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Prepaid Phones On Sale This Week Sep 4 - Sep 10

OnePlus 2
Welcome to Prepaid Phone News' regular Sunday Prepaid Phones on Sale this Week post listing the best current US prepaid and unlocked phone deals.

This week's Deal of the Week is the unlocked, 64 GB OnePlus 2 A2005 US model dual SIM LTE Android phone for $239.99 new from eBay. The seller is cell-force who has 99.3% positive feedback.

OnePlus is the Chinese phone maker that, along with Motorola, is largely credited with starting the practice of selling unlocked flagship level phones at mid range prices direct to US market customers. The direct to customer model has since been adopted by many other companies including Honor, ZTE, and Alcatel.

The Oneplus 2 is the followup to the highly successful OnePlus One. It launched in April of 2015 at a price of $329 for the 16 GB model and $389 for this 64 GB version. It features a Snapdragon 810 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory. There's no memory card slot so you really want this 64 GB version. The 5.5 inch 1920x1080px screen uses Gorilla Glass 4 for scratch protection.  There are 13 MP rear and 5 MP front cameras and a fingerprint sensor, but no NFC. The 3300 mAh battery is non-removable.

The OnePlus 2  supports lots of bands for good compatibility withGSM based networks worldwide. There's quadband GSM; UMTS/HSPA+ 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz; and LTE bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12 and 17.  That covers all of AT&T and T-Mobile bands except AT&T bands 29 and 30. Unfortunately there's no support for Wi-Fi calling or VoLTE.

The OnePlus 2 runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow It's rootable, the bootloader can be unlocked and there are lots of custom ROMs available for it.

Other especially good prepaid deals this week include:
  • AT&T ZTE ZMax 2  LTE Android phone $49.99 (reg $99.99) at Best Buy
  • Boost Mobile iPhone 5s 16 GB $199.99 ($149.99 after mail in rebate) at Boost Mobile
  • MetroPCS ZTE ZMax Pro $99.99 with activation at MetroPCS stores
  • MetroPCS iPhone 5s 16 GB $199.99 with activation at MetroPCS stores
  • Straight Talk iPhone 5s 149.00 at Walmart
  • Total Wireless Apple iPhone 5s $149.00 at Walmart.
  • Tracfone Alcatel Big Easy Plus big button candy bar with 800 minutes and one year service $19.99 at ShopCellDeals
  • TracFone LG Sunset (AT&T) LTE Android phone with 1200 minutes, texts and MBs of data, one year of service, case and car charger $99.95 (reg $99.99 w/o airtime) at HSN
  • TTracFone ZTE ZMax 2 (AT&) Android phone with 12000 minutes, texts and MBs of data, one year of service, case and car charger $129.95 (reg $149.99 w/o airtime) at HSN
  • TracFone Apple iPhone 5s 16 GB (Verizon) $199.99 at Target, in stores only
  • Unlocked Motorola Moto G 1st gen. XT1045 GSM/LTE Android phone with free flip or grip shell $84.99 (was $149.99) at B&H
  • Unlocked Honor 5X LTE Android phone $169.99 at Amazon
  • Unlocked LG Nexus 5x LTE Android phone 16 GB $199 with activation (reg $349) at Project FI
  • Unlocked ZTE Axon 32 GB LTE Android phone $195.00 (reg $249.99) on eBay
  • Unlocked AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 SN-G900A 16 GB LTE Android phone (new) $204.99 on eBay
  • Unlocked AT&T LG G3 D850 32 GB LTE Android phone (new) $239.79 on eBay
  • Verizon (or Selectel) Samsung Galaxy S5 G900V LTE Android phone (new) $199.99 on eBay
  • Virgin Mobile iPhone 5s 16 GB $199.99 plus $50 account credit after 2 months at Virgin Mobile
All current prepaid phone deals: (Except as noted all are available both online and in stores).

Amazon Online only. Free shipping on orders $49 and up.

Boost Mobile ZTE Warp Elite LTE Android phone $74.99 (reg $179.99)

Boost Mobile LG Stylo 2 LTE Android phablet $93.99 (reg $179.99)

T-Mobile SIM Starter Kit $4.99 (reg $9.99)

TracFone LG Destiny (AT&T) LTE Android phone $29.99 (rehg $59.99)

Unlocked BLU R1 HD LTE 16 GB Android phone with ads or Prime members $59.99

Unlocked BLU R1 HD LTE 16 GB Android phone $109.99

Unlocked BLU Life One X LTE Android phone $149.99

Unlocked BLU Vivo XL LTE Android phone $149.99

Unlocked Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 5.5 16 GB LTE Android phone $149.65

Unlocked Motorola Moto G4 16 GB LTE Android phone with ads or Prime members $149.99

Unlocked Honor 5X LTE Android phone $199.99

Unlocked ZTE Axon 32 GB LTE Android phone $199.98 (reg $249.99)

Unlocked Motorola Moto G4 16 GB LTE Android phone $199.99

Unlocked ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser 32 GB LTE Android phone $229.00 (reg $249.99)

Unlocked Nexus 5X 16 GB LTE Android phone 299.00 (reg $379.99)

Unlocked OnePlus 2 64 GB LTE Android phone 279.99 (reg $399.99)

Unlocked Honor 8 32 GB LTE Android phone $399.99 with free clear case

Verizon LG Optimus Zone 3 LTE Android phone $34.99 (reg $79.99)

Virgin Mobile LG Volt 2 LTE Android phone $47.01 (was $149.99)

AT&T GoPhone (online only) free shipping on all phones and online-only discounts on most phones.

