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Pantech HotShot for Verizon breaks cover, makes us wonder which year we're in

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Pantech HotShot for Verizon breaks cover, makes us wonder which year we're in
The ultra-slim Pantech HotShot is the latest addition to Verizon’s feature phone lineup, arriving online on October 6th and coming with a 3.2-inch screen and a not-so-affordable price tag. So what is it that you get with the HotShot? Not much, actually. 

Pantech HotShot for Verizon breaks cover, makes us wonder which year we're in
There’s a 3.2-inch touch-enabled LCD display and the thin, 0.35” body. Then on the back you have a 3.2-megapixel camera, Opera Mini for browsing the web and 2 gigs worth of memory in a pre-installed microSD card, extendable to 32GB via a microSD card. And again, that's not a smartphone, so there's no Android, Windows Phone or any other contemporary platform you might think of.

Now, this could have been exciting years ago. It could be of some interest if it was given away for free with a contract. But it’s not - it will set you back $99.99 when you sign a 2-year agreement with Big Red, but you’d actually have to pay $150 at first as there’s a $50 mail-in rebate. Who’d get this? We don’t know the answer to that question, but maybe you do - if so, feel free to share it in the comments below.

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posted on 03 Oct 2011, 08:59 2

1. warrenellis (Posts: 101; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

I dont know, maybe it would be good for an elementary school age kid?

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 09:14

3. Cyd07 (Posts: 83; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)

At 100$ ? Expensive for a school aged kid...

No, really, given the price, who could want that ? For just a little more you can have a super android, or for the same price, a mid-end android to doing many more things.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 10:06

8. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

That's Verizon's strategy...push you away from a "basic" phone and into a "Smart" phone.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 13:36 1

16. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1236; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

Idk what ya'll and Phonearena are talking about. $100 is not that much whether its for an adult or a kid. People buy their kids $200 dollar ipods and xbox's all the time like its nothing. And remember there's no $30 a month bill. Not everyone wants the latest and greatest.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 12:54

45. DilbertE (unregistered)

It's $29 at Radio Shak, least a data plan isn't required.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 11:37

52. hjacobson (unregistered)

minimum data plan ($10/mo, 2GB/mo) is required.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 13:35

56. hjacobson (unregistered)

CORRECTION minimum data plan same price, 75MB/mo.

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 14:31

59. JC (unregistered)

I am considering this phone as a replacement for my 2-year old LG Chocolate Touch which is having issues with the internal speaker. I don't need access to the web or email, GPS, etc., All I need is a basic phone, and my preference is for a bar phone like this rather than a bulky flip. I agree with CorporateJP. There are few basic phone choices, and eventually they'll be phased out entirely, which will require subscrition to a data plan, whether they need one or not, just to get dial tone. The retail on this phone is a ridiculous $269. Even after all the rebates and discounts, it's still $99 w/ a 2-year plan for a no frills phone that should be free. Commiting to stay with Verizon for 2 years should be reason enough to qualify for a free phone.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 20:41

50. Katie (unregistered)

Snagged it for $0.01 with Amazon Wireless's limited time offer. It's on backorder though.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 09:13 4

2. StevenWin785 (unregistered)

Does this surprise anybody? I seriously considered switching back to Verizon (from T-Mobile) until I took a look at their selection of phones. For being the largest cell phone company in the US, they have the worst selection of phones - regular or smartphone - of any of the companies.

When I looked they had 2 or 3 Android phones, and I think 1 Windows phone....and they were super expensive. Pretty crazy considering everything they were offering was at least 1 year old at the time. This was before they got the iPhone, so maybe things have changed.

To compare, T-Mobile was giving away all of their smartphones....including all the new releases.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 09:31

4. iami (unregistered)

This is for StevenWin785 When you say tmobile was giving all there smart phones away u should stop and ask yourself why/ Most likley because they have no choice or else no one would want there service. As far as verizon. Last time i checked they have a larger choice then most companies. right now there are over ten different model androids 4 blackberrys about 10 feature phones so my question is what store did u go to where you only saw 4 androids. Becarefull where you by your phone a lot of places claim to be corporate and are not so only carry a limited selection of phones and its usually the junk models because they would make more money selling those phones. And remember what they say about free products. You get what you pay for.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 10:04 1

6. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

"You get what you pay for" sums it up.

I am a happy T-Mobile and Verizon customer, but even I can tell the difference of which one works better and faster.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 09:48

5. xmguy101 (unregistered)

What ticks me off about these touch screen feature phones. Is they are ALL 1X phones. The LG Voyager and Dare of 2007-2008 HAD 1X AND EV-DO! VZW wants to force people to a smart phone by stripping it down to nothing. But $99 isn't nothing.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 10:05

7. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

If my job didn't require me to use a smartphone, I'd still be using an LG Versa, which is 10x the phone that this Pantech is.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 11:43

53. hjacobson (unregistered)

Pantech Hotshot does do EV-DO, only now it's called "3G".

