If you read the title, yes believe it or not. Inside of this box is a smartphone that cost me only five dollars now. Five dollars is kind of a running theme here on this channel, because for whatever reason, it seems that i’m i’ve been able to find all sorts of items, tech related items for five dollars – i’m sure you all know about the five dollar windows: 98 pc that’s. Probably my most famous find i’ve done so many videos on that thing on this channel, but i don’t mention a whole lot. The original five dollar pc, which was a dell optiplex, i’m, not 100, sure the model number at the moment, but that was actually the original five dollar pc and we also have the five dollar packard bell. But now we’ve got the five dollar smartphone, but, unlike all those other things that i’ve found at like thrift stores and stuff, this is something that you can buy right now, if you, by the end of this video or at any way interested in this i’ll, have The link down below to the page over on tracfone’s website. Yes, this is a tracfone phone and you can purchase this thing for five dollars. Now that you’re not gon na pay just five dollars. The phone itself costs five dollars, but they make you get a service plan uh with it. The minimum service plan you can get for this thing is fifteen dollars. I’Ve talked about tracfone in an earlier video, and that was on this alcatel.
My flip 2 right here. This right here cost me 20 and i did a little video about a month or so ago. Maybe two months ago now called youtube on a 20 flip phone where i had purchased this thing and i found out that it ran uh kaios, which is an operating system that has kind of like an app store and it lets you get a few applications and One of those was youtube now i originally in that video called this a smartphone, but that actually isn’t true this isn’t, really a smartphone kaios, officially calls the devices that their os runs on smart feature, phones, so they’re kind of like a hybrid between a feature phone And a smartphone it’s kind of like an intermediary uh tier. So this is not a full fledged smartphone. This smartphone is – and it runs android 8.1 android oreo, which came out in 2017, so it’s, not the most recent version of android by any means, but it’s still pretty cool that you can get a fully fledged smartphone for five bucks. But, like i said, you have to buy a minimum 15 service plan and that service plan includes 30 days of service 500 minutes 500 texts and 500 megabytes of data, which is not really that great, but that’s just the way that like tracfone operates. They are a prepaid carrier, so you’re not you know in like a contract with them, but yeah. I ended up paying around twenty dollars for everything in this box.
Here the phone and the uh service plan for 30 days, as well as the the shipping to get it here now. What is this phone? You might be asking well it’s a tcl a1, now alcatel, which is in the manufacture. This phone right here is actually a brand that it’s not owned by tcl but it’s licensed to them. So i believe this phone was actually manufactured by tcl and this phone cost me 20 dollars so it’s kind of crazy. To think that the phone in here was actually cheaper than this flip phone over here, that is not a smartphone. The big caveat is this: is a reconditioned device, though it apparently comes with a 90 day limited warranty, but when i saw this on tracfone’s website, i thought it’d be interesting to do as kind of a follow up to this one and just kind of see uh. If it’s worth it at all, this might be total crap. I don’t know uh but that’s what we’re gon na be discovering today – and i should highly emphasize like this – is not sponsored in any way i’m not paid by tracfone at all. I purchased this uh just to do this little overview and kind of first impressions, video here, so you know it doesn’t come in a really fancy box or anything. It just comes in this boring white cardboard box. With this sticker on the front and you’ve got your documentation here, what’s interesting is even though i i got that 15 service plan there’s, not a card in the box like you, would buy at the store, so my guess is they’ve either forgotten.
To put it in here, which i actually saw some people complaining about that on the reviews page on tracfone’s website, so yeah i might have to get in contact with them. I don’t know – or it might be like already tied to the sim card in here, but on the back of this is the imei number and the sim card number. I believe which i’m not going to show you, and you know obviously – and this right here – tells you to activate go to tracfone.com. If you purchase a tracfone service plan with your device or okay, we add it automatically there you go so that answers that question and so yeah. This is the phone itself. You also have a battery here: tcl tlio21g1, lithium ion battery super great name there, and this looks like your usb cable let’s see what this uses. I wonder if it uses usbc highly doubt it um. It uses yeah micro usb. So there you go and you’ve got your power, brick or wall wart. Here, oh yeah, it says alcatel on it check that out. So there you go yeah, like i said, alcatel is uh. The brand is licensed to tcl now spec wise i’m. Sure you all are wondering what the specifications are of this phone. Uh it’s got a 1.1 gigahertz quad core processor, 2 gigabytes of ram, a five inch screen, a five megapixel camera on the back and a two megapixel camera on the front, and it has a 16 gigabytes of internal storage, though it does have a micro sd card Slot uh, so you can expand the storage if you want to which is certainly uh pretty nice.
