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Cheap phone for when Nexus 4 is out of commission
My wife and I recently switched to t-mobile after years with Sprint. We had accumulated quite a collection of old phones with Sprint, so when one of our primary phones was out of commission, we would just go online and activate one of the old phones on the line by swapping ESNs.
My wife just dropped her Nexus 4 and shattered the screen. The screen is no longer responsive, so she can not answer calls, type, etc. I have ordered a replacement screen but it won't be here for a few days. This made me realize that we have no backup tmobile phones available whatsoever. So she's essentially offline until the screen arrives and I figure out how to install it.
So that this doesn't happen in the future, I'd like to buy a cheap "dumb" phone that we can use in a pinch like we used to use our old Sprint phones. A lot of the cheap ones I'm seeing online are for "prepaid" tmobile phones (say, from Best Buy). Do these take SIM cards? Must I set up a pre-paid account, or can I just put the SIM card from my wife's Nexus 4 in to this phone so she can call and text? This is my first foray in to GSM/unlocked/tmobile/SIM cards - I lived in a world of carrier-locked CDMA before where everything relied on ESN.
So basically, is there a good cheap "dumb" phone I could simply put my wife's SIM card in until I fix her Nexus 4? Then when I fix her Nexus 4, I can just put the SIM back in and she'll be in business?