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Good For The Money


Sep 12, 2005 by Lena

When signing up for the Verizon Family Plan with four lines, we had to pick a phone that would be adequate for our needs and not pay a lot for bells and whistles that we didn't need. A review of the reviews, prices and specs made the KX1 stand out. Not on any "special" at the time we signed up, we felt it was sufficiently better than the freebies to be worth $40.

Having used these four phones for two months, we are generally pleases with them. We like the aesthetics; the size is nice for the pocket, purse of belt. The external display (b&w) is convenient; the buttons are big enough and the tactile feel is fine.

We use this phone strictly for calling; no text messaging, no "Get It Now", no mobile web. It works great, sounds good, fairly intuitive to use. We really like the frequent call list, where those we call most often migrate to the top of the "phonebook" for easy dialing.

We frequently use the phone in an "extended area" where the signal is only two or three bars. This seems to drain the battery rapidly, and it must be charged every night.

IMHO, the PROs are:
size and weight
external display
no extendable antenna (would prefer a patch)
Frequent call list

The CONs are:
short battery life in "extended area"
hard to read display in sunlight
limited selection of ringtones

I wish this phone had a feature to save short text (notes) easily. Trying to save notes as text message drafts is cumbersome. I find the calendar (scheduler) not worth the effort to use.

But as a phone, for calling and receiving calls, fetching voicemail, etc., the Kyocera KX1 is a good deal for the money. None of the four of us have had any problems with our phones.

Ok Phone


Aug 14, 2006 by crews0192

this is my 3rd phone like this
external caller id

turns off sometimes when sending text messages.
cant go to outbox
sticky keys
cant send text unless their one of my contacts



Apr 22, 2005 by porkchopf150

I got this phone the first day verizon came out with it. The four days i had it, it never dropped a call, and functioned well most of the time. The software did lock up on me three times,haveing to remove the battery to reset the phone. Other than the lock ups, I was pretty satisfied with it overall. I ended up takeing the phone back,tradeing it for a lg vx 8000. This would be a perfect phone for a teenager or someone starting out with cell phones or wants something basic in a color phone.

Good Reception.
Good sounding speaker phone.
Felt Sturdy.
Nice color.
Reasonabley priced.

Battery life was fair, seen better.
No pull out antenna,Just a stub.
No belt clip provided with phone.

P.o.s. ththe tenth degree.


Oct 11, 2006 by chocolateman85006

I had to take this phone back 6 times. Wtf?! Should a person have to go through all of that?

It was in color

It was under Alltel's service
No camera
Crappy reception
Can't charge and talk at the same time (That's a Kyocera thing)

The phone got me to where I am now; but man, was it crappy!

SOHO is a decent phone


Jan 18, 2006 by gmoney44

SOHO is So So. I like the menus, changeable faceplates. The phone is tough I have a tendency to be rough on phones, due to my usage and activities. Has withstood a lot.

I don't like the reception I have gotten on the phone the 2325 was much better. Not for certain if the reception is me or alltel.

Pretty good phone, but from what I have seen with others phones if you have alltel you might want to get a nokia or motorola in a flip.



Jun 27, 2005 by ereview

KX1v SoHo has a feature set of a solid compact basic tri mode phone, but when I started using it, I realized that the sound quality on this one was the worst I've ever heard.

The phone is made in Mexico by former Qualcomm Wireless division acquired by Kyocera.

I am using cell phones for many years and I had quite a few of them (including Qualcomm phones) and the Kyocera's sound quality is the worst I've ever experienced.

While people can hear me, they often complain that my voice sounds like it's coming out of a tunnel. .
On my end I can barely recognize my friends' voices, they sound as if they were coming out of a tin can and often get chopped and garbled. And all this when the phone shows excellent signal strength.

It's not a defective phone, I've got four KX1v SoHo phones for my family plan. The phones are used in different cities and all of them have the same problem or should I say a design flaw.

It's not the phone's speaker problem either since the sound quality doesn't improve when I am using a pretty high end headset with it.
I also compared the phone with my coworker's LG VX6100 and the LG sounded much better and was not chopping words like Kyocera did.

While the phone looks small, it's pretty thick which makes it quite difficult to keep in your pocket, also its antenna sticks far out and is likely to get caught in something and break. It's pretty narrow and it can probably explain it's tiny navigation buttons.

I think it's pointless to discuss the phones extra features when it cannot perform basic operation the phones are made for, but I'll give it one star for the tip calculator.
I am sending this junk back.

Kyocera not what expected


Jan 3, 2006 by muzika0905

I work for a wireless company and have learned and used most of the phones. The Kyocera SoHo has had several problems and have been returned many times due to bad reception that the phone carries.



Sep 28, 2005 by cpcdara

i work for a indirect cell phone company and i got my phone through alltel and i have not had any problems with it at all the signal is great no matter where i am i have not had any dead spots yet. it is a great phone.

Nice Phone


Jul 21, 2005 by Makaveli258

I use to have this phone before I got my Motorola E815

Nice and small phone
Nice color lcd screen (inside)
User-friendly interface

Had it for a week so didn't notice any

Over all ver nice phone!

good phone


Jun 21, 2005 by johnathan757

nice free alltel phone nice speaker external caller i.d. unique

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