Good (inexpensive) upgrade from an LG Marquee?

We signed up for Ting back in 2012 and my spouse and I we each bought one of the refurbished LG Marquee phones. Lately, mine has been lagging out VERY badly when I go to make calls from it. It takes several minutes from the time I touch the contact in my contacts list before it starts the call. I went through and stripped out all the apps I don't use, then did another pass and stripped out everything I can live without. The problem is persisting, so I think the phone's on its way out. Anyone here have a recommendation for another basic, low-cost Android smartphone that could replace my tired old Marquee?

1

Comments

21 comments
  • You should consider the Sharp Aquos Crystal_Sprint Prepaid Version. I just recently purchased one from Amazon for $129.00 with free shipping. The phone activated on Ting just like any other phone, just doesn't have the mobile hotspot capability. It's a beautiful phone, fast, responsive Android 4.4 Kit-Kat and 4Gb of storage. This is not a basic phone, it seems to be a pretty high end phone, just at a basic price somehow.

    Hope this advice is helpful.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • I agree with Paul completely. It also has expandable storage so you can put a microSD card in for up to 128GB and is a triband LTE device (works in Sprint Spark markets).

    If you want to go even cheaper ($60-80), the Boost Moto G activates on Ting perfectly as well: https://help.ting.com/entries/77713877-How-to-activate-the-Moto-G-on-Ting-unofficial-guide-

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • For a around $150 you can also get a 2013 moto x used on ebay, sprint version of course.  With either the moto x or the moto g as Cam pointed out you are pretty much guaranteed to get Lollipop.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Thanks folks! I appreciate the advice. I'll probably go with the Aquos - that sounds like it would fit my needs perfectly and then some.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Nicole, did you go with the Aquos? I also made the huge mistake of buying a Marquee and am going to replace it. If you have, what did you end up getting and how's it going?

    Thanks.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Actually, I'm Nicole's husband - the account is just in her name. But: yes! The Aquos is a HUGE upgrade from the LG Marquee, and I couldn't be happier with it. I'd recommend the phone without reservation. A fantastic deal for the money.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Thank you Nicole's husband. ;)  I'm going to do some research on the phone today to see if it's the right phone for me.

    How is the battery life on the Aquos?

    Cam Medlin ...can you tell me about any major differences in these two phones and are you able to tether using the Moto G?

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • I just read that the Aquos'  battery is not removable. Why would they make a phone like that? It makes it a disposable phone that will have to be thrown away after about a year because the battery will eventually die.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • The major differences are that the Moto G doesn't have LTE or expandable storage (microSD card), and its screen is a little smaller. Out of the box you cannot tether either device. Tethering is blocked by the software, so installing a custom ROM will resolve tethering issues but shouldn't be done unless you know what you are doing (rooting, installing ROM, flashing extra files) as custom ROMs don't always play nice with CDMA services (like Ting). The Moto G will get the newest Android version (5.0 Lollipop) but it is unknown at this time if the Sharp will be updated. If you are interested in more information my activation guide and review should answer most of your questions.

    Most modern phones do not have removable batteries anymore. Samsung devices have kept removable batteries, but most other manufacturers have moved away from them. I guess they assume most people will just get a new device anyway by the time the battery starts dying (usually more like 2 years), or maybe it is just planned obsolescence.

    If I were to recommend one over the other today, I would probably suggest the Aquos Crystal directly from Boost as it is on sale for black Friday for only $110. The Moto G has dropped to $60 a number of times, but appears to be around $75 now.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Thanks for the info. Cam.

    Is this the phone you're talking about? http://www.boostmobile.com/shop/phones/moto-g/?icamp=INTC_moto-g_HP_GENIE

    So the following Moto G won't pick up 4G LTE on Ting, correct (because Sprint won't provide 4G LTE for the prepaid version of this phone)?  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K0NRZSW?tag=thewire06-20&linkCode=as2&creative=374929&camp=211189

    What about the Second Generation Moto G?  It has a 5" screen and sd card slot.  http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-Moto-2nd-generation-Unlocked/dp/B00MWI4F0O/ref=sr_1_1?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1417208861&sr=1-1&keywords=Moto+G+US+GSM

    I'm still not sure which phone to get. Boost Mobile has a pre-owned Moto G on their site today for $41.99. I may just buy it and if I don't like it, buy the Aquos. 

    The reason I lean toward Motorola is because I've heard the radio signal is better than other phones. I live in a rural area and never had any problem with my Motorola Boost Mobile phone picking up a signal, but have a horrible time here (and I can see 2 phone towers from my house) getting more than 2 bars with the LG.

    My power goes out a lot and I want to be able to have phone service (house phone is an Ooma) when I need it. Also to check the power outage maps and see what's going on during storms. I don't use my phone much for music, video's, etc. Just to surf the web and FB when I have a power outage and rarely even use it when I'm away from home.

    The Aquos is really tempting since it has LTE and can add an sd card for storage if I need it.

    I may just buy the Moto G (pre-owned) and if I don't like it buy the Aquos and sell the Moto G.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • The Boost Moto G doesn't have LTE because it is not made to have LTE. It is manufactured as a 3G device only. Yes the Boost mobile like is correct. The LTE version you linked is an unlocked GSM only and will not work with Ting (Ting and Sprint are CDMA).

    Again, the second generation Moto G is GSM only and is not CDMA compatible (won't work with Sprint or any of their MVNOs like Ting).