Save 50% on select GoPhone Smartphones with purchase of min. $45/mo. plan
Eligible Phones: Samsung Galaxy Express 3, ZTE Zmax 2 (incl. Certified­ Like New), Samsung Galaxy Express Prime, Microsoft Lumia 640 (only avail. Certified ­Like New), ZTE Maven (incl. Certified­ Like New), LG Phoenix 2, ASUS ZenFone 2E , Motorola Moto E (incl. Certified­ Like New), Kyocera Hydro Air (only avail. Certified­ Like New) and Samsung Go Prime (only avail. Certified­ Like New). Excludes Certified ­Like New except as noted. Ends 9/22/16. Online only, Discount appears in cart at checkout after selecting phone and plan. 

GoPhone SIM Kit 4.99¢ with airtime purchase (reg $9.99)

Motorola Moto E (Certified Like New) LTE Android phone $29.99 ($59.99 new)

ZTE Zmax 2 (Certified Like-New) LTE Android phone $59.99 ($99.99 if new)

Apple iPhone 5s 16 GB $199.99 with $45 airtime purchase (was $449.99)

B&H free shipping

Unlocked Motorola Moto G 1st gen. XT1045 GSM/LTE Android phone with free flip or grip shell $84.99 (was $149.99)

Unlocked AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 16 GB with free Samsung flip cover $259.99 (reg $399.99)

Unlocked US Cellular US991 LG G4 LTE Android phone with leather back $289.99 (was $499.00)

Unlocked Nexus 5X 32 GB LTE Android phone $299.00 (was $399.99)

Unlocked Honor 8 32 GB LTE Android phone $399.99 with free clear case

Best Buy Free shipping on orders of $35 or more. Returned phones subject to a $35 restocking fee.

Free GoPhone $45 Refill Card when you purchase and activate any GoPhone smartphone.  In stores only, ends 9/5.

AT&T ZTE ZMax 2  LTE Android phone $49.99 (reg $99.99)

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Express 3 LTE Android phone $69.99 (reg $79.99)

Boost Mobile Motorola Moto E LTE Android phone $19.99 (reg $79.99)

Boost Mobile Samsung Galaxy J3 LTE Android phone $99.99 (reg $179.99)

Cricket Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE Windows Phone $29.99 (was $79.99)

Cricket Samsung Galaxy Core Prime LTE Android phone $49.99 (reg $79.99)

Cricket HTC Desire 625 LTE Android phone $59.99 (reg $99.99)

Net10 Samsung Galaxy Core Prime LTE Android phone $39.99 (reg $79.99) in stores only

T-Mobile Prepaid SIM activation Kit $4.99 (reg $15)

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime LTE Android phone $81.99 (reg $149.99)

TracFone SIM Activation Kit $1 (reg $6.99)

Unlocked Honor 5X LTE Android phone $199.99

Unlocked Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015) 32 GB LTE Android phone $349.99 (was $449.99)

Unlocked Honor 8 32 GB LTE Android phone $399.99

Unlocked ZTE Axon 7 64 GB LTE Android phone $399.99

Verizon HTC Desire 526 LTE Android phone $35.99 (was $89.99)

Virgin Mobile Alcatel Onetouch Elevate LTE Android phone $15.99 (was $89.99)

Virgin Mobile LG Tribute 2 LTE Android phone $26.99 (was $79.99)

Virgin Mobile Motorola Moto G (3rd edition) LTE Android phone $49.99 (was $99.99)

Boost Mobile Free shipping

$50 account credit when you port a number to Boost. Credit is applied after customer's second monthly payment. At Boost dealers only, ends 1/11/17.

Dealer only iPhone Promotion:  CPO iPhone 5c $99.99, new or CPO iPhone 5s $149.99. At Boost dealers only, ends 9/30.

Online deals:

Huawei Union LTE Android phone $29.99  (reg $79.99)

Alcatel Dawn LTE Android phone $39.99 (was $69.99)

LG K3 LTE Android phone $39.99 (was $49.99)

Alcatel OneTouch Conquest LTE Android phone $49.99 (reg $129.99)

ZTE Warp Sync LTE Android phone $49.99 (reg $129.99)

Kyocera Hydro Reach waterproof LTE Android phone $49.99 (was $99.99)

ZTE Warp Elite LTE Android phone $79.99 (was $129.99)

Samsung Galaxy Prevail LTE Android phone $79.99 (was $129.99)

iPhone 5s 16 GB $199.99 (reg $299.99) + $50 account credit after two monthly payments

iPhone SE 16 GB $299.99 (reg $399.99), 64 GB $399.99 (reg $499.99)

Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE Android phone $399.99 (reg $499.99)

iPhone 6  16 GB $449.99 (was $549.99)

iPhone 6 Plus 16 GB $449.99 (was $649.99)

iPhone 6s 16 GB $549.99 (reg $649.99), 64 GB $649.99 (reg $699.99),128 GB $749.99 (reg $849.99)

iPhone 6s Plus 16 GB $649.99 (reg $749.99), 64 GB $699.99 (reg $849.99), 128 GB $849.99 (reg $949.99)

Cricket free shipping

Discounted phones for port-ins: Alcatel Streak Free, ZTE Sonata 3 Free, Kyocera Hydro View Free, HTC Desire 520 $19.99,  ZTE Grand X 3 $29.99, HTC Desire 626s $69.99, Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4 with VR headset $99.99, ZTE Grand X Max 2 $99.99 when you port your number to Cricket. AT&T customers excluded.

