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LG TM250 review

6.1/10 AVG.
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6.1/10
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The LG TM250 currently has an Informr score of 6.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 69 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The LG TM250 has on the market for several months and is currently Bell Mobility's most inexpensive model.

This handset is a dual band, single mode phone (800/1900 MHz 1X CDMA, no AMPS or analog service), which may be an issue if you live in or pass through an analog-only service area on a frequent basis. Analog-only areas are not very common these days with the expansion of the Bell Mobility 1X network throughout Canada. This model was sold as the LG VX3100 on the American Verizon network, but at the time of writing, this model has been discontinued on their network.

Dimensions & Design
The LG TM250 is both lighter and thinner than most clamshells on today's market and this handset fits nicely into even the smallest pockets. The overall dimensions are 10x4x2.3cm or 4x1.5x0.75in. The LG TM250 weighs in at only 89g or 2.86oz.

The outside of the phone is sleek and simple. A chrome strip around the top of the phone reads "LG" along with their logo, and another "LG" along with their logo at the bottom of the phone. There are no other marks or writing on the outside of the phone, other than the small "Qualcomm 3G CDMA2000" sticker located near the antenna, as it is on all of Bell's 1X phones. Unlike most CDMA phones, the antenna is fixed, and does not extend. There is no external display.

When I opened the clamshell, the phone felt sturdy, and well built. The black and white screen was easy to read, and had very good contrast. One of the best black and white screens I've seen on a phone. The keypad was logically arranged, and the buttons had a nice feel to them. The along with the numbers, the keypad has a four way navigation key used for scrolling through the menus and navigating in games. On the side of the phone are buttons to control the ring volume (in standby) and the earpiece volume (during a call). The TALK and END keys are in the overseas standard position; TALK on the left, and END on the right.

The screen layout is quite standard for today's CDMA phones. At the top of the screen is your signal level, which type of network you're running on ("D" for Digital CDMA; "1X" for 1X CDMA), A roaming icon, to show when you're roaming ("R"), and the battery icon, with three bars, showing how much of the battery power is left. Below, is the time and date, automatically set from the network.

The screen has a green backlight which makes the screen easy to see, in day and night.

Coverage, Sound Quality & Reception Quality
This is a dual band, single mode phone (800/1900 MHz 1X CDMA), that will work in North American digital service areas, as well as Hong Kong, New Zealand, China, Mexico, and other countries that support CDMA. This phone will not work in Europe or Africa. Note again that there is no analog fallback on this handset, so make sure to check Bell's maps to ensure that you won't need to use analog mode (generally not a problem if you stick to urban areas).

In my 4 months with this phone, and comparing it to other Bell phones, including the Sanyo 8100, Samsung A660, and Kyocera SE47 Slider, I found that the sound quality and the ability to find reception, were excellent on this phone and far exceeded the higher end Samsung A660. In my opinion, this is Bell Mobility's best phone offering in terms of sound quality and reception, that I have ever used, even though it is the least expensive model of their product lineup.

1XRTT Wireless Data & Web Browser
The LG TM250 is equipped with 1X network access. 1X is the CDMA-based wireless data network that will compete with the GPRS network that is available on GSM networks. 1X promises data speeds of up to 144 Kbps with 'always on' service. Similar to GPRS, 1X is always enabled and you are charged for the amount of data transferred, instead of the airtime to connect. As with most Bell Mobility phones, when a 1X network is available, 1X is displayed on the screen, next to the signal strength indicator.

The web browser is one of the oldest versions of the OpenWave browser, used on many LG, Kyocera, and on the older Motorola phones and as such, the web browser is outdated and slow. The phone has a tendency to heat up, to a point where it is uncomfortable to hold the phone when using the web browser or 1X data. The handset doesn't seem to heat up to the same degree during normal voice calls.

Battery
In my tests, the battery lasts a good 6 days on standby in an area with average urban signal (-80 dbm). Talk time was not tested.

Overall
As a phone, this phone performed exceptionally well. I highly recommend this phone to anyone who wants a basic and easy to use phone. I do not recommend this phone to people who want to play games or use the phone to surf the web due to the outdated web browser.

Review by Eric Johannsen


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
No



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LG released the TM250 on November 6, 2004.


