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etphonehome 01-07-2013 05:33 PM

Samsung Galaxy S2 Virgin Mobile $279.99
 
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Radio Shack has the Galaxy S2 for Virgin Mobile on sale for $279.99 with FS


http://www.radioshack.com/product...gin+Mobile

michi098 01-07-2013 05:57 PM

Anyone have experience with an SII ? We hear all these great things about the SIII, but I have never heard much about the SII. I have an HTC Evo 4G and am pretty happy with it... Worth the switch?

Aballer99 01-07-2013 06:00 PM

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Originally Posted by michi098 (Post 56694358)
Anyone have experience with an SII ? We hear all these great things about the SIII, but I have never heard much about the SII. I have an HTC Evo 4G and am pretty happy with it... Worth the switch?

I have an at&t s2 it's a well built device great screen fast CPU and at 269 a great deal

etphonehome 01-07-2013 06:01 PM

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Originally Posted by michi098 (Post 56694358)
Anyone have experience with an SII ? We hear all these great things about the SIII, but I have never heard much about the SII. I have an HTC Evo 4G and am pretty happy with it... Worth the switch?

No personal experience, but this phone is much more powerful than the Evo. Plus it uses actual 4g not Wimax. Rumor has it that VM might switch to Sprint's 4g network (much faster than wimax). This is the cheapest I've seen the S2 to this point.

tekoakid 01-07-2013 06:05 PM

Can this be unlocked and used on T-mobile? Does it use a SIM card?

SDRebel 01-07-2013 06:06 PM

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Originally Posted by tekoakid (Post 56694564)
Can this be unlocked and used on T-mobile? Does it use a SIM card?

No...

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Originally Posted by etphonehome (Post 56694466)
No personal experience, but this phone is much more powerful than the Evo. Plus it uses actual 4g not Wimax. Rumor has it that VM might switch to Sprint's 4g network (much faster than wimax). This is the cheapest I've seen the S2 to this point.

This phone will only get wimax and not lte.

SDRebel 01-07-2013 06:09 PM

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Originally Posted by michi098 (Post 56694358)
Anyone have experience with an SII ? We hear all these great things about the SIII, but I have never heard much about the SII. I have an HTC Evo 4G and am pretty happy with it... Worth the switch?

I'd say not worth it. Look for a sprint S3 for around 300 on CL

etphonehome 01-07-2013 06:09 PM

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Originally Posted by tekoakid (Post 56694564)
Can this be unlocked and used on T-mobile? Does it use a SIM card?

No and No.

kris259 01-07-2013 06:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by michi098 (Post 56694358)
Anyone have experience with an SII ? We hear all these great things about the SIII, but I have never heard much about the SII. I have an HTC Evo 4G and am pretty happy with it... Worth the switch?

the s2 is alright... battery life is its biggest problem...but if you can remember to charge it while you drive then you should be ok...or make sure its on the charger some while you are at work...

my GF went through 4 S2's... each one had a different problem... she gave up and got the note 2

if you are mostly happy with the evo 4g, then I would stick with it and maybe upgrade to the s3 down the road when its super super cheap... bc that would be an upgrade worth while since the s3 is a much improved/polished product vs the s2, evo

etphonehome 01-07-2013 06:12 PM

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Originally Posted by SDRebel (Post 56694642)
I'd say not worth it. Look for a sprint S3 for around 300 on CL

No doubt that the S3 is a much better phone. However, the monthly bill that comes along with it is nowhere near the price of Virgin Mobile's prepaid offerings.

SDRebel 01-07-2013 06:20 PM

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Originally Posted by etphonehome (Post 56694740)
No doubt that the S3 is a much better phone. However, the monthly bill that comes along with it is nowhere near the price of Virgin Mobile's prepaid offerings.

Use it on virgin mobile

etphonehome 01-07-2013 06:20 PM

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Originally Posted by SDRebel (Post 56694932)
Use it on virgin mobile

You cant.

