Review of Virgin Mobile LG Rumor Touch

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Today for review I’ve got the LG Rumor Touch on the Virgin Mobile network, which is a subsidiary of Sprint. The Rumor Touch can be considered a smartphone, but it’s really not in that it doesn’t have Android or WinMo on it, or really any real operating system like one would expect on a smartphone. It’s on Sprint so I expected decent call quality, I’ve used Sprint before and it was fine but I has issues here with the Rumor Touch, so it has to be the phone and not the network. It’s a touchscreen phone as you might expect by the name, but I found it to be very frustrating to use, it’s not very responsive at all honestly, I found myself touching the screen many times to get something to happen or I’d try and do something and something that I didn’t want to happen would. Overall I don’t like this phone..


Let’s start off with the unboxing video:

Included with the phone is a headset and USB cable, and power supply, along with documentation of course.

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The LG Rumor Touch does feature a full keyboard with dedicated number line, why can’t all smartphones have the full number line?

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It’s a smartphone so it’s big and heavy, but personally I like that, so it’s not a big deal to me.

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Below the screen are three buttons for back, home and call, on the back you’ll find the speaker and camera but no flash.

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Here’s a few more views of the phone, on the sides you’ll find USB and  microSD ports, along with buttons for volume, camera and power.

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Pop the back off and you’ll find a battery as expected:

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Specifications:

LG Rumor Touch

LG LN510

3″ Touch Screen, Full QWERTY Keyboard, 2 Megapixel Camera & Camcorder

The brand new LG Rumor Touch is the latest evolution of the hand held QWERTY device. Its Stylish QWERTY Keyboard with Dedicated Emoticon Key comes in three awesome colors that match any fashion sense. Pick up the new LG Rumor Touch and experience the vibrant 3″ inch touchscreen and record up to 2 hrs. of video that you can share with your friends.

Specs:
Form Factor: Slide
Camera: 2.0 Megapixel Camera and Camcorder
Music Player: Music Player (supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, & MP4A)
Qwerty: Full QWERTY Keyboard with Dedicated Emoticon Key
Touch Screen: Large 3” Touch Screen
Speaker Phone: One-Touch Speakerphone
Bluetooth: Version: 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
Web: Mobile Web
Technology: CDMA
Frequency: 1.9 GHz CMDA PCS, 800 MHz CDMA (Digital Dual-Band)
DataTransmission: EVDO Rev. 0
Dimensions: 4.2″(H) x 2.2″(W) x 0.6″(D)
Weight: 4.7 oz.
Display: 262K Color TFT, 400 x 240 Pixels, 3.00″ (Resistive Touch)
Battery: 1250 mAh Li-Polymer
UsageTime: Up to 7 Hours
StandbyTime: Up to 180 Hours

Price: $149.99


Quickly here, the keyboard does light up nicely so it can be used in the dark.

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The dialer is not the full screen, but it is usable just fine.

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As far as call quality is concerned, that’s hit or miss. I found I had a strong signal all of the time, but I found my calls went from clear to having static in them at times. I’ve used the Sprint network with no issues before, so this leads me to believe it’s the phone itself where the problem lies. When there’s no static though, quality seems decent.

The screen is very glossy and in direct sunlight it’s virtually unusable and even not in direct sunlight there’s a lot of glare on it.

Speaking of the screen, the colors seem nice and bright but it’s not exactly clear or smooth looking in terms of text and graphics things are a bit pixellated making everything just look a bit fuzzy.

Here’s the menus, and this phone really struck me as being just bland, and not that exciting really.

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The touchscreen itself is just not that responsive most of the time and other times it seems like it’s too responsive. The LG Rumor Touch has the familiar ‘slide to unlock’ and I found myself sliding four or five times to get the phone unlocked, it’s just very frustrating. The menus are are laid out so you have to scroll up and down to find what you want to do, so you’ll try and scroll and nothing will happen, then you’ll push a little harder thinking that might help, but no it’ll select what you touched and it will open making you have to hit the back button and start over again. Then you’ll find on some things, like the web browser you can’t use the hardware back button to exit, a pop-up appears when you press back and you have to make a selection. It’s just a very frustrating and non-intuitive phone overall.

Since I mentioned web browsing, let’s take a look at that:

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Websites do not render correctly, unless it’s the mobile version of course. Load time is dependent on the site of course, but it seems to take a long time no matter what and it frequently just stops and you’re left wondering what’s going on?! If you want to browse the web you’ll need to find a better web browser, I’ve read that people have installed Opera and it worked very well.

A good thing about this phone is that battery life seems very good, I got the rated times with no problems.

So let’s take a look at the camera.  The camera on the LG Rumor Touch actually seems like it should be a decent one, there’s a lot of options you can change and even cute little frames are included, but I found it to be pretty bad overall.

Here’s the camera and the settings:

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Here’s a few of those frames, they’re cute but to me they’re useless..

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Now here’s a few pictures taken indoors with a lot of light, lights on, windows open, bright sunlight shining in:

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Color reproduction doesn’t seem to bad really, but you’ve got to hold the phone very still to take a clear picture. I took a lot more pictures than what I posted, they were just a blurry mess, those above are the best of the bunch and that’s not saying much at all.


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Conclusion:

The LG Rumor Touch is just a very underwhelming phone overall, it’s a phone that I would not be happy with at all if I was to own it. The screen is big yes, but the interface and responsiveness of the touchscreen are just not that good. The interface is just not very finger friendly, and the responsiveness of the screen isn’t that great either. It’s a phone that wants to be smart, but just isn’t really.

Call quality and picture quality are mediocre at best, and I know it’s not the network, so it has to be the phone where the call quality issue is.

Bottom line here is that I’ve used a lot of phones, and I like touchscreen phones and this one just seems to have a very high learning curve. I did read around a bit and many people actually like this phone a lot. Maybe if I had a lot more time to spend with it, then I might get accustomed to the interface and the screen, but I shouldn’t have to do that, any phone like this should be easy to use.

7

Pros:
+Nice, well made phone
+Full keyboard
+Decent battery life

Cons:
-Poor picture quality
-Very glossy screen, not good in bright light
-Interface is no finger-friendly
-Call quality was spotty
-Fairly frustrating experience navigating the phone
-Touchscreen isn’t as responsive as it should be

Grades:
Overall score-7-10
Design score-7-10
Performance score-7-10

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  • Andres Delgado

    This phone is SOOOOOOOOOOOO>>>>!<<<<<<<……………..!!!!!!!!!!!! KOOL!!!!!!!
    I Love this phone I wanna get it but its tooooo…. much $ For me Hahahahaha Well This is a AWESOME PHONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Shane

      i rallly want 2 ge this fone but i liv wth my grandparents and my g-pa isnt getting muc work so im so siked about getting it i should of asked for it instea of a lap-top which i got so im hoping he’ll get work soon

      • CARMELO2818

        GET IT!..IT JUST HAPPENS THAT SOME PEOPLE GET BOGUS PHONES, AND SOME PEOPLE GET GOOD PHONES, SOME PEOPLE GET FRUSTRATED, SOME PEOLE ARE PATIENT. ONCE YOU START PLAYING WITH IT…IT BECOMES SECOND NATURE, JUST THAT SIMPLE. I HAVE $60 UNLIMITED. IT DOESN’T PAY TO PURCHASE A $25 PLAN BECAUSE WHEN YOUR ANYTIME MINUTES ARE UP YOU’LL BE BUYING ANOTHER $10 OR $20 TOP-UP CARD…MAKES NO SENSE….THIS PHONE IS HOT!!!AND VM HS FIXED THAT YOUTUBE ISSUE…IT NOW WORKS!!!!!!

  • kilari

    Wow. That response to this review was the dumbest shit I’ve read today.

    I gotta say the Rumor Touch is a great idea of a phone, it seems like it would be a useful combination. Opera Mini on a 3″ touch screen dumbphone should be pretty cool, and have good battery life. But I always forget that dumbphone UIs just aren’t up to snuff for an everyday smartphone user. I remember trying the Samsung Instinct series of touchscreen dumbphones and it always just came short of adequate. While I’m a Pre and Cliq XT owner I keep forgetting not all OS’ are up to the level of Android and WebOS.

    I really looked into this review because of Virgin Mobiles Beyond Talk plans. They facinate me, I just wish I had the ability to step down to that few minutes and down to a dumbphone. They are awesomely priced, and if you’re just using Opera Mini as your browser the $25 300 min, unlimited web, and text plan would be awesome for your average light user. However I think something like the Kyocera Loft would probably work just fine for that purpose if touchscreen wasn’t a requirement. But for me touchscreen is the only way from here on out.

    I dunno, I’m fascinated with these cheap plans, with interesting mid grade phones but i’ll never end up having one. I can’t go without a WebOS phone again.

    • Volfy

      Buy the Samsung Intercept then. I recently sold my LG Rumor Touch and grabbed the new Samsung Intercept Android phone through Virgin Mobile. I would have kept the LG but there are certain things I wanted that the Android exclusively supported. The Rumor Touch is still a great phone for basic stuff though but I think the price needs to come down a bit and there needs to be more apps that actually work with the LG phone.

  • Zerotm

    This phone is actually not as bad as its being represented. Have had no static issue in the past month of use. But will agree touch screen is not the best it takes time to adjust to plus calibrating it helps a little. As for the web browser they recomend one to download opera mini onto the phone which makes the phone able to render full webpages correctly. Over all i feel this phone is a good phone just needs a little tweaking and adjusting to right out of the box. Best prepaid phone at this price iv used yet!

  • Jack

    Have had this phone about a month now and am pretty happy. It’s really not a smartphone, so shouldn’t be compared. Allows me to make calls, send texts, check my email and surf the web on Opera Mini 5…that’s mostly it. But the best part is the plan on Virgin Mobile..$25 per month for unlimited data, messaging and 300 minutes. And no contract! The sound quality is absolutely fine..I have no idea what the reviewer is talking about. I guess they were having a bad day or something.

  • Jack C.

    Can you load Skype, Gismo or web-VOIP software on to this Virgin Mobile LG Rumor Touch phone?

    Jack

  • blaze

    idk wht the this review person talking about. This phone is good! The touch screen menu needs some adjusting too and the signal at times is choppy inside a building. But overall a good phone for the price. Cought mines on sale at bestbuy . Still have a lil tetst time to make my choice to keep the phone or not. So far so good. But still a little mad at times about the sig i get in buildings. If its the phone pleasde lg fix it. If not sprint….vm fix it. I was thinking of getting the i1 for boost but so high in price. 350 for a android phone is a lil steep in my opion . Just wish u could get updates for this phone. Im typing on it now! Bring better touch screen phones vm at good prices like this lg vm and you will have clients for life.

  • Mike

    I second Jack C’s question — Is there a skype app or other VOIP app that could be used with this phone????

    That would truly be amazzziiiiinnnnnnnggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • philip

    There are NO useful apps for this fone other than the ones installed (Opera Mini, Google Maps, email). Virgin mobile has juvenile apps in it’s app “store”. Dating and stuff. Third party apps are blocked and I have not yet found a hack for that, but believe me, I will. There are plenty of games available from VM, but that is about the extent of downloadables. Thinking of returning it and getting something Android.

  • Andrea

    I’m underwhelmed by this phone. Main reason: Cannot get Opera Mini of any version to work on it. Virgin Mobile hasn’t been able to help me resolve the issue. How did anyone get Opera to load into this phone???

