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(Tracfone) Alcatel a382g Phone Topic
Topic Started: August 7, 2012, 6:04 am (6,021 Views)
The Sweeper
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So, if anyone has any more info, thoughts or questions on this phone, feel free to post it all here ... thanks.

A new GSM phone appears on Tracfone's website ... the Alcatel A382G...

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The Sweeper
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It may be just me, but by the looks of the tutorial and user guide. The Alcatel A382G will not have web access.
It will basically be a talk and text phone.

Phone Guide: http://img.deviceanywhere.com/tracfone/pub/72190/docs/UserGuide.pdf

Phone Tutorial: http://tracfone.deviceanywhere.com/tracfone/home.seam?custId=TFALA382G&locale=en_US
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* Sweeper .... thanks for the picture and infomation about this new phone coming out...

* I took all your info and past posts and put them together and started up an Official Phone Topic on it.. ;)

* This is just a bare bones, basic phone alright ... with those big buttons, I bet it is made for the older folks.

* That's kind of cool it has an FM Radio (I like FM Radios on phones) ... I say around $10- $15 for this phone.

* Maybe it's also coming out for Senior Value Cellphones? ... SVC hasn't come out with any new phones in awhile.


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Definitely a nice basic easy-to-see and press-button phone, great for the no-frills or big-finger set... If it is cheap
enough, I might get one for hubby - he says his LG 500G is really unnecessarily fancy for his basic voice needs.
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annepani

It has a built-in FM radio... I like phones that have a radio.
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* I was at one of my many Walmart stores today, and I happened to see this new Tracfone out for sale - first time ever!
* The new Tracfone Alcatel a382g -- and the price was a shocking $30! -- I had to double check to make sure! (lol)
* This phone is big, and kind of ugly -- it has to be geared towards the older folks -- I can't see young people liking it?
* Anyway, I had my Phone Hall of Fame Turkberry on me (the Net10 Samsung r355c) - so I took a few pictures of it.
* Ps: this Tracfone box is like the Net10 boxes, it opens up to see the phone inside, I wonder if this is the new trend?

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The Sweeper
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I think if you take the charging stand out of the equation, you’d be in the $20 range.

Here I thought I would get a weekend off, but there are no off weekends for the cell phone hunter.
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October 2, 2012, 1:16 am
* Ps: this Tracfone box is like the Net10 boxes, it opens up to see the phone inside, I wonder if this is the new trend?
I hope this is a trend in the packaging, Turk, right now the Tracfone hard plastic "tomb" the phones are in is practically
impossible to get open, at least for me, without practically slicing my fingers off trying to cut into the plastic.
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zombie

I don't care much about ease of opening but with the plastic clamshell once you have it open it is a less desirable,
more awkward way of storing the accessories you don't often use. I've never even plugged in my charger, most of
the discount codes in the coupon book are equaled or bettered online and half had already expired when I received
the phone, and the manual is more convenient to read in the online PDF format.

I like this A382G phone... If I never texted or wanted a phone to be more than just a phone then the ergonomics:
size ratio is good, lack of internet browser button good, charger stand good... though I'd feel it was even better if
~ 3mm thicker with double the battery capacity, a month long standby battery life would be awesome.
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The Sweeper
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I scored one today... It's much bigger than the C139, but at $30, it is a stretch to think they will sell a lot at that price.
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zombie

These are on Tracfone's site now for purchase, still DMFL and $40 - BUT - Out Of Stock.

http://www.tracfone-orders.com/bpdirect/tracfone/PhoneDetails.do?action=view&productVariantExtensionId=18746301
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zombie
October 12, 2012, 7:21 pm
These are on Tracfone's site now for purchase, still DMFL and $40 - BUT - Out Of Stock.

http://www.tracfone-orders.com/bpdirect/tracfone/PhoneDetails.do?action=view&productVariantExtensionId=18746301
I get 'Session Expired' when I click on it.
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The Sweeper
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They call it "The Big Easy"?? ... At $40, it ain't that easy.
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annepani
October 12, 2012, 8:08 pm
zombie
October 12, 2012, 7:21 pm
These are on Tracfone's site now for purchase, still DMFL and $40 - BUT - Out Of Stock.

http://www.tracfone-orders.com/bpdirect/tracfone/PhoneDetails.do?action=view&productVariantExtensionId=18746301
I get 'Session Expired' when I click on it.
Hmm, guess it's a cookie on my system, link still works here. You can see it on their phones list page by browsing to
it if this one doesn't work... http://www.tracfone-orders.com/bpdirect/tracfone/PhoneList.do?action=view
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* Here is a better link to Tracfone.com showing the phone sale... you may have to scroll down a little to see it.

* Tracfone.com Link: http://www.tracfone-orders.com/bpdirect/tracfone/Start.do?

* I think they call it the Big Easy because (1) it's Big ... (2) it's Easy to use ... (3) no one's ever heard of "Alcatel"?! (lol)

* I think they should just call it the Big Ugly .... Woooooooooo! .. ;)

* Late Edit: Zombie beat me to posting a better link by a matter of a few minutes ... thanks Z.


