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Discussion in 'Android Help' started by Sandman3838, Jul 12, 2016.

  1. Sandman3838

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    Hello.

    I'm not sure if I should have placed this in the Root section?

    Any way I had a Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-I535 - d2vzw
    A while back I tried the Samsung Stock 4.4.2 and I could not get back to custom Roms.
    With the stock ROM they have locked them up.
    Something that I did not know before the upgrade.

    I have checked and most providers have the phones locked now.
    I am may change providers and leave Verizon and go with Cricket, T-Mobile, AT&T?
    But that is another question for another time.

    I need a new Android phone that I can use Custom Roms in case the original package is crap.

    Wish list -
    - Android
    - Cost 100 - 400
    - "Roughly" about the same size as my S3, little bigger is OK 5"-5.5" display
    - Able to take an additional Micro SD Card
    - Removable battery
    - It can be refurbished if its dependable?
    - One last thing, all I use the phone for is information, communication and videos at lunch.
    With the S3 I'm lucky if I have taken more than 24 pictures and I don't game on it. I could not care less about the Camera.

    Does anyone have any ideas?

    Thank you so much for your help.
     

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    If you like the S3, the T-Mobile version, T999L and the AT&T i747 has unlocked bootloader's and lots of custom development.
    To the best of my knowledge, T-Mobile branded devices do not have locked bootloader's or can be OEM unlocked.
    Most newer device have a non removable battery but SD card slots are making a comeback.
    Swappa is a good place to look for gently used devices
    https://swappa.com
     
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    Thank you i'll check into it
     

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