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5 Cheap Straight Talk Phones Under $200 in 2019

With Verizon’s Straight Talk Wireless service, you can choose from a number of excellent phones that cost less than $200 without a contract — not to even mention that you get access to cheap data plans as well. It’s perfect for those on a budget. And if you decide to sign a contract, you can get a flagship phone for less than $50 a month, which is more than many device payment plans, but will still enable you to get the latest and greatest phones with a cheap data plan. To help you pick the best phone for you, we’ve selected eight of our favorite, cheap Straight Talk phones under $200 in 2019.

Galaxy S7 Edge

Coming up as first on our list, we have the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. If you don’t mind spending a little more than $200, this is an excellent phone that will bring you a sweet, high-end phone experience. A couple years old, yes, but the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is still one of the smoothest and fastest devices you can buy today.

It has top of the line hardware for the year it was released, but the highlight of the phone is scree. You get excellent, almost Retina-like clarity. But, on top of that, it has a dual-edge display that brings you not only a new dimension, but some added features for quicker access to contacts for phone and text.

ZTE Max Duo

The ZTE Max Duo is a really cheap option on Straight Talk, getting you into a cheap phone for just $135 outright. It has some decent hardware and software on it as well. It’s still running Android 5.1 Lollipop, but the software is quick and efficient. It has a massive 6-inch 1080p touchscreen, so you get excellent clarity as well. And with an octa-core processor and plenty of RAM, the Max Duo should be able to handle most applications on the Google Play Store.

Samsung Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 might be much older than the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S10 that’s now out; however, the S5 was a pinnacle point for Samsung. It was what started defining Samsung as a premium offer of smartphones. The Galaxy S5 has an attractive design, and an overall smooth experience. It comes with an excellent camera (though a little dated by today’s standards), has some good processing power, and most importantly, has an excellent screen that brings you tons of clarity. That makes this phone great for media applications, such as YouTube videos and movies!

 

Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro

Samsung may be known the most for its flagship smartphones with cutting-edge features and impressive performance, but the company is also great at making affordable budget smartphones for everyday use.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro offers all the reliability you would expect from a device with Samsung’s logo on it, as well as decent performance and great features, for less than $100. The J7 Sky Pro has an energy-efficient quad-core processor and a powerful battery to keep you connected for the entire day, or up to 31 hours of talk time. It ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which means that it supports voice commands, has a two-part notifications/Quick Settings area, and is far more resourceful when it comes to dealing with misbehaving apps that drain battery life.

The rear-facing camera on the J7 Sky Pro has a resolution of 8 MP, and it captures images with a sufficient amount of details and lifelike colors under ideal light conditions. Taking pictures at night or indoors is also possible but not without some noise and desaturation. The front-facing camera has a resolution of 5 MP, and it’s fine for casual selfies and video chatting.

Apple iPhone 6 32GB

The iPhone 6 is still, even four years after its initial release, a great phone for anyone who wants to enter Apple’s ecosystem on a budget. When it hit the market in 2014, the iPhone 6 shipped with iOS 8, but you can now upgrade to iOS 11.2.5 and enjoy most of the features available to the owners of newer and much more expensive iPhones.

Since the iPhone 6 only has 1 GB of RAM and a dual-core processor, you shouldn’t expect mind-blowing performance, but that’s not to say that it’s insufficiently powerful for day-to-day use. Making phone calls, sending text messages, facetiming, using Apple Maps, or browsing the web are all examples of tasks that are easily possible with the iPhone 6.

But where the iPhone 6 shines the most compared to other smartphones in this price range is the quality of the images it takes. Its rear-facing 8 MP camera takes clearer and more vivid images than some 12 MP or even 16 MP cameras found on smartphones released this year. If you’re an avid mobile photographer but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars just so you can take high-quality images with your smartphone, the iPhone 6 is the right choice for you.

LG Stylo 3

The LG Stylo 3 is a unique budget smartphone because it comes with a stylus for enhanced accuracy and comfort when writing and drawing. The stylus works best with a number of apps from LG, including QuickMemo+, Pop Memo, or Capture+ on the Pop Menu. Of course, you can also use the stylus with any other Android app as it simply replaces your finger. To prevent you from losing the stylus, the Stylo 3 can automatically alert you if your phone wanders too far away.

The Stylo 3 has a large 5.7-inch HD display—a great size for entertainment, surfing the web, or taking notes. Despite the larger display, you won’t have any problem fitting the Stylo 3 in your pocket thanks to its slim design and gently curved back.

Located below the auto-focus 13 MP rear camera with flash is a fingerprint sensor that serves as an additional security layer and eliminates the need to type in your password when making purchases or logging to your favorite services.

Samsung Galaxy S9

For less than $50 a month with a contract, you can have the Samsung Galaxy S9—arguably the best Android smartphone currently on the market. Just like every year, Samsung has yet again set a bar for others to work towards. The S9 has a state-of-the-art processor, the Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845, 4 GB of RAM, and up to 256 GB of internal storage space. Its 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display has a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels, and it supports HDR10.

The S9 is the first Android smartphone with a variable aperture camera, supporting f1.5 and f2.4 modes. The camera can adapt like the human eye to changing lighting conditions to ensure that your images look great regardless of whether you take them during the day or at night. With a new super-slow-motion video recording mode, you can slow down time and record video HD videos at up to 960 frames per second—that’s better than all consumer-grade action cameras currently on the market. Besides super-slow-motion video, the 12 MP rear camera can also record 4K videos at up to 60 frames per second.

The front-facing 8 MP camera can record 1440p video at up to 30 frames per second, and it can turn you into an emoji thanks to its augmented reality and face recognition capabilities. The same face recognition technology also powers what Samsung calls Intelligent Scan, a new technology that combines face recognition and iris scan to make unlocking simple even in low light.

iPhone X 64GB

If 64GB of storage space is enough for you, you can have the iPhone X from Straight Talk for less than $50 a month. Now famous for popularizing the camera notch, the iPhone X is Apple’s first foray into the world of bezel-less displays, and it’s clear that Apple has done its homework because the iPhone X leaves little to be desired.

At the heart of this engineering marvel is the Apple A11 Bionic chipset, which is more powerful than other smartphone chipsets currently available. With 3 GB of RAM, you can keep multiple apps open in the background and seamlessly switch between them with a brand-new gesture-based control scheme.

Turn the Apple A11 around, and you’ll notice its dual-sensor camera with a two-tone LED flash. The camera has one wide-angle lens with a 12 MP sensor behind it and one portrait lens with another 12 MP sensor. Both sensor feature optical image stabilization and allow for simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording.

Cheap Straight Talk Phones

How To Unlock A Straight Talk Phone

Trying to unlock your smartphone on Straight Talk? Maybe you’re in a poor service area and need to use the SIM from another carrier, or you’re headed out on international travel and want to use a local carrier in your destination country. Either way, your Straight Talk phone needs to be unlocked to use it on another network. There’s a few prerequisites that you have to meet, but the overall process is pretty easy. Follow along below!

Prerequisites

Unlike popular opinion, Straight Talk phones come locked, not unlocked. The confusion is that since Straight Talk is owned by Verizon, who ships phones as unlocked, Straight Talk phones would be unlocked, too. That isn’t the case — Straight Talk has at least one requirement that you have to meet in order to unlock your phone:

  1. Straight Talk will unlock your phone after 12 months of pay-as-you-go service. It has to be consecutive, uninterrupted service.
  2. Straight Talk will unlock phones of current and former Straight Talk customers without charge; however, if you purchased a Straight Talk phone as a private seller (i.e. a non-former customer), you may still request an unlock code, but Straight Talk may charge a reasonable fee to provide this.
  3. Customers must possess a Straight Talk phone that is not reported stolen, lost, or associated with fraudulent activity (i.e. not blacklisted).

Military members don’t have to necessarily meet all of these requirements either. You will have to use a Straight Talk phone that isn’t blacklisted, but you don’t have to meet the others. Provide your deployment papers, and Straight Talk will honor the unlocking request.

As you can see, there aren’t a lot of requirements, but it’s still a pretty strict one. Once you meet the prerequisite, you can call up Straight Talk and have them give you, text you, or email you an unlock code.

How to unlock a Straight Talk phone

Unlocking a Straight Talk phone is easy. First, make sure you have the unlock code handy, and then we can proceed with the process.

  1. Shut down the phone
  2. Remove the Straight Talk SIM card, and replace with your carrier of choice’s SIM card.
  3. Power on your phone.
  4. Enter the unlock code when prompted.

And that’s all there is to it!

What carrier can you use a Straight Talk phone on?

After you unlock your Straight Talk phone, you can take it to at least three carriers. You can use it on Verizon, as Straight Talk is Verizon owned. If the phone is made in 2015 or later, you can take it on GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile as well. Unfortunately, you might not have great luck on Sprint and its subsidiaries.

You can use phones from before 2015 on GSM carriers as well; however, you’ll have to make sure that they have they necessary radios and hardware support for calling, text messages, and 4G LTE data.

Use a third-party service

Straight Talk, just like other carriers out there, has some red tape in place that makes it difficult to unlock a phone. There are requirements you have to meet, and if you don’t meet them, your unlock request is denied. Luckily, as a last resort, you can use a third-party service to unlock your smartphone. Using a third-party unlocking company can get your phone operating on another network in no time, and without all of the red tape from your carrier. It does usually cost some money, which can range from a couple bucks all the way up to an average of $60.

You’ll want to search around and research good companies for this, though. Make sure they’re reputable, otherwise you might end up handing your money to one in return for, well, nothing. Once you purchase a code, it’s usually sent directly to the provided email, and then you can follow the included steps to unlock your phone.