  • Jo Ann

    I have the same question as Andrea…how to get Opera Mini loaded. As for the phone, I actually like the phone, especially the slide out keyboard. I traded in a Samsung Instinct for the LG Rumor Touch because after two years, I just couldn’t stand using an all-touch screen keyboard for texting anymore, not to mention mysterious pocket dialing even though the phone was locked. The LG phone is like any phone nowadays — it all depends on what your main use/need/want for a phone is. I don’t care about games and streaming videos, etc., so it works just fine for me, but for others who live, eat and breathe all of the other apps, then it’s not for them…go for something else. Now if we could just get the Virgin Mobile network fixed so they can port my number over, that would be great! What is up with their technical issues, and if it is that bad, they need to issue a public statement and be open about what’s happening.

  • Caytlin Seely

    I’m glad I read this review and the comments. Like Kilari I was interested in the Beyond Talk Plans, but I have had virgin mobile phones in the past and I simply wasn’t impressed with the service. I also had static and lost calls. However, I was on the verge of giving Virgin another chance when I saw this phone. Now that i’ve read ths review I can see it’s not the phone I thought it was. I also suggest not getting Virgin Mobile if you want prepaid. The unlimited plans are $60 and there are many other companies that offer unlimited for less. Also, when I had Virgin Mobile I had trouble sending and recieving messages and customer service was of no help.

    • Drag0n3

      this phone is actually rlly great and the best prepaid phone company out there i used to have metro pcs and virgn is so much better than any other prepaid company and i love the phone because unlike what the idiot said in the review its actually rlly great all around especially the touch screen

  • Bob

    Contrary to the review, I think this phone is great! Doesn’t require an expensive data plan like smartphones do (but I do have a grandfathered sprint unlimited vision pack) but I can still surf the web, check email and fb alright. I got Mini Opera on it too but I don’t remember all the steps for this. Touch screen does suck compare to an Ipod touch or Iphone but it’s not bad once you get used to it. Great “dumb”phone for me since I will never pay for an expensive a$$ data plan to use Iphones or Android phones. Goodluck!

  • michael

    can you use youtube on this phone?

  • Lauren

    Can you set a password to re-open your phone once the screen locks? So like, no one nosy goes through your messages? PLEASE REPLY I WANNA KNOW.

  • Steve

    I have had this phone for a little over a month. It was working great and was not dropping any calls in my house or any where else up until 2 days ago. The signal strength has changed and it keeps dropping my calls no matter where I am. Don’t know whats going on and Virgin has no answers. According to Virgins map I live in a best quality signal zone. Anyone else have this problem? Getting frustrated.

  • Kymber

    Opera mini = answers.yahoo.com/question/indexqid=20100623052712AAPWrzo

  • http://technogog.com Person

    I’m thinking of buying the phone but my main purpose to get the phone is to txt idk what to do I think I want to buy it but there’s all those comments about people having fuzzy screens but yet there’s those good comments that make me whant to buy the phone I’m so confused! Anyone tell me what to do is it worth the price or not!!!! I mean it looks like a good phone and all but every bad comment about it is scaring me what do you think I should do? HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!

    • Drag0n3

      the phone is worth buying i never had a problem with it and i just like u only txt so i pay$25 a month prepaid non contract 4 unlimited everything and 300 mins for calls

  • andrea

    umm could you get ringtones from myxer

  • Brenna

    can you play youtube on this phone? I looked on the virgin mobile website and it says you can stream video, but i have heard different from other forums. some say they can watch youtube videos, while others say they can’t? anyone have an answere for me?

  • Anthony

    I own this phone and I would give it a 4/5 it’s a an excellent phone by prepaid standards. There were problems early on accessing YouTube but these have been resolved. YouTube videos play and load rather quickly with the 3G (EV-DO Rev. 0) web speeds. Surfing the web with Opera Mini 5 is also quick. My biggest woe is the fact that I cannot view e-mail attachments on Virgin’s E-Mail App. Also, YouTube videos look blurry if you watch them in landscape mode. For texting, this device gets an A+.

    This review called this device a smartphone, and it is not. It is a multimedia phone with some smarthphone capabilities, so don’t judge it by smartphone standards.

  • John M

    I have had the phone for five days and really like it. To run Opera Mini, go to Main > Web > Downloads and then scroll down once the web page loads past “Cool Services.” You should see Opera Mini. Click on the download button – the version that downloads is a newer version, I think, so I chose to overwrite the existing file. Once it is running, do not exit the application – leave it to run in the background. Then, you should see it as a choice in the My Stuff > Applications folder. Also, I spent the time linking to my personal email account via “Email & IM” folder to enable east access to my yahoo email.

    I think all touch screens (or touch pads) take some time to get used to, so I think the reviewer just needed to use it more. You can also adjust it through the settings menu.

    As for password protecting your phone, I believe the “Lock Phone” feature under
    Settings will allow you to stop access, but you have to go through the physical process to do that each time.

  • http://yahoo.com Danielle

    im about to get this fone for my birthday i herd it was amazing so i dnt give a dam wat these test freaks say i gett’n it so dam all yall tht doubt tha fone

  • cristian

    i got this phone for my birthday and i really like it. The screen works great for me and i have almost no problems with it. The only problem is that for some reason i can only watch youtube videos after 11:00 pm. Not sure why but every thing esle works good.

  • vince

    I got this phone about a month ago not long after getting the sprint version for my wife. I have to say it may not be a full smartphone, but coming from a basic phone, this phone rocks.

  • Elizabeth

    Okay, so i have a virgin mobile phone, the kyocera xtc.
    and i have to say, that VM doesn’t have the best signal or the best internet but compared to things like Metro, it does. i’m saving up to buy this phone and i saw it got to hold it, it’s pretty awsome(: of course it won’t have as many things as a contract phone, so you cannot compare. but this phone is worth every penny.

  • morgan

    im getting my first phone soon and i really want a cool phone thats why i am getting the vm rumor touch! i heard from so many reviews that this is a really great phone! i cant wait to get it!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh and i think someone said youtube was getting fixed but i am not sure…

  • Trinette

    I’ve used Virgin Mobile/Sprint PCS for a few years. I’ve owned a few phones.
    I’ll say this phone,Kyocera Switchback, and the Kyocera Wildcard are the best for texters.
    I’ve used both a Wildcard,plus other phones from Virgin.
    The keyboard is awesome and backlit.
    I had a small learning curve coming from the Wildcard,but it’s no issue.
    Touchscreen was a real pain. It would not follow my fingers unless I use my fingernails. It is still the same. Must use my fingernails!
    I think it should have a stylus. As for the OS,it is Linux and works simple like all of Virgin’s phones.
    Even on Sprint PCS,the phone works the same. Albeit there are more APPS on the Sprint Network and the phone color is red,blue,purple,black,or pink. I play a few games at times,listen to music, and IM. I also love Facebook and taking photos.
    It’s all I do on this phone. For that it works ok. Still the touchpad sucks. It’s worst than my Ipod Touch. I miss using my Wildcard. But compared they both rock for IM/text.
    My Wildcard lacks music and video. Also it’s screen is smaller. So the Rumor Touch is a plus there. Still I am thinking of switching to a Blackberry.

    • Drag0n3

      mine works fine and i dont have nails and u can actually use a stylus from a ds or anything that uses stylus based system on the rumor touch

  • weedisgreat

    Im saving up for this one, they have a 25$/mo plan in my area, granting unlimited, messaging, web, and 300 minutes!

    also i dont need to sign up for any amount of time!

    i was considering an i-pod touch, but the wifi limitations aren’t a viable means of communication. the texting, web, and phone options are free however.

  • ehsde19

    im getting this fone in like 3 days i hafta wait for my paycheck. ive been looking at the different reviews and i must say that theyre all helpful but let me enlighten some people on something. this is a prepaid fone. its the only touchscreen PREPAID fone. everyone is comparing it to contract touchscreens but ist not a contract fone. try comparing it to another touchscreen prepaid…wait…you cant because its in a class by itself. u cant complain about the touchscreen if its ur first touchscreen and if ur switching from a contract to a prepaid then ur cheap so stop expecting more for less. you cant beat the data plans because theres no one cheaper. u spend alot on the fone itself bt u save money on the plans. u cant compare an elephant to a fish so why wud u compare a smartfone to a prepaid fone? its not fair to the fone and all ur doing is setting unfair standards. if u want a reliable fone for a fair price and a dirt-cheap plan then kill ur ego and buy this fone because theres no comparison.

  • deecrazii (:

    i love this phone , ive been looking at a lot of review and this is the only negative one ive found so far.
    im young 1(?) years old, and ive been doing alot of work to get money for this phone , ive been mowing lawns and all types of stuff . i would love to have this phone!

  • Vanessa

    i really like this phone….i might get it.
    but how does the HELLO UI work? i dont understand it

  • http://qq.com Alexcheng

    Hi everyone,

    Is GPS function useable on this phone? If yes, how is it charged?

    thank you!

  • Steve

    Does this phone have built in Yahoo instant messenger?

  • lalagirl

    does it have threaded texting? like on blackberrys etc.

  • phone

    This phone is great, and I have had this for over a month.

    1. You can watch Youtube videos
    2. You can download ringtones from websites and use them on the phone (need a micro Sd card for that) look for a Youtube video tutorial.
    3. Yes the GPS function works. (use google maps for free, driving directions will show a dot moving on a purple line which is your driving directions.) As it probably uses towers to triangulate, not sure what you mean by charging..its a free service on the phone.

  • swine

    For $25/month & u can get this at Best Buy for about $130 when it’s on sale, this is the best bargain no-contract phone out there. I’ve had it for a month & I’ve had clear calls & none dropped. It’s good for texting. The web is good when using Opera Mini. I was able to load it fine — just go onto the Best Buy reviews for this phone — someone gives specific instructions on how to load Opera Mini. Please keep in mind, it does have limitations & it’s def not a Droid or i-phone.

    The keyboard & touch takes geting used to, but once you do, it works fine. The camera is not so great, but since when are any phone cameras all that great??? I’d suggest getting a mini SD so u can save photos & email attachments.

    The reviewer should keep in mind that we’re not all rich people — I guess he doesn’t understand that not everyone can afford Droids or i-phones that will cost $90 or up to $150 a month!!! This isn’t perfect, but for the money, it’s a really good substitute.

    If I could afford it, I probably would’ve gotten the Curve, but that one is 300 bucks & pretty much outta my price range. In the meantime, this works fine for me — sticks tongue out at reviewer . . .

  • Dee

    I love VG’s service ect.. but my biggest issue with them is when receiving or sending txt
    which I do alot the Frigin Fonts at the large setting are to Dam small…Any body have any suggestions for a better phone????
    Aobilling@comcast.net

  • http://creativecrochets.weebly.com Emily

    I really liked your review! It was very helpful. I am thinking about getting the LG Rumor Touch and was wondering if you would recommend it for your first phone. Thanks!

  • F0l2saken

    ehsde19 you’re a moron, this isn’t the only touch screen prepaid phone on the market you idiot, instead of posting stupid nonsense that makes no sense keep your mouth shut.

    Almost every cell phone provider that offers prepaid services offer prepaid phones, you can even use the droid prepaid if you want to. I don’t know where you get your information from but until you learn what you’re talking about refrain from posting on comments. There’s nothing worse than some idiot who has no idea what he’s talking about posting crap like that.

    I can complain about anything I want to, no matter what you think. If this phone is anything like the Rumor 2 from Virgin Mobile than it is locked to hell and back and you can’t do anything with it. I hate the rumor 2, you can’t even put custom ringtones on it. Someone has already mentioned that 3rd party apps are blocked, so it seems virgin mobiles nazi company values are still the same. If that’s the case I won’t even bother, 25 dollars a month? It could be free and I still wouldn’t use a virgin mobile phone, I paid over $100 for the rumor 2 when it came out and found out I can’t do anything or use anything unless I buy it through virginmobile.com. The hell with that..

