device?

    • May 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      No. It is not an android device.

  98. Rose
    May 15, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Krystn – You really caught my attention with your comments about the R455C having multiple alarms !

    This seems to be a feature nobody publicizes and even when you download owner’s manuals you can rarely find out how many alarms any given phone has. Because I use them for medications this is really critical to me. (My old Motorola W376g TracFone has 5 but I would really love to have a few more.) So could you please tell me how many alarms does “multiple” mean?

    Thank you so much for your outstanding review and your many patient and helpful replies to all these questions. If I buy, I will definitely be back here to study. You are the best !

    • May 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      Hey Rose! Thank you for saying such nice things.. let’s see…. the phone has…. 10 alarms. Max 10 alarms that can be put in at any one time. :)

      • Rose
        May 15, 2012 at 6:52 pm

        Krystn – Thank you so much! The deed is done and with free overnight FedEx from TracFone, I am one happy camper.

      • May 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm

        No problem rose! I hope you like the phone as much as I do! :) good luck!

      • RobDX
        May 16, 2012 at 7:09 pm

        For anyone worried about the speaker, as an audiophile, for a phone speaker it is clear crisp and loud and the volume tuning is nice (nice gradient, not too loud not too soft)

      • Dave
        May 15, 2012 at 11:59 pm

        Krystn, you can also use the Calendar to set up appointments as alarms. I don’t know if this would take away from the 10 alarms or not, and I haven’t tried it so I don’t know if you can setup multiple alarms on any given day. Just a thought.

      • May 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm

        GOOD point Dave. I never thought about that?? Does it usually take away from the amount of alarms when you set alarms for appointments?? Hmm..

    • Dave
      May 17, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Rose and Krystn – Well, I got really bored and the OCD kicked in, so I decided to see how many Events could be loaded into the Calendar. It appears you can only load up to 8 different events on any given day. Then I loaded the maximum of 10 alarms.
      My conclusion: Should anyone have a mind to, they could have up to 18 diiferent reminders in one day.
      I hope I never need that many. ;)

      • Rose
        May 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm

        Wow, Dave! Really good to know although, like you, I’d prefer not to need … :-)

  99. Tmbrg
    May 16, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Thanks for all of the replies everyone. While browsing in the Opera Mobile Store, I found a $1 app for doing POP3 email called “Smart Mail.” It works! Must be renewed every six months. Now I just need to train myself to use it only in special situations to save minutes. I left my last carrier in favor of this Tracfone after paying $47/month for 500 non-rollover minutes, but only using 11 each month. ;-)

  100. Mike C
    May 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Tmbrg how do you go about installing “Smart Mail”? Can you set it where it doesn’t push mail or keep it from running all the time?

  101. Cliff Herrick
    May 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Once I use my voice to make a call, can my wife also use her voice to make a call or will the phone only recognize the original voice?

    • Dave
      May 16, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      I showed my Wife how to use the voice feature after I had used it on the same phone, and it worked OK for her.

      The Nuance website states that it is “speaker independent & requires no training” so it should work for anybody.

      After watching their demo videos, it looks like our little phones are pretty limited in the amount of possible voice commands available, but hey, it”s better than nothing.

      • RobDX
        May 17, 2012 at 4:36 am

        Where did you see this on the nuance site and how do you make voice calls anyways?

      • Dave
        May 17, 2012 at 9:08 am

        http://www.nuance.com/for-business/by-product/vsuite/index.htm

        The “speaker independent” line is in the first paragraph.

        Sorry, I think the fuller featured demos I saw were for Nuance Voice Control not Vsuite.

        Just push and hold the “0” key until the voice software begins to load. It should give you command options on the screen. Just say ”Call”. It will ask you to say the name or number. You can say the name of someone in your address book or just call out the digits. It will confirm what you said, and give other choices if it’s wrong. When you say “yes”, it will dial the call. You have to hang up manually.

      • Tmbrg
        May 18, 2012 at 2:03 am

        Dave :
        http://www.nuance.com/for-business/by-product/vsuite/index.htm
        The “speaker independent” line is in the first paragraph.
        Sorry, I think the fuller featured demos I saw were for Nuance Voice Control not Vsuite.

        Have you actually installed this on your R455C Tracfone? I could not find any information on purchasing, etc. at that web site.

      • Dave
        May 19, 2012 at 2:20 am

        Tmbrg, the Nuance Vsuite version 2.0 comes pre-installed on the phone. It’s what runs your voice commands.
        While I was researching it, I got it confused with their “Voice Control 2.0″ progam. Sorry for any confusion.
        I think both programs have to be pre-installed by the phone manufacturer, and not something you can do yourself.

  102. Cliff Herrick
    May 17, 2012 at 5:05 am

    RobDX :
    Where did you see this on the nuance site and how do you make voice calls anyways?

    See this site for tutorial under calls: http://tracfone.deviceanywhere.com/straighttalk/home.seam?custId=STSAR455C&locale=en_US

  103. WG
    May 17, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Thank you for all of the wonderful insights. I have had my R455C for a couple of weeks and I really like it. I can’t seem to get the headphone jack to work though. Is there something that you have to do to turn it on?

    • Dave
      May 17, 2012 at 9:36 am

      I agree with Krystn’s earlier post. I went and tried my earbuds. I pushed in the plug and the speaker was still playing. Then I pushed it in harder. It sort of popped, and went the rest of the way in. Now the earbuds are working fine.
      Make sure the plug goes in all the way. If that doesn’t work, try another headset to make sure that’s not the problem.
      I also noticed the headphones don’t work for Ringtones, but I guess that makes sense.

      • WG
        May 17, 2012 at 9:48 am

        Thank you Krystn and Dave. It did seem like the plug wasn’t all the way in but I was nervous to push on it that hard. I pushed it pretty hard and now it is working. THANK YOU! I did NOT want to have to call Tracfone customer service :p or wait for a replacement phone. :(

      • May 17, 2012 at 9:59 am

        Hahaha no problem WG. I would not want to call them either! But I just pushed mine in anyway. X)

        Anyway, hope you’re enjoying your phone otherwise! :)

        And thanks Dave! It’s good that the review and questions can have other people commenting and answering.

      • RobDX
        May 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm

        Yeah when you first get it, the plug is a bit tight. I would put it in and pull it out a few times to loosen it up

  104. Claire
    May 17, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Krystn :
    If you have a micro SD card in your phone, you can set the camera to save pics to the card, and then you can take the card out from your phone and put it into your computer and get the pics like that. Otherwise, you can just use units to send them through text to an email address.

    Fantastic review and I probably wouldn’t have thought of doing this. I would have been scouring Amazon.com for a USB cord for the phone. I ordered this phone today because I wanted to get away from Tracfone’s AT&T towers, which are next to useless. I was a bit worried because there isn’t much choice on CDMA phones from this company and this was the most expensive one on the website.
    I feel better about it after reading this page! Thanks<3

  105. Nyak
    May 18, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I bought a micro sd card for this tracfone but for some reason it doesn’t store any of my text messages or contacts only my photos, does anyone know how to fix this.

    • Tmbrg
      May 19, 2012 at 2:34 am

      From what I can tell, Nyak, all folders except those for sounds and images are hidden. I couldn’t even get them to display with Bitpim, so there doesn’t seem to be a way to store texts and contacts on the card.

  106. Tmbrg
    May 19, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Dave :
    Tmbrg, the Nuance Vsuite version 2.0 comes pre-installed on the phone. It’s what runs your voice commands.

    (slaps self on head) Duh! Sorry I was so dense about that. Thanks. ;-)

  107. Mike
    May 19, 2012 at 5:53 am

    I can’t get the yahoo email inbox to display properly on the 455c. All of the text is pushed to the right side of the screen and the left side is blank. Has anyone else had the problem?

  108. May 19, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I am so glad I went ahead and got this phone when I did. I was just looking on the Tracfone website and the R455C is not coming up as available anywhere. I tried using several different zip codes from all over the country and it just isn’t there. There is what appears to be a GSM equivilant – the Samsung T404G but if you want a great CDMA Tracfone and haven’t already ordered this one looks like you missed out.

    I bought a USB cable and like others have posted couldn’t get the phone to connect to my computer for transferring music and pictures. Oh well. It wasn’t a total waste. I can at least use it to charge my phone. I got a mini sd card and adapter a week and a half ago. When I saved the pictures I had taken to my computer I was delighted with how good they looked.

    The back of the phone is easy to get off and on so having to pull the card out to copy music and pictures isn’t a big deal at all.

    • Cliff Herrick
      May 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Don’t know where you were looking but it’s still there: http://www.tracfone.com/phone_detail.jsp?contentID=UCMTST_009477&title=Samsung R455C

      • May 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm

        I went to tracfone.com, clicked on the “phones” tab and then “shop phones”. No matter what zip code I put in it didn’t include this phone as one of the ones available.

      • May 20, 2012 at 2:13 am

        Ah. Now I see it. If I had clickd on “Browse all phones” instead of “Shop Phones” I would have seen it. Hmm. Now I just wonder why it no longer comes up as a choice when I click “Shop Phones”

  109. Gordon
    May 21, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Does the R455C allow you to place voice activated calls with a bluetooth? This isn’t mentioned in the manual, but it seems illogical that this wouldn’t be the case. Thanks!

    • Dave
      May 23, 2012 at 5:04 am

      Gordon, I thought I read somewhere that you could, but I can’t find it antwhere now, so I really can’t say one way or the other. Since they’re mostly just an audio device, i would think you could, (just a guess), but you would still have to push and hold the “0” button on the phone to initiate it. If you or anyone else tries it, post your results. It would be a good thing for the rest of us to know. :) …..Oh, Happy belated Birthday Krystn!!!

  110. May 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    The specs don’t say anything about WiFi! Does it? Also, does it have an app for keeping memos. I want it to act like a PDA? But, I also need the TrakFone networking. We live in the mountains and the only service this far up is CDMA from Golden State. They accept TrakFone’s CDMA Phones. Thanks,

    • May 28, 2012 at 12:56 am

      Hey malcolm! It does not do wifi.. :( And also does not have a memo “app” that I know of. Sorry.

  111. Smrf
    May 28, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Can someone tell me some exact zip codes so I can order this phone? I live in an AT&T area as well as Verizon so they keep only showing me GSM phones but I specifically want this cuz it’s CDMA. Also, can anyone confirm actual use of the voice memo function? I read it’s supposed to have it but then read somewhere that people couldn’t get it to work, please confirm. Thank you in advance.

  112. Ziggy
    May 28, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Can you use the r455c to view pictures you took with the phone and show them, full screen, to friends sitting around you?

    Likewise can you load up pictures from your computer and them show them to friends sitting around you at full screen?
    Thanks.

  113. Ziggy
    May 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Oh, and one other question: Can you browse the web when the phone says it’s roaming or just in a “home” area?
    Thanks.

  114. Mike C
    May 30, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Ziggy :
    Oh, and one other question: Can you browse the web when the phone says it’s roaming or just in a “home” area?
    Thanks.

    I can confirm that you CANNOT use the web or MMS when it says roaming you can only do that when it says “Home”.

  115. Ziggy
    May 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Ziggy :
    Can you use the r455c to view pictures you took with the phone and show them, full screen, to friends sitting around you?

    Well I bought the phone, but haven’t activated it yet. So to answer my own question…

    You can NOT view pictures that you have taken with the phone on the full screen! Pictures are meant to be taken with the camera held sideways, so the picture will be wider than it is tall, just like a normal camera. The entire screen is used as the view finder so you see a nice big preview.

    After taking the picture and saving it in the phone, you can no longer see the picture on the whole screen EVER AGAIN! You are limited to viewing your pictures and photos in a smaller window on the full screen with the rest of the screen being used for menus, picture name, etc. This really sucks!

    You can’t even see the whole thing if you make it your wallpaper. The pictures are taken in landscape orientation, but the wallpaper is displayed in portrait orientation, so it cuts off both sides and all you get is the middle of the picture. What were these guys thinking?

    If you take pictures of price tags in a store to compare them in another store, you can’t even read the smaller displayed image, and there’s no zoom function either! So buyer be ware.

    • Tmbrg
      May 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      Ziggy, I think I read that the Zoom is disabled when the highest resolution has been selected. Found this in a tutorial:
      1. From the main screen, press and hold the camera key located on the right side of your phone.
      2. With your phone in the horizontal position, press the Left navigation key to zoom in.
      3. Press the Right navigation key to zoom out.
      4. To take a picture, press the Center key.
      5. Once you take the picture, with your phone in the horizontal position, press the key below the “Save” icon in order to save the picture.
      6. To exit, press the red PWR/END key.

      • Ziggy
        May 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm

        Hi Tmbrg, Thanks for your response. Yes, there is a zoom for taking pictures, but I was hoping for a zoom while viewing pictures that were already taken, so one could zoom in to look at details.

    • Tom
      May 31, 2012 at 3:06 am

      While I knew the limited resolution of this phone camera when I bought it, I’ve been disappointed in the capture quality (there’s a lot more to it than the number of pixels) and photo viewing functions. Unbelievable oversights on Samsung’s part.

      • Kate
        June 1, 2012 at 1:46 pm

        agreed

  116. rchang
    May 31, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Krystn :

    And as for bluetoothing the contacts… It does look like you can “send name card via bluetooth”.. But it looks like you’d have to do them one at a time.

    After you select “send name card…” you can mark multiple entries to be sent. The options menu also lets you mark all. So you can send your entire phone book in one fell swoop.

  117. kenwyn
    May 31, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Hi Krystn-

    thank you for the very informative review on the R455c ! I bought one and was wondering if you know how to, or if you can, change the quick navigation button choices (middle 4-way button). It ships with “create text message” for the upper click choice, “messages” for the left click choice, “sound settings” for the right click choice, “contacts” for the bottom click choice. Any way to customize these? Or any way you know of to customize/change the Menu and Browser selection buttons? Thanks again.

