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Low end smart phone?

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I have never used a smart phone.

I decided to buy a very low end one from walmart to play with on wi-fi. Prepaid phones have 90 day returns. If I like, I will return and buy something better and more expensive that fits my TMobile Sim Card. (May have to get an AT&T and then unlock it if I buy via walmart)

If I hate, I will just return it and keep my flip phone for a few more years ?

Originally, they said my old phone would not accept the new sim card. But, after multiple tries, I finally got it to work. So I am hoping the new sim card will keep my old flip phone going for a few more years on 2g I guess its 2g?

When I say low end, I mean it. $9.99. This way if I forget to return it, I am only out $10.

I had previously bought an AT&T flip phone for $30 and spent $1.55 getting it unlocked. Then, i determined to return it anyway. Wasted $1.55.

So if I end up with a nicer smart phone, I will probably get an at&t because I know they can be unlocked cheap.

The phone will not be there until Tuesday.

Straight Talk Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Eclipse Prepaid Smartphone $9.99.

I will never use a smart phone like most people. But I might use it for both calls when I am away from home and use it with wifi at home.

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I am not sure where to start, because I caught your other post about smart phones. In that post you were already committed to a replacement, so I didn't bother posting.

With that said, you need to decide if you want a flip phone or a smart phone. My recommendation is a smart phone. They really are not that difficult to learn how to use. Plus you get many added benefits. Here are some:
1) Offline maps. You don't need cell service to use maps on a cell phone. Just imagine looking for a restaurant, or trying to find a place when you are out and about. Just pull out the maps and search for it. When you get more advanced you could use it as driving aid that will give you turn by turn directions.
2) A camera on you where ever you go. In the photography world they always ask what camera is the best one? The answer is always the one you have with you. Smart phones have cameras and add a ton of convenience.
3) The ability to send text messages.
4) Apps and Games. Android phones are tied with Google Play servies which opens up a plethora of options. From games, to useful apps. You might not think you will use them but trust me you will soon wonder why you went so long without one. Just imagine being out shopping and being able to scan a bar code of something to check out the online price of the same item. You can also get Slick Deal alerts!

So smart phone it is! Check! Smilie

You have to stop nickel and diming yourself. Just take the plunge and get a good smart phone. That $10 phone you bought is going to have a display that is going to be a pain to look at.

Are you really only paying $10 per year as mentioned in your past thread? If you are paying more than that I would reconsider going to a different carrier. This just opens up more options. The cheapest plan I saw on Tmobile is $3 per month. The reason I mention this is because you wanted to stay with Tmobile in the because you still had 930 minutes left. That is relatively little in the grand scheme of things. If you are a light cell phone user like I am, you will build those minutes up in no time if you were to go to another carrier, providing of course the minutes roll over. With tracfone, all unused minutes, data and text roll over.

With all of that said, it would be nice to know your plan costs, and what service works best in your area.

In my opinion the best thing going for light cell phone users are the Tracfone Deals. Current Deal These type of deals pop up regularly. The cheapest phone is $65 with one year of Tracfone service. They give you 1500 minutes, 1500 texts, and 1500 mb of data. You can always add more as you go along.

If you are still wanting to stick with T mobile, then I would get the LG G5 one mentioned in the other thread. I wouldnt worry about battery life. Keep a charger in your car, and one at home. Most smartphones have long stand by battery life.


Hope that helps. Good Luck.
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If you buy a $10 "smartphone" you are likely to get a kludgy, slow piece of crap that isn't very capable or easy to use.

You really won't know if you'd like a real, decent smartphone.
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I am not sure where to start, because I caught your other post about smart phones. In that post you were already committed to a replacement, so I didn't bother posting.

With that said, you need to decide if you want a flip phone or a smart phone. My recommendation is a smart phone. They really are not that difficult to learn how to use. Plus you get many added benefits. Here are some:
1) Offline maps. You don't need cell service to use maps on a cell phone. Just imagine looking for a restaurant, or trying to find a place when you are out and about. Just pull out the maps and search for it. When you get more advanced you could use it as driving aid that will give you turn by turn directions.
2) A camera on you where ever you go. In the photography world they always ask what camera is the best one? The answer is always the one you have with you. Smart phones have cameras and add a ton of convenience.
3) The ability to send text messages.
4) Apps and Games. Android phones are tied with Google Play servies which opens up a plethora of options. From games, to useful apps. You might not think you will use them but trust me you will soon wonder why you went so long without one. Just imagine being out shopping and being able to scan a bar code of something to check out the online price of the same item. You can also get Slick Deal alerts!

So smart phone it is! Check! Smilie

You have to stop nickel and diming yourself. Just take the plunge and get a good smart phone. That $10 phone you bought is going to have a display that is going to be a pain to look at.

Are you really only paying $10 per year as mentioned in your past thread? If you are paying more than that I would reconsider going to a different carrier. This just opens up more options. The cheapest plan I saw on Tmobile is $3 per month. The reason I mention this is because you wanted to stay with Tmobile in the because you still had 930 minutes left. That is relatively little in the grand scheme of things. If you are a light cell phone user like I am, you will build those minutes up in no time if you were to go to another carrier, providing of course the minutes roll over. With tracfone, all unused minutes, data and text roll over.

With all of that said, it would be nice to know your plan costs, and what service works best in your area.

In my opinion the best thing going for light cell phone users are the Tracfone Deals. Current Deal These type of deals pop up regularly. The cheapest phone is $65 with one year of Tracfone service. They give you 1500 minutes, 1500 texts, and 1500 mb of data. You can always add more as you go along.

If you are still wanting to stick with T mobile, then I would get the LG G5 one mentioned in the other thread. I wouldnt worry about battery life. Keep a charger in your car, and one at home. Most smartphones have long stand by battery life.


Hope that helps. Good Luck.
Thanks for your help. As far as my plan. I am grandfathered from 10+ years ago. $10 a year gives me 35 more minutes and extends my current minutes another year.

Its rare that I use the phone so these minutes could last me forever.
I did not know maps were free. And a decent camera would come in handy.
And scanning stuff in stores has appeal, if it didn't cost me too many minutes. LOL

An acquaintance had offered a phone for $50 and it sounded like a decent deal but I read about "boot loop" issues and it scared me.

I bought an AT&T flip, unlocked it and then changed my mind. I loved the I guess its speaker phone function that it had because my biggest issue with my old one is I cant hear well unless I am inside and its very quiet.

I think my brother my have a phone he is giving me.

One reason I want a smart phone is I have a problem rearranging my list on Netflix. They made it so its very difficult to see my list and rearrange it like I used to be able to.
I can do some things and some things via my roku but its just not a good solution. And apparently its easily with a smart phone?

I asked a couple of older men I know, in their 70s and they both said it was easy to learn too. So that gives me some confidence.

This $10 phone, it wont work with my sim card. I am just going to play with it via WiFi for now and then return it. Prepaid phones have 90 days. A walmart returns lady incorrectly told me 14 days which is why I returned the other one so soon.

I just don't see a scenario where I will start spending all kind of time on a phone like many. But, there are some features that might be nice.

Thanks again for your help.
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