  • http://www.alliedwellness.org Rob Close

    I’ve had the Rumor Touch on VM for 2 months now…$25 a month for what I get is really the best deal out there by a wide margin, for me at least.

    The phone isn’t fantastic, but it’s the best option for the plan. Downloading the new Opera Mini right away is easy (just search for your “downloads” tab and it’s right on the front page)…and very necessary. Hopefully they’ll keep improving the browser – it’s much better than it was 6 weeks ago at least.

    Youtube usually works, but not always…often websites are randomly blocked until programs are reloaded…Google Maps works as a great & useful app…and Email comes in as often as you want it to update, I get my Yahoo & Gmail there when I need it.

    Is it a smartphone? Almost. Is it good enough for me? Yeah, most days.

  • Caroljo

    I appreciate all the intelligent reviewers here. Thank you. I do have a few questions.
    1) Do songs from Myxer work as ringtones, or just as music? I have used the Altel version Scoop now for two years and you can download songs and ringtones…..just cant set them as a ringtone on my phone.
    2) When texting using the touch screen can you use “graffiti” style writing?
    3) Are the speakers loud enough to listen to the MP3 players music?

    Thanks in advance!!

  • kena

    ok i have this fone and its works supa great im mean 25 dollars a month unlimited web txt 300 min virgin mobile wins

  • chris

    looking for this phone manuel to learn to operate this thing ….can anyone help me find one….

  • amanda

    BEYOND USELESS!!!!

    this is for anyone thinking of buying this phone, DONT!!!!
    yah the plan sounds amazing but when you have it and after setup and all its a waist of time and money because
    youtube never works
    the internet works only when it wants too
    picture text hardly ever goes thru
    dull layout
    and to some of the people who asked if myxer works no it wont virgin moblie blocks it
    and when i call virgin mobile its always the same two solutions
    1-take the battery out for 30 seconds and the turn back on
    2-they will put a repair order out for your account and it will take up to 3 days to get a solution then they never give you one
    and if you put a song from your computer on your memory card you can not use it as a ringtone but you can use wallpapers from your computer
    i would suggest boost mobiles incognito or rant, my hubby has thier plan and never has problems…

  • MEme(:

    gettinng this phonne tomorooow suckerss. idggf abouut the bad things here because it seems like the coolestt phone. and the virinmobile plann sounnds soo GOOD!pluus not expensiveee. it looks so cool. and its prepaid. its the best prepaid phone ive seen.(iddk bout the blackberry) cnt wait to get it. i use to have at&t prepaid. guueess wat IT SUCKED. yea i got unlimited texting but i only had like 5minutes for calls if you paid 25$ a monnth.i noo this is gonna be a good phone. hoppe it lasts lonng(bouuta year) screww your opinionns(if there bad) CUUZ IM GETTING THIS PHONNE TOMOROOW MORNINNGG NIGGSS(:

  • Gwen

    I’ve had this phone since it came out, and it really is what you pay for. Texting is a breeze, the bubble feature on the homepage is nice, and if you calibrate the screen every few weeks, the touch screen is nothing to complain about. I do wish there were more apps, however I didn’t know about google maps until now, and that’s a really great surprise. Battery life is great, I text pretty much nonstop all day, use twitter and facebook, and I get by charging it every other day or so. It may not be an iphone or something from HTC, but it’s 150 bucks right out the gate, and twenty five a month, so there’s really no room to complain. If you’re not looking for a smart phone, and really more of a messaging phone, you’ll be satisfied. I know I am, and I ADORE this phone. I’m really hoping it lasts quite a while.

  • Mike

    The reviewer does not know how to use the touch screen. You put on your finger on the screen and hold it there and then slide your finger up, down, left or right to scroll through the menus and slide buttons.. Your finger has to but touching the screen the whole time while your sliding through menus and buttons.. You cant just flick the screen downward and take you finger off the screen and watch the lists fly by like on iPhones. If you use the screen the way I described above everything works perfectly. Also the phone call quality is superb so I don’t know what this guy is talking about..

    This phone uses a resistive touch screen which behaves differently than capacitive touch screens found in phones like the iPhone and Droid X . If you want to read a better review of this phone go look at the PCmag.com review of this phone.. Obviously this guy does not know how to work phones and just expects every phone to behave like a iPhone.

  • meika prince

    THIS PHONE SUCKS I WANNA TAKE MINE BACK YEA IT DID LOOK GREAT IN THE ADDS N STUFF BUT DROP IT ONCE OMGE THERE IS GONNA BE S MEAN DENTS IN THIS PHONE HE TOUCH SCREEN ON ITERNET IT HARD TO CLICK BOTTONS AND U CANT FREAKKIN ZOOM IN IT DROPS CALLS…ALOT!!!!!! ITS NOT WORTH ITAND IT MADE OUT OF HOLLOW PLASTIC SO JUSS ONE TINY LITTLE DROP LOTS OF HOLESTHE CAMERA SUCKSSSSS. U CAN ONLY TAKE 10 SEC. VIDEO IF U WANNA SEND IT TO SOME ONE. AND SOME FORWARDS CANT COME THRO U GOTTA CLICK A BOTTON TWICE FOR IT TO DO WHAT IT IS SOPPUSE TO ALOT OF THE TIME I TRY TO SEND A TXT IT DOESNT GO THRO SO I GOTTA OPEN THE FREAKKIN BACK OF THE PHONE TAKE THE CHUNCKY GRAY BATTERY OUT FOR 10 SEC. THEN PUT IT BACK IN EVERY 5 FREAKIN MIUTES THE YOUTUBE RARLY WORKS IT WILL STAY ON 0% FOR 25 MINUTES B4 IT SAYS THE VIDEO ISNT RESPONDING AND THIS ISNT FOR PPL WITH LONG NAIL THT ALSO HAPPENS TO B ME IT SCRAPS UP THE KEYS ALOT!

  • GSW9

    Getting this phone today, can’t wait. I form my own opinion of it but it sounds like an awsome phone 4 me.

  • Some Guy

    @ meika prince

    Use the free Opera browser and use the arrows keys on the keyboard to navigate on websites.. You can zoom in by pressing the enter key in Opera… Also any phone you drop on the hard ground will get dents on it so it’s kind of dumb to make it seem like its only a issue with this phone… If you dont want dents and scratches buy a protective case for the phone like the rest of the world.. All text messages for me work fine on this phone so maybe your just in area where sprint has bad service.. Never had a problem with youtube streaming but the mobile version of youtube has crappy quality videos anyway so I never use it.. Cut your finger nails then the problem is solved for issue you have with the keyboard LMAO…

  • John

    This review does not even make any sense. The reviewer says how the phone sucks through out the entire review and barely says any good things yet he gives it a 7/10. The review does not match the score at the end. I mean he complains about the phone 90% of the entire review yet it scores above average in the end. If he complains this much for a 7/10 phone I would hate to read a review of a phone with a lower score lol.

  • Clarissa

    Ive been thinking about getting this phone.
    its either this onee or the Rumor 2. so which one is better?
    Also on this phone can you go on myspace and facebook?
    Pleeeaassee answerr because i need to make up my mind soon :P

  • PAGE.M

    I have had my Rumor Touch for almost a month now, have not had any trouble with service call’s texting etc. YouTube plays perfect on Opera Mini I suggest that you only use the Opera browser with this phone! I have to say I have been nothing but pleased with this phone and the Google Maps are awesome! I would tell anyone interested to go ahead and give this phone a try and as for Virgin Mobile service i personally have found it awesome and the customer service line is really good too very friendly and helpful!! Love my VM RUMOR TOUCH!!<3

  • Rkoforlife

    Im gettin this phone in less than two weeks and ive heard alot of good and bad things..i only want the phone to txt, web, and youtube videos but i would also like the options of other things..still clueless if i should get it.. :/

  • Marquis

    dude ok my friend has the same phone and the touchscreen is perfect ur jus sed to pressing to soft like the iphone and crap and if the camera suks idk wat pone is good my fone the camera has crappy pics ever ths pone is beast ok and even if it is glossy go to sum shade or cover it wit yo hand

  • Bob

    This phone is all about cost. I had an iPhone, but traded up for an iPad ( I make very few calls a month ), and got this phone to have as an every day mobile phone. To compare this to a iphone or droid is just not fair. Free text and data and 300 min a month for only $25. You can’t compare that to the 100+ a month you are going to pay for an real smartphone. There is not even a smartphone avail on a pay as you go plan, or for that matter any avail with a full querty. Sure it’s a little hard getting used to the touchscreen, but in a few weeks it feels fine. It does what I need very well: text, calls, email, check scores, weather, it even has a Facebook page, plays my mp3’s, all for under a dollar a day.. If I lose it or it breaks, I don’t care, I’m not under any contract. Poke around the phone for some more nifty features(alarms,calc YouTube, gmail,) but don’t compare to a pricey contracted high tech smartphone, because it is not marketed as one.

  • Patty

    If i get the $25 plan what will my monthly bill be?? Tax and all

  • Yepz

    I’ve had it for a few months and I mostly like it. In terms of price, it can’t be beat. 300 minutes is plenty. It really isn’t a smartphone, but it is a great messinging phone. The service is worse than verizon though. The Opera browser is a must. Many problems can be solved by restarting. The call quality is decent. The touchscreen takes some getting used to. The camera is fine. Youtube is pretty slow so I recommend using a real computer for videos. I wish there were more apps.

  • Dietra

    The phone is cool, the problems I have is you can have your battery charging all night and as soon as you take the charger off it will say that your battery is low, the camera doesn’t have zoom and the other problem isn’t the phone it’s that virgin mobile doesn’t let you get ringtones from third party sites like myxer and others but overall it’s ok

  • Susanna

    Well, I just purchased the Rumor Touch via Virgin Mobile about 4 days ago. I’ve had many phones, several in the $200-$300 range.

    Here’s the deal:

    If I wanted to spend my money that way, I would purchase a $200-$300 phone again, and sign onto a plan that will cost me $50-$200/month. But I don’t! The Rumor Touch cost me about $130 and for that I got a very nice phone. If it’s not as fast or as cool as the $200 phones, well, that’s just okay with me.

    For $25/month I have plenty of minutes, may even upgrade to $40/month for 1200 minutes a month. I don’t talk long on the phone, kids call and say please get hamburgers on your way, etc. And as much web surfing as I want, connecting to Nozbe.us (organizing tool), reading my gmail, etc.

    I’m a very happy camper!!

  • richEllis

    Do not believe anyone on here that says this phone is great for messaging.

    It works fine for TEXT messaging.

    But there are practically no apps for it, and IM is completely impossible!!!!! Repeat, just to be clear there is NO instant messaging on it AT ALL. That means it is not not not a great phone for messaging!!!

  • Greg

    I have not had any problems with this phone as have been stated in this review. sure its not an iphone, droid, or evo, but it gets the job done pretty nicely for those of us who want a nice phone with out the smartphone costs. web browsing, messaging, and calling all work perfect for me.

  • Susanna

    Rich – the manual is at http://www.virginmobileusa.com/resources/phones/prepaid/manual/lg-rumor-touch.pdf (page 30)

    Looks to me that IM works like this: You can send a message to your friends IM account – then when they answer it comes in as a text on your phone. It doesn’t work the same way as if you were sitting on your computer.

    Hope this helps.

  • Doug

    There is an old saying, “You get what you paid for.”

    Don’t buy a used Ford Mustang if you want a Ferrari, but if all you need is a nice ride and something to get from A to B, why pay extra?????