    • Dave
      June 3, 2012 at 7:43 am

      TracFone keeps their phones locked down pretty tight so there’s no easy way to change the key functions around. It sure would be nice to move that Browser button out of the way though. But then, you wouldn’t use their airtime as much by accidentally hitting it. ;)

  118. Andrew Waters
    May 31, 2012 at 9:16 am

    ^ You have to remember the tiny ”pinhead” sensors in these cell cameras are just meant to be a way of capturing photos, not as something to be astounded by. And while it’s evident the more expensive cells will perform admirably they still suffer from the pinhead syndrome.

  119. Kory
    June 1, 2012 at 3:35 am

    I’m a newbie here. How do you download the pictures from the phone to a PC? I tried a USB cable and got an error message about the driver not being signed. Have not yet found a driver or other means to download the picts from my phone.

    • June 2, 2012 at 4:27 am

      The only way I found to do it was with a mini SD card. I tried the USB cable and got the same result you did. I keep my card in my phone and fixed my setting so that all pictures taken are saved to the card. I was very pleased with the quality of the pictures I saved to my computer. Viewing them on the phone you don’t see how good they really are. Here’s a link to one I uploaded to my website:

      • Kory
        June 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm

        Beautiful lily! Thank you for the info! I finally figured out how to save to the SD card and was able to download to my husband’s computer. (Works on his…mine still gives error messages).

    • June 2, 2012 at 5:40 am

      Kory, I just want to add that it’s super easy to copy or move pictures from the phone memory to the card and vice versa. Since I usually delete pictures from my card once I save them on my PC if I take any that I may want to use as wallpaper or send as an MMS in the future I just copy them to my phone memory before removing the card.

  120. Dan
    June 1, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I am considering buying a new cell and based on the above an my limited needs this seems like the next logical upgrade for the money. I am very interested in the mp3 function, especially for listening to recorded books. Our library system has a new system with zillions of books which can be downloaded to mp3 players via computer and apparently, with the new system you have two weeks to listen and then they self distruct or encrypt or ? automatically. This is called a WMA? or something like that. Does anyone have any experience with using this phone in this manner and will it support such downloads. I have an old mp3 player and it will not download these types of book formats and I am looking for an instrument, phone/mp3 that does both? If this works, how many hours of listening can you put on at given time? Any info would be appreciated and really an education on this phone from your site; if I get one, I am going to go back through the site and make many many notes to get functional.

  121. Ziggy
    June 2, 2012 at 1:48 am

    rchang :

    Krystn :

    And as for bluetoothing the contacts… It does look like you can “send name card via bluetooth”.. But it looks like you’d have to do them one at a time.

    After you select “send name card…” you can mark multiple entries to be sent. The options menu also lets you mark all. So you can send your entire phone book in one fell swoop.

    This only works for sending from phone to phone. There is no support for phone to computer or computer to phone.

  122. Dave
    June 3, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Dan,
    This is from Samsungs webpage for the R455C (net-10 version):

    “Music Player; Compatible Music Files, AAC, MIDI, MP3, PMD, QCP,WMA; Audio, Streaming; Ringtones, Polyphonic, 72-note; MP3/Music Tones”

    Hope that helps

  123. Dan
    June 4, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Thanks so much for the info on mp3 capabilities. I should have looked there.

  124. Ziggy
    June 4, 2012 at 6:23 am

    I stand corrected, I just purchased the Asus model USB-BT211 usb bluetooth dongle for desktop computer. It does allow me to push or get Contacts from the Samsung R455C Tracfone. You can backup or restore Contacts over bluetooth to the pc using the “vcard” format (.vcf files) and the “Object Push” profile.

    This doesn’t work over the usb cable but it does work over bluetooth.

    It does not allow for sending or receiving Memos but it does work with Contacts.

  125. Mike C
    June 4, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Ziggy when I send Contacts via bluetooth to my computer it puts them in the Bluetooth Exchange Folder which is easy to do and a nice way to backup your Contacts. What I don’t understand though is the procedure to send the Contacts back to the R455C from the pc should you need to?

  126. Ziggy
    June 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Mike C, The process to send contacts back to the phone will be specific to the software that came with your bluetooth dongle. When you send the contacts from the phone to the computer you initiate the transfer on the phone. When you do the reverse, you initiate the transfer on the computer.

    With the Asus software you start the bluetooth manager by double clicking the tray icon. Then find the profile called “Object Push” and double click it. It opens up a browser window where you can go find the .vcf files and select the ones that you want to send back to the phone, then hit “send” and it starts pushing them to the phone. Then on the phone you have to allow the connection to start by hitting “ok” and then the transfer occurs.

    There is also an option to send individual contacts from Outlook Express (instead of .vcf files) to the phone.

    I guess it’s possible that some dongles don’t include the “Object Push” profile in their software, but I know that the Asus one does. I actually borrowed the Asus one from a friend to try it out. I’ll be going to Best Buy pretty soon to see what they have in stock for dongles. If I wind up with a different brand, I’ll report back on the results of that one.

  127. Ziggy
    June 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Even if you can’t send the files back, you can always open up the .vcf files (they are just text files) and read the contents of each one and enter them into the phone manually. At least you haven’t lost the phone numbers.

  128. Mike C
    June 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Ziggy I found a bluetooth option on my pc to send files to the phone and it does work sending contacts thanks for explaining!

    • Travis
      June 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Hi i was just wondering how you put pictures from this phone on your computer? I have an SD card, but is there a way to get pictures saved to my computer without having to spend the 1min plus to send them to email. Thanks in advance

  129. Richard Garrett
    June 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    @Ziggy (and others) thanks for the description and discussion on how to import vcards via bluetooth. Using a Mac I exported from my contacts all of those that I wanted on the phone to a file. Using bluetooth manager and working through the connection settings on the Mac and Samsung I was able to transfer contacts to the phone. @Krystn, thank you for an outstanding and comprehensive review! After reading it I went ahead and got the phone on StraightTalk. Since I am coming from using a chain of Treos, Androids, and iPhones the phone is definitely a step back in many ways but I do appreciate the economy, battery life, and lack of intrusion from the likes of Google, Apple and app developers. I do wish it had a brighter screen (its very hard to see it in daylight) and I also wish the keyboard illuminated with any key press – that would make it much easier to unlock the phone.

  130. Ziggy
    June 6, 2012 at 2:30 am

    Travis :
    Hi i was just wondering how you put pictures from this phone on your computer? I have an SD card, but is there a way to get pictures saved to my computer without having to spend the 1min plus to send them to email. Thanks in advance

    If you have a bluetooth on your computer you can transfer them that way, but it’s probably easier to do it with a micro-usb cable. When the phone is connected to the computer via usb cable the computer has access to pictures and ringtones on the usb card in the phone but not the phone’s internal memory. If you use the usb cable you have to first set the camera options to save it’s pictures to card memory instead of phone memory (phone is the default).

    Bluetooth can transfer pictures or ringtones between the computer and the card memory or phone memory, but it’s a little clumsier and requires more key presses for each file transferred.

    You can also move pictures that you have already taken on internal phone memory to the card memory in the “My Folder” menu. Just select the image and hit “options” and then “move”.

    If you don’t have a micro-usb cable, you can also just pull the sd card out of the phone and plug it into you card reader on the pc to transfer images and ringtones.

  131. Dave
    June 6, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Richard Garrett :
    I do wish it had a brighter screen (its very hard to see it in daylight)

    Just to be thorough, the Brightness setting comes from TracFone preset at 50% If you go to: Menu > Settings > Display Settings > Backlight > Brightness, you can kick it up to 100% from there. It’s only slightly brighter, so it probably won’t help out much in bright daylight, . Also, don’t be surprised if it drains the battery a little faster.

  132. Cliff Herrick
    June 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    A good workaround for when you have to call Tracfone for any support is to send an email to them and ask them to call you back regarding the problem. I’ve done this about a half dozen times over the past month, and it appears there is basically one person in charge of this service. This person’s English is pretty good despite being outsourced in India or some other country. Beats having to wait on hold for who knows how long.

    The reason for my most recent call was upgrading my wife’s old Motorola to the R455C. Her old phone had about 1130 minutes but any transfers of service to a new phone will only do a max of 800 minutes whether you do it online or on the phone. They need to add the additional minutes manually after the phone is activated. They will do it if you ask in a reply to the email they send after the transfer so you don’t have to initiate the call.

    • Cliff Herrick
      June 10, 2012 at 3:27 am

      Hotline to Tracfone for activation only is 888-251-8164. This apparently eliminates long hold times.

    • June 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      This is a very good idea! I’ve never even bothered to have TracFone do a call back because I never would have thought their customer care’d follow through. Hahaha, I haven’t had much luck with them though. It’s always a hassle for me to have to call them. I’ll try this next time! Thanks Cliff!

    • Cliff Herrick
      June 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      I was told the activation/phone # transfer could take up to 72 hours. At 72 hours my phone still said “activation required” so I emailed Tracfone regarding the problem and received a return email indicating that a phone conversation would now be required to get the phone activated. I called the hotline number they gave me and got right through. The rep had me enter a half dozen or so long numbers using the code entry mode and then the phone activated.

      I added this phone to my online account shortly after the original activation call and it started out listed as “inactive”. Sometime later it said the phone number transfer and activation was in process instead of “inactive”. Next time I checked it said “inactive” again which I now assume meant the transfer had been done, but, of course, the message did not say that. Unfortunately there was no clue on the website or anywhere that the transfer was done and I that needed to call to finish the process. I see from other comments that sometimes the activation moves forward automatically without having to make a second call. It sure would be helpful to know what the conditions are that require the second call. Perhaps it is the additional minutes that would not transfer?????

  133. Denise
    June 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Just got my phone this week and am in the process of transferring the phone number and minutes from another tracfone. It wouldn’t let me transfer all the minutes online so I had to call them. I did manage to get a person who spoke English and we went through some codes, etc. then he told me it could take up to two days for things to transfer to the new phone. I got a case number and am hoping it goes through. I sure don’t want to spend hours on the phone trying to get the thing activated. I’m looking forward to using the phone…if it gets activated. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good case? I looked at some on amazon but they did not have good reviews. I want one that won’t be a problem when I try and open it to text. Thanks for any help you can give! What a great resource this page has been for me as I’ve researched this particular phone.

    • June 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      Thank you Denise! I appreciate the kind comment! I know waiting can be a pain. I HATE waiting on TracFone for things to go through. For me, I usually have to call them back, but sometimes, the minutes do go through as TracFone says they will. I have my fingers crossed for you!

  134. Ziggy
    June 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Denise :
    ….I did manage to get a person who spoke English and we went through some codes, etc. then he told me it could take up to two days for things to transfer to the new phone. I got a case number and am hoping it goes through.

    When I got my phone, I skipped the web site and just called the number on the red activation card (mid day during the week, if that makes any difference). I wanted to transfer my number and remaining minutes from my old Nokia CDMA tracfone to the new r455c.

    I had 2200 minutes to transfer. The operation was flawless. The agent was very knowledgeable. She said the new phone could only be activated with 1030 minutes maximum but as soon as it was activated she would send me the remaining balance immediately. She stayed on the line while my old phone was deactivated and the new one was activated. She made sure I could make an outgoing call on the new phone and then she sent me the rest of the minutes that I was owed.

    The whole process took about 30 minutes and she made sure my new phone was working before we hung up. No waiting days without a phone. I was very happy. My suggestion is to keep calling back till you get someone who knows what they’re doing.

  135. Jessica
    June 11, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Krystn :
    I’ve had problems like that before. In some cases, all it took was waiting on the new phone to activate. I would turn off and on the phone every so often to sort of “refresh” it.
    In other cases, I DID have to call Tracfone multiple times.
    It sounds like yours is just in processing of switching.. how long has it been since you swapped to the new phone?
    When I switched to this particular phone, the r455c, mine didn’t go through til the next day even if they deactivated my old tracfone immediately. My BF swapped to his r455c at the same time I did, but his went through immediately.
    Also, if you’re going from the GSM side of tracfone to the CDMA side (basically if you had a sim card tracfone then switched to the r455c that doesn’t have a sim card) it usually does take a while longer to get the service running.

    I wish I would have found this when I first got my phone. I wound up losing a lot of minutes on my LG 420G and my old number, as I was having difficulty with the online and wound up dealing with Customer Service. Unfortunately the rep I talked to apparently didn’t know that there wasn’t a sim card in the r455c and when I couldn’t find the sim number had me read off the activation card number- which of course came up as being an invalid sim number. Didn’t realize there was no sim card till the new one came in the mail. Was the first time I ever had difficulty with Tracfone and had dealt with their CS. I just wanted the r455c phone for the Triple minutes and slider QWERTY keyboard. Felt quite frustrated with how it went. For some odd reason, the rep kept insisting that my address needs a “street” or “avenue” added to it. Tried to be as patient as possible, as it could’ve been her first week or so as it did sound like she was new.

    Do have one complaint about the r455c itself and a question- this phone only has a text storage of 100 texts while my LG had 500, I think. If I got a SB card, would I be able to expand my text storage?

  136. Rush babe
    June 12, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Just wanted to say thanks for such a thorough review of this phone. My minutes expores soon on my old Motorola and wanted to upgrade to something so I could text easier. I’m gonna get this one because of your review. Thanks again.

    • June 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Thanks Rush babe! I really appreciate the praise! I hope you like the r455c! :)

  137. Mike D
    June 13, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Just got my R455C. It took A week being patient and persistent to get my phone # ported.
    That’s another issue. I have a problem unlocking my phone after I take it out of my pocket. Tried the code but it doesn’t work. Only thing that works is opening the slider. Any clues as to steps to take?

  138. Denise
    June 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks for the info. I did have to call back after two days and enter a buttload of codes to get my phone activation completed. He transferred my phone number and service days and asked if there would be anything else he could do for me. Ummmm – yeah, transfer the 1728 minutes I had on the old phone. It took a few more codes but he managed to get them onto the new phone. I have been playing with the new phone for a couple of days and, so far, I love it! I’m trying to set it up to work with the bluetooth in my car. Still need a micro sd card and a case. Any suggestions for a good case? Also wondering if the bonus codes work on these triple minute phones?? Thanks so much for your help! Denise

  139. Lydia
    June 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Amazingly thorough review, Krystn — and so great that you continue to respond to queries! You sold us on getting a r455c (which just arrived yesterday. We’re in the steep learning part of ownership and are also very interested in where to find cases. I’m thinking that the silicone (rubberized) kind sounds like a good idea — but maybe in something other than classic black so that the phone’s easier to find in my purse. Any suggestions will be most appreciated!
    –Lydia

    • June 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      Thank you so much Lydia! What I did was just check on ebay for cases. That’s where I got my black case from. I originally had a cheetah print one. That was kind of fun. Hahahaha :) Just make sure that when you search for a case on ebay that it specifically says that it will fit the R455C.

