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Posted: 12/10/2013 4:46:33 AM EST
I went to best buy last night and traded in my Galaxy S3 for the S4. They gave me $115 for my old S3. The GS4 was on sale for $49.99. So literally no money out of my pocket for the upgrade.

So far, I'm loving the speed and the additional features on the phone. Battery life seems improved as well.

Questions...
1.) Is it worth rooting this device and are there good ROMs for it?
2.) What features do you enjoy using the most?
3.) Are there any hidden secrets or tricks on the phone?
4.) What case do you recommend?

I can answer questions as well if there are any.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 4:52:18 AM EST
Galaxy S4 Universal Remote.

Tapping build number in settings>more>about device about 5-6 times lets you see developer mode. I use that to keep my screen on when plugged in.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 4:53:04 AM EST
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Dupe post.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 4:53:52 AM EST
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Originally Posted By DMWalking:
I went to best buy last night and traded in my Galaxy S3 for the S4. They gave me $115 for my old S3. The GS4 was on sale for $49.99. So literally no money out of my pocket for the upgrade.

So far, I'm loving the speed and the additional features on the phone. Battery life seems improved as well.

Questions...
1.) Is it worth rooting this device and are there good ROMs for it?
2.) What features do you enjoy using the most?
3.) Are there any hidden secrets or tricks on the phone?
4.) What case do you recommend?

I can answer questions as well if there are any.
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As of now, there is not a *safe* way to Root it. . .at least if you are the MK2 OTA firmware.

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Link Posted: 12/10/2013 4:53:54 AM EST
Did you see what S3s were selling for on eBay or Craigslist? I think $115 is a bit low (unless you're still under contract, and BB was able to upgrade you and give you cash)
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 4:54:02 AM EST
Originally Posted By DMWalking:
I went to best buy last night and traded in my Galaxy S3 for the S4. They gave me $115 for my old S3. The GS4 was on sale for $49.99. So literally no money out of my pocket for the upgrade.

So far, I'm loving the speed and the additional features on the phone. Battery life seems improved as well.

Questions...
1.) Is it worth rooting this device and are there good ROMs for it?
2.) What features do you enjoy using the most?
3.) Are there any hidden secrets or tricks on the phone?
4.) What case do you recommend?

I can answer questions as well if there are any.
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1. Yes. If it's your first time use Cyanogen
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 4:54:20 AM EST
xda dev will answer your rooting/rom questions. I'd root it purely for the backup options.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 4:56:45 AM EST
LOL... cell contract suckers.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 8:04:26 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Jack_T:


As of now, there is not a *safe* way to Root it. . .at least if you are the MK2 OTA firmware.

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Originally Posted By Jack_T:
Originally Posted By DMWalking:
I went to best buy last night and traded in my Galaxy S3 for the S4. They gave me $115 for my old S3. The GS4 was on sale for $49.99. So literally no money out of my pocket for the upgrade.

So far, I'm loving the speed and the additional features on the phone. Battery life seems improved as well.

Questions...
1.) Is it worth rooting this device and are there good ROMs for it?
2.) What features do you enjoy using the most?
3.) Are there any hidden secrets or tricks on the phone?
4.) What case do you recommend?

I can answer questions as well if there are any.


As of now, there is not a *safe* way to Root it. . .at least if you are the MK2 OTA firmware.

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Is rooting ever been considered safe?

I am on the MK2 OTA. What is the best way to do it?

I was looking at doing it this way.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2387577
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 8:13:39 AM EST
After doing more reading, I'll use KingoRoot 1.1.5. Then it's just a wait until they come out with a custom recovery for it so I can flash ROMS.

It's too bad that they have this phone locked down so hard.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 8:21:03 AM EST
Did it come with a fire extinguisher?
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 8:25:31 AM EST
this is pertinent to my interests, I've got the same phone.

The GF and I have started calling it the tablet phone, but it's pretty aewsome.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 8:28:57 AM EST
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Originally Posted By GTwannabe:
LOL... cell contract suckers.
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Straight Talk or PagePlus FTW
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 8:39:09 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Imissed:
this is pertinent to my interests, I've got the same phone.