Verdict

Straight Talk’s requirements are pretty few, but still pretty strict. Having to have 12-months of straight pay-as-you-go service is a difficult one to meet as a prepaid service, as not everyone sticks with prepaid for long. So if you don’t meet Straight Talk’s requirements for unlocking a smartphone, you might think you’re out of luck — but not quite. As we mentioned, a third-party service is a great last resort. You’ll have to pay some extra cash upfront for an unlock code, but they’ll enable you to bypass the barriers that Straight Talk puts in front of you.

Have you unlocked a Straight Talk phone before? Sound off in the comments section below.

How To Unlock A Sprint Phone For Free

So you’ve got a phone on Sprint’s network, and you’re looking to unlock it to use on another network in the United States, or on a local carrier in a country you’re traveling to. Typically, when you buy a phone from a carrier, it is locked onto that carrier’s network, meaning you cannot take an Sprint phone and immediately go over to Verizon or T-Mobile. But on top of that, Sprint is fairly restricted and strict as far as unlocking goes, but there are still a handful of way that you can unlock a Sprint phone for free so that you can use it on other networks out there.

If you’re not sure how, be sure to follow along below as we take you step by step through the unlocking process.

Prerequisites

Sprint actually has quite a few prerequisites to unlock your phone on their network, and they generally aren’t lenient on them at all.

  1. First, the device must obviously be a smartphone or tablet from Sprint.
  2. Sprint says that it also has to be a phone that is domestic SIM Unlock capable for the domestic United States.
  3. As with other carriers, the device cannot have been reported as lost, stolen or blocked. If it is, it is generally what carriers call “blacklisted” and cannot be unlocked.
  4. The device can only be unlocked if your account is in good standing, which generally means on-time payments and a good history with Sprint.
  5. On top of that, you cannot unlock your device right after buying it. It must have been active at least 50 days on the corresponding line of service.
  6. Finally, must be no outstanding or pending payments, including installation fees on a device payment plan.

Sprint has many of the same requirements for unlocking a device for international travel; however, the device must be SIM Unlock capable for international travel.

Sprint Forward Prepaid devices have all of those same requirements, but instead of being active for 50 days, it has to be active for 12 months before it can be unlocked. On top of that, you have to call Sprint Prepaid Customer Service to have it unlocked — the number is 855-639-4644.

Unlock a Sprint Phone

Sprint has some pretty stringent requirements as far as unlocking a phone goes, but once you meet them, you’ll need to get on the phone with Sprint to have your phone unlocked. You can head over to Sprint’s website and get on there online chat, or you can call their customer service line to start the process.

There are some caveats, however. Sprint — like Verizon — is a CDMA carrier, but is actually a little worse than Verizon. That’s because Sprint phones that come with a SIM slot that have been launched  within the past couple of years can’t be unlocked. You just won’t be able to put another carrier’s SIM card inside; however Sprint says that devices that operate on a SIM card that were manufactured after 2015 are unlock-eligible, and usually automatically unlock when the requirements are met.

Or, if you don’t want to wait for Sprint’s automated system to catch up, you can always talk to them through online chat or a phone call.

One of the more unique things that Sprint offers is temporary unlocking for international travel. This is usually a short term pass that is enabled for your phone, if you meet the requirements. You can request a temporary unlock over the phone, or you can head into your My Account page on the Sprint website. You’ll just need to select the phone that you want to unlock, and click on the link that says Unlock device to use int’l SIM.

Unfortunately, unlike all of the other carriers, Sprint isn’t even lenient for service members — you still have to meet the requirements to have your Sprint phone unlocked.

Use a third-party service

Is Sprint not allowing you to unlock your smartphone? Well, not all hope is lost yet. The good news is that you can also use a third-party service to unlock your phone. Using a third-party unlocking company can get your phone operating on another network in no time, and without all of the red tape from your carrier. It does usually cost some money, which can range from a couple bucks all the way up to an average of $60.

You’ll want to search around and research good companies for this, though. Make sure they’re reputable, otherwise you might end up handing your money to one in return for, well, nothing. Once you purchase a code, it’s usually sent directly to the provided email.

Verdict

Sprint is one of the more difficult carriers on the market as far as unlocking smartphone’s on the network go. There’s no app you can use to unlock the phone, nor is there a Request Portal for a Device Unlock like you might find with AT&T. Sprint certainly doesn’t ship their phones unlocked from the get-go with Verizon either. You really do have to get on the phone with Sprint to put in an unlock request, unfortunately.

How To Unlock A Cricket Phone

Cricket might not be the most well known wireless service on the market, but as a subsidiary of AT&T, it’s an excellent choice for locals who are looking for a cheaper wireless service than what many of the big companies offer. However, just like the big companies, you may move to or go to areas where the cell signal is poor, or you don’t want to accrue absurd charges when going on international travel. That’s why being able to unlock your phone on Cricket is so nice. With a cricket phone unlocked, you can easily pop-in a SIM from another carrier for better cell service, or to use a cheaper, local wireless service when traveling internationally.

So how do you unlock a Cricket phone exactly? Follow along below and we’ll take you through the process, step by step.

Prerequisites

Cricket, like other carriers, has some prerequisites that you have to meet before you can request your phone to be unlocked.

  1. The device you want to unlock has been active for at least six 6 months of paid service.
  2. The device is designed for use on and is locked to Cricket’s network.
  3. The device has not been reported lost or stolen. otherwise known as blacklisted.
  4. The device is not associated with a fraudulent account; your account must also be in “good standing.”

Cricket is actually one of the few carriers that supports military personnel pretty well. The Cricket policy is that they will unlock one Cricket-based smartphone for a service member who doesn’t meet the requirements, but that person will have to provide deployment papers or other supporting documentation.

How to unlock a Cricket phone

Cricket actually makes it fairly easy to get an unlock code, so long as you meet the necessary requirements. The steps to do it online, over at the Cricket website are:

  1. Sign in, visit Account Settings and select Get Code.
  2. Scroll down to locate the number of the phone or line you’d like to unlock.
  3. Select Request Unlock.
  4. The unlock code for eligible Android phones will automatically be displayed on screen, as well as texted to your phone, so long as you meet the requirements. The unlock process for eligible iPhone users is a little different, as they will receive their unlock code via text message the following business day.

You can also use the Cricket app to unlock your phone.

  1. Download and ppen your myCricket app.
  2. If you’re already signed into the app, make sure to sign out.
  3. From there, you can tap Unlock Device on the app’s sign-in screen.
  4. Tap Unlock at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Once your phone is successfully unlocked, restart it to complete the process. Once restarted, you should be able to take your Cricket phone and use it on any other network, including international ones.

Like we mentioned, Cricket is one of the few carriers that support military members with excellent communication services. If you need an expedited unlock, here’s the official word from Cricket:

“If you’re in the military and need expedited unlocking prior to deployment, please call Customer Support at 1-800-CRICKET (1-800-274-2538) or dial 611 from your Cricket phone. We appreciate your service. “

Use a third-party service

Red tape is unfortunately a thing that you have to wade your way through on almost every carrier out there; however, if you want to skip it, and don’t mind paying an extra few dollars to skip it, you can use a third-party service to unlock your phone. Using a third-party unlocking company can get your phone operating on another network in no time, and without all of the red tape from your carrier. It does usually cost some money, which can range from a couple bucks all the way up to an average of $60.

You’ll want to search around and research good companies for this, though. Make sure they’re reputable, otherwise you might end up handing your money to one in return for, well, nothing. Once you purchase a code, it’s usually sent directly to the provided email, and then you can follow the included steps to unlock your phone.

Verdict

As you can see, much like other carriers, Cricket has some strict requirements that you have to meet in order to have your smartphone unlocked. That’s generally the case, as they want you to stay on their network and not head off to a competitor’s network. However, Cricket still has a process in place that allows you to unlock your phone. But, if you don’t meet those requirements or get denied, you can use a third-party service to unlock your phone, if you’re willing to pay the added cost.

Have you unlocked a Cricket phone before? Did these steps work for you? Sound off in the comments section below.

5 best Verizon prepaid phones available today in 2019

Getting prepaid phones makes a lot of sense. Given the kind of smartphones there are on Verizon’s prepaid network, one doesn’t have to worry about finding the best device for themselves. This wasn’t the case a few years ago when only mid-ranged and budget handsets used to be sold on prepaid, but things are clearly different today.

Best Verizon Prepaid Phones

ImgAmazon.com LinkBrandProductAmazon.com LinkPrice on Amazon.com
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S7314.97
MotorolaMoto G4 Plus (4th Gen)162.95
VerizonMoto G Play96.98
SamsungSamsung J395

Just to make it clear to you, prepaid devices are the ones that you have to pay for a month in advance. There are no monthly bills that you pay after your usage. It’s basically a pay-as-you-use kind of a deal, really. So you won’t need two-year agreements or any other major forms to fill. You simply have to head over to the carrier, express your interest in getting a smartphone on prepaid and you’re good to go.

It’s also important to note that Verizon allows you to bring your own device to its prepaid network. Barring some fees like activation charges and others, you won’t have to shell out much either. The activation charge is waived off in some cases if you’re lucky enough. Keeping these factors in mind, getting yourself on the carrier’s prepaid network makes a lot of sense. But what if you want to get a new device for yourself? Well, we’ve got you covered as we have compiled a list of the best Verizon prepaid handsets available for purchase today.

5 Best Verizon prepaid phones available today in 2017

Samsung Galaxy S7

This Samsung flagship needs no introduction as it has been one of the most popular handsets last year and even today. You can get this beauty from Amazon in the 32GB format for just $485. For this price, the smartphone is an absolute steal, so we can’t recommend this highly enough. Packing a super powerful Quad HD Super AMOLED display, the Snapdragon 820 SoC, and a 12-megapixel rear camera, the Galaxy S7 is certainly the flagship phone you deserve.

