03-13-2018 09:04 AM
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  1. CJ Mac's Avatar
    Hey everyone, we're back from our trip and have decided to do the T-Mobile 55+ deal at $60 per month.

    Edit: Took out a lot since I learned we could bring our own phones. From the little exploration I've done, I'm presently between getting 2 low-priced Moto E 4th gens. Reviews are very good for a $129 phone from Best Buy.

    OR chatting with hard sell T-Mobile rep, he says LG G6 is BOGO free. Reviews are excellent. Would be $550 for the 2. That's about as much as we'd want to spend.

    Any thoughts? (No V20s anywhere.)
    03-10-2018 01:03 PM
  2. Mooncatt's Avatar
    The G6 I'm sure performs well for what it is. Being glass bodied, sealed battery, and no IR Blaster, I'd never get it. If those aren't must haves for you, then I'm sure it'll be a great phone.
    03-10-2018 07:05 PM
  3. CJ Mac's Avatar
    Why do they make these things glass? And do you mean that with other phones you can change the battery? Didn't know that was ever necessary. No idea what the blaster is, but I'll bet we don't need one. ;-)
    03-10-2018 08:34 PM
  4. chanchan05's Avatar
    It's glass because since 2010, reviewers have been calling these Android flagships out for feeling cheap because they used plastics back then. So it became either glass or metal. You can't use wireless charging with metal, so glass it became.

    Depending on usage you may need to get the battery replaced.

    The blaster is basically an infrared emitter similar to a TV remote. It allows your phone to control your TV or other appliances that use IR remotes.
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    03-10-2018 09:02 PM
  5. Mooncatt's Avatar
    And do you mean that with other phones you can change the battery?
    It use to be a standard feature, and a big reason I chose the V20 and plan to stick with it. Heck, I just bought an extended battery to almost double its capacity. Li-ion batteries can be finicky and most people don't know how (or just don't care) to charge them properly. This abuse causes them to wear out relatively quickly, but manufacturers have started sealing the batteries in. So instead of just buying a new replacement battery on the cheap, you either have to also pay a service charge for a shop to do it or try it yourself and risk damaging the phone.

    I have tried phones with sealed batteries before, and most every time there was a problem that was attributed to the battery itself (I.e. Shorting out). Twice it was a weak USB port that stopped working and thus rendering the phone a brick because I couldn't use an external charging cradle and extra batteries. A sealed battery may have some benefits for the manufacturer because it's cheaper to produce, but it's almost nothing but downsides to the everyday user.
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    03-10-2018 09:38 PM
  6. CJ Mac's Avatar
    So if we can protect it well enough, hopefully the glass won't be a problem. (But what else is metal other than the V20 that's not too expensive?)

    Can a battery be replaced on a sealed battery phone? I mean can you send it in somewhere?

    Edit for Mooncatt: Would you trust either of these sources? (Not sure if I'm allowed to post or not.)

    http://www.cell2get.com/lg-v20-64-gb...IaAjmaEALw_wcB

    https://www.electronicsforce.com/ind...ducts_id=61941

    So little info for that 2nd one. Just can't find new unlocked elsewhere. Lots of refurbished.
    03-10-2018 09:46 PM
  7. Mooncatt's Avatar
    So if we can protect it well enough, hopefully the glass won't be a problem. (But what else is metal other than the V20 that's not too expensive?)

    Can a battery be replaced on a sealed battery phone? I mean can you send it in somewhere?
    I'm not sure what else out there is metal or plastic (I personally have no issue with plastic bodied phones).

    Sealed batteries can be replaced as I said. If it's a popular phone like something from Samsung, a local repair shop should be able to do it. Other brands and models may be hit or miss. You can also send it to the manufacturer, but that would be more expensive and most likely leave you without a phone for weeks.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    03-10-2018 10:08 PM
  8. CJ Mac's Avatar
    Did you see my edit?
    03-10-2018 10:16 PM
  9. Mooncatt's Avatar
    Did you see my edit?
    I think I posted before you edited it, so I didn't until now. I haven't heard of either of those sites before, so I don't have an opinion on them either way.
    03-10-2018 10:21 PM
  10. chanchan05's Avatar
    I think a Moto Z is metal. They should be cheaper than a G6 now I think. They're same generation flagship as the S7.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    03-10-2018 11:07 PM
  11. pkcable's Avatar
    So if we can protect it well enough, hopefully the glass won't be a problem. (But what else is metal other than the V20 that's not too expensive?)

    Can a battery be replaced on a sealed battery phone? I mean can you send it in somewhere?

    Edit for Mooncatt: Would you trust either of these sources? (Not sure if I'm allowed to post or not.)

    LG V20 - 64 GB - Titan Gray - Unlocked - CDMA/GSM [LGUS996] - $332.99 : Unlocked Cell Phones, GSM, CDMA, No-Contracts! | Cell2Get

    https://www.electronicsforce.com/ind...ducts_id=61941

    So little info for that 2nd one. Just can't find new unlocked elsewhere. Lots of refurbished.
    You could also try both the Market Place sub forum here AND a place called Swappa....

    https://forums.androidcentral.com/ma...uy-sell-trade/

    https://swappa.com/?ref=mobilenation...cUvbUpU6187378
    03-12-2018 08:25 AM
  12. CJ Mac's Avatar
    Okay we've done it: ordered two Moto E4s from Best Buy and signed up with T-Mobile for the 55+ Plan that gives us two lines for $60/month. Phones come tomorrow.

    Decided on the E4s because we have 2 tablets that we'll use most of the time. The phones are mainly for my husband's work and if we're traveling. Or if I'm out for the day and need to call him. So no sense in buying something expensive even though it was very tempting.

    Thanks for all your help, everyone! I'm sure I'll be back when I don't understand how to use the phone. ;-)
    03-12-2018 02:51 PM
  13. pkcable's Avatar
    I remember reading somewhere that the E4 was a recommended budget phone.
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    03-13-2018 09:04 AM
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