Current deals New activation, or for current users, purchase of $45 or more airtime, required to get these sale phone prices:

Motorola Moto E 2014 Android phone $9.99 (was $69.99)

Alcatel Streak LTE Android phone $19.99 (free with port-in)

ZTE Sonata 3 LTE Android phone $29.99 (free with port-in)

LG Spree LTE Android phone $39.99

Kyocera Hydro View waterproof LTE Android phone $49.99 (free with port-in)

ZTE Grand X 3 LTE Android phone $79.99 ($29.99 with port-in)

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3  LTE Android phone $99.99 ($199.99 unlocked elsewhere)

Apple iPhone 5c 16 GB $149.99

Apple iPhone 5s 16 GB $199.99

*Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4 LTE android phone with free VR headset $149.99 ($99.99 with port-in)

Dollar General in store only, sale ends 9/24 except as noted

NET10 BYOP SIM Activation Kit with Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T LTE SIMs and Verizon 3G Network Access Code $1 (reg $10)

NET10 ZTE LG Sunrise (AT&T), LG Lucky (Verizon) or LG Optimus Fuel (Verizon) Android phone $9 with any NET10 aurtime purchase (reg $19)

NET10 ZTE Paragon (GSM), Huawei Magna (GSM), LG Optimus Dynamic II (Verizon) or LG Rebel (Verizon) Android Phone $29 (reg $59)

NET10 LG Rebel (Verizon) LTEAndroid Phone $49 (reg $99) ends 9/10

TracFone SIM kits $1 (reg $10)

TracFone Alcatel onetouch A205G, Samsung S105G, or LG 109C candy bar phone $5 with any TracFone Airtime purchase (reg $10)

TracFone Alcatel A206G, LG 441G, LG 440G or LG 236C flip phone $10 with any TracFone Airtime purchase (reg $10)

TracFone Alcatel onetouch Pixi Pulsar (AT&T), Samsung Galaxy Ace Style (Verizon) or ZTE MaxPatriot (Verizon) Android phone $19 with any TracFone Airtime purchase (reg $29)

eBay

Unlocked AT&T Amazon Fire Phone 32 GB LTE (new, no Prime) $77.99 Free shipping

Unlocked AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 16GB SGH-I337 LTE Android phone (new) $149.99 free shipping

Unlocked GSM iPhone 5c 16 GB (new other) $159.95 Free shipping.

Unlocked ZTE Axon 32 GB (new) LTE Android phone $193.00 Free shipping

Unlocked AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 SN-G900A 16 GB LTE Android phone (new) $204.99 free shipping

Unlocked T-Mobile LG G4 H811 32 GB LTE Android phone (new other) $219.99 free shipping

Unlocked AT&T LG G3 D850 32 GB LTE Android phone (new) $239.79 free shipping

Unlocked OnePlus 2 A2005 US model dual SIM LTE Android phone (new) $239.99 free shipping

Verizon (or Selectel)  iPhone 5c 16 GB (manufacturer refurbished) $122.95 Free shipping.

Verizon (or Selectel) Samsung Galaxy S4 I545 LTE Android phone (new) $128.24 Free shipping.

Verizon (or Selectel) LG G3 VS985 LTE Android phone (new) $163.98 Free shipping

Verizon (or Selectel) Samsung Galaxy S5 G900V LTE Android phone (new) $199.99 Free shipping.

Family Dollar in-store only

NET10 LG Power (Verizon) Android phone $30 with airtime purchase (reg $50) ends 9/30

TracFone Alcatel OneTouch A442BG flip phone $10 with airtime purchase (reg $15)

Verizon LG Optimus Zone 2 Android phone $19 (reg $29) ends 9/5

FreedomPop (online only) shipping $14.99 unless otherwise noted

Global GSM SIM 99¢ (reg $15) with free selfie stick, free powerbank and free shipping

LG Volt (Certified Pre-Owned) LTE Android phone $19.99 with free shipping

Netgear Fuse (Certified Pre-Owned) LTE hotspot $29.99 ($179.99 new) with free shipping

LG Nexus 5 (Certified Pre-Owned) LTE Android phone $80.00 with free shipping

Samsung Galaxy S5 (Certified Pre-Owned) $149.99 with free shipping

Frys free shipping on orders of $34 or more

Unlocked BLU Dash Jr dual SIM Android  phone $29.99 with email promo code (reg $39.99) ends 9/10

Unlocked BLU Dash L2 Android  phone $39.99 with email promo code (reg $39.99) ends 9/10

Unlocked BLU Studio G D790U dual-SIM Android phone $64.99 with email promo code (reg $84.99) ends 9/10

