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Title: Smart Phone Upgrade
Post by: HawgWild on October 07, 2017, 11:00:35 am
I've got a pair of LG2 phones that'll be 4 years old in a few months and am considering upgrading to new phones. Can I just buy a network compatible Smart phone outright and put in my current simm cards? I'm just fine with my current data plan and am afraid I might lose some discounts I'm getting that are no longer applicable if I go to AT&T to do this.

TIA
Title: Re: Smart Phone Upgrade
Post by: zsanfusa on October 13, 2017, 05:08:16 pm
Yes, just make sure the phone you buy is GSM network compatible (AT&T is on a GSM network).  This applies if you buy a carrier unlocked phone through a retail channel.  Any AT&T phone will also work if buy one that is carrier locked, you may also be able to walk into a store (AT&T) and just purchase a phone (pay for it without contract payments, buying it all at once) without a contract, just walk in and ask.  Personally, I just bought a Pixel 2 XL (which is made by LG) which is unlocked and works with all carriers (GSM and CDMA).  Really it's all about what suits your needs.  If you like LG checkout the V30, it was just released and has great reviews.
Title: Re: Smart Phone Upgrade
Post by: Hogs run wild on October 14, 2017, 10:16:02 pm
my phones is like 4-5 years old just cuz i don't want to pay $800 for a phone. even with monthly installments, it'll be like $900. if my phone breaks, i'm screwed.
Title: Re: Smart Phone Upgrade
Post by: zsanfusa on October 14, 2017, 10:58:59 pm
Checkout budget smartphone reviews for phone that range anywhere from $150 to $400.  You can still find some pretty good phones that are wallet friendly.  Also unlocked phones are usually cheaper than carrier locked models.  ASUS sells some pretty good budget smartphones.  OnePlus and Xiomi are also know for there budget products.  Just read up and buy from a seller like Amazon, and you can stretch your dollar pretty far.
Title: Re: Smart Phone Upgrade
Post by: HawgWild on October 15, 2017, 09:39:30 am
Good info to know. Thanks for the response.
Title: Re: Smart Phone Upgrade
Post by: zsanfusa on October 19, 2017, 04:35:38 pm
https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/19/best-phone-under-250/
Title: Re: Smart Phone Upgrade
Post by: HawgWild on January 05, 2018, 12:49:07 pm
That's good information. Thanks. Right now I'm tracking the universal unlocked versions of the LG V30 and LG G6. Do you have any idea just how intrusive the ads are on the "carrier unlocked" version of these rather than the ones with no adware? You can save a little money going with the ones with ads.
Title: Re: Smart Phone Upgrade
Post by: Augustus on January 06, 2018, 07:03:15 pm
Also, to your question about taking the SIM card out of the old phone and putting into the new phone... that probably won't work.

Your 4 year old phones likely use a regular SIM card size... the new(er) phones the past couple of years the SIM cards have gotten smaller - new sizes: Micro SIM and Nano SIM

Here is a quick list but already looks to be outdated (and not comprehensive):
https://www.wirelesstraveler.com/device-models-and-sim-cards/

But AT&T has always been good to, issuing a new SIM card size I needed, and migrated all contacts/messages/etc over to the new SIM card
Title: Re: Smart Phone Upgrade
Post by: HawgWild on January 07, 2018, 10:03:25 am
Good point. An earlier source I checked showed my current phone using a nano card. Your link shows it has having a micro one. I'm going to need to look into this. Thanks.
Title: Re: Smart Phone Upgrade
Post by: sevenof400 on January 07, 2018, 10:22:13 am
It is also worth considering buying a phone just a bit off the leading edge as that can save a lot of money but still upgrade your phone significantly, Hawgwild.  I was in a similar situation as you describe in the OP HW, and I upgraded to a Samsung S7 Edge even though the S8 series had been released for a bit.  I really don't need a lot of the bells and whistles most phones have these days but the extra processing horsepower and the better camera were difference makers for me. 

Of course, YEMV.  Good luck with this. 
Title: Re: Smart Phone Upgrade
Post by: HawgWild on January 07, 2018, 10:39:36 am
You're right as well. I really don't need the latest and greatest. Primarily I was attracted to the V30 for the larger screen but since most of my time is spent at home, I use my IPad or desktop PC for most tasks. It's only when we're on road trips that I use my phone that much.

Title: Re: Smart Phone Upgrade
Post by: HawgWild on January 08, 2018, 01:10:09 pm
Stopped by AT&T today to ask them about switching from a micro to nano SIM. They held up something that looked like a hole punch and said they'd trim it down for me. And, if they messed it up, they'd replace it with a new one. Sounds like a deal to me. I knew if I tried doing that as seen in several YouTube videos I would surely mess it up.
Title: Re: Smart Phone Upgrade
Post by: Hardcore Hoggy on January 10, 2018, 10:41:55 am
I've got a pair of LG2 phones that'll be 4 years old in a few months and am considering upgrading to new phones. Can I just buy a network compatible Smart phone outright and put in my current simm cards? I'm just fine with my current data plan and am afraid I might lose some discounts I'm getting that are no longer applicable if I go to AT&T to do this.

TIA

Go to Wal Mart (or store of your choice) and buy a BLU brand phone. They are nice little phones. They have several different size options. I bought the 6" version $125, I've had it for 3 years. Nary a problem.

It isn't quite as easy as just plugging the SIM card in, you must also go to your account on AT&T's website and go to "register a new phone" and tie the SIM card to your new phone. Relatively easy process, but not automatic.
Title: Re: Smart Phone Upgrade
Post by: HawgWild on February 07, 2018, 10:22:23 am
FWIW, I got the new phone at B&H Photo for $529, free shipping, no taxes. Same phone from AT&T would have cost $585, plus taxes, plus upgrade fee, plus an additional $15 + taxes per month monthly charge for a "qualified service plan". An AT&T service rep trimmed my SIM card and transferred my contacts for no charge.

All told, my savings came to $380 in year one. Not a bad deal.