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    What is best/reliable/affordable Samsung Smartphone alternative?
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    This is my first post. My minutes usage is low. I have Tmobile pay as you go plan that cause lot of restriction. I am looking for an alternative. I am leaning towards Ring Plus and looking for unlocked smartphone. I am seeing your insight.

    I searched on internet on following subject. I find the following list.

    Samsung's Galaxy Note 5
    Samsung's Curved Galaxy S6 Edge+
    LG V10, LG G5
    Motorola's Moto X Pure Edition
    Google's Nexus 6P Comes From Huawei
    Ascend Mate 2 Is Another Huawei Option
    LG G3 Delivers High-End Features
    HTC One M8
    Google Nexus 5, Nexus 5X

    I prefer a model with Android that has Micro SD card to expand storage and replaceable batteries.

    Did anyone in this forum use above models?

    If you have a better alternative not listed above, feel free to share.

    I did find ZTE zmax pro as good option, but it was tied to METRO PCS.

    Where can I get the unlocked smartphone with best deal?

    Thanks for sharing
     

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    I have both the lg g3 and Samsung note 4. Both are excellent phones with removable batteries and expandable storage. Some of the wonderful lg features made it on the note 4 such as Samsung's version of the clip tray.
     
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    From that list I'd get the G5.
     
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    Ring Plus uses Sprint which is CDMA and more restrictive then GSM. You'll only be able to activate Sprint branded phones or a small variety of unlocked phones like Nexus.

    Check if it will work here (you'll need the phones IMEI number):
    https://my.ringplus.net/device_validation_requests/new
     
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    My vote is for the Note 4 - they are available for a reasonable price now and still a great phone which has marshmallow available. It wont get Nougat though
     
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    Thanks for your replies. I did review all your suggestions. I checked with ringplus plan folks. They say, SPRINT branded phones only acceptable to their plan. What are the SPRINT branded phones?



    I did find Samsung note 4 unlocked is pricier than Galaxy S5 unlocked.



    I did review walmart, newegg, amazon for pricing. What are the sites to get unlocked phone on fair price?



    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    If they are going to require a Sprint branded phone then surely unlocked phones aren't Sprint branded?
     
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    Phones that were/are sold by Sprint, a cell phone carrier.

    Some Sprint MVNOs (carriers that use Sprint towers like Ring Plus) can activate a limited number of unlocked phones not from Sprint, like Nexus phones, but maybe Ring Plus isn't able to and only accepts Sprint phones.
     
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    Not sure for other makes but a Sprint branded Samsung will usually have a P at the end of the model number. Sprint S5 is the SM-G900P, Sprint Note 4 is the SM-N910P.

    Swappa is a good place to look for used devices
    https://swappa.com
     
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    the Note 4 is a great upgrade from the S5, and I have two S5s and two Note 4s...

    and today, Just recovered a sick HTC with help from the HTC factory guys....
    hope what they had me do fixes it.... the digitizer was all wonky and apps were just jumping up and opening on their own...
     
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    I did check the ringplus that work with CDMA, where I find the following devices to consider for R+

    Moto E
    Prepaid, Boost, or Virgin Mobile that was used and has been on paid service for 12 continuous months
    Samsung galaxy s2
    Htc one E8
    Samsung note 3
    Samsung galaxy s4
    Samsung m300

    Sprint acceptable phone list:

    Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
    Alcatel OneTouch PIXI 7

    What are the best places to look for above devices?

    Thanks for guidance.
     
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    I bought a Samsung Galaxy J3(Verizon) at Target a little over a month ago for around $100. love the phone and its features just not a fan of the carrier, would have stayed with virgin mobile but they donthave coverage in the area I needed it for. I have an Alcatel One Touch PIXI5(Virgin Mobile) amd while I love the photos I take with it and the carrier, the damn thing tends to crash ALOT, no action dpecific, just random wonky crap. In my opinion I would go with the J3 but dont activate it through a carrier just head straight to ring plus(who sells phones as well)
     
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    Ringplus use sprint as carrier uses CDMA, but Verizon use GSM. How will Samsung Galaxy J3(Verizon) at Target work in Ringplus?

    I did check the models in kmart virgin or boost mobile phones Moto E, ZTE Prestige , LG k3, and LG Tribute 5. I ran the imei numbers in R+. These devices fall in reasonable price range, but I got

    This device has failed the Financial Eligibilty Date (FED) check. Unfortunately, it cannot be registered at this time. Please contact your existing carrier to see if your device can be released

    This device is currently registered on a different pre-paid provider and is therefore not able to register.

    Are there any workaround?

    Thanks for guidance.
     
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    Screenshot_20160929-112728.png as you can see ring plus works with any type of phones/carrier. Only work around I am aware of is calling your carrier to unlock your phone or(did i read this here) use obe of their phones for a year and then have them unlock it or purchase a used phone i was able to use an old lg 101 from pay-lo and a samung galaxy Ring (sph-840) both virgin mobile prepaid, with out any hassle. Screenshot_20160929-112728.png
     
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    Another thing to ponder is that the IMEI Numbers you ate running havent been activated by being purchased i dont mean activated like activated with the carrier, but activated period. The IMEI itself hasnt been activated so technically it doesnt exist yet and no one will be able to activate it. Please sineobe correct me if i am wrong in this statement.
     
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    Ring Plus uses the CDMA Sprint network, which is more restrictive then GSM (AT&T/T-Mobile). Even though it lists other carriers they're limited to using Sprint phones and a few exceptions like some Nexus and iPhones. From this Ring Plus promo post:
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    Both phones activated because Virgin Mobile is also a Sprint MVNO.

    The IMEI number is already in the database even before purchase. Sprints current policy is that prepaid/MVNO phones have to be used on their MVNO for a year before being allowed to be moved to a different carrier.

    Verizon is CDMA.
     

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