smart phone buying help

Old Feb 27, 12, 6:54 pm
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Originally Posted by hawaiian4 View Post
HI all
thinking of buying a smrat phone this will be my frist one. where to buy has anyone bought from wirefly and would buy again. or would it be better to go to the carrier. sprint in this case. i now have verizon. but sprint look's like they better plan's. on sprint i seen 450 min. pulse data for $69 + tax verizon was $39+$50 +tax for 5gb. so would like your input on where to buy.
thanks for your help
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Most people here, such as our moderator, are veterans of travel technology, including smart phones. You should evaluate input experts, as well as a smartphone newbies like I am. My experiences won't help you much as I have stayed with T-mobile, which has been my provider for 8 years. If you travel abroad, you will find that a smartphone with WCDMA (3G/4G) and GSM will be more helpful than the EV-DO 3G standard adopted by CDMA operators such as Sprint and Verizon. There are not many EV-Do operators around the world, most having chosen WCDMA for their 3G services. I have a bare minimum data plan 200 MB a month for $10. Since, most bof time is spent within the range of a WiFi access point, I use very littl;e of the allotted 200MB. You may find that you could get a better deal over all, if you pay non contract price for a smart phone, if you don;t have to get a data plan. The $69 a month plan comes to about $30 a month for data (probably unlimited), which adds up to $720 plus tax over two years. If you are not a heavy data user, pay per use data service and a no contract phone might work out better for you in the long run.
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Old Feb 27, 12, 7:26 pm
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Originally Posted by flying_owl View Post
Another key factor in your decision is to see what 4G is offered in your region. Verizon currently offers 4G LTE service, while Sprint uses WiMax (they are planning to transition to LTE in the future).

If you want a smartphone, you want 4G. Trust me. I do believe that Sprint as a 4G surcharge too, which would narrow the price gap.
None of the networks in exxistence meet the definition of 4G- as defined by IMT-Advanced. They are near 4G or on a path to 4G. LTE does not meet the IMT-Advanced standard. Whats called 4G by T-mobile and AT&T are also not true 4G in the strict sense.
I don't know who has the fastest "4G" network, but as far as I can remember, I read an article in August 2011 that Verizon had the fastest 4G network clocking 12.3 Mbps download and 4.7 Mbps upload, with T-mobile coming second.
I have not used speed test with T-mobile's network, but I ran speed test on my Samsung Galaxy S (not the latest and the best) on Verizon's Internet service I have at home, over WiFi, and I got 11Mbps download and 1.5 Mbps upload. My internet connection has max speed of 15 Mbps.
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Old Feb 29, 12, 4:47 pm
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if you want 4G, and are looking for a Samsung GS2, be careful which phone you get. If you want LTE GS2, you have to get an AT&T version, which has a lesser chip than the other GS2. Any GS2 with Exynos, will not have LTE supported.

Also, for 4G speeds, or any speed, it will depend on saturation of your network. AT&T 4g LTE could be fast, but depends on your location. Same with TMob's 4G network, prob just as fast on their 4G version (HSPA+42), but is less crowded too.

And as far as Smartphone on a Pay As You Go, I believe TMo's to be one of the better ones. $30 a month gives you 100 min, unlimited Text, 5GB of 4g Internet and back to 2g/3g after that. Much better deal than those "unlimited" plans which throttle you after even 2-3GB of data (lol unlimited)
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Old Feb 29, 12, 5:22 pm
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Suggesting a "smartphone" is too personal. Every user has his/her own preferences.
Some are pure communicators. They want to Text, Email, IM efficiently and quickly. Some like touch-screens, some like keypads. Iphone VS BlackBerry, vs Android.
My advice? Get some in your hands and try them. Decide what you like about them and don't like about them.

I've got a BlackBerry for Business because my main goal is to Email quickly and efficiently. I do some Text and some IM, but mostly email. BlackBerry suits that well. Plus, a few of my business contacts have BBerries and we BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) back and forth a bit.

I've got an Android as well for my personal phone. I like it. I've had an iPhone. Liked that too.

