Are you looking for a sleek and compact hands-free prepaid cell phone? Then take a look at this Straight Talk prepaid phone. Stylishly designed with a color screen and packed with numerous features, this prepaid cell phone is not a mere communication device, but much more. The Motorola 418 features a lithium-ion battery that offers more than six hours of talk time. Enjoy listening to your favorite music with the MP3 player and FM radio that comes with this hands-free cell phone. You can find features such as alarm clock, calculator, camera, call waiting, and caller ID in this Straight Talk prepaid phone. If you love texting, then you will love the wide keypad that allows you to type messages with ease. This Bluetooth compatible cell phone offers a standby time of 18 days. Simple to use and reliable, the Straight Talk prepaid phone is a solid choice for someone looking for a basic cell phone.
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Customer Recommendation39%29 out of 75reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
I purchased 2 of these phones but by mistake didnt purchase the replacement a lil over a month of owning on one the main screen quit working couldnt see missed calls, text,& so forth all you could see was the light no options, the front screen still worked where you could see who was calling at the time of the call but if you missed a call or got a text they were just missed.The other one within approx. 1 1/2 weeks same thing happened.These were not refrubished they were bought new from the store.I rate them as total junk would not waste my money!!!!
This Motorola 418g has an airtime meter, showing minutes remaining, expiration date, remaining available messages, and remaining minutes of internet. This is important to me, because I don't want to spend more than $30 monthly and this allows me to budget my airtime. On other models, you have to squander airtime calling StraightTalk to get your balance. Unfortunately this phone also has an external volume rocker switch. When working, driving, or sometimes just walking, the volume switch is beeping away, as it gets bumped in my pocket. Without your knowledge, it can turn the volume so low that you cannot hear the ringtone. I've had a lot of calls go straight to voice mail, because the phone has turned down the ring volume. Also, I miss a lot of calls with the poor GSM coverage in my area. I got a USB cord for it on eBay, so I can download ringtones, music, etc. from my computer. The full Motorola 418g manual is available on line. I'm still shopping around for an alternative, as Straight Talk customer service is lousy.
I wanted a decent, functional phone, without spending a lot of money, and yes, this didn't cost much, & is fine, if all you want to do is make & answer calls. However, even though I'm not much of a "texter", others are, and to respond, even with a simple two word response, takes far too much effort. The same with inputting contacts, way too many steps involved, and the process is more cumbersome than it's worth.
I was also stunned that none of the ringtones actually sounded like ringing! Only musical selections, and really difficult to figure out how to set everything up, or set it to vibrate, then ring, etc. So, I'll be getting something else, as I've had to carry around my old phone, just to have all my contacts with me, as creating new ones would've been an all-year project.
Very user-unfriendly, and I'd not recommend this to anyone....
So far so good. Had a few problems porting my old number to this phone, but the great (Anne) WalMart associate at the North Vegas (Craig Rd) went the extra mile and fixed the problem. And with a smile too. Switched from Metro PCS because of far to many dropped calls and horrible customer service... Straight Talk, not a dropped call yet, and the customer service is not perfect, but a ton better than Metro PCS.
The manual for the Motorola 418 GSM is lacking on clarity in most areas... took a bit to get the settings the way I like them. Also, there isn't a standard (home style phone) ringtone, just music ringtones. And the Straight Talk store has little to offer in that department for us old folks who prefer a good old standard house phone ringtone.
Call clarity is top notch so far. Battery life is acceptable (better than Metro PCS phones). If you want a good basic cell phone with great in call clarity, this is the one. If the service continues to be this good through the end of the month, I will be upgrading to one of them fancy phones Straight Talk offers... the ones you need a college education ( or six year old handy) to operate.
Recommends this product? Yes
Age:55 - 64
Ownership:1 week or less
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I bought this phone cuz it looked easy to work. My daughter has a samsung straight talk, she gets great service. I have NO service with this phone at my house or in my neighborhood. Plus it is not the easiest to text on. Also, there are no ring or message tones to choose from. I am very displeased, and exchanging it. I finally got a hold of customer service at straight talk, and found out they use 3 different carriers. Which phone u buy depends on which service provider u get. That is y my daughter gets service in our home, and I do not. My daughters carrier is through Verizon. This phone is through at&t.
If you want a cellphone with all the bells and whistles, this is not for you. It is pretty basic. I make calls. So if you text, want pictures, mp3 and all that, you should get something more.