Unlocked BLU Studio G Plus dual-SIM Android phone $84.99 with email promo code (reg $99.99) ends 9/10

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini SM-J105M $94.99 with email promo code (reg $99.99) ends 9/10

Unlocked refurbished  GSM Apple iPhone 5 16 GB $199.99  (reg $249.99) ends 9/10

HSN shipping $5.95 unless otherwise noted

TracFone Alcatel Onetouch Pop Icon (Verizon) Android phone with 1200 minutes, texts and MBs of data, one year of service, case and car charger $79.95 (reg $99.99 w/o airtime) Free shipping

TracFone ZTE Quartz (Verizon) Android phone with 1200 minutes, texts and MBs of data, one year of service, case and car charger $79.95 (reg $99.99 w/o airtime) Free shipping

TracFone LG Sunset (AT&T) LTE Android phone with 1200 minutes, texts and MBs of data, one year of service, case and car charger $99.95 (reg $99.99 w/o airtime) Free shipping

TracFone LG Treasure (AT&T) LTE Android phone with 1200 minutes, texts and MBs of data, one year of service, case and car charger $99.95 (reg $99.99 w/o airtime) Free shipping

TracFone ZTE ZMax 2 (AT&) Android phone with 12000 minutes, texts and MBs of data, one year of service, case and car charger $129.95 (reg $149.99 w/o airtime) Free shipping

TracFone Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime (Verizon) Android phone with 1350 minutes, texts and MBs of data, one year of service, case and car charger $149.95 (reg $149.99 w/o airtime) Free shipping

TracFone LG G Stylo 2 (AT&T) Android phone with 1200 minutes, texts and MBs of data, one year of service, case and car charger $179.95 (reg $149.99 w/o airtime) Free shipping,

Virgin Mobile HTC Desire 626s LTE Android phone with free case and car charger $79.95 (reg $129.99 w/o case and charger) Free shipping

Kmart Shipping $5.99, ship to store free, free shipping on orders of $59 or more

TracFone Samsung Galaxy Core Prime LTE Android phone $49.99 (reg $99.99) in stores only

Verizon LG Optimus Zone 3 LTE Android phone $29.99 (reg $79.99) in stores only

Kroger in store only

Recycle your old phone at an in-store ecoATM and get 50% off any new TracFone or NET10 Phone

2X Fuel points on airtime purchases. 4X with auto refill

TracFone LG 306G touchscreen phone $9.99 with Kroger loyalty card (reg $14.99)

metroPCS Free 2-day shipping on all phones

Rebates require activate and are instant for in-store purchases. Mail in rebates for online purchases require 2 months paid service.

Free Samsung Galaxy On5, Kyocera Kydro Wave or LG K7 or $60 off any phone when you port your number to MetroPCS (in stores only).

Family Plan promo:  two lines on $50 5 GB plan for $75 per month, three lines for $100, four lines for $125, five lines for $150 (in stores only).

Coolpad Catalyst $89 ($70 rebate available)

Alcatel Tru LTE Android phone $89 ($60 rebate available) (reg $109)

ZTE Avid Plus LTE Android phone $99 ($70 rebate available) (reg $119) in stores only

Samsung Galaxy Core Prime LTE Android phone $109 ($70 rebate available) (reg $129)

LG K7 LTE Android phone $119 LTE ($70 rebate available) (reg $129) in stores only

Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL LTE Android phone $119 ($70 rebate available)  (reg $139.99)

Alcatel Fierce 4 LTE Android phone $119 ($50 rebate available) (reg $129.99)

Samsung Galaxy On5  LTE Android phone $129 ($70 rebate available)

LG K10 LTE Android phone $129 ($50 rebate available) (reg $159)

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime LTE Android phone $139 ($50 rebate available) (reg $169) in stores only

ZTE ZMAX Pro LTE Android phablet $159.99 ($60 rebate available) (reg $179.99) in stores only

Apple iPhone 5s 16 GB $199 in stores only

LG G Stylo 2 Plus LTE Android phablet $199 ($70 rebate available)

Samsung Galaxy J7 LTE Android phone $229 ($50 rebate available)

Apple iPhone SE 16 GB $349 in stores only

Samsung Galaxy S6 LTE Android phone $549 (was $649) in stores only

Motorola Free shipping

Unlocked Moto X Pure Edition (2015)  16 GB $289.99 (was $399.99), 32 GB $299.99 (was $474.99), 64 GB $349.99 (was $499.99)

NET10 Free overnight shipping on orders of $19.99, ends 6/20

NET10 SIM 99¢ (reg $6.99)

Free Reconditioned LG Optimus Fuel (Verizon), Huawei Glory (Verizon) or LG Lucky (Verizon) Android phone with purchase of $40 or larger airtime card

Reconditioned Alcatel onetouch Pop Icon (Verizon) Android phone $29.99 (79.99 new)

Reconditioned LG L22C Power (Verizon) Android phone $39.99 (reg $79.99)

Reconditioned Samsung Galaxy Core Prime (Verizon) Android phone $49.99 ($99.99 new)

Newegg free shipping except as noted

Freedompop refurbished LG Nexus 5 D820 Android phone $109.99 + 99¢ shipping

Unlocked Huawei Honor 5X LTE 16 GB LTE Android phone $199.99

Unlocked ZTE Axon 32 GB LTE Android phone $199.98 (reg $249.99)

Unlocked Honor 8 32 GB LTE Android phone $399.99 with free clear case and JBL headphones

Unlocked ZTE Axon 7 64 GB LTE Android phone with free Monster DJ headphones $399.99

Virgin Mobile HTC Desire 626s  LTE Android phone $79.99 (reg $139.99)

Project Fi

LG Nexus 5x LTE Android phone 16 GB $199 (reg $349), 32 GB $249.99 (reg $399) when activating a new Project Fi line of service. Ends 9/11.

