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Old December 3rd, 2012, 10:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Money Best Android phone for >50?

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Recently lost my phone which I have had for the past three years. I am now looking for an Android phone for less than 50: I know this is restraining what I can buy by a lot but it's a budget and I'm going to have to stick to it..

Any suggestions welcome but I would prefer that I would not have to import it as it will be for Christmas...bit late I know but whatever.

*Forgot to add it will be a Pay as you Go phone, so no contracts then.

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Old December 3rd, 2012, 11:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you are not with a carrier you could try going in, and if you don't mind signing a contract sign one and pick up a Galaxy Nexus, they are typically free with contract nowadays.

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Sorry I forgot to mention it will be a Pay as you Go phone, so no contracts sorry
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Keep an eye on asda, they sometimes drop the prices for last minute christmas pressies.. you'd be looking at something like a galaxy y for that money.

EDIT: http://www.phones4u.co.uk/shop/shop_payg_details.asp?itemkey=605485&intcid=payg-hot-p3
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Sorry I forgot to mention it will be a Pay as you Go phone, so no contracts sorry
If contracts are out i would say then look on Amazon or eBay for either old Android devices or some refurbished ones.
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I was looking at that earlier, I think it could be the one ( that I want)! Thanks for your help guys.

Edit: Reviews look pretty poor so I might keep looking. Anybody had experience with the phone?
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To be honest argo, for that price you aren't going to get anything great or highly rated I'm afraid. I'm hesitant to recommend you get something preowned but have you got a local CEX? You might be better off getting something from there with that budget. Carphone warehouse have the galaxy y in btw for 50
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I was looking at that earlier, I think it could be the one ( that I want)! Thanks for your help guys.

Edit: Reviews look pretty poor so I might keep looking. Anybody had experience with the phone?
What phone are you looking at?
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To be honest argo, for that price you aren't going to get anything great or highly rated I'm afraid. I'm hesitant to recommend you get something preowned but have you got a local CEX? You might be better off getting something from there with that budget. Carphone warehouse have the galaxy y in btw for 50
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CEX? What is that? And yes, I might be able to get that Galaxy Y.

The phone i'm looking at was this LG Optimus L3 Pay As You Go Deals | Phones 4u
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HTC Desire HD's are going pretty cheap on ebay, round about 50 quid mark.

Get it and root it, then put a jellybean rom on it and you're good to go.

I did this to my old desire hd and it's now smooth and fast as.
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If you've got the time to hunt for a bargain, then ebay and the second hand market is where you'll find them if you're lucky.

The 50 price mark is a tough one to stay under, but If it was me, and I had to buy a new one right away i'd consider the orange Sanfransico II from Orange...
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HTC Desire HD's are going pretty cheap on ebay, round about 50 quid mark.

Get it and root it, then put a jellybean rom on it and you're good to go.

I did this to my old desire hd and it's now smooth and fast as.
They are going for 50 quid? Just had a search on eBay and cheapest is 80...Maybe stick to that LG I mentioned? This will be my first Android phone btw.
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They are going for 50 quid? Just had a search on eBay and cheapest is 80...Maybe stick to that LG I mentioned? This will be my first Android phone btw.
oh ok, fair enough. I saw a couple the other week go for that price.
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The main risk of buying a used phone on places like Ebay, is that it could be reported stolen and carrier blacklisted, which renders it useless.

We've sometimes had posts like "Help I bought this Samsung on Ebay a few days ago, and now it can't get service or make calls.".

Buying a phone from CEX or Cash Converters should be OK though, because they're vetted on the CheckMend database.
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