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Discussion in 'T-Mobile' started by Bodycount, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. Bodycount

    Bodycount Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    The only way to lure my wife away from Verizon and into T-Mobile so we save money with only one plan is if T-Mobile has a phone with a slide keyboard.

    I looked on their website and didn't find any phones with one.

    She uses a Droid 4 right now and loves it. So something with that kind of power is needed. I'll buy used and convert it to T-Mobile if I have to. Of course the Droid 4 can't convert thanks to Verizon's unique network.

    Please help

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  2. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    T-Mobile is a GSM carrier, so you can use any gsm phone with it. You aren't required to buy theirs

    Id look on Craigslist or eBay for phones made for ATT or tmobile. You'll have a wider selection that way
  3. gtbarry

    gtbarry Android Expert

    In addition, if you look at the major manufacturers (i.e. Motorola, HTC, Samsung) websites, you can often search phones by form factor (i.e. physical keyboard)

    (One sentence with TWO "i.e."s. I rox!)
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  4. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    Only one I can think of is the Galaxy S Relay but it's not "up to date". You'd have to find a refurb or used one. Came out last year.
  5. codesplice

    codesplice Elite Recognized Moderator

    There's an important caveat with AT&T phones - the two networks use a slightly different set of frequencies for 3G data. The big thing to look for is either 1900 MHz (in a "refarmed" area) or 1700 *and* 2100 MHz.

    GSMArena has a handy Phone Finder search function that may be helpful.

    (Some discussion on the frequency differences can be found on a T-Mobile Support Page)
  6. Bodycount

    Bodycount Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Only one I'm seeing that AT&T still sells on their website is the Pantech one. But the specs are crazy low.

    Wish they would bring out one with updated specs.
  7. jhawkkw

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  8. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    Just curious, has she tried going with an onscreen keyboard?

    Most of my family felt the same way, where they wanted the physical keyboard, but ended up not getting one due to limited options.

    They learned to live with the onscreen keyboard very quickly, and ended up going with on screen again for their next upgrade.
  9. Bodycount

    Bodycount Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I have a Galaxy Note 3. One of the biggest phone screens on the market. She tried using my phone and hated it. She's used to an actual keyboard because she can text faster.
  10. g01851

    g01851 Well-Known Member

  11. Bodycount

    Bodycount Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Sadly both phones you listed are not up to specs. the myTouch from the reviews is crap and only android 2.3. the Sidekick 4G processor is like four years old. Dont even know if it can run android 2.X.
  12. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    Galaxy S Relay had an update to Jellybean 4.1.2 earlier this year.

    Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G T699 - Full phone specifications
  13. Bodycount

    Bodycount Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    That looks like the only offer that T-mobile has that she could use. A lot of reviews from people saying the phone is locking up constantly. And T-mobile only selling refurbs .. meaning it's all the phones that were sent back that were locking up lol.

    Maybe I can find a brand new one somewhere.
  14. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    Sorry but qwerty phones are low priority with these companies. Good luck!
  15. g01851

    g01851 Well-Known Member

    Maybe find one of those bluetooth case keyboards for a current phone?
  16. Demontooth

    Demontooth Newbie

    If she tried SwiftKey she would not go back. There is absolutely no way she can text faster with a physical keyboard than flowing with SwiftKey and it guessing what you are going to type next.
  17. Shabbypenguin

    Shabbypenguin Extreme Android User

    the relay isnt the best around, but for qwerty it may be your best bet. for locking up etc it should be noted they have official cyanogenmod so you can replace her rom with 4.3/4.4 rom that will be fairly stable and allow qwerty without software bugs :)
  18. phillyundead

    phillyundead Well-Known Member

    I don't even think it's possible to type faster on a physical keyboard over an on screen. Especially on the note 3. I type extremely fast on this. The only physical keyboard I could possibly see being compared is a portrait one like a blackberry. But... Look on eBay for Bluetooth qwerty keyboard. You can use them for most phones.
  19. phillyundead

    phillyundead Well-Known Member

    I use TouchPal but I agree with you. I can type a sentence in one gesture lol.
  20. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    +1 for Touchpal. I'm pretty fast on that, too. :D
  21. phillyundead

    phillyundead Well-Known Member

    It's totally the best keyboard out there. :D
  22. DirtyDee

    DirtyDee Android Expert

    Heard the 22 of January for F3q
  23. chong67

    chong67 Android Expert

  24. Bodycount

    Bodycount Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Yeah my wife isn't looking for a top of the line phone. Just one with a somewhat current version of Android 4.1+ and a physical keyboard. That F3Q looks perfect for her depending on how much T-Mobile will charge for old two year old technology.

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