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Saw a commercial last night for it, definitely targeting the "baby boomer" crowd, who want the simpler phone. Wish it
was a bit cheaper - really tempted to get it for hubby's big fingers - he just wants a phone, plain and simple, and he's
ok still using his LG 500G for now. I think I want it just for the novelty and ease, if it ever perhaps comes down in price,
I'm definitely interested for a backup at any rate.
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adhdphonenut
October 26, 2012, 11:43 am
Wish it (the Alcatel A382G) was a bit cheaper - really tempted to get it for hubby's big fingers - he just wants a
phone, plain and simple, and he's ok still using his LG 500G for now. If it ever perhaps comes down in price,
I'm definitely interested for a backup at any rate.
How much do you want it to come down? ... What price are you holding out for?
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annepani
October 26, 2012, 12:37 pm
adhdphonenut
October 26, 2012, 11:43 am
Wish it (the Alcatel A382G) was a bit cheaper - really tempted to get it for hubby's big fingers - he just wants a
phone, plain and simple, and he's ok still using his LG 500G for now. If it ever perhaps comes down in price,
I'm definitely interested for a backup at any rate.
How much do you want it to come down? ... What price are you holding out for?
I don't know much about the phone itself as far as any special features it has, other than the basic stuff, but I would
say I'd buy it for $20.00.
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* I saw over on the HSN website that this phone is now for sale, and there is a good deal going on with it as well...

* You get the... phone + accessories + 400 minutes + 1 year of service ... all for just $50 ... that's right, $50!

* This almost makes me tempted to...
> buy it ... activate it ... add the minutes & service days ... then transfer everything form it to my Motorola ex124g. (lol)

* I couldn't post the link, my computer is acting up, and HSN.com is acting up as well for me ... maybe someone else can?

* Thanks, and good luck to anyone that may buy it .... and let us know what you think of it if you get one. ;)


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kevdogg329

Here is the link to that promotion...

http://www.hsn.com/electronics/big-easy-large-key-cell-phone-with-1-year-of-tracfone

Turk, you KNOW you want that year of service. ;)
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Got a great deal on one, finally for hubby, but he needs a case/holster to clip on his belt... any ideas?

No luck searching ebay unfortunately.

UPDATE: I browsed Walmart's generic cases and got him a sturdy canvas velcro one with a strong belt clip on it
that fits the phone perfectly.

1/22/13 UPDATE: He loves the phone, by the way. I highly recommend it for people who want a simple phone that
is easy to use - it's even pretty easy to text with!
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annepani

The Alcatel A382G is selling on Tracfone.com for $30 and includes a $15 gas card. That makes the phone itself just $15.

When this phone first came out about 4 months ago, it was selling for $30. Now it's $15... Wow that was fast.
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tfuser19

Maybe they reduced the prices because they are not selling due to A328G having only DMFL vs other new
Tracfones having TMFL?
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Got to continue my update on hubby, who is still loving this phone... It is perfect for him, its simple, and easy to
use, because he has big fingers - and now I can get him a great deal on a backup.
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adhdphonenut
February 9, 2013, 12:14 am
Got to continue my update on hubby, who is still loving this phone... It is perfect for him, its simple, and easy to
use, because he has big fingers - and now I can get him a great deal on a backup.
Remember that if you go through bigcrumbs.com you will get an additional 21% off.

That brings the phone to $9 after allowing the $15 for the gas card.
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Just bought two of these phones on Amazon for $15 each, to replace two family phones, both Nokia 2126i.
I had to make the switch to GSM from CDMA, but they both have expanded to most areas I travel now.
Really disappointed in a few features, or lack of, with these phones.

First, NO PC connectivity whatsoever. I had invested in a data cable and had customized the Nokias with new
screensavers and ringtones, but all of that is history now. The Big Easy's USB port is strictly for charging...
someone out there please correct me if I am mistaken. No bluetooth either, so you have to enter all your
contacts from an old phone manually.

Secondly, no options in changing font sizes or styles. Fortunately, the fonts are large and readable enough.
Also, you have a dozen or so optional backgrounds that are very decorative, but not functional. I prefer a
solid background of white, black, or gray to make the screen more readable, but no dice with this phone.

Third, when you are entering your contacts manually, the option to have each first word capitalized disappears
every time you start a new word. If you set it for all caps, then it stays on all caps, so that is how I set the phone.
OK, the backlit buttons are fantastic for us older fumble-fingered users, but that is about it for the appeal of this
phone. Someone who seriously has a problem with seeing a phone screen might be better off using an entry -
level smart phone instead.

It is a shame that the "Big Easy" is so limited in functionality... there's no excuse IMO. I see that HSN dropped
this phone to $39.99 + $5.95 S&H with one year of service, but I don't see the 400 minutes listed with the offer.
I would have went that route if I had read this post first and verified that 400 minutes came with it.
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