SDRebel 01-07-2013 06:22 PM

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Originally Posted by etphonehome (Post 56694944)
You cant.

Why not? Lte no (not yet anyway) but should be OK on 3g

DrRad 01-07-2013 06:34 PM

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Originally Posted by tekoakid (Post 56694564)
Can this be unlocked and used on T-mobile? Does it use a SIM card?

Walmart has the SII for $299 (off contract) for T-mobile if you are looking for this phone.

DrRad 01-07-2013 06:36 PM

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Originally Posted by SDRebel (Post 56694642)
I'd say not worth it. Look for a sprint S3 for around 300 on CL

The S3 retails for $700, if you find it for $300 its stolen, fake, or a scam.

drozek 01-07-2013 06:54 PM

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Originally Posted by DrRad (Post 56695320)
The S3 retails for $700, if you find it for $300 its stolen, fake, or a scam.

I bought a verizon s3 on CL last night for $275

gabe23111 01-07-2013 07:11 PM

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Originally Posted by drozek (Post 56695778)
I bought a verizon s3 on CL last night for $275

A little off topic, but... when buying off CL how do you make sure it has a clean ESN? Do you have to meet the seller by a Verizon store?

TIA

drozek 01-07-2013 07:20 PM

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Originally Posted by gabe23111 (Post 56696252)
A little off topic, but... when buying off CL how do you make sure it has a clean ESN? Do you have to meet the seller by a Verizon store?

TIA

Yep I met the person in store to make sure everything was clean.

edplayer 01-07-2013 07:22 PM

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Originally Posted by gabe23111 (Post 56696252)
A little off topic, but... when buying off CL how do you make sure it has a clean ESN? Do you have to meet the seller by a Verizon store?

TIA


I don't think you can. Even if you meet someone at a Verizon store, what are you going to do if the ESN goes bad later?

Slickster79 01-07-2013 07:56 PM

How's the service/speed like on VM these days..it used to be anemic at best. I gave up and got an iPhone through ST last April.

Skuzzlebutt 01-07-2013 08:08 PM

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Originally Posted by SDRebel (Post 56694986)
Why not? Lte no (not yet anyway) but should be OK on 3g

You can not use any phone on Virgin. Only a phone bought from Virgin.

C.H. 01-07-2013 08:11 PM

can you get some accessories to make it work on att/tmobile?

Superorb 01-07-2013 08:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by michi098 (Post 56694358)
Anyone have experience with an SII ? We hear all these great things about the SIII, but I have never heard much about the SII. I have an HTC Evo 4G and am pretty happy with it... Worth the switch?

The Evo V 4G was once Sprint's flagship phone. It's still a dual core phone with a big screen and plenty of aftermarket support. The SII is pretty similar, so you wouldn't be gaining anything by spending ~$300 on an SII. You can OC the Evo V (Evo 3D) to be faster than a stock SIII if you so desired.

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Originally Posted by C.H. (Post 56697618)
can you get some accessories to make it work on att/tmobile?

No...

michi098 01-07-2013 08:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Superorb (Post 56697758)
The Evo V 4G was once Sprint's flagship phone. It's still a dual core phone with a big screen and plenty of aftermarket support. The SII is pretty similar, so you wouldn't be gaining anything by spending ~$300 on an SII. You can OC the Evo V (Evo 3D) to be faster than a stock SIII if you so desired.


No...

Thank you everyone for your replies! I think I will wait until VM gets a SIII or something similar.

After the last update, my VM Evo 4G has amazing reception, no more SMS errors and impressively fast 4G data. I'm in the outskirts of a big city, but travel a lot and it works well everywhere, including NYC. I also use a extended battery with it and get about two days of fairly extensive use with it.

drozek 01-07-2013 09:16 PM

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Originally Posted by edplayer (Post 56696478)
I don't think you can. Even if you meet someone at a Verizon store, what are you going to do if the ESN goes bad later?