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LG backs up the TM250 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
Unknown

The LG TM250's screen size is Unknown with 120 x 80 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
No

This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. LG's performance ratings are 10 days standby time.

LG TM250 Specs

Overview
Release date November 6, 2004
Regions available No
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
AMPS
Data:
1xRTT
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory No
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.28 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Hand Strap, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 8.0 x 4.4 x 2.3 cm (3.2 x 1.7 x 0.9 in)
Weight 89 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Retractable
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Monochrome
Technology LCD
Resolution 120 x 80 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display LCD
Graphics -
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 199
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client No
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB -
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Unknown
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs
WiFi No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization No
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
-
Additional Rear Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio -
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones No
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone No
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Voice memo recorder
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AWESOME

I have had this phone for 5 years at least and it has been nothing but fantastic. I have seen all of my friends go through phones after phones, they do not make cells like this anymore I can tell you that!!!! Sure this phone can't upload ringtones, take pictures etc etc, BUT it can do all of the basic...More
I have had this phone for 5 years at least and it has been nothing but fantastic. I have seen all of my friends go through phones after phones, they do not make cells like this anymore I can tell you that!!!! Sure this phone can't upload ringtones, take pictures etc etc, BUT it can do all of the basic features and do it well!! The only downside is reception is not as strong as with other phones. I am very pleased with this low-cost phone and it has taken me a long way. I plan to use this little guy into the ground. Chances are I won't find another phone as durable as this one!!! Highly recommended and ummmm prolly no longer available lol ! Less
I have used this phone all over North America for the past 4 years. Not one single problem. Great reception - no problems with roaming in US. Only problem was in Bar Harbour, Maine where Bell is not accepted at all. This phone does not have the bells and whistles of newer phones - MP3, camera, etc....More
I have used this phone all over North America for the past 4 years. Not one single problem. Great reception - no problems with roaming in US. Only problem was in Bar Harbour, Maine where Bell is not accepted at all. This phone does not have the bells and whistles of newer phones - MP3, camera, etc. but for its purpose of a phone it is excellent. Less

This Bell Mobility LG phone has terrible reception

For those considering taking over an existing LG-TM250 on the Bell Mobility network, BEWARE: in Ontario/Quebec the combination cellphone/network offers typically fair to very poor reception. I've had two separate copies (one for myself and another for a family member), and both gave the same disappoi...More
For those considering taking over an existing LG-TM250 on the Bell Mobility network, BEWARE: in Ontario/Quebec the combination cellphone/network offers typically fair to very poor reception. I've had two separate copies (one for myself and another for a family member), and both gave the same disappointing reception over the past 3 years. I can tell that these results weren't anomalies, because I also carry a Telus Motorola i205 for work which takes me across all of Southern Quebec and Ontario on a regular basis. When I couldn't make or take personal calls on the LG phone because of poor reception, I'd be able to get through almost immediately with the Motorola which had excellent reception on the Telus network. For reception performance and freedom from dropped calls, I'd rate the Bell Mobility/LG-TM250 combination as a 3 out of 10 (10 being the best performance). For my Telus/Motorola i205, I'd rate the same reception/dropped call performance at 8.5 out of 10. I'm currently in the process of picking out another cellphone and cellphone service provider to replace this turkey. Less

the little cell phone that could

I got this one as a free phone with my three year contract w/ Bell Mobility. I wasn't looking for a phone with all the 'extras' back then, I just wanted a basic phone with useable features. That's what I got. The reception left a little to be desired in certain parts of town. I used to have to go o...More
I got this one as a free phone with my three year contract w/ Bell Mobility. I wasn't looking for a phone with all the 'extras' back then, I just wanted a basic phone with useable features. That's what I got. The reception left a little to be desired in certain parts of town. I used to have to go outside to use it when it rang inside the house. It does get hot when you use it for over 30 minutes. You can't download ringtones for it because the new ones are polyphonic, which this phone is definitely not. I dropped it more times than I could count and it was like the energizer bunny; kept going and going and going. (Speaking of batteries: the battery started needing to be charged every other day after two years of pretty regular use.) I dropped it and one of the hinges cracked and the flip screen was hanging from the cord inside that attaches the face to the body. The phone and screen still worked! Like the little cell phone that could! Then it met its death against tiled floor. The little cord inside couldn't hold up to a five foot fall. Overall I was happy with it. It's like a beater car, not the nicest to look at but so dependable you grow to love 'em. Less

Terrible.