ShopCellDeals free shipping

Boost Mobile ZTE Warp Elite 16 GB LTE Android phone $74.99 (reg $179.99)

Boost Mobile LG G Stylo 2 16 GB LTE Android phone $89.99

Boost Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 16 GB LTE Android phone $129.99

Boost Mobile LG G Flex 2 LTE 32 GB Android phone $189.99 (reg $399.99)

Sprint Prepaid HTC Desire 816 LTE Android Phablet $79.99 (reg $279.99)

Tracfone Alcatel Big Easy Plus big button candy bar with 800 minutes and one year service $19.99

TracFone Motorola Moto E (1st gen, Verizon) Android phone $18.99 (was $119.99)

Virgin Mobile LG G Stylo LTE Android Phablet $59.99 (reg $199.99)

Virgin Mobile HTC Desire 626s LTE Android phone $69.99 (reg $129.99)

Straight Talk Free overnight shipping on phones $29.99 and up, ends 6/20.

Free reconditioned LG Fuel (Verizon), LG Dynamic II (Verizon), LG Lucky (Verizon), LG Sunrise (AT&T), ZTE Whirl 2 (AT&T) or ZTE Midnight (T-Mobile) Android phone with purchase of $45 airtime card

Reconditioned Alcatel OneTouch Pop Nova LTE (Verizon) Android phone $9.99 (new $59.99)

Reconditioned Alcatel onetouch POP Star 2 (AT&T) LTE Android phone $9.99 (new $59.99)

Reconditioned LG Power (Verizon) Android phone $39.99 (new $99.99)

Reconditioned LG Access (AT&T) LTE Android phone $49.99 (new $99.99)

Alcatel Pixi Charm (T-Mobile) LTE Android phone with free month on $45 plan $49.99

Alcatel onetouch Pixi Glory (T-Mobile) LTE Android phone with 50% extra data for life $49.99

Apple iPhone 5s 16GB (Verizon or AT&T) $149.99

Target free shipping on orders over $25

Get an extra 5% off and free shipping on all orders with Target Red Card, in stores only

Boost Mobile LG K3 (aka LG EO) LTE Android phone $39.99 (reg $79.99)

Cricket ZTE Fanfare LTE Android phone $29.99 (reg $49.99)

Cricket Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE Windows Phone $29.99 (was $79.99)  in stores only

Cricket HTC Desire 625 LTE Android phone 625 $59.99 (reg $99.99) in stores only

T-Mobile Kyocera Rally candy bar $9.99 (reg $14.99)

TracFone ZTE Citrine Z716BL (AT&T) LTE Android phone $29.99 (reg $49.99)

TracFone Apple iPhone 5s 16 GB (Verizon) $199.99 in stores only

Virgin Mobile Huawei Union LTE Android phone $29.99 (reg $79.99) in stores only

Virgin Mobile LG K3 (aka LG EO) LTE Android phone $39.99 (reg $79.99)

Unadvertised in store only specials:

Some items have very limited availability, especially with prices ending in .98 which indicates a clearance item. Use Brickseek's Target Inventory Checker to check for price and availability in your area by DPCI number (after price in listings below).

Boost Mobile Motorola Moto E LTE Android phone $39.99 (reg $99.99) 080-02-0999

TracFone SIM Kit $1 (reg $9.99) 080-02-1218

Tracfone ZTE Citrine Z716BL (AT&T) LTE Android Phone $29.99 (reg $49.99) 080-02-1325

TracFone Apple iPhone 5s 16 GB (Verizon) $149.99 if purchased with TracFone $39.99 airtime card, in stores only

Unlocked BLU Advance 4.0L Android Phone $16.48 (reg $59.99) 080-02-1006

Unlocked BLU BLU Studio G Android Phone $79.99 (reg $99.99) 080-02-1007

TextNow Wireless airtime purchase ($13.99 and up) required. Shipping is free (reg $13.99)

Motorola Moto E refurbished LTE Android phone $9.99

Samsung Galaxy Prevail 2 refurbished Android phone $9.99

LG Tribute refurbished LTE Android phone $9.99

Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE refurbished Android phone 16 GB $69.99

Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE refurbished Android phone 16 GB $89.99

Motorola Moto X (1st ed) new LTE Android phone 32 GB $119.99

Samsung Galaxy S6 LTE refurbished Android phone 32 GB $229.99, 128 GB $349.99

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge LTE Android phone 32 GB $279.99 refurbished.

