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List of Many Flip Phones. (No smartphones)
A lot of the descriptions is my opinion.
Feel free to let me know if you differ, or if there is info missing/wrong.
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LG Exalt LTE VN220 – Verizon

•   Can be  koshered: Yes

Compatible Networks;
•   Verizon (4g)
•   ATT (3g),
•   T-Mobile (2g, bad reception)

One of the most popular flip phones. Well-known Brand. No button lag. Overall decent phone.
 No outside screen, awkward shape, very delicate, suffers from durability issues
Not sold anymore. Street price is over $300. Going to be replaced with the LG Wine 2 LTE (Exalt 2 LTE?)

LG Wine LTE (U.S. Cellular)

Can be  koshered: Yes

Same as the LG Exalt LTE but works with ATT 4g. Not compatible with Verizon (small changes  like different massaging app and fm radio) Also not sold. Replaced by the LG Wine 2 LTE

LG Wine 2 LTE (U.S. Cellular)

Compatible Networks; ??

Successor to the LG Wine LTE, this phone added an outside screen (!!!) and an SOS button. Camera was downgraded to 2mp from 5, and lost autofocus (think Kyocera Cadence res).  Screen and body was shrunk a little to make it a little less unwieldly to hold.At the moment only available from U.S. Cellular (midwest US). Probably will show up soon on Verzion (albeit wiith a new name, and higher price tag.)

Kyocera Cadence LTE S2720 & S2720PP

•   Can be  koshered: Yes

Compatible Networks;
•   Verizon (4g)
•   ATT (3g),
•   T-Mobile (2g, bad reception)
PP Version must be unlocked before using with Verizon Postpaid/Other Networks

Overall solid phone by somewhat reputable brand. Has an outer screen to show show who is calling, but lacks video camera & playback. Camera quality could be better. Durability is pretty good. Software update finally fixed some t9 input issues Overall solid kosherable option. Also not sold by Verizon anymore. Street price of about $180

Kyocera DuraXV LTE

•   Can be  koshered: Yes

Compatible Networks;
•   Verizon (4g)
•   ATT (3g),
•   T-Mobile (2g, bad reception)

Similar to Kyocera Cadence above but in a massive, rugged package. And added video playback capability.

Kyocera DuraXV Extreme
MSRP: $240

•   Can be  koshered: Not yet Yes. http://www.kosherfonewireless.com Tag is working on it

Compatible Networks; (Assumed)
•   Verizon (4g)
•   ATT (3g),
•   T-Mobile (2g, bad reception)

Successor to the DuraXV above. More rugged, Thicker, Heavier. Now with USB-C!

Kazuna eTalk

•   Can be  koshered: Yes

Compatible Networks;
•   Verizon (4g)

A cheap prepaid phone made by a company that has a Chinese website. Can be purchased for under $40 but must be activated in the prepaid network to work. Has poor reviews but seems to be an okay phone/operating system. Sluggish response to key presses. Cheap build quality


Alcatel Go Flip V
MSRP: $99

•   Can be  koshered: Yes

Compatible Networks;
•   Verizon (4g)

Slow & buggy Verizon phone. Changes back to ABC instead of T9 every time you create a new message, and no way to add words to t9 dictionary. Button presses take a while to register. Poor Quality. Seems to be a bit better than the competition in the "Easy to buy straight from Verizon" category


Orbic Journey V
MSRP: $99

•   Can be  koshered: Yes

Compatible Networks;
•   Verizon (4g)

Another no-name brand with a slow buggy phone. Extremely poor quality. Avoid.


Schok Classic Flip
MSRP: $99 Available at Target

•   Can be  koshered: Yes (Tag-No, Meshimer-Yes)

Compatible Networks;
•   Verizon (4g)
•   ATT (4g),
•   T-Mobile (4g)

A large, highly compatible flip phone from a company that at least looks like its trying. Finally a viable T-Mobile option. Nice display, Impressive camera, and USB-C  docking/charging. Feels laggy and a bit buggy sometimes. A little bit more smatphone-ish than others as it has a, sometimes convoluted , Google Play store and a Virtual Mouse to input touches on apps. Software updates keep improving the phone so there is hope…

NUU Phone

Compatible Networks;
Verizon (4g)
ATT (4g)
T-Mobile (4g)
Flip phone sold koshered on koshercell.org and direct from Wing.
I don’t have any specific info on this product

Alcatel Go Flip ATT  T-MOBILE

Sorry  don’t have exact models all the iterations of these.
Old version- Horrible. Contacts and calling app broken
New Version Go Flip 3- Big improvement
Has Google maps and assistant, will be removed when koshered though.
There is a cricket version that was advertised on Dansdeals.com already koshered on ebay for $60 seems to be okay.

Coolpad Snap
4g Sprint Flip Phone. Bad Phone. Can’t be koshered

ZTE Cymbal
Different versions for Verizon prepaid and T-Mobile. Phone is Okay, Can’t be koshered, But available to buy already kosher in Lakewood.


