November 13, 2012

TracFone Review - LG 530G

A Newer Phone with Great Features

Review of LG530g
LG 530g from Tracfone
The LG 530G from TracFone is similar to the LG 500G but with a few upgrades and the biggest bonus, Triple Minutes for Life.

This phone has a good feel with a full QWERTY keypad and large screen it offers great functionality whether you want to call, text or surf the web.

LG 530G Features

The LG 530G is fully equipped with all the typical cell phone features one would expect and with good battery life and Triple Minutes, it is a very appealing prepaid phone.
  • Triple Minutes for Life
  • Full QWERTY Keyboard
  • Mobile Web Surfing
  • 1,000 entry Phone Book
  • 1.3 MP Camera/Video Recorder
  • SMS and MMS Picture Messaging
  • MP3 Player (Cables and Micro SD cards not included)
  • Hands-Free Speaker
  • Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
  • Voicemail, Call Waiting, and Caller ID
  • Voice/Sound Recorder
  • Alarm Clock
  • Battery talk time up to 3.8 hours
  • Standby time up to 6.3 days
  • Includes Battery, Charger, Activation Card, Services Guide and User Manual

Likes and Dislikes for the LG 530G

Let's begin by looking at Tracfone Reviewer's LIKES about this phone:

Some of the best features for this phone are the QWERTY Keyboard, MP3 player, Triple Minutes for Life, and overall sleek appearance.

The full QWERTY keyboard (which means it has a button for every letter in the alphabet, like a computer keyboard) is easy to get used to and makes texting much faster. No more hitting the numbers multiple times to get a text message written, every letter has its own button and makes texting simple for anyone.

The MP3 player is a convenient feature that allows you to download songs via TracFone (for a price) or add your own songs to the phone. The songs can be played through the headphones attached to the standard headphone jack, or through the speakers which are decent.

If you plan to use the MP3 player, be sure to buy a Micro SD card (up to 32GB) and a USB cable for the phone, as these are not included. (MicroSD cards are usually around $10 or less for a 4GB card, which is more than enough space for most people)

The included Triple Minutes for Life makes this phone an incredible deal. For every minute you add, you get 2 minutes free. So if you add a 60 minute prepaid card, you get 180 total minutes! This is the best deal TracFone has, and if you also use a Promo Code when adding your phone card, you will get even more free minutes!

Finally, the overall design of the phone is sleek and stylish - perfect for those looking for a phone they can enjoy everything about. It looks good and is easy to get accustomed to.

Time for a few DISLIKES about the LG 530G:

First of all, the phone does come with Mobile Web, but it is not all that great, and costs a lot to use. Few people use the Mobile Web feature, and it is not really necessary anyway. But if you are someone who likes to check email or Facebook from your phone, this might not be the phone for you.

Another dislike is that the phone does not come with an Micro SD card or USB cables. While not including these items does help keep the price down, it would be nice for the phone to come with them since it adds a lot to the overall functionality of the phone.

Overall this phone is a fantastic phone for those who like texting often and but still want to have a no contract prepaid phone. The Triple Minutes for Life is a huge bonus that makes this phone extremely reasonable to use.

Also, check out more Tracfone Reviews or read about How to Make your Prepaid Minutes Last Longer

Great Buying Option for the LG 530G:

This phone typically retails for $49.99 from most stores and on the Tracfone website. But it can be found on Amazon for closer to $30-35, a $15 to $20 savings!

27 comments:

  1. I recently bought this phone and so far I'm pleased with it. As mentioned in the review, the browser is expensive and a bit cumbersome to use. If you think you're going to be online a lot you might look at a more internet friendly phone. My biggest complaint is that the phone package only included a very brief owner's manual. There wasn't even a diagram explaining all the functions of the keys! Isn't that odd? Luckily I have a teenager around who explained everything. I've requested the full manual from Tracfone, hasn't happened yet.

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    1. Yes, I have been a little annoyed that no detailed user manual is included. There are several keys on the LG 530g that can be challenging to understand. This certainly isn't a phone for surfing the internet. But for everything else, it performs great. Thanks for your comment.

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    2. I googled LG530G user manual, and was able to quickly download a complete, 100 page user manual for free in about 1 minute, from the LG website.

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  2. Actually manuals not being very detailed is par for the course for Tracfone

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  3. My biggest complaint with this particular phone is no way to BLOCK an incoming caller/number. The phone is pretty great other than that though I found after trial/error you definatly don't want to browse the net too long ... those minutes will rack up quick. I do a lot of selling on Craigslist so the camera isn't "digital" but it does well enough, and receiving text messages is cheap and returning them quick with the "Querty" pad. It's got my vote!