The GF and I have started calling it the tablet phone, but it's pretty aewsome.
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Its not that big
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 8:42:56 AM EST
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Originally Posted By DMWalking:

Its not that big
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Originally Posted By DMWalking:
Originally Posted By Imissed:
this is pertinent to my interests, I've got the same phone.

The GF and I have started calling it the tablet phone, but it's pretty aewsome.

Its not that big



My G2 is bigger and easily usable as a phone.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 8:47:23 AM EST
I would not want less screen than my Note 3 now that I am accustomed to the size.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 8:52:12 AM EST
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My G2 is bigger and easily usable as a phone.
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Originally Posted By justinbutcher:
Originally Posted By DMWalking:
Originally Posted By Imissed:
this is pertinent to my interests, I've got the same phone.

The GF and I have started calling it the tablet phone, but it's pretty aewsome.

Its not that big



My G2 is bigger and easily usable as a phone.


I've got mine in a otterbox defender and have stubby thumbs. So, it's right at the awkwardly unusable size. For reference, I have trouble hitting a stock 1911 slide release without shifting my firing hand.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 8:55:35 AM EST
How does everyone like theirs so far? My HTC EVO 3D is starting to show its age, and I'm due for an upgrade.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 8:58:25 AM EST
I really like my friends Razr Maxx HD 32 gb phone.

There are a few new to like new on Ebay and I have thought about getting one and trying it out before I get another iPhone when the 6 comes out.

Anybody have the Maxx HD? What do you like or not like about it?

Patrick
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 9:03:13 AM EST
S4's been catching fire , check Reddit , Samsung is trying to keep it quiet.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 9:06:28 AM EST
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Originally Posted By patsue:
I really like my friends Razr Maxx HD 32 gb phone.

There are a few new to like new on Ebay and I have thought about getting one and trying it out before I get another iPhone when the 6 comes out.

Anybody have the Maxx HD? What do you like or not like about it?

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My scond favorite phone ever.


The new motorola maxx is simply incredible.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 9:16:38 AM EST
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How does everyone like theirs so far? My HTC EVO 3D is starting to show its age, and I'm due for an upgrade.
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I, too just upgraded from a EVO 3D to the S4. I love it. The only thing that cheeses me off is the included video player seems to crash a lot on my downloaded MP4's. That almost never happened using the stock player in the EVO. But, I'll find a workaround with another player that's stronger.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 9:20:24 AM EST
Magpul is releasing cases this month for the gs3 & gs4. DSGarms has them up but not in stock.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 9:24:08 AM EST
I'm holding out for a S5. I will be converting from a iphone 4s and will be glad to get rid of the ios platform.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 9:25:49 AM EST
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Originally Posted By JVD:
Galaxy S4 Universal Remote.

Tapping build number in settings>more>about device about 5-6 times lets you see developer mode. I use that to keep my screen on when plugged in.
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You can also turn off the three animation settings in Dev mode to speed it up. I also got nova launcher. Made mine run a bit faster.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 9:29:14 AM EST
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Originally Posted By GTwannabe:
LOL... cell contract suckers.
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Would you please be kind enough to elaborate? By your remark, I assume you know of some viable alternative?
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 9:59:27 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Emoto:
Originally Posted By GTwannabe:
LOL... cell contract suckers.


Would you please be kind enough to elaborate? By your remark, I assume you know of some viable alternative?


There are several viable alternatives. Prepaid.

TMobile is also different in that you buy your phone at full price, and you get your plans at a discount. TMobile will even finance the phone for you, up to 24 months. You can leave at anytime, but you have to pay the phone off. So your "ETF" can be quite high if you leave after just 1 month.

I like both of these models more than the standard, pay us a shit-load of money, and we'll subsidize your phone for you. With this model, after 2 years, your monthly plan charges DON'T go down like they should. With TMobile, your monthly plan is low to begin with, and only goes up if you buy a new phone. So let's say you buy a Galaxy S4 phone and get on TMobile. You'll pay like $70/mo for unlimited everything with no throttling. You will pay about $24 per month for the Galaxy S4 until month 24 when you will own the Galaxy S4. Your monthly plan will stay at $70 the whole time. So in reality, you paid $94/mo for 2 years, and then $70/mo for months 25+.