I would blame the Verizon store rep. They verified the ESN they would be held responsible

edplayer 01-07-2013 09:35 PM

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Originally Posted by drozek (Post 56698996)
I would blame the Verizon store rep. They verified the ESN they would be held responsible


Seriously?

If someone is current on their contract, sells the phone and then later stops paying you would blame the rep?

drozek 01-07-2013 09:43 PM

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Originally Posted by edplayer (Post 56699362)
Seriously?

If someone is current on their contract, sells the phone and then later stops paying you would blame the rep?

Yeah, because they are suppose to clear the ESN.

nottrollin 01-07-2013 10:22 PM

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Originally Posted by drozek (Post 56699526)
Yeah, because they are suppose to clear the ESN.

It could clear "at that moment". They could still default later, for example not paying off the ETF. But if they're willing to go into a store with you, they should be willing to show proof that the phone is theirs to sell.(though I wouldn't want to make those monthly Verizon payments either).

edplayer 01-07-2013 10:51 PM

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Originally Posted by drozek (Post 56699526)
Yeah, because they are suppose to clear the ESN.


Do you expect them to tell you if its clear at that time and forever in the future?

frank10b 01-08-2013 03:00 AM

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Originally Posted by nottrollin (Post 56700226)
It could clear "at that moment". They could still default later, for example not paying off the ETF. But if they're willing to go into a store with you, they should be willing to show proof that the phone is theirs to sell.(though I wouldn't want to make those monthly Verizon payments either).

could you take these phones to another carrier or overseas and avoid this ETF issue?

RHCCapri 01-08-2013 03:41 AM

The Sprint/Virgin Samsung Galaxy S2 is larger than the ATT version. We have one and it gets decent battery life, but it is still on GingerBread. I read that running ICS drains the battery more.

mickster1245 01-08-2013 04:22 AM

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Originally Posted by DrRad (Post 56695264)
Walmart has the SII for $299 (off contract) for T-mobile if you are looking for this phone.

Yes. I dropped my VM EVO 4G because I was not in the Wi-Max area for 4G coverage and bought the S2 for T-mobile 4G. I pay $16 more a month ($4/week) but it is well worth the speed. The S2 has a faster processor, 16G built in memory and is noticeable faster than the EVO. I was aware of the "changes" coming to VM but couldn't find out what they were so I jumped ship.This is a fun little phone and if you are in the Wi-Max area go for it.:nod:
I just saw where the VM S2 has the dual 1.2Ghz processor. The TM S2 has a dual 1.5Ghz processor.

nottrollin 01-08-2013 09:11 AM

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Originally Posted by frank10b (Post 56702496)
could you take these phones to another carrier or overseas and avoid this ETF issue?

I think so, but I'm not positive. I have an S2 on T-mo and it uses a SIM card. But I see phones selling on Craiglist and e-bay with bad ESN, so they're probably unlocking them for use on other carriers.

DrRad 01-08-2013 11:44 AM

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Originally Posted by drozek (Post 56699526)
Yeah, because they are suppose to clear the ESN.

A clean ESN is good until its reported bad. If the device is reported stolen tomorrow or the account is delinquent, now its a bad ESN.

defiantroa 01-08-2013 03:09 PM

Just to warn you guys, occassionally the manufacturer generate MEID when they manufacture a phone, and fail to report those MEID to the cellular service provider. My last phone had that issue with Virgin Mobile and it took about three weeks to the esclated the issue to numerous engineering team to resolve the issue.

frank10b 01-08-2013 04:18 PM

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Originally Posted by nottrollin (Post 56708260)
I think so, but I'm not positive. I have an S2 on T-mo and it uses a SIM card. But I see phones selling on Craiglist and e-bay with bad ESN, so they're probably unlocking them for use on other carriers.


thanks, so the ESN issue is only verizon

edplayer 01-08-2013 04:21 PM

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Originally Posted by frank10b (Post 56719070)
thanks, so the ESN issue is only verizon


I think its for CDMA so that would be verizon, sprint and all the sprint mvno

queennaner 01-08-2013 04:54 PM

My sister has the S2 and loves the phone. She tells me every time I see her that I need to get one.