One caveat here is that the phone is only offered in Black, but barring that, we think you can’t get a better deal than this at the moment. The smartphone can be paired with Verizon’s prepaid network, obviously. Which means you can enjoy Big Red’s blazing fast network on the handset. Given that Verizon offers a comprehensive list of 4G LTE plans, you won’t be disappointed with this arrangement.

Google Pixel (32GB)

This shiny new Google handset is selling for just $795 on Amazon. Most people don’t need a proper introduction of the handset, but it’s one of the most popular smartphones to come out of Google’s sheds and for pretty obvious reasons. Not only does it pack the best hardware (designed by HTC), but it also comes with the latest software that one can ask for, making it a very desirable handset. The Pixel is fully compatible with Verizon’s prepaid networks as well.

It is packing a 5-inch 1080p display, the slightly advanced Snapdragon 821 processor, and a groundbreaking 12.3-megapixel rear camera which can take some of the best photos you will see from a smartphone. The retailer is offering the handset in a 32GB configuration and in the “Quite Black” color variant. If you’re looking for the best Vanilla Android experience and don’t mind the steep price tag for the premium hardware, the Google Pixel is pretty much the best device you can get right now.

Moto G4 Plus

One of Moto’s most popular mid-rangers, the Moto G4 Plus is a no frills handset that will only set you back by $249. It comes with what many would consider a value-for-money hardware, something that’s pretty common in the current market environment. Naturally, the smartphone will work smoothly with Verizon Wireless’ networks in the country as well.

This handset is perfectly suited for those who are not looking to spend too much up front, but still want a high-end experience from their handset. The fact that it comes with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM allows you to do a multitude of things without breaking a sweat. There’s a 5.5-inch 1080p display and a pretty capable 16-megapixel rear camera on board as well, making this a highly capable smartphone on this list.

Samsung Galaxy J3

The Galaxy J3, or the J3, as it is known, is a mid-ranger as you would have expected by now. It only costs $84.84 via Amazon currently. But considering the kind of hardware you’re getting with this device, you wouldn’t worry too much about the price tag. It helps that the smartphone is coming directly from Verizon Prepaid, thus avoiding you the trouble of having to manually take it to a Verizon outlet to get it activated.

It comes with a 5-inch Super AMOLED display sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720. This is pretty commonly found on mid-ranged and budget devices, so it’s not particularly a surprise. There’s a 5-megapixel rear camera, and 8GB of onboard storage, so it’s a pretty capable device for the price you’re expected to shell out. The fact that the camera comes with decent low-light features is a major bonus here. If you’re planning to try out Verizon Prepaid but also want to purchase a new smartphone at the same time, this particular smartphone comes highly recommended. The reviews for the Galaxy J3 have been pretty favorable as well.

Moto G Play

Yet another offering from Verizon Prepaid directly, this 2016 mid-ranger has managed to impress a vast number of customers. It will only set you back by $54.58, which is yet another highlight worth mentioning here. The smartphone comes with a 5-inch HD display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, and an 8-megapixel rear camera, so it’s a pretty capable offering even with the low price tag. What’s particularly interesting about the Moto G Play is the fact that it comes with Moto’s suite of software features to enhance user experience.

You will be able to purchase the handset in a solitary black version, so there appears to be a dearth of color variants with this particular handset. But considering how Black is the preferred version for most handsets, we don’t think prospective customers should worry about this much. You will be pleased to know that the handset comes with an all-day battery life, thanks to the 2,800mAh unit packed underneath.

Best Verizon Prepaid Phones

ImgAmazon.com LinkBrandProductAmazon.com LinkPrice on Amazon.com
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S7314.97
MotorolaMoto G4 Plus (4th Gen)162.95
VerizonMoto G Play96.98
SamsungSamsung J395

5 Best Phones For Republic Wireless in 2019

If you’re looking to upgrade your phone for next year, you should consider the many excellent options Republic Wireless has. You have a huge advantage by going with Republic Wireless, as they allow you to pick up a high-end phone, bring it to their carrier, and get it on a data plan at extremely low costs.

ProductBrandNamePrice
GoogleGoogle Pixel 2Buy on Amazon|$572.24(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:30 ET)
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S8 Unlocked 64GB - US Version (Midnight Black) - US WarrantyBuy on Amazon|$413.99(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
MotorolaMotorola MOTO Z PLAY (XT1635) Factory Unlocked Phone - 5.5\" ScreenBuy on Amazon|$249.99(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S8+ Unlocked 64GB - US Version (Midnight Black) - US WarrantyBuy on Amazon|$473.98(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
MotorolaMotorola Moto G XT1540 Unlocked Cell Phone - BlackBuy on Amazon|$118.5(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)

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Follow along below and we’ll show you the 5 best phones for Republic Wireless in 2018.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Easily the best phone of 2018, the Galaxy S8 is a fantastic option for those looking to bring a phone to Republic Wireless. With this phone, you’ll get media experiences like you’ve never seen before.

It has the famed Infinity Display (curved display) with Quad HD+ 2960×1440 resolution, a 5.8-inch screen, a 3,000mAh battery, the Dual Pixel rear-facing camera, and expandable storage.

You can pick up a brand new GSM Galaxy S8, Unlocked for just $725 over on Amazon.

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Google Pixel 2

If you’re looking for the latest and greatest from Google, the Google Pixel 2 will be right up your alley with a 5-inch AMOLED 1920×1080 display, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 12.2MP camera and a 2,700mAh battery.

The phone has an updated design from last years that many thought strange. The phone looks more modern and sleek now. It comes in Kinda Blue, Just Black and Clearly White colors.

The phone is almost $900 on Amazon, but that’s because it’s in short supply right now. It should come down over the next of weeks to around $650. But even if you can’t wait, you won’t regret it, as this is a fabulous phone from Google that’ll work on Republic Wireless.

Buy it now: Amazon

Motorola Moto Z Play

Next up is the Moto Z Play from Motorola. This was previously a Verizon exclusive, but is now open for all carriers, including Republic Wireless. With it, you can even expand functionality through modular additions (sold separately).

It has a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, 32GB of internal storage, 3GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 625 processor and a 3,510mAh battery that is capable of lasting up to 50 hours, depending on how you use it. With TurboCharge functionality, you can get up to a nine hour charge in just 15 minutes.

This is a phone you can’t go wrong with, especially if you need something that can last long during work and play. You can pick this one up off of Amazon for $360.

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Samsung Galaxy S8+

Another great option is the Samsung Galaxy S8+, a bigger and better version of the smaller Samsung Galaxy S8.

If you’re a media aficionado, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is the phone for you. It has a much larger 6.2-inch display. You still get all of the extra technologies with it–the Infinity Display and the Quad HD+ 2960×1440 resolution. The difference here is that you get an an extra .4-inches of real estate to watch media on, which is a huge increase for smartphones, even though it may not necessarily seem like it on paper. It makes it perfect for watching YouTube or catching up on TV shows or movies during long flights.

You can pick this one up off of Amazon for $750.

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Motorola Moto G4 Play

Lastly, we have the Moto G4 Play from Motorola. If you’re looking for a great phone at an affordable price, the Moto G4 Play checks that box and more.

This is a pretty robust phone for the cost. You get a 1.2GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch 720p HD display, an 8-megapixel rear facing camera, 128GB of expandable storage and an impressive for 2,800mAh battery. Your mileage may vary, but the battery on the G4 Play is most impressive, as it can easily last you well into the evening and into the next day, depending on your usage.

If you’re on a budget, the Moto G4 Play really is a great phone. You won’t be able to find a cheaper phone that can last you as long, especially one with a really good display and ability to take excellent photos.

You can pick up the Moto G4 Play on Amazon for $135.

Buy it now: Amazon

Verdict

So, which phone should you pick up? We recommend either the Google Pixel 2, Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+; they’re Google and Samsung’s flagships, respectively, for 2017, and are only going to get cheaper going into 2018. They’re all-around solid smartphones.

If you don’t have the cash to spend, the Moto Z Play is a great option. And if you’re really cash-strapped, the Moto G4 Play is still a great phone, despite being labeled in the budget sector.

ProductBrandNamePrice
GoogleGoogle Pixel 2Buy on Amazon|$572.24(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:30 ET)
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S8 Unlocked 64GB - US Version (Midnight Black) - US WarrantyBuy on Amazon|$413.99(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
MotorolaMotorola MOTO Z PLAY (XT1635) Factory Unlocked Phone - 5.5\" ScreenBuy on Amazon|$249.99(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S8+ Unlocked 64GB - US Version (Midnight Black) - US WarrantyBuy on Amazon|$473.98(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
MotorolaMotorola Moto G XT1540 Unlocked Cell Phone - BlackBuy on Amazon|$118.5(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)

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5 Best Phones For Cricket Wireless in 2019

New flagships are always launching from all of the big companies. And at the time, they’re usually quite expensive. But now that we’re ending 2017, all of the major flagships have gotten a whole lot cheaper. AT&T might say a Galaxy S8 will cost you $800, but you can usually snag one for hundreds less.

Best Phones For Cricket Wireless

ImgAmazon.com LinkBrandProductAmazon.com LinkPrice on Amazon.com
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S8651.01
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Note 8601.99
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S8+473.98
LGLG V20359.98
LGLG G6218.95

Today, we’re going to show you our top 5 picks for the best phones for Cricket Wireless going into 2018. If you’re looking to upgrade to a flagship on the cheap, you need to check out these devices.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Looking to get Samsung’s latest and greatest? Then the Galaxy Note 8 will be the phone right up your alley. The primary focus of this phone is productivity. That said, it comes with a large 6.3-inch screen so you can use a variety of built-in multitasking features. The Infinity Display it’s equipped with looks great as well, allowing you to get an enormous amount of enjoyment out of videos, movies or TV shows.

