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Old June 20th, 2014 (5:26 AM).
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I used the same carrier that Catholic nuns use – Virgin Mobile. I was never really disappointed by their service at all, and unlimited everything for $45/mo is the same as what Wal-Mart has, except it doesn't make you look as broke. I only had minimal obstacles with their 3G network, and most of the time I got an excellent signal outdoors.

I just picked it because it was a nice no-contract phone with my family's carrier, and the Galaxy Reverb did not disappoint. :p
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I just looked on Walmart's website and the Lumia 520 is now $54.94... I hate it when I see devices I own sell for lower prices like that >_<
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    I'm totally signing up for the T-Mobile test drive thing. Even with it's an iPhone, it's still awesome wow :D
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    Old June 20th, 2014 (11:44 PM). Edited June 21st, 2014 by Tsutarja.
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    Funny enough, I'm considering cutting my contract.
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    Old June 21st, 2014 (7:55 AM).
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    Funny enough, I'm considering cutting my contract.
    What's your contract like? And are you looking for something unlocked? :p
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    Old June 21st, 2014 (8:35 AM).
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    What's your contract like? And are you looking for something unlocked? :p
    The contract's expiring in days - it was a 2-year contract that came with my Lumia 900.

    12 GB of monthly data is a very nice thing to have, and that will stay when my contract expires, but it's still a postpaid phone plan to pay monthly. I'm thinking of transitioning my main mobile phone number to pre-paid, or PAYG as you guys say. It should be an easy affair to convert to pre-paid (I have done this before shortly before going to college with one of my numbers) - the hard part is "merging" two separate phone numbers into one, keeping their balances and dropping one number.

    All phones sold over here are unlocked. No exceptions. Even if gotten from a carrier.
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    Old June 21st, 2014 (12:30 PM).
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    All phones sold over here are unlocked. No exceptions. Even if gotten from a carrier.
    Wow, that's interesting. Are cell phone prices higher because of that or not?
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    Old June 21st, 2014 (2:07 PM).
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    All phones sold over here are unlocked. No exceptions. Even if gotten from a carrier.
    OMG, what country do you live in?
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    Old June 22nd, 2014 (4:19 AM).
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    Wow, that's interesting. Are cell phone prices higher because of that or not?
    Not sure. Probably slightly to somewhat.

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    OMG, what country do you live in?
    It's just a "thing" in Asia.
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    Old June 22nd, 2014 (6:41 AM).
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    Not sure. Probably slightly to somewhat.



    It's just a "thing" in Asia.
    Wow, that's amazing. Are the phones over there still branded with the carrier logo on them somewhere on the phone over there though?

    Even though my Lumia 520 is unlocked, it still has an AT&T logo on it.
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    Old June 22nd, 2014 (7:40 AM).
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    Wow, that's amazing. Are the phones over there still branded with the carrier logo on them somewhere on the phone over there though?

    Even though my Lumia 520 is unlocked, it still has an AT&T logo on it.
    Depends. At worst, you get a removable badge, but sometimes you also end up with nothing. (The firmware, on the other hand...)
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    Old June 22nd, 2014 (3:54 PM).
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    A lot of Android phones are the same way, although custom roms seem to remove all that branding and whatnot.
    Oh yeah, I remember my parents' old HTC Eris phones. Those showed the Verizon logo at startup on the stock ROM.
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    I despise having provider logos on unlocked phones, honestly, whether it be on shell or in somewhere in the interface. It's just personal preference, I suppose.
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    Old June 23rd, 2014 (2:51 AM).
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    That's why I'm thinking of making sure my next phone is gotten straight from retail. No carrier stuff.
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    Here in Denmark you can get phones on contract, but that's only really used by people on a really tight budget as far as I know. Most people just buy their phones in the electronics store, unlocked. I have never in my entire life seen a phone with physical carrier branding on the device. Besides, contracts don't tend to lock you in at all, and on average, each danish person switches service provider every 8 months.
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    Over here, it's not often I see a phone without any evidence of it being tied to a carrier. If there aren't any logos present on the phone physically, then there's probably a carrier logo at startup on the phone. And depending on the phone, buying unlocked could be a pain because of its price (list price of a Samsung Galaxy S5 is $799.99 USD unlocked).
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    List prices here in Denmark are pretty much the same. Here I have the three most popular phones at the moment:

    Galaxy S5: 4777dkk = $872.73
    iPhone 5S: 4888dkk = $893.00
    Xperia Z2: 4999dkk = $913.29

    But people still buy phones in the electronics store, because even on a two-year contract, the cheapest prices I could find were:

    Galaxy S5: 3560dkk = $650.30
    iPhone 5S: 3999dkk = $730.56
    Xperia Z2: 4350dkk = $794.68
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    I think some of those prices you listed there are actually a little more expensive for unlocked phones over here o.o
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    I was browsing for a new phone to replace my Samsung Galaxy Reverb, and I'll honestly say I'm a little repulsed at the modern phone market (I can't imagine how bad the iPhone scene is if Android is like this).

    I wanted to get a Samsung Galaxy S5, but that's $590, where it's $100 with contract. When I got to the plan selection screen it was the stupidest thing, they give me a choice between an overpriced all-in-one plan and a more customizable one that sticks you with a certain number of minutes and then forces you to pay extra at minimum for data. All the carriers did this or something weirdly similar, and it was embarrassing to say the least.

    Conclusion: Pay $75 to get my old phone back brand new, get old phone plan back with unlimited everything for $45/mo from Virgin Mobile, insert microSD card for music, be done with it. Enjoy my phone without paying out the ass, eh?
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    I was browsing for a new phone to replace my Samsung Galaxy Reverb, and I'll honestly say I'm a little repulsed at the modern phone market (I can't imagine how bad the iPhone scene is if Android is like this).

    I wanted to get a Samsung Galaxy S5, but that's $590, where it's $100 with contract. When I got to the plan selection screen it was the stupidest thing, they give me a choice between an overpriced all-in-one plan and a more customizable one that sticks you with a certain number of minutes and then forces you to pay extra at minimum for data. All the carriers did this or something weirdly similar, and it was embarrassing to say the least.

    Conclusion: Pay $75 to get my old phone back brand new, get old phone plan back with unlimited everything for $45/mo from Virgin Mobile, insert microSD card for music, be done with it. Enjoy my phone without paying out the ass, eh?
    Mmm mmm. Best thing you could do was to have a phone that you do enjoy using. You and your Reverb, huh? How was your experience with that particular phone?
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    Mmm mmm. Best thing you could do was to have a phone that you do enjoy using. You and your Reverb, huh? How was your experience with that particular phone?
    For how old the model is, it took decent pictures (720p front, 1080p main, says "5MP camera" so maybe otherwise), was only $200 when I first bought it in 2012, no contract crap with VM… the processor was a bit slow but it didn't impede network usage or anything, and it's a 3G phone with b/g/n Wi-Fi capabilities. The Android market was what made it so awesome, as it and the other features let me customize it so much. Albeit I could never figure out how to root it, it still did what I needed for most anything without too much lag and minimal BS on the way. 3G coverage wasn't a problem with VM and the speeds weren't jawdropping in either direction. Definitely worth what they want for now, maybe more. :P
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    So the other night I left my laptop running, and killed its battery. Guess that's some good exercise for it.
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    So the other night I left my laptop running, and killed its battery. Guess that's some good exercise for it.
    Proper battery care is important.

    Hmm... The 1520, the 930, or the Xperia Z2... all are equally good choices, but all of them do have at least one point against in my opinion. The 1520 is just XBOX HEUG. 930 isn't out yet, and doesn't have microSD slot. Z2 is fragile and has a relatively iffy camera.
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    Hmm... The 1520, the 930, or the Xperia Z2... all are equally good choices, but all of them do have at least one point against in my opinion. The 1520 is just XBOX HEUG. 930 isn't out yet, and doesn't have microSD slot. Z2 is fragile and has a relatively iffy camera.
    Personally, I'd go with the 1520, especially if you want to stay on Windows Phone. The battery life is what got me with that one. Does it have a mircoSD slot?
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    Personally, I'd go with the 1520, especially if you want to stay on Windows Phone. The battery life is what got me with that one. Does it have a mircoSD slot?
    It does have a microSD slot.
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