Samsung r455c

by pbushx2 on May 2, 2012

This site is dedicated to a thorough review of the Samsung r455c. This new phone came out in early 2012 and is available for Straight Talk, Net10 and TracFone.

sch-r455cIt is the successor model to the Samsung r451c, and bears many similarities. As one of the main criteria we’ll use in evaluating this device (also known as the sch-r455c), we will focus our evaluation on whether this new phone is a worthy upgrade from the predecessor. Similarly, we’ll help you decide if you should get a brand new Samsung r455c, or if your money will be better spent buying a “refurbished” 451c at a much lower cost.

As you can see in the picture above, the model we are reviewing is a Net10 phone. However, this phone should be the same in terms of hardware whether it’s the Net10, Tracfone, or Straight Talk version. The only difference will be in how much the minutes cost and how the use of the phone affects your airtime balance.

If you are interested in this phone, please check back. Very soon we’ll be posting an intro video, and we also plan to have a complete written review ready to post within the first week of May.

We generally follow a template for our prepaid phone reviews, and this will include lots of pictures and even some videos about the phone. If there’s something specific you want to know about, please post it in the comments section below the relevant section of the review, and we’ll try to help you out.

At the same time, if you already have this phone and disagree with anything we have to say, don’t hesitate to jump in and disagree with us in the comments section. We’re open to being corrected or having someone disagree with our opinions, but please keep it civil.

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R Chang May 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm

What model battery does this phone use?

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pbushx2 May 31, 2012 at 3:10 am

The model number on the battery for the Samsung R455C is EB404465VA 1140mAh.

The Samsung website named the battery as EB404465VABSTD (1140mAh). I am assuming that the EB404465VABSTD (1140mAh) is an extended battery. But both names appear when I did a battery search on Radio Shack for the EB404465VA 1140mAh.

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Laurie May 25, 2012 at 9:06 pm

please let me know if there is a way to get the scrolling remaining service day message off the front screen. If not, this is not good: nice to be able to be discreet about having a prepaid, and I am not the only person who has complained about this little but important detail. I bought this phone after a r451, and so far I hate it. You need to buy a card and data cord before you can take any photos or do ring tones. The menu is more limited – awful now. No “list view” with numeric shortcuts option for menu – just clunky, awkward icons. The menu interface at all levels is awkward, and the menu items are far more limited. No way as well built as the r451. However, the keyboard is okay and maybe a little easier to use than the r455. Text is nice and sharp. I am returning mine and buying another r451.

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pbushx2 May 31, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Hi Laurie:
If the Samsung R455C is a Tracfone or Net10 phone you can remove the minutes and service days reminders. As you know I have never used Straight Talk. But some of the comments I have read about the Straight Talk service is that you can not remove the service days reminders from the home screen if you do not choose this option when you set your phone up.

To remove the Airtime Display(minutes and service days from the home screen).
Press Menu
Go to Prepaid press OK
Go to Airtime Display press OK
Go to 1.Balance and press OK
Select Off and press OK
You should automatically be returned to the Airtime Display menu
Go to 2.Due Date and press OK
Select Off and press OK
Press the END button and you will be returned to the home screen and the minutes balance and service end date will be removed from the home screen.

You do not have to buy a micro SD card to take pictures. You can take some pictures without a card. But you will have open the camera and choose a lower resolution than 1280×960 to take more than a few pictures. If there is no micro SD card in your phone, the pictue will automatically save to your Images file. If the picture is not automaticly saving.
Open your Camera
Press the button on the side of your phone screen that is closest to the send key,
Scroll to last icon,
Memory will be the first option on a list, press Ok,
Choose Phone and Press OK
Then exit your camera.

You can send the pictures you want to save to your email address if you do not want to buy a data cable.

If your phone will not let you save pictures or ringtones to your phone you can change your memory options.
Go to Menu
Go to My Folder
Go to Memory Status press OK
Go to Save Options press OK
Select Phone Memory press OK
Press the END button

If you receive a ringtone in a MMS message you can save the ringtone directly to your phone.
Open the MMS message that has the ringtone in it.
Press Options (right side button, next to the END button)
Scroll down to 4. Save Sound press OK
You can now rename the Ringtone if needed Press OK
The Ringtone will now be saved in your ringtones folder.

To view your Ringtones
Press Menu
Go to My Folder Press OK
Go to 1. My Ringtones press OK
Go to 2. Ringtones press OK
All of your ringtones will be listed here.

You can now set the ringtone (press the button on the left side of the phone by the Send key)
Then choose if you want to set the tone as a Ringtone, Contact ID, or Alert Tone.

There are some definate differances between the R455C and the R451C. The Samsung R455C did take some getting used to. Since the phones set up is not idential to the R451C. I think that Samsung or Tracfone could have and should have made the R455Cs set up idential to the R451C.

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Lynda Boyer June 5, 2012 at 9:41 pm

It is my understanding that this phone (Tracfone) is only available with Verizon as the carrier. My current Tracfone LG225 carrier is ATT, have never had a problem w ATT
Thanks~Lynda

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pbushx2 June 16, 2012 at 11:36 am

Lynda, you are correct. This phone will work on the Verizon network.

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Chelly June 15, 2012 at 12:20 am

Are there any free sites to download free games to this phone? I have checked several sites like getjar and mobilerated and I don’t see the R455c listed. Is it named something else?

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pbushx2 June 16, 2012 at 11:42 am

There are games available for other models that will work on this phone, but it might take some trial and error to figure out how to find them. This thread might help you out:
http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1760405-OFFICIAL-TracFone-Samsung-R455C-reviews-thoughts/page3
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Laird September 30, 2012 at 3:04 am

I bought this phone today and love it!!!

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Chris March 13, 2013 at 8:17 am

What I really want to know is how is the sound quality. Also for people who have large fingers how is it for texting? Can’t stand small QWERTY keys.

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