This model works really good if you are a savvy shopper, or don't need the newest phone every year. Maybe you find an unlocked Galaxy S4 from Amazon for like $500 next year...or buy a used one for $350. You get a discounted monthly plan from Tmobile. The seperation of phone and plan is a good thing. TMobile also has $50/mo plans that have unlimited data, but they throttle you at 500MB. Your speeds go down, but you're not cutoff. It's up to you.

Prepaid is completely different...and you generally have to use 1 year old phones. You will hardly ever see a new release phone on a prepaid plan. I have prepaid with Virgin Mobile, and am using the Galaxy S3. It was released this past summer after about 1 year on the market. I expect the S4 to hit Virgin Mobile next summer after it's 1 year old...and after the S5 model rolls out.

Prepaid is best if you don't have to have the latest and greatest. If you do however, you're better off with one of those upgrade plans that TMobile forced on the industry. All the main carriers have plans now where you can upgrade as often as 6mo - 1 year.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 10:06:44 AM EST
Thanks, FreeFloater. I have avoided "smart" phones so far, due to the high cost and high monthly bills. Looks like the market is starting to become saturated enough for less expensive alternatives to become available. I will keep my eye on this. Thanks again.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 10:41:19 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Emoto:
Thanks, FreeFloater. I have avoided "smart" phones so far, due to the high cost and high monthly bills. Looks like the market is starting to become saturated enough for less expensive alternatives to become available. I will keep my eye on this. Thanks again.
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Oh, if you're avoiding smartphones, then prepaid is definately the way to go.

What do you pay now? Do you have a flip phone?
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 11:29:22 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Emoto:


Would you please be kind enough to elaborate? By your remark, I assume you know of some viable alternative?
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Originally Posted By Emoto:
Originally Posted By GTwannabe:
LOL... cell contract suckers.


Would you please be kind enough to elaborate? By your remark, I assume you know of some viable alternative?


https://play.google.com/store/devices/details/Nexus_5_16GB_Black?id=nexus_5_black_16gb

http://www.straighttalkbyop.com/

Top-end phone and unlimited (throttled after 2.5 gig) LTE service for $45 a month.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 11:33:03 AM EST
The remote control for tv/ cable seems to be fun at family gatherings!
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 12:09:04 PM EST
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Originally Posted By GTwannabe:


https://play.google.com/store/devices/details/Nexus_5_16GB_Black?id=nexus_5_black_16gb

http://www.straighttalkbyop.com/

Top-end phone and unlimited (throttled after 2.5 gig) LTE service for $45 a month.
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Originally Posted By GTwannabe:
Originally Posted By Emoto:
Originally Posted By GTwannabe:
LOL... cell contract suckers.


Would you please be kind enough to elaborate? By your remark, I assume you know of some viable alternative?


https://play.google.com/store/devices/details/Nexus_5_16GB_Black?id=nexus_5_black_16gb

http://www.straighttalkbyop.com/

Top-end phone and unlimited (throttled after 2.5 gig) LTE service for $45 a month.


So once I close my att contract I just buy a $45 card every month? Does it let you pay online per month so you don't get cut off trying to find a pay card?

I'm sick of paying $87/month
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 1:03:03 PM EST
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Originally Posted By 23pistol23:


So once I close my att contract I just buy a $45 card every month? Does it let you pay online per month so you don't get cut off trying to find a pay card?

I'm sick of paying $87/month
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Originally Posted By 23pistol23:
Originally Posted By GTwannabe:
Originally Posted By Emoto:
Originally Posted By GTwannabe:
LOL... cell contract suckers.


Would you please be kind enough to elaborate? By your remark, I assume you know of some viable alternative?


https://play.google.com/store/devices/details/Nexus_5_16GB_Black?id=nexus_5_black_16gb

http://www.straighttalkbyop.com/

Top-end phone and unlimited (throttled after 2.5 gig) LTE service for $45 a month.


So once I close my att contract I just buy a $45 card every month? Does it let you pay online per month so you don't get cut off trying to find a pay card?