  140. Chelly
    June 15, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Great review!! Are there any sites that have free games for this phone? I have checked mobilerated and getjar but I don’t see the phone listed. Is the phone named something else on those sites.

    • June 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Chelly! Thank you! I haven’t come across any free sites that have free games yet. Maybe some other users have some input for you? Sorry I can’t be of more help. :)

  141. Carver
    June 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Wow, much more info here than on samsung’s site. They and tracfone should send you a check. Question on the 455. It doesn’t display an id when receiving a text message. Doesn’t it have that feature?

    • June 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Hey Carver. Thanks! Hmmmm.. as far as I’ve tested, it doesn’t seem to display an ID when you get a text. :( Boo.

  142. Candy Barkley
    June 15, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I hope you see this once in awhile. I cannot find a speaker phone for this very same phone…where How. I don’t believe it does not have one. My Icon summary also does not show it.Help.

    • June 18, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Hey Candy… Hmmm.. I’m a little unclear on what you’re asking… If you’re asking if there’s away to put the phone on speaker phone, there’s a button right next to the green send key.. that looks like a speaker… when you’re in a call, you can hold that button down and it will turn the phone on speaker.

  143. Nan
    June 16, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Just purchased the R455C phone that says it has triple minutes. I charged it up last night but have done nothing with it yet to activate. I bought a 60 min. card. Now I’m going to ask a really “dumb” question but once I active the 60 min. card, does the phone know to triple the minutes automatically or do I need to do something else.

    Glad I found this site as I have learned a few things before I even tried the phone.

    • June 18, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Hey Nan! Thanks! The phone should automatically triple the minutes for you when you add the 60 minute card so you should get a total of 180 for adding 60 minute card. :)

  144. Ziggy
    June 19, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I’m having trouble with the Calendar Event Alerts. They don’t seem to work correctly for me. I don’t know if my phone is defective or if it is a flaw in all of the r455c phones.

    So I create an event that has a “start time” of today (Sunday) at 4pm and an “end time” of today at 5pm.
    I set “recurrence” to “weekly” so it will go off every Sunday.
    I set “repeat until” to next month’s date so it will alarm each week for a month on Sunday.
    I leave “message Alerts” set to “off”
    I set “Alert time” to “1 hour before”
    And Save the event.

    I would expect it to alarm at 3pm, which it does.
    I select “veiw event now” and see the event.
    The problem is that it continues to alarm at random times after that during the hour leading up to the meeting, up until 4pm. I clear each alarm, but it comes back, sometimes in 30 seconds, sometimes 18 minutes, or 6 minutes, or 13 minutes, or what ever minutes later.

    If I delete that event and start over, this time setting “message Alerts” to “every 2 minutes”, it still alarms randomly for the entire preceding hour, not every 2 minutes like I’d expect.

    If someone else could try this on their phone and report back, that would be great. I’m trying to figure out if just my phone is flaky.

    Here is another scenario using a non-repeating Event:
    So I create an event that has a “start time” of today at 4pm and an “end time” of today at 5pm.
    I set “recurrence” to “once” so it will only go off today.
    I set “message Alerts” to “every 2 minutes”
    I set “Alert time” to “1 hour before”
    And Save the event.

    I would expect it to alarm at 3pm, which it does.
    I select “veiw event now” and see the event.
    The problem is that it never alarms again. I would have expected it to alarm every 2 minutes until the event start time.

    So, to recap, when I create a Recurring Calendar Event, the alarm goes off randomly repeatedly during the pre-event alarm time. And when I create a Non-Recurring Calendar Event the alarm only goes off once at the beginning of the pre-event alarm time and never again, no matter what the “Message Alerts” field is set to.

    Does this happen on your phone as well?
    Thanks.

  145. Rush babe
    June 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I’ve got a question. I set up my contacts with name and ph#, but when a call or text comes in, my phone only displays the ph# not the name. Do you know how to fix this?

  146. Ziggy
    June 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Rush babe :
    I’ve got a question. I set up my contacts with name and ph#, but when a call or text comes in, my phone only displays the ph# not the name. Do you know how to fix this?

    Make sure you have entered the area code in your contacts, even if it is a local number. The phone always uses the complete number, including area code, when it looks for a match in your contacts. It should then display the contact name as well as the number.

    You can also have the phone speak the name of who is calling (if it’s in your contacts) by going to “Settings” -> “Call Settings” -> “Call Alert” and select “Caller ID + Ring”

  147. Mrs M
    June 19, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Great reviews – this really helps as I am rather nervous about getting a new phone but I want to upgrade. I currently have a motorola V170 and I LOVE it and have never had a problem, but I want to get something newer and something I can text faster on.
    Are the the units deducted for texting (and regular calls) the same on all tracfones? I have an older model tracfone and am currently deducted .03 units for each page I text. I do not get deducted for receiving a text, just sending one.
    Also what is the main difference between the GMS (?) and the other type you were mentioned (forgot what it was called) I currently have GMS.
    Thanks

    • June 19, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Thank you Mrs M! Ummm.. I believe mine is.. .3 units incoming and outgoing? i forget already.. i’ll have to test it and actually look. I have somewhere around 1000 minutes so i don’t really keep track sometimes. hahaha Anyway. A GSM tracfone is basically one that has a sim card (on tracfone, these ones run on the AT&T side of tracfone) and a CDMA one is basically one that doesn’t have a sim card (which would be the ones the run on the verizon side of tracfone).

  148. Ziggy
    June 21, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Faye Abbott :
    Thanks so much for your reply. Do you know if this phone uses A. T. & T. or Verizon towers? Seems those are the two available in my area and I get better reception with A. T. & T.

    The Samsung r455c does not have a slot for a sim card. It is a CDMA only phone and uses Verizon Towers.

    • June 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      oh.. my bad. i thought you were talking generally about any tracfone… another user was talking about a different phone and how to tell if it was cdma or gsm… yes. the r455c in particular runs on the verizon part of tracfone and does not have a sim card. it’s cdma.

  149. Jonathan B.
    June 22, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Krystn:
    This review has been very helpful for me. Just got this phone yesterday and am waiting for activation. So far I have just been messing with bluetooth/usb/contacts. I have seen issues with people connecting via usb, luckily I have had no such problems (using a Mac to connect). Only rough patch has been with bluetooth file transfer. When I sent an .mp3 via bluetooth it only put it into the ringtones folder (on the music player it said “no .mp3 files”). I had wanted to transfer my music this way, but I am also wondering if this could work for people who just want to transfer ringtones that do not appear in the music player. Anyways looking forward to using this phone, for a long time I have been jealous of my friends who have coverage on Verizon when I do not. Thank you Krystn for making this review, and thank you to everyone positing about their trouble and suggestions, I feel like I know a lot more about my new phone after reading this.

    • June 22, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      Awwwwwwwwww! Thank you Jonathan! Comments like this always make my day! I’m glad that I could be of help and I’m appreciative to all the people who put time into answering questions as well! I hope you enjoy your phone and thank you for your input! :)

    • Ziggy
      June 24, 2012 at 7:19 am

      Jonathan: That’s a good point. I didn’t know you could keep ringtones from showing up in the music player, but putting the ringtones in the phone memory instead of the card memory accomplishes just that! By the way, phone memory is only accessible using bluetooth, you can’t get to it using the usb cable.

      With my bluetooth manager software (came with the ASUS bluetooth dongle) when I select “File Transfer” (or “FTP”) it gives me a choice of five folders on the phone to put things into:
      Card Sounds
      Card Music
      Card Images
      Sounds
      Images

      The first 3 are all on the micro SD card that I installed in the phone (sold separately) and the last 2 are on the built in memory of the phone itself. If I transfer mp3 songs to the “Card Music” folder, they show up in the music player just fine. Putting ringtones in the “Sounds” (not “Card Sounds”) keeps them from showing up in the music player.

      If you don’t have the 3 “Card” folders showing up, try formatting the card in the phone from the phone’s menus.
      go to My Folder -> Memory Status -> Card Memory -> Format Card
      That will erase everything on the card and should create the 3 card folders and make them ready for use by the bluetooth software.

      Just FYI when I connect via usb cable the folders on the card show up with different names than what show up in the bluetooth manager.
      Card Sounds is called “My_Ringtones”
      Card Music is called My_Music”
      Card Images is called “My_Images”
      There is also a “My_Videos” folder, but this phone doesn’t do video.
      These are the same names that you will see if you take the card out of the phone and plug it into a PC card reader.

  150. Chris
    June 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Thanks for review– one of my big complaints with my current samsung is the text memory and display. I want to get something that will hold a fair amount of text history and display it logically in a conversation/chat style, similar to iphone/android– does this phone do that? My r451c does not.

    Please email me a pic if you have one or take one. :)

    • June 28, 2012 at 1:28 am

      Hey Chris! No problem… And the phone does not do that “threaded” style messaging. Each text comes as a separate message that you have to open up and look at.

  151. Bee
    June 28, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Great review! I have a question though- what USB cable is needed for this phone? Do you have a picture of the side that plugs into the phone? I have been looking for a cable on amazon, but I have seen two different types and I do not know which one will work. Thanks!

    • June 28, 2012 at 11:10 am

      Thank you Bee! I do have a picture in the review of where the phone plugs in. It’s on the top of the phone. It plugs in using the same port as the charging port. It’s a micro USB port. A lot of users said they had trouble getting the phone to register or open up when they plugged it into their computer though. So good luck! :)

      • Bee
      • June 28, 2012 at 12:41 pm

        That looks like the right tip, a micro USB tip. And the reviews seem to look plentiful and good on Amazon. But there are some bad ones… I can’t tell you a sure yes because I’m not sure of the product.

        To tell you the truth, I’d go in to a local store, like T-Mobile or something. I know for sure that they sell the micro USB data cables for like $13. If it doesn’t work with your phone, you can always return it. That would give me piece of mind, and it wouldn’t be a “maybe sketchy” product, you know? (And no worries, you don’t have to be a T-Mobile customer to purchase anything from the store). I’d feel much better doing it this way… but if cost is an issue.. then i’d say go for it cuz if it doesn’t work then you’ve only wasted $1.75 on it. :p

      • Bee
        June 28, 2012 at 12:52 pm

        Thanks Krystn! I will try that.:)

      • June 28, 2012 at 4:21 pm

        no problem! sorry that it’s a little more of an expensive route, but it’s a little more of a sure way to make sure you get a good micro SD data cable.

        also, just remember, mostly everyone has said that their r455c doesn’t show up or register when they plug it into their computer.

        if you’re trying to put music or stuff onto your phone, the best thing would be to get a micro SD memory card and load it up that way. :) just a heads up!

        good luck!

  152. Pat
    June 28, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Krystn: I had pretty much decided on this phone but looked for reviews to make sure and found yours which closed the deal – thanks for all the input. I have had the phone for a week or so and so far so good, except for one big problem: I cannot get it to work with the bluetooth in my car. My husband has another Samsung from tracfone and has no problem nor did I have on with my previous LG w/Verizon svc. I have followed the steps in the manuals of both the car and phone. It appears to be connected and I can find the phone on the “paired devices” list on the car BT screen, but then the phone cycles off and back on every so many seconds or it freezes up and the bluetooth of the car shows no device connected. Incoming calls cut off within a few seconds or can’t be answered at all. I also cannot synch my address book – car BT says it is refreshing, but then the phone cycles off and it all ends. Very frustrating! Either I am missing something or I have a defective phone. Any ideas?

    • June 28, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Thank you Pat!! Oh my gosh. I understand how frustrating that must be!!! Okay, so I don’t have bluetooth in my car (booooo!) But I did test the bluetooth connection out with my bluetooth headset. I paired it and was able to place a call and talk without it disconnecting… Have you tried testing the bluetooth out with an actual headset? I’d try that. If that doesn’t work, then maybe the phone is defective… If it DOES work then maybe it’s your cars bluetooth system that it’s having problems with. If that be the case, I’d try returning and exchanging for a new one… But no gaurantee it’s gonna be a fix. Maybe other users have some input on if the bluetooth is working in their cars? Sorry again to hear this! And good luck!

  153. NewSung
    June 28, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Krystin. Kudos on the best and most informative site for this phone (R455C)!
    I am about to buy one, but have a few questions, since I have never had a Tracfone before. Please forgive me if they are stupid questions.

    1) Can you check Voicemail messages from a land line, and if yes, will you still be charged any minutes when doing so?

    2) I see that you can put an individual picture for each person, that displays when that person is calling. But can you do the same with the ringtones (i.e., a custom ringtone for each person)?

    3) The R455C is available at my local Target, but when I went to the tracfone website, and put in my zip code, it did NOT show that phone as being available.
    I see it uses Verizon, which has excellent coverage in my area.
    So if I buy the phone mail order, such as from Amazon or ebay, is there a chance that it will not work in my area?
    Due to all the negative comments about tracfone’s customer service, I am afraid to call and ask them (assuming they would even know the correct information in the first place).

    Thank you so much for any assistance, and please keep up the great work!

    • June 28, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Hey NewSung! Thank you!

      Okay… Let’s see now… I’ll try and answer these as best as I can.

      1) Yes. You can check voicemails from a landline. You just call your number from the landline (or any other phone)… And press # (the pound key) and it’ll prompt you to enter the password you set up when you set up your voicemail. (Just don’t forget to set up your voicemail when you first get your phone because otherwise it will just say “this user has a voicemail that has not been set up. Goodbye”.

      2) Yes. You can set separate ring tones for each person. (And about the picture IDs.. Just remember to set them that certain way that was talked about.. I think it was like this–go to the picture in your gallery and then press “set as name ID” or however we discussed in in the blog because the other way won’t work and it’ll just start changing your pictures all to the same picture.)