T-Mobile (online only) Shipping is free on all phones and SIMs

3-in-1 SIM Activation Kit (pre-activated SIM) $3.99 with code SIMDEAL (reg $20)

ZTE Avid Plus LTE Android phone $19.99 with $50 airtime purchase (reg $114.99)

CoolPad Catalyst LTE Android Phone $29.99 with $50 airtime purchase (reg $99.99)

LG K7 LTE Android phone $59.99 with $50 airtime purchase (reg $139.99)

Samsung Galaxy On5 LTE Android phone $69.99 with $50 airtime purchase (reg $139.99)

HTC Desire 530 LTE Android phone $79.99 with $50 airtime purchase (reg $159.99)

Tracfone Free overnight shipping on orders of $19.99 or more, ends 6/20.

$5 off any phone or phone plus airtime purchase of $19.99 or more with code FRIEND1

Reconditioned LG Lucky (Verizon) or ZTE Whirl 2 (T-Mobile) Android phone FREE with $15 airtime purchase

Reconditioned Unimax MAXPatriot (Verizon) Android phone $19.99 ($29.99 new)

Reconditioned Samsung Galaxy Core Prime (Verizon) Android phone $29.99 ($79.99 new)

U.S. Cellular

Apple iPhone SE 16 GB $199.99 (reg $399.99), 64 GB $299.99 (reg $499.99) in stores only

Virgin Mobile free shipping

LG Tribute 2 LTE Android phone $29.99 (reg $99.99)

Huawei Union LTE Android phone $29.99 (reg $99.99)

Alcatel DAWN LTE Android phone $39.99 (reg $69.99)

LG K3 LTE Android phone $39.99 (reg $79.99)

Kyocera Hydro Reach waterproof LTE Android phone $49.99 (reg $99.99)

LG Tribute 5 LTE Android phone $79.99 (reg $99.99)

iPhone 5s 16 GB $199.99 plus $50 account credit after 2 months

iPhone SE 16 GB $299.99 (reg $399.99), 64 GB $399.99 (reg $499.99)

iPhone 6 16 GB $449.99 (reg $549.99)

iPhone 6 Plus 16 GB $499.99 (reg $649)

iPhone 6s 16 GB $549.99 (reg $649), 64 GB $649.99, 128 GB $749.99 (reg $849)

iPhone 6s Plus 16 GB $649.99 (reg $749), 64 GB $749.99, 128 GB $849.99 (reg $949)

Walmart iconFree shipping on orders over $50. Ship to store free.

AT&T iPhone 5s with $45 airtime $220.49

NET10 LG Lucky (Verizon) Android phone $19.88 (reg $39.88)

Straight Talk AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon SIM Activation kits 99¢ (reg $6.99)

Straight Talk LG Sunset (AT&T) LTE Android phone $49.88 (reg $79.99)

Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy Core Prime (Verizon) LTE Android phone $79.00 (reg $99.00)

Straight Talk Apple iPhone 5S 16 GB  $149.00 (was $649.99)

Total Wireless Samsung Galaxy Core Prime LTE Android phone $49.99

Total Wireless LG Premier LTE Android phone $99.99

Total Wireless Apple iPhone 5s $149.00 (was $449.99)

TracFone SIM Activation Kit (SIMs and Activation Codes for AT&T and Verizon networks) $3.50 (reg 9.99)

T-Mobile SIM Activation Kit with $30 airtime $34.82 (reg $39.88)

Verizon Motorola Moto E LTE Android phone $29.88 (was $99.99)

Verizon HTC Desire 526 LTE Android phone with free Jawbone Move Up fitness tracker $37.49 (reg $79.82)

Verizon LG Transpyre LTE Android phone $39.82 (reg $99.99)

Verizon Samsung Galaxy J1 LTE Android phone $39.99 (reg $79.99)

Verizon LG Vista LTE Android phablet $99.00 (reg $179.99)

Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE Android phone $145.00

Updated 9/9: new Best Buy Cricket deals.

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  1. Not sure how "successful" the OnePlus One was. The product was so bad that the company refused to actually sell it.

    There has to be something really wrong with your product if you are reluctant to just let people buy it from you.

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  2. Most of these unlocked phones don't support Wi-Fi calling, hotspot, and volte.where as iPhones do, even a Verizon iPhone on T-Mobile.

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    1. If you get the OnePlus 3 it does support volte, band 12, and later via software update wifi calling for T-MOBILE. I love my soft gold edition OnePlus 3

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  3. "Verizon HTC Desire 526 LTE Android phone $35.99 (was $449.99)"
    Was this phone really originally $449.99? Just don't want people to be mislead thinking they're getting some former flagship phone seen this is an entry level phone through and through.

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    1. That was a copy-paste typo that I've fixed thanks to you reporting it. The original price of the Desire 526 was $89.99.

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  4. Also, the HTC 526 is on the way out. How about pricing its replacement the 530? Just a suggestion, appreciate your efforts every Sunday!

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    1. I don't see the Desire 530 on sale anywhere. It's currently $99.99 at BestBuy.

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    2. The HTC Desire 530 is actually the replacement for the Desire 626/626s not the Verizon htc Desire 526.

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    3. Does anyone understand the rhyme-or-reason behind HTC's phone naming schematics? HTC= Help This Company!

