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  1. shovenose

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    Hello all! I currently use an HTC One M7 that I purchased used on eBay a few months after it came out. I'm with AT&T at the moment, on a family plan that my uncle pays for. I want to move on and pay for my own cell service now.

    Where I live, AT&T has no service, and I need to use a Microcell to be able to use my phone. Unfortunately, it sucks and only works like 50% of the time. I have a cheap GSM Windows Phone with Ting that is my business phone line (I don't use it much, that's why I went with Ting). Since Ting uses T-Mobile, I can use WiFi calling. This works flawlessly and I want my primary phone to have WiFi calling as well.

    My HTC One M7 doesn't owe me anything, but I think it's time to replace it. For how much I use it, it has held up well,and I would have no problem choosing another HTC device. However, it crashes and reboots multiple times per day (I switched to CyanogenMod to try to resolve this but it didn't make a difference), Bluetooth audio cuts out frequently, the camera which sucked from day one is now completely purple, and the battery doesn't hold as good of a charge as it used to.

    I'm leaning towards the HTC 10 through T-Mobile because they can finance it for about $30/month for 24 months - I do like to keep phones for a wheel clearly so I'd probably upgrade the phone after those 2 years is up. I'm worried about the camera being less than exceptional since that seems to be HTC's weak point, though reviews of the the HTC 10 say it's alright. Is there a reason not to get the HTC 10? Is there a better phone for the same price?

    I am thinking that T-Mobile is a good choice since it has WiFi calling as a carrier. I saw Google Project Fi runs on T-Mobile as well, but I'm not sure if that supports WiFi calling. Is T-Mobile the best carrier for me?

    Thanks in advance for your input!

    PS: I really love Windows Phone but I need to get an Android since neither of my banks have apps and I use mobile check deposit daily.
     

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    The only things that can light a candle beside the HTC10 is the G5 and the two S7 models. You can't go wrong with any of the three.
     
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    I had an LG once and I did like it. I really hate Samsung because their phones seem so plasticky... I guess I'll go for the HTC 10 within a few weeks then. Is getting it financed through T-Mobile my best option?
     
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    The S6 and S7 are all metal and glass construction. So it's really not possible for them to feel plasticky if that's your only complaint. Plus the S7 and 7 Edge are IP68. Meaning they can survive being dunked in water. Officially they can survive submerged 1m in standing water for 30min.

    The G5 has some sort of weird coating that makes it feel more plasticky, but you can still tell it's metal underneath. There are some concerns about the magic slot construction but personally I don't think it's a big deal.

    I'd advise you to head over ti gsmarena.com and read their reviews on all 3 devices.

    I wouldn't know about pricing though since I don't live in the US.
     
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    Carrier choice is priority one,whoever serves you best where you'll use it the most would be the 1st order of business.
    Going w/T-Mobile,you have two main choices on postpaid:
    Standard EIP or JOD:
    EIP is a typical 24 month financing purchase,the phone is yours,regardless on when you finish paying for it.

    JOD is Jump On Demand,a leasing program that has lower monthly installments,but a balloon payment after 18 months to keep the phone,or,trade-in for another phone & start the process again.You can actually swap up to 3x-yr,talk to a Customer Care rep for details.

    All phones are available for EIP,but,a smaller choice of phones are available for JOD.

    Soooooo,w/all of that out of the way,here's my list of can't miss choices:
    HTC 10 or M9,which is only $299 NEW
    LG:V10 or G5
    Samsung: S7/EDGE & Note4

    If a removable battery,I-R Blaster,expandable memory are priorities,the Note4, v10 & G5
    I-R Blaster & expandable storage,the M9 (HTC 10 dropped that feature)
    The Note5 is a nice phone,but,I only recommend if sealed battery/non-expandable storage is OK (I-R Blaster is also MIA on this,as is on the S7/Edge).

    Check your local T-Mobile outlets for availability of older phones,if that interests you,such as the Note4.
    I found one last month locally @ T-Mobile,NEW,can't get that on-line w/T-Mobile anymore,only a refurb.
     
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    Thanks all - I am now the proud owner of a T-Mobile HTC 10. I did the financing (EIP, I guess). I also picked up a new HTC One M8 for $150 on eBay that I'll use for my secondary business line to replace my Lumia 635 WP 8.1 that my mother is going to end up with.

    So far, I'm not so happy with Android 6. The WiFi calling is a bit buggy it seems - internmittent could not connect errors while my Windows Phone works perfectly. I do like the new way it handles the MicroSD card, in that it integrates it with the main storage. Camera is a huge improvement over M7/M8, and that's also why I didn't try to find a new/refurb M9 - because of complaints about the camera.

    T-Mobile's WiFi calling is a godsend, though I've found a few spots out in the world where I had AT&T service where T-Mobile is lacking. However, their excellent US-based customer service makes up for that - they sent me a free Wireless AC Router in an attempt to resolve WiFi calling issues.
     
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    I just looked at my Verizon phone, and I see that they tied the WiFi calling into their $$$ crappy HD Advanced video calling...

    uh, no, I will just forgo the whole thing. Only once in my life, have I been out of range of Verizon and other cell carriers would work there.
     

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