The only downside is that it has a smaller battery than the Samsung Galaxy S8+. Not only that, but the S-Pen isn’t too useful. Many say they’re going to use it religiously, but never actually do, not making the extra $150 for this phone worth it. But, if you’re one of the few who does want to take advantage of the S-Pen, hit that Amazon link below.

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Samsung Galaxy S8+

If you want that same big screen, your best alternative is the Samsung Galaxy S8+, costing substantially less. You still get the huge 6.3-inch screen (and some multitasking abilities, but not all) for enjoyment in all types of media.

The huge benefit to the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is that it has a massive 3,500mAh battery, which is even larger than the more demanding Galaxy Note 8’s battery. This ensures that you’ll be able to still use your phone well into the evening.

You can pick it up off of Amazon below.

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Samsung Galaxy S8

Not into large phones with massive 6.3-inch displays? Than the Samsung Galaxy S8 might be right up your alley with its 5.8-inch display. The phone fits perfectly in the hand, and despite having the curved edges on both sides of the phone, holding it in the hand doesn’t accidentally open any apps or anything.

The downside to the smaller screen is that you do get a smaller battery. A whole 500mAh less at 3,000mAh, actually. Due to the smaller screen size, you should get the same amount of juice that you would out of a Galaxy S8+, but you’re mileage may vary.

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LG G6

Samsung rocked the market with the Infinity Display in its flagships this year, but one that shouldn’t be forgotten is the G6 from LG. If you’re looking for a traditional smartphone that has only been perfected on this year, the LG G6 is the way to go. You get a large 5.7-inch display, but without the “edges” on the Samsung devices.

It actually has a larger battery than even the Galaxy S8 at 3,300mAh. You’re certain to be able to get a lot of life out of this one on a single charge. The LG G6 is also relatively cheap to get into, in comparison to the Samsung devices.

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LG V20

Or, maybe you’re looking for a bigger and badder version of the LG G6? In this case, LG is now offering its V20 (a competitor to the Galaxy Note series). It has a massive QuadHD display, perfect for multitasking or watching videos, movies and TV. It has a sweet 16-megapixel dual-camera setup as well, capable of capturing video in 4K.

With the LG V30, you’re also getting a sizable battery (slightly less than the G6) at 3,200mAh, and it’s removable; you’ll no doubt get less juice out of it than the LG G6 due to the increase power the V20 will be pulling, but you’ll still be able to get a day out of it easy.

You can grab the new LG V20 on Amazon at the link below.

Buy it now: Amazon

Verdict

So, which flagship phone should you get on Cricket Wireless for 2018? If you’re a multitasker, we recommend the Galaxy Note 8 first and the LG V30 second, as the S-Pen in the Samsung device can really help with productivity. If you’re looking for a big screen with plenty of battery, the Galaxy S8+ and LG V30 are optimal options. Or, if you’re just looking for a traditional smartphone with a stunning experience, both the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 are excellent choices.

Best Phones For Cricket Wireless

ImgAmazon.com LinkBrandProductAmazon.com LinkPrice on Amazon.com
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S8651.01
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Note 8601.99
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S8+473.98
LGLG V20359.98
LGLG G6218.95

5 Best Cell Signal Boosters For Project Fi In 2019

Are you using Google’s Project Fi as your primary cell service go-to? Finding that the cell signal coverage in your home isn’t as good as it should be? This is because Google doesn’t operate its very own network — Project Fi is designed to piggy back off of other US networks, such as Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular. That said, you likely aren’t going to get the absolute best service in comparison to being on, say, AT&T. However, if your main frustration is that you just aren’t getting a great signal indoors, that can at least be fixed by using some extra hardware.

Project Fi Signal Booster

A cell signal booster is bound to solve all of your indoor cell coverage troubles. They take the signal from outside the home and amplify it inside the home, boosting your LTE, 4G or 3G coverage exponentially.  Not sure what cell signal booster to get? Be sure to follow along below, as we’ll show you the best ones on the market.

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weBoost Connect

First up on our list is the Connect by weBoost. This is the perfect cell signal booster for large homes and small storefronts. If you’re experiencing any sort of dead zone in your home, the weBoost Connect 4G-X is more than capable of eliminating them with its powerful 7,000 sq.ft range. The weBoost Connect is able to take the 4G/LTE signal outside of the home and amplify it inside the home right after setting the system up. You don’t have to worry about the weBoost Connect being network-specific, as it’ll boost the signal of any network inside the US.

With the booster, you can expect to get much better phone battery life and performance as well — first, your phones battery won’t be constantly draining because of a weak signal (phones are notorious for doing this), and you’ll see a performance increase due to a much better signal across the board.

Buy it now: Amazon

SureCall Fusion4Home

The weBoost Connect is quite a cell signal booster. It’s packed with technology and can amplify a 4G LTE in a 7,000 sq.ft area really well. However, there aren’t a lot of people that need to cover a whole 7,000 sq.ft area, unless you’re a small storefront or small office. With that in mind, the Fusion4Home by SureCall is much more suitable for the average consumer. It can amplify your signal up to 3,000 sq.ft., which is more than enough for the average American household.

There are a lot of cell signal boosters out there that are only capable of amplifying 3G networks inside the home, but the Fusion4Home is capable of amplifying LTE, 4G and 3G networks throughout your home. Since it does work with 3G networks, one might be more apt to pick this one up if one lives in a rural community where the cell coverage isn’t as good.

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MobileForce Car Cell Booster

Car cell boosters are an under-popular technology. Have you ever been driving while speaking on the phone, and then all of the sudden your call dropped? Dead zones! They’re notorious for ruining phone calls, especially while on the go. That’s why you should also consider picking up a MobileForce Car Cell Booster. This compact cell signal booster is designed for your car, amplifying the signal around you. It works with all U.S. networks, so you’ll be set for something that bounces between networks like Project Fi. With the MobileForce, you can say goodbye to anymore dropped calls while on the go.

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weBoost EQO 4G

The weBoost Connect is an excellent cell signal booster, but if you don’t need nearly that much power or only have a small room that you need to amplify signal in, you might want to take a look at one of their less sophisticated models. The EQO 4G by weBoost is designed to amplify the 4G signal in a 500 sq.ft space, and it does that very well. If you’re just trying to improve the connection in a small office, this is the perfect cell signal booster for you.

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Phonelex GSM Booster

It’s also worth considering the Phonelex GSM Booster. Cheaper than both the Fusion4Home and weBoost Connect, you’ll find that this might be a little more apt for those on a budget. The one downside to the Phonelex GSM Booster is that it is only capable of boosting 3G frequencies throughout your home. With that in mind, the GSM Booster is the perfect option for those that might not be in an area where LTE or 4G frequencies can reach.

Buy it now: Amazon

Verdict

As you can see, there are a lot of excellent options for cell signal boosters, but with so many, which one should you get? It all depends on your home size and needs. If you have an average size home, the Fusion4Home will do just fine. But, if you have a much larger space to cover, you might need to consider something as robust as the weBoost Connect. Only have a small office you need to increase the signal in? Then the weBoost EQO 4G will be right up your alley.

Project Fi Signal Booster

What’s The Best International SIM Card in 2019 for Travelling in Europe?

Overseas travel is unfortunately often associated with excessive charges and high roaming rates. This is especially true in Europe, where you encounter a large number of different carriers as you travel across individual states.  This is where an international SIM card will help you immensely, especially when used with the best dual SIM phones.  Below you will find 3 of the top sim cards for Europe.

ProductBrandNamePrice
MobalEurope Plus SIM by Mobal. 1GB of Fast 4G Data Included. Great Calling Rates. Excellent Coverage Throughout Europe – The Best European SIM Card Available. Great for Italy, France, Germany, UK etcBuy on Amazon|$59(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:32 ET)

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Update: These SIM cards no longer offer unlimited data as they did last year, the plans have been changed to 1GB free and unlimited incoming calls and texts.

The high prices of roaming originate from the inefficient way operators pass down charges to individual customers. Since you have no easy way of determining which local carrier will facilitate your connection and what the costs are, your operator simply charges you with the highest possible rate to avoid losing any money.

Get 1GB Roaming Data and Unlimited Incoming Calls & Texts Covering Most of Europe

Purchasing a local SIM card may be a good solution for certain cases, but certainly not for travelling across Europe. You will quickly get tired of constantly changing your SIM card, and the people you try to stay in contact with will have to play a guessing game when determining which number they should use to contact you.

A much better alternative is to purchase an international SIM card that you can use in all countries you will be visiting, thus keeping the same number and never worrying about extra charges. Even though there are many international SIM card providers, one stands out as the best choice for travelling in Europe. We are talking, of course, about Mobal and their new Global Unlimited SIM.

Global Unlimited SIM

Founded in 1989, Mobal is one of the world’s longest running cell phone providers and a provider of the bestselling international phone in America. Their fair approach to customer support already convinced thousands of international travelers, who appreciate that they never have to worry about hidden fees and surprising data caps. These travelers know how great it is to be able to easily connect with friends and family from any place they visit.

Mobal Global Unlimited SIM service comes with 1GB of free data and unrestricted tethering. You can use your international Internet connection to connect online with your laptop or tablet. All you need to do is create a portable hotspot and you are all set.

Unlike with roaming, there’s absolutely no reason to worry about accepting incoming phone calls because they are completely free in over 130 countries. The same is also true for text messages that you send to your loved ones and business partners.

Outgoing call rates cannot rival local providers, but 30¢ per minute in all countries beats roaming and the added convenience tips the scale in Mobal’s favor. After all, how else could you keep a single US phone number?

The service itself doesn’t require you to sign any contract. You simply pay $50 for every month you want to use the service and stop paying when you don’t need it anymore. The SIM card itself works with all devices and mobile operating systems.

