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

From: Y C.
Sent on: Friday, August 20, 2010 4:04 PM
On Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 7:35 AM, Phillip Jain <[address removed]> wrote:
> 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.

Well, you have to pay the base voice fee of $10/line on AT&T family +
$15 data. So, it's at least $25/line - and that's just like 200 mb of
data. ($35 for 2GB.)

T-Mobile family plans have *unlimited data* for $5 + $25. As well as
Verizon and Sprint.

Unlocked phones are not impossible to find -- they're just expensive.
Expect to pay at least $300 - $500 even for an eBay'd unlocked 1 GHz

> ? ? ? 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.

If you use wirefly or amazon (see link from first message in this
thread), you can waive the 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.

There are, but they don't offer decent smartphones (at least I've not
found any rental deals that actually offer smartphones). You'd see
useless stuff like maybe the Samsung Magnet (Java o/s) from rental
deals, and the monthly is still at least $40/month from Metro PCS

> ---- 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.
> --------------------­
> Jamie Allen
> [masked]
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Yiu Chang <[address removed]>
> Sender: [address removed]
> Date: Thu, 19 Aug[masked]:16:06
> To: <[address removed]>
> Reply-To: [address removed]
> 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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