I'd not want to recommend anything. You have to decide what works for you. With all the changes in technology, whatever you get, you'll probably get something new and improved in a year anyway.

For pay as you go, I know Virgin has a pretty good deal. $35 buys you 300 anytime minutes, and unlimited Android use including TEXT and IM and Email. They are looking at throttling back in March for heavy users, but still, that's a good deal.
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Old Feb 29, 12, 6:04 pm
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Originally Posted by RobbieRunner View Post
Suggesting a "smartphone" is too personal. Every user has his/her own preferences.
Some are pure communicators. They want to Text, Email, IM efficiently and quickly. Some like touch-screens, some like keypads. Iphone VS BlackBerry, vs Android.
My advice? Get some in your hands and try them. Decide what you like about them and don't like about them.

I've got a BlackBerry for Business because my main goal is to Email quickly and efficiently. I do some Text and some IM, but mostly email. BlackBerry suits that well. Plus, a few of my business contacts have BBerries and we BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) back and forth a bit.

I've got an Android as well for my personal phone. I like it. I've had an iPhone. Liked that too.

I'd not want to recommend anything. You have to decide what works for you. With all the changes in technology, whatever you get, you'll probably get something new and improved in a year anyway.

For pay as you go, I know Virgin has a pretty good deal. $35 buys you 300 anytime minutes, and unlimited Android use including TEXT and IM and Email. They are looking at throttling back in March for heavy users, but still, that's a good deal.
Yeah, in general, for a smartphone, there is no "better" OS, whether android, IOS, or blackberry. It will come down to each specific user. The phones now have got to a point that it is just really fanfare and the specifics of each OS that matter and that is all relatively based on each user that uses the phone.

Though for virgin, if you are looking for a specific phone, Virgin might not be a good choice, as you have to use one of their phones.
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Old Feb 29, 12, 6:16 pm
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I would suggest you look at a 3.5" or a 4" screen at the very least. I have been using cellphones connected to the laptop, so not a non-geek. I went with a 3.2" Nokia, it is on the small side. Esp .. when typing and viewing webpages.

I agree there is not much diff whether Android, iPhone, Nokia, Blackberry etc ..

They all do what most people do IMO. If you are into the apps, maybe Android and iPhone have more.

All I do is the basics, phone, text, web, email, calender. Nokia is the only company that has free turn by turn navigation. The others needs a 3G connection to use Google Maps. HTC high ends have it free but not the affordable models. It also has only text prompt I think, b/c voice guidance is a prem. product that needs your credit card for subscription.

With my travel, I prefer Nokia. Also I am not much into the specialised apps.

You could buy 3rd party map software if you don't want to rely on 3G but that is an expense per country or region ......
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Old Mar 1, 12, 10:15 am
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Originally Posted by jaesun View Post
Yeah, in general, for a smartphone, there is no "better" OS, whether android, IOS, or blackberry. It will come down to each specific user. The phones now have got to a point that it is just really fanfare and the specifics of each OS that matter and that is all relatively based on each user that uses the phone.

Though for virgin, if you are looking for a specific phone, Virgin might not be a good choice, as you have to use one of their phones.
Good points.

Yes, Virgin, and Boost, and just about every Pay-Go company is going to have you use their specific phones. Virgin has the Optimus V which is basically an entry level Android phone from LG. Good phone for the beginner, but very limited internal memory. You will run out of memory quickly, and not everything you download or add on app can be sent to an SD card. But a friend of mine has the Optimus V from Virgin, he got it for $99 and loves it. He's also grandfathered in to the $25 unlimited plan. He gets 300 minutes and uses Skype via the unlimited data to make many of his calls outside the 300 minutes. For $25 a month, he's happy as a clam.

I go with a post-pay plan as do many Americans. I'm with T-Mobile because of the seamless Network to WiFi mobile number transfer. And when I'm in Canada or Europe, all my calls on Wifi are free. I may seem like a Dinosaur using a BlackBerry, but it works for me IN BUSINESS. For play, I have a T-Mo MyTouch Android that is fun to use. If T-Mo had iPhone, I'd probably have that too.
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