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Pantech Link Review

Pantech Link

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Pantech Link Review
On our end, we noticed some serious static issues that was noticeable even in complete dead silence – it just made comprehending our callers difficult. Our callers said that we sounded slightly better and more audible, but there was still the occasional background noise. When using the speaker phone, it made voices sound hollow and without much power behind it even when setting it to the loudest level. One truly neat feature is the ability to record calls – you can simply press the icon and it'll record your conversation until you press stop.

During our testing, the Link held up well in retaining signal strength with solid bars at any given time in the greater Philadelphia area. The Link was not plagued by any service issues or dropped calls.

We seriously dished out some work for the Link as we had the brightness level set to the highest and constantly made use of it. Combining heavy text messaging and internet surfing, we were able to get a full day before having to charge it – still, we were hoping to get more out of it. Pantech has the phone rated for 3 hours of talk and 240 hours of standby time.


We're still wondering what Pantech's thinking was with the Link – it sort of reminds us of how it “links” traditional basic phone owners to the sophisticated designs of smartphones. From afar, it clearly entices anyone with its streamlined look that finds itself in the same category of some smartphones. Moreover, the Pantech Link easily shows how it quickly establishes itself as being a well-balanced phone that will suffice to the needs of many individuals out there. The elegant design of the Pantech Link P7040 makes it one of the best looking QWERTY handsets available that won't break the bank and doesn't skimp out on the features to match its sleek exterior. Needless to say there are a handful of QWERTY alternatives on AT&T's lineup that will suffice if the Link isn't to your liking – the Pantech Impact P7000, Samsung Strive, and LG Neon.

Pantech Impact P7000
Pantech Impact P7000
Samsung Strive
Samsung Strive
Samsung Shark S5350 ????
LG Neon

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  • Sleek & quality design
  • Light weight
  • Ability to record calls


  • Weak battery life
  • Static sound in phone calls
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

ok, again, we have plenty of these types of model phones on AT&T's network....where are the phones that can rival IPHONE?? oh, nevermind, STEVE JOBS forbids it.....I wonder with all of that extra cash if he will buy AT&T.

posted on 12 Nov 2010, 07:48

2. oni_brandon (unregistered)

This is absolutly the WORST phone I have ever owned! DO NOT BUY!! It freezes constantly. It has a low text memory. you have to empty your Inbox almost everyday or it freezes up. And even in the process of emptying it may still freeze and you have to removed the battery. The internet rarely ever works. I'm sitting at home with all my bars and 3G and still won't connect to the internet. Save your money for a phone that works like it should.

posted on 15 Nov 2010, 00:31

3. Mongo (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Nov 2010)

How weird that oni_brandon posts the exact same comment on all the Internet reviews for the Pantech Link. Word-for-word. It's like he cut-and-pasted this comment, as if he's got some sort of interest in spreading negative rumors... Almost like he's getting paid to do it or something.

It's really odd considering that most pro reviews give the Pantech Link good marks, and say nothing about the issues oni_brandon mentions in his copypaste comment.

posted on 15 May 2011, 19:43

4. washPA (unregistered)

I picked this phone for two reasons: 1) I liked that the keyboard had raised keys (vs. the sliding phones that had flat keys) and 2) I liked that the messaging showed up conversation style. Unfortunately, I will be returning this phone two days after getting it because it is no good for texting, my primary purpose for having a phone. It held very few texts (less than 100 for me) and the messaging feature froze when the inbox was full. Definitely not ideal if you're someone who texts a lot.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 06:41

6. cautourathync (unregistered)

Hey there

posted on 24 Sep 2011, 20:26

7. Kate (unregistered)

ONI_Brian is right. We have this phone and it does exactly what he says. I can't even find this phone on the Pantech site. Terrible waste of money. Wish I could return it

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 17:52

8. Real User (unregistered)

I have this phone, and love it. I researched a LOT of phones as I wanted a capable feature phone that could work like a smartphone, but without the smartphone charges. This is it - it is an improvement over my Blackberry.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 16:16

9. Josh (unregistered)

Is true... it fils ups with text messages quick and it freezes constantly. Don't buy this phone

posted on 15 May 2012, 09:21

10. david-webb (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 May 2012)

i agree, this is an okay phone, except for the freezing part. It drives me crazy, for me it has a capacity of 30 text messages, and whenever i use the "auto-delete" function, all it does is freezing. Constantly having a frozen phone, actually everything works fine, except acessing the text messages, is really frustrating. Only solution i found so far was taking out the battery, restarting the phone or deleting the text messages by hand (which isnt possible until you use one of the two methods for restarting the phone).

maybe using an SD card for increasing the storage capacity for text messages could fix the problem, but that would just be a temporary fix until the storage is full. Postponing the problem, but not fixing it.

i am not sure if i can return it, but i considered it more than once

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 22:46

11. fenmar (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)

I see alot of people talking about low memory for texting, The internal memory for this phone is only 80 mb, you can put a micro SD up to 32 gigs into this phone. problem solved...................

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 10:26

12. VioletV (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)

I have owned this phone for over 2 and a half years. It worked great at first, never froze. I didn't have a problem. Then just a bit ago, maybe 6-7 months ago, it started having problems. Starting with CALLING people. By itself. I can leave the text message page up, and it will call whoever I was texting. If I didn't have the text message page up, it call whoever called me last. To make sure I wasn't calling people myself, I left my phone at home. It still did it. Even before that, the sound didn't work. I'd get a text message, it wouldn't sound. It wouldn't even vibrate. I'd get a call, it won't sound. It would sometimes, but usually doesn't. Then , just a week or two ago, it started shutting down by itself. Having a full charge battery, I was surprised. I couldn't even turn it back on without putting it on the charger. Maybe my battery died, I thought. Oh, but no. It was just the phone being stupid again. "Fully Charged".

I know someone who has the upgrade of this phone. A nice touch screen with a sliding out keyboard. I thought I should just upgrade my phone and the problems could go away. I had asked my friend how the phone was working, she had just gotten it that day, not even 2 hours ago. She had said she programmed her contacts, and started texting her friends. The first problem was her not receiving text messages instantly. We can send a text at 8:30 and she won't get it until 9:00. She checked her phone settings, everything was right. It was the phone being stupid. Then it started calling people. Same way mine does, and the way her old phone (downgrade of this pantech) did. But this one had a new feature! Texting people by itself! She can leave a text message page open and that person gets a text from the "quick reply's". And if it doesn't have a text page open, it will just send it to whoever it wants too. Even a random number, that she has never used.

So basically what I'm saying is, the phone is good for about a year. Only buy it if you are looking for a short term phone. And don't get a upgrade pantech version. I wouldn't even get the phone version below this.

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Display2.4 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size4.54 x 2.40 x 0.39 inches
(115.2 x 60.9 x 9.9 mm )
3.21 oz  (91 g)
Battery930 mAh, 3 hours talk time

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