      We'll see if Google helps HTC's sales with upcoming Marlin & Sailfish phones. At least those are names easy to remember.

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  5. Between the Oneplus 2 and the Moto G4 which phone works best in Europe?

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    1. I guess this is the wrong place to ask.

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    2. Or it may be that people here don't know a lot about European networks and what the band requirements are and the phones specs to give you accurate info.
      I would call the phones manufacturers customer service and ask to be sure. Sorry I can't be more help. Good luck.

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    3. It's not a question I could answer off the top of my head.

      I did a little free research for you and it looks like:

      The US versions of both phones support all the 2G and 3G/Faux-G bands used in Europe.

      Of the nine LTE bands used in Europe, the G4 supports four and the Plus only supports three.

      So The G4 has a slight advantage over the Plus 2 over the whole of Europe.

      If you want to do more reasearch FrequencyCheck.com lets you see how compatible a given phone is with any one of the thousands of different networks in hundrerds of countries around the world.

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    4. Thank you for your time and help. I really don't understand anything about phone bands. I have heard that the Moto G4 is a universal phone that works in both the US and Europe which would be very useful to me. I was wondering if the Oneplus 2 had the same ability since it looks like a good deal. Great site BTW. Thanks for your reply.

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  6. Nonremovable battery.
    No sale.

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    1. Non removable battery, yes sale if it is a good phone for the price.

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  7. I don't see the deal for the boost mobile j3 for 23.99 at best buy is it an in store only?

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    1. That would be quite a deal. Unfortunately it was a typo. The J3's sale price is $99.99.

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  8. do the "universal" moto g4, and moto x pure work for tethering??

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    1. They should as long as your operator doesn't detect and block tethering.

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  9. I know ATT locks down (or disables) tethering pretty tight. Its a basic function I want to have available at all times on any android. If I got a dual sim phone, such as those offered by BLU, could I put a tracfone ATT SIM in one slot, and the FreedomPOP sim in the other and tether with the freedompop sim?

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    1. Tethering works with my FreedomPop GSM SIM on every phone I've tried it with.

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    2. Really, Dennis?! Because it's never worked for me, not with the 3 in 1 SIM nor the Data Only SIM. The Data Only SIM will work in my unlock T-Mobile ZTE HSPA hotpsot though. I don't understand that at all.

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    3. FreedomPop GSM Hotspot worked for me on an unlocked AT&T LG G4, Verizon S7Edge and an Honor 8.

      You may need to add ,dun to the APN Type. If the APN Type is blank, set it to default,dun Otherwise just add ,dun after what's already there. Be sure there are no spaces in the APN Type, just letters and commas.

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    4. Thanks so much for the info regarding tethering on the FreedomPop GSM sim! I have a Blu Life One X and couldn't figure out why mobile hotspot wouldn't work. But I made the change you suggested in the APN type and now it works. Thanks again. :)

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  10. I use ringplus as my daily townie phone service and saves me bundles, however, for safety when I'm out in the boonies, I've been relying on a verzion tracfone. I'm in an area now where I think ATT tracfone MIGHT work for my boonie phone, but I don't really like carrying two phones. what to do??

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    1. Test it with cheap Paygo from an AT&T MVNO like H2O or Airvoice.

      If you don't have an AT&T phone, just get a $30 Citrine from Target and put it on a $15 Tracfone plan.

      You can always transfer the remaining service back to your Verizon line once you finish testing the coverage in various places.

      Alternatively, if you're seriously considering unthrottled AT&T service on Tracfone as a replacement for both your Sprint daily driver and 5mbps boonie phone, you might as well splurge on an R1 HD or TF Zmax 2 bundle.

      The latter presumably can't be rooted (because it's a Zmax 2) or unlocked (because it's a TF branded device), but it's a better all around phone for the same price as the Citrine (after subtracting the $100 airtime card) as long you don't plan on manually backing up your app data or bringing the phone to another carrier/MVNO.

      I do, which is why I'd go with the HD if I didn't already have a rooted (and soon to be unlocked) Idol 3, but your needs may be different.

      It all depends on whether you need a throwaway device just to test coverage, a dedicated locked-down Tracphone, or a rooted/unlocked mainstay that lets you do whatever you want with it.

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    2. I've got a ATT gophone ZTE Maven that I'm testing with the $15 TF on ATT GSM. working great, except of course, can't tether without buying a tether app. I'm considering the HSN TF ZTE zmax2 or LG Treasure bundle if it works out, but if I'm going to use it as an ONLY phone, and stop carrying two devices, not sure if the TF will be enough airtime. I can always add more data as needed, but I've had very bad experiences doing that already with TF, having all my "buckets" mysteriously vanish overnight on SEVERAL occasions, both times when I was traveling and really needed reliability and didn't have time, resources, or data connections required to get it fixed very easily.

      Once I find a GSM service that works for me, I will like to get a good unlocked GSM world phone to use at home and abroad. Not easy on TF, nor on Cricket. I guess Cricket is charging $10 to swap your SIM into a different phone! robbery! is this true?

