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Old March 4th, 2014, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey I'm looking to kick my carrier to the curb and was wondering if anyone has found a really good deal on a galaxy note 3.

The best deal I have found so far is $651 USD

Anyone know any better? Would really appreciate it!

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That depends on your carrier. A GSM phone wont do you a biot of good if you have a CDMA carrier, even if it's free. Same for a CDMA phone if you have a GSM carrier. And some carriers won't let you use a phone on their network unless you buy it from them.

(I'm assuming, from your use of the word "unlocked", that you're talking about a GSM carrier and a GSM phone, but some people think CDMA phones can be "unlocked" too.)

Just one word of advice, although that price seems to be just a great price, not a rip-off - there are a lot of "Samsung Note 3" phones out there that aren't made by Samsung and don't have the functions of the Samsung Note 3, they just have the name. You end up getting a phone that does 3G (and very badly), no 4G, no LTE, about 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 1GHz or less CPU. But it looks almost exactly like the real thing.
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Hey I'm looking to kick my carrier to the curb and was wondering if anyone has found a really good deal on a galaxy note 3.

The best deal I have found so far is $651 USD

Anyone know any better? Would really appreciate it!

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One of those questions I can't answer since you've only mentioned price of phone.
Do you have a particular carrier in mind that you want to use the phone on?

I'd do a lot of Googling to see what offers are out there from reputable sellers.
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Old March 4th, 2014, 02:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That depends on your carrier. A GSM phone wont do you a biot of good if you have a CDMA carrier, even if it's free. Same for a CDMA phone if you have a GSM carrier. And some carriers won't let you use a phone on their network unless you buy it from them.

(I'm assuming, from your use of the word "unlocked", that you're talking about a GSM carrier and a GSM phone, but some people think CDMA phones can be "unlocked" too.)

Just one word of advice, although that price seems to be just a great price, not a rip-off - there are a lot of "Samsung Note 3" phones out there that aren't made by Samsung and don't have the functions of the Samsung Note 3, they just have the name. You end up getting a phone that does 3G (and very badly), no 4G, no LTE, about 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 1GHz or less CPU. But it looks almost exactly like the real thing.
Would have to find a phone that works on the Verizon network, but I am thinking of using a straightalk, or net 10 sim card kit.
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One of those questions I can't answer since you've only mentioned price of phone.
Do you have a particular carrier in mind that you want to use the phone on?

I'd do a lot of Googling to see what offers are out there from reputable sellers.
Would be Verizon. Already Googled my brains out! Might have to wait for the price to drop a little.
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Would be Verizon. Already Googled my brains out! Might have to wait for the price to drop a little.
Just found this note 3 for Verizon, still think I need to wait for the price to drop a little, but looks promising.
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I just purchased a Note 3, brand new for $545 from a guy on Swappa. Got my wife a S4 too.
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I used Swappa twice and very happy with their straightforward seel/ buy. Will use that site again.
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I just purchased a Note 3, brand new for $545 from a guy on Swappa. Got my wife a S4 too.
Swappa looks super promising, going to be keeping an eye on that site!
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1) You don't want a 9005, you want a 900V. (You're paying for GSM that you won't be using.)

2) Check really carefully. The Note 3 is LTE, and I think Straight Talk still has a 3G-only contract with Verizon. IOW, if the phone is capable of 4G, Verizon won't let you register it through ST (or Net10).
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1) You don't want a 9005, you want a 900V. (You're paying for GSM that you won't be using.)

2) Check really carefully. The Note 3 is LTE, and I think Straight Talk still has a 3G-only contract with Verizon. IOW, if the phone is capable of 4G, Verizon won't let you register it through ST (or Net10).
So you think the bring your own phone activation kits for ST and N10 won't work for the note 3? Pretty sure Net 10 lets you use 4G/LTE.
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