      3) Okay. This I’m not too sure about… I think other people were having that problem where the phone doesn’t show up when they input their zip code… But they knew the phone would work there. I’m not too sure about this one. Sorry about that. If it’s the same price as the websites, I’d just get it from Target and test it out… Cuz if it doesn’t work you can just return it. Or maybe other users have more input on this… Sorry about that!

      Thanks again for the compliments and good luck with this! :)

  154. NewSung
    June 28, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Sorry, I also forgot to ask this.

    4) After I buy this phone, I want to transfer my number from my other phone (t-mobile).
    Can I do this procedure online at the tracfone site, or only ON the new phone itself?
    Which is the best way, and is this done After or Before the phone is activated?
    I would appreciate any spoon-feeding for newbies like myself.

    Thanks again.

    • June 28, 2012 at 11:58 am

      4) Yes. When you click on “activate phone” on the TracFone website, you will be able to select an option to “Transfer my number from another company to TracFone. (We will create a ticket to Port your number).” That will ask you for the information about your T-Mobile account (the primary account holder’s name, the account number, any passwords on the account, person info, etc) and this way you can port your number out. It might take a few hours or even a day or so so keep that in mind. I’m not sure how long the porting process is. You do this while you activate your new TracFone. Make sure NOT to cancel your T-Mobile account beforehand though. The T-Mobile account needs to be active to port your number over. So basically, you leave your T-Mobile account alone, and when you port in to Tracfone, what it does is it shuts down your T-Mobile account because of the request to port the number in (if it’s just you on the T-Mobile plan. If you’re on a family plan, then it won’t shut down your T-Mobile account, it’ll just cut off your line and leave the rest of your lines active with T-Mobile.) I hope this is not too confusing. Good luck~!

  155. NewSung
    June 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you so much for your QUICK reply!!! Now THAT’S how customer service should be done! (are you listening TF?)

    RE: 1) Will TF still charge minutes WHILE I am checking the Voicemail from a land line?
    And on a related note, if I don’t answer the phone and someone leaves me a voicemail message, are TF minutes being used up while the voicemail message is being recorded?

    RE: 3) Buying the phone locally, will cost a little more; but it’s a bit of a “catch 22″ since I need to add minutes to see if it works in my area (don’t I?). And I plan to buy the 400min/1 yr. card online, and “Pay As You Go (or prepaid) phone cards” can’t be returned.

    RE: 4) Thanks for the very useful info about porting, and not to cancel my present phone.
    I have the “T-M To Go plan”, and can’t seem to find an account number. For my present (soon to be old) phone, I found all the paperwork and only have:
    SIM card#,
    Handset IMEI #,
    Activation Code#
    There are two PIN #’s – The first one (4 digit) is used to check voicemails,
    and the second PIN # (6 digit) is for Customer Service.

    Do you have any idea which numbers I should use, for “account number” and “PIN number”?

    I’m sorry for all the questions, and am not confused by your concise answers.
    Thanks again.

    • June 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Hahaha! Thank you! You just caught me at a good time! I was in the process of responding to all the comments.

      Okay…
      1) No. TracFone only charges you while you actually physically use the phone. If you’re not using the phone for anything then no. So if you’re checking your voicemail from a landline then you’re calling from that landline and not using any minutes. And when someone calls and leaves a voicemail it also does not come out of your minutes/money since they are the one calling you and leaving a message. Voicemail doesn’t charge that way. Only if you call from your TracFone does it charge you because you’re actually using the phone.

      3) Give me your zip code and I can check further into this for you. There’s a way to check that a friend of mine can look into for you.

      4) If you go to T-Mobile and ask them for your account number, they can give it to you. This is probably the easiest, most accurate way. They’ll ask for your pin code (that you set up with the account initially). It should be 4 digits. If you don’t remember it then just bring a valid photo ID and they can actually tell you what your pin number is on the account (granted that the account is under your name). That 4 digit pin number that you set up on your accoun initiallyt (not the one you set up for your voicemail) is the one that you’ll need to enter when they ask that info for porting.

      And no problem!

    • June 28, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Hahaha! Thank you! You just caught me at a good time! I was in the process of responding to all the comments.

      Okay…
      1) No. TracFone only charges you while you actually physically use the phone. If you’re not using the phone for anything then no. So if you’re checking your voicemail from a landline then you’re calling from that landline and not using any minutes. And when someone calls and leaves a voicemail it also does not come out of your minutes/money since they are the one calling you and leaving a message. Voicemail doesn’t charge that way. Only if you call from your TracFone does it charge you because you’re actually using the phone.

      3) Give me your zip code and I can check further into this for you. There’s a way to check that a friend of mine can look into for you.

      ALSO, I just check and it seems like on the TracFone website, the r455c is out of stock. Is the 505c showing up? If that phone is showing up then that’s a good way to tell if Verizon traacfones like the r455c will work in your market.

      4) If you go to T-Mobile and ask them for your account number, they can give it to you. This is probably the easiest, most accurate way. They’ll ask for your pin code (that you set up with the account initially). It should be 4 digits. If you don’t remember it then just bring a valid photo ID and they can actually tell you what your pin number is on the account (granted that the account is under your name). That 4 digit pin number that you set up on your accoun initiallyt (not the one you set up for your voicemail) is the one that you’ll need to enter when they ask that info for porting.

      And no problem!

  156. NewSung
    June 28, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    RE 1) Great to hear( same as my old phone).

    RE 3) Yes, I just checked again, and the LG 505C (for $89.99), is showing up. All the other phones on the page (including the LG 800G and Samsung T404G), have a “G” suffix.
    And yes, do please ask your friend to check the 60626 zip for the r455c. I would really appreciate it. Once I’m sure, I can order the phone.

    RE 4) That’s a great idea.

    Your help is priceless. Thanks again!

  157. NewSung
    June 28, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I just found something that may also help others in the same predicament:

    http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2011/12/how-to-get-tracfone-net10-or-straight.html

    Specifically, the following section from that page,
    “If you are ordering a phone online from one of the TracFone companies, after you enter you zip code look at the page URL for a string of characters beginning with &market=. The 4-6 characters after the “=” are the TracFone Market codes. Decode them as follows:
    GSM4 = AT&T
    GSM5 = T-Mobile
    GSM5AT = T-Mobile or AT&T
    CO = CDMA (Verizon)
    COGSM4 = CDMA and AT&T
    COGSM5 = CDMA or T-Mobile ”

    In my case, the URL I get, after inputting the zip code is: COGSM5
    Based on this and the “C” suffix, is it now safe to say with confidence, that the R455C should work in my area?

    • June 28, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      That’s exactly how my friend is checking for you! And he said that that is what it looks like… However… He did say that there is a VERY small chance that you could get activated on the US Cellular side of TracFone and they’re realllllyyy junk. They have an agreement with Tracfone for the CDMA phones along with Verizon and so happen to have coverage in your area. -_- I can’t be sure but at least we know that you’re in an area where the verizon side is available.

      He said he’s pretty sure it’ll activate on verizon since their one of TracFone’s main carriers, but….. I can’t be sure sure. :/ but be sure you get it from somewhere like amazon where they’ll take a return if in fact it isn’t on verizon.

      Sorry about not being 100% on this but your chances are very slim for US Cellular.

  158. NewSung
    June 29, 2012 at 8:29 am

    I thank you and your friend very much.

    I have one more question regarding this:
    I plan to do the activation online.
    So how will I know that I am being activated on Verizon and not US Cellular?

    I’ll try to get it from Amazon, like you suggested.

    • June 29, 2012 at 9:46 am

      No problem! :) and that’s the thing.. no matter how you activate the phone, it’s gonna activate you on whatever it wants to. If by chamce you are activated on US cellular.. i think there’s a way to look it up by your phone number. you might have to google it because i’m not exactly sure how… and if you happen to find out that you are on the US cellular side, you can call tracfone and tell them you want to be switched over to the verizon side of TracFone. SOME people have managed to get Tracfone to change them, however I do not know what the success rate is on that. :/ Your chances are slim that you’ll get put on the US cellular side… but some people do. So…. good luck! :)

  159. NewSung
    June 29, 2012 at 10:32 am

    OK, I’ll give a shot, and keep my fingers crossed.
    I’ll let you know how it goes.

    Your help has been “priceless”. Thank you so much!

    • June 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      you’re welcome! good luck! :)

  160. June 30, 2012 at 6:18 am

    RE: The issue of not being able to connect with a USB.

    I had that problem when I first bought my USB cable and had resigned myself to having to take out the and reinsert the mini SD card whenever I wanted to move music or pictures. It wasn’t at total loss though since I could at least charge my phone with the USB cable.

    Then one day I was going through my phone settings and for the first time scrolled down all the way and found “8 PC Connection” When I hit OK I found two choices “USB Mass Storage” and “No Connection”. No Connection was selected so I changed it to USB Mass Storage.

    Hallelujah!!! Now my computer can see all the files on the SD card on my phone and I can easily move stuff back and forth. :)

    • July 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Hahahaha! I’m glad yours is working! I switched mine to USB Mass Storage before, but it still doesn’t show up. :/ Thank you for the input though Jackie! :)

  161. Kristy
    July 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Does this phone just use a normal pair of headphones? I have tried some different pairs, but they did not work. Do you know if they need 3.5 (regular) or 2.5 mm? Thanks!

    • July 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      Hey Kristy! It has a regular 3.5mm headphone jack, so you should be able to use any regular headphones. As it was mentioned before, you have to push the plug in pretty hard until it really clicks in. That might be why you can’t get it to work. You have to push it in hard so that they’ll work. Hope this helps!

      • Kristy
        July 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm

        I just tried it and it works. Thanks! :)

      • July 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm

        No problem! Glad that helped! :)

  162. Denise
    July 10, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Hi, I lost my 455C and am wondering if there is anything on the phone that would help me to find it. I keep calling it but no one answers and it is nowhere to be heard. The battery will die soon so if you could get back to me soon I’d appreciate it.

    • July 10, 2012 at 11:48 am

      Hey Denise, as far as I know, there is no way to locate or track your phone that I can think of! :/ Some phone companies offer phone insurance that has a mobile security option that you can set up which will locate your phone… but as far as i can tell, there is nothing for the r455c.

  163. Moesyeah
    July 10, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    How much does this phone cost and where can you buy it?

    • July 10, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      I got mine as a gift, but I think it costs about $60. It has been out of stock on the TracFone website for a while now… I don’t know when they’re gonna get more in stock. I know some people were able to pick it up in stores like Target. I saw the r455c in my local Target store for the same price. :)

  164. S ON
    July 13, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Thanks for your great review! Based on that I got myself this phone. It works well, except for one tiny thing: I set the backlight of the screen and of the keypad to turn off after 10 seconds. It works for the keypad, but the screen took 1 min + 10 seconds. The same is true if it sets it to 20 seconds etc. Is this normal? (my old samsung phones aren’t like that).

    THANKS!

    • July 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks so much for the compliments S On!! Yes, that is normal… I’m not sure why the phone works like that, but I noticed mine does that too.

  165. Bree
    July 14, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Thanks for the review! I have a question. My phone keeps getting an error message when I try to go to the browser. It says “Check Data Restictions-36.” It pops up whenever I am not in a Wi-Fi zone and when I am. Does anyone know what the error message means? Thanks!

    • July 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Hey bree! I’m not exactly sure what that means… and i’d hate to recommend calling tracfone, but they’d probably know… I’m gonna try research it a bit and get back to you.

    • July 16, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Hey again Bree,
      I’ve been googling and it seems like there could be a problem with the towers you’re on… but I did find this blog article about a guy who works in cutomer care who seems to be really good… named Elston. Might be worth taking a look at or it might be worth contacting him because he seems to be good! Hope this helps!!

      http://www.pbush14.com/2009/08/30/tracphone-support/

  166. Mike C
    July 16, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Bree the reason you’re getting the error message is because you’re roaming and you can’t use the browser when roaming.

  167. Tmbrg
    July 17, 2012 at 12:08 am

    For text messages, is the time stamp the time we open it or the time it was sent? I’m hoping it is the former, but I fear it is the latter.

    • RobDX
      July 17, 2012 at 8:38 am

      Time stamp when it was sent. I got a text at 7 this morning, and I checked it at 10:30, and it said 7.

      • Tmbrg
        July 18, 2012 at 1:26 am

        RobDX :
        Time stamp when it was sent. I got a text at 7 this morning, and I checked it at 10:30, and it said 7.

        RobDX, was your phone on at the time? I just got one that I’m pretty sure was sent yesterday while my phone was off. Please let me know.

      • Nan
        July 18, 2012 at 9:03 am

        If your phone is off when you get a text message, the phone will show the current time and date when you turn your phone back on. My son texted me one night and I had my phone off, when I turned it on the next day, the message appeared as if he had just texted me. Not real crazy about that. Also don’t like the idea that you don’t know who is texting you, the screen only shows you have a text and says answer now, answer later, or something like that. I e-mailed tracfone about this and they say there is no way to have the text message show who it’s from.

        Also is anyone else getting a lot of telemarketing calls on their phones? I have only given my number out to 3 people but in the last couple days I have gotten, on average, 4 calls a day. At least a # appears on the screen and since I don’t recognize it I don’t answer it. Now how do these people get ahold of a brand new, never used before, phone #?

  168. William Rhoads
    July 19, 2012 at 12:39 am

    How do you sync this phone with the Yahoo calendar?

    • July 19, 2012 at 9:46 am

      they William! I’m not sure about this one since I don’t sync my calendar to this phone… Maybe some other users will have some input. I’ll try to do some research on this as well.

  169. Lori
    July 19, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Krystn,
    Would you entertain teaching an old lady? I can’t find my speakerphone button and I would like to keep telemarketers from ringing in and I cannot figure it out. I saved the contact and then I find no options for ringstyle, etc.. I am using tracfone service. New to the cell phone world…terrible I know, but we all start somewhere.