International Cell Phones

Most unlocked GSM phones will work with international sim cards.  The top tiered phones such as the newer generation iPhones and unlocked Samsung Galaxy phones will work.   T-Mobile phones generally are also unlocked, and if for some reason your T-Mobile phone is locked, simply ask them to unlock it for you, it will be done without question.

Unless you have an iPhone, CDMA phones do not work well with international sim cards, so if you have a phone from Verizon Wireless, your best bet is to try to get Verizon to unlock the phone for you, or try one of these cheap global gsm phones below.

Best Dual Sim Smartphone (2017)

ImgAmazon.com LinkBrandProductAmazon.com LinkPrice on Amazon.com
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S8 - Dual Sim425
SamsungSamsung Galaxy J7 LTE (2016)371.5
OnePlusOnePlus 5364.99
LGLG G6 - Dual Sim289.99
MotorolaMotorola Moto G5 Dual Sim164

How to Get Started

When you order your international SIM card, you have to wait 2-5 days before you receive it in your mail. Alternatively, you can pay $25-35 for a priority shipping option and have it in your mailbox next business day by 10:30 am.

All that remains to do is to activate the SIM card via the included activation link and leave for your European adventure.

Each month of use is billed individually, which means that you never pay for something that you won’t use.

Get 1GB Roaming Data and Texts For over 130 Countries Worldwide 

An International Sim Card Versus Roaming

To remain at least somewhat relevant, carriers have implemented more palatable pricing structures and removed some of many outdated restrictions placed on their customers.

Sadly, even with these welcomed changes, international roaming still isn’t a viable option for most people. Those who are travelling to just a single country are much better off purchasing a local SIM card, and others can save lots of money by paying for a proper international SIM.

AT&T

The least friendly of the bunch is AT$T with their 25-15 cents overage charges and high costs of data. The basic package starts at $30 and includes 120MB of data and $1 per minute calls. Things get a little better with the $120 option. It includes 800MB of data and 35 cents per minute calls.

T-Mobile

On the other hand, T-Mobile leverages their international network by offering customers free international data roaming in over 140 countries. The only problem is that the free plan is limited to 2G speeds.

The cheapest plan with faster speeds costs $15 for 100MB of data to use for one day. When customers download more than the allocated amount, speeds become limited to 128 Kbps.

Sprint

Sprint closely mimics T-Mobile’s model by offering free 2G data roaming in 60 countries around the world. Extra connection speed costs the same as with T-Mobile.

Verizon

Last but not least, is Verizon with their improved TravelPass service. Customers pay a one-time fee each time they want to connect to a foreign network. Voice and data usage is then billed as normally. This costs $10 per day, with the exception of Canada and Mexico, where it costs just $2.

Things to Consider Before Traveling

Modern technology isn’t always travel-friendly. Different countries and regions use different standards and your particular phone may not work outside the country you brought it in. Furthermore, operators like to lock their customers to their own network to keep them from leaving for a competing provider.

Is Your Phone Unlocked?

You may have heard that about the concept of carrier locks, but there’s a good chance that you are unsure about what it really means. When you purchase a phone from a carrier, there’s a good chance that the phone will be configured to work only their network to prevent you from using a rival carrier’s plan.

Some smartphones are sold specifically as “unlocked” (often for a premium price), which means that you are free to use the phone on any network. These days, most carriers offer at least some way how customers can unlock their phones. It’s often not very straightforward, and it sometimes even costs money.

Whatever the case may be, you need to make sure that your phone is unlocked before you begin your travels. One of the simplest ways to do that is to head over to IMEI.info and input your IMEI number in the search field. You can get this number by dialing *#06# on your device.

Does Your Phone Support GSM Networks?

Mobile phones operate on two basic technologies: CDMA and GSM. Both CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) and GSM (Global System for Mobiles) are methods used by various radio communication technologies to facilitate wireless communication.

In the United States, AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM networks, while Sprint and Verizon Wireless use CDMA. This rather complicates things because the rest of the world uses GSM.

If that wasn’t enough, GSM has 4 different frequencies, each used in a particular region. Europe operates on GSM-900 and GSM-1800, but North America uses 850 MHz and 1900 MHz communication bands.

Your phone has to support the particular frequency of a local carrier to work properly. Some phones come with a so-called quadband support, which means that they can be used anywhere in the world.

You need to consult manufacturer’s specifications to ensure that your phone is fully compatible.

Conclusion

It’s very unlikely that roaming prices would reach acceptable levels in the foreseeable future. Operators simply don’t have enough incentive to change their flawed business models and customers have to deal with the consequences.

Fortunately, international SIM cards, such as Global Unlimited SIM from Mobal, provide an excellent, cost-effective alternative for savvy travelers. We highly recommend you check just how much you could save and imagine what it would be like to travel without worrying about paying absurd sums of money.

ProductBrandNamePrice
MobalEurope Plus SIM by Mobal. 1GB of Fast 4G Data Included. Great Calling Rates. Excellent Coverage Throughout Europe – The Best European SIM Card Available. Great for Italy, France, Germany, UK etcBuy on Amazon|$59(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:32 ET)

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WeBoost Vs Surecall Best Home Signal Booster 2019

Do you have a hard time getting a signal within your home, even when you’re on the 4G network, and not the WiFi? This problem is all too common, and it’s really not conducive to getting real work done at home, or even just communicating with your friends. This can be caused by several different things. If you’re too far away from a cell tower, you can lose signal. But perhaps you live right near one, but you just have random dead zones within your home.

ProductBrandNamePrice
weBoostweBoost Connect 4G-X 471104 Cell Phone Signal Booster for Home and OfficeBuy on Amazon|$899.99(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
SureCallSureCall Fusion4Home Omni/Panel, Cell Phone Signal Booster KitBuy on Amazon|$470(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)

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Whatever the case may be, losing your signal can be frustrating. Whether you’re struggling to get a video or a podcast to load, or you’ve had hundreds of dropped calls, it’s not cool. The good thing to know, however, is that there’s a solution. It’s called a signal booster, and basically you will install it somewhere in your home, and it will help strengthen your network signal, oftentimes astronomically. So today we’re comparing two of our favorites, the Connect 4G-X by weBoost, and the Fusion4Home by Surecall. Which one will be best for you?

weBoost Connect 4G-X

The WeBoost is a beast when it comes to strengthening your phone signal. If you’ve ever been on the phone, have had to find a spot with a proper signal, only to end up with the call dropping as you’re standing on your sofa, you’re going to want to check out WeBoost. This power-packed product will ensure that you never drop another call.

Another thing you should know about WeBoost is that it will work with any carrier you have. So it doesn’t matter if you’re an AT&T loyalist or if you’ve recently switched to T-Mobile, this signal booster will strengthen your mobile connection any way you want it to.

When you open your weBoost package, you’ll have everything you need to set it up within your home. There’s no need to order additional parts or anything of the sort. weBoost is ready to set up and install straight out of the box. Another neat feature is that weBoost actually preserves the battery life of your cell phone, for up to an extra 2 hours of talk time. This in itself is a truly amazing feature, because it adds so much value to the device you already have and own, even beyond just boosting the signal.

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Surecall Fusion4Home

Similar to weBoost, the Fusion4Home signal booster from Surecall will work with any carrier you use. This fantastic system will have you on the right path toward a strengthened signal in no time. It’s a system that’s built with you in mind, on a mission to solve whatever signal issues you deal with at your home or office.

The coverage of this booster is up to 3,000 sq. ft. This will be ideal for most home and apartment sizes, and is especially great if you have a specific area in your home or office that seems to be the typical “dead zone.” You’ll certainly want to install this system in or near that area for best signal boosting results. The Surecall Fusion4Home signal booster is a great system with plenty of features. Similar to weBoost, it will also extend your battery life and reduce dropped calls, but you’ll also receive a helpful diagram to help ensure a smooth installation process. Your kit will include the Fusion4Home booster, AC power supply, a 50 ft. RG-6 cable, a 20 ft. SC-240 cable, outdoor omni antenna, and an indoor panel antenna.

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Comparison

Both weBoost’s Connect 4G-X and Surecall’s Fusion4Home are great choices for signal boosters. When it comes to choosing between the two, one is not all that different than the other in how it runs and works. The important thing to remember is that no matter which one you decide on, you’re most likely going to love it.

However, if you are truly on the fence about it, we’ll tell the major difference: the price. The Connect 4G-X (weBoost) is $899, whereas Surecall’s is $499. That’s just about a $400 difference, which can seem pretty huge. The only thing we would say about weBoost is that it may be the better option if you have a home that’s larger than 3,000 sq. ft., just because the Fusion4Home doesn’t guarantee any boosting coverage beyond that size.

Verdict

Whatever you decide on, we’re fairly certain you’re going to thoroughly enjoy it. Both weBoost  and Surecall have created quality systems intended to make your life just a little bit easier and more efficient. Whether you have a large home, or a small city apartment, there’s something for everyone who needs a signal boost for their cell phone.

ProductBrandNamePrice
weBoostweBoost Connect 4G-X 471104 Cell Phone Signal Booster for Home and OfficeBuy on Amazon|$899.99(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
SureCallSureCall Fusion4Home Omni/Panel, Cell Phone Signal Booster KitBuy on Amazon|$470(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)

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Google Pixel 2 vs Moto X4 best Project Fi phone comparison

Each year, Google comes up with a new phone that offers users the best of Android. However, in 2015, the company decided to start a mobile network. This carrier, named Project Fi, runs on both Wi-Fi and cellular networks (with help from T-Mobile, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, and Three).