I'm sick of paying $87/month


You can set up auto-refill via the website.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 3:03:42 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 3:09:09 PM EST
Get the Otter Box Defender for the S4. It's not that much bigger and it's kept mine safe through some nasty spills.

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Link Posted: 12/10/2013 3:21:25 PM EST
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Originally Posted By GTwannabe:


https://play.google.com/store/devices/details/Nexus_5_16GB_Black?id=nexus_5_black_16gb

http://www.straighttalkbyop.com/

Top-end phone and unlimited (throttled after 2.5 gig) LTE service for $45 a month.
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Originally Posted By GTwannabe:
Originally Posted By Emoto:
Originally Posted By GTwannabe:
LOL... cell contract suckers.


Would you please be kind enough to elaborate? By your remark, I assume you know of some viable alternative?


https://play.google.com/store/devices/details/Nexus_5_16GB_Black?id=nexus_5_black_16gb

http://www.straighttalkbyop.com/

Top-end phone and unlimited (throttled after 2.5 gig) LTE service for $45 a month.


Damn, that's a lot of phone for $399. I suggest the 32gb version. My 16gb galaxy s3 had only 11gb of usable storage. My porn collection alone would use most of that up.

I wish they had micro sd slots in those phones.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 2:46:18 AM EST
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Originally Posted By FreeFloater:


Oh, if you're avoiding smartphones, then prepaid is definately the way to go.

What do you pay now? Do you have a flip phone?
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Originally Posted By FreeFloater:
Originally Posted By Emoto:
Thanks, FreeFloater. I have avoided "smart" phones so far, due to the high cost and high monthly bills. Looks like the market is starting to become saturated enough for less expensive alternatives to become available. I will keep my eye on this. Thanks again.


Oh, if you're avoiding smartphones, then prepaid is definately the way to go.

What do you pay now? Do you have a flip phone?


My current bill is about $46/month. My phone is a Casio G'zone Rock, which is a ruggedized flip phone. I like the idea of waterproof and shockproof (at least to some extent) since I sometimes tour on a motorcycle. I see the utility that smart phones offer in being able to look up a restaurant or whatever online, check email, etc., and would not mind having that, but a high monthly bill is not something I want.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 2:50:08 AM EST
Anyone using a Cyanogen Mod ROM know if they have something like the Samsung "Blocking Mode"? That's ONE thing I like about the stock ROM.

Blocking Mode basically disables notifications. I leave my phone on while I sleep. I turn off sync and turn down the notification volume, but there's no way through Tasker to make the blinky light stop if I receive a txt. Blocking Mode stops that shit. I like Blocking Mode.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 2:53:36 AM EST
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Does your iPhone?

Link Posted: 12/11/2013 3:26:56 AM EST
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Originally Posted By GTwannabe:


https://play.google.com/store/devices/details/Nexus_5_16GB_Black?id=nexus_5_black_16gb

http://www.straighttalkbyop.com/

Top-end phone and unlimited (throttled after 2.5 gig) LTE service for $45 a month.
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Originally Posted By GTwannabe:
Originally Posted By Emoto:
Originally Posted By GTwannabe:
LOL... cell contract suckers.


Would you please be kind enough to elaborate? By your remark, I assume you know of some viable alternative?


https://play.google.com/store/devices/details/Nexus_5_16GB_Black?id=nexus_5_black_16gb

http://www.straighttalkbyop.com/

Top-end phone and unlimited (throttled after 2.5 gig) LTE service for $45 a month.

Viable option but for $60 I get unlimited talk and text, + 2 GB data for my smartphone on Verizon. And I have the best service. The problem with the cheaper alternatives is you don't always have service or you get late text messages. I don't go over my data allowance (WiFi at work and home).
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 3:42:45 AM EST
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Does your iPhone?

http://www.legitreviews.com/images/reviews/news/BurnedOutiPhone4.jpg
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Did it come with a fire extinguisher?



Does your iPhone?

http://www.legitreviews.com/images/reviews/news/BurnedOutiPhone4.jpg


Yes, fire extinguisher app comes preloaded.
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Anyone using a Cyanogen Mod ROM know if they have something like the Samsung "Blocking Mode"? That's ONE thing I like about the stock ROM.

