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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Patrick Henry, Mar 14, 2021.

  1. Patrick Henry

    Patrick Henry Lurker
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    Cricket has decided that my Huawei Honor 6X is no longer compatible with their network. They've suspended my account twice now and cut my phone off. It's a really bad time for me to have to buy a new phone but I guess I need to start looking. I was just wanting to get some advice here on one that won't break the bank.

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  2. Davdi

    Davdi Android Expert

    If Cricket allow them, I'd say any Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite or Moto G9 both firmly in budget territory.
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  3. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Send it back home. :) I'm sure it will still be fully compatible with China Unicom.
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  4. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    Is there a particular reason as to why you need to stay with Cricket? Other carriers will apparently still support your Honor 6x. A popular service with economical pricing is Mint Mobile:
    Check availability and coverage in your specific location though (Cricket being a MVNO tied to AT&T's cellular network while Mint is contracted to T-Mobile.)

    On the other hand, your current phone is five years old. It's still quite usable as is for a lot of things of course, but don't ignore the fact that it's also running a dated, no longer supported version of Android so there are security and/or privacy concerns that we all need to pay more attention to.
    If you do opt to keep using your Honor 6x, but with a different carrier that isn't writing that model off so abruptly, just be very attentive to what apps you might install and to whatever online services you interact with.
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  5. Patrick Henry

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  6. Patrick Henry

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    Thanks for the heads up on that. It says they have coverage in my area and I can use my phone. But if they're contracted with t-mobile there's a lot of places around where I live that it doesn't work. I live in a pretty rural area of GA.

    Edit: I checked phone compatibility again and expanded it. It's saying my phone is VoLTE compatible. But this is the reason cricket is saying that it isn't.
    #6 Patrick Henry, Mar 14, 2021
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2021
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  7. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    Yeah, coverage and which carrier you use is a big problem here in the U.S. Depending on where you live it can be a non-issue or a real pain. If T-Mobile's cellular network is too spotty for you, best stick with AT&T's service (or a MVNO that's contracted with AT&T). The issue with the carriers and their respective cellular networks is a pretty complicated matter, and there is no phone that can work with all of them, at least not be fully functional. There's a cellular radio chip in every phone, and they're also made to work with just some bands/frequencies. So some phones will of course be fully capable to handle 2G, 3G, 4G/LTE for some cellular networks (corresponding with the carrier or carriers the phone is by design intended to work with), but when it comes to other carriers, perhaps only cursory support for 2G and 3G but not 4G/LTE, or some other combination of the three (... with the added issue being 2G and 3G networks are or are in the process of being eliminated.)
    This article discusses the bands the major carriers rely upon, with some handy charts:
    And this frequency checker site might reveal more details on your phone to help determine your next move to a new phone or a different carrier:
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