    • July 19, 2012 at 9:59 am

      they Lori!! Goodness, you have a cell phone, so that means that you’re not old! :)

      Let’s see… the speaker phone button is right next to the bottom of the send key. It has the little speaker looking icon with an arrow coming out of it. When you’re in a call, and the either person you have called has answered, just press and hold that button and it’ll put that in speaker phone. If you look at your screen, a little purple speaker icon will appear at the top as well. And to get out of speaker phone, just press and hold that icon again. You might have to practice and try this a fee times because it took me a few tries to get the speaker to come on.

      Abd as for telenarketers… if you answer and tell them they’re calling a cell phone and to stop calling then they should stop.. I THINK it’s illegal for them to call cell phones that’s why. As for the ringtone part… if you save they’re number, you can go to the contact (what ever you saved the telemarketer as in your phone book) and then press “edit”, scroll down to “ringtone”, press “set” and there should be an option for “no ring” if you scroll a bit. Then you can set it to not ring for that specific number. Hope this answers your questions Lori!

  170. Lori
    July 19, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Found the speakerphone (had to hold the button for a couple sec). Still not finding an answer for the telemarketer.

  171. Dave
    July 20, 2012 at 3:16 am

    Lori,
    Since you saved the telemarketer’s contact info, it will show up in your contacts folder under whatever name you gave to it. So first, hit “Menu”, then go to your “Contacts” folder, click “Find”, and then scroll until the name you gave the telemarker is highlighted. From there, click the “Edit” button, (The left hand soft key.). This brings you to the “Edit Contacts” screen. Now, scroll down through the various fields until “Ringtone ” is Highlighted. Click the “Set” button, (The left hand soft key again). This will bring up a list of all your available ringtones. Scroll down through the list until you see “No Ring” and click “OK” (The center button). This Should set the phone to NOT ring whenever that contact calls. The call will still show up under “Missed Calls” though.
    I hope this was helpful.

  172. ME
    July 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    IS THERE A USB FOR IT? HOW CAN I COPY SONGS FROM MY COMPUTER?

    • July 22, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      Pretty much any micro usb cord will work to hook it up to your computer… and you songs just need to be in an mp3 format and you can put them on your phone. or, you can just load up a microSD memory card with mp3s and you can put it in your phone and then you’ll have songs on your phone.

  173. Lori
    July 22, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Thank you Dave & Krystn. Your advice worked like a charm.
    Thanks for all you do to help others. Very nice to see.
    Regards,
    Lori

    • July 22, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks Lori! Glad we could be of help! :) Enjoy your phone! :)

  174. Dave
    July 26, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Hi Krystn,
    I noticed this post on Howard Forums about the Facebook App not working,so I thought I’d re-post it here for anyone who follows your blog:

    “I hadn’t used my Facebook app ver 2.8.1 for several days and today it wouldn’t work on two different phones, my LG800G and my Samsung R455C. I went to the mobile site to update the app to ver 2.9.1 and it did update the app but the app still doesn’t get any further than the loading page (flashing the left block forever) so I have to End the app to get out of it. I tried to update the app on the Samsung R455C and it now says my phone is not supported. Anyone else having problems with the Facebook app loading?”

    I just tried it on my R455C, and as of right now Facebook is NOT working for me either. :(

    • July 26, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks for the head’s up Dave!!!
      Hnmmm… let’s see… I’m not currently having a problem with the Facebook app. BUT i did not do any updates to it. I’m running Facebook v2.7.1 (H/270.p.1). [724].
      (I get to that info by going into the app, menu > help > about > (then it should say the version of your Facebook).

      • Dave
        July 27, 2012 at 3:11 am

        I think I “jumped the gun” a little on this. In the evening after I posted this, I noticed a message on Facebook saying that they were having trouble with FB for Every Phone over the last two days. Apparently they have it all fixed now, but I haven’t checked personally due to low minutes. As for the part in the quoted post about R455C not being supported, I don’t think it “technically” ever really was, it just worked anyway. When I get some more minutes, I’ll try to upgrade and see what happens.
        I guess the moral is to wait a bit before you freak out. Lesson learned. ;)

      • July 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm

        Hahahahaha! Thanks Dave. So noted!! :p

  175. hannah
    July 30, 2012 at 8:01 am

    hey i was wondering if you can remove how many minutes and service days you have left?

    • July 30, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Hey Hannah! Yes! You can. Just go to menu > prepaid > airtime display > then from there you select both the balance and the due date and turn it “off”. Hope this helps!! :)

  176. July 30, 2012 at 10:45 am

    HEY ALL!!! I just want to let you all know.. I just posted a new entry today here:

    http://prettymissile.com/2012/07/30/tracfone-r455c-on-sale-target-this-week-729-84/

    and it’s about the TracFone r455C being on sale at Target THIS WEEK (July 29 – August 4) for $39.99!!! GOOD DEAL since the regular price is usually $59.99!

    The BF told me about it and said I should tell you all. :D So cute yeah?

  177. leopardfeet
    July 31, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Found your review back and it sold me on the phone. Bought one from Target and it would never activate, purchased one from Tracfone and it worked right away no the phone isn’t listed for my zipcode anymore so I don’t what that means now since I have the phone and it works great but wanted to let people know about Target. I also have a question the Tracfone website says it has call waiting but I’m new to cell phones and can’t find info on it does it have it and how do you use it if it has it? Thanks any info will help.

    • July 31, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Hey Leopardfeet! The Target bought ones should work fine as long as they scan it and clear it for activation at the register right. (This is different from just ringing it up for the price)… I’ve bought phones from Target and other different retailers… and some of them didn’t scan it out right. That’s the only time they seem to not work right. And the r455c disappeared from Tracfone’s site a while back because they seem to be out of stock (it won’t pull up for my zip code as well).

      I’m so glad you got yours though!!! And I hope you enjoy it! I love mine. It’s been pretty good to me so far! : D

  178. leopardfeet
    August 1, 2012 at 5:03 am

    When I purchased mine at Target the phone wasn’t listed on their website for my zipcode so I think that’s where the problem came in, also the fact that they were just resistant to using a cdma phone in my area. But it’s all good now I love the phone and when I was in Tracfone’s Forums I directed a few people to your review for help because I thought you covered it well, I hope the next time I get a phone you will have reviewed it also. But back to the question of call waiting do you know if the phone has it? and how do you use it? Maybe I’m just dumb and maybe everyone knows how to use it, but I didn’t even have that feature on my home phone when we had one so I’ve never used call waiting, but yesterday the phone was beeping while I was on it but I didn’t know what to do. So any info will be helpful, Sorry it’s so long I guess I can’t get to the point quick enough when I don’t know something.

    • August 1, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Oh! Thanks for the input leopardfeet! That’s weird? I havent heard of anyone else having that problem yet so that’s good to know!

      Okay… so I tested out the call waiting. When you’re on your first call, and you hear the beep signaling you have a second call, you press the green send key and it’ll answer the second call. When you’re done, you just press end. It’ll LOOK like you ended ALL calls, but what it does is it automatically has that first caller call you back, and when you answer the call, it connects you back to the first call. To the first caller, it just seems to them like you came back on the line (they dont have to do anything to get connected back to you). But yes, this means it does call waiting. Interesting, because I didn’t know it worked like this until I tested it out. Hope this isn’t too confusing! And thanks for referring people to my review! I appreciate it!

  179. leopardfeet
    August 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks so much for the test and info. It probably won’t happen often but since I no longer have a landline phone it might come up. Thanks again cause I never would have figured it out. Keep up the good work.

    • August 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      No problem! And thank you for the compliments! :) Enjoy your phone!

  180. August 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Hi Krystn, I just purchased the Samsung R455C phone at my local Target store. Haven’t opened it yet. Your info is very helpful. When I go to the Tracfone website, this model phone doesn’t come up to purchase for my zipcode (Milwaukee, WI). Do you think I’ll have any problem activating it?

    • August 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      Hi rosie! Thank you! And you shouldn’t have problems activating it. It doesn’t come up in my zipcode anymore, but that’s because it’s been sold out on their website for a few months now! If you do have trouble activating, you can return it at Target. I know Target’s return policy is strict, but if the phone won’t function they’ll take it back even if it’s open (I bought phones that I had to return after opening it, and they took the return back and refunded me). But you shouldn’t have problems with activation. Good luck!

      • August 4, 2012 at 11:06 am

        Thanks for your reply, Krystn. I’ll give the phone a try.
        Rosie

  181. Mike Bovair
    August 5, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Hi Rosie I have noticed that tracfone doesnt have any of the Verision phone listed on there web sight any more any idea whats going on ??

  182. Jackie
    August 11, 2012 at 10:19 am

    FYI for anywone using the Opera mini browser for this phone. If you haven’t already updated to the newest version (Version 7.0) you really need to go ahead and do it. I was happy with the browser from the start but the newest version is even better.

    • August 13, 2012 at 12:59 am

      Thanks Jackie! I’ll have to try this!

  183. Bridget
    August 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Wonderful review! Just one question: Can you block phone numbers from this phone? Someone keeps calling and texting my phone and since I cannot tell who the texts are from, it is very annoying and costly. Is there any way to block them? Thanks!

    • August 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      Hey bridget!! Thank you! As far as I can tell, you. Ant block the number from the phone… especially if the number isn’t showing up. But for when I get random calls, I usually try to answer them and tell them wro. Number or to stop calling, or else they just keep calling and calling, and calling. Sorry! Wish I could be of more help! :/

  184. August 22, 2012 at 3:20 am

    I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own weblog and was curious what all is required to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would
    cost a pretty penny? I’m not very web savvy so I’m not 100% sure. Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated. Appreciate it

    • August 22, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      Hey Coupons!
      Actually… I use wordpress.com. It allows you to make a free blog. However, I pay about $26 dollars a year to have my site hosted on WordPress. Paying allows you for more tools for your site than the free one. It allows me to have my own domain name (http://www.prettymissile.com), as well as blocks my personal info from other web users, and keeps track of stats for my site, like how many people visit it each day and things like that.

      you can go here to sign up and/or to see what the prices would be like to have a ______.com name hosted by WordPress.

      https://signup.wordpress.com/signup/?ref=featurespage

  185. Jerry
    August 24, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Hi Krystn! and everyone else! —great site!
    Ok–When I’m texting, I like to use the *T9 Word* mode or the *Abc* mode, but when I select it and enter ‘OK’, it’s fine for that one word only but then goes back to the default *abc* mode. How can I select my preference and keep it there?
    I hope I’ve explained myself clearly. thanks, Jerry.

    • August 25, 2012 at 3:48 am

      Thank you Jerry!!!

      Okay… so, to set it so it stays on whatever mode you want it to be in, go to:
      Menu > messages > msg settings > general > entry mode > (then select what mode you would like it to stay on) > press OK. Then it should stay on whichever mode you selected. :)

      Hope this helps!! :)

  186. Jerry
    August 25, 2012 at 5:38 am

    I used your directions and it worked perfectly! I obviously need to spend some time getting comfortable browsing the phone’s features and settings.
    Thank you Krystn–Jerry.

    • August 27, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      Perfect! I’m glad I could be of help Jerry!! :D Enjoy!

  187. Mike D
    September 10, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Has anyone found a good cover for this phone? I tried a couple but the bottom doesn’t fit well and keeps coming loose.

  188. MaMaJo
    September 14, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I bought a hard rubberized case from Amazon (sold by MY Cool Face). I like the feel and have not had any problems, but it usually lives in my purse. My husband bought a carbon fiber gloss by Extreme Cases and had trouble keeping the cover on. But he throws it in his pocket and does mechanical work and gardening so has more dirt to contend with.

    Also thanks for the settings info to get the phone connected to the PC, Krystn. =) It is a pain to take the SD card out to transfer photos.This makes it a breeze!

    • September 16, 2012 at 6:48 am

      Awww.. You’re welcome MaMaJo!! And thank YOU for the input! It’s much appreciated! :)

  189. September 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Hi Krystn or MaMaJo, Where can I find your blog comment on connecting to the PC (what date or #). I looked back to beginning of May and didn’t find it. (I probably just missed it.).
    Thanks again for all your great tips for this phone.

  190. September 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Hey Rosie! We were discussing getting the phone connected to the PC for a while.. and we have come to the conclusion that only some of the r455c’s will connect to the computer. I for the life of me can’t get it to connect to the computer. It’ll pop up as “Removable Disk G”, but it won’t stay connected long enough for me to even open up the phone on the computer…

    SOME people can get it to connect… and the way you do this is by turning your phone on “Mass storage mode”… and then plugging it into your computer.

    To get to the settings you have to go to:
    Menu > Settings > Phone settings > PC connection > Select “USB Mass Storage” > Press OK > Then return to you home screen.

    From there, you plug it in and it either will or will not connect to your computer. Good luck! :)

    • September 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks Krystn, I first have to get a MicroSD memory card and USB cable and then I’ll try this. I’d like to be able to transfer photos to my computer. Maybe I’ll be lucky and it will work!

    • Jackie
      September 19, 2012 at 12:59 am

      I had posted during that discussion that I was finally able to get mine to connect. And that’s true, sort of. I have since discovered that it connects, sometimes. Other times it won’t. I have no idea why. When I want to transfer files I try connecting with the USB cable first. If it works on the first try great, if not I just take the card out and use my adatpter and card reader on my computer rather than fight with it.

      At least the back of this phone comes off easily and I don’t have to remove the battery to get to the SD card like I do with my LG phone.

  191. Linda
    September 18, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I’m looking to replace my motorola phone and finally enter the 21st century with a smart type phone.

    I’ve been looking at the Samsung r455C and the LG 800 and 500G But after reading this I might get the Samsung.

    Thanks

    • Jackie
      September 19, 2012 at 1:13 am

      My main phone is the Samsung R455C and I love it. I also have an LG800 as a second phone and it’s a good phone too as a back up.

      I like the Samsung better for everyday use since I have an easier time with that keyboard when texting than I do with the touchscreen on the LG. The Samsung takes better quality pictures but doesn’t take videos. I can take videos with the LG. I have a slight preference for the LG for web browsing but only because the screen is a little bigger. I have Opera Mini installed on both phones because the browsers that come with them suck.