Blocking Mode basically disables notifications. I leave my phone on while I sleep. I turn off sync and turn down the notification volume, but there's no way through Tasker to make the blinky light stop if I receive a txt. Blocking Mode stops that shit. I like Blocking Mode.
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CM has quiet hours, should take care of that for you. Calls still come through though, unless something has changed in their nightlies.

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Originally Posted By Emoto:


My current bill is about $46/month. My phone is a Casio G'zone Rock, which is a ruggedized flip phone. I like the idea of waterproof and shockproof (at least to some extent) since I sometimes tour on a motorcycle. I see the utility that smart phones offer in being able to look up a restaurant or whatever online, check email, etc., and would not mind having that, but a high monthly bill is not something I want.
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Originally Posted By FreeFloater:
Originally Posted By Emoto:
Thanks, FreeFloater. I have avoided "smart" phones so far, due to the high cost and high monthly bills. Looks like the market is starting to become saturated enough for less expensive alternatives to become available. I will keep my eye on this. Thanks again.


Oh, if you're avoiding smartphones, then prepaid is definately the way to go.

What do you pay now? Do you have a flip phone?


My current bill is about $46/month. My phone is a Casio G'zone Rock, which is a ruggedized flip phone. I like the idea of waterproof and shockproof (at least to some extent) since I sometimes tour on a motorcycle. I see the utility that smart phones offer in being able to look up a restaurant or whatever online, check email, etc., and would not mind having that, but a high monthly bill is not something I want.


You could keep your monthly bill about the same as it is now, but upgrade to a smartphone. It will cost hundreds of dollars to get a nice one, or less than $100 to get an entry level. As for lowering your rate on a flip phone...hmmm, it can probably come down a little bit...depending on who your carrier is, you may be able to bring your existing phone over to your new service.
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Straight Talk or PagePlus FTW
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Originally Posted By GTwannabe:
LOL... cell contract suckers.


Straight Talk or PagePlus FTW

How is straight talk for remote areas? On their website they say they use major networks but is it really as good as if you had a contract with one of them?

Paying $87.xx(seriously) for a 3 g verizon plan on a 3 year old smartphone.


Also id i get the straight talk Galaxy S4 can i take it to a different prepaid service? If it sucks that is.
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Originally Posted By KTMRIDER:

How is straight talk for remote areas? On their website they say they use major networks but is it really as good as if you had a contract with one of them?

Paying $87.xx(seriously) for a 3 g verizon plan on a 3 year old smartphone.


Also id i get the straight talk Galaxy S4 can i take it to a different prepaid service? If it sucks that is.
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Originally Posted By pale_pony:
Originally Posted By GTwannabe:
LOL... cell contract suckers.


Straight Talk or PagePlus FTW

How is straight talk for remote areas? On their website they say they use major networks but is it really as good as if you had a contract with one of them?

Paying $87.xx(seriously) for a 3 g verizon plan on a 3 year old smartphone.


Also id i get the straight talk Galaxy S4 can i take it to a different prepaid service? If it sucks that is.


It's ATT service, more or less. Slight differences in roaming since ST leverages parent America Movil's (Tracfone) roaming agreements. My ST phone works everywhere my old whip antenna Verizon Motorola E815 did; even my gun club in the boonies.
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I love Boost Mobile.
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Originally Posted By FreeFloater:


Damn, that's a lot of phone for $399. I suggest the 32gb version. My 16gb galaxy s3 had only 11gb of usable storage. My porn collection alone would use most of that up.

I wish they had micro sd slots in those phones.
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Originally Posted By FreeFloater:
Originally Posted By GTwannabe:
Originally Posted By Emoto:
Originally Posted By GTwannabe:
LOL... cell contract suckers.


Would you please be kind enough to elaborate? By your remark, I assume you know of some viable alternative?


https://play.google.com/store/devices/details/Nexus_5_16GB_Black?id=nexus_5_black_16gb

http://www.straighttalkbyop.com/

Top-end phone and unlimited (throttled after 2.5 gig) LTE service for $45 a month.


Damn, that's a lot of phone for $399. I suggest the 32gb version. My 16gb galaxy s3 had only 11gb of usable storage. My porn collection alone would use most of that up.

I wish they had micro sd slots in those phones.


