November 05, 2018
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Tue Nov 6 16:03:01 2018 (LZ7Bg)
Cost isn't technically the issue though. I've been looking at downgrading to a flip-phone or smartwatch for some time now. However I now have a reason to upgrade from my Blackberry to a real smartphone...it's required for Uber.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Tue Nov 6 18:55:28 2018 (gxCG3)
A Galaxy S9 costs, what, $900 or so right now? I ordered a Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S from Gearbest a couple weeks ago for $400. This is an all-four-carriers Snapdragon 845 with a 6" screen and 6GB of RAM: basically the same specs as an S9, but at half the price, and it works on Sprint/Verizon! (It also is a dual-sim which is pretty rare in the US.)
If you don't need that much power, the Motorola G series (just to pick one example) give you most of the same power at a fraction of the price--I got a G5S Plus on sale a while back for about $200, or $50 or so less than it normally goes for. A phone like that will pretty much do anything but the most GPU-intensive 3D games.
Posted by: Rick C at Tue Nov 6 20:08:15 2018 (Iwkd4)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tue Nov 6 21:54:47 2018 (PiXy!)
Having said that I don't take a lot of pictures.
Posted by: Rick C at Tue Nov 6 22:51:12 2018 (Iwkd4)
I remember back when Europe had expensive phones with SIMs, and we had carrier-locked phones that were given away. That was the grand bargain. Now we have $800 phones and no portability - the worst of both worlds. Thanks, Obama!
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Wed Nov 7 09:42:08 2018 (LZ7Bg)
No, but if you're on AT&T/T-Mobile, you can buy any old unlocked phone and use it. The smartphones under $240 or so probably aren't going to be very good, though.
It turns out if you have an activated Verizon SIM card, you can stick it in a new (compatible) phone and it'll just work, like AT&T/T-Mobile always have, without getting special permission from Verizon like you used to have to. I found that out accidentally when I got my new Xiaomi last month. I was going through VZ's website, doing the "I want to switch my phone" form, which kept erroring out, but I'd already done the SIM swap, and noticed the phone went from "no service" to "Verizon".
It is kind of painful saying nice things about VZ, but there you have it.
Posted by: Rick C at Wed Nov 7 10:24:12 2018 (Q/JG2)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Wed Nov 7 11:48:46 2018 (LZ7Bg)
Posted by: Rick C at Wed Nov 7 20:38:23 2018 (Iwkd4)
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