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 10:25 2

9. zach (unregistered)

might be decent for those of us that refuse to pay absurd data plan costs every month. Let's hope the phone has good battery and build quality too... my env touch is nearly dead.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 10:46

10. vzwagent (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Jul 2010)

its a basic feature phone. it wont be hard to sell because all the kids want smartphones but parents wont pay the $30 a month data plan so they will be willing to spend the extra on the phone upfront to avoid the monthly data fees. basically anyone using a Versa, Dare, Voyager, Env 2,Env 3, Env touch or any phone similar to these would easily move to this phone

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 10:49

11. zach (unregistered)

Exactly... since I've been sitting on a $30 upgrade bonus too, it would make the price that much cheaper. Who know's they may even do the free phone (with 2 yr activation) deal currently running with the Pantech Jest 2.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 11:26

25. Prinny36 (unregistered)

I totally agree with you - I am parent who wants my child to have cell phone and she wants the "latest and greatest" without the extra expense of the data package. She doesn't need the data on her phone when she has an ipod and laptop already. So, the HotShot actually is what I am looking for.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 09:06

28. Angelwings (unregistered)

I agree, I cannot afford the data plans so basic is what I can get until Verizon decides to lower their outrageous data charges (if they ever do) but I did find this Hotshot through walmart.com for free with either a new 2yr or an upgrade 2yr!! I like free better than $100!!

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 12:12

12. Pandakilla (unregistered)

Well you remember the LG Octane was $150 so for this phone that is not a bad price...also keep in mind the 3.2 MP camera, most of the basic phones only have 1.3 or VGA which is a lot better. Can not wait to sell this one when it comes out..

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 16:45

21. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)

Octane is the best feature phone vzw has right now. Sure it's not a touch screen, but the specs are dead on with battery life and performance.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 12:33

13. Billierubin (unregistered)

Actually, people who want a touchscreen phone without paying an extra 30 to 80 dollars a month would want this phone. Not everyone wants a smartphone.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 12:42

14. rathdrum77 (Posts: 25; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)

It say Pantech on it, that's all I need to know. Run. Away. Fast.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 12:43 1

15. CAVZconsumer (unregistered)

this phone is going the right direction for a lot of us. a modern presentation without being a smartphone. Not everyone needs data 24/7. I already have it 22/7 m-f and 24/7 on the weekends. no smartphone needed. thanks Verizon!

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 16:48

22. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)

or don't wanna be traveling with a charger and chord b/c by 2pm, my juice is too low and I might wanna, dare say it...make a phone call.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:46

23. CPA (unregistered)

This phone is meant for a different market than those of you who MUST HAVE a smartphone. So don't waste your time criticizing it. I happen to be in the market that needs this type of phone. My 16 year currently has a smartphone. My husband and I will not let her drive as long as she has that thing. Before she can get her license, she has to replace it with a basic phone. We want her eyes on the road, not on the smartphone. We have been struggling to find a basic phone with a touch screen that is aesthically pleasing to her. Finally, today I found out this phone is going to be available. Just in time...my daughter has her driver's test in one week. She's not happy that the Blackberry has to go, but she's relieved that at least this model is available.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 13:55

17. Diamondlos22 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)

I work for a premium retailer of Verizon and its pure sadness to look at the selection of feature/basic phones we currently carry, Verizon is pushing people for smartphones like no other, DATA DATA DATA..ugh smdh

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 16:21

20. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)

They keep pushing, I'm just gonna tell them to go Eff themselves. I been with VZW since 03 and the phone service has been perfect. I can't afford 30 a month for data. But if my upgrade comes next year, and there's nothing. I'm out.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 15:08

18. just waiting.... (unregistered)

approx. 6 mos ago, due to financial issues, my family had to get rid of our smartphones and go back to basic phones. We sold them and then went back to our old LG VX8300 and LG enV 2 that we had sitting in a desk drawer. It saved us at least $60/mo on our bill that we just couldn't afford.

I miss my smartphone a lot, but will not be able to afford a data plan, at the rates they are now, for at least another 2 - 3 years. I am eligible for an upgrade right now, but choose to stick with my 5 yr old phone because it's better than anything else, as far as basic phones go, at Verizon right now. This might make me change my mind if they lower the price. I am not willing to pay $100 for this, but I would pay $50.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 17:01

33. thinkitsgood (unregistered)

Go find it on Amazon. Its 1 cent. Only catch is if you cancel within 181 days, you owe them $250. Its back ordered till Halloween though.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 16:20

19. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)

Not like the phone is a nokia candy bar phone with a black and white screen and free games like 'snake'

NOT EVERYONE -- wants a smart phone.

