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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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Alcatel/TCL Go Flip (6)
Alcatel TCL Flip 2, From Tracfone or Amazon
TCL Classic 4058C, Sold on TCL
TCL Classic, From Cricket
TCL Flip Go, From UScellular
TCL Flip Go, From T-Mobile

Probably the successor to the LG Classic. $20 for the Tracfone version. Runs very well.
TAG can Kasher, Also @kosher_cellutions kashers, and there are people working on a free filter as well.

Update (9/22/22): A free talk/text filter is available. Filter with Waze (and maybe more) coming soon!

Not to be confused with the tcl 4056 phones which look the same but run KaiOs and are much buggier.

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

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

Can be purchased kashered by TAG
Has a very good voice-to-text option @ $5 a month

Ans F30 Kosher
Offered by meshimer
Compatible Networks;
•   Verizon (4g)

Fig Kosher flip
Sold koshered

Nokia 6300 4G GSM
Sold koshered

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

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]T-Mobile
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 #2720 on: January 29, 2024, 12:15:15 AM »
When I put in the us mobile sim, it says no service

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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #2721 on: February 05, 2024, 12:51:17 PM »
I have an eTalk Verizon flip phone, and want to use it with usmobile. How do I unlock it from Verizon? It hasn’t been used since 2022.
Find someone with Verizon service and get them to call for you and get it unlocked. Sometimes they may make you have it for 60 days before requesting an unlock.
 I've used this guy in the past for unlocking phones like kyocera Cadence and alike.
 Maybe he can help. Wa.me/+34 631 27 18 07 he charged like $4-5 which I sent via PayPal. There's many of these guys which can be found on eBay or fiverr.
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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #2722 on: February 05, 2024, 01:10:06 PM »
I have an eTalk Verizon flip phone, and want to use it with usmobile. How do I unlock it from Verizon? It hasn’t been used since 2022.
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« Reply #2723 on: February 06, 2024, 01:02:56 AM »
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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #2724 on: February 06, 2024, 01:06:49 AM »
Thanks for all the help.
To clarify I want to get these phones unlocked as simply as possible, and don’t care about the service. It seems like the $18 plan is the best option?, as I don’t want to have to deal with cancelling autopay.

Edit: most of these phones are the refurbished ones so I believe I purchased a plan when I bought them.
Would I need to add to that plan or is 30 days enough? Whats the best way to activate them?
Curios to know what ended up happening? 30 days was enough to get the phone unlocked? meaning after 60 days passed?
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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #2725 on: February 06, 2024, 01:07:37 AM »
thanks for your help. I activated (not sure it was necessary) called and they unlocked it. (I then cancelled the service and was refunded)
You were able to get a refund of the service plan you paid for?
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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #2726 on: February 06, 2024, 01:10:11 AM »
Activate with the $10 plan and after 60 days unlock it on via the unlocking website. (The phone does not need to be active for the full 60 days, it just needs to have passed 60 days from activation.)

A little bit more complicated would be to sign up for autopay on the $15 plan. Sign up each phone with its own rewards account and refer every line to each other. Make sure to keep the line active for 2 months so the points post. You will net thousands of TracFone points that you can use to buy more phones. (You get the equivalent of at least $50 for every phone you refer.)
Seems you need a new Sim card for each phone to register the new imei number to start the count for the 60 days. unless theres another way to register the phone without getting a new sim. yes most tracfones come with a new sim, or for $1 a new sim. but to avoid that hassle wondering if theres a way to swap sims and have it registered?
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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #2727 on: February 06, 2024, 01:45:57 AM »
Seems you need a new Sim card for each phone to register the new imei number to start the count for the 60 days. unless theres another way to register the phone without getting a new sim. yes most tracfones come with a new sim, or for $1 a new sim. but to avoid that hassle wondering if theres a way to swap sims and have it registered?
Just inserting it and making a call should work. I try to wait a few hours till I see online by tracfone that they have the new IMEI device registered to this SIM and than you can safely remove it.
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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #2728 on: February 07, 2024, 10:59:28 PM »
https://forums.apps4flip.com/d/596-alcatel-tcl-flip-2-t408dl

@Darth1 Thnks for this detailed post. great job.

  Curios if anyone knows how to enable USB debugging on the TCL flip 2. The keys entered
Code: [Select]
*#*#DEBUG#*#* doesn't do anything on one of my TCL Flip 2 (T408DL) devices. tried to wipe, reset, clear cache, nothing doing. Any other methods to try?
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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #2729 on: February 08, 2024, 02:18:11 AM »
The code for turning on debugging
Code: [Select]
*#*#DEBUG#*#* Does not work after the latest update (which was released around 2 weeks ago)

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« Reply #2730 on: February 08, 2024, 02:22:06 PM »
The code for turning on debugging
Code: [Select]
*#*#DEBUG#*#* Does not work after the latest update (which was released around 2 weeks ago)
That explains it.
 Strange enough on one it works.
 Another I removed the browser and email and when dialing the code nothing happens. But when connecting to a computer I get the notification that usb debugging is enabled, and click here to disable(turn off).

And for the last one. Nothing doing the code does zero. Pulls to a blank blue screen.
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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #2731 on: February 11, 2024, 03:51:20 PM »
Google says cat phone should work with cricket but when I try I'm getting a message that it's not compatible. Anyone get this to work or do I need to switch services if I want to use this phone?
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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #2732 on: February 11, 2024, 06:17:16 PM »
does this mean most tagged flip phones cannot have texting after June? does anyone know if tag or kyocera is working on update

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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #2733 on: February 12, 2024, 12:28:42 AM »
does this mean most tagged flip phones cannot have texting after June? does anyone know if tag or kyocera is working on update
Take Verizon reps word with a grain of salt (especially the low-wage overseas chat ones) but it was a pretty quick and detailed answer to a pretty hard question, so I would guess he is legit.


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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #2734 on: February 12, 2024, 09:17:15 PM »
does this mean most tagged flip phones cannot have texting after June? does anyone know if tag or kyocera is working on update

Just curios why the tagged phones would be an issue? Wouldn't the messaging still work, just not work with the message plus where you can sync your messages across multiple phones?
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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #2735 on: February 15, 2024, 10:34:38 AM »
I'm not recieving notifications for new voicemails on the Qin F30 (US Mobile). Are there any solutions to that?

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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #2736 on: February 15, 2024, 03:06:14 PM »
Try calling your service provider ask them to reset the Voicemails and enable notifications. If it still doesnt work try calling whoever you got the phone from.

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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #2737 on: February 15, 2024, 03:09:17 PM »
I'm not recieving notifications for new voicemails on the Qin F30 (US Mobile). Are there any solutions to that?
Yes US Mobile's default setting is VVM which sends you links by text. You can chat with them to turn off VVM and turn on regular VM-notifications instead.
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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #2738 on: February 22, 2024, 10:16:32 PM »
can this model be kashered with the apps4flips filter? this is 16gb as opposed to 8gb, also I see that this phone is Android 11.0as opposed to  KaiOS 2.5.4 .
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Re: REVIVE THE FLIP PHONE
« Reply #2739 on: February 22, 2024, 10:40:58 PM »
I'm looking for a flip phone (Verizon). Are there any that I can have whatsapp on? Is there anything similar to the old samsung convoys?