Excerpt: I was looking for a simple phone similar to the Nokia 1202 I use overseas (not available in US). The biggest problem is NO network coverage inside the house. No bars, ever. This is due to the terrible, weak antenna which has been noted on other reviews. Other faults are: difficult-to-read battery charge indicator--it is a gradation of blue with the final bar being white so it never looks like it's fully charged; a useless instruction manual...
Summary: Have owned this phone for 6 weeks and have been on the phone with customer support at least 6 or 7 times. The keypad locks itself continually even when the lock is disabled!!! Also, even worse, the text message function breaks down often so that messages can't be sent. Buying this phone was a huge mistake. Buyer BEWARE!!!!
Actually using Nokia 1618 - not on CNET yet - don't buy
24 February 2012
Summary: We switched to AT&T Pay as You Go phone bought from Radio Shack. Much better information and activated right there by sales rep. We now use international phone card instead of long distance for calls to Canada now costs us 13.5 cents minute total.
Pros: Relatively easy to use, but learn through trial and error, no directions given
Cons: Sells minutes but doesn't say what costs are for local or international, Extremely expensive, 50 cents a minute to Canada, 13 cents local, No help at retailer for activation, or usage information - terrible