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Last Edited by bariumai October 13, 2016 at 02:04 AM
Walgreens has the ZTE Obsidian no-contract pre-paid phone for $29.99+tax in-store.

Specs aren't amazing, but it's the cheapest Android 5+ T-Mobile branded phone I've seen. I'd like suggestions if anybody knows a better deal on a cheap phone for kids that can take advantage of wifi calling on Tmo.

http://www.gsmarena.com/zte_obsidian-7481.php

ETA:

They also have the T-Mobile Coolpad Rogue for $9.99
AT&T ZTE Maven for $14.99
and a couple others that may or may not be worth mentioning.
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Does the obsidian really have only 4GB storage? gsmarena, phonearena, and t-mobile.com all agree 4GB, but bestbuy lists it s 8GB.

It does have band 12 LTE. Not a lot else going for it. Wary of the Mediatek SoC.
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I don't know if this is such a deal, honestly. ZTE has some decent higher end phones, but their low end ones should never see the light of day. I'm serious.

I got the ZTE Sonata 3 for free with a number port-in on cricket, and the specs were decent for a low ender. It is hands down the WORST cell phone I have ever owned. The LCD is so washed out and has such narrow viewing angles, it reminds me of the days of Palm Pilot's first color screens (where if you don't hold it at exactly the right angle, the colors are all inverted). The ergonomics were garbage, the phone wasn't comfortable to hold or talk on, and the mic was positioned in a way that if I didn't actually hold it a certain way, the other caller constantly complained they couldn't hear me.

And that phone has better specs than this one. I had picked up a cheap ZTE Whirl 2 a year ago when it was $9.99 to have as a throw around phone, and I was super surprised at how terrible it is too. I gave ZTE another chance with the Sonata because it was supposed to be an affordable handset with all the essentials (Quad Core CPU, LED flash, Android Marshmallow!). But it seems that ZTE just makes terrible low end handsets.
To be clear- I'm no stranger to cheap phones. I've used low end Samsung and LG phones that are in the same price range as these, and they felt like low end phones (which isn't necessarily bad - it just means you have to deal without oodles of storage space and superfluous sensors for VR, etc). I get what low end should feel like, I've been using phones I could easily replace for $50 for a few years now. The cheap ZTE don't feel low end. THEY FEEL LIKE GARBAGE. I wouldn't wish these phones upon my worst enemy. I'd steer clear unless anyone has some positive real world experience with this. For the price, I'd much rather suggest a Moto E 2nd gen from Walmart.com (the VZ version is the same price and can be unlocked for full GSM with a couple of ADB commands). Even if it lacks band 12, its at least a usable handset for the price!
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Last edited by Dishe October 13, 2016 at 07:20 PM.
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The main kicker is tmobile wifi calling. Being able to call the kids while they're at a friends house with crappy cell reception is huge.

They only need basics like Pacman, terraria, and other simple games.
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Quote from Dishe View Post :
I don't know if this is such a deal, honestly. ZTE has some decent higher end phones, but their low end ones should never see the light of day. I'm serious.
So lessee...you've never touched this particular phone, but are saying it's crap because all of ZTE's low-line phones are, QED. I have that about right?

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For the price, I'd much rather suggest a Moto E 2nd gen from Walmart.com (the VZ version is the same price and can be unlocked for full GSM with a couple of ADB commands). Even if it lacks band 12, its at least a usable handset for the price!
So why not provide links? Personally, I never met a Motorola phone that wasn't a complete waste of metal, plastic, and money; but there may be others here who would appreciate it. If you're gonna trash the OPs deal, you should at least consider providing links to those you believe are "better." A quick search of WallyWorld suggests the Verizon Moto E Prepaid Smartphone is not this price, but $5 more. And when you're down to the $30 range, that $5 means something.
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Last edited by CharlieSummers October 14, 2016 at 09:23 AM. Reason: Fix yet another typo...
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First, $5 "is" in the same price range.

Second, is Dishe's Walmart.com not good enough for you? You have to have a "clickable" link? Jeez, mellow out.

And by the way keep in mind that Motorola phones are very often listed with the top phones in their respective categories by websites and bloggers. Your silly comment about Motorola phones shows you probably haven't owned a Moto Z/X/G/E series phone. Or if you did, you probably bought something like the E or G and expected flagship performance.
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Jeez, mellow out.
Much mellower, thanks to the ignore list, thank you.
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I think some of you missed the "Tmobile wifi calling is very important" bit when suggesting a Verizon phone.
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