    This phone works just fine, and for $25/month with no contract, you can always ditch it if you are unhappy. Unless you are a teenyboppergirl who sends 200 messages a day and has to be on the phone 24/7 (because you don’t have a life), why pay extra for a Droid or IPhone? Suckas!!!!!!

  • Sweet p

    I have had this phone for a couple of weeks. I was very upset when I tried to download music from myxer and it was blocked, and you can’t use the music you download from your computer as a ringtone. Otherwise the phone is ok. Love the keypad. I was not a big texter at first but now I am.

  • http://www.technogog.com lynn

    Now I have had this Rumor Touch with VM for a week now. I still have been unsucessful installing anything. I get crazing forbidden errors and of course customer service could not help me. Doe any one know if the additional memory chip must be in the phone to download these or does anyone else get these errors tryng to install google maps or opera?
    any answers would be awesome!

  • http://technogog lynn

    I get the error when I try and install opera mini : UNABLE TO CONNECT TO INTERNET. PLEASE CHECK YOUR SETTINGS. Does anyone know where you go to check settings??

  • courtney

    I have this phone and it is simply wonderful!

  • Phone Addict

    I JUS WANNA KNO IF U CAN SEND AND RECEIVE MESSAGES WHILE TALKIN ON THE PHONE??? ALL ANSWERS WELL ACCEPTED

  • WhyNotV2

    I’ve had the Rumor Touch from VM for a week today. Prior to that I’ve had the Rumor and Rumor 2 from Sprint. Today, day 7 with the Touch, finds it back in the packaging and on its way to be returned. The reason being that I’ve yet to successfully receive a text message from another network (have tried Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and Cingular) nor have any of those networks received them from me. I’ve successfully sent and received from other VM users however. After a few calls to VM, rebooting my phone and settingit up several times with them, they continue to blame it on the other carriers. Odd that I can send and receive text messages with those other carriers to other carriers (excluding VM) without problem.

    I don’t know if it’s the phone that’s bad or VM. I was lured to try VM for the $25 unlimited plan with 300 minutes. Fortunately, I’ve yet to port my Sprint number to VM so I won’t lose the plan I have with Sprint (similar to the $40 plan, minus the web/data). I may pick up the Rumor 2 when I return the Touch and see how that works out. If I experience the same problems, then it’s VM and not the phones in my opinion. I did like the Touch once I got used to it. It’s not like my wife’s Pre or iPhones that I’ve messed around with, but once gotten use to, it’s all good. Sadly, I can’t comment on call quality of the network or phone since I’ve not actually made a call (let the number ring then hung up before answered) except to make sure that the phone was connected to the network after the SMS issues I’ve had.

    Good luck all.

  • Mia

    I’m thinking about buying the Rumor Touch from VM. I read most of the comments but i still have a few questions. Could someone please answer them?

    1) I understand that the Myxer site doesn’t work, My question is..is there anyway to get ringtones on this phone? (free of course)

    2)I have an Itouch and i love the lock with the passcode… is it like that on the Rumor touch?

    3)Has anyone else experienced problems with sending and receiving texts from other cell networks like WhyNotV2? Because my main use for the phone is texting.

    4) I’m coming from Sprint, right now i just need a cheaper plan (hence VM) I was wondering if people who actually OWN or previously owned the phone could tell whether it is worth getting because i am getting both negative and positive comments about this phone. If it is not worthwhile could someone suggest another phone, plan, network?
    thanx in advance

  • Marie

    @Mia, I bought this phone last week and joined Virgin Mobile from Straight Talk and before that I was with Tmobile for years. Saving money while still enjoying the texting and web lead me to VM!

    1) There is a way to add ringtones, free ofcourse, and that’s by changing the mp3 file to 3g2 file, which can be done manually or by using a program like Super and then adding the file to your cellphone folder on your Micro Sd card. Just when you want to assign it as a ringtone you go to Photos & Videos and assign it! (there are tons of youtube tutorials on this!)

    2) You can lock the Rumor Touch.

    3) I haven’t had no issues with receiving or sending messages to different networks. I have 451 contacts from an array of networks and send/receive several hundreds of txts a day with not one problem!

    4) This phone and service is worth it. Can’t really say for you specifically because I don’t really know what your needs are but for me, I had Tmobile for some years and with them I had many “high tech” phones with the high bill monthly. I then decided to save money by switching to a prepaid service which lead me to Straight Talk, where I bought their most high end cell phone….>The Samsung Finesse for $328 but my monthly bill was $45 for unlimited everything…talk, text and web. Now the plan wasn’t bad at all but when it came down to the web…it wasn’t enough. So I checked out VM and new I wanted the Rumor Touch, which is a nice phone for being prepaid and have the unlimited messaging, email, data and web plus $1200 all for $40>>>>$5 cheaper than ST and the web is fast!

    If you get this phone make sure to download the Opera Mini 5.1. Its fast and works so good on this phone.

    Also, head over to youtube or google tricks for this phone! There are many things you can do with this phone. Just to name one: http://hubpages.com/hub/Install-Non-Virgin-Mobile-Java-Apps-on-LG-Rumor-Touch

    Hope this helps some!

  • Marie

    @Phone Addict- yes you can send out messages when on the phone!

  • Luis

    This is truely a decent phone. I do have it, on VirginMobile. It’s my second replacement though. Why? Becuase for some reason it never lets me SEND text messages. So I’m constantly power cycling. I just ordered another replacement. I don’t know whats wrong with the phone, and VirginMobile does nothing but send me a new one becuase they cannot resolve the issue.

  • Jeremy

    Hey guys I got this phone and after a day it froze and it wont turn off or whatever i cant do anything I was just watching a video on youtube then its froze can someone tell me how to fix it or tell me whats wrong with it i really need help

  • CHRIS

    VIRGIN MOBILE SERVICE SUCKS THE PHONE IS OK BUT SERVICE IS CRAP CANT SURF THE WEB OR SEND OR RECIVE PITURE MESSAGE’S BASICALY THEY SELL YOU A DATA PLAN THEN DONT LET YOU USE THE DATA

  • Jack Pullyynoshory

    This phone was totally awsome dude whoever wrote this is a total Genius i loved the volume and little keys on the front i wish it had a camera and mp3 player but at least i get the internet and just 10 dollars a month GOOD JOB VIRGIN MOBILE!!! HOOORAAAHHH =)

  • BryceJames

    F0l2saken – Your really gonna be that mean and insulting to someone over a cell phone review … your a tool dude .. go peep on your mom in the shower some more you dirtbag

  • maxllama

    Jeremy, pull the battery. then reinsert. Save yr contacts. If phone lock again, get it replaced. :)

  • joe

    i want this phone really bad i can’t figure out how to get the money for it now aand i was wondering if some people don’t want it anymore then contact me if your willing to sell it under 100$ thanks

  • Gary

    Found phone very hard to navigate but just went to opera and got aggressive and lo and behold I was able to setup my yahoo home page and signed in the navigation surprized me with speed that I could not get using VM web browser. So get smart and wise up and stick with trying to set up opera then run in background and setup apps on main menu go to apps and run then its there! feedback and let me know what u got I am a troubleshooter and started in electronic repair

  • Jessica

    I bought this phone for myself and I have loved it from the first time I read about the phone on the Virgin Mobile site :D
    Only problem that I am running into is the fact that I have to continue to unlock my phone every time I want to use it and I was wondering in if there was a way to turn the lock off of it.

  • CC

    Can one play facebook games on this phone
    I am a Farmville addict and want to play when I go on vacation
    Please advise as I want to buy this phone soon

    Thank You

    CC

  • Ben

    Did you know this was a resistive touch screen and not a capacative one? it does not read your finger presses like most smart phones now it’s like an old palm and works best with stylus input, I found no problems with it if you’re using it as what it is

  • veronica

    well if you dont like your phone you can give it to me lol im savin up to get this phone one day when i have the phone but until than i guess ill stick with boost mobile sigh* lucky you!

  • roger

    I bought this phone, last week, strictly for mobile Internet & for $25 a month, it’s great ,there’s nothing comparable. Running the terrific Opera mini 5.x (don’t bother w/ the Virgin browser) I’m watching live traffic cams (travel alot), watching youtube videos (even hooked up portable speakers), reading emails, etc. As a bonus the keyboard is great for texting, haven’t used the phone, camera, music player, or sd card yet.
    The touch pad is a pain the neck, sometimes you have to tap repeatedly and scrolling is a problem. This is not a iPhone, Droidx, or really a smartphone, it’s a very clever phone. $130 for a non contract phone, $25 a month for 300 minutes talk, unlimited text, Internet, pix, videos, no one else can come close to this deal.

  • http://www.virginmobileusa.com James

    Let me try to explain a little about the phone.

    YouTube works on this phone, you have to enter to m.youtube.com in order to watch the videos, right now Virgin Mobile is having a little issue but they are working on it, so, sometimes you can get a error about streaming videos, dont worry about they said is gonna be solved soon.

    Opera Mini, sure it works, if the version that has the cellphone doesnt work, simple as download it again, works excellent.

    You cannot play Facebook games on this phone, games for Facebook require a version of Flash Player only available for Computers.

    If for some reason the cellphone freezes, just remove the battery, press the power button 15 seconds and that’s it, most of the times it works, if not maybe there is a problem with the software, (most of the cellphones freezes some time, i have a Nokia 5530 and a Rumor Touch and both of the freezes some time.)

    Customer Service, well i got some rude close minded advisor, but the last ones i got, they were so profesional and solve my text message issue in just a call, the other advisor told me about how to fix some issues of it, so i had been with almost all the company and some advisors sucks other not, we cannot blame all of them just for a few ones. So i will stay with Virgin Mobile for a long time, if you don’t like it, well there is another options, you are free to use the one you want, don’t you?

    Well that’s all I can say, where did a get all this info….experience.

  • kayla

    I got this phone today and it has issues sending and recieving messgaes like it willonyl send me 4 messages ta a t iomea nd it will fail the first time i try to send it

  • Vevi

    I found the review fairly true. I have had the phone for a month and my biggest problem is the instant messenger. And as of yesterday the email + Im application has stopped working altogether. I’m currently on the phone with Virgin mobile, I’ve been on hold for over an hour with no response. I expected less quality but this is a total disapointment.

  • WhyNotV2

    Update to my original post on August 12, 2010. After a quick phone call to VM and telling them that I’ve reset/reconfigured the phone a couple of times, that the Radioshack guy did the same thing, they (VM) had me do it one more time with them and my text messages still weren’t working. They put a ticket in and about a day later my messaging worked. So far *knock on wood*, it’s all good. Since that has been taken care of, I started to place calls. Quality/clarity is what I expected…the same as Sprint. I get almost the same drop outs as when using my Sprint phone, but every once in a while instead of dropping out, the Touch will fade out and hang on by a thread causing a “Can you hear me now” moment which resolves itself. Once my minutes are gone or my month ends, I’ll be porting my existing Sprint number to VM and will begin saving a bunch of cash.

    While I do agree with the original reviewer’s 7/10 rating, like others have said the body/content of his review would warrant a lower rating. All in all, for the price of the phone, the no-contract price and what youwhat is included in that $25/$40 per month, you can’t really beat it. My biggest complaint…the lack of worthy apps and the ease of navigation. I’d like to have the ability to use the most frequent items right there on the main screen without having to go through menus (which is just me being lazy) and an app similar to the android/palm apps that has a little weather forecast/index on the wallpaper screen.