Now, according to the amazon page uh for this phone, it says that it is a locked device, so it’s locked to the tracfone network, and this is what it says. It says customer must have had their locked device activated on tracfone service for no fewer than 12 months, redeemed airtime cards in no fewer than 12 months and have not had their telephone number recycled or ported. Now the tracfone website doesn’t say anything about this, but if that’s true, it means you’re not going to be able to pop like a verizon sim card. Assuming this is cdma, which i believe it is you’re not going to be able to put a verizon sim card into this phone and use it. You know with like your existing verizon service right with your existing service plan. Now, i’ve done this, though i don’t know if you can do that with. I know that cdma lte phones require sim cards, but non lte phones like a 3g cdma phone does not and the you know it’s not as easy to swap phones right because with gsm you can just pop your sim card out and put it into another phone. Uh and i’ve done that before when i had to get my iphone service, this was like a few years ago. Um i had to uh send in my iphone 6s. There was like a recall, i believe it was with the battery and i didn’t live near an apple store at the time at least i wasn’t that close to one, so i just opted to ship it to apple.
They fixed it or they just actually sent me a brand new iphone 6s, but i had to wait, i think i was like a week or so without a cell phone, so i ended up going and purchasing a prepaid phone, and i just put my sim card Into it, and we were good to go but, like i said if that amazon page is correct, you won’t be able to do that with this, but you can still use this. Even if you don’t want to use this as a phone. I think this would be pretty cool, and this was something i mentioned in the last video that you could use this, because this you can connect to wi fi that’s, how i was able to like to browse youtube on it right. You could just connect this to wi fi and use it kind of like an ipod touch or like a tablet, and you could absolutely do that with this, and since this is a real smartphone that runs android uh, it doesn’t look like there’s a charge on the Battery here, because i’m, trying to power it on, though, is this the power button. This might be the power button here. Yeah there we go so i went ahead and connected the device to my wi fi network, and i chose to not sign in with my google account, because i just don’t really feel like doing that. Right now and google wants to, of course know all this stuff about me.
Do you want to you turn on location services? Do you want to send diagnostic and usage data? No thanks. Uh, install updates and apps okay, great, accept and anything else, we’re just going to say no thanks now it’s going to add finishing touches now so far. I can say that the screen is definitely not the greatest. This is a wvga display, which means the resolution is not going to be anything super impressive, but yeah you’ve got google duo. The play store. You’Ve got your google apps folder, so we can go into youtube here’s. One of the main things that i want to do is just go into youtube and you know try to watch one of my videos. We’Ll see how how great it sounds and displays what is going on. It should be on the network there’s, a problem with the network. Okay, let’s go into let’s, go into settings here, or at least let’s try to find settings. Oh, it comes with facebook installed. What let’s see what else that comes? It come with any like bloatware one weather, wi, fi utility. Why do you have settings in tools and then it’s? Also here on the screen? Okay, let’s let’s try to go to the browser. Here we got chrome. No thanks. Acceptance continue new thanks. No thanks! Yeah there. It works. I don’t know what i don’t know. What youtube’s doing here, it’s kind of weird, maybe try to search for something update.
Okay, we probably have to update it play protect. I don’t know why it opened up play protect. I just want you to go to the oh, but i’m gon na have to sign. Oh gosh, google. Why do you make me do this? I really don’t want to sign in on this thing. But, okay, oh, what is this a downloaded games hub, it’s, downloading things? Now without me doing anything, okay update but yeah so far like when i was signing in uh when i was trying. First of all, i had to sign in twice because it didn’t work the first time but the phone’s not super responsive. I mean it took a good couple of seconds when i tapped on the text box on the sign in page to like enter the email address. It took a good couple seconds for the keyboard to pop up uh, so yeah you’re gon na probably see that like. Actually, i could probably do it right now. Let’S hit on search here, like you, see that’s a that’s, a decent amount of time now granted. It is downloading youtube right now in the background, but uh still so we’ll we’ll press the home button here and get out of that. So youtube is downloading. Okay down it just downloaded pandora. Now. What is it? I guess it’s like just downloading stuff from the play store yeah while we’re in here. Why don’t we try to download uh an an app.