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The company even offers a handful of phones through Project Fi, making it a suitable choice for customers looking to get a Google-branded (Pixel) phone today. However, Project Fi also offers the Moto X4 Android One, which is exclusively available through its networks. Given that Moto and Google have been associated with each other in the past, this partnership is not particularly surprising.

ProductBrandNamePrice
GoogleGoogle Pixel 2Buy on Amazon|$572.24(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:30 ET)
MotorolaMoto X (4th Generation)Buy on Amazon|$139.99(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)

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Interestingly, the phone was launched around the same time as the Pixel 2, which is Google’s flagship phone going into 2018. This phone has its own charm, given that it’s been built with Google’s design (made by HTC), reminiscent to the company’s Nexus lineup. Given that two similar devices are now available on Project Fi, customers can be hard pressed to pick a suitable option. This article will make your job easier. So without waiting any further, let’s compare the two Project Fi phones.

Google Pixel 2 vs Moto X4 best Project Fi phone comparison

Display and Design

Both phones come with a similar size, although the Moto X4 is slightly bigger with a 5.2-inch LCD panel while the Pixel 2 settles for a 5-inch AMOLED display. Both phones have a display resolution of 1920 x 1080. So technically, the Pixel 2 will have better pixel density in its display given that it’s smaller.

In terms of design, however, the Moto X4 definitely takes the cake here. It comes with a combination of metal and glass, which makes it somewhat of a fingerprint magnet, but definitely an eye catcher. The camera arrangement on the back is similar to Moto’s recent crop of smartphones, and will definitely strike a chord with the loyalists. The Pixel 2 leaves a lot to be desired given that it has a very clogged front panel, the massive top and bottom bezels don’t help either. The back uses the dual-tone color pattern that was used with the first gen Pixels, and is perhaps the only good thing about the Pixel 2 in terms of design. The Pixel 2 can be bought in Kinda Blue, Just Black, Clearly White colors while the Moto X4 is available in Super Black and Sterling Blue colors.

Camera

The Pixel 2 has one of the best mobile cameras going around right now, picking up from its predecessor from last year. The 12.2-megapixel rear camera sensor comes packed with OIS, along with a 27mm lens for a wide range of photo options. The front crams an 8-megapixel camera, which is more than decent as far as portraits are concerned.

The Moto X4 uses a slightly different arrangement of cameras as the rear panel consists of a 12-megapixel + 8-megapixel dual cameras with phase detection autofocus. The front comes with a massive 16-megapixel f/2.0 sensor which makes this the better option for selfies. If we’re talking about rear camera performance, however, it’s pretty hard to get past the Pixel 2 in terms of image quality. That’s not to say that the Moto X4 is bad, though.

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Performance

This is an area of great concern for modern day mobile manufacturers. With each phone getting significantly better each year, to the point of making its predecessor obsolete, manufacturers have a tough time packing in the latest and greatest hardware year after year. Keeping this in mind, Google and Moto have been very wise with regards to onboard hardware.

The Pixel 2 comes with the octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset, which is one of the best Qualcomm mobile SoC available right now. The Moto X4, however, takes a very balanced approach with the Snapdragon 630 octa-core unit, which is quite modest in comparison to the Pixel 2. Given that Moto is going for a budget/mid-ranged setup here, this isn’t very surprising. The Pixel 2 packs 4GB of RAM, which has become the norm in the industry while the Moto X4 comes with a modest 3GB RAM module.

Given the kind of features the two phones are packing, it can be said with certainty that they will definitely not disappoint the customers. The Moto X4 comes with Android 7.1 Nougat, although an update to Android 8.0 Oreo was promised before the end of 2017. The Pixel 2, however, comes with Android Oreo out of the box, and will be among the first devices to officially get new Android updates.

Battery life

On paper, the Pixel 2 comes with a 2,700 mAh battery while the Moto X4 has a 3,000 mAh unit inside. However, when we look at overall battery performance, the Pixel 2 isn’t all that behind. In terms of web browsing, the Pixel 2 can come close to 11 hours and 9 minutes on LTE with the Moto X4 clocking a very decent 11 hours and 41 minutes on Google’s network. This suggests that the two phones aren’t all that different when it comes to battery life. The battery performance of each smartphone will differ depending on each user and his/her usage preferences. Keeping this in mind, it’s tough to call this round, but it seems like the Moto X4 has a slight advantage.

Other features

Water resistance has also become the norm in the mobile industry, with almost every leading mobile manufacturer carrying a water-resistant handset on their lineup. The Pixel 2 and the Moto X4 are no exceptions here. The Google offering comes with IP67 certification, while the Moto X4 has IP68 certification, making the latter slightly more powerful against water. To put it simply, the Moto X4 can last for 30 minutes in 1.5 meters of water while the Pixel 2 can run for 30 minutes in 1 meter of water.

The Pixel 2 comes in 64 and 128GB storage configurations with no microSD card slot for storage expansion. The Moto X4 comes with 32GB of storage which can be further expanded with the help of a microSD card. Advantage Moto X4.

Pricing

The Moto X4 is definitely the cheaper option here as you would have expected. The Moto X4 Android One will set you back by only $399. The Pixel 2, on the other hand, is significantly expensive at $649 via Project Fi. Naturally, both handsets come unlocked, and can be used with any other network of your choice, so you won’t be forced to stick with Project Fi if you’re not satisfied.

Verdict

While the two handsets were pretty much on par for the most part, the fact that the Moto X4 costs almost half of the Pixel 2 makes one think. Should you splurge on the $650 Pixel 2, which has a smaller display, but a vastly better camera, processor and RAM capacity? Or should you take the safer option and get the $400 Moto X4 Android One. Well, it really depends on what you want. If you’re looking to get the best of Android right now, you can’t do much better than the Pixel 2. But if the budget is a concern, the Moto X4 is a very good alternative as well.

ProductBrandNamePrice
GoogleGoogle Pixel 2Buy on Amazon|$572.24(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:30 ET)
MotorolaMoto X (4th Generation)Buy on Amazon|$139.99(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)

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5 Best Phones For Boost Mobile In 2019

Looking to upgrade your phone on Boost Mobile for 2018? The good news is that 2017 was full of fantastic releases, and now that we’re nearing the end of the year, many of these flagship devices can be bought at substantially discounted prices. For example, a Galaxy Note 8 might cost you $950 from a carrier, but you can always snag an Unlocked version a whole lot cheaper through Amazon, eBay or even Swappa–you just have to do a little shopping around!

ProductBrandNamePrice
GoogleGoogle Pixel 2Buy on Amazon|$572.24(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:30 ET)
SamsungSamsung SM-N950UZVAXAA Galaxy Note8Buy on Amazon|$601.99(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S8 (64GB) G950U 5.8\" 4G LTE UnlockedBuy on Amazon|$651.01(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
LGLG G6, LS993 32GB Ice Platinum - Sprint (Certified Refurbished)Buy on Amazon|$218.95(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S8+ Unlocked 64GB - US Version (Midnight Black) - US WarrantyBuy on Amazon|$473.98(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)

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Follow along below, and we’ll show you five of the best phone for Boost Mobile in 2018.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

 

Looking to pick up the best of the best? Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 is the latest flagship from the Korean tech giant with all of the latest and greatest hardware packed inside. You get a large 6.3-inch screen–perfect for viewing media and taking pictures. One of the primary benefits of the Galaxy Note 8 is the S-Pen and its corresponding features. If you ever wanted to take notes and create excel sheets with a pen instead of your fingers, this is the phone for you.

Buy it now: Amazon

Samsung Galaxy S8

At 6.3-inches in size, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 might be a little large for some. On top of that, you may not be a huge fan of the S-Pen. With that in mind, you can pick up Samsung’s next greatest thing: the Galaxy S8. It comes in at 5.7-inches in size, making it a whole lot easier to hold in the hand. You get almost all the same great hardware as well–the only real difference you’ll see is a smaller battery, which shouldn’t be too noticeable since it’s powering less screen real estate.

Buy it now: Amazon

LG G6

Not a big fan of Samsung and what they have to offer? Try out LG with their flagship from 2017: the LG G6. This is a great phone, but does have some substantial differences from Samsung’s offerings, differences that some may like. Just one of them is the screen. LG doesn’t employ the use of curved screens, meaning you’re getting the traditional, beautiful layout.

The LG G6 is also fast and battery efficient, allowing you to get the most out of your phone. You can find it on Amazon for just under $400, too.

Buy it now: Amazon

Google Pixel 2

Want to go against the grain and get the latest from Google? Then you won’t be disappointed with their all-new Pixel 2. Google might’ve dropped the ball the last time around, creating something that was a little clunky looking, but this time, they’ve improved with a modern and sleek design. Not only that, but with the Pixel 2 you get the full power of Google Assistant, the built-in AI that’ll help you with simple tasks, such as scheduling, reminders, weather, etc.

One of the benefits of the Google Pixel 2 is that you buy it Unlocked, so if you ever decide to leave Boost Mobile, you can take your phone with you, too.

Buy it now: Amazon

Samsung Galaxy S8+

Samsung has launched an array of great phones this year, but not all of them are for everybody. The Galaxy S8+ is one of those phones in the middle, between the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8. If you want something with a big battery that isn’t nearly as pricey as the Galaxy Note 8, but you want something larger than the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S8+ is your go-to option. Its massive 3,500mAh battery won’t have you running out of juice well into those late nights.

You can pick this up on Amazon for under $800, around $150+ less than the Galaxy Note 8.

Buy it now: Amazon

Verdict

Not sure which phone to pick up? Truth be told, there are a lot of great ones out there, making it difficult to choose; however, we can at least deduce a few of them down. The Galaxy Note 8 is a great choice for people who think they’re going to use the S-Pen regularly. If not, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is a great option with more battery. But, if you don’t like that big display, the Galaxy S8 is the next best option, featuring all that’s in the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, but in a smaller package.