frank10b 01-08-2013 05:16 PM

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Originally Posted by edplayer (Post 56719158)
I think its for CDMA so that would be verizon, sprint and all the sprint mvno

so this phone i CDMA? not all samsung s2 are CDMA

edplayer 01-08-2013 05:21 PM

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Originally Posted by frank10b (Post 56720350)
so this phone i CDMA? not all samsung s2 are CDMA


this phone and Virgin Mobile are CDMA

the2bobs 01-08-2013 05:24 PM

This is tempting. I hate my Optimus V, but am on the $25 plan so reluctant to go to the $35 plan only to find out this phone is marginally better. I'm thinking I'll hold out for the iPhone which I can get for $30/mo. My husband & I have had horrible luck with most of the phones on VM. He just returned his HTC One V b/c it worked worse than his OV. We will only try the Samsung or iPhones at this point.

nottrollin 01-08-2013 05:44 PM

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Originally Posted by frank10b (Post 56719070)
thanks, so the ESN issue is only verizon

No, any phone 'could' have a bad ESN. I'm not an expert, but a phone can be earmarked as having a bad ESN because money is owed or the phone was reported stolen. It also may have never been activated(black market, fell off a truck).So if ,for example, you have a Sprint phone with a bad ESN, Sprint won't activate a plan for that phone. If you can get it 'unlocked', you can go to,say, Metro PCS, and they'll activate the phone for you because they want your $40 a month, more than they care that the owner of the phone still owes Sprint $300. HTH

Superorb 01-08-2013 07:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by michi098 (Post 56698518)
After the last update, my VM Evo 4G has amazing reception, no more SMS errors and impressively fast 4G data. I'm in the outskirts of a big city, but travel a lot and it works well everywhere, including NYC. I also use a extended battery with it and get about two days of fairly extensive use with it.

Have you looked into aftermarket ROMs? Even more fun stuff with them.

michi098 01-08-2013 07:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Superorb (Post 56722838)
Have you looked into aftermarket ROMs? Even more fun stuff with them.

I rooted my HP Touchpad with Android, that's the extent of my experience with rooting. Right now I'm so happy with my Evo that I don't really want to mess anything up. What "fun" stuff could I do which I currently can't?

Superorb 01-09-2013 09:12 AM

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Originally Posted by michi098 (Post 56723014)
I rooted my HP Touchpad with Android, that's the extent of my experience with rooting. Right now I'm so happy with my Evo that I don't really want to mess anything up. What "fun" stuff could I do which I currently can't?

You can remove all the bloatware and crap apps that you never use that are taking up space on you phone. You can install new ROMs that aren't normally released by HTC or Virgin Mobile. They're usually more stable and have new, nifty features. But if you like the phone as it is might as well keep it stock for now.

superflysocal 01-09-2013 09:34 AM

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Originally Posted by DrRad (Post 56712492)
A clean ESN is good until its reported bad. If the device is reported stolen tomorrow or the account is delinquent, now its a bad ESN.


Don't know about Verizon, but this is what MULTIPLE Sprint reps have told me when i asked about ESN going bad in the future. They said if they say it is clear then it is clear for that moment. If you activate it while it is clear then there is no way it can become "bad" later because of the previous owner's account (unless you don't pay, but not related to previous owner). In other words, if they say it is clear, activate it on the spot. This is with Sprint.

I believe with Sprint, they won't say an ESN is clear or "activatable" if it is currently in use and under contract by someone else. I am not sure of this last statement but pretty sure of the above paragraph.

spongebobfl 01-09-2013 09:49 AM

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Originally Posted by michi098 (Post 56694358)
Anyone have experience with an SII ? We hear all these great things about the SIII, but I have never heard much about the SII. I have an HTC Evo 4G and am pretty happy with it... Worth the switch?


Yep... the Galaxy S2 is a really nice little phone.