      Hope that helps. :)

  192. soias
    October 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Hi what is the price of this phone

    • October 6, 2012 at 3:30 am

      I think originally it was $59.99 but it recently dropped to $49.99 or possibly $39.99 at Target. It was on SALE at one point for $39.99. Not sure what the non-sale price is though.

  193. October 6, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    You need to be a part of a contest for one of the best websites online.
    I most certainly will highly recommend this site!

    • October 6, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      Thank you! I appreciate the compliment!

  194. Ziggy
    October 18, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Screenshots anyone? This morning I was looking at the pictures I took in the phone and there was a screen shot of the screen with the “Keypad is Locked” message. Somehow the phone took a screenshot of itself while it was locked in my pocket!

    So I tried just about every combination of buttons I could think of and I finally came up with the ones that will take a screenshot of whats on your screen and make it into a photo! Even if the phone is locked.

    You have to use 2 buttons: the * (lower left) and the center button of the direction pad. Start by pressing and holding the * and while holding it down press and release the Center button, then release the *. You’ll get a brief message that the Screen is Captured.

    Oddly enough, if you then go and look at the pictures that you’ve taken, the screen shots don’t show up!

    I could only find 2 ways to make them show up. One is to turn the phone off and back on, then you can see all the screen shots you’ve taken.

    The other way is to plug in the usb cable connected to a computer. you can then see the pictures on the computer and you can copy them over. After disconnecting the cable, you can then also see them on the phone (if you didn’t delete them), just like when you turned it off and on.

    You can also connect via bluetooth and see and copy the screen shots, but even after doing that, you still can’t see then on the phone itself unless you use usb or power cycle it.

    Lastly, I couldn’t get the screen shots to work inside the browser or inside games. It seems to work mainly in the menus and information screens.

    I’ll try to add a link to a screenshot I took. I don’t know if this forum allows links, though.

    • October 22, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Thanks for the interesting find Ziggy! This is SO interesting! It seems like I can take screen shots in the browser and in the menus using the “hold * then press center button, then release *” method. I too cannot get access to the pictures from any specific location unless I power cycle the phone. Haven’t tried USB or bluetooth hook-up, but this is so good to know!

  195. 1countryboy
    November 28, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Does anyone know of any skins having a textured surface (for back of phone) that would give you a better grip on the phone’s slick surface… I’ve had a case on it but it’s just too bulky for my jean pockets?

  196. Janet R
    December 5, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Do you ever have issues with the phone losing minutes — like because the browswer key gets pressed or it pocket dials the internet? I have a tracfone Motorola EX-124G and lost 800 minutes last night and 500 minutes 10 days ago. Tracfone gave me back the 500 but am waiitng to hear about the 800.

    • December 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Hey janet!

      I do hear about this problem from other people who have similar phones. I make sure to lock the keys before I toss it into my bag or what not though, so I don’t personally have this problem.. I’d highly recommend locking the keys only because it’s sort of hard to call into customer care and get them to give you the minutes back. Good luck though and hope you get your remainging minutes back!! :)

      • Dave
        December 10, 2012 at 7:12 pm

        If the slide opens even a small amount the keys will unlock, so even when it’s locked you have to be careful when it’s in your pocket. I recommend using some sort of a case to keep it from getting pushed around too much.

  197. jami
    December 18, 2012 at 7:48 am

    i was wanting to know if this phone has an option of text to talk button where when you text someone, you speak into the speaker and it types it out for you….tks

    • December 18, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Hey Jami,
      As far as as i can tell, I can’t seem to find an option to do text-to-speech. Sorry about that.
      -Krystn

  198. Amy
    December 23, 2012 at 3:25 am

    I Have A Brother that has A Trac phone and there is A symbol on it, That we can’t figure out what it is.! Could somebody Please help!! :) That’s why I own Android,Got anything I want.

  199. December 23, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Wasn’t trying to sound snobby. Lol A lot of People take offense to things I say, and How I say them. So Please no one take offense of it Please… :) Happy Holidays,By the way to Everyone.

  200. Patty
    December 24, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Hey I need a little help with the Facebook app. I went to the Facebook.com site on my phone but did not find a link to download the app. Can you provide a little advise or tips? I hate using the website mobile site.

    • December 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      Hey patty! I’m not exactly sure what’s wrong… I think I went to the website and it asked if i wanted to download the app… Maybe other users can help?

  201. Jean
    January 7, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Thank you for your great review. I have the phone and like some features but as you said, the Browser is awful. Have you had any better luck with it after having the phone for a while? Also, i hate how it’s so cumbersome to unlock the phone. I have to push the unlock key and star key each a couple times before it will unlock. Is there any way around this? Thanks so much for your help.

    • January 8, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Hey Jean! Thank you! I haven’t had much luck with the browser… But some people have tried installing Opera Mini (which is another mobile browser) and say they like that a lot better. I don’t know though, because I don’t do much browsing on this phone actually.:p
      Also, for the phone lock, there doesn’t seem to be a way around it, in terms of changing the way it unlocks. You could turn off the lock I think, but then the phone wouldn’t lock. :/ Sorry I can’t be more helpful! Good luck! :)

      • Jean
        January 9, 2013 at 5:30 am

        Thank you krystn and ziggy for your response. What a pain that unlock feature is. I think I will just slide it open. I wish I wasn’t limited to Verizon towers, then I could get a better tracfone. Grrrr.

    • Ziggy
      January 9, 2013 at 3:09 am

      Opening the slider unlocks the phone, so an easy way to unlock the phone is just to slide it open and then back shut. It unlocks everytime with no guesswork.

  202. Ziggy
    January 9, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Unlocking this phone with the buttons can be a little tedious and confusing. If the screen light is completely off when you start, it takes one keypress just to wake it up and turn the backlight on dimly. Unfortunately the phone doesn’t use that keypress for anything else, so now that the backlight is on, it is ready to listen to keypresses. So now pressing the “unlock” key and then the “star” key will unlock the phone.

    So if the backlight is off, it takes three key presses to unlock the phone. “Any” key, “unlock” key and the “star” key.

    If the backlight is already on when you go to unlock the phone, then only two keypresses are needed: “unlock” key and “star” key.

    So one surefire way to unlock the phone, no matter what state it starts out in, is to always press the “unlock” key twice in a row and then press the “star” key. This will always unlock the phone.

    The only drawback is that sometimes the phone will be unlocked with the backlight on bright and sometimes it will be unlocked with the backlight on dim (which might make you think the phone isn’t even unlocked, but it it).

    If you want to always have the phone unlocked with the backlight on bright, then you have to pay attention to the screen a little. Just press the “unlock” key repeatedly (the blue message at the bottom of the screen will cycle on and off). When the blue message is being displayed, stop pressing “unlock” and press the “star” key, the phone will unlock with the backlight on bright.

    I agree, Samsung could have done a better job designing the unlock sequence!

  203. Dave
    January 9, 2013 at 6:06 am

    I agree with Ziggy. It’s just quicker to unlock the phone by flipping open the slide for a second. No matter how hard I try, it always takes me several tries to unlock it with the buttons. The drawback is that it can be accidentally unlocked when pulling it out of a pocket or whatever if the slide gets disturbed enough. As for the browser, Opera does seem a little easier to use, but I don’t use it very much because I’m always so worried about wasting minutes that I can’t ever get anything done. I guess that’s my age showing. ;)

  204. Kim
    January 10, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Hi do you know if this phone has wifi?

    • January 13, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      No wifi. It’s just a simpler phone. :( sorry.

  205. Grace
    January 26, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Do you know if there’s a way to transfer contacts off the phone memory to the sd card? My screen just broke and I’m trying to find a way to get my info off the phone before sending it in for warranty. Thanks for any help you can give!

    • January 27, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      Hey grace!!

      Shoot, there’s not a way that I know of where you can transfer the contacts to the SD card. :( Maybe other users might have more insight, but as far as i know, if you can’t see the screen, there isn’t really a way to get them back. :( So sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

  206. Michael
    February 12, 2013 at 9:32 am

    hi..my PC & my R455C paring numbers match up for bluetooth but when i clik send i get ‘connection failed’ . any tips?

    • February 15, 2013 at 5:25 am

      Try deleting the paired device, restarting the phone, and then try to re-pair the device. If it still doesn’t work, then it might just be that it can’t pair via bluetooth to your PC. :/

  207. sarrah
    March 1, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Can you please tell me if there is a way to send text to my email. I mean I know how to do this and it works for some text but on others it says exceeds maximum size, delete some characters. Huh? Any advice is appreciated. Thank you, love Sasha, I have a george just like her and he is sleeping like this on my phone background.

    • March 5, 2013 at 2:15 am

      Hey sarrah! Sorry so late on posting an answer to you! I think it might be saying that if your picture is too large to send as a text.. if you get a micro SD card, it is very easy to transfer pics from your card to your computer using a card reader, or most computers now have a built in slot for the SD cards to be inserted and read through. But yeah, other than the file size being too big, it should work. :) hope this helps a little!

      • sarrah
        March 8, 2013 at 4:07 am

        Thanks Krystn, I did try the SD card but it did not work, it only grabbed the pics in my phone and not the text. I think Dave has the correct answer, although even with multimedia it was still giving me a problem. I needed these text for legal purposes so it kinda sucks there is no easy way to get the original text saved,as is, to somewhere else besides the phone itself, since messaging is limited in it’s overall storage capacity as well. Had I not ran into this situation I would never have known or had use for saving text messages and other than this less than favorable issue I find the phone to be a very good one.

      • March 9, 2013 at 10:02 pm

        Oh my gosh. So sorry to hear about the drawbacks of the phone in your legal proceedings!!! >_< Wish I could be of more help… I can't think of anything aside from bringing the phone to show, or taking pictures of the texts. Maybe you can call the phone company, and tell them that you're going through legal proceedings and need the text transcripts? :/ Sorry about that!!

      • March 9, 2013 at 10:02 pm

        and good luck~!

    • March 5, 2013 at 2:16 am

      And that sounds so cute!! I’d love to see pics of George!! :)

      • sarrah
        March 8, 2013 at 4:13 am

        I would love to share pics of “my boy” He is a true contortionist!

      • March 9, 2013 at 10:00 pm

        Thanks Sarrah! Do you have facebook? Mine is: http://www.facebook.com/krystnsays

  208. Dave
    March 6, 2013 at 10:37 am

    sarrah,
    When you send a SMS text message, you are limited in the amount of characters you can send. I believe it’s a Verizon CDMA network limitation. (My phone shows a 160 character limit in the upper right corner.) I guess that applies when sending it to an e-mail address as well as a normal phone number. If, on the other hand, you send your message as a multimedia message, you shouldn’t have that limitation. But it will cost you more in airtime.

    • sarrah
      March 8, 2013 at 3:26 am

      Thank you very much, also another drawback is when it does reach the email account the original time, date and sender information is not included. I appreciate everyone’s input here very much. I guess it is true what Krystn says about being the “dumb” phone. Overall though it is a good little phone though.

  209. Jesse
    March 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Hello. What I find so annoying about this phone is how easy it is to accidentally start the Internet. I tried to be very careful not to push the button and I’ve even started opening the phone by sliding out the keyboard to light the screen, but sometimes it still goes on when I don’t want It to. I’ve lost several minutes this way. Is there any way around this problem. Thank you so much for your help.

    • March 18, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      Hey jesse. A lot of people have been having the same problem… aside from locking your keys and being careful with the phone… there’s not a lot you can do about this problem. This phone has it set up where you can’t change the option for thay key.. so that key has to stay as a web button no matter what… if it becomes a big issue for you, you may have to switch phones. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help! :(

      • jesse
        March 19, 2013 at 1:46 am

        Thank you for your uick response! I suspected from my own reading that there was not much to be done, but I was hoping I had missed something. I may just change phones. I feel like this is a deliberate rip-off. Thanks again.

  210. kimberlysaunt
    March 18, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Hello Krystn – I got this phone last spring and am very happy with it. You helped me with a
    couple of questions when I first got it, so now I’m back with a couple more questions. Do you
    (or anyone) know if I purchase a 1500 minute card from Tracfone for $199.00, will the minutes
    still be tripled since this phone comes with triple minutes? That would be 4500 minutes!
    Also – is there another kind of screen protector I can get, or is there a secret to putting the
    thin plastic protectors on? I’ve gone through two packages and have yet to achieve the
    highly desired “bubble free” status. Love, Love, Love your site!

    • March 18, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      Hey Kimberly! Thank you! So glad you love the site! That means a lot to me! And as far as I know, it should triple! I use the 60 minute airtime cards and it triples my minutes… so IN THEORY, I don’t see why it wouldn’t trie your 1500 minute card. :) I’d call Tracfone just in case to make sure though.

      Aaaaannnddd… as for the screen protector… I have to make sure the phone screen is extra clean with no dust or particles on it… like.. I wipe it, then I take some scotch tape and press it to the screen to clean it of any extra dust particles or particles.. then I go into a dust free area, like the bathroom, and lay a screen protector on it… if there are particles on the screen after that… I take another piece of scotch tape, stick it on the screen protector (that is now on the phone screen)… lift it up slightly, and take another piece of scotch tape, and try to grab the dust particle with that. It’s hard tho. And takes some patience.. but just try not to have any dust on the screen in the first place. That’s easier. LOL good luck!!!

  211. tom
    April 5, 2013 at 4:51 am

    Just turned on my R455C and I really like the phone. I originally ordered the LG840G because TracFone’s site offered it in my area code 97756. Phone uses AT&T towers and the reception is poor in my Zip. During the return process, TracFone did tell me that I should always buy a new phone from a local retailer – that’s where I bought my R455C. ($50 on sale at Freddy Meyer). During the return process I had occasion to call TracFone 5 times in 2 days and I must say that their customer service has really picked up a notch.
    I was able to port my old number, transfer 1800 minutes and 265 days with no problem. I have been a TracFone only user for 6 years and for my purposes there is no competition.
    Thank you for the excellent review.

    • April 5, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks tom! I’ve had TracFone for years and years as a second service and I love it. AND I’m so glad to hear that their service has picked up!!

      I still really love my r455c in comparison to the handful of phones I’ve had on TracFone. It works really well.

