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LG L41C Cell Phone
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Rating: ☻☻☻☻☻


For the minimal-use, minimal-investment, minimal-cost TracFone crowd, the LG Ultimate II is the best offering yet from TracFone.

For the price ($100+) you get the Android 4.4 (KitKat) O/S, a decent 5 MP rear-facing camera with flash, a 1.2MP front-facing camera for decent selfies and facetime, a 4.5" mid-resolution screen, and triple minutes for life in its new, smart phone triple-bucket scheme (separate buckets for voice, text, and data.) Not to mention access to hundreds of thousands of apps.

I have been waiting a long time for such a phone from TracFone -- a real smart phone, with with the capability of data, but not the obligation to use it, or the expense of a mandatory monthly plan. With this offering, and a VOIP app such as Skype, or Magic Jack (what I use), I can even make totally free calls and texts while hooked into WiFi. And since Data and text have no time expiration in TracFone's triple bucket system, I don't have to worry about running out the clock on them.

It is the perfect upgrade migration from TracFone's touch-screen feature phones (LG 800G / LG 840G / LG 305C / LG306G) to a real, honest-to-God smart phone. Look for a mass migration from the TracFone feature- phone crowd to the LG Ultimate II (LG L41C) smart phone.

While the specs are not top of the line, they are exceptionally good for the price. You would have to spend another $50 for a bigger (but not better) phone, and a few hundred dollars more to get better specs, such as a high-resolution screen, or more built-in memory.

The phone comes with a pretty good 100 page user manual.  In addition there is also a pretty good interactive tutorial at the following TracFone link:

http://tracfone.deviceanywhere.com/tracfone/home.seam?custId=TFLGL41C&locale=en_US

The best user forum for this phone is the Turk Forum, where you can ask user questions and get  for clues on how to use all the many features of this jewel.  . You can use the link below for the Turk forum.

http://s1.zetaboards.com/Turk/topic/5621603/8/#new

Accessories for this phone are plentiful, with a ton of choices in type and color of cases and holsters. Here is my favorite case/holster.


First posted November 2012 on the Turk Forun and Amazon.com
 

2012  Simon Revere Mouer III, PhD, PE, all rights reserved