Not a big Samsung fan? The LG G6 is an affordable high-end option as well. Or, if you don’t mind dropping a little cash, the Google Pixel 2 won’t let you down either. But, no matter which phone you choose off this list, you’re getting a great option!

ProductBrandNamePrice
GoogleGoogle Pixel 2Buy on Amazon|$572.24(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:30 ET)
SamsungSamsung SM-N950UZVAXAA Galaxy Note8Buy on Amazon|$601.99(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S8 (64GB) G950U 5.8\" 4G LTE UnlockedBuy on Amazon|$651.01(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
LGLG G6, LS993 32GB Ice Platinum - Sprint (Certified Refurbished)Buy on Amazon|$218.95(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S8+ Unlocked 64GB - US Version (Midnight Black) - US WarrantyBuy on Amazon|$473.98(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)

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Galaxy S6 camera stuck in selfie mode, won’t charge or turn on, other issues

Here is another post that will teach you how to address some of the common #GalaxyS6 problems. As usual, the problems we cover today are taken from reports we received from our readers over the recent days so we hope you’ll find this one a helpful read.

Below are the specific topics we are discussing today:

  1. Water damaged Galaxy S6 edge screen won’t work | How to recover files from wet Galaxy S6 edge
  2. Galaxy S6 not charging anymore | Galaxy S6 won’t charge or turn on
  3. Galaxy S6 not dialing the correct contact number
  4. Galaxy S6 keeps showing “Camera failed” error | Galaxy S6 camera stuck in selfie mode
  5. Network services of AT&T Galaxy S6 not fully working when used in Kenya
  6. Galaxy S6 ringtone and notification volume setup

If you are looking for solutions to your own #Android issue, you can contact us by using the link provided at the bottom of this page, or you can install our free app from Google Play Store.

When describing your issue, please be as detailed as possible so we can easily pinpoint a relevant solution. If you can, kindly include the exact error messages you are getting to give us an idea where to start. If you have already tried some troubleshooting steps before emailing us, make sure to mention them so we can skip them in our answers.


Problem #1: Water damaged Galaxy S6 edge screen won’t work | How to recover files from wet Galaxy S6 edge

I have a Galaxy S6 edge and I cracked the screen and ended up dropping it in water. It was working just fine before I dropped it into water. I can plug the phone up and the screen works but i can’t seem to turn it on. I plug it in and the charging screen appears. I just received a new phone. I just want to be able to get my pictures and all my contacts off. Can you help??

I’ve tried to try the down load function using the volume down and home screen buttons and nothing happens. i know they are working though because when its charging I can make the screen get brighter with them. — Jesseclements95

Solution: Hi Jesseclements95. One of the necessary conditions to recover files from a smartphone is to ensure that it powers on. The Nand chip, the storage device where user data such as photos and videos are stored, must be energized so that it can be accessed. This and together with a normally working operating system are the primary requirements that must be fulfilled first. If you can’t interact with the operating system because the screen remains black or unresponsive, there’s no point to attempt to recover your files. Try to have the phone repaired first to see if the screen can work so you can attempt another file recovery.

You can try to connect to your phone to a PC to see if it can be detected. If a computer can’t detect the storage device, you’re out of luck.

Problem #2: Galaxy S6 not charging anymore | Galaxy S6 won’t charge or turn on

Just last night I plugged in my Galaxy S6 but when I woke up it was still at only 60%. I could not get the connection to stay where it was charging. It kept beeping as if starting to charge and then stop. On the way to work it did the same thing in my car charger–it would plug in and say charging and then beep and not be charging. Then at work I have a charger and it did the same thing when I plugged it in–would say charging and then start beeping. It would say charging at work for a while and then when I would check the % charged it was going down. Then it stopped even trying to charge when I plugged it in. No sound or message of charging.

A lady I work with had her factory Galaxy S6 charger with her that works on her phone, but when I plug it into my S6 nothing happens. No sound or message to indicate it’s charging. — Chuck

Solution: Hi Chuck. An issue like this can just as easily be caused by software glitch as much as hardware malfunction, so the first thing that you want to know is if the issue can be solved by software solutions. That said, you want to try all relevant software troubleshooting for this case.

  1. Observe the phone while charging in safe mode. The first thing that you want to try is to boot the phone to safe mode. This is to check if a third party app is causing a conflict somewhere, which results to erratic charging behavior. Safe mode prevents services and apps from loading. This means only pre-installed apps will be running while charging. If the phone charges normally while in safe mode, that’s an indicator that one  of your third party apps is problematic. If you haven’t tried booting to safe mode before, here are the steps:
    • Make sure your phone is powered off
    • Once your device is switched off, press and hold the Volume down key.
    • While continuously holding down the Volume key, press the Power key briefly to power up your device.
    • Your phone will now power up in Safe Mode. By then you can stop pressing the Volume down key.
    • Swipe the screen to show the Safe mode icon. When you see this icon, it denotes you’re in Safe mode and can use your phone as normal but without any third party applications running or available.
  2. Wipe the cache partition. Another good software solution that you can try is to wipe the cache partition. Doing so will help ensure that the phone’s system cache is up-to-date. Here’s how it’s done:
    • Turn off the device.
    • Press and hold the following three buttons at the same time: Volume Up key, Home key, and Power key.
    • When the phone vibrates, release the Power key but continue to press and hold the Volume Up key and the Home key.
    • When the Android System Recovery screen appears, release the Volume Up and Home keys.
    • Press the Volume Down key to highlight ‘wipe cache partition.’
    • Press the Power key to select.
    • When the wipe cache partition is complete, ‘Reboot system now’ is highlighted.
    • Press the Power key to restart the device.
  3. Do a factory reset. As the name suggests, factory reset will restore all software settings to their factory state. If the root of the problem is due to an operating system glitch, factory reset should be able to fix it. Factory reset is the ultimate software solution that you can do so if nothing positive comes out of it, you can assume that there must be bad hardware behind the trouble. Below are the steps on how to factory reset your Galaxy S6:
    • Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
    • Press and hold the Volume Up, Home and Power keys together.
    • When the device powers on and displays ‘Power on logo’, release all keys and the Android icon will appear on the screen.
    • Wait until the Android Recovery Screen appears after about 30 seconds.
    • Using the Volume Down key, highlight the option, ‘wipe data/factory reset’ and press the Power key to select it.
    • Press the Volume Down button again until the option ‘Yes — delete all user data’ is highlighted and then press the Power key to select it.
    • After the reset is complete, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and hit the Power key to restart the phone.
  4. Check the charging port for damage or dirt. If there’s a hardware component that most often fails due to wear and tear, it’s the charging port. The health of this component depends on how careful you are when it comes to plugging and unplugging the charger. If you take plugging and unplugging for granted, wiggling the charger side to side or forcing an inverted charger head into the port, you can not expect this component to last very long. Doing so will most likely result to damaged pin/s inside the port, which can, in turn lead to erratic charging behavior. To check the condition of the port inside, try using a magnifying glass. If you’ll notice that a pin or pins are bent, you must submit the phone for repair so the charging port can be replaced. You also want to check for dirt or debris that might interfere with the charger when you insert it to the port. Try blowing compressed air into the port to remove foreign objects or debris that might lead to an issue.
  5. Have the phone repaired. Sometimes, a bad battery can also manifest in an issue like yours so the next best thing that you want to do is seek the aid of professionals so the hardware can be examined. If battery is fine, there must be other hardware components that have stopped working properly. If the phone is still covered by a Samsung warranty, a much better option for you would be to seek for a replacement.

Problem #3: Galaxy S6 not dialing the correct contact number

My husband has a Samsung S6 phone. He has included me as a contact. Problem is when he calls my cell number which does show in his contact list in little numbers, his phone dials instead our home phone number which appears in his contact list in big numbers.

Also, when I call his number from my cell, in his log my call shows as coming from the home phone and not from the cell phone from which the call was actually made on. Can you tell us if the problem on his Samsung and the way he added me as a contact or is the problem somehow due to my cell phone? — Mahearn

Solution: Hi Mahearn. The problem must lie on the way your husband created his contacts list. To fix the problem, you can ask him to delete all contact names that has your numbers so he can recreate a SINGLE account with your name and all your numbers. His phone may be confused with what contact to use, especially if he has multiple accounts that has your name. If possible, let him use one account only to prevent the issue from happening in the future again. This can be done by doing the following:

  1. Open the Contacts app.
  2. Tap More.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Go to Contacts to display section and select one account only.

Problem #4: Galaxy S6 keeps showing “Camera failed” error | Galaxy S6 camera stuck in selfie mode

My 18 month old S6 with no damage has a “Camera Failed” error message when choosing the camera app Icon. It is stuck in “selfie” mode and unusable. However, the camera works fine with any/all other apps that connect with the camera, i.e. text attachment, photo compass, etc.

I am not ready to do a full factory reset until I have explored “ALL” options since the camera does at time function. Any help and/or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks. Regards. — Tom

Solution: Hi Tom. If you haven’t yet, try wiping the cache and data of the camera app. This will force the phone to virtually “reinstall” the app, which should reset all settings of the said app. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Open the Settings menu either through your notification shade (drop-down) or through the Settings app in your app drawer.
  2. Navigate down to “Apps”. This may be renamed to something like Applications or Application Manager in OEM skinned versions of Android 6.0.
  3. Once in there, click on an application.
  4. You’ll now see a list of stuff that gives you information about the app, including Storage, Permissions, Memory Use, and more. These are all clickable items. You’ll want to click on Storage.
  5. You should now clearly see the Clear Data and Clear Cache buttons for the application.