      Thank you for the comments and compliment!! I’m glad I could be of help!

  212. Mr. Mike
    April 15, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Hi there, where can I buy a new R455C phone?
    Looks like the department stores around here in OR don’t sell them anymore.
    Thanks Mike

    • April 16, 2013 at 1:51 am

      Hey Mike. Hmmm… You may be able to get a new one on eBay if you can’t find em in store. But I’d try check Walmart, Target, Radio Shack… Or even sometimes the convenience stores like 7-11 or something like that have them.

    • Joe
      April 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      I see that Tracfone sells that model now but you might find it cheaper on ebay. Use 51355 zip code.

  213. Griz Bear
    April 17, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Would like to know if the phone has video capability.

    Thanks.

    Respond to: 1grizbear@gmail.com

    • Dave
      April 22, 2013 at 2:37 am

      Sorry, the R455C doesn’t do video (Playback or record). It does a pretty good job with still pictures though.

  214. May 2, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Good info. Lucky me I discovered your blog by accident (stumbleupon).
    I’ve book marked it for later!

    • May 3, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      Thank you vernita!! I appreciate the kind words!

  215. larry
    June 2, 2013 at 8:33 am

    love your review ..big help in our decision to buy one. ONLY USED for emergencies..battery used to last 12 days..PAIRED it to Bluetooth in new car and now even tho we leave Bluetooth off and don’t use the phone, we now have to charge it DAILY!!!! HELP! THANKS

    • June 2, 2013 at 11:31 am

      Hey Larry!! Thank you!! I know you said you turned Bluetooth off… Did you try and pull out the battery and put it back in?? Usually if your battery is being drained, it means SOMETHING is using it.. So pulling the battery might reset that. And make sure you’re using the right charger or the charger that it came with.. Sometimes if you’re using another charger, which may have a different or lower voltage, the battery doesn’t last as long. Or charge as fast for that matter… Let me know if this helps!

    • Ziggy
      June 2, 2013 at 11:51 am

      Larry:
      You could try going into the Bluetooth menu and deleting the device that you paired to, just to make sure that’s not causing the problem.

      Have you moved the phone to a different location? When I visit my mother-inlaw’s house where the signal strength is very poor, I have to charge daily also. When I come back home my battery lasts all week again.

      When you are in a low signal area, the phone boosts it’s power to keep in contact with the more distant tower and it uses a lot more battery. So keeping it in a glovebox or on the floor of a car under a seat, or something like that, will cause the battery to go much faster.
      Ziggy

      • June 2, 2013 at 11:53 am

        Thanks ziggy!! Yeah! The battery won’t last long if you’re in an area where you don’t have a good signal. The phone will try to search for a signal and will continue to search and search which also drains the battery.

  216. larry
    June 3, 2013 at 10:53 am

    took phone back to Target where I got it about a year ago. He opened it and looked at the battery. Said there is an indicator on the battery and phone both that are white which told him it had gotten wet!!! It has NEVER gotten wet or damp even..been in my wife’s purse except to charge it..HELP!!

    • Ziggy
      June 3, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Larry: the Target guy has it wrong. White means fine. The tags turn red when exposed to moisture.

    • June 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Yes Larry, Ziggy is right. White means normal, pink/red on the indicator means that it has been exposed to water. The target guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about. -_-

  217. Dave
    June 3, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Larry, Keep an eye on your airtime minutes, and make sure the phone isn’t connecting for some unknown reason. If you D/L’d any games, or anything that connects to the net, that could drain the battery. You could try turning the GPS to “911 only”, that might conserve power. And make absolutely sure the Bluetooth is disabled, (no icon in the display).
    If your battery is only lasting a day on a charge, and the phone seems to work OK, I would try a new battery. I live in a weak signal area, (aluminum trailer) and my phone still lasts at least a week if I don’t use it much.
    Ziggy, where are these moisture tags on the batt. and phone? Looking at mine I see a small one on the top edge of the batt., and maybe one on the phone by the terminals. I never knew that’s what they were for though. BTW, both of mine are white.

    • Ziggy
      June 3, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      Dave: you have the correct placement of the white tags. If your phone is old and out of warranty, you can moisten one slightly, and see it turn red. The moisture is wicked in from around the edges, not the glossy surface of the tag.

      • Dave
        June 3, 2013 at 3:05 pm

        Thanks Ziggy, I think I’ll leave them alone. That way I’ll know if I drop it in a puddle. ;)

  218. larry
    June 4, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Back to our problem of the battery not lasting as long as it used to…when we used to turn the phone on each time, the SAMSUNG screen would come on, the “bar” would appear going across the screen like it was “loading”, it would play the little “song” then the screen would come on. NOW as soon as we turn it on, the main screen appears immediately…that is different..

    • Ziggy
      June 4, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Sounds like the phone wasn’t really turned off, but just sleeping, which still consumes power. To turn the phone off, you have to unlock the keyboard if it’s locked and then hold down the END key until the logo appears. The phone will vibrate and then shut down, consuming no power after that.

      Restart the phone by holding down the END key until it starts up. You will get a progress bar “loading”.

      If you aren’t getting a progress bar, take the battery out, press the END key once, and then put the battery back in. Start the phone up, if you don’t get a progress bar now, something is wrong with the phone.

      • larry
        June 4, 2013 at 11:49 am

        THANKS a lot..we tried this and see what you mean..we will see if this helps.

  219. Dave
    June 6, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Here’s something I never noticed before: While I was reading a text, I accidentally hit one of the volume buttons on the side of the phone, and the text got bigger! Apparently the volume buttons control the font size in text mode. Could be handy for those of us that need glasses. I don’t remember this being a documented feature, but live and learn.

  220. Molly Kate
    June 19, 2013 at 3:31 am

    Just got the samsung R455c for my mother. 2 questions so far: 1. pictures are saved in the opposite format that what they were taken, meaning portrait and landscape. Can’t find where to change that. 2. What do the symbols mean, specifically the bullseye?

    • June 21, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      Hey Molly! I’m not exactly sure what you mean by the pictures not saving right?? Like, you take them in portrait mode and it turns the other way?

      And I’m also not too sure which what symbol you’re talking about?? The tracfone logo looks like a bullseye…

  221. Dave
    June 22, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Molly.
    If you mean the bullseye at the top of the screen next to the 1X icon, that tells you that the GPS locator is turned on constantly. (A red bar across it means it’s on for 911 use only.) If you go to: menu / settings / Phone Info / Icon Glossary, you can find out what all the icons mean. (To turn the GPS on or off go to: menu / Settings / Location.)
    I took a few shots whith my phone and I can see what you mean about the orientation. If you take a pic with the phone held vertically, the pic will show up horizontally and maybe upside down when you go to view it on the phone As a test, I saved one to my computer and it showed up horizontal as well.
    When taking pictures, the phone is meant to be held like you would a camera and since it can’t sense its orientation like a smart phone can, that’s the only way it will take properly oriented pictures. If you always hold the phone horizontally, your pics should turn out OK.
    Hope this helps.

  222. Lydia
    July 30, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Has anybody else had a problem with the buttons freezing up while texting? I’ll be composing a message and suddenly none of the buttons work — none! I can’t even turn the phone off. The only remedy is to remove and re-insert the battery. I don’t text that often, but it’s happened 5 or 6 times recently and I can’t relate it to anything I’m doing. Extremely frustrating!! Any ideas?

    • Ziggy
      July 30, 2013 at 11:51 am

      Lydia, sounds like your phone is defective. It should never lock up like that, no matter what you do on the keys.

  223. NewSung
    July 30, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Please forgive this stupid question:

    When I refill my triple minute phone with a 400 min/1yr card, will
    the existing SERVICE DAYS and existing MINUTES, both roll over?
    Thank you.

    • Ziggy
      July 30, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Yes, everything rolls over. When you finish you’ll have 1200 more minutes than you had and you’ll have 365 more days of service added on to what you had. (the days don’t triple, just the minutes).

  224. NewSung
    July 30, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Great! Thank you very much, Ziggy!

  225. Kathy
    August 13, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Can you tell me if there is any way to have your number displayed when I call someone. My husband told me that a call comes in as “Anonymous’ when I call him??? Thanks!!!

    • Dave
      August 14, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Blocking outgoing Caller ID is a feature of the carrier, (with these phones that’s usually Verizon), and not a function of the phone itself.

      First, make sure your Husbands phone is picking up other peoples ID’s properly.
      That should rule out his phone as the problem.

      Next try dialing *82 before dialing his number. This is Verizon’s way of temporarily disabling
      caller ID blocking. This only works on a per-call basis.

      If he can see your ID after you dial *82 + his number, then you’ll know that, for some reason, TracFone has ID blocking turned on for your phone.

      Either way, you’ll probably have to call TracFone tech support, or use their online support forum to get them to turn off the blocking.
      Their support is notoriously difficult, so good luck with that.

      The only other thing I can think of is that you’re calling from a cell area that doesn’t support
      Caller ID for some reason, or your phone is roaming on another company’s system. If that were the case, I would suspect that texing and/or data wouldn’t be working either.

      Hope this helps.

  226. Roger Breton
    September 25, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Just so you all know….

    Tracfone is a division of América Móvil, as are NET-10, Straight Talk, SafeLink, Telcel, and Simple Mobile. This is why the Samsung SCH-R455C is listed on the Samsung site as being a NET-10 phone.: NET-10 and Tracfone are the same company.

    Tracfone uses two different carrier technologies. GSM and CDMA. Phones for one are not compatible with the other. GSM phones have model numbers that end in “G”, like the Samsung T404G, while CDMA phones end in “C”, like the Samsung R455C.

    Tracfone is an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator). That is, they use other companies’ cell-tower networks. For GSM phones, the networks used are AT&T or T-Mobile, depending upon location. For CDMA phones, like the R455C, the networks are Verizon or Sprint, again depending upon location.

    When ordering a phone from Tracfone itself, Tracfone decides which type of phone your area uses. For Example, I live in Benson, AZ, and Tracfone has decided this is a GSM area. However, I know that CDMA service provides much better coverage around here, especially in the rural areas out of town (which I frequent). Tracfone, thinking I need GSM, will only show me GSM phones on their website when I enter my correct zip code. (The local Walmart knows better, and carries both GSM and CDMA phones.)

    So how did I get a CDMA phone from Tracfone when they won’t even show them to me? I pretended I lived in Ely, NV (zip 89301), which is a CDMA-only area. Then, when the “Change Zip Code” question comes up at checkout, I answered “yes” and entered my real zip code. No problems at all.

    By the by, those who want a CDMA phone with lots of features and triple minutes for life might consider the LG 505C. It’s $69.99 normally, but occasionally goes on sale for $39.99 with a 60-minute card included. Just be patient and keep checking phones under the 89301 zip code.

    I hope this helps clear up the confusion.

    Roger

    • September 25, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks roger! Very good and helpful info!

  227. Ginger
    September 26, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Thanks Roger! This is great information. I’ve had the same issue when picking a phone. Tracfone gives me GSM phones when I really need CDMA and Verizon towers. I’ve been wanting a CDMA smart phone but I haven’t been able to find any with Tracfone. I’m going to try your zip code tip but please advise if you know of any that I just haven’t been able to find. Thank you!

    • Dave
      September 26, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      Ginger,
      If you go to “Browse all Phones” on TracFone’s website, you should see everything they have to offer, (CDMA and/or GSM).
      TracFone doesn’t really do smart phones. At least not on the CDMA side. If you want a smart phone, you might be better off looking at Straight talk. It’s owned by the same company as TracFone as is Net-Ten. Depending on your plan and how much you use the phone, your per month cost may be higher though, so do your homework.

  228. Ginger
    September 27, 2013 at 3:01 am

    Thanks Dave. I have checked the phones and don’t see any smart ones. Still the same old dumb ones. :-) I was hoping something had changed recently. I heard the Straight Talk/Net Ten phones here don’t use the Verizon towers so that’s a problem, but I’m going to give it another look. I just can’t bring myself to spend $100 a month for a phone that I don’t use that much, but the smart phone features really would come in handy when we’re traveling.

    • Dave
      September 27, 2013 at 7:15 am

      I took a quick look at the Straight Talk Site, and it looks like they do have CDMA Smartphones, even iPhones. You would probably have to use the Zip Code in the post above to get them to offer them to you if you live in an area they consider GSM though. (They push the GSM ones because it’s cheaper for them to operate so they make more profit.)
      I read somewhere that they limit some of the “smart” features on their phones (can’t remember the details) so that’s something else to consider as well.

      • Roger Breton
        September 27, 2013 at 11:03 am

        If you’re interested in a Straight Talk phone, check http://www.walmart.com. There you can find all phones, GSM or CDMA, without zip-code problems. Some of the phones may be found in your local WalMart. Others can be delivered to your local store for free, or directly to your home for a small fee.

      • ginger
        September 27, 2013 at 3:08 pm

        Thank you Roger, I’ll check out that link. Straight talk seems to be my best bet. So glad there are such knowledgable people on this site!

  229. ginger
    September 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Thank you Dave, I am going to check into Straight Talk. I appreciate you checking it out for me.

    • Dave
      October 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      ginger,
      I’m not sure if you’re still watching these posts, but I think I spoke too soon about TracFone not offering any smart phones. If you check out their site under “Shop Bundles”, you should be able to find two Android based Smartphones listed. One is the Samsung Galaxy Centura, and the other is a ZTE Valet running Android 4.0 and 4.1 respectively. Both use the standard airtime cards, but it’s unclear (to me anyway) if you need a separate card for data. Probably too little too late, but I thought I’d let everyone know.

      • Ginger
        October 16, 2013 at 2:11 am

        Yes, Dave I’m still watching and thank you so much! This is great information and you’ve been so helpful. I’m going to look into these and see if either of them work off of Verizon. I need a CDMA type phone so I can use the it at home too.

