its plans to acquire Western Wireless, regional carrier Alltel
has shown that it's serious about competing against the national
big boys. That being the case, let's hope that the carrier's
other handsets are more inspiring than the LG LX5550. It��s not
that this is a particularly bad mobile, it��s just that, beyond
the unusual design, there��s nothing especially noteworthy about
it. At $60 with a two-year contract, it��s intended to serve as a
basic offering for those who want nothing more than a bare-bones
Speakerphone; solid access to voice
commands; analog roaming.
Uninspiring battery life; no Bluetooth;
mediocre call quality; battery gets hot during extended
What's it for:
Making phone calls; Web surfing; text
Who's it for:
Anyone in the Alltel calling region
looking for a basic, low-cost cell phone.
Universal headset; car charger; extended
battery; holster; dash-mount holder.
The bottom line:
For customers in Alltel's calling region,
the LX5550 has little going for it beyond the basics.