My latest video, as of me, recording this, which is the pck stickers episode, so we’ll load that up it took a little while to uh. Oh my gosh. What is this? Okay? You got it um, okay, so you can pinch and zoom to fill scree. Did you see, did it even load the entire message? What quality is this playing back in 240p? Oh isn’t, that beautiful okay let’s set this to 4k? Oh, you can’t even do 4k on here 1080p. Oh yeah check that out. Oh, this is terrible. Oh my gosh! That lag is awful now again this just to refresh your memory on the specs. This has two gigs of ram and a 1.1 gigahertz, so it’s a quad core processor, but it’s only got two gigs of ram yeah let’s, see let’s, see if we bump it down to 720 uh, see how now granted, i don’t think you’d be watching 1080p on Your phone like this, so here’s that’s, still uh that’s, still kind of laggy, certainly not as laggy as 1080p, so let’s do 480p. Okay, so 480p seems to be pretty smooth and just for the sound quality. Let me bring the microphone or not the. Let me bring this phone speaker up to the microphone and because these are stickers they are just sent through. You know: regular mail they’re just sent an envelope there’s. No, that would be this right here. This is your speaker, oh and by the way, for those wondering about that y2k38 sticker.
This guy is correct here. The seller of these stickers on ebay got in contact with me and he said that he purposely made the best buy logo on the y2k38 sticker. Look more futuristic, uh, so yeah there you go but yeah. So you know you can browse youtube. You can go into uh. Go to my channel here. Yeah i mean okay scrolling i mean you can see like it starts out pretty smooth, but then like as i’m scrolling down here, you can see yeah it’s, definitely uh, you know having trouble keeping up there. Is it installed? Oh my another solitaire app. What is with this, it always wants to auto start in the background. It wants to send notifications, no okay. This is try peaks in order to play. You have to agree to our terms of service i’m over 18, and i agree to these terms. Sorry, if you’re under 18, you can’t play solitaire: oh yeah, isn’t that beautiful, oh, my gosh, you would think they would want to include a game that can actually play decently on the phone well tap card i’m tapping the two and yeah it’s. Just you know it’s just like standard tri peaks, but with a very it’s just it’s, pretty laggy i’m, not gon na lie. Okay, so oh my gosh, i mean like seriously look at this it’s like there’s way too many animations. For this thing i mean seriously. Okay, no! No! I want that one.
No! I want that one i want the queen. No, i want the jack queen. Okay, ten see, if i can do this around here, ten come on i’m tapping it like three times. Oh my gosh, okay, we got three. Oh, i could have done the jack dang it yeah i’m, just it’s, just a j like you’re used to seeing the i know. I see the four okay you don’t have anything else: um nope, uh, eight, seven, six, seven, no, seven, eight, nine ten jack! That was a good one. Two ace king ace king, queen, okay, come on. We got a five or i mean a four or two is what we need perfect there. We go incredible, so i mean you can like play it it’s way too laggy, though so anything else, anything else that stands out to me. Um honestly, like aside from these i mean it only comes with what you got. I mean games and more, i believe, is a standard android thing: nope it’s, not an android thing, digital turbine usa incorporated so we can go through here and uninstall everything i’m, not going to use any of those apps and i can’t believe they include a solitaire game That is, it lags on the phone i mean it’s, probably just like a you know like a blanket thing like they have a set number of apps that they include on all like tcl, slash, alcatel, android phones but it’s, just kind of hilarious that it happens to Be a solitaire app that you literally like i mean you can use it.
You saw. I was able to play it, but okay, so no you’ve got toon blast, but yeah. So you’ve got more than a few bloatware applications in here, but you’re just gon na have to go through in settings and uninstall them. Yeah. Aside from that, you’ve got standard. Google stuff you’ve got, you know a couple track phone applications, my sites, that is a tracfone thing. I mean yeah guys there you have it that’s. Just a very i mean yeah very, very brief overview. Uh yeah, not really a full review, but just uh. You know a little overview of this thing honestly, like you, can’t expect this to be like a flagship smartphone at all, it’s, certainly not going to be but yeah there. You have it guys. That is a brief overview. Slash first look first impressions at the tcl a1. Five dollar smartphone that you can purchase from tracfone, at least as the time that i’m recording this video don’t know how long i i think this is like a i mean, it’s written on the website like it’s a temporary uh deal, so this may end up just Going back to the regular price of i i think, tracfone says it’s regularly like 20 or 30 dollars, but so i don’t know if you’re interested at all, like i said, i’ll have the the link down below but that’s gon na wrap it up for me today.