      • Dave
        October 16, 2013 at 6:12 am

        Yes, those are both CDMA/Verizon. They’re both considered lower end for smartphones, using an older version of Android, and may have limited memory (the Samsung at least). They may be too limited to run certain Apps.
        As far as I’ve been able to find out, they can use either the normal airtime cards (OR normal airtime card PLUS an added on data card) for accessing data features. I still find this confusing, but as long as everything works using just the standard air cards alone, it would work OK for me.
        I think the data cards make it a little cheaper if you plan on using large amounts of data? TracFone’s site doesn’t go into much detail. I found most of this info on Howard Forums.

      • Ginger
        October 16, 2013 at 9:04 am

        This is very good news! I wasn’t having any luck with Straight Talk so this may be just the thing for me. I would like to be able to access the internet (I find my current phone is horrible for that…maybe it’s just me). I will do minimal texting. I’m also going to check out the site you mentioned. I can’t thank you enough for walking me through this. I may get a smart phone yet!

      • Ginger
        October 16, 2013 at 1:58 pm

        Dave, I checked out the phones and I think the Samsung will be perfect for me. You da man! Lol. Thanks so much.

      • Dave
        October 17, 2013 at 5:57 am

        Thanks ginger. I hope it all works out. Post back later and tell us if you like it.
        I’m kind of curious about what you didn’t like about Straight Talk though. Since Straight Talk, Net-10, and TracFone are all the same company (America Movil), I would think the experience would be about the same for all of them. With the exception of their varying airtime plans of course.

      • Ginger
        October 17, 2013 at 8:13 am

        I don’t use my phone very much and didn’t want to pay 30-40 dollars every month. The prepaid plan is better for me.

      • Dave
        October 20, 2013 at 11:48 am

        I fully understand about not wanting to pay $45/month ginger.
        In the interest of you going in fully informed, I’ve been poking around, and found a few bugs in the Samsung Galaxy Centura.
        The most prominent seems to be that the clock app doesn’t like to keep time. It likes to lose 1-6 hours ocassionally? TF’s forum said something about it not calculating daylight savings properly, and it should fix itself in November? Maybe, maybe not. A post somewhere else said it jumps to GMT time. This isn’t good if you use your phone as an alarm clock or for timely reminders.
        Another issue I found is that the phone doesn’t keep track of it’s own airtime. You have to go to the web to check your minutes. I read that they were going to come out with an app for the phone that will resolve that in the near future, but who knows.
        There’s probably more that I haven’t found yet. Most of the newer TracFones have a few bugs, incuding the R455C that this blog is about. It’s all a matter of what you’re willing to live with I guess.

      • Ginger
        October 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm

        Too late, I already ordered the phone, lol. But I went in fully informed. I read many reviews of the phone and am aware of what you have found as well. I will use it for basic functions only and internet and most of the negatives I read wouldn’t be a problem for me. I ordered the Tracfone with triple minutes and will not have to check my airtime often at all, so going online to check it is no biggy. I was concerned with one site where several said the phone died quickly (I’m not referring to battery life). Then I went to another site that had many more reviews and they were mostly positive, so I’m taking a chance. I have been less than thrilled with my current phone and feel that, unless it dies altogether, this phone has to be an upgrade. Wish me luck, and thank you for going that extra mile for me once again.

      • Dave
        October 20, 2013 at 2:29 pm

        Thanks. I’m researching for the future though. If I ever come up with the funds, or if they drop in price, I may get one for myself. :) So let me know what you think after you’ve used it for a bit.
        Also, the TracFone Forum says that when you buy an airtime card, you get an equal amount of units put into three tanks. In other words, a tripled 60 min card would load the phone with 180 mins/Talk, 180 Texts, and 180 mb/Data or something like that. (At least I think that’s the way it works.) The units aren’t able to be transferred between tanks so if you use it more for texting, or whatever you could run out of that long before the others. That could get pretty lopsided after years of use, but at least texting won’t eat into your talk time. Also, the extra Data cards you can get are not tripled.
        I’m not sure what you mean by “dying”. I saw some that spoke about the battery dying quickly. I’ve just gotten used to only charging once a week, so I’m not sure I want to go back to daily.

      • Ginger
        October 21, 2013 at 3:01 am

        Yeah, that wasn’t a good choice of words. I meant that it breaks down after just a short time. But that was on a forum with only a handful of reviews. Reviews of a larger group of people seemed to happy overall with the phone. Clearly some were comparing it to an iPhone and other smartphones and that’s just not a fair comparison. It’s clearly a lower end smart phone but is good enough for my needs. I love the triple minutes for all tanks and I’ll deal with any lopsided-ness as needed. Fingers crossed this works out. I’ll let you know after I’ve had it for a while.

  230. Forrest Keyes
    October 4, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Anyone wanting a R455C ATTENTION! I have been following this post for some time. Decided today to order one. To my surprise the Tracfone site has them for $20.00 each! Thought it might be a referb, but it did not list it as so. If you want one, now is the time.

    • Dave
      October 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

      I saw that too Forrest. I honestly wasn’t sure I was reading it right. I think you have to buy it with an airtime card as a package, but it’s still a heck of a deal.

  231. Larry
    November 8, 2013 at 3:58 am

    This is a CDMA phone, impossible to use a SIM card with it for AT&T network. It uses Verizon towers only.

    • Dave
      November 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      That was corrected. Have a look at post #357

      • Ginger
        November 9, 2013 at 2:17 am

        Dave, I promised I’d let you know how I like the Samsung Galaxy Centura smartphone once I’ve had it for a while. It’s only been a couple of weeks but I am very happy with this phone. It does everything I need for a fraction of the cost of an iPhone. It even takes decent pictures, though not iPhone quality. For what I paid ($129.00 plus tax) and the cost of one year of service with triple minutes for life ($99.00) I got 1200 texts, 1200 minutes and 1200 data time. Enough for me but I can easily pay another $99.00 for 1200 more of everything and still be saving a bundle. The phone is sleek and there is now a free app I downloaded so I don’t have to go to the Tracfone site to check my balance. I’m still trying to get the “swipe” down so I can answer a call without multiple tries, but I guess that will come. I wish there was an alternate way to answer a call, but that is a minor annoyance. My only big complaint is that the instruction book is so basic and doesn’t give you any instructions on the many features available and there is none to download. I even called Samsung and they said because it’s Tracfone there is a special agreement and they couldn’t help me. You have to called Tracfone directly, which I dreaded, but customer service has improved greatly and I was able to get the answers to my questions….though you have to ask for tech service because the regular people don’t have a clue beyond the basic instructions. An experienced smart phone user might not have any trouble at all figuring the phone out, but it was worth the effort and hours I had to invest to learn about it. I know I’m not using it to its full capacity but I can check my email, Facebook and the internet and that’s what I wanted it for. I love the phone!

  232. Dave
    November 9, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Hey thanks for the update Ginger. I think I may end up getting one someday if the funds ever become available. I see my local Wal-Mart has a TracFone HUAWEI H868C hanging on the shelf that isn’t listed under the “Buy Phones” tab on the TracFone site, so who knows, they may have newer/better ones by the time I’m in the market for a new phone.

    I’m still curious if you were affected by the “clock” bug or any other gotchas there might be.
    I sometimes use my phone as an alarm clock and for appointment reminders. I would really hate losing that. Also, how does the battery hold up for you? I’ve read some complaints about that.

    You may have already found this, but TracFone has a fairly decent interactive tutorial for the phone at:

    http://tracfone.deviceanywhere.com/tracfone/home.seam?custId=TFSAS738C&locale=en_US .

    If you dig around their site long enough, you can find one for most of their phones.
    I think it’s under “Support” then “Phone Tutorials”.

    Hope that helps a little.
    Dave

    • Ginger
      November 9, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Well Dave, once again you come to the rescue. I couldn’t find any info. I was searching as samsung galaxy century and maybe that’s why. But I talked to three different people at Tracfone and none of them told me about this tutorial. I sure could have used it a while ago. I know it will still be helpful. Thank you! There has not been any problem with the clock so far…runs perfectly every day. Yes, the battery has a short life and has to be charged every night. I was spoiled by my old phone that could go nearly week so it’s a bit of an annoyance, but again, for what I paid to finally have a smart phone, it is more than worth it.

    • Ginger
      December 17, 2013 at 3:09 am

      Hey Dave, I think I should let you know, my Samsung smart phone just died and I had to call Tracfone for a replacement. I’m so annoyed….I love that phone but to have it die after two months is unacceptable. This is my fourth Tracfone and all the others lasted until I was ready to replace them. I do remember there were a few complaints of the phone dying but mostly the reviews were very good, so I took a chance. I’m getting the same phone again, hoping that this one will be better. If not, I don’t know what I’ll do because the reviews of the alternate smart phone for Tracfone were not as good. Also, just before the phone died, there was a problem with the clock switching to the wrong time, but I just changed the setting to manual rather than automatic and it was fine. I don’t mind manually setting the time during daylight savings. So, that’s the latest in the Galaxy saga. Grrrrr.

      • Dave
        December 18, 2013 at 4:13 am

        I’m really sorry to hear that Ginger. Especially since I was thinking of getting one someday. Now I feel bad for steering you in that direction. Hopefully, when I finallly decide I need a new phone, they’ll have something better on the market.
        Spec wise, the ZTE Valet, and the Huawei Glory actually seem to be a little better than the Samsung, but I haven’t really read any user reviews to see if they’re worth the money. Please let us know if the replacement works out OK, or if the “failures” are part of a pattern.
        I just noticed on the TracFone site that they’re starting a “Bring your own (CDMA) smartphone” program. That would be something else to think about if you have an old one laying around, or find a cheap one on ebay. I think StraightTalk had a lot of problems with activating some of these early on in their program though. Just another option. ;)

      • Ginger
        December 18, 2013 at 4:30 am

        Thanks Dave, but you have no responsibility at all. I just wanted you to know since you said you were considering getting it yourself sometime. I did the research and took a chance, knowing that a small number of people had the problem of the phone dying. I was hoping to be one of the lucky ones who were very happy with the phone. Fingers crossed this one will behave. :-) And thank you for the additional information.

      • Ziggy
        December 18, 2013 at 4:36 am

        I’ve had my r455c for 18 months and it’s been running 24/7 with no problems, so they don’t all go bad quickly.

      • Ginger
        December 18, 2013 at 4:49 am

        Hi Ziggy. This is a different phone from a conversation that started on this site. My R455C worked well for a year when I decided to replace it with the Samsung Galaxy Centura. That’s the phone that went bad. I’m hoping for better luck the second time around.

      • Ziggy
        December 18, 2013 at 5:44 am

        OK, I guess I wasn’t paying attention! That’s good to know, I too was looking at the Centura as a possibility. I went back and reread your posts while paying attention, lol. Thanks for the review and keep us posted on the replacement Centura.
        Ziggy

  233. DaveE
    December 13, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I’ve had my $20 Samsung R455C for about a month now and have one complaint and one ‘jeez I miss that’. The complaint has to do with the location of the ‘OK’ key, next to the space bar on the QWERTY keypad. Have prematurely sent texts numerous times when simply wanting to insert a ‘space’. The ‘miss that’ is a ‘FIND’ function on the calendar. My LG 500 had it and was very useful.

    • Dave
      December 18, 2013 at 4:25 am

      DaveE, I have big thumbs, so I hit the wrong keys no matter how I type. The Calender is pretty basic as is everything else on the R455C, but I still find it pretty usefull for reminders and appointments.
      I’m curious,…was your $20 phone definitely brand new or refurbished? The TracFone website seems to say they are new, But I’ve seen refurb’s for sale at that same $20 price on WaMart.com. Just wondering.

  234. DaveE
    December 18, 2013 at 11:51 am

    It was new. Had to buy a 60 min. aittime card with it for a total of $39.95. The phone also has triple minutes.

    The OK key placement wouldn’t be as much of a problem if it triggered a cancellable/recoverable action and the ‘SEND’ function was attached to one of the Soft Keys

  235. michael
    December 20, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Is it possible to download apps to the R455c?

  236. michael
    December 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    how do I download any apps on a Samsung R455C tracfone

    • Dave
      December 26, 2013 at 6:56 am

      michael,
      I’ve only ever installed Opera mini, and the Facebook app, and that was quite a while ago so my memory might be a little off.
      Firstly, you can’t install your apps from your computer. Neither USB Cable or Bluetooth will work.
      The only way to load apps is by using the phones browser, navigating to the apps website, and downloading/installing it from there. The installation should be automatic, without much input needed by you, but it can be painfully slow, so be patient.
      Whenever I run Opera and try to load pages with graphics it usually chokes with low memory errors, so don’t expect much with whatever apps you do install.
      As I said, it’s been a while, so others may have more experience than me.

  237. michael
    December 26, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Thanks Dave
    when I open the browser I see a list of things like ‘tracfone games’ ‘ringers & graphics’ and more. but above those is a black box that has a go button to the left. but i do not seem 2 b able 2 type anything in that box where Im guessing wud take me to apps
    Thanks again
    Michael

    • Dave
      December 26, 2013 at 8:25 am

      Let’s see here….On mine, the Go button is to the right of a white rectangular entry box that has a black or blue border depending on whether it is selected or not. You can use the ring shaped button, or the up/down arrows if the phone is opened to select that box or one of the other options listed. (The border will turn blue when selected. It’s kind of hard to see the color change.) After you select the box, click the center button, or the OK button if the phone is opened, and it should allow you to enter a web address or search term into the box. Then I think you have to scroll right with the arrow key or ring shaped button to highlight the go button and hit OK or center button. (Or maybe just hit OK twice?) That should take you to you chosen site or search. The options below the search box are basically just preloaded shortcuts most of which I imagine are for TracFones own app store (Although I think I got the Facebook app from the Social and e-mail link for free there).

  238. Maria
    February 6, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    How do I upload my contacts to my new Samsung R455C? Thanks

  239. July 8, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Krystn,
    You seem to know a great deal about this phone. How did you get the pictures off it onto your computer to post here? I can’t seem to get that to work… HELP please!!!! I am updating to a better tracfone and want to save my pictures……

    • July 8, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      Hey Mike! I either had them all saved to the memory card, which I then took out and plugged into my card reader using an SD card adapter, or I send them as a text message but replace the “send to” phone number with an email address. :) That way I can get it off the phone and onto a computer. Hope this helps!

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