Messaging:

It is not considered an advanced messaging device, since it is not a smartphone and lacks a QWERTY keyboard, but does allow for simple text and pictures messages to be sent and received. Text messages can be entered by using the touchscreen or the slide-out dialpad with T9 predictive entry. Picture messages operate the same way, except that you can attach a picture stored in the phone’s memory or microSD card to send to another phone.

Unfortunately, it does not come preloaded with an instant messenger program or e-mail application. However, Alltel’s Axcess Web home page does allow you to use the WAP browser for accessing Yahoo, GMail, AOL, and Windows Live E-Mail accounts.



Connectivity and Data:

The Glimmer is a dual band all-digital device that operates on the 800MHz and 1900MHz CDMA Alltel Wireless network and is capable of roaming on the Sprint CDMA network. Non-voice data, such as Web and E-Mail, are transmitted using the 3G EVDO Rev 0 network, but will default down to the slower 1x Digital while roaming.

Bluetooth version 1.2 is supported and allows for up to 25 pairings. Supported profiles include hands free, headset, advanced audio distribution A2DP/AVRC, object push, dial up networking, file transfer, basic printing, and phone book access. When paired to our Jabra 250v and using it for calls, we were able to get up to 25 feet of static free performance, and with the Motorola HT820 and S9 we were able to get up to 30 feet of stereo music without static.

There is a built in microUSB port to allow for a PC connection, yet the cable is not provided in the retail package. With the phone set-up as USB Mass Storage and connected to a PC, you can directly access the microSD card for copying music, picture, and videos. However, this can also be done with a traditional SD memory card reader.

The Glimmer could made use of an HTML browser for the large display, as one is used on the LG Voyager, Viewty and Vu, but unfortunately comes with a standard WAP browser provided by Openwave Systems. It will connect to Alltel’s Axcess Web home page, which provides links to tones and pics, news, email, socialzone, sports, weather, and entertainment. There is also an address bar to manually enter in other WAP and HTTP sites. While in an EVDO coverage area, most WAP site will load in under 10 seconds, with HTML sites taking 30 seconds or longer (PhoneArena took 45 seconds), but they will not display and format correctly for the screen. Because of the limitations of the browser, we cannot recommend it for people who are interested in viewing normal web site while on the go. A better choice would be a phone with a full HTML browser. However, we were able to use the WAP browser without problem with the Mobile YouTube site and stream videos directly to the phone.


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13 Comments

1. aaronsytrey unregistered

i just ordered this phone yesterday...i am looking for it to be here tomorrow...i am very excited about getting it and once i get it i will post another comment to show what i think of this phone

2. unregistered

VZW is getting this phone!

3. unregistered

U.S cellular also carries it. bought it today. awesome phone! :)

4. holymadness unregistered

Can the reviewer clarify this comment: "Luckily, the Glimmer also supports the use of microSD memory cards, but only up to 4GB in size (not SDHC cards)." I was under the impression that ALL microSD cards with capacities of 4gb or larger were in High Capacity format. From Wikipedia: "As of March 2008, microSD cards are available in capacities from 64 MB to 8 GB. Sandisk is working on the 16 GB version, which is expected in late 2008. Cards 4 GB and larger are only available in the newer SDHC format."

5. holymadness unregistered

Question answered by an LG rep: "The unit will support up to 2 GB MicroSD or 4 GB MicroSDHC."

6. sCooP OR GliMMEr unregistered

Hi, my contract is up soon and I was wondering if I should get the Scoop or the Glimmer? I would really appreciate some opinions and facts! thank you

7. Guest unregistered

Glimmer for sure, the Scoop doesn't have a touchscreen and unless your a big texter and you like the keyboard on the scoop you should get the Glimmer. Other Pros include awesome music player, accurate touchscreen, and good image quality. If you get the Glimmer make sure you update your software right away. The reason for this is because it has an ascending ringer problem, it stays quite for too long. But after you update all will be well. Also, if you like taking pictures and video buy a 2 or 4 Gig card for it. You won't regret buying the Glimmer.

9. sCooP OR GliMMEr unregistered

Hi, thanks for your help, I am most deffinetly getting the Glimmer. THANKS!

12. LeeAnn unregistered

I would say the Glimmer or the Rhythm - the Scoop is THE WORST!!! I had it for 2 days and took it back because I hated it that much - and I have heard the same from a lot of people. I have the Rhythym and LOVE it and a friend loves her Glimmer. It just depends on if you want the touch screen or not. :)

8. GKB unregistered

I have a Glimmer - love it. Did the software update for the ringer and now I have a problem with my texting. Every now and then it throws random words in (possibly from previous texts) at the end of my sent text and also my signature disappears. Any suggestions?

11. bishopgk unregistered

I am having the same problem, but when I called Alltel they said they have never heard of such an issue. I just don't have the time to stand in a store for 4 hours to see if they can help me. It is a bit entertaining with the random words thrown in, but getting old. I agree it is from previous texts, too. Alltel's only suggestion was to keep the old texts deleted, but it did it again with only 4 old texts on my phone.

10. I am going to get a new phone unregistered

Hi, my contract expires soon and I was wondering if I should get the LG Voyager or the LG Glimmer. I would also like to know if there is a difference in the quality of the touch screens. I would really appreciate the opinions! Thanks!!

13. jordan weber of marshfield wis unregistered

i curently have a blackberry curbe the latest one and i hate it and i am ordering the lg glimmer later this week and i cant wait this site really help out with all the great pictures thakz sooo much jordan weber
Glimmer
  • Display 2.8" 240 x 400 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Storage 0.128 GB
  • Battery 800 mAh(3.50h talk time)

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