There’s also a chance that a third party app is behind the trouble so before you commit to factory reset, you can try it instead. Safe mode blocks third party apps so want to observe how the camera app works when only pre-installed apps are running. Here’s how to boot to safe mode:

  1. Make sure your phone is powered off
  2. Once your device is switched off, press and hold the Volume down key.
  3. While continuously holding down the Volume key, press the Power key briefly to power up your device.
  4. Your phone will now power up in Safe Mode. By then you can stop pressing the Volume down key.
  5. Swipe the screen to show the Safe mode icon. When you see this icon, it denotes you’re in Safe mode and can use your phone as normal but without any third party applications running or available.

Should nothing change, do a factory reset.

Problem #5: Network services of AT&T Galaxy S6 not fully working when used in Kenya

I was given a present by a friend who currently stays in the USA. A mobile phone Samsung S6 edge plus model number Samsung SM-G928A with a android version 5.1.1. This phone is customised to AT&T carrier and 4G. Am currently using it in Kenya but don’t enjoy using it. The main issue is that most times I am offline and most of my contacts can’t reach me.

Secondly, when i replace the SIM to Airtel, it doesn’t recognise the SIM. It has no option of regulating networks from 4G,3G 2G. Most apps are customised to AT&T. How do i sort this? Suggestion have been rife that i change the motherboard and it would work. Others suggest i change the firmware and yet others say the unlocking wasn’t complete. What do i do? — Titus

Solution: Hi Titus. There can be a number of things to consider if you want to fix an issue like the one you’re experiencing so let’s stick to the most important ones.

  1. There’s no such thing as fully compatible phone. You must remember that your phone is not originally designed to work with your current carrier’s network. It was originally manufactured by Samsung to be used by AT&T, which may be using different network protocols/standards. This means that there’s a chance your phone’s hardware and software may not fully compatible with your current carrier’s system. What this translates to your experience is that some functionalities, especially network-related ones may not work as expected. In some cases, SMS may work perfectly while MMS doesn’t. In others, voice calls may not work at all, although SMS and MMS may be working just fine.
  2. Difference between CDMA vs GSM. CDMA and GSM are two most commonly used wireless technology standards in the world today. In the United States, Verizon and Sprint are the major CDMA technology users while AT&T and T-Mobile are using GSM. CDMA phones are significantly different from GSM phones in that they don’t use SIM cards. In a CDMA phone, subscriber information are buried deep in the phone’s software so unlocking it to make it work in other networks can be tricky, if not difficult. In some instances, you can’t even use a CDMA phone to another CDMA network. It’s not uncommon to encounter reports from users with a CDMA phone complaining some network functions are not working on another network. It must also be noted that CDMA phones don’t use SIM cards. In most cases, CDMA phones may have SIM card slots in them but only if the network offers 4G LTE, which is a modified GSM technology. In this case, the SIM card can be used to provide 4G LTE service but nothing more. Voice calls, SMS, and MMS services will only be allowed if the phone is registered in a CDMA network in the first place. On the other hand, GSM phones are relatively easy to use in other networks because such phones are designed to store subscriber information in a SIM card. As long as the phone has been properly network unlocked, you should be able to use a GSM phone in other GSM networks, provided the operating frequency band is compatible with that of the new network.
  3. Even GSM phones may not work in another GSM network. Having a network unlocked GSM phone, which means that the previous carrier has cleared the device from their system after a full payment, is not a guarantee that you can use it to any GSM network around the world. Every smartphone can only work in particular set of radio frequencies. For instance, an AT&T Galaxy S6 may only work on the following frequency bands:

GSM Mhz band  |    Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900

2G network         |    GSM 850/900/1800/1900

3G network         |    UMTS 850/1700/1900/2100

4G network          |   LTE Cat9 700/800/850/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600 (Bands 1,2,3,4,5,7,12,17,20)


4. Carriers can have limited coverage. If you notice that you tend to have good signal reception in one place but not in another, that may be due to your carrier’s network coverage limitations. Talk to your carrier’s technical support team to see if that’s the case.If your carrier in Kenya does not operate in any of these 2G frequencies (GSM 850/900/1800/1900), you may experience problems with SMS, MMS, and voice calls. To know if your phone is compatible with your carrier’s frequency bands, do a little Google search to find the exact frequency bands of the said device and compare it with your carrier’s.

5. Blame the phone. If everything appears to be working as far as your carrier’s services and coverage are concerned, the problem must be phone specific. To save your from headaches, find a phone that’s fully compatible with your network’s requirements.

Problem #6: Galaxy S6 ringtone and notification volume setup

Ever since I did a systems update, i can no longer set my ring tone settings and notification settings separate. This has been a HUGE hassle for me when I need to hear a low ringtone for calls without all other notifications. I had been just turning everything on vibrate at work but with that i missed a medical emergency at home with my mom who is now in hospital, because we almost got to hear too late and her condition is still somewhat critical. But going back, I really need this setting to go back to the way it was when I could turn up ringtone without every other notification being turned up too. HELP PLEASE!!! — Rachel

Solution: Hi Rachel. Two things. First, we want to remind you that Android operating system is not stagnant. It is an ever evolving system and sometimes major changes may be introduced via updates. If you want to revert to the previous operating system version (which we don’t recommend for security reasons), it’s your call. You can do that by flashing the previous version through Odin mode. Use Google to search for instructions.

Second, we don’t think there’s any way you can set a particular notification or ring tone volume in both Android Lollipop and Android Marshmallow so you must be using older Android version or a third party app. If you want to change the volume of ringtone and notifications in Lollipop and Marshmallow (Android 5.0 and Android 6.0, respectively), you must do so under Settings>Sounds and notifications.

 


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Moto X4 Vs Moto G5 Plus Best Cheap Verizon Phone In 2019

If you’re looking for the best cheap Verizon phone in 2018, you might want to check out the Moto X4 or the Moto G5 Plus. There’s not much need to get your hands on the latest and greatest — sure, the Galaxy S9 might look beautiful, but it virtually does the same thing as a Moto X4 or Moto G5 Plus, it just looks prettier, has a little bit better technology in it, and is way more expensive if you lose it or break it. That said, picking up a Moto X4 or Moto G5 Plus won’t break the bank, and your wallet certainly won’t be crying if you break it or lose it.

ProductBrandNamePrice
MotorolaMoto X (4th Generation)Buy on Amazon|$139.99(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
MotorolaMoto G PLUS (5th Generation) - 64 GB - Unlocked - Lunar GrayBuy on Amazon|$213.89(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)

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If you follow along below, we’ll show you which one to get, pitting the Moto X4 and Moto G5 Plus against each other to see which one is the best cheap Verizon phone in 2018!

Moto X4

You can’t go wrong with the Moto X4. It has a beautiful 5.2-inch Full HD display, which makes for a perfect media consumption experience. Whether you want to watch videos on YouTube, catch up on your favorite show on Netflix or maybe watch a movie or two you loaded on your microSD card, the Moto X4 will play and present it beautifully on its Full HD display. You’ll get true and crisp high quality colors.

The Moto X4 has some decent power behind it to it. With it, you’re getting a Snapdragon 630 Octa-core processor keeping the lights on, 3GB of RAM to keep apps snappy and responsive, and you’re getting fast 4G LTE speeds with this phone. The Moto X4 certainly won’t back down from even the most demanding tasks, such as streaming a PowerPoint presentation to a projector in a conference room, or even in playing some of the higher-end games.

Not only that, but you can expect to get great photos out of the X4 as well. It has a primary rear 12-megapixel camera that’s able to capture all the detail you could imagine in a photo. In addition, there’s a secondary 8-megapixel rear camera for bringing in just the right amount of light into your photos. Around the front, you have a 16-megapixel camera, which is perfect for Skype calls, video conferencing, selfies, and doing your own FaceTime with Google Duo.

At just $300, you cannot go wrong with the Moto X4. Check it out for yourself at the link below.

Buy it now: Amazon

Moto G5 Plus

Next up, we have the Moto G5 Plus. It’s similar in a lot of ways, but you do get some slight better hardware in some areas. You get the same 5.2-inch Full HD display, perfect for watching video, shows on Netflix or movies straight off your phone. Text is sharp as well, so reading articles and emails is as clear as can be.

You do get a slightly slower processor. The Moto X4 has a 2.2GHz unit, but the G5 Plus has a 2GHz model. However, you do get slightly more RAM than the Moto X4 at 4GB in this G5 Plus, which makes multitasking a breeze. In addition, you get a fingerprint sensor as well as a TurboCharge all-day battery that can take a decent charge in just a couple minutes on the wire.

You do get a downgraded camera setup, as it only features a 12-megapixel camera on the rear (no dual-camera setup here) and a 5-megapixel selfie camera on the front. It has 64GB of storage unlike the X4’s 32GB, and it only has 128GB of expandable storage, unlike the X4’s 2TB of expandable storage.

This all isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You really, in real-world use, won’t see a downgrade in performance with these slight decreases. However, these slight decreases translate directly into less money you have to spend on a phone. Instead of the $300 for the Moto X4, the Moto G5 Plus will only cost you a meager $260.

Buy it now: Amazon

Verdict

So, which one should you pick up? We recommend the Moto G5 Plus. It’s a little cheaper than the Moto X4, which is perfect for those looking for a phone on a budget. The performance differences aren’t enough to drastically change things, so it’s hard to pass up a $260 phone. However, if photos are super important to you and you’d like a little better hardware, the Moto X4 really isn’t a bad option either. But, ultimately, if you’re on a budget, the Moto G5 Plus is the best cheap Verizon phone in 2018 that you can get your hands on. You can’t go wrong with it, that’s for sure!

ProductBrandNamePrice
MotorolaMoto X (4th Generation)Buy on Amazon|$139.99(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
MotorolaMoto G PLUS (5th Generation) - 64 GB - Unlocked - Lunar GrayBuy on Amazon|$213.89(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)

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