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Re: [informal-android-dev] Re: T-Mobile Vibrant for 1 cent

From: Pradeep J.
Sent on: Friday, August 20, 2010 7:34 AM
First the Obvious stuff. Actually the capped data  $15/mo with no text messaging plan from AT&T added on to a "family" plan of 2 lines or $60 is not such a bad deal - if you already have a family plan. If you can find unlocked phones (exchange or carefully shop on craigslist) that can get rid of the contract as well.
      Caveats> Unfortunately, either unrealistic prices quoted for latest Androids/iPhones etc. or some of the phones are really old. In the Android world even the Q1'10 Nexus One is already "old". I googled unlocking and there a bunch of tips on how you can online transfer a number to a line in front of the phone seller or do at a phone store so cash on barrel kind of deals can separate bona fide sellers. There is the complication of a carrier-specific ESIM chip that has to be inserted or "unlocked" often needing a "hacker" or costing you an additional $30 or so. You might also be dinged for a $30 or so activation fee.

Are there mobile phone rentals? What I would like to have is rentals of already activated phones on lines for 1-2 months so I can test apps on a variety. In our QA consulting  practice we used to be able to get a variety PCs for PC-software testing. There were insurance & for phones renter could be liable for all usage charges.

---- Pradeep Jain, CTO, Consaid.US


On 8/19/[masked]:56 AM, Jamie Allen wrote:
Does anyone know of good deals on an unlocked phone for testing Android apps on?  

I prefer a phone that supports the AT&T bands; T-Mobile or a Verizon "world" phone would be my second choice.
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Jamie Allen
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From: Yiu Chang <[address removed]>
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Date: Thu, 19 Aug[masked]:16:06 
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Subject: Re: [informal-android-dev] Re: T-Mobile Vibrant for 1 cent

I've recently lost my phone, so I'm searching for a new one. T-Mobile
Vibrant is the only decent Android phone I've found that's free,
albeit the service plan. EVO, Droid X are all at least $179 upfront
even with promotion and 2 year subscription. Do you know of better
offers?

On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 11:07 AM, Matthew Johnson <[address removed]> wrote:
Since that price is for the phone WITH a service plan, it is not such a bargain: the service plan is already paying for the phone.

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