LG 505c now available – TracFone and Straight Talk

by pbushx2 on May 29, 2012

We have been waiting for the LG 505c a very long time – I first posted about this phone 9 months ago, back when I was still posting at wordpress.com. Now, it is finally here.

The special thing about this phone is that it is the first Verizon-based (CDMA) touch screen phone on TracFone service. It looks a lot like the LG 511c, which I reviewed here:  (I need to update that review a little bit, and I will be working on it this week.)

Thanks to The_Sweeper and “yobry1,” who pointed out to me that the LG 505c is now available from TracFone.com. The Straight Talk version is also available from their website. I have not yet heard of any of this model available in stores, and so far I have not seen the 505c on Net10’s site.

To summarize the appearance of the LG 505c, it has the touch screen covering the entire front of the phone, and then a slide-out keyboard holding a QWERTY keyboard.

LG 505c for TracFone and Straight TalkThe price at this time is $89.99, for both Straight Talk and TracFone. It’s odd that they both have the same price – usually the Straight Talk version is more expensive. It’s also odd that ST and Trac have the 505 in their lineup, but it’s not available on Net10 – yet, anyway.

I think that this model, along with the LG 511c, and of course the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim collectively are a good sign that America Movil is rolling out more desirable offerings on the CDMA side of things. But it’s been a long time coming, and there is a lot of pent-up demand among TracFone users especially. I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if this is a hot seller.

Other than the touch screen and slide-out keyboard, this phone also features a 1.2 megapixel camera (kind of weak), mp3 player, 3 home screens, and voice command.

I’ll be putting together an LG 505c review as soon as I can, and I’ll put it up at LG505c.com. I’m also currently working with the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim, and putting the finishing touches on my Samsung r455c review, so please bear with me!

For now, if you want more details on either phone, you can check out the Straight Talk or TracFone websites here:

Straight Talk


{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

tracfancier May 29, 2012 at 4:45 pm
Random June 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm

…u spelled slide wrong…(7th Paragraph)


pbushx2 July 20, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Thanks “Random,” I’ve fixed it.


pepper June 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm


Does anyone know if there is an executive resolution phone number for Net10? I know they have one for tracfone, but I am having an issue with transfering my number over from a CDMA Net10 phone to a GSM one.

Thanks so much


pbushx2 July 20, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Pepper – sorry this comment is very old, but here’s your answer. If you call the Trac Exec Res. line, and tell them you have a question about Net10, they can help you. Another good bet is to use the Facebook page for any of the three brands.


Roy August 2, 2012 at 6:07 am

This phone is not for browsing. I bought it and after experiencing just how horrible the web browsing was, I sent it back for a refund.

This phone is not a smartphone so do not be deceived by the touchscreen and its nice display.


pbushx2 August 4, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Good point, Roy, definitely not a smart phone.


Rhonda October 14, 2012 at 4:06 pm

@Roy – why do you say this phone is not for browsing?


Jim November 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Can I use a Straight Talk LG505C on the Tracfone system? Or is the Tracfone LG505C different in some way?


pbushx2 November 19, 2012 at 9:42 am

Hi Jim
Sorry for the delay. Unfortunately, to use TracFone minutes, you will need to have a TracFone version of this phone.


CrunchyCookie November 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I can’t believe the 505C is still $90 (on Amazon; I’ve never seen it in a retail store except for the Straight Talk version at Walmart, now $70). A slide-out keyboard ain’t worth an extra $60 over the 800G.
BTW the 800G’s successor, the 840G, just hit stores this month ($60 at Best Buy/Target/Walmart/RadioShack). People seem to dig it. Funny how LG doesn’t list any of these prepaid phones on their website.
Another new phone on the Tracfone scene seems to be some basic cameraless candybar called the Alcatel A382G ($30), whose main selling point seems to be big buttons. The Motorola EX431G ($40) just sprung up on Tracfone’s site; that’s new too eh? Too bad they’re both only Double Minutes For Life…


DEE DEE January 24, 2013 at 12:31 pm

My friend wants to sell me his LG505C phone so he can upgrade to something else. His phone service is Straight Talk and my service is TracFone. Both services have this phone If I buy this phone from him will I be able to use it with my TracFone service?


pbushx2 January 28, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Hi Dee Dee
Unfortunately, that won’t work. The phones are locked to the ‘brand’ that they are sold by. So a tracfone handset won’t work on Straight Talk or Net10, and vice versa.


Shawn Walkner March 27, 2015 at 7:59 pm

I have the Tracfone Version of the LG 505C. This phone will read me my texts which is a wonderful feature. Is there a way to talk to text with this phone? Or is there an app available for this feature?


pbushx2 April 3, 2015 at 9:29 am

Hi Shaun,
Which phone are you asking about?


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