  • http://www.technogog.com/review/review-of-virgin-mobile-lg-rumor-touch/ Niecey

    I have a virgin mobile phone now i got tha Samsung Mantra and it sucks!its good for texting but now i want the Rumor Touch at first i wnt goin get it cause the review man but majority of the comments are GOOD! sooo…Question how well does the videos look and work???And i like virgin mobile because the CHEAP PLANS!!! i dnt havta get no Plan!!Soo based on what ive read i think ima still get this phone!

  • Brandon

    The Lg Rumor Touch by Sprint is wayyyy better so get that it is so fun u can watch youtube videos and load facebook photos its so awesome wen u text it feels so comfortable and the bad thing is that soemtimes the sending messages dont work but its fixed but LG RUMOR TOUCH IS SO AWESOME GET IT FOR SPRINT

    • Nowurtalkin222

      bad advice. at the time of his post (2 mo ago) youtube & facebook were already working on the VMRT. truth is, this phone will do just about anything the sprint version will do. but on a 2 yr contract w/sprint, you have to be paying double to triple the ultimate cost, i’d venture to guess. well, maybe not if you are using the unlimited $60 p/m vm plan, but still cheaper, even that way, plus no contract locked in, so free to “go” whenever u want. plus u don’t get all those extra taxes. AND….ahem….you still get to be on sprint network….c’mon…no contest.

  • T-Money

    I’m about to buy this phone because of the Virgin deal. I’m an ancient Tmobile user and have been with them for over a decade since Voicestream… They won’t match the deal with Virgin so they just lost a loyal customer. I used to get a decent deal but they won’t budge… I get a lousy 100 minutes extra for being so loyal yet Virgin is offering more (1200 vs my 1100). I’m also getting raped on message charges since that isn’t included either… 99c per message? Are you kidding me? I don’t even get internet on my Tmobile phone so this will be like getting a tricorder from the 23rd century compared to what I’m using now. I can’t wait! Virgin’s 40 dollars for all that is totally worth it. I think that should be included with the review. Tmobile wants way too much money for all of that… Bah Bye Tmobile….

  • http://www.technogog.com Valerie.

    i disagree with any of you who said this was not a good phone! This is one of the best freakin’ phones everrrr! Like, it has a touch screen (which is not frustrating at all & i’ve never witnessed it freezing!) & it has a KEYBOARD! Omg, like no phone is a phone if it doesn’t have a keyboard! The camera is so kick-ass! I’ve taken like 10 pictures in 1 hour! i LOVE the touch screen! It’s so like the best feature on the phone! When you first get it, i will admit it’s gonna be a little confusing with the 3 buttons on the front, but sooner or later you’ll catch on! I’ve had the phone for maybe a day in a half and i figured it out already! BUY THE PHONE, I RECOMMEND IT!

  • carlos

    PLEASE ANSWER, 1. does this phone let u upload youtube videos? if so how long? 2. DOES IT HAVE A SKYPE APP? OR CAN U DOWNLOAD IT? CUZ SKYPE IS ALL I NEED REALLY. thank you

    • Nowurtalkin222

      if anybody comes here and reads this & thinks by “skype” that he wants to know if you can just talk free on this phone….c’mon, give me a break…

  • Samhs27

    Well I have had this phone for about 2 months now and am pretty satisfied but was wondering if I can put my apps in the back ground (on the wallpaper) and how do I get free ringtones i.e. myxer! Any follow ups would be greatly appreciated!

  • Den Den

    I currently have a Kyocera Cyclops. Yes, I know it’s ancient (like me), but I am intrigued with the $25/month plan, and the touch screen feature on the LG Rumour. I have read nearly every post here, and am confused. If I decide to purchase, (and I’m almost decided to do so) should I get it directly from Virgin, Radio Shack, or online from Walmart, who has it for $130.00. I’m inclined to get if from Radio Shack, as they tend to know more about their products than at Walmart, who doesn’t carry the phone in their stores, only online. Any advice is welcomed, but be nice, eh? Thanks!

    • Nowurtalkin222

      you’re only as old as you allow yourself to think about yourself…

      for whom it might concern: i bought my phone on sale (20 bucks off) direct from VM. i see now, a couple days ago, phone went on sale in some places for like $70. not sure about if VM online will lower as well (probably not that much, if at all), but the point is this: if there’s an amazing sale price like that, and $ is a big issue, then obviously most ppl will take advantage of such a sale, but know this…that if you buy from store, according to VM, it’s up to store policy, as to how returns might get handled, but if you buy online, they ship quickly, free, and if there’s a defective phone, you just call them & they send you a new phone right away, with a prepaid envelope & some time, to send old phone back, plus you can keep any of the accessories that came w/phone, incl (in my case, because i asked 1st) the battery. so if price is close to same, order from VM.

  • Jenna

    I tried this phone out, and I loved it. It is perfect for a person like me, who just wants to be able to make calls, text, and hop onto facebook throughout the day. Although the android phones are neat, they aren’t for everybody. I cannot justify paying hundreds of dollars for a phone that I have to pay almost 100 dollars a month to use, just for apps like a barcode scanner. This phone is not a smartphone, and should not be referenced as one. It is a “multimedia” phone. It does great with anything that you need to do, as long as you don’t require apps. The plans are not that expensive. Someone above noted that the plans are $60.00 a month for unlimited. Not true. This phone with truly unlimited everything would be $50.00, the 60 plan is blackberry.. although, the $25 or $40 plans are great for most people. I personally don’t use too many minutes… I text more than anything. I just need enough minutes for someone to be able to get ahold of me in an emergency, or to call home from the store. The review is a little harsh. I think the reviewers expectations were too high to begin with.

    • Nowurtalkin222

      …but in addition to what you say, it happens to also be true that thousands of free apps are available many are perfecly usable & workable, on this phone. i have many 3rd party apps on my phone. real good, useful ones too, such as great alternate browsers, file transfer apps, players that allow music in background, bright flashlight functions, text editors, etc., etc. , so incorrect to say: “..as long as you don’t require apps”. you go to hubpages or howard forums & you learn the simple task of how to enable the phone to accept apps. it quite simple & it (the phone) was actually made to do so, it’s not some illegal hack.

      and this person is correcting someone else about being wrong on prices, but it is her who is wrong. the prices were the same 2 mo ago, when she made post, as they are now: $25/40/60 (not 50). blackberry was extra $10

  • Harvey

    I would like to get this LG touch mainly for email. Does anyone know if it can access Road Runner email? TIA.

    • Nowurtalkin222

      i don’t know anything about roadrunner email, but i know this phone lets you set up pop3/imap email accounts, (i added 1 to mine) so the answer is probably yes (unless something i’m missing)

      *by the way…i think ppl who ask these questions, but don’t get an immed answer, should come back later, if they found the answer, to post it, in lieu of no one else having answered it, for someone else’s benefit maybe.

  • Kenny

    When I use Opera, I use the slider qwerty keyboard…but the opera screen does NOT rotate to horizontal. Anyone know how to fix this?

    • Nowurtalkin222

      i’m sure you’ve found out by now, but i had the same issue & your post prompted me to give it a look & i found it was easy to do in the opera pref’s/settings (for others wondering about that. maybe the other way is default?)

  • Weary Bear

    I am going back to T-mobile.

    I really love the $25 a month price. I really love the great five line keyboard. I really love having the internet on a phone.

    I really hate that for the past month I have been unable to get a good connection to the network when in past months it never was a problem (overloaded network pushing Virgin to the back row). Call fade in and out, the internet frequently goes down, and text messaging sometimes stops working for days.

    I really hate that the phone is locked up tight and will not allow any program on the phone that didn’t come from Virgin’s website.

    I really hate that this phone doesn’t really do anything well. Just OK. Much of it felt like a rush job just to add lines on a resume. The music player is incredibly basic and has to waste time finding your songs each time you start it.

    I hate it that the phone is already starting to break down after four months. The touchscreen is collecting debris inside the screen and the camera stopped working.

    Basically, a great monthly price is worthless if Virgin can’t handle the increased volume of customers (popularity of Beyond Talk) and the phone won’t place calls or connect to the free internet. Maybe six months from now they will have their act together, but I’m not waiting until then.

    • Nowurtalkin222

      for those reading WB’s post…i’m in a good signal area normally (pretty common to sprint network), and had phone 3 to 4 mo now. never had a dropped call yet. all texts (afaik) get sent & quickly & usually i rcv timely, internet has been connected very reliably, (been out only a few times & didn’t last long…not much worse than my cable internet), so everything has worked very reliably going back to aug., so either some ppl have a bad signal spot or maybe need to exchange phone as a faulty one. for me, heavy usage/rarely fails.

  • Olguine

    Ugh! Im so confused right now ppl says it sucks, and then the others say they love it.
    I’m upgrading from a flip phone and i just wanted a phone with a full keyboard from Metro but this “dumb”phone is half the price i was gonna pay for the one i wanted! and the touch screen is a bonus for me, plus the plan is great. so im just gonna get it, since itz my first touch screen im excited =] Plus it has an emoticon key!

    PS. How do you calibrate the screen?

    • Sweetecho10

      to calibrate the screen for the rumor touch just do: home> main menu> settings> display> (at the bottom) touch calibration

  • kendall

    Listen the phone does suck its not worth it people! the screen is very weak and seems as if it could easily break. the touch screen is very hard to control and unresponsive at times and also you have to use the keyboard just to be able to go back. if you are looking for a good phone this is not it! The people rating it good have probably never used any other smartphones! and also as time goes on you will notice how bad this phone really is!

    • Nowurtalkin222

      just “shows~to~go~ya”….as time has gone by (3mo), i have only realized more & more everyday what a great device this is. i’ve not heard of anyone’s screen breaking yet. how can u say its weak if u haven’t yet broken it? i’ve fallen on it & it didn’t break (a hard fall). false about “going back”, as it has a back button on it (duh). i’m betting it’s close to as perfect as you are? (no insult intended. just saying no phone is perfect. i’m into electronics & tested this phone heavily for 3~4 mo now. it’s a very good phone. quirky, but good & dependable. if you want to spend big bucks for state of the art phones, fine, but trying to say this is not a good value is crazy. soooooo much u can do for 25 bucks p/m. be real

  • Enry cottin

    Have 3 of these LG Rumor Touch phones with VM. There was a bit of a problem with 2 of the 3 AFTER we ported our numbers from T-Mobile. Talk and text were stellar. However, “internet” was only to VM servers. Not to the greater internet: no YouTube, no Hotmail, no NYTtimes:-) One phone was just fine so it was a matter of support getting to the bottom of it. It simply couldn’t be 2 bad LGs. Customer Support were courteous but failed after a half dozen calls to find the problems. Several activations again and again, no go. Finally going deeper into true Tech Support, the issues were fixed in minutes. Had to reset all the initial starting dates. All three phones work great now. We need to endorse what VM is doing by keeping essentially unlimited affordable plans against the onslaught of tied plans. Yes, VM is experiencing occasional growing pains but expensive phones and plans and contracts can be a thing of the past for those of us who neither want nor need the fanciest gizo out there. Google Maps on this is pretty cool if I didn’t want anything else. Quite pleased. Just need a little bigger screen and it’d be near perfect. Salute VM (Sprint) for bucking the trends and allowing the masses to get in the game affordably.

