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Discussion in 'AT&T' started by Lordlogan, May 22, 2011.

  1. Lordlogan

    Lordlogan Newbie
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    So i have an Iphone 3G and I feel like upgrading it so yesterday i looked and noticed a lot of android phones free or under 100 but today i look and everything that was free yesterday is .01 - 20 dollars today? why is that?

    I've had my Iphone 3g for 2 years and 5 months

    Any suggestions to which phone to upgrade to? With reasons and price to?

    Thank you - Logan
     


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  2. Yea thats how ATT works. The prices will fluctuate weekly if not daily. Gotta get em while theyre hot!! LOL

    As far as phones to get: I am personally an advocate for the Inspire 4G. It is 100 for new customers, not sure how much for you (best buy is selling it for $0.00 with a contract extension). It doesnt have the best of battery life but in the small amount of experience ive had its been VERY fast and I personally love Sense UI.

    These are the two answers you are likely to get the most:

    1. GOSH man!! we cant decide on a phone for you. Just go play with them and choose one you like...and leave us alone (Which is half true. I, personally, like to hear some anecdotal experiences from others)

    2. ZOMG get the Atrix, best phone on AT&T ever. (Its a darn good device tho
    ! just not what some make it to be.)

    Also, the Captivate is still a good buy and the TouchWiz interface will be an easy transition from iPhone. Also, Samsung makes [arguably] the best display in the business.
     
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  3. Lordlogan

    Lordlogan Newbie
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    Thank you, i was considering the Captivate but it is a hundred new, which is the same price as a refurbished atrix or new inspire so i don't know if i can justify buying an older phone for so much more when yesterday it was fifty
     
  4. esthernrob

    esthernrob Android Enthusiast

    i would imagine it would depend on which carrier you want to go with...
    if that is not an issue then i would suggest in no specific order...
    1. htc evo (it may be a slightly "old" phone but it ROCKS... especially if you're coming from the iphone... you wouldn't be disappointed..
    2. htc thunderbolt - perhaps the evo on steroids....
    3. or hold out for the evo 3d...
    (can you tell that i love my evo...:D)

    EDIT - my bad, after rereading your original op, you did say UPGRADE, so guess you're stickin' with att... not sure what they have to offer in phones but HTC puts out an outstanding product...
     
  5. Lordlogan

    Lordlogan Newbie
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    Haha i have to stay on At&t though
     
  6. esthernrob

    esthernrob Android Enthusiast

    just re edited my last post.... LOL
     
  7. Lordlogan

    Lordlogan Newbie
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    Haha ITs cool thanks for trying though :)
     
  8. Yea thats the gamble with ATT. If you upgrade through BEst Buy Mobile, it is priced at 29.99. But like i said, their (BestBuy) website is listing the Inspire as FREE. So the Inspire is still the better deal. If you have time to wait and some more budget, the SGS2 (Attain) and Nexus S should be making their respective paths to ATT soon.
     
  9. Lordlogan

    Lordlogan Newbie
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    Will my unlimited data still be grandfathered from my iphone if i switch to 4 g and is there any price difference that you know about?

    I doubt 4G is very good around here 3G isnt very good so if i have to pay muc more or lose my unlimited ill just go to the captivate
     
  10. im pretty sure they dont actually charge you more and they shouldnt because ATT 4G is just 3G with a Turbo.

    As for your unlimited data, idk......lol
     
  11. 2manyPHONES

    2manyPHONES Android Expert

    Yes you can keep your unlimited data plan as long as you go from smartphone to smartphone ( iPhone or Android) my husband just went from 3gs to Inspire($30 @ radioshack with upgrade and activation fee waived but I got ATT store to price match cause I was too lazy to drive to radioshack) and was able to keep his unltd plan and I have switched phones about 5 times since they got rid of the unltd plan and I still have mine. And it remains at the $30 price per month. There is the rare case where it accidentally gets removed during the upgrade process but a quick call to ATT and a claim ticket opened will result with it being added back on ( had to do this for one of my other lines)

    For the price you can get a new inspire for I don't think it can be beat. (Heard radioshack is getting a red inspire too)

    ATT doesn't really have 4g yet more like 3.5g. I had the captivate, actually still do, and the inspire is far better with less problems. The only thing I loved about my captivate was the screen absolutely beautiful colors.
     
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  12. Lordlogan

    Lordlogan Newbie
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    Alright so i believe i will be upgrading to Inspire from best buy

    But im on a family plan so would that extend the whole family plan or just mine?

