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Kyocera Loft - Virgin Mobile
Keep in touch with friends and family with this mobile phone that features text messaging and comes preloaded with social networking applications. The 2.0MP digital camera lets you document your adventures on the go.
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23 of 26 found the following review helpful:
pleasantly surprised!Jan 07, 2011
By Susan Harris
I got this as a transitional phone to get away from the ridiculous contracts and tyranny of the big names. I bought it just because it was on sale and it got decent reviews. I had no expectations other than getting away from my contract provider. I have had several Androids and for me having a fabulous laptop at my disposal 24/7, I never really got into the in-depth advantages of the android phone. A few apps here and there but nothing really to justify the expense. I am not a big voice user and rely on my phone mostly for GPS and checking mail. This little phone is so easy to set up! It is not touch so that is a little adjustment. The keyboard is miniscule so that has to be figured into the equation.I would never say this a supreme texting phone but the keyboard works and honestly for the investment here....its a WOW....$40 a month and I'm over and out...no add-ons, no hidden charges and for the first time I am able to use my cell phone in my own bedroom ....I was always returning phones becsause of this never knowing it was not the phone but the carrier! so here it is...yes you can have contract quality, decent customer service and lots of extras and pay by the month. Its true! End the tyranny! I have a Zune, I have a Lumix, I have a Toshiba Satellite....I do not need all these features in a cell phone....so it all works for me...really well....
10 of 12 found the following review helpful:
Good Buy!Dec 26, 2010
This is a strong sturdy phone that will keep me busy texting and calling all of my friends! Great all around phone. Camera could use some improvement!
7 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Great phone for the moneyMay 23, 2011
By Dave Suppes
I've owned this phone for about 10 months now. It's not billed as a 3G phone, but it is in fact 3G CDMA. The Opera mini browser is OK for waiting rooms, waiting in line at the grocery store or updating facebook at work, but don't expect WiFi speed. Texting on the small keyboard is not that bad with a little practice. It also has decent email capabilities, and the free google maps app is pretty cool. For $25 per month for 300 minutes of talk and unlimited text, web & email, it's a great deal.
5 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Decent little phoneFeb 23, 2011
By John C
Like others, this phone was purchased to get out from under the hefty contracts from other service providers.
People keep asking me "Is that a BlackBerry?" This was purchased for me as a gift so I didn't research the product beforehand. Since then I have found that it is made by BlackBerry, although I imagine it's a very stripped-down model. By the way, this was bought at Target recently on clearance for less than $20.00, because they're close-outs for new models.
Like I said, I didn't research the phone, although I'd seen them in the store before they were put on the clearance shelf. At that time, I believe they retailed for around $90.00. I went with the $25 Virgin Mobile plan since we text more than call, but may change later. The plans themselves are very straight-forward and are a bargain.
The phone itself is quite a bit superior to my old U.S. Cellular LG flip phone. I've had it for about (3) years and was actually my first to come equipped with a camera (you can see how much multi-tasking phones mean to me). It was pretty beat up, but reliable.
The Kyocera psuedo-BlackBerry phone is decent in most respects. Since I never had an iPhone (that kind of defeats the purpose if you're trying to save some money), I never had a phone with a touch-screen, multiple video capabilities, MP3 player, bbq grill, separate bathing facilities, etc. and so didn't miss them. The trade-off are the microscopic keys, that are great if you're a Capuchin Monkey or Pygmy Marmoset.
Having actual sub-atomic sized typewriter-type keys are a bonus for me, because my old phone only had the style like you have on home land lines (ABC is one key, CDE is one key and so on). I used to have to press the keys on my LG phone two or three times until I got to the character I wanted. It was a pain to say the least.
There are some decent features on the Loft, web surfing, various tools, Bluetooth, etc. that are pretty standard. My old phone could go online for an extra fee, so I never used it. One item I want to try is the GPS. You can use it for only $1.00/24 hours or $5.00/month. Since I've only had the phone a week, I haven't tried it out yet. Yes, there are a couple of things I liked about my old LG phone, mainly that it wasn't a brick by comparison, but you win some/you lose some.
Another trade-off you have to deal with is that since you're doing a 'pay-as-you-go' plan with this phone through Virgin, in order to open more of the phones features, be willing to shell out extra cash. The phone works fine without the additional cost of the other apps, so I do recommend it for the budget conscious out there.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Great Average PhoneSep 29, 2011
The phone is a great phone. It was hard coming from an Android to this phone, but If all you do is text and call, this phone is perfect. I've dropped the phone 100000 times and it's still perfect, even accidentally left it out in the rain, and after it dried out, it was perfect. I even bought my mom the same phone. BUT if you're looking for a phone with apps and great internet speed, this isnt your phone. The only thing I dont like, is the keyboard tends to make a "CLICK" sound every button your press. But if you can deal with this, then it's all good!
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