  • Den Den

    Ok, got the phone at Radio Shack. Quite impressed with the phone but it has a learning curve that I am slowly adapting to. It took an eternity to download the owner’s manual, and alot of paper, too. But I think the reviewers were a bit hasty with their take on this phone. It’s not a smart phone, but you don’t pay smart phone prices. Pictures are quite clear, too, quite an improvement over my Virgin Kyocera Cyclops, that I’ve had for about 5 years or more. Olguine, I can personally recommend this phone for someone who wants to advance to a more up to date unit, but doesn’t want to spend a fortune. Keyboard works GREAT, btw. I’ve downloaded 3 ringtones from Virgin’s website. Expensive, but they’re the original recordings. They have a ton of them, too. So far, I’m a satisfied customer. One problem has been that when I make a call, or attempt to end a call, I can’t hang up. Anyone know of a remedy? Thanks

  • Hackswell

    Just to let y’all know, that you CAN download any LG Rumor Touch apps onto the Virgin Mobile version of the phone. The gmail that comes with VM RT sucks, as it is Inbox only, and doesn’t do “folders”. I downloaded the real GMail (Java) app for LG Rumor Touch, and added it to the SD memory card in a folder called “APPS”. I could then search the SD card and “install” the app. Voila! I now have the official GMail app that lets me access my folders. I’m sure that there are many more apps out there. While not a true smartphone, it ain’t a dumbphone either. It is extensible! Now, I just need to find an Outlook calendar sync app!

  • Enry Cottin

    Den Den. To hang up reliably, the touch screen “unlock” slider does it. Kind of a nuisance but there for a very good reason. If you have ever had a touch screen phone (my old TMO MDA) make a phone call to a friend at 3AM because you touched a menu by accident, it’s obvious why this slider is there.

    After 3 weeks, exploring menus I am still learning things about this LG Rumor Touch. Sufficiently pleased, I put all three of our working LG phones on the automatic monthly renewel Beyond Talk plans. Talk and text are what we 3 paid for TMO plan alone, no internet/web but the signal at the house was erratic after 4 years. VM has been excellent, The unlimited web is all icing on the cake. Not the Andoid with it’s steep costs, or contracts and expensive monthly plans but this is nice enough. Very pleased. Bigger screen would be my wish.

  • Den Den

    Enry, THANK YOU, sooooo much. I tried pressing the slider button, but all it would do was vibrate the phone. I am a bit technologically challenged with these things, being a bit older, but I love delving into new things, especially my Rumor Touch. Like you, I am still learning things, but I find some things to do very easy. And I just love the Beyond Talk plan. As soon as my contract with Vonage is up, I’ll use VM as my home phone number. I may even up the minutes to the 1200 per month plan. Nope, not a smart phone, but still very nice, and at a fraction of the cost. Thanks again for your help. Sincerly, Den Den.

  • mra

    I swtched from tmo also. After also being a 10 year customer, the best I was offered was a $20 unlimited data plan, and 1000 min. for $39.99, and a 2yr contract+tax. As for a phone I could have had a Vibrant for $199. Voicemail is not free with VM. Someone leaving a message eats into your minutes. I can log onto gmail on opera browser and see text version of voice mail on my google voice mail. I can click on “playmessage” and it starts to download the message to music file. I dont have a SDcard yet so not sure if thats why it didnt work. Google voice in combo with VM web browsing for checking gmail would be sweet but its not working, seems all worthy unapproved apps are locked out of Virgins phones. Google maps app works very well and uses GPS locator, knows where you are so all you have to do is tell it where you want to go.

    • Nowurtalkin222

      i didn’t think ANY voicemail was free, i thought it was A CALL on any phone..? i had sprint for yrs. voicemail is a call & uses minutes. no need anyway. read above (free, unlimited voice msg’g w/text)

  • Erika

    Does the lg rumor touch and lg rumor 2 have unlimited nights and weekends on the $25 plan..please let me know asap..??

    • LarryDoodleberry

      The $25 plan is alll the time everyday. You get the unlimited text, data, and web alll month and the 300 minutes all month. THere are no unlimited nights and weekends that i know of.

  • Enry Cottin

    VM Beyond Talk minutes are the same usage at all times. Nothing about nights and Weekends. $25 for 300 anytime minutes suits me fine. Text messaging lowers my need for talk dramatically. Wife and daughter are a bit more chatty so 1200 minutes for $40 each makes sense. That’s 20 hours a month. TWENTY HOURS on the phone! microSD card is the bridge between the phone and the outside world, a computer via the USB cable. (and some other apps too;-)) A 4 Gig card can be had for around $8.

    • nowurtalkin

      and don’t forget….something that alot of folks don’t yet realize…but it’s BIG…is not only is it true that the GREAT texing ability of this device super~s t r e t c h e s your 300 minute communication abil ity….BUT…haha…you can add a voice (loud & crystal clear) message attachment to it. almost any phone out there will rcv & play your (free!!!) voice msg (and many can do the same back to ya..) AND…you can add a video/audio attach as well!! freaking awesome! free!! unlimited! and it works flawlessly everytime. it is GREAT!!!!!!hahahahahahah………ahem.

  • Ok Losers and badmouther

    THis fone is worth it, all u ppl hating on Virgin mobile are made cuz yea aint got no money..GET BIG U AINT GOT ENUFF MONEY…so take ur broke-ass-ness and ur hating somewhere else cuz for a prepaid fone this rox..Haters gonna hate Virgin mobile :)
    Deuces HATERS

  • sgtjoebear

    I have had this phone for about a month and it AWESOME! It is fast I can go anywhere on the net with opera mini, just click the page to zoom in if it isn’t in mobile format. The 3g internet is fast and at $25 a month it is a steal! I researched online how to add apps for free and have tons of them also ringtones. I live in a city so my reception is great, great call quality and awesome streaming videos. I go to vmtouch.com for some apps and MOVIES! I have about 15 movies stored on my phone. (via micro-card) Youtube works fine with absolutely no problems. This is one of the best phones I have ever owned, and at $150 cant complain! Get it at bestbuy and you can even get a 2 year full replacement plan for $20.00! I can not tell you how much I love this phone, and the battery life is awesome surprisingly compared to how much I am on it.

    • Nowurtalkin

      boy, are you right!! nowurTALKIN!! (everything u said & it goes on..and on…and on..)

    • Nowurtalkin222

      that’s really good…because it likely all softened the blow, when a couple days ago it went sale for like $69.99…haha…..by the way, don’t miss using blueftp to watch those movies in fullscreen! pretty sure native player never uses fullscreen. i downed & watched the new alice in wonderland movie with hi def like clarity & when i plugged in a set of headphones, (cheap, $10 ones) i just could not believe my ears & eyes as to what was coming out of this little device….unfreakingreal….and i watch the entire movie effortlessly & tirelessly. hahahahah

  • Jennie

    I am getting this phone for my birthday and it sounds AMAZING! I have had a tracfone for like 3 years and it works like crap. So compared to that phone im so happy to be getting this phone. The price isnt that bad for wat u get from the phone.
    But i do have a few questions.
    1.) How do u get the opera thingy? Do i need it?
    2.) I drop my phone a lot so, Does it break/crack easily?
    3.) My room is in the basement(2 floors underground) Will i get any service down there?
    4.) Do i have to pay $25 every month? Or can i just pay it when i need minutes?
    Thanks in advanced! (:

    • Nowurtalkin222

      i realize some of my replies are like 2 mo later, sorry, can’t help if i’m seeing for 1st time, but maybe they can help someone else, hopefully.

      jenny, it’s not “the price isn’t bad”…it’s more of: “it can’t be beat”….and esp if you’re getting for xday. happy belated! to show your appreciation of the gift, and since you “drop the phone alot”, i suggest trying to use it over soft surface flooring, and if that not possible…not possible, there’s a little set of 2 holes in the upper right corner of phone for where you could attach a necklace type of thingy & that would solve that issue. you’re not supposed to be dropping those things too much….ANY MODEL! that said, my post (somewhere above) tells story of fall on bike, right on phone, phone survived unscathed (a miracle!) this phone is very sturdy!

      as to signal 2 stories underground…haha…you’re not asking for too much, huh?…all i can say is you will be on the sprint network & it is very good coverage.

      simple ans to paying….is you either use their choices to pay by the month, or, if you let your minutes run out for that month, you can either pay for extra minute at the now cheap rate of .10 p/m (which is not that much more than your monthly minutes cost), or, you can restart a whole new plan & price, at any time, by choosing it & paying for it 1st. good luck! i’m sure you have this all figured out by now, but there’s about to be a slew of newbie’s w/the recent major price drop i just heard about (for the phone…sale??), so this should be helpful to somebody…oh…i forgot…about opera….newer phones already have it it there, but you should upgrade to 5.1. the native browser will allow this due to VM allowing it. outside of that, if you can’t find opera, you don’t need it. it ubiquitous. get a micro~sd card & download apps via adaptr or data cable, to computer. downloading apps can be done w/o a computer, but you have to go to above mentioned places to learn how.

  • Sydney

    Umm, well I was wondering does this phone have the type of bluetooth where I can transfer files…because, if so. I CAN’T do it!! Not at all. Umm, I also was wondering…I have a memory card that has music on it, but I was wondering….how do I like set ringtones from the music that I have. Because I AM NOT willing to download any songs off the net. Please HELP!!!!

    • Nowurtalkin222

      i’m not into bluetooth yet so i don’t know, but you should download & install blueftp 1.60. it’s one of best file transfer apps around & it’s got bluetooth as well. it also plays music & video (100% fullscreen horiz or vert) in “the background”, as needed, if you want to multi~task. find it over at danatheteacher hubpage. and i don’t know too much about setting ringtones, but again, all of that is taught at that hub. not sure, but in order to use those ringtones from tunage you already have on card, i think you just have to change the ext to gp2 or something like that.

  • Enry Cottin

    Jennie
    :How do u get the opera thingy? Do i need it?

    You don’t need it but it’s more configurable than the default browser that come with the LG Rumor Touch and well, nicer. One of the links VM has built into the menus is an invitation to download and use the Opera Mini. Same with Google Maps. Most other links/menus are value-added things you can purchase e.g. ringtones, voice navigation etc

    :I drop my phone a lot so, Does it break/crack easily?

    Probably no better or worse than any other phone. I don’t know about insurance policies
    but for sure, the phone is readily available at Best Buy, Radio Shack, Target to $150:-)

    :My room is in the basement(2 floors underground) Will i get any service down there?
    Probably not and this is true with any of the wireless phones. Just tried my LG Rumor in the basement. No go. All the wireless companies tend to say they don’t guarantee a signal inside the house at all. All depends on signal relationship between phone and cell tower. Line of sight and power.

    :Do i have to pay $25 every month? Or can i just pay it when i need minutes?

    Pay the full $25 in advance use up to the 300 minutes. I think they send you a
    message when the month is up with an offer to Pay Now to renew. My 3 phones are on autopay (via credit card). VM sends a notice that at midnight, the new month starts. At midnight, minutes used reset to zero.

    Sydney, Bluetooth works great. If you have a microSD card with music or sound bytes
    already on it, you should be in good shape. Haven’t done it myself but for sure, that SD card provides a convenient bridge between the phones internal memory and the outside world, with a USB cable that comes with the phone to connect to your computer. Better than Bluetooth. Just play with the menus.

  • http://? Nicole

    i got this phone for my birthday and have had it for about a week now i like it but i wish i knew how to use ringtones from myxer and tones on my memory card :/

  • George

    well I don’t understand why ppl are having such ahard time loading 3rd party ringtones. you can save then to your micro sd card and assign them from there. as far as the phone its self ? it’s my first touch screen and it does take some getting used to. But once you get it calibrated you shouldn’t have any probs with it. I must be in a good 3G area cuz my utubes load pretty quick. and my texts always seem to go through. It dos have yahoo and aim and msn messenger preloaded and all the email apps that go with them and they work fine. haven’t played too much with facebook yet only had the phone for about 2 weeks with the 40$ a month plan I make more than a few calls a month and 1200 minutes is plenty. I hope LL
    if it’s not I can switch to the unlimited for another 20$ a month. 60$ a month for unlimited access to everything may sound like alot….but try n get any contracted service to give it to ya for that. I had cricket and it was cheaper…but…they didn’t credit my account 1/2 the time when I paid my bill and their service really sucked.