I had Boost for a few years. Would still have it, if it worked in this area. But it did not. Soooooooo talked to Walmart employee, who was awesome and knowledgeable. Helped get me up and running immediately.
If you ever have a problem and call straighttalk. Well, they are generally less than helpful. Their attitude is, its not guaranteed to work all the time. I did remind them, that I was not guaranteed, to continue using their service (or lack there of). Well within minutes, my phone magically was working right again.
Other than straightalk, my experience with phone has been awesome. I would replace with same should I break or lose this one. Hope that helps you in deciding.
Nice looking phone, nice features but the first one I had to take back because the micro sd card could not be read. I also could not use the phone inside my house. Now you may say that well sometimes this happens but my wife has a samsung straight talk phone and she is never without service inside our house. I swapped the phone at wal mart and the second one does the same thing, no service inside my house. But the sd card does work on this phone and does come out with minimal ease. Also what I have noticed is that I can have 2 or 3 bars and when I go to hit contacts and dial the bars go away, this happened on the first and also the replacement phone. Therefore I am not happy at all...
This is a VERY EASY TO USE, NO FRILLS ( BUT it does have a good MP3 player, call waiting AND CALLER IDENTIFICATION ) CELLULAR Phone. Perfect for those who simply want it for making phone calls and sending text messages ( YES...YOU CAN SEND PHOTO MESSAGES! ) The price of this phone is very low and varies , right now, if you are not store comparison pricing and want to buy, IT IS FREE , yes FREE, if you purchase a 1 month useage plan ( $35 a month for 1000 calling minutes/1000 text messages or $45 a month for 100% UNLIMITED USE !! ) I suggest to anyone who has the $30 bucks and a plastic card they can use online or on the phone to call Wallmarts STRAIGHT TALK and take advantage of it for an older parent, grandparent, or CHILD ( GREAT first cell phone to give your kids for safety! ) and purchase a months use and get this exact cell phone for FREE while it is still available. If you miss it or want to pay by cash or check , it is a DECENT PURCHASE at ANY WALMART for under $20-$35 bucks, depending on the Walmart you go to ( yes, if you have more than one store close, check them all..you can save up to $20 on this cell phone ! ) ANYWAY IT GOES, IF YOU WANT A SIMPLE CELL PHONE ( with some added bonus features of a more expensive phone ) GET THIS ONE WHILE YOU STILL CAN FOR YOURSELF , YOUR CHILDREN, or OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS ! I have 5 of this model, the coverage area is great , I have used it all over the United States and in Toronto Canada! ) You will not regret or go wrong with this phone, especially if you go to the STRAIGHT TALK online site and get it for FREE ..... $0.00 .... !!!!!
What an incredible piece of garbage! Sound quality is terrible! It gets no signal when indoors! Everything you want to do takes at least 3 steps more than any other phone! I was looking for inexpensive.....what I got was CHEAP! I've owned quite a few phones and some have been better than others, but this one is terrible! I litterally have to stand outside in the middle of my yard to make a phone call. It drops calls, you can't hear or understand what anyone is saying, the speaker phone is terrible! I will replace this with an LG phone. It cost a little more so I bought this piece of junk. I have always liked LG phones, but every now and then I get something a little cheaper, and it makes me appreciate the quality and durability of all of the LG phones I've had.
This is the 2nd phone in less than one month. First one had the inside lcd screen break. The 2nd phone broke in 2 days. Front screen this time. Both phones had not even a scratch on them when the screens quit working. Did get the warranty with the 2nd phone. Warranty was not as expected. You have the hassle of calling Straight Talk, they e-mail you or fax a UPS ticket. You then package up the phone and find a UPS drop site. Great if you have one near you, however, I do not so again, the expense of a 50 mile round trip. Then the hassle of setting up a new phone which was again a nightmare. The CSR I spoke with kept interrupting my call to apparently take another call or have a conversation with someone else nearby - in another language!!! Poor quality phone. Poor quality service. Even the rating poor is inadequate of what terrible qaulity this phone is. I would have given it a value of zero. After this experience, I switched to Verizon's prepaid $50 plan - phone MUCH better quality - and it cost much less - AND the customer service was awesome!!!
this phone has difficult to read instruction for a older person. some fetures you have to discover your self they do not say all the fetures in the booklet. the radio does work you need a certain type of headphones that are mono not STEREO! for the phone fetures. the first time i got this new unit it was a bear to get to work. when you transfer your number over you have to shut the phone off then turn it back on and you might have to call customer services they will walk you though that proccess do not be alarmed if it says at first you have no time minutes the customer service will work with you till you get it working
Recommends this product? Yes
Age:45 - 54
Ownership:1 week or less
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Just bought 1 day old. so far so good. The best part of this purchase was that I cut my monthly bill in half. My monthly bill paid the purchase of the phone and the minutes. After settling up my phone online the next day a technician from customer service call me to inform me the next steps to take to complete setup. I was very please with the service.
