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Promoted 12-16-2015 by brisar at 10:37 AM View Original Post
Amazon.com has has AT&T Nokia Lumia 635 4.5" 4G LTE GoPhone Prepaid Smartphone on sale for $26.99. Shipping is free w/ Prime or on $35+. Thanks gameking13

Specs
  • Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz
  • 8GB Internal Memory
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4.5" 854x480 IPS LCD Display
  • 5MP Rear Camera
  • 4G LTE
  • 1830mAh Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Windows 8.1 OS

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Written by brisar

This Nokia Lumia 635 phone has earned 4.3 stars overall (out of possible 5) based on 2,173 customer reviews at Amazon. - brisar

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Last Edited by Technosquid December 17, 2015 at 08:29 AM
Unlocking instructions, courtesy of drunkmonkeyboy

1. Go to https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/?#/ , check and confirm at bottom of the page.
2. On next page at Customer Type , tick the "Non-AT&T Mobility customer
" selection , fill in your IMEI , a first/last name , and a email address. ( note: John Smith works fine. I'm sure he has requested a lot of Unlock Codes laugh out loud )
3. Check your email for request confirmation and then wait. In another day or so you might get an initial email saying they are "investigating blah blah blah...".
Wait another day or so and you should receive your Unlock Code or Denied.
4. Unlock Code in hand, boot your phone (no sim installed) , click on Phone icon and click past the "no sim" error message, click on Dialer icon , type in ##7820#
5. Enter your Unlock Code and hit enter. Wait about a minute or so and you should be presented with Unlocked screen.
6. Reboot phone and get back to the Dialer and enter ##7820# to verify Unlocked status.

GSM Worldwide: Yes, this phone will work on supported GSM bands in other countries AFTER you unlock it from AT&T.
I've tested it in Singapore's telco - user TGS

Unbranding (NOTE: TRY AT YOUR OWN RISK):
Follow the instructions on this page: Windows Central [windowscentral.com]
Unbranding removes AT&T's software and reverts the phone to Microsoft's ROM.
You get updates from Microsoft instead of AT&T.
MS's rom appears to run smoother than AT&T's.

Alternate deal -- Lumia 640 @ $46.99 [amazon.com]
The MSRP of the AT&T Lumia 640 is now $59.99, and it's not the $30 & $40 Black Friday prices we've seen, but at an extra $20 over the 635, it's an upsell worth considering [gsmarena.com]. Main benefits -- Larger higher-res screen, double the system memory, higher-res camera with a larger sensor, larger battery. The Lumia 635 is also missing a few basics that the 640 has -- LED flash, front-facing camera, and ambient light sensor. Perhaps most egregiously, the 635 is missing a proximity sensor. It uses other sensors, including detecting your face touching the screen, to detect when to turn off the screen when taking a call. You can also press the power/lock button to turn off the screen when taking a call. The 640 has a proximity sensor. (Sorry to editorialize in the wiki -- I still gave this deal a thumbs-up.)

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Not really worth it imo. The Links 640 has been not much more than this a few times and it's worlds better in every way - flash on camera, better camera, front and back camera, better screen, faster, I could go on and on...
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I got this as a back up phone a long time ago for $30. Awesome little phone, only thing I wish it had was a flash on the camera. Other than that it's perfect.
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Not really worth it imo. The Links 640 has been not much more than this a few times and it's worlds better in every way - flash on camera, better camera, front and back camera, better screen, faster, I could go on and on...
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Been using one of these on Consumer Cellular for a year. Been reliable, but flash and FF camera would help (and memory and Win 10). Going to try picking up a 640 next deal time.