All of the people my wife works with seem to also be impressed. They are all S3, 4, 4s users.

zeth006 01-11-2013 03:04 AM

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Originally Posted by drozek (Post 56698996)
I would blame the Verizon store rep. They verified the ESN they would be held responsible

Quote:

Originally Posted by edplayer (Post 56699362)
Seriously?

If someone is current on their contract, sells the phone and then later stops paying you would blame the rep?

Quote:

Originally Posted by drozek (Post 56699526)
Yeah, because they are suppose to clear the ESN.

Good luck taking Verizon to court over that one. Their warrantees don't cover ESN guarantees for secondhand phones. The most you'll do is encourage Verizon as a policy to ban their reps from verifying ESNs just in case a frivolous suit arises over it. You took the risk, it's on you.


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Originally Posted by nottrollin (Post 56700226)
It could clear "at that moment". They could still default later, for example not paying off the ETF. But if they're willing to go into a store with you, they should be willing to show proof that the phone is theirs to sell.(though I wouldn't want to make those monthly Verizon payments either).

Quote:

Originally Posted by DrRad (Post 56712492)
A clean ESN is good until its reported bad. If the device is reported stolen tomorrow or the account is delinquent, now its a bad ESN.

Sums up the gist of the problem.

drozek 01-11-2013 07:37 AM

damn, no one said taking verizon to court

zeth006 01-11-2013 01:38 PM

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Originally Posted by drozek (Post 56782556)
damn, no one said taking verizon to court


http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=56698996&postcount=25


When you say someone is to be "held responsible" for a purchase, that's generally what it entails, especially in America.

I hope your expectations are realistic.

sometimes_steve 01-11-2013 03:25 PM

I doubt the ESN remains tied to the last account after you activate it. How would they have an ESN listed on multiple accounts at once? Seems things would get pretty messed up that way.

Also, why would the ESN be made "bad" from being reported stolen after you activate it? They wouldn't activate a phone that's already activated on their network, so it must have been deactivated in good standing or it would already be bad and not able to be activated again. So, why would they make the ESN bad if the phone's already activated?

nebody00 01-11-2013 03:40 PM

Wait wait, so you guys are saying if you bought a 2nd hand phone off CL, meet at the Provider's store (Verizon/Sprint), have the provider test for clean ESN and TRANSFER the phone to the buyer's account that you could end up with a BAD ESN if the seller had outstanding bills in the future?

Wouldn't the Verizon/Sprint store just transfer the ESN to the new owner right then and there or is it tied to the old owner forever?

bigmace 01-11-2013 03:49 PM

This phone is awesome. It is the fastest galaxy sii on the market (uses the exynos cpu, other variants use snap dragon or something.) I used to run a sprint epic touch gsii on virgin mobile. But i sold it and switched to straight talk with a galaxy nexus. Love the better service but miss my old phone and $25 plan.

And for those you say you can't use any phone on virgin mobile, you a wrong. Almost any cdma phone can be ran on virgin mobile. Just have to know how to do it hehe.

bigmace 01-11-2013 03:57 PM

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Originally Posted by nebody00 (Post 56795076)
Wait wait, so you guys are saying if you bought a 2nd hand phone off CL, meet at the Provider's store (Verizon/Sprint), have the provider test for clean ESN and TRANSFER the phone to the buyer's account that you could end up with a BAD ESN if the seller had outstanding bills in the future?

Wouldn't the Verizon/Sprint store just transfer the ESN to the new owner right then and there or is it tied to the old owner forever?

A phone that is tied to an account does not have a "clean" esn. You can't activate a used phone on a new account until it is no longer active. Whether it be the previous owner upgraded to a different phone or cancelled their service in good standing.

Umm2three 03-06-2013 04:13 PM

Can this phone work on PagePlus?? I really need a new phone ASAP. Thanks

Beer_Money 03-09-2013 08:53 AM

why would I get this ancient piece of sh*t when FAR SUPERIOR Nexus 4 is $299 brand new unlocked from manufacturer?


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