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monkey44

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Posted: 02/10/22 11:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Need a new phone ... account with T-Mobile and don't want to change that.

We each have a Samsung Android Smart phone at the moment and no need to change that - even tho it's like a brick. It has hotspot and good camera which we use on the road or when our home internet goes down - more frequently than we like.

I'd like the older model flip-phones - fits in my pocket when I run around town and doesn't weigh a ton. Just need it when I'm out and about short trips, etc. Not interested in spending $1000 that does everything but drive my truck for me. I use it only for talk-text or an occasional interesting photo butI could skip the photo part as I usually have my Canon with me...

When I read flip-phone reviews, most are 3.0 or less. Would prefer a better quality, but it seems no one builds them anymore.

Anyone got any advice here. I'd want it to attach to my T-Mobile senior account which allows two phones. I only use one line now.

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I hear you, miss my old flip phones, simple and reliable devices without the endless parade of "updates", they just worked and fit easily in a pocket.

Sadly very few vendors making the old simple flip phones.

Did you check your service provider (T Mobile)?

They do list a Alcatel "GO Flip 4"..

HERE

I have had Alcatels when I was a TracPhone customer, I would put them as OK, not the greatest or best but OK.

After an issue I had with Tracphone when I tried to use an unlocked Motorola phone I bought new unlocked from Motorola and they (Tracphone) bricked it and blamed Motorola I would really recommend you stick with buying phones from your phone service.. It will save you tons of aggravation..

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Hi,

As of July 2022 T-Mobile is dropping 3g voice service. That is going to mean you can't use them except for voip programs such as Whatsapp.

I hate this forced obsolescence.

* This post was edited 02/10/22 03:27pm by pianotuna *


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I'd stick with in-store T-Mobile if I can ... store's only a about ten miles. But am looking for a little feedback here first. It's possible I may have to go with that odd folding phone they sell. Prefer not, but if other options are either obsolete, or contain tech I will never use, but pay for anyway - may have to do that.

I care less about the cost than I do a large pocket full of phone. And, hate paying for all the extras I don't need or use. Just a simple phone call - what happened to a simple phone call when you need it? >>>>> Biting the bullet is the only way left to us.

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pianotuna wrote:

Hi,

As of July 2022 T-Mobile is dropping g3 voice service. That is going to mean you can't use them except for voip programs such as Whatsapp.

I hate this forced obsolescence.


I received a free Alcatel MyFlip A405DL Flip phone from Tracfone when they notified that 3G was going away. Nice little phone with all features but compact and works on 4G.


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pianotuna wrote:

Hi,

As of July 2022 T-Mobile is dropping g3 voice service. That is going to mean you can't use them except for voip programs such as Whatsapp.

I hate this forced obsolescence.


Umm, no, not fully true statement.

Yes, "3G" is being in process of being sunsetted, but as long as the flip phones have 4G digital "Voice over LTE" (IE VoLTE) capability there is zero issue using a flip phone..

The Alcatel Go flip 4 I found on T mobiles website DOES indeed support 4G VoLTE per T mobile website "Enjoy enhanced audio and clear VoLTE calls with 4G LTE connectivity."

Buying an very old obsolete third party flip phone from another vendor does have the real possibility of being 3G/4G and the 4G may not have "VoLTE" capability which would make it a worthless paper weight..

The key here is finding a new enough flip phone which has 4G VoLTE capability..

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monkey44 wrote:

I'd stick with in-store T-Mobile if I can ... store's only a about ten miles. But am looking for a little feedback here first. It's possible I may have to go with that odd folding phone they sell. Prefer not, but if other options are either obsolete, or contain tech I will never use, but pay for anyway - may have to do that.

I care less about the cost than I do a large pocket full of phone. And, hate paying for all the extras I don't need or use. Just a simple phone call - what happened to a simple phone call when you need it? >>>>> Biting the bullet is the only way left to us.


Honestly, the flip phones are going to be pretty similar as in not better or worse and not much variation in features.. If what you buy from T mobile doesn't work as well as your smart phone then take it up with T mobile as they were the one that sold it to you.

But if you really think you will find one that is better than what T mobile offers then what you are looking for is one that is "Unlocked" (IE not locked into a carrier) and it must be 4G VoLTE capable.. 4G without VoLTE will not work once the 3G is turned off. Just be aware, that bringing a unlocked phone into the mix, T mobile may not be willing to assist you and blame the issues you have with that phone on the fact that you bought it elsewhere (it is their network and they can do as they please).

HERE is a internet search for unlocked fip phone with 4G VoLTE to get you started..

After my experience with trying to use a unlocked phone which was a total failure I would recommend trying the T mobiles flip phone first, if it doesn't make and receive calls it then is up to T mobile to make it right for you buy exchanging/replacing or refunding your money.

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I too would buy from your current carrier, T-Mobile. You could have someone "clear" most of the electronic buttons off the first screen if you are forced to buy a smart phone. No need to "see" or use those features if you don't want to do so.


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Will head down to T-Mobile store in next few days ... and correct, I've always bought direct from carrier store. Never from Online or some other store. If I have T-Mobile phone and service, will likely get better overall service if I have trouble.

I've been with T-Mobile a few years and have fairly good service, even nationwide in rural areas when traveling. I'll just go back to them again ... Thanks for the info and advice guys -- happy camping !! Finally [emoticon] M44

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I was told I would be charged an extra $30 if I bought through a sticks and bricks or via phone!
I bought on line.

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