Specs summary

Screen
No

The LG CU500's screen is Unknown with 176 x 220 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
1+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 1+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery. LG's performance ratings are 10.5 days standby time, 210 minutes (2G).



Reviews summary

6.9/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 72 reviews
An update to this phone known as the LG CU500v is now available. The 500v support video calling.

Reviews (6.9/10 Avg. rating)


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Amazon

One year later and I have severe buyers remorse

from Amazon
I just wanted to share my opinion of this phone with anyone who is currently looking for a phone with these type of capabilities. I'll be honest, I thought I did my homework when I first purchased the phone approx. one year ago...I read the negative reviews, but most of the reviews were positive, s... More
I just wanted to share my opinion of this phone with anyone who is currently looking for a phone with these type of capabilities. I'll be honest, I thought I did my homework when I first purchased the phone approx. one year ago...I read the negative reviews, but most of the reviews were positive, so I opted to purchase this phone. One year later...it's the negative aspects of the phone that is the most disturbing. YAY! The phone plays music...most do nowadays. YAY! The phone takes excellent pictures...I still take my digital camera with me on vacation...YAY! Internet access is wicked fast...The phone does these things very well...YAY for LG. But really...the main reason anyone purchases a phone is make and receive PHONE CALLS, not take pictures, videos, etc, etc, etc. This is where the most negative elements of the phone come up. Negative aspect #1: The ring should be one constant volume. This crescendo is driving me batty...too soft at first and too loud at the end. I'm constantly missing calls. Negative aspect #2: The speaker volume should be one constant volume during telephone calls. Each sentence starts out soft and then gains volume...what purpose does that serve? Why in the world is it necessary to have my callers repeat the first few words of each sentence? Major negative aspect #3: NO ONE EVER UNDERSTANDS ME...even if I hear my callers crystal clear. This is my only phone and I am constantly asked "Do you have another phone you can call me from?". AT&T blames it on the phone. For once I agree with AT&T, it is not the network. It is the phone. Major negative aspect #4: When my callers can hear me...they all say that it sounds like I'm breathing extremely heavy into the phone. It's embarrassing. I had a telephone interview where the girl on the other end could barely stop laughing. I tried explaining that it was just the phone, but I knew she was rolling her eyes at me. Thankfully, using the headset solves this problem. But now I have to plug in the headset for most of my calls...in addition, to running to get the phone because I didn't hear it at first (see negative aspect #1). Ya...you can say I've missed a lot of phone calls with this phone. Negative aspect #5: The phone came with Cingular advertisements all over the place. Now it's AT&T...I don't know if they changed that or not, but regardless...it's annoying. They got my money, I wish they'd stop forcing their advertisement down my throat... A year ago this phone was considered new and exciting. Now, every other phone on the planet does the SAME THING. Stay away from this phone and buy something that actually makes and receives phone calls that are clear. I'd rather have a crappy camera phone that at least allows my callers to hear me, but I have to wait until AT&T will allow me to upgrade my phone. YAY! Less
Amazon

great phone for awhile...problems now

from Amazon
I got a LG CU500 about 6 months ago from Amazon. The phone worked great and suited my needs, but it started going haywire a couple of weeks ago. For some reason, the phone would call the last person I talked to while it was closed and in my pocket. This is a flip phone and there are no buttons on... More
I got a LG CU500 about 6 months ago from Amazon. The phone worked great and suited my needs, but it started going haywire a couple of weeks ago. For some reason, the phone would call the last person I talked to while it was closed and in my pocket. This is a flip phone and there are no buttons on the side or front of the phone that allow you to place calls, so it was not a case of me accidentally pressing on one of the buttons in my pocket. I just took the phone to my local AT&T store, and they showed me that barely touching the headphone jack on the side of the phone brings up the recent calls menu and dials my last call. The people at AT&T informed me that I am not the first person they have seen with this problem and the only way I can get it fixed is for AT&T to send me a replacement phone. This has been a very annoying problem and I am glad I am getting a new phone. Less

LG Cu500

the only downside with this phone in my opinion is the original memory storage. It's not near enough for use with a typical teenager. So, I go out and buy a memory card and an adapter, (the micro sd) and it wont work. So thinking it might just be that card I go and buy another card and adapter, sti... More
the only downside with this phone in my opinion is the original memory storage. It's not near enough for use with a typical teenager. So, I go out and buy a memory card and an adapter, (the micro sd) and it wont work. So thinking it might just be that card I go and buy another card and adapter, still nothing, the card works with the adapter in the computer, but not the memory card in the phone. I try one of my friends memory card out of his samsung which has alot of songs and pics. I put it in my phone if it works in his then why not mine? Still wont work. This truely sucks. I loved this phone up untill now, now I'm just gonna buy a different phone. Less
Amazon

Great phone, adequate mp3 player!