    • LarryStansberry

      I am getting the lg rumor touch today. I am switching from a cricket phone because they suck. Ive had my phone for less than a year and its acting all funky. My friend has the rumor touch and he loves it!

  • http://www.technogog.com/review/review-of-virgin-mobile-lg-rumor-touch/ corteiz callicutt

    cool phone

  • chrissy

    I had a Sidekick 3 for almost 2 years and I loved the phone but got rid of it in the summer last year because tmobiles prices were to high and I had tried several phones trying to find one I like but nothing I tried came close to the sidekick 3 . I finally found the lg rumor touch in July and have finally found a phone that I like as much as the sidekick 3. I have had no problems with it. It takes great pictures and video and I love how you can choose to take pictures normally, black & white, negative, or in sepia. The phone already has social networking set up on the phone such as facebook, myspace and twitter which is great. After a few seconds the phone locks so that if the phone is say in your pocket it does not dial, you have to touch the screen and slide the little arrow thing to the left or right side to unlock the phone. When it comes to Virgin Mobile they have some of the cheapest plans around. I plan on staying with Virgin Mobile for a long time and plan on keeping my LG Rumor touch for a long time

  • Matt

    First, I would like to point out to the people who have gave this a bad review because it’s not as good as the iphone or the droid, this is not a smart phone nor should it be compared to a smart phone. That would be as dumb as comparing a Camero to a pedal car.

    I have had this phone long enough now that I figured I would write my own little review. This phone is a good phone, bottom line.

    Battery Life – I read in the spec’s that it only has 2.5 hours of talk time. So I knew that when I bought the phone. I played with this phone for hours and hours when I first bought it adding games and app’s and never lost a bar of energy.

    Touch Screen – I’ve had no problems with it. Once I calibrated it, it ran even better then it did out of the box, which was already good. As for sometimes hitting things you didn’t want to, that happen’s on any touch screen device, so get over it.

    Signal – I live around the Pittsburgh area, and I almost always have bars. Anyone who lives around here knows though, there are spots where you lose signal no matter what phone or provider you have. It’s the terrain, not the carrier.

    Qwerty key pad – I like it, very rarely do I hit a key I didn’t mean too. I am 6’2, and I have big hands with big finger tips, and still don’t have a problem. It is also nice that it is back lit which not all phone have that.

    Menu – while it is a pain in the butt to navigate to something deep within the menu, you can added things you use more often to the home page. And what was really nice about this is, you can add more then just the folder. You can add a single app, game, or tool to it. While maybe not the best, it is still nice to have like a favorites type menu.

    Camera – Pretty sure most people now a day’s own a nice digital camera,and if you don’t, you really shouldn’t be looking to a cell phone to cure your needs. With that said, the camera/camcorder work fine. It is not the best out for a phone, but is by no means the worse. Trust me my last phone was horrible, so this is quite nice to me. As for video, haven’t really tried it yet, but I was surprised the phone even had it so whatever.

    Youtube/Opera mini – both work well and only have problems with video’s not playing when I am in area’s of town where no one gets good reception.

    Okay here are a few things I don’t like about the phone.

    App’s – VM (virgin mobile) doesn’t seem to have any other then the few basic ones like google maps, opera mini, and their own over priced navi app.

    Theme – There is no way to change the color of the menu’s or anything. All you can do is change the wall paper. Not a huge deal, but would of been nice too.

    Games – None show up as supported by my phone when I am on the site on my computer. So I am not really sure if any of them will even work so have yet to buy any from the VM store.

    Good news about App’s and Games – If you google ” how to add app’s to virginmobile rumor touch” I am sure you will find out how to add games and tons of apps. I just wish there was a supported way of doing it. Once you have found that out, getjar is a great place to find other free app’s and games. There is also a little site just for vm rumor touch, but it has illegal content on it so I won’t post the link.

    So all in all-
    This phone really is the smartest dumbphone I have ever used. Not to be compared with smart phones like the droid or iphone. This isn’t a smart phone so don’t buy it if that is what you are looking for. However,this is still a really good phone for the price and service. I would most certainly buy this phone again if it was ever lost or stolen.

    • Sweetecho10

      if you want apps for your rumor touch, there are websites out there that have them, you just have to add them through the computer, but ive added apps to my rumor touch and i have virgin mobile.

      • Nowurtalkin

        actually, if you get deep enough into learning of the right apps, browsers & overall capabilities, it’s possible to download apps wo a computer to this phone, but so far, not nearly as easy as a computer/microSD/data cable. phones capabilities are nearly limitless, but you have to be really dedicated & work hard to “get there”. for those up to the challenge (and this phone is certainly that..), the reward will be a phone that for $25 p/m (phone cost = $130~$150) & no contract….can do MUCH! (you just have to put in alot of time, go to the right sites (hubpages & howardforums) & learn how. if you work for it, it’s THE best deal out there, overall.

    • Tppro07

      anyone know where I can learn what the OS is for this phone so I can purchase spysoftware for it?

      • Nowurtalkin222

        i think it’s “brew mp”

  • Enry Cottin

    Contracts. I have had cell phones for 10 years & have never had more than a one year contract. As much as I wanted a smarthphone with data plan I wasn’t prepared for a 2 year contract to get the overpriced retail price around $600, out of the clouds. (times 3 for family plan). Nor do I like the tiered data plans. I am not a pig user but don’t want to think about it. Earlier this year HLN Clark Howard warned, ‘don’t do contracts, new opportunities coming’. Virgin Mobile is an example. Next best contracted plans are Sprint (which is really VM now). We like unlimited text. Has to be low impact on network, lower than voice, yet other providers charge more? Folks. Virgin Mobile/Sprint is onto something so we need to embrace it and share the good news. I like now that I can click a link in a text message and go to a mobile website to read the news, see the image. Anyone know how to change the link-click so it invokes Opera Mini instead on the default VM browser?

    • Anon

      Enry – In order to open pictures with OPERA and not the VM browser, you have to download the latest version of OPERA, not the one that came with the phone. The one that came with the phone is usually 5.0. Version 5.1, which you can download on your phone will open up the pictures in opera so it wont exit your browser.

      I got this phone and all in all its a really good phone.

      It can do all the basics of a smartphone – web browsing, apps (the more important ones), youtube, google maps and best of all unlimited data

      the only thing that i wish it could do is – be faster, be able to change themes, have a more responsive touch screen, and have Flash support

      other than those setbacks this basically is a smartphone –

      however, if you actually COMPARE it to other smartphones(which cost WAY more), its obviously not up to par, as told by this review and everyone else that had a DROID or IPHONE and downgraded.

      for a little 150 dollar phone that has UNLIMITED DATA AND TEXTING for only 25 A MONTH, this is very very very much worth the price and is perfectly able to take advantage of the unlimited data.

      and P.S. the new android INTERCEPT that came out for virgin mobile isn’t really worth it methinks. i think the rumor touch is better still for the price…. INTERCEPT doesnt even have Android 2.2, which makes it about as functional as the rumor touch for a price thats almost twice as much….

    • Nowurtalkin222

      enry, your post, (like hln clark howard) is RIGHT ON…and many ppl unfortunately don’e “see” what a great value these deals are. and what irony that my 12 yrs of “hell” with sprint, is now replaced by them, with them….STILL….haha…but w/o the HELL (contacts & costs). customer service was always terrible w/sprint & it”s not too hot w/VM either, but THAT’S the new model folks…we dunt need no stinkin manuals or good english speaking, and/or knowledgeable “advisors”….we know how o figure out ourselves & when we can’t….you go online to places like howard forums & hubpages, and get all the answers you can eat. THAT’S THE WAY~~~uh~huh ~ uh~huh…I LIIIIKE IT!….get yer money (savings) fer nuthin & yer apps fer free (plus free data, free internet, free email, free text, free voice & video text attachments, free photo/video messaging, etc,etc,etc)

      and as to anon’s reply below, about installing opmin5.1 to then do what you requested, i don’t think he’s correct at all. i don’t know if you can do what you asked, but i don’t think so, however, w/effort, there’s little now shown & proven, that can’t be done, so maybe. go to [danatheteacher]’s hub at hubpages & ask her. you will get a pretty much state~of~the~art answer from there. also the VMRT sections of howard forums. huge & extensive repositories of all available info are found in those 2 places, for this phone.

      i have 5.1 (as well as other great browsers [bolt & uc browser] ) om my phone, but it does’t mean when you click a link on a message, that you go to alternate browsers automatically. i suggest that if the info & pics you enjoy seeing are not adequate in the native browser, then just open a better browser & either navigate to same, or you could also type & enter that particular news sites page url into the alternate browser, for a richer experience.

  • Asdf

    uhh in the video you say its light then you wrote its heavy…

  • Suncagervideo

    I’m very happy with the LG Rumor Touch phone. This site is correct in criticizing that the learning curve can be a bit to get onto, but once I got it- I got it down in which I can do whatever I need to do without a problem. I survived a contract with Sprint and vowed never to do it again, and thanks for Virgin Mobile I’ve been able to do just that.

  • Sara

    Can you do a video not flipping the phone so much. It’s very hard to see! I gor dizzy watching it.

    • Nowurtalkin

      perhaps you had “a head start” (lol)…how mant excellent photos of every possible angle & closeups…that reviewer took the time, trouble & effort to do for you…..does one need in order to not get dizzy?

  • I h8 VM

    This phone is the biggest POS ever, I have had it for only a month and half and had to call this company over 10 times to get my phone to continue to work properly. All I want from this stupid company is an update on my phone to make it work right and what do they tell me… They don’t update their phones so now I have to settle with getting a POS refurbished phone with who knows what problems… All I have to say is NEVER go with prepaid phones they are a waste of your money and time and worthless and I will NEVER go back to virgin mobile again

    • nowurtalkin

      you are wrong & your attitude likely played a significant part in the problems. the fact that they don’t do updates on this phone certainly doesn’t mean why your problems couldn’t get solved. in most cases updates aren’t what’s needed. and my 1st VMRT was bad out of box & they sent me a new one immediately. i don’t know if it was a refurb or not. there was no evidence of that at all, so if it was, who cares? it worked & continues to. how many “budget product” companies are gonna send you a no questions, new (or like new) product, immed., w/o any further cost, shipping or otherwise, and will do that over & over, as many times as it takes to get you satified? not too many, methinks. and you said you “had to settle for a pos refurb”…does that mean what they sent you is bad as well, or are you just convinced that THAT is what will happen, before it does? myself & many, many other peeps are now saving alot of $$ and having way more features & functionality, than their old deals, such as like me with sprint for 12 yrs. i’ve had (and heavily used) my phone for 3~4 mo now & while it’s somewhat quirky & not perfect & not an expensive iphone/android, still, it has VAST capabilities & is solidly built & so far quite dependable. i even recently took a major fall on a bike ride, landing squarely on my side where the phone was (in a decent protective pouch), and squarely on the phone (as i felt it dig into my hip) and the phone has not a scratch (couldn’t believe it…was sure it would be trashed..) and continues to work perfectly. it’s a great phone that does almost anything with a little patience. no way my money has been wasted. i’m saving big time, and have boocoo apps & free voice/video messaging. hahahahhahahahahaaahaa….!!

