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Recommend phone for travel to Europe

Discussion in 'Android Help' started by Bradskey, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. Bradskey

    Bradskey Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I'm planning to travel to Germany and maybe Austria for 9 or 10 days. My Sprint S3 isn't an international phone, and their roaming plans are outrageous anyway. Thinking my best bet might be to get an unlocked GSM phone and a sim card when I go.

    Can anyone recommend a good unlocked GSM phone that has:
    Android 4.0 ICS or greater
    3G/WiFi
    A decent to good camera
    $100-$150 or less
     

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  2. SiempreTuna

    SiempreTuna Android Expert

    I guess you could get a Nexus 4 then sell it when you get home. That might even end up costing you less than $100. If you were to time the two transactions right and pay by credit card, you might not even have to find the cash for the phone ..
     
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  3. iTzKPanda

    iTzKPanda AF's resident panda

    You can get a used Motorola Photon (not Q) on eBay for ~$100.
    It works on Sprint and has a sim card slot to work on GSM networks.
    The only downside is that it didn't get an upgrade to ICS.

    You might be able to find a Galaxy S2 for $150 if you look well.
    There's also the Galaxy Nexus and Motorola Atrix HD/Atrix 2.
     
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  4. Bradskey

    Bradskey Newbie
    Thread Starter

    After researching some more I saw a lot of really cheap unlocked Android ICS phones on Amazon, brand names like Blu or sometimes no name at all, some even looked like Chinese Galaxy S3 knock-offs. But I kinda gathered from reviews you get what you pay for.

    I opted for the European Galaxy S3 Mini. They go for around $270-ish, quad-band GSM but not dual-SIM. Lose a few features I don't use like NFC. Good battery life, familiar Samsung experience and quality (S3 Mini is a good name for it), no 4G, good battery life, nice display, nice size, decent performance and decent camera. Will pair with a global prepaid SIM card. It's a nice enough phone I might just keep it for future trips.
     
  5. ThatOneRearEnd

    ThatOneRearEnd Well-Known Member

    You've seen phones from BLU? I wish they'd offer these around here...
     
  6. DonB

    DonB ♡ Truth, Justice and the American Way !! ♡ ™
    Moderator

    NewEgg offers a Blu phone for $219
     
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