from Amazon
In general I am very pleased with this phone. Here is my breakdown of its functions and performance. 1. I'm not a cell phone connoisseur but I'd have to say that this is the best cell phone I've ever had. I get and maintain really good connections. I live in an urban area with cell towers every... More
In general I am very pleased with this phone. Here is my breakdown of its functions and performance. 1. I'm not a cell phone connoisseur but I'd have to say that this is the best cell phone I've ever had. I get and maintain really good connections. I live in an urban area with cell towers everywhere and that may contribute to the success I've had. Still I rarely drop a call, although there are times when incoming calls fail to reach my phone. I believe the primary function of a cell phone is still to perform as a phone and this one does that just fine. Very easy to generate an address book and assign ring tones to groups and individuals. Easy to understand and operate functions (missed calls, dialed calls, and received calls). The display screen is large enough for me. The size of the phone is perfect. It fits well in the hand and is sturdy. I haven't done a lot of comparisons with other similar cell phones; I haven't needed to since this one meets all my expectations and needs as a phone. 2. The mp3 player. I purchased this phone so that I would not have to carry around an mp3 player and a cell phone. I think it performs adequately. One drawback is that the playback cannot be controlled. This phone sorts and plays the songs in its own order; I haven't been able to arrange the playback selection. This can be a bit of a put off. The next phone I get I will make sure that I can control the playback selection. The clarity of the mp3's is fine. I've found that the volume differs from headset to headset. I would suggest purchasing a headset with independent volume control. Headsets without independent volume control are rather quiet. Despite these drawbacks I still like the phone. I purchased a gig San Disc card and can load over 200 songs. Like so many others I purchased a non San Disc card and it never worked. Also, for some reason, if I turn the phone off while charging I find the phone does not recognize the disc when the charging is finished and I turn the phone on. I then have to turn the phone off and when I turn it back on the phone then recognizes the disc. I'm not sure what's causing this problem but it is annoying. One last thing, I can't separate the ring tones from my music playback. So, thanks to the inability to control the music playback, I have ring tones, including the crappy built in ring tones, popping up here and there while listening to my music. Real crappy. 3. The camera is fine. I really like the pictures this phone takes. The key of course is to hold your hand steady. I've obtained so really good pictures. I've found that by saving them to the SD card I can then transfer them to my computer of take them to a photo both and have them printed. The video is crappy. I'm sure some of this is due to inability to hold a camera phone perfectly still. Still that can't explain all of it. The images are very blurry and I doubt anyone will want to try and obtain any important video with this phone camera. 4. Now for the final category, internet, text messaging, and downloading. I've seen the video download, as a display, and it is fast with a clear picture and good sound. Of course you have to purchase a plan to cover this function and that is where the provider, in this case Cingular/AT&T gets you. If you don't purchase a plan and try to use this function your bill will increase rapidly. On the other hand if you purchase a plan that allows this function you monthly charges will greatly increase, not as much as using the function without the plan but enough to make it a turn off. I purchased a 3G phone so that I could have the next generation technology but due to the large cost associated with the technology I don't benefit from it. I have 5 users on my plan and the total basic cost for 1,400 minutes per month is around 170 dollars. Not great but not all that bad. I have two teenagers on my plan that text like fiends and so I purchased a 30 dollar a month unlimited text messaging plan. I now pay, after all fees, a little over 200 hundred dollars per month. I'm not going to pay an additional 20 to 40 dollars a month per phone, depending on the plan, for video and internet features. Call me old fashioned or just call me cheap but I have no intention of shelling out more money for services I already pay for. Once you add up the cost of my monthly cable charge, dsl internet charge, and land line phone I'm shelling out over 150 dollars for those services. Add a 200 dollar cell bill to that and I'm just over 350 per month on family communication expenses. No way in hell I'm paying for redundant services that members of my family can get elsewhere. If I want to watch the news, my kids want to watch SpongeBob SquarePants, or any of us want to surf the web than we can do it on normal cable television or on a pc. I feel like a sucker for paying over 350 dollars a month now. I'll feel like a grade "A" sucker/idiot for paying over 400 dollars for redundant services. I'll get off my soap box. As a portable phone the LG CU500 is great. As an mp3 player it performs adequately. I'm satisfied, it meets, and somewhat exceeds, the goals I was looking for when selecting a phone. Less
Amazon

junk

from Amazon
Been using this phone for about 10 months now: - The speaker is too quiet to hear without putting it up to your ear - You will get "service unavailable" often, even though you have bars, though you still get notified of new voicemails - After "service unavailable" you are taken back to the main scre... More
Been using this phone for about 10 months now: - The speaker is too quiet to hear without putting it up to your ear - You will get "service unavailable" often, even though you have bars, though you still get notified of new voicemails - After "service unavailable" you are taken back to the main screen, where you can start fishing all over - The center button takes you to the internet, where you get charged by the KB - You will be charged for internet even if you request an internet block - Cingular will sign you up for roadside assistance without your appoval - The discussion group on Cingular's site has thousands of trouble tickets - The micro sd chips aren't recognized by the phone - etc. Less
Amazon

worst phone ever

from Amazon
this phone is by far the worst phone i have ever purchased. the guy at the cingular store recomended it to me and now since iam out of the 30-day return gap, they wont switch me a new phone. the phone has horrible reception and it always drops my calls, compared to my mom's nokia from the 90's which... More
this phone is by far the worst phone i have ever purchased. the guy at the cingular store recomended it to me and now since iam out of the 30-day return gap, they wont switch me a new phone. the phone has horrible reception and it always drops my calls, compared to my mom's nokia from the 90's which has perfect reception. Less
Amazon

