Pantech PN-300 (Verizon Wireless) review: Pantech PN-300 (Verizon Wireless)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good

The Good The Verizon Wireless PN-300 (Pantech PN-300) is a compact and basic phone with a user-friendly menu interface, tactile buttons, and excellent call quality. It comes with an external display, plus standard features such as text messaging and a speakerphone.

The Bad Personalization options are limited with the PN-300, as it does not come with a Web browser. The PN-300 also has a boring design.

The Bottom Line While the Verizon Wireless PN-300 won't wow anyone with its design or feature set, we really liked its simplicity and ease of use. The great sound quality makes this a good phone for those who just want a phone to make calls.

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While television and newspaper ads may imply otherwise, there is still a market out there for basic, no-frills cell phones. A lot of consumers still want a simple phone that gets the most important job done: making calls. Verizon Wireless has a few such phones, the PN-210 that we reviewed a few months ago, and now the Verizon Wireless PN-300, both manufactured by Pantech. The PN-300 doesn't have a camera or a music player; nor does it have a Web browser or e-mail. However, it is also very inexpensive at only $29.99 with a two-year contract with Verizon.

The Verizon Wireless PN-300 has a pretty boring design.

True to its simple nature, the PN-300 has a rather boring and minimalist design. Decked out in a silver gray-and-black color scheme, the PN-300 is a pretty compact clamshell at 3.43x1.93x 0.98 inches and weighing in at only 3.32 ounces. Its smooth curves and light weight make it feel comfortable in the hand and when held up next to the ear. We were very pleased that even though the PN-300 is a basic phone, it still comes with an external screen. Despite the fact it's monochrome, it still displays the date, time, and signal and battery strength, as well as caller ID. On the left spine of the phone is the volume rocker as well as a display button that toggles among different date and time display configurations on the external screen. An extendable antenna is on the top-right corner of the phone.

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Pantech PN-300 (Verizon Wireless)

Part Number: PN-300
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Quick Specifications See All

  • Talk Time Up to 230 min
  • Weight 3.3 oz
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X
  • Service Provider not specified