    And should i expect any extra fees?

    thank you - Logan
     
  13. 2manyPHONES

    2manyPHONES Android Expert

    No it only extends the contract on that number not the entire plan. The only fee would be for activation. Everything else should stay the same including your current data plan ( only the name of the data plan will change from iPhone data to smartphone 4g personal data, if you have unltd then that you can keep)
     
  14. Lordlogan

    Lordlogan Newbie
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    And activation is 18 dollars right?
     
  15. 2manyPHONES

    2manyPHONES Android Expert

    I want to say yes cause I know that's what ATT charges but radioshack is $36 and I haven't upgraded at a best buy since I had a palm centro and can't remember what the fee was but I want to say it was $18. I don't think I would have paid $36 to activate I would have gone else where for the phone.
     
  16. ryaxnb

    ryaxnb Lurker

    Lord Logan - You'll love the inspire. And fees should be minimal if any.
    The Inspire is a very Good phone, the only other phone i would consider is the Captivate.
    The Captivate has a 4" AMOLED screen, Hummingbird 1ghz processor, and 16GB memory. Relative to the Inspire, the Captivate has:
    Better:
    Faster GPU
    More Flash
    More Application Storage (2GB vs about 512MB)
    AMOLED Clarity and viewing angles
    Plays more types of video & audio, and features a stellar audio chip.
    Slimmer build, smaller build.
    Worse:
    Smaller display (this may be better if you prefer 4.0" to 4.3")
    Slightly lower effective resolution (around 640x400)
    No HTC Sense UI
    $99 new instead of $69 new

    They are both even competitors. They both are stupendous phones and it really comes down to the details. For me the biggest advantage is the storage; the Captivate comes with 16GB of it, with 1.5GB available out of the box for applications and 13.5GB available for media. The Inspire comes with 512MB out of the box for applications and about 3GB for multimedia. Both are expandable, with up to 32GB of additional storage available. The Captivate even lets you swap microSDHC expansion cards with the phone on, allowing effectively unlimited storage.

    So anyway, i would recommend carefully weighing your options. They both rock as phones, and i've used both.
    As far as fees, i believe AT&T charges no fees specific to a family plan, but prices can be different for the phones. Whatever price is quoted when you choose to upgrade your line is the correct one, most likely.
     
  17. 2manyPHONES

    2manyPHONES Android Expert

    Im not sure where you got the numbers for the inspire because built in the inspire has 4gb but 3gb goes straight to the SENSE UI/preloaded att junk, leaving only 1gb built in for apps. As all multimedia (music/videos/pics etc) is automatically saved to the 8gb microsd card included. The camera/video recorder on the phone will not even take a picture/video without an sd card inserted. Also I can swap the sd card in my inspire with the phone on, since the battery compartment is separate from the sim/sd compartment opening one doesnt effect the other.
     
  18. Lordlogan

    Lordlogan Newbie
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    Is the Inspire laggy though thats a biggest worry?

    I'm not very appy
     
  19. 2manyPHONES

    2manyPHONES Android Expert

    I have 3 inspires and none have lag. One of them is using laucherpro plus instead of sense which I think is a tad bit smoother and I like that I can customize the dock bar with launcherpro
     
  20. Lordlogan

    Lordlogan Newbie
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    and how is the battery?

    I text a lot and my iphone can barely last through a weekend day
     
  21. 2manyPHONES

    2manyPHONES Android Expert

    My husband just got an inspire so he plays with it a lot and without any real tweaking fussing with screen brightness etc he gets about 13-15hrs before he has to charge it (not dead but maybe around 15% he plugs it in). On my inspire I usually average 15-18hrs that's with Bluetooth off until I need it and screen brightness turned down gps off until I need it. I usually leave WiFi on
     
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  22. Lordlogan

    Lordlogan Newbie
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    Alright thank you very much for all this i'm almost positive i will be getting the inspire I always keep Brightness down on anything because i prefer it that way

    12 hours is really what i'd like to get out of it and right now i haveto squeeze for 8 on my iphone
     
  23. 2manyPHONES

    2manyPHONES Android Expert

    No problem. If you are getting it at best buy for free I don't think the phone can be beat.
     
  24. Lordlogan

    Lordlogan Newbie
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    Thats what i am thinking :)

    But hows the in call volume?
     
  25. 2manyPHONES

    2manyPHONES Android Expert

    I have no issues with call volume. Speakerphone is another story, its junk. I now use a plantronics k100 which I can also use to play music through ($45 @ amazon).
    Ringer volume is a lil low but I use the zedge app and found some louder tones to use.
     
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