  • Lisa

    I did not realize that this phone did NOT come with a manual. The options are to get on your computer EVERY time you have a question or PRINT 122 pages. I contacted customer service, several times, and was told basically ‘tough —“; they can’t (won’t?) help me. What about people that do not have access to a computer, time to sit on their computer, or can’t afford to print out 122 pages? If I had realized a manual was not included I would not have purchased this item. As to their customer service, they don’t seem to want me as a customer. So I will use this phone for my 300 minutes. I will return it. I will purchase another phone/provider. AND I will post this on every board I can find. With this economy, wouldn’t you think they would be trying to KEEP customers?

    • Kozmoz318

      Lisa, Open the manual in your computers web browser and save it to a file on your computer. Then you will always have a copy.

    • Nowurtalkin

      i think that viewpoint is ridiculous. 1st, most ppl DO have a computer & if so, a very convenient (and “green”) way to store , retrieve & view manuals. alternatively, one could also download the manual to phone. how convenient would that be? i’d say alot better than looking for a paper manual at some inopertune time. one could also put it to a cd. what are the chances you have no computer and no cd player? all of those choices are easy & smart. all of them show why virgin mobile does not include a printed manual. this phone along w/the $25 deal is the best deal in the industry. they are not able to provide such a deal by doing costly things like printing & incl a manual, esp since it’s 100% unecessary, as above facts attest to, i believe. above said, that manual sucks in many ways anyhow. it’s descriptions are terrible & lack much info. it would be easy to wtite a book about all the missing info and/or poorly described info in that manual. that’s fact! this phone is so much more than what can be found in that manual, that it’s ridiculous. i suggest when you need to know how to do or understand something on this phone, to do a search, on the question. in every case you will likely get hits referring you to either hubpages or howard forums & all the best answers.

      trust me, returning your phone, in spite, as you indicated, and for such a poor reason (as my suggestions on manual storage point out), will only wind up bringing you to a more expensive and/or less able, phone situation, so you will likely “cut your nose to spite your face”. i really hope this is helpful.

    • Robert909

      THE phone has a quick guide in it. On how to use the phone in’ tools’ and I want to add that this phone kicks ass, on you tube shows how to add ring tones , games, apps. for freeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sparkleeyes42069

    doesnt have online picture mail access!!! Which Freaking SUCKS!!!!!

    • Nowurtalkin

      i don’t know exactly what your statement/complaint means but this phone has picture & video messaging built right in, and it has an online site to upload pics & vids to (mypix), so what are you talking about?

  • Rosie_hair

    I really hate it when people review a product they just got right out of the box. What’s worse, I really really hate it when people review a product while comparing it to something else that costs several times more.

    (1) I’ve been using the rumor touch for a month now and I absolutely love it. And I’m talking as someone who’s used the iphone before. So, since I’ve been using this phone for a month now, I’m pretty sure my opinion is more informed than yours.

    (2) You keep going on and on that the touch screen is not responsive. I’m sorry, may be you got a defective product. Mine works just fine. It worked just fine when I got it straight out of the box and it worked even better after I calibrated it. And by the way, accidently touching something other than what you want happens to every touch screen device. I’m sorry, but if you’re not used to this already perhaps you should go back to the razor or some other phone that opens up?

    (3) This is not a smartphone. It’s not an iphone. You can’t compare this phone to the iphone or a droid. This is just stupid.

    (4) You criticize this phone because the camera doesn’t produce good picture quality? Let me get you in on something. Cameras that are 5-8 megapix are cheaper than dirt these days… literally. I spent less on my 8 megapix digital camera that I’ve been using for 2 years now than the dirt that I’ve been buying for my garden. Talking about trying to use a device for the wrong purpose.

    Bottom line is this phone works pretty well for it’s price. I’ve transfered all my music from my ipod to this phone and have been using it for my daily commute. And I use a bluetooth to listen to my music so I don’t have to bother with cords. I’ve also found myself using calendar in this phone a lot more often than I did when I had the iphone. It rings to remind me ahead of time for important events. I’ve also been taking notes with this phone.

    The phone is elegant yet simple. If you want an iphone or a droid, then get an iphone or droid. Don’t get this phone and then bitch about it. As far as I’m concern, this phone works extremely well for my needs.

    • Rosie_hair

      By the way, if you’re willing to explore with this phone, you can do lots of things. Right now, I have assigned a different song that I like to each person I have in my contact. The songs vary from star wars to lady gaga to gay bar. It’s easy to add your own ringtone from your mp3’s. In fact, I didn’t do any editing. I just added the songs that I like.

      • Chris

        Can you please explain how to get the downloaded song to play. All I get is the beep for incoming calls which I never even hear. Thanks

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BYSUEMILM6R75QBDQMZL6WNZ54 Lance Henderson

    i agree with matt this phone is not bad he probraly had problems because he didn’t callribrate the screen yet you could see he had just opened it

  • guest

    I JUST BOUGHT THIS PHONE FROM THE VM WEBSITE, AND I LOVE IT!
    I RECOMMEND THIS PHONE IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A great PHONE BUT NOT A SMART PHONE. I LOVEEEE IT! THE TOUCH SCREEN IS WORKING PERFECTLY FINE FOR ME, AND THERE IS NO GLARE WHEN ITS IN THE SUNLIGHT. I CAN SEE THE SCREEN JUST FINE!

  • Lilsnyder_06

    Ive Bought three of these phones & all three refuse to call out.
    they still go on the internet & they still text out.
    but everytime i go to make a call, it has a beep sound and when people call me, it says i have no service.
    has any of this happened to you guys?
    i think i may have a defect phone, so could anyone tell me how to get it repaired?
    i’ve called them over and over again and they keep telling me to reactivate it so i do, and still nothing works.

  • guest

    this phone is bomb just got it for christmas and as far as i can tell it rocks. ive used an android before and if your like me youll like this phone better.it has good picture for a cell so shut up and stop talking crap on this phone.

  • Nulmanad

    I would NOT recommend the LG Rumor Touch. It’s got lots of features, but interface is extremely un-intuitive and locked down, so you aren’t allowed to add apps or customize it. Although there is a video camera, it’s only 2MP and lacks a flash or sound so will be crude. The phone does not support wifi, tethering, Android, or Adobe Flash. The CPU is very slow if you have more than a few photos or MP3 in it. The touch screen isn’t fast or precise enough , so you often end up choosing the wrong feature. If you want to load all your existing phone contacts there’s no way to do it other than manually, and to backup your contact list you have to pay a monthly fee for the Contact Vault. Also the Email + IM app is designed to exit from memory after a short time so you can’t enjoy push technology. The vendor rarely comes out with software updates. The best thing about this phone is nice keyboard and good IM software for all the major services, but a full battery charge will only last about half a day.

  • Skedaddle12

    I just got this phone and I absolutely LOVE IT!!!!!!!
    This is BY FAR the best phone I have ever owned!!!!!!!!
    It does everything I need it to do and much more! And combined with the 25 dollar a month unlimited plan, this is like a dream come true!!!!!! The touchscreen in my pov is excellent! I mean its no apple touch screen, but I really love it so far!!!! It’s easy to work, type on, great call clarity, just everything about it is a positive to me!

  • Violeta

    Dude, when you get a new phone, the 1st thing you do is check out the phone ITSELF, not all the other crap, lol. Sorry, I’m 14. Anyways, about the screen, I think it’s just the type that works better with a stylus (or your nail). Seriously, it all depends on the person. Some phones might seem useless to someone, but somebody else will consider it the best phone in the world. It’s all about finding the one that fits YOU best :) I barely managed to convince my parents to buy me this phone, with the condition that I wouldn’t get a new one until my junior year, so really -cooperate with me. You’re making me doubt whether I made a good choice (not cool).

  • charlie is a girl:)

    i think this would be a great phone to use. also… its about $20.00 cheaper at walmart.com which may not really sound like anything but you don’t have to pay s&h and its sends it to the store… sooo if ur still blabing off about ohh its not a smartphone or crap like that… just please stop. b/c i personally think this is one of the greatest pre-paid phones out there:P

  • Graham

    ok well i dont even have a phone and i never have so dont bitch.

  • Gameloverking

    Can you transfer video files onto the phone to watch?

  • Lolgurl111

    i got this phone 2day its pretty aawesome!! i got itt from SPRINT not virgin mobile. I LOVE IT !! i would absolutely reccomend it!!

  • nyuwa

    I disagree with your comment on the touch screen. There is an areain the phone where you can calibrate your touch sensitivity. go to main menu-settings-display-touch calibration. it lets helps you figure out ghow hard or soft you want to touch the screen. I used to use my nails just the tips until i cut my nails shorter. than I had to recalirbrate my phone.

  • Mike

    I hate this overpriced phone. Screen is unusable in any direct light. Touch screen is hit or miss, maybe it will work maybe not. Screen re-locks in seconds so you have to unlock again to press ie. 1 for english 2 for spanish. Press end call it may end or just start redialing. You will not notice all this in the 1st 30 days so buyer beware as far as I’m concerned. In summary…just my opinion.

  • Jerry

    Is there monitoring software available for this phone that let you know what your child is looking at on the Internet?

  • MissCaroline1219

    I bought my 13 year old son this phone for his birthday in December. He begged me NOT to buy it because his friends at school said they had the same phone and the screen messes up after a few months of use. His exact words… Well, after about 60 days (and no, I didnt buy the insurance like a dummy)…. the screen completely whacked out. He can still make and receive calls – that is, if he has the number memorized because there is no access to the menus… no contacts, text or web browing what so ever. I was livid. One of his friends came over to the house and showed me his LG Rumor Touch. Same thing – the screen was all whacked out. He said, he had received his for Christmas but his parents bought the insurance so he was awaiting a new one. They both said they have several friends at school whose parents got them the Rumor Touch thinking the it was a nice phone, best price for a touch phone, good plans starting at only $25.00 per month….etc. They have ALL had troubles with the screen. If you buy this phone …. invest in the insurance!!!

  • MissCaroline1219

    Ohhh— I do want to say for the most part… My son loves this phone. He set the touch screen sensitivity setting himself and had no problems with it at all. He was disappointed with the apps but as I read on below …. I see that there are ways to get more out of this phone. We realize it isnt a smarphone and for the price, we were please with what it had to offer. He was just greatly disappointed that the screen fried… my fault – 100% – for not buying the insurance.

  • http://profiles.google.com/bubbacn Christopher Nichols

    This phone is a mid-range phone, between a smartphone and a basic phone. I has internet and app capabilities but it is not a smart phone.

  • Drag0n3

    atually i hve the phon and it works great you have to frst calibrate it you phone maybe cause i dont have any of the “problems” you mentioned

  • Drag0n3

    this is phone is awesme for the price and ididnt mention but comparing this phone to a phone that is one contract and two way more expensive is retarded, the video and everthing thats part of this phone work perfectly… now if any of you smart people out there kno how to set ringtones for a specific contact hit me up suffolktorres2008@yahoo.com ty

  • Sarah

    This is (was, broken now) my first phone and I absolutely HATED every second I had it. I was SUPER excited to get it but after the first two months I HATED it. The lower half of my touch screen doesn’t work anymore so I cannot retrieve pictures or ANYTHING I have saved on the phone. I cannot use the internet, take pictures, or txt message anymore. This phone is the worst phone ever and no one should buy it. I hate it and now all my irreplaceable pictures on there are gone.  DO NOT GET THIS PHONE.

  • Janisntoukam

    whats the cheepest top up card for this phone?

  • Dalilah Marie

    I thought this was a great phone, until I tried listening to my music… Or using anything that made sound… It would vibrate fine, but as soon as I tried anything involving sound, nothing. It would say it as playing, volume all the way up, but not a sound would come out…

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