Originally Posted by cscigu
I'll have to check on those Nexus phones, too. I've been hearing/reading some good things about Motorola Moto G phone. I certainly don't need anything cutting edge. I'm even researching the idea of going with a newer carrier called Ting. It gets good reviews by the tech magazines, and you pay for only what you use. The average user's bill per phone is $23.
I think the major carriers are shooting for the typical younger user that voraciously gobbles up video, test, music, etc. The light users get roped in to pulling the load with them.
you heard of Blu phones ?
to me they are like Vizio for tvs
they are a CA based company who will design their phones here in the US and have them made oversea (china)(100% imported parts)
the phones are cheap and but functional
this is the phone i got a few months ago for $100
i bought it when it was on sale and sell it back on craiglist for $145.. :) i like to buy/sell back phones + fixing up broken phones
which is a reason why i would advise you to AVOID EBAY when buying NEW phones..
if you go through the reviews you will notice people who got STOLEN or USED phones sold as new phones to them.. i bought phones parts so i had my fair share with these ebay sellers as well..
apparently to them NEW means that they can take it from some other phones and put it together and call it new.. i bought new digitizer for the galaxy s3 on ebay.. they sent me a used one (it has SBI- Screen burn images)
so unless you want to deal with the hassles of going back and forth (emails, going to the post office, delays)..i would avoid Ebay for buying new phones
there are fake/counterfeit phones as well -- unless you saw the official phone and knows what default apps/os are on it it's hard to tell it apart! so unless you are knowledgeable about phones to buy from ebay or craiglist.. if not i would suggest choose a creditable seller (phone carrier, retail stores,etc..)
*wal-mart.com also sell used phones as new. so be careful when buying from wal-mart.com
also if you are buying from amazon.. make sure that it's from amazon.com.. there are some shady merchants on amazon as well make sure it's from amazon.com (direct from amazon)
also, be sure to check that the phone you will buy will be compatible with the phone carrier you will be signing up with
T-mobile an AT&T use GSM
Sprint and Verizon use CDMA
unlocked phones are compatible to all 4 carriers.. but there are minor details you need to know
you heard of bands? some carriers will support certain bands.. and if the phone you have will not support those bands then it will restrict the features you can fully use on the phone
if you need a site for phone specs--this is what i use-- you can compare phones and tablets size by size like this
as for carriers.
i tried cricket in the past it was a horrible service-- since i can not stay on a call for more than 5-10 minutes :/
so price should not be the main factor when picking a phone carrier
there are other sites that will compare phone carriers
Edited by BruceAZ - 5/29/16 at 3:38pm