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    1. See the message left 3/22/2014 about blocking calls.

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  4. In regards to not being able to block incoming calls, I may as well stick with my LG500g in that case..

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  5. I recently bought this phone and overall am very happy with it. Much easier to text on it than my touchscreen was. Problem I am having is how to dial into a phone extension. I dial the extension and hit the pound sign and nothing happens. I just continue to hear the message play. Any hints on how to get this to work? Thanks.

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  6. Check to see if there are any promo codes before you add minutes. I just bought a 60 minute card and Googled "tracfone promo codes" and found a site that said April promo codes. You can try several codes so I tried the 30 minute code that said was only for certain phones and it worked! So I got 60 units plus 150 units for $19.97! Why do they call minutes units? The last time I tried a promo code I think got an extra 10 minutes.

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    1. Checking for promo codes is a great tip, in fact, we have a page (located at the top of the page) dedicated to tracfone promo codes! Glad you got some bonus minutes! I don't know why they call them unites, just how it is.

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  7. I agree that this is a great phone. What everyone else said is true. I had the lg800g and hated it. No more touch screen phones for me. I'd like to know where i can order a cover for it. The back is kind of flimsy and I'd like to protect it. Thanks for thos website. I use it for the promo codes all the tome!

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    1. I went to the local phone accessory store in the mall and found two covers that fit pretty well. One is for the "LG Motion", and the other was a Samsung something or other. They fit, and protect it well.

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  8. I like this phone too, except I can't sync it to my computer to upload music.

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  9. Can this phone be synced to a car unit?

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  10. Any idea why this phone is so hard to find? Tracfone doesn't offer it direct (at least I don't see it), and it's very scarce on Amazon and eBay. This seems odd for a relatively new phone that has gotten good reviews. Has it been discontinued already?

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    1. I've noticed this too, and I'm not sure why it is becoming scarce. Could be just a coincidence, or perhaps they are ending distribution of it. Very strange indeed.

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    2. Try here http://www.kmart.com/tracfone-lg530g-pre-paid-mobile-phone/p-018W004901837001P

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  11. Where is the "sent" folder in the text area??

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    1. Sent messages stay in the "Outbox".

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  12. I have the phone, but found that the soft keys don't work in the Facebook app. Anybody else have that problem?

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  13. I bought this in early 2013. A couple of times, it stopped receiving texts w/ no outward signs, while everything else seemed to work. Spent time with Tracfone tech support & had to master-reset (or whatever it's called) and reprogram entering strings of hexadecimal digits. Losing my settings & numbers each time. Had been shutting it off at night & at other times. I decided not to ever shut it off again & it's been great since then.

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  14. Your blog is fantastic, thank you for sharing your insight! I just upgraded to this phone and am hoping you might be able to help me with two settings that I am unable to figure out:
    1. Once I complete a step, an alert sound is issued, despite the fact that I've turned the volume of the keypad tone to zero. How do I turn this off? This alert sound is issued when I send a text message or when I complete a settings selection, for instance.
    2. I would like to customize the voicemail message. What menu option allows me to do so?
    Thank you for any help you might have!

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  15. Thank you for your detailed review of the LG 530G phone. I just purchased mine from Tracfone and it should arrive in a couple of days. I have been with Verizon Wireless for several years and currently have an iPhone 4s (already old technology), but their costs have been creeping up and up. When I get my LG 530G set up, I will just use my iPhone as and iPod to play my music using my WiFi. Tracfone's pay as you go will save me bundles. I like the layout of the LG 530G as it is kind of like the old BlackBerry that I had several years ago before going with iPhone. I am old school, so I still like having a physical keyboard.

    That the phone does not come with USB/micro USB cables is fine as I have those from other devices such as my Kindle. Also, I ordered a 16 GB micro SD card to use with my new phone. It appears that Tracfone will port my current cellular number and have my Verizon Wireless account closed for me, which is great.

    Overall, your review makes me feel that I have made a good choice of phone. It has everything that I need at a very reasonable price. I am now very glad that I did not upgrade to the iPhone 5s, which runs anywhere from $200 to $400!

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  16. In the LG500GHL model, you do this to block calls. Maybe it's the same in this model too.

    "Edit' the contact, choose "Options", select "Add Detail", select "Groups", select "RejectNo" then choose Done. Whenever the call comes in, it will not ring or show in the window but it will show on the list of "Received Calls" but with no minutes charged.

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  17. Love this phone. Like the vibrate feature when number called answers. LG phones have great antennas which I need living in isolated area. Phone does exactly what I need it to do.

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