Only phone I do not regret buying (cu500v)

from Amazon
This phone is heavier than the razr, but is SOOO much better.... reception is comparable to my old phone which did well everywhere... sound is AWESOME... I actually feel the vibration in my pocket so I get my calls on time now.... the camera takes great pics and video.. bluetooth allows me to put ev... More
This phone is heavier than the razr, but is SOOO much better.... reception is comparable to my old phone which did well everywhere... sound is AWESOME... I actually feel the vibration in my pocket so I get my calls on time now.... the camera takes great pics and video.. bluetooth allows me to put every pic and video on my computer for storage... has customizable menu for personalized "favorites" like interface... I am SOOOO pleased... CONS: phone is so cool I feel like making calls all the time... eating up my plan minutes....OH and a couple of real things... 1. the alarms do not turn on the phone... so if phone is off... no alarm (alternative: put phone in airplane mode... no calls in or out as if you turned it off) 2. phone has to be open to use the speakerphone ( but works great... no one knows they're on speaker either...awesome sound quality Less
Amazon

LG...Great Phone!!

from Amazon
This is a Great phone no matter what some of these people say...one person says you can't assign ringtones to each person? That my friends is incorrect!! I have already assigned each person in my phone book a different ring. One person says it has an asscending ring and they couldn't hear the phone... More
This is a Great phone no matter what some of these people say...one person says you can't assign ringtones to each person? That my friends is incorrect!! I have already assigned each person in my phone book a different ring. One person says it has an asscending ring and they couldn't hear the phone ring until after a few rings? Not sure about that as when my phone rings I hear it immediately. One person says the swiveling camera moves too easily? Why is that a problem anyway? The camera lens is at the top of the phone out of the way, so no bother there. Then you have the person who says the speakerphone isn't loud? Well I had to turn mine down as it does get very loud, if you want it loud...but it is quite clear. LG is a great phone and this phone is packed with features. Life is good! Less
Yahoo

cu 500

from Yahoo
Pro: Loud music on mp3 great for the beach Con: need to buy extras to get the ful use of thi great phone Excellent phone. I washed my first one by accident. The cingular sales man sold me another phone. I returned it right away and bought another cu500. The first one that I ran through the washer is... More
Pro: Loud music on mp3 great for the beach Con: need to buy extras to get the ful use of thi great phone Excellent phone. I washed my first one by accident. The cingular sales man sold me another phone. I returned it right away and bought another cu500. The first one that I ran through the washer is dried out and works again. now I have two cu500's. The Mp3 is loud on speaker phone and when you use head phones it has excellent soun quality. If you like music this is you're phone. I have great service with it. Less
Yahoo

LG CU500

from Yahoo
Pro: A lot of Great Features! Con: Battery that comes with it doesn't hold up for long since there are so many features on the phone. I recommend buying an extended/long life battery. This is a great phone so far. I just got it and love it. The sound quality is good, reception is pretty good. I love... More
Pro: A lot of Great Features! Con: Battery that comes with it doesn't hold up for long since there are so many features on the phone. I recommend buying an extended/long life battery. This is a great phone so far. I just got it and love it. The sound quality is good, reception is pretty good. I love all the extra features it comes with. MP3 player (buttons on front of phone as well). It has the feature you can use to identify a song...just hold the phone up to the music and it will "listen" then give the name & artist as well as a chance to buy the ringtone or wallpaper. I like the nice slim design also. The camera is a swivel camera at the flip part of the phone...that's nice. Less



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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 16, 2006
Regions available
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS
Data:
EDGE, HSDPA 1.8
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory
RAM No
ROM No
GPS No
Digital compass Unknown
FlightMode Unknown
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Unknown
SAR Head: 0.73 W/kg
Languages English, French, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
210 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 10.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Flip
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA No
Material Unknown
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.7 x 5.0 x 1.9 cm
(3.8 x 2 x 0.7 in)
Weight 105 grams
(3.7 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design Unknown
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 176 x 220 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display Color LCD, 65k
Sensors
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Unknown
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch Unknown
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Unknown
Additional Display Features No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls Unknown
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity 500 entries
Multiple Numbers Per Contact 5 numbers, Email address
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type WAP 2.0
Browser Unknown
Javascript Unknown
Flash Unknown
Email Yes
Email Protocols
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, EMS, MMS, IM (AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out Unknown
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Unknown
UMA Support Unknown
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Unknown
PictBridge Unknown
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 1+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 4x digital
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Multi-shot, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats No
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, WMA
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats Unknown
Mobile TV Unknown
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Unknown
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Unknown
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Unknown
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Unknown
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Document Viewer Unknown
Weather Unknown
Stocks Unknown
Maps Unknown
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps -
Included Software / Apps No
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