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List of Many Flip Phones. (No smartphones)
A lot of the descriptions is my opinion.
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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, delicate, suffers from durability issues
Not sold anymore. Street price is over $400.

LG Classic Flip L125 – Tracfone (DDF Topic)

•   Can be  koshered: Yes
Decent phone from a well-known manufacturer
Successor to the LG Exalt, 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 were shrunk a little to make it a little less unwieldly to hold . . The street price of $30 is has jumped and it now hovering at about $150.

Compatible Networks;
•   Tracfone (and all Tracfone sub-carriers, like: Net10, Total Wireless, Wing and possibly more)

Koshering services;
•   http://kosherlgclassic.com/ (Talk Only $24.99 or Custom $29.99, strong)
•   http://filterlg.com/ (free, strong, but has limitation READ INSTRUCTIONS)
•   https://www.apps4flip.com/lgclassicflip/ (Remove apps with ADB, no reset protection)
•   Tag, Geder, and Meshumer locations can install a block as well

Probably the best quality phone from all the cheap (you can get it for like $30) phones, but the big limitation is that it's carrier locked to Tracfone carriers and cannot be used with normal Verizon plans or other Verizon MVNOs, Until it has active service for a year two months.

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 messaging app and fm radio) Also not sold. Replaced by the LG Wine 2 LTE

LG Wine 2 LTE (U.S. Cellular)
Not applicable


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 $250

Kyocera DuraXV LTE E-4610

•   Can be  koshered: Yes

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

Similar to Kyocera Cadence above but in a slightly bigger, rugged package. And added video playback capability. Great choice if you can find a good one.

Kyocera DuraXV Extreme E-4810
MSRP: $240

•   Can be  koshered: Yes

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

Successor to the DuraXV above. More rugged, Thicker, Heavier. Now with USB-C!
Message+ Replaced with a slower clunkier messaging app.

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)
Cheap price, cheap quality. Buttons seem to wear out pretty quickly.

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.
Many many different iterations of these. Some can be filtered. Some cannot. Most are bad phones.

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.

Sonim xp3800

Compatible Networks;
Verizon (4g)
ATT (4g)
Unlocked versions available

Great phone, similar to the Kyocera DuraXV series
Can be kashered by TAG

Other niche options you may want to look into, and up and coming:

Keyphone  https://keyphone.tech
Mindphone  https://greentouchstore.com/pages/mind
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- Find the Kyocera Cadence or Kyocera DuraXV E-4610
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


Site that allow you to search based on features and network -
https://dumbphones.pory.app/

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.

UPDATE: I switched to the Kyocera Cadence and overall, its pretty good.
I also have answers to my questions. To be very brief:
Real operating systems cost $$$$ and no one is willing to put in that much for a basic phone. They all use android (free) Or KaiOS (free and terrible) which dont come readily set up for a flip and have to be "stuffed in". Fulll android+cheapest hardware= Mess
Its hard for small companies to make their own phone due to the massive costs of certification approval and similar.


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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #1720 on: October 15, 2021, 11:08:58 AM »
What phones are those who were on tello network under sprint using now that they merged with t-mobile's network. I'm hearing the end date for the sprint service on the 3g network phones is the 31st of October.

  What compatible phone with t-mobile is everyone switching to? Or scrapping the whole service and going elsewhere?

 Alcatel?
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Coolpad Snap?

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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #1721 on: October 16, 2021, 11:40:56 PM »
$195 seems a little steep.. I'm not such a heavy phone user usually. here is the talk and text option https://www.ebay.com/itm/184784824410?epid=28015882129&hash=item2b0608a85a:g:5bAAAOSwBpteovO1
I'm thinking of risking it... unless its totally a waste and will completely break under moderate usage...
Just got it and ported out of tello tonight into hellomobile and a few minutes later my number was transferred. It was very easy. Phone seems to be ok. I’m not experiencing anything too buggy yet… hope it lasts. Thanks @Jojo202 for the idea of hellomobile!