Was at a sporting event, place is clearing out, here's this fool in the line of traffic, on his smart phone. Head down, into updating his FB status with the winning team, but clueless at the world around him. Next time, that guy meets my shoulder and sees the floor.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 10:09

24. jonnybonz (unregistered)

Have you ever looked at Costco to buy a phone? They have the Pantech Hotshot for 39.99 for an upgrade and 29.99 for a new line. Much better than Verizon and you get your upgrade fee waived as well as a free car cherger, carrying case, and 2 screen covers. I definately recommend them.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 18:06

26. Matt (unregistered)

Available at what Costco? Thought the phone is being released tomorrow (online only) October 6th.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 09:10

29. Angelwings (unregistered)

Walmart.com is listing the phone as free with either a new or upgrade 2yr agreement, couldn't find it at Costco though haven't checked the store yet.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 08:54

27. DilbertE (unregistered)

It is the nicest phone Verizon has which doesn't require a data plan. At this time most cell phone users do not want a data plan and do not have data required phones. Google it. Verizon has 99% of their phones at the store require data plans, yet 60 - 70 % of users do not want it. Verizon is out of step, Straight Talk is best bet.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 18:33

30. shmartty (unregistered)

Should transmition of characters be cheaper than voice if it is all digital data already? I will not be getting any data plans until it will be just air time plans. Good by Verizon!

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 22:52

31. hhrats (unregistered)

For people who cannot afford the $30+ extra for a data plan, will appreciate this phone, rather than a 2001 looking flip phone!! think about it. not every body wants a data plan, and this one beats all of the other "basic" phones!

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 16:55

32. thinkitsgood (unregistered)

I found this on Amazon for 1 cent. A whole lot better than 100. I My husband and I don't even want data for us, much less kids. So for me, who is still using the Samsung Intensity, this is nice. For a while there were no options when you wanted to upgrade, because all the options were pretty much worse than what i was already using. At least this feels more modern. Verizon needs to keep having options available like this. We don't all want to be pushed to a smartphone.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 21:06

34. Financial Advisor (unregistered)

Actually, I'd have to say this looks like a great phone (bought one today). Verizon says 95% of their users use less than 2GB of data - I bet more than half use less than 75KB available for just $10/mo (GPS included).
Considering you are looking at spending at least $20 more PER MONTH for the a "Smart" phone including the phone of my choice - the iPhone 4 - this phone makes great sense. Good camera, good browser, good style, and in 12 months I'll have saved $240 by not NEEDING a smart phone.

posted on 08 Oct 2011, 15:50

35. SethAnders (unregistered)

Honestly, this picture is incorrect. If you go on the Verizon website, it shows in the picture and in the description that it is both 3G and 1X capable (http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/controller?&item=phoneFirst&action=viewPhoneDetail&selectedPhoneId=5715 ). Plus, it does video which only like, 3 of the other feature phones do. Also, it has a built-in 2 gig memory already installed. No other Verizon feature phone, nor many of the smart phones, have that. You also don;t have to pay $30 extra a month to run it, when you still get the same internet capabilities. In my opinion, this phone is worth the price. Especially since most smart phones are about $200 anyway. I plan to get this phone here in a couple weeks when my upgrade comes up.

posted on 08 Oct 2011, 17:46

36. qt314 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

I just ordered this with my $30 upgrade discount. It was exactly what I was looking for, so lets hope it lives up to the hype. I'm not about to nearly double my monthly phone bill for their absurd data plans, so there's not many choices in the non-smart phone category.

posted on 09 Oct 2011, 15:40

37. stucogal27 (unregistered)

right now i have the cosmos touch. it is a horrible phone. i did have the chocolate touch and loved it. i wanted this phone and i know its not a smartphone. i dont want to pay 30 dollars extra just for apps and my email on a phone. thats what an ipod touch or computer is for. the hotshot would be perfect for a teen or anyone who doesnt have the extra money for a smartphone.

posted on 09 Oct 2011, 16:29

38. Kyros (unregistered)

I think this phone is great!

I currently have a LG Chocolate touch and this phone is pretty much the same phone but better!

It has the same camera, but it is thinner and the screen is 0.2in larger and it is capacitive (glass like ipod touch not plastic(resistive) capacitive is better)

This phone has more customization features.