Other niche options you may want to look into
Light phone ii $350 E-ink phone   https://www.thelightphone.com
Punkt MP02                                https://www.punkt.ch/en/products/mp02-4g-mobile-phone/

In Short (for most people)

Verizon- Buy the Kyocera Cadence
ATT- Schok /Alcatel Go Flip 3/Kyocera Cadence
T-Mobile- Schok /Alcatel Go Flip 3/
Sprint- Get a new service. You’re getting cheap service without a device to use it on


Why is there so many garbage phones?
Why are the big brands reluctant to make decent phones?
Why did LG and Kyocera stop making such popular devices? 
Did Verizon ask for cheaper phones to make them more accessible? To make an even bigger profit?
And why can’t we get some normal phones like the old 3g devices? LG Revere, Samsung Gusto, etc. Durable, solid, reliable, NO BUGS! Maybe even… dare I ask for… a qwerty keyboard!
Why do people use sprint if there’s no phones?
What will happen to all the active old sprint 3g devices after T-Mobile/Sprint merger?

Full Disclosure: I currently use an LG OCTANE 3g Verizon Keyboard Phone and I love it. That’s gonna have to change by the end of 2020… but if you put things into perspective, that’s AFTER the November elections. Who knows if Trump will even be president?

I would love if someone knows the answers to some of these questions.

« Last edited by how on September 11, 2020, 11:38:16 AM »

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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #150 on: March 07, 2018, 09:06:15 PM »
TERRIBLE battery life (especially when used as Hotspot), and despite running a crippled version of Android, won't sync contacts with Google account. Luckily Verizon has Message+ which allows me to text from other devices.

Oh do I wish for a flip phone with Apple build quality (and universal GSM and LTE band compatibility). Despite it's shortcomings, the ability to have a lightweight phone that can be operated with one hand, without having two eyes on it for dialing, and with good tactile feedback, is just difficult to give up.
Any feedback on the Kyocera LTE flip from Verizon?

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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #151 on: March 07, 2018, 09:12:20 PM »
Any feedback on the Kyocera LTE flip from Verizon?
Haven't seen it yet. But in the past I considered getting the non-LTE version of the Kyocera DuraXV. One of the reasons I didn't was because I found there to be an annoying delay between key presses and actual phone response/action.
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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #152 on: March 07, 2018, 09:14:20 PM »
Haven't seen it yet. But in the past I considered getting the non-LTE version of the Kyocera DuraXV. One of the reasons I didn't was because I found there to be an annoying delay between key presses and actual phone response/action.
I hear ya!
 If I'm not mistaken it's Android based, are the non LTE the same?

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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #153 on: March 08, 2018, 09:06:54 AM »
LG VN220 lte from verizon is a high quality flip phone
meh

I take that back. I was talking about LG ExaltII. I have no knowledge about the LG VN220 lte. (Yet)
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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #154 on: March 12, 2018, 09:15:40 PM »
Battery life lasts the whole day as opposed to my old iPhone 7 . Good call quality.

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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #155 on: March 15, 2018, 04:27:39 PM »
LG VN220 lte from verizon is a high quality flip phone
Quick review:
The  thin metalic case remind me of the Peak device.

Keyboard is cheap'y feeling

I dont see how to go to the home screen or review messages while talking on the phone. (you can compose and send emails while on the phone, but cant view them)

Syncs very nicely with Microsoft Exchange, but only the emails, and all folders. Not the exchange contacts.

No email attachments

No tethering without a plan.

Even if phone is set to vibrate, if you mistakenly hit the volume button on the side, it will go off vibrate.


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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #156 on: March 18, 2018, 12:23:02 AM »
Kyocera LTE performs much better

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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #157 on: March 18, 2018, 09:53:03 AM »
Kyocera LTE performs much better
Are you referring to the Verizon phone? (Can't remember the name of the phone).
If so, can it be unlocked?

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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #158 on: March 18, 2018, 03:09:37 PM »
Are you referring to the Verizon phone? (Can't remember the name of the phone).
If so, can it be unlocked?

It is by default unlocked

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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #159 on: March 18, 2018, 03:42:27 PM »
It is by default unlocked
Though not necessarily compatible with other carrier's bands.
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« Reply #160 on: March 18, 2018, 06:35:27 PM »
Though not necessarily compatible with other carrier's bands.
Right, will only work in US, Canada and isreal, won't work in Europe

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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #161 on: March 19, 2018, 10:03:12 AM »
Though not necessarily compatible with other carrier's bands.
Right, will only work in US, Canada and isreal, won't work in Europe
In USA will it work with AT&T?
Is it GSM or CDMA?

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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #162 on: March 19, 2018, 10:07:02 AM »
no but i think Nokia is the best brand for GSM in US

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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #163 on: March 19, 2018, 03:17:18 PM »
I actually have a friend who switched to a flip phone because he was tired of being addicted!

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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #164 on: March 20, 2018, 10:51:19 PM »
What are the best options for a basic phone with Verizon? Wish there was a wiki here...