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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #1722 on: October 19, 2021, 01:53:22 AM »
 Has anyone had the cat flip / smart phone?

https://www.catphones.com/en-us/cat-s22-flip/
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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #1723 on: October 22, 2021, 04:47:56 PM »
Will the sonim xp3 still work after tmobile phases out sprints 3g service? I assumed it would because it has 4g VoLTE...

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« Reply #1726 on: October 26, 2021, 07:44:41 PM »

 Yes when it comes to flip phones Verizon takes the Cake, from the Kyocera cadence to the LG Exalt and to the cheaper and the LG classic flip.
Are any of these still available?
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« Reply #1727 on: October 26, 2021, 11:23:37 PM »
Are any of these still available?



Not sure how "good" the prices are.

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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #1728 on: November 01, 2021, 02:49:09 AM »
Are any of these still available?
Weird, but the lg classic are hard to find. Though you can still buy it from tracrone and straight talk for $19-24. But requires you to purchase a plan. And in and out of stock at , Amazon, Walmart, Bestbuy, target.

 Wondering since LG is going out of business in regards to the cell phones if some clown bought every piece left in stock at all these stores. A heavy investment for a locked phone and not comparable to the Kyocera  and Exalt.
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« Reply #1729 on: November 01, 2021, 09:46:44 AM »
Weird, but the lg classic are hard to find. Though you can still buy it from tracrone and straight talk for $19-24. But requires you to purchase a plan. And in and out of stock at , Amazon, Walmart, Bestbuy, target.

 Wondering since LG is going out of business in regards to the cell phones if some clown bought every piece left in stock at all these stores. A heavy investment for a locked phone and not comparable to the Kyocera  and Exalt.
And tracfone won't let you buy a monthly plan with it, only a plan for x minutes and x days.
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« Reply #1730 on: November 01, 2021, 03:20:16 PM »
Weird, but the lg classic are hard to find. Though you can still buy it from tracrone and straight talk for $19-24. But requires you to purchase a plan. And in and out of stock at , Amazon, Walmart, Bestbuy, target.

 Wondering since LG is going out of business in regards to the cell phones if some clown bought every piece left in stock at all these stores. A heavy investment for a locked phone and not comparable to the Kyocera  and Exalt.
The people at Verizon said that they can add the lg classic to my account. Will the Tracphone one work with a Verizon sim right away or is there an unlocking period?
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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #1731 on: November 01, 2021, 04:50:42 PM »
My CDMA tello phone is still working. I wonder for how long



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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #1732 on: November 01, 2021, 07:09:15 PM »
does anyone know where to buy the software to unlock the lg classic (assuming you can get it on ebay just way too many options to look through)

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« Reply #1733 on: November 01, 2021, 07:26:45 PM »
The people at Verizon said that they can add the lg classic to my account. Will the Tracphone one work with a Verizon sim right away or is there an unlocking period?

Needs to be unlocked, 120$ from tracfone

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Needs to be unlocked, 120$ from tracfone
Thanks, what about if someone had it on tracfone service, does it get unlocked for free after a certain period?
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« Reply #1735 on: November 01, 2021, 09:55:52 PM »
Thanks, what about if someone had it on tracfone service, does it get unlocked for free after a certain period?
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« Reply #1736 on: November 01, 2021, 10:32:43 PM »
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Has it been around for that long yet? If yes, does anyone on the forums have it for that long?
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« Reply #1737 on: November 01, 2021, 10:48:11 PM »
Has it been around for that long yet? If yes, does anyone on the forums have it for that long?
I got mine in Dec
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« Reply #1738 on: November 02, 2021, 07:42:10 AM »
does anyone know where to buy the software to unlock the lg classic (assuming you can get it on ebay just way too many options to look through)
anyone know where to get software to unlock seems no big deal for sure for the gsm version

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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #1739 on: November 02, 2021, 10:34:22 PM »
My daughters have alcatel phones on t-mobile. ($25 a line) Tagged to only have talk and text.
They complain incessantly and often aren't reachable. My uneducated guess is they this is due to t-mobiles weak 2/3g network.
The local tag folks are selling a LG classic for $80 tagged. They say it only works with att Verizon but not t-mobile.
I don't mind opening a new plan for them, if costs are comparable and they'll work better.
Any guidance? I'm a novice at this part of the game.