The only bad thing is it has a little worse battery life :( but the battery in my choc touch is going downhill anyway so that is a good thing :)

And the main thing is when I got my choc touch, I had to subscribe to verizons $10 a month for 25mb that I rarely use, and now I dont have to pay that!!!

This phone is for people that want a cool phone and dont wanna pay $30+ a month for a smartphone.

I have been waiting for a good basic phone from Verizon and this is it!!

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 18:53

39. zach (unregistered)

Anybody found nay reviews for this phone yet!? PhoneArena and most other sites are realllly slow to update reviews on feature phones these days :(

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 00:10

40. ^Trdc5dvv55 (unregistered)

As of 10/10/11, Target and radio shack are selling this phone for free with a 2-year contract

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 03:13

41. AlexC (unregistered)

Ordered this for my dad off Amazon. Was $0.01 w/ 2yr renewal. Figured at that price, this was perfect since he isn't tech savy and dosen't really use ANY of the features of a smart phone.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 08:49

42. Pat (unregistered)

You can get this phone through wireless.amazon.com for a penny if you already have a Verizon account. Some of us could care less if the phone is a "smartphine" or not. We just want a phone that we don't have to pay "through the nose" because of data plans that we don't need or want. Sometimes it's good for a cell phone to be just that - a PHONE.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 16:44

43. karabunny (unregistered)

My parents aren't willing to pay for a data plan every month so basically its between this phone or an old flip phone for me. Plus you can get it at Costco for about $40. All things considered it seems like a pretty decent deal at the moment

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 17:54

44. Killer_Point44 (unregistered)

I have this phone, I really like it. This phone works great and is really thin and the battery lasts awile depending on the use. I only got it for $28 at Samsclub and it works great for me.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 13:02

46. Emlyn (unregistered)

Got it at Costco for $30 for my 12-year old. She loves it. Makes her feel like she has a smartphone without the expense for me. So far, so good. But she's only had it for 2 days.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 14:05

47. slindsey100 (unregistered)

The problem is with the data plans. My 12 year old wants a cool phone that he can text with but I'm not willing to pay the $30/month for another data plan. I often wish I didn't have to pay for it on mine. This phone does seem to be a good middle ground for that purpose.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 14:24

48. bob (unregistered)

Shop at sams club! Way way cheaper then direct verizon stores!

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 16:59

49. Kyros (unregistered)

Can you people who own this phone put a review on youtube??

I am very interested in this phone and I do want to know most features before I buy.

I can get it on walmart wireless and target wireless for a penny so I have a purchase plan set, just want to know the features in advance.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 10:09

51. rmylunn (unregistered)

I have Verizon and I do not believe they have a great selection of basic phones. I am 39 years old and i just do not want a droid, iphone, etc I am happy with my basic enV touch that I just mostly for texting. I have 3 kids which 2 of them have phones, and honeslty I just cannot affort the data plans, I would rather use my home computer for my on line experience. I wish they would at least have more basic phones. I have always had good luck with LG phones and wanted to stick with that but there is just no LG's that I like other than the EnV touch which they have discontinued.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 11:49

54. hjacobson (unregistered)

Verizon rep called my 2009 basic unlimited data plan "ancient". I'm loath to drop it but my Samsung Rogue (OMLED screen) is about to bite the dust. The Hotshot appears to be the way to go.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 12:57

55. zach (unregistered)

For those of you looking for the smallest trace about this phone I found a short "first look" from cnet:


Hopefully There will be reviews coming out soon!

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 16:29

57. Buster (unregistered)

We have been brainwashed in America to think that paying hundreds, if not thousands of dollars per year for our cell phone service is reasonable much like we have been brainwashed to think that $3.00 per gallon for gasoline would be a good deal if it were to be found. Yes, as the 'People From Walmart' crowd subsided today at 'Occupy Wallstreet' so that their sheeple could line up to get their 4s's, many of us would like to simply make and receive calls and and on occasion, send and receive texts. This is the perfect phone for me and my family.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 16:41

58. Kyros (unregistered)


Does the hotshot have a task killer like the crux??

What I mean is there is a built in task killer in the crux and I want to know if it is in the hotshot.

All you have to do for me is go to the home screen on the hotshot and press and hold the center button (button on front with the square) and does it bring up a menu with programs you have been using?????

Please someone help me out.

posted on 16 Oct 2011, 09:51

60. Amanda2008 (unregistered)

I just got this phone for free with the upgrade for Verizon. Worse phone I have ever had. I don't need the web on my phone so my options were limited on what I could buy. When you touch the screen there is a lag time, so when you are typing in a phone number the phone misses numbers or when you text the phone misses letters. The features are not user friendly. They tried to create something new and failed. I would not recommend this phone for anyone. I am returning mine today.

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