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Discussion in 'Android Help' started by NoizyCr1cket, Feb 9, 2016.

  1. NoizyCr1cket

    NoizyCr1cket Lurker
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    Hi,

    I just switched to T-Mobile and my current phone, the G3 international unlocked version, doesn't support T-Mo's features such as VoLTE, WiFi calling, or LTE band 12. I honestly don't have the time to spend researching phones that fit my criteria, so I'd greatly appreciate it if someone could please help me find a new phone that fits these specs:

    - All the services mentioned above (VoLTE, WiFi calling, LTE band 12)
    - Support for MicroSD card OR has at least 64GB built in
    - Closest to stock Android (gets latest updates), or can be rooted and flashed with a custom rom without losing the T-Mo features above
    - Preferably under $300, but if nothing is, I'll consider some higher prices

    Hit me with your best shot!

    Thanks!

     


    #1 NoizyCr1cket, Feb 9, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2016
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    Post #4 by Fox Mulder, Feb 9, 2016 (10 points)

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  3. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User

    the new Nexus phones will do all of that
     
  4. NoizyCr1cket

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    Neither the 5X nor the 6P have support for MicroSD. I need at least 64GB of storage, and the 5X maxes out at 32GB so that won't work for me. And the 6P 64GB version is much more expensive than what I was looking to spend. I was hoping someone could find something that meets those requirements in the OP and is under $300.
     
  5. The only phones that will support the T-Mo WiFi calling are T-Mo or MetroPCS branded phones with stock ROM. It's a proprietary feature that cannot be added in to a custom ROM or installed on an unlocked non-branded phone. Rooting won't affect it as long as the ROM isn't changed.
     
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  6. FaunPan

    FaunPan Lurker

    Amazon has T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S5's for $250. I purchased a T-Mobile unlocked S5 works great.
     
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  7. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Frankly if you need T-mobile specific features, you're going to have to get a specific version phone from that carrier. So basically it's down to whatever you can find at a T-mobile store I think.

    International being rather generic, well we certainly don't use T-mobile/Deutsche Telekom in China, so don't bother looking here. LOL
     
    #6 mikedt, Feb 10, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2016
  8. NoizyCr1cket

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    Yeah, I just hate how they have nothing even close to stock. And the nexus 6 they have, from what I've heard, doesn't even get the latest updates as fast as it should because it's T-Mobile branded, although it may be my best option so far.
     
  9. NoizyCr1cket

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    Wow! What a deal. Only downside is TouchWiz, although I may have to compromise. Thanks for pointing it out!
     
  10. Anwar Abir

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  11. You can install Nova Launcher to (mostly) take care of that. I use Nova on my S5.
     
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  12. Slug

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    That's a good call, as it meets all the OP's requirements (except wifi calling) and is $349 direct from OnePlus.
     
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  13. OP2 doesn't have band 12 (although the S5 doesn't either).
    If Band 12 is an important consideration, you can look at a Metro or T-Mo Galaxy Avant which is sort of a stripped-down S5. Doesn't have the nice AMOLED display but it does have band 12. I used one briefly but it developed a problem so I switched to the S5.
    Bear in mind that not all areas will have band 12 deployed so it may or may not be that big an advantage to have it. I believe it is available here in NYC but I'm fine without it.
     
  14. NoizyCr1cket

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    You're right about band 12. I guess I just wanted it originally for future proofing, or if I go to an area in the U.S. that only has Band 12. But where I live, I know I don't get it, so I'm more concerned about having WiFi calling since that's my best bet at having reception.
     
  15. NoizyCr1cket

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    I think I may just have to suck it up and get a T-Mobile phone and find some way to make it look stock through a theme or something. Considering the S7 is rumored to be released Feb 21, I might be able to get a good deal once the price of the S6 drops. Thanks for the input though!
     
  16. The S6 will probably come down, but it may still be out of your price range unless you can find a used one on Swappa. But bear in mind it doesn't have SD support and the battery isn't removable.
     
  17. Slug

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    According to the specs for the N American version listed on their web site it does. :)

     
  18. Hm ok must have been looking at the wrong version then. I stand corrected. Obviously anyone considering this phone (as well as other unlocked phones available in multiple versions) needs to be absolutely certain they are getting the right one for their region.
    There's still the non-removable battery in the OP as well as their "stellar" customer support. ;)
    Personally at least for now, I value the WiFi calling over band 12 hence my sticking with the S5. I haven't had any serious coverage issues and there is often WiFi available in places where I don't get service.
     
  19. Kibaikasu

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    If you're looking to stay within the LG family, I'd probably recommend the V10 if you don't mind the bigger screen. It has good internal memory, microSD card compatibility up to 200gb, and a removable battery.

    If that is outside your price range, you might also wanna consider the Moto X Pure Edition (aka Moto X Style), which has similar specs and has a smaller screen (albeit non-removable battery). The Moto X also doesn't come with as much bloatware. I'm an LG fanatic though, so you can say that I'm a bit biased.
     
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