Hmm, just got an alert on that... $48, think I'll wait again.
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Last edited by Roveldude December 16, 2015 at 06:10 AM
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Wish this one had 1gb ram like the virgin mobile one.
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Wish this one had 1gb ram like the virgin mobile one.
640 does.
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I'd want the 1GB of RAM. It's not Android, where 512MB essentially wouldn't work, but even Windows Phone benefits from 1GB of RAM. The bigger screen of the 640 may or may not matter to you, the flash is generally useful to have (YMMV), but the extra RAM benefits all.
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I'd want the 1GB of RAM. It's not Android, where 512MB essentially wouldn't work, but even Windows Phone benefits from 1GB of RAM. The bigger screen of the 640 may or may not matter to you, the flash is generally useful to have (YMMV), but the extra RAM benefits all.
FWIW, I've not had issues with the 512 MB on the 635, but I'm not into apps (good thing, since there aren't many) and I'm pretty sure it's limited to WP 8.1. But great call quality.
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I've vacillated between the 635 and 640 and finally settled on the 635. I'm unsure whether my 635 is the 512MB or 1GB model (the 1GB model does exist). However, the size is a better fit for me (with a case, it fits completely in the back pocket of my jeans), and I can work it one-handed. The 640 has a nicer screen and better glass, but it just feels too big. The higher resolution of the 640 is also not put to very good use. My middle-aged eyes benefit from bigger displays, not resolution. The 640 takes its higher resolution and, rather than showing the same content or just a *little* more, dramatically pumps up the number of tiles on the main screen. My calendar is harder to read, and I use the mid-size tiles just to have an easier target for my thumbs. (The little tiles on the 640 are sized for my 10 year old.)

I wish the camera on the 635 were better, but the camera is something of a secondary use for me.

YMMV.
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I currently have the 640 as a desk clock at work (since the app store has nothing else to offer besides a clock that is worth anything).

Best $30 clock ever.

I run a computer repair shop, and we're pretty Google Centric. I had no idea how little Google has pushed to the M$ store. Not even a hangouts app. :\
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I currently have the 640 as a desk clock at work (since the app store has nothing else to offer besides a clock that is worth anything).

Best $30 clock ever.

I run a computer repair shop, and we're pretty Google Centric. I had no idea how little Google has pushed to the M$ store. Not even a hangouts app. :\
Google's revenge for Microsoft collecting a royalty on Android. Microsoft might get some cash from that revenue stream, but Google made damn sure Microsoft lost the OS war. Mission accomplished.
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Quote from Michael-M View Post :
I currently have the 640 as a desk clock at work (since the app store has nothing else to offer besides a clock that is worth anything).

Best $30 clock ever.

I run a computer repair shop, and we're pretty Google Centric. I had no idea how little Google has pushed to the M$ store. Not even a hangouts app. :\
I think you're coming at this from the point of view of someone who already had a good phone in their pocket, was already heavily invested in that phone's ecosystem, and bought a second phone as an impulse buy. You were basically asking how does this new phone supplement my old phone, which already does everything I want. Just recognize that's not the case for everyone. If you weren't heavily invested in Google for things like Hangouts, then you might have used Skype messaging, Facebook Messenger or Whatsapp.

I like Windows Phone, but I'm not an apologist for the app gap. There are definitely uses for this... as a basic phone (I have a few relatives who just don't like Android, for as much as I've tried to switch them) or as a dedicated media player or GPS. Kids phone, backup phone... you'd be surprised how capable it is.

Anyone who buys this should make sure to go through the unlock procedure for "non-AT&T mobility customers" just a SOP, even if you're an AT&T customer. It's posted on many of the other GoPhone threads.
I also recommend a nice glossy back shell, they come in green, blue, etc. They look much nicer than the matte black fingerprint magnet AT&T provides.
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Quote from Technosquid View Post :
I think you're coming at this from the point of view of someone who already had a good phone in their pocket, was already heavily invested in that phone's ecosystem, and bought a second phone as an impulse buy. You were basically asking how does this new phone supplement my old phone, which already does everything I want. Just recognize that's not the case for everyone. If you weren't heavily invested in Google for things like Hangouts, then you might have used Skype messaging, Facebook Messenger or Whatsapp.

I like Windows Phone, but I'm not an apologist for the app gap. There are definitely uses for this... as a basic phone (I have a few relatives who just don't like Android, for as much as I've tried to switch them) or as a dedicated media player or GPS. Kids phone, backup phone... you'd be surprised how capable it is.

Anyone who buys this should make sure to go through the unlock procedure for "non-AT&T mobility customers" just a SOP, even if you're an AT&T customer. It's posted on many of the other GoPhone threads.
I also recommend a nice glossy back shell, they come in green, blue, etc. They look much nicer than the matte black fingerprint magnet AT&T provides.
oh trust me, this thing would work perfect for a child on a basic plan. But you hit the nail on the head for why it was bought (wanted to familiarize myself with the OS in case someone needed help with theirs).
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