The recipe for its self-defeat lies in the phone's lack of a volume rocker, zero Bluetooth support, and an absolutely terrible speakerphone, at least on our testing device. A small screen size and low pixel resolution don't help.
However, the R225 Go Phone isn't all bad, and for just $15 without a contract, we wouldn't take it out of the running for those seeking a very simple, very cheap phone. Call quality was good, after all. The phone also has AT&T's communications apps bundled in, so it's possible to send e-mails and instant messages.
Depending on your needs, the R225 could still attract your interest, though we suspect most people will find other handsets more satisfying.