In GTA IV, the player starts out with a Badger phone (given to Niko Bellic by his cousin Roman during the second mission) which features a monochrome display as well as limited functionalities (listed above).During "Photo Shoot", the player is given an upgraded replacement, a Whiz wireless phone equipped with: Themes and advanced ringtones of the phone can be purchased via a website on the in-game internet.
In GTA Vice City, Tommy Vercetti retrieves a phone from Leo Teal during "Back Alley Brawl", allowing him to receive calls from in-game characters about missions or other topics.
If the player pulls out the phone while passing through a tollbooth, the toll can be payed without stopping the car completely, as long the player slows down the speed of the vehicle.
In the PS3 version, an additional option is available in the phone.
Johnny and Luis each have a unique theme for their phones; as Johnny's phone assumes a more hardy appearance with a black leather case and has a unique "Lost MC" theme featuring The Lost Motorcycle Club's emblem, while Luis Fernando Lopez' phone appears to be more luxurious and modernised than Niko and Johnny's phones and is round, similar to Johnny's, has a glowing blue keypad and a unique "Club" theme.
As an exclusive feature in The Ballad of Gay Tony, the player can replay any of his accomplished missions via his phone in order to be able to get a better score on them.