I just... this phone doesn't do anything. yes, if you're in a certain area, you can receive a call, and I noticed if you stay on it too long, it actually gets hot. A phone that gets hot if used for more than 20 minutes. any sound clip above a MIDI format is leaps and bounds beyond the technology th...More
I just... this phone doesn't do anything. yes, if you're in a certain area, you can receive a call, and I noticed if you stay on it too long, it actually gets hot. A phone that gets hot if used for more than 20 minutes. any sound clip above a MIDI format is leaps and bounds beyond the technology this "phone" (and I use that term loosely here) can handle. This is literally the bottom of the barrel. (the barrel of phones) if cost is a factor (I think they give these phones out for free now) just save and wait, get a phone that won't make you cry at night. And Good luck breaking it. The only substance tougher than diamonds in the world is this phone. Less

Brutal!

Pros: *Sub-par battery life (if that's even considered a pro?) *Doesn't break too easily Cons: *Has no up-to-date features *Reception is terrible *No color screen (unless you consider dark green and black, color) *Does not allow most downloadable ringtones *Usable in very few areas geographically *I...More
Pros: *Sub-par battery life (if that's even considered a pro?) *Doesn't break too easily Cons: *Has no up-to-date features *Reception is terrible *No color screen (unless you consider dark green and black, color) *Does not allow most downloadable ringtones *Usable in very few areas geographically *Is scratched VERY easily Overall, this phone isn't particularly useful for anyone. Even those who simply want a phone just for the actual calling feature are dissapointed. It was poorly designed and doesn't have any standard features that most phones do nowadays. BIG thumbs down on this one guys, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, for any reason. Less

old phone, but awesome

The LGTM250 was the first flip phone and vibrating phone that i got. i wasn't use to it and i kept dropping it. its been dropped so many times that the head of the phone actually seperated from the body and it still works. this phone is old, but it works better than my new LG phone right now, i just wi...More
The LGTM250 was the first flip phone and vibrating phone that i got. i wasn't use to it and i kept dropping it. its been dropped so many times that the head of the phone actually seperated from the body and it still works. this phone is old, but it works better than my new LG phone right now, i just wish that LG can have more durable phones like this. Its so hard to find a good reliable phone these days. Less

I love this brick-like phone!

This phone may be old and out of date, but I love it! I accedently left it outside one night while I was camping, and it rained. I found the phone the next afternoon at the bottom of a puddle. It wouldn't even turn on then, but after letting it dry out for a week, it works perfectly fine! No lost memo...More
This phone may be old and out of date, but I love it! I accedently left it outside one night while I was camping, and it rained. I found the phone the next afternoon at the bottom of a puddle. It wouldn't even turn on then, but after letting it dry out for a week, it works perfectly fine! No lost memory, nothing! I doubt you can say that about a bunch of the new phones! I havn't had battery problems with this phone either, not until after my incident with the puddle, and the phone is three years old! Less

WHAT?!?!?

I don't know what you people are talking about when you say this phone is crap I've had it for 3 plus years now dropped it from my hands when standing at least 3 times, its has been dropped from a ten foot drop off a shelf, I have used it as a football because its so durable! The battery has lasted me...More
I don't know what you people are talking about when you say this phone is crap I've had it for 3 plus years now dropped it from my hands when standing at least 3 times, its has been dropped from a ten foot drop off a shelf, I have used it as a football because its so durable! The battery has lasted me for 3 plus years I don't know what the hell you guys are talking about, its a lithium battery you have to drain it before charging it again or else it doesn't last worth shit. Reception I have to admit isn't great but it is much better than Rogers because with this phone you can go to a small town without being cut off. Who cares about backgrounds?! If it calls that is all you need! And last but not least ringtones can only be downloaded from the sasktel.com website. Sasktel is a small company so not many sites support Sasktel ringtones. Great phone brand! Get one! Less

Pretty Good Phone

I love this phone, it is the best phone i have ever had. It dosen't have any good ringtones, but i can deal with it. I only wish that there was another display on the front, it would be very useful. I drop it at least once everyday for almost a year and it hasen't broken yet.
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