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LG 160 (Credo Mobile)Credo Mobile's LG 160 is a workable basic phone with a unique specialty carrier. If you need a phone for making calls, and want to support progressive and green causes at the same time, this phone is worth a look.
[ Background music ] >> Kent German: Hi, I'm Kent German Senior Editor at CNET.com. Today we're gonna take a first look at the LG 160. This is a phone for CREDO Mobile. CREDO Mobile is an MVNO and that's a mobile virtual network operator so CREDO mobile offers a package of services on its phones but you're actually calling on Sprints network when you make the calls. But what CREDO Mobile is about is they're probably for people who are politically minded. Definitely left leaning politically minded. They're a carrier that donates 1% of its profits to a certain number of causes each year. Things like Amnesty International, Planned Parenthood couple of things like that, so definitely on the left side of the political equation. The LG 160 though is a very basic device, a bit similar to Sprints LG LX160 which revealed a little while ago. Very basic flip phone design though; black color, a little silver stripe right here. External display is a bit small for the phone size. The phone does support photo caller ID but the phone does not have a camera so you want to be creative about how you get those photos on there. Open up the phone colors are ok, photos and graphics look relatively good. The menus are available on a couple styles but either way they're pretty user friendly easy to find what you need; very standard design. Keypad and navigation controls: I did like them. Keys did feel nice beneath the finger when dialing or texting and there is a bright back lighting. Call quality is pretty good; not as much static as on Sprint's phone but speaker phone wasn't so great so if you're a real heavy caller probably not the best phone for you. [Background music] Definitely very specialized services but a pretty basic phone. I'm Kent German and this is the LG 160 for Credo Mobile.