    I would encourage you to read my activation guide as I get these questions all the time and are in the FAQs section: http://www.reviewtechnica.com/2014/06/how-to-activate-moto-g-on-ting.html#faqs

    Yeah $42 is hard to pass up for a Moto G, probably a great choice. Regarding signal strength, the Moto G and Sharp are essentially identical in my testing with the exception that the Sharp gets LTE data speeds. If you are in a rural area do you even have LTE coverage? http://ting.com/coverage Uncheck voice, check data and then search for your zip code or city. If you don't have LTE coverage I would definitely choose the Moto G.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Great, you cleared up what I had suspected, thank you.

    I have checked the Sprint and the Ting maps and they tell me that I am right on the border for the 'Best' and 'Fair' areas for 4G LTE.

    I was just reading the reply from Ting when I had used their "Personal Shopper" to try and find a new phone.  They advised the Motorola Photon Q for me.

    Something they said in the information they gave me...

    "Here is a list of devices that we cannot activate on Ting:

    • Rooted/Modified/Jailbroken/Flashed devices
    • Lost/Stolen devices (phones with a bad ESN/MEID)
    • Non Sprint devices (all phones must be Sprint & cannot be other MVNO's of Sprint e.g. Boost, Credo)
    • Devices that are not mentioned on our supported devices list
    • Unlocked phones (devices must be programmed to Sprint)"

    Why is Ting saying the phone won't work if I buy it from Boost, yet your instructions state it does work?

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Because most Boost phones do not work on Ting. Despite that fact the Boost Moto G and Sharp Aquos Crystal have been shown to work on Ting.

     

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • OH, I just found a promo code on Retailmenot.com for the Aquos that's on sale for $109.99 on Boost's website (AQUOSRMN50) which knocks $50 MORE off at checkout when you put the code in. I can actually get both phones for $101.98. With tax, that's $109.37 for both phones. Wow, that's a deal.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • I went ahead and bought both phones and will save one for a backup phone.

    I appreciate your advice Cam, you were of great help, thank you again. I'll post back after I get the phones to let you all know how it went with both.

    One more question ...do I need to buy Ting sim cards for these two phones, or will the Boost sim cards that come with them work?  I still have two sim cards from the Boost phones I used to have long ago. Those probably wouldn't work, would they ?

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • You are welcome.

    No, the Moto G doesn't have a SIM card, and the Aquos Crystal will have one pre-installed. You do not need anything from Ting.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Great, I'm all set then.

    Hoping to have them by the end of next week.

    It'll be really nice to have a decent phone I can depend on.

    Thanks ...take care.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Okay, I received both phones this past Monday and have been trying them both out for the past week to see how I like them.

    BTW Cam,  I used your referral and started a new account with Ting to get $100 credit, thanks for that.

    Both phones are very nice, but I'm preferring the Moto G over the Aquos. The Aquos has a stunning display, nice eye candy, handles nicely, but the camera is not as nice and battery runs down more quickly.  I get better voice reception with the Moto G (as I predicted). Even though the Aquos does get LTE, I can rarely pick it up here in my house but I am able to get at least 3 bars on my phone with the Moto G, where with the LG Marquee I was lucky to get one or two most of the time.

    I drove to the city over the weekend and both phones were doing well where there was a strong signal using data and voice.

    My primary interest is to have a phone that will be able to at least make voice calls when my power goes out (because I have a VOIP for home phone service) and to be able to view power outage maps during that time without running the battery down in two hours. The Moto G seems to work best for me, but plan on keeping the Aquos as a backup phone (because it's so pretty). I'll just disable data and texting on that phone to keep the costs down.

    Thanks so much for your input. I think I made a good decision on a basic, inexpensive phone. Especially since I was able to get such a fantastic deal over Black Friday weekend from Boost with buying both phones for under $110.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • I am glad it worked out for you and thanks for using my link! Yeah you got an amazing deal - both of those phones for $110, very nice!

    Sounds like the Moto G is perfect for your situation, it is a great phone.

     

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • I'm bringing up this old thread that my husband started - I'm the other spouse that's still using my LG Marquee! I'm way overdue for a phone upgrade myself, and while I do like my husband's Sharp Aquos, the nonreplaceable battery on his phone is a deal breaker for me. I was eyeing a used LG G3 but after doing some research found out that it wouldn't be useable with Ting until August, and I'm not hanging on to my Marquee till then, lol!

    I read the responses below and took a look at the Moto G, but the 1024 MB of RAM compared to the 1.5 GB on my husband's Aquos is holding me back. Does anyone know of another model that's comparable to the Aquos with a good-sized screen and removeable battery?

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • You likely have already know this but just in case:

    1) Boost and Sprint prepaid phones do can no longer be activated due to new rules from Sprint.

    2) Ting has a GSM network now that is based on T-Mobile's network - look at the coverage map and click "GSM" to see if is favorable in your area as that would open up a lot of options for different phones: http://ting.com/coverage

    Regarding the LG G3 you mentioned, why would you not be able to use it until August? There are no longer any time restrictions or devices that are "blacklisted" just because they are new. However, used CDMA phones can have trouble with the new policies mentioned above too: https://ting.com/blog/changes-to-the-byod-program-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/ but if the seller is willing the run the MEID through the Ting MEID checker and it passes you should be good to go.

    No removable battery being a deal breaker for you is going to be tough as very few phones have those any more. The Samsung galaxy series (up until S6) does and the LG G series are the main ones that come to mind.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink

Please sign in to leave a comment.