Best $100 unlocked GSM phone to byod!!
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Guys I need advice. I need to get my husband an reasonably priced phone. I have always gotten them used on ebay with no problems. My son and i have galaxy s3 and my dtr a iphone 5c. My husband doesn;t need anything fancy but he does need OS 4.2 or above for his work which is why we need to get a new one. I am considering getting a new gsm unlocked phone off amazon - can anyone make suggestions of good choices??

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  • Hey Lori!

    Picking out a device can be stressful, if you want some help feel free to fill out a Personal Shopper request online and our shoppers will provide you some options based on your criteria:

    https://ting.com/personal_shopper

    I hope this helps!

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  • My Galaxy Note 2 is for sale. Its in excellent condition although its CDMA I used it for over a year on Ting without any problems. Its faster and better than the S3 and comes with the Spen that I personally found great for business use.

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    I just bought an LG L90-D415 for $30 - 4G (HSPA+), single SIM, 4.7" screen, very good sound quality and it upgrades to Lollipop 5.0.2. The phone had its original Gorilla Glass screen replaced and had a scratch on it and was a little dirty but a great deal eliminates my criticism.

    Also just bought a device from a troublesome company, Blu. The nice looking Blu Studio C (D830u). We have two of them now for my daughters. Blu's customer service sucks worse than a Dyson does dirt BUT they are feature-packed phones for a great price. No, an incredible price for their 5" models.

    Conversely, I would recommend against anything that features the names "verykool" or "Coolpad." Also, stay away from the Chinese phones that are on the "direct" sites (AliExpress, DHGate). The ones that are compatible with USA networks are overpriced or counterfeits. Oh, Glyde is a hit-or-miss sales system. They are private parties "hooking up" (think Tinder for used cell phones). You'll have people over-rating their items and a critical eye is important. Most small companies out of Texas, California or Florida are really marketing to south of the border and beyond. Their product lines are not fully compatible with USA-based networks. For example, iDroid's salespeople will say "It's compatible with T-Mobile's network." Well, technically, yes. Only on the 2G (voice or really slow data). I called them on the BS and their CEO was invited to prove they're 3G/4G compatible, he couldn't.

    The Blu line seems to be best-priced on Amazon AND there's a lot of tricks to save money... Buying an "Amazon Warehouse" deal is usually OK. The latest one I got was $65. It was open-boxed and nothing was wrong with it that I could see. I ran diagnostics and everything checks out. I don't like Blu as a matter of principal but, when it comes to their wanting to put out competitive product, I see them changing course in mid-stream to capitalize on what the people want. That's a good thing but their older product is obsolete quickly. Too bad they don't see good customer service as part of a bigger package of long-term success.

    Have fun shopping and feel free to contact me if you want any more tips.

    sean in carlsbad

    PS - Be aware that T-Mobile pre-paid phones are locked and cannot be used with Ting. As referenced in another person's post (visible at the time of my writing).

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  • Thanks Travis LeRoy for prompting me... I have created a table of what the Ting network frequencies are centered at:

    2G: 1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE

    3G/"3G+"/4G (non-LTE): 1700 / 2100 MHz AWS band IV (UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+)

    4G LTE: 1700 / 2100 MHz AWS band 4 (also, bands 2 & 12 --- 1900MHz PCS & 700MHz are positive options in addition to, not in lieu of band 4 and will be available in the future in most cities)

    So, in short, if you want 4G LTE or 4G (non-LTE), you have to have 1700/2100 MHz AWS on the phone.

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  • Hello,
    I have an Lumia 830 and an iPhone 5s for sale. I was planning to sell them on eBay as usual, but it would save me eBay, shipping and Paypal fees to sell directly so I would be willing to reduce the price if you are interested. It is in very good shape, with only minor signs of wear. Bought it new last April. We are just about to purchase two new phones - just can't resist the new S6 Edge + and the Microsoft Lumia 950xl. Very excited about everything except the damn price. I love BYOD but damn, it is still hard to swallow the non-subsidized up front prices.

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  • Kevin Gaouette, if you still have the iPhone 5s for sale, I might be interested in purchasing.

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