I'm going the Nexus route. Already got one for my son. I got him the 16GB one though and put him on the Tmobile $30 plan(100mins,unlimited text and 5GB of Highspeed data). I think I want the 32GB white but they support USB To GO so you can get a small dongle and use usb thumb drives, card readers and some other stuff.

Some don't like the battery but it's just as easy to keep my battery pack handy and charge my phone off that if need be.

Link Posted: 12/11/2013 9:57:15 AM EST
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Viable option but for $60 I get unlimited talk and text, + 2 GB data for my smartphone on Verizon. And I have the best service. The problem with the cheaper alternatives is you don't always have service or you get late text messages. I don't go over my data allowance (WiFi at work and home).
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What? What plan or combo is that? I am on Verizon now with my flip phone and it would be like $90/month for that, at least when the call and want to upgrade me that's how it comes out.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 9:58:40 AM EST
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Originally Posted By FreeFloater:


You could keep your monthly bill about the same as it is now, but upgrade to a smartphone. It will cost hundreds of dollars to get a nice one, or less than $100 to get an entry level. As for lowering your rate on a flip phone...hmmm, it can probably come down a little bit...depending on who your carrier is, you may be able to bring your existing phone over to your new service.
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Originally Posted By Emoto:
Originally Posted By FreeFloater:
Originally Posted By Emoto:
Thanks, FreeFloater. I have avoided "smart" phones so far, due to the high cost and high monthly bills. Looks like the market is starting to become saturated enough for less expensive alternatives to become available. I will keep my eye on this. Thanks again.


Oh, if you're avoiding smartphones, then prepaid is definately the way to go.

What do you pay now? Do you have a flip phone?


My current bill is about $46/month. My phone is a Casio G'zone Rock, which is a ruggedized flip phone. I like the idea of waterproof and shockproof (at least to some extent) since I sometimes tour on a motorcycle. I see the utility that smart phones offer in being able to look up a restaurant or whatever online, check email, etc., and would not mind having that, but a high monthly bill is not something I want.


You could keep your monthly bill about the same as it is now, but upgrade to a smartphone. It will cost hundreds of dollars to get a nice one, or less than $100 to get an entry level. As for lowering your rate on a flip phone...hmmm, it can probably come down a little bit...depending on who your carrier is, you may be able to bring your existing phone over to your new service.


I wouldn't mind buying a smart phone so much; it is the high monthly bill that I can't stomach. Being able to keep at about the same monthly bill appeals to me.
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Originally Posted By FreeFloater:


Oh, if you're avoiding smartphones, then prepaid is definately the way to go.

What do you pay now? Do you have a flip phone?
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Originally Posted By FreeFloater:
Originally Posted By Emoto:
Thanks, FreeFloater. I have avoided "smart" phones so far, due to the high cost and high monthly bills. Looks like the market is starting to become saturated enough for less expensive alternatives to become available. I will keep my eye on this. Thanks again.


Oh, if you're avoiding smartphones, then prepaid is definately the way to go.

What do you pay now? Do you have a flip phone?


I've got an LG flip phone through Verizon. I pay a basic 39.99 for 450 anytime/anywhere LD minutes (no free texts) and then 3000 off peak minutes, plus I pay $5 a month for Verizon's Mobile Web, which in the past has allowed me to follow sporting events and check email.

Last summer, Verizon/ESPN/Fox/CBS sports all decided to stop supporting the software flip phones use, so I'm pretty much left with email (google no longer supports FPs) and a couple of sports sites, so that $5 isn't looking too beneficial.

I've been considering moving up to a cheaper smart phone, but I don't want to run that bill up from ~$55ish to $100ish.

I don't need the latest and greatest and I'm not doing a whole bunch of stuff on my phone, but following 'games' on the road, or out on the patio, would be nice.

I need to do some research and see if I can't buy a used phone and get a cheap data plan.

Chris
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Originally Posted By zoe17:
I would not want less screen than my Note 3 now that I am accustomed to the size.
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QFMFT! I have the Note II. I will never go back. Flat out best phone I have ever had. size is not a problem at all. I use multi window several times a week, and battery lasts all day long.
awesome phones
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