FREE 2GB microSD card
but I bought mine at my local walmart
This is a great phone for $40.. mp3 player, includes a 2GB microSD card free, 2 mp camera, fm radio... and more... see description. I love it! Download better instructions from straight talk.com or motorola.com
This phone has great battery life and would be fine for someone who ONLY makes phone calls. Text messaging is another thing. Receiving picture messages is like pulling teeth, the size limit is somewhere around 300k and it will take you several minutes to download a picture message, if it will download it at all. Most pictures will fail. My husband bought a Samsung Straight Talk phone and he has no problems getting pictures so I think I will be upgrading. The camera is a bit difficult to navigate. It would be nice if it came with a full manual but it doesn't. The quality of the phone itself feels cheap, very lightweight and doesn't feel like it would hold up to much use.
The phone has nothing going for it. All I wanted is a stripped down phone to make & receive calls on but the volume and speaker quality is horrible. The camera works but the pictures are so bad its not worth using. The email service works and the reception has been OK. I'm going to give this away to a phone recycle center, that's where it belongs.
I had the Motorola 418 shipped to the Waseca, MN store. It was for my mother, who was leaving in 3 days, to her winter home in the south. When I tried to activate it I was told by Straight Talk that the SIMS card was bad. My options were to have a SIMS card shipped or to return the phone to the store. Since time was an issue we drove 70 miles, one way to Lakeville, MN and exchanged the phone for a new Moto 418. When I tried activate it, I was once again told the SIMS card was bad. I then returned the 2nd phone to the Owatonna, MN store and purchased a LG phone that has worked fine. I think Straight Talk should recall all Moto 418's that are in stores and have the SIMS cards replaced. This was a big pain in my backside and made me think about changing providers for the 5 phones I currently pay for.
On Walmart.com, you can put in your zip code to make sure the phone works in your area. I put in my zip code, as well as the zip codes around the peninsula, all of which the website said I would get coverage in. However, I did not get service in a couple of the places I needed it most - even after checking BEFORE I purchased the phone. *Keep your reciept! Walmart will take it back if you have the same thing happen to you.
If you do a lot of texting you may not like this phone. I like using t9 and there isn't a way to add words into it's dictionary. So I find myself switching back and forth just to type in names etc that the dictionary doesn't have. Selecting who you want to send to takes many more steps than my old phone as well. Web on this phone is pretty slow and not friendly. You can not select ringers or pictures for individuals in your contact list. I'll be changing phones soon.
I've had this phone and service for about a month (switching from Sprint) and I am very happy and pleased with it.....easy to use and the price is right! The only down side is the manual that it comes with is too vague....to get a more "in depth" manual you have to go online....I emailed StraightTalk asking for a "hard copy" to be sent "snail mail" to me and they just sent me the version which is online....there is also an icon on the home page that I can't figure out what it means and StraightTalk told me to call them and they will help me out........SO....for the cost,,,it's well worth it.......I should've got this sooner.....
We have had 2 other straight talk phones by Samsung and no problems. This Motorola phone stopped working 3 days after we refilled it for the second month. After 4 phone calls to technical service and phone only worked intermittently for 6 days, then they decide to send me a replacement phone. FYI if you need a replacement they send you a shipping label thru snail mail to send the non working phone back. When they receive the old phone THEN they will send you the replacement. Keep in mind the whole time that you are without a working phone! They will credit you the days but with a teenager this was like the end of the world. I will rate the second phone when ever we get it. Like I said no problems with the Samsung phones.
I had an AT&T IPhone before this one, while I miss all the added features of my IPhone, I don't miss the cost. Really, all I did was make calls and sent some texts, so this little Motorola does just fine. I forgot about the effort it takes to send a text with a phone that just has the phone dial pad for texting, so I've cut down on that. Good volume, good reception, does the job. Wish the phone had some other ring tones for someone from my generation, but hey, kids think I'm cool! The dark numbers on the dark keys weren't the best idea in low light settings. I really don't know why they bother offering data and internet access on these small phones, not gonna do it, just not gonna!