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    3. Any BLU phones under $100 worth considering? they have so many models who has time to sort thru them all? dual sim would be great if I could use a TF ATT SIM in one, and the freedompop sim in the other, that might just work. I want a 5.5" to 6" screen, big removable battery, and SD slot, probably droid 6, since I haven't figured a good way to limit permisions in android 5. Got to have good radio bands for use in canada, mexico, and south america mainly too. 1GB ram in such a phone would probably not cut it either.

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  11. I've read that LG GSM phones are easy to get cheap $5 unlock codes for, but also that its near impossible to unlock a tracfone. Considering the HSN LG Treasure tracfone bundle. Anyone have luck in unlocking this device from TF?

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    1. Many Tracfone phones are from LG but they still can't be unlocked. It has nothing to do with the phone's brand. It's the way Tracfone locks down all of their phones.

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  12. Anything Tracfone related is bad news...

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    1. This is mostly due to subscriber ignorance, poor problem solving skills, unreasonable/uninformed expectations and the assumption that everything will "just work."

      If you go into TF knowing what TF is like, it's actually a pretty smooth experience.

      The only time you'll ever really have to contact customer service is if the website shits itself trying to do something that can't be fully automated.

      Personally, I've only ever hit a snag when trying to transfer my entire CDMA service over to a registered but inactive GSM sim.

      Everything else worked fine over the past year, without any of the disappearing service people normally complain about.

      Anyway, every time someone complains about anything but an MVNO's pricing or business practices, it really does seem like they're just buttmad that it's not as easy as an overpriced postpaid carrier.

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    2. Just because you have not had a problem does not mean that America Movil CS is the most rock bottom, horrid, horrid, insulting, useless, malicious CS one will ever experience. The company thrives on ripping people off and then ignoring them.

      I have dealt with dozens of MVNOs over the years for over 100 lines among family, friends and business. America Movil is in a class of awful all its own. I will not allow anyone who listens to me to have service with any of their brands and I relish every AM customer I get to leave then (joining the 100's of thousands that quit AM brands during a typical quarter).

      Just say no to America Movil, your wallet and your sanity will be the better if you heed this advice.

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    3. I agree to disagree. Subscriber ignorance or inability to problem solve has NOTHING to do with service interruptions, data disappearing from your account, PINS that never work, Unlocking advertised but never works etc...those are issues that people CAN NOT fix using problem solving skills or without calling/contacting for help.
      I'm glad your experience has been acceptable but that is not the case with many, many people who have problems like this day after day and have no other choice but to deal with it. It has nothing to do with "problem solving" unless you have access to Tracfone's/America Movil glitchy systems and know how to operate them. Other MVNO's don't have that issue or if they do they are isolated and know common knowledge like with Tracfone and A/M.

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    4. My own experiences with TracFone support are the worst I've ever experienced with any prepaid operator and I've used most of them.

      Three out the four times I tried to add a PIN, only service days were added, the purchased minutes, texts, and data were not applied. Every time this happened, I had to contact CS by chat. Two out of the three times chat could not add the missing units and told me call a special number the next day. One time it took daily calls for a week before my account was properly credited.

      To TracFone's credit, every rep I contacted was courteous and apologetic. However, they clearly didn't have the tools or training to override a system error.

      My impression is that TracFone's backend systems and their customer support organization and management are all badly broken.

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    5. Thanks for all these replies here. I was considering a year service + phone deal from HSN because they are so cheap, but I'm not so hard up for cash that I should even consider the hassles and time I will likely have to spend with cs if anything goes wrong, such as the common disappearing airtime when trying to add in. I think all would likely be fine if you activated and never made another transaction, but needs change and its just too risky. I'd rather pay double, honestly. My needs are small though, and I really hate paying for more than I need. What I need, is 500 - 1000 MB per month on ATT or Verizon mvno for less than $30. Is this possible?

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    6. TF is awesome once you discover its charm point.

      Sure, it's still clumsy and incompetent.

      But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

      Now if you'll excuse me, I've gotta hop back on Big Slim's Gravy Express.

      After all, the free ride never ends.

      It's sort of like Ringplus, except less complicated and on much better networks.

      Heck, if I'd known how shoddy they were all along, I never would've went with any other carrier.

      Maybe some day you lot will figure it out, but until then, have fun actually paying for your cell service.

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    7. "TF is awesome once you discover its charm point"

      There is no other point to this comment I can find other that you must be joking, that's it you are being sarcastic. Say that to the thousands people that have almost had heart attacks from dealing with the frustrations Tracfone and all America Movil brands.

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    8. " What I need, is 500 - 1000 MB per month on ATT or Verizon mvno for less than $30. Is this possible?"

      I would recommend either Boom Mobile where you get POST paid Verizon coverage with roaming for talk/text/data for $29.99 a month tax included and 2GB of data.
      OR
      PureTalk USA where you get native AT&T coverage with 1GB full speed data for $29.00 taxes and fees included.

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    9. "What I need, is 500 - 1000 MB per month on ATT or Verizon mvno for less than $30. Is this possible?"

      Tracfone.

      $80/yr for 720/720/720, $5 to $10/mo for data.

      The total cost will be between $140 and $200, which is less than $20/mo.

      That's excluding the cost of minutes and messages, but since you've left those out I'm assuming you won't need them.

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    10. Why would you recommend Tracfone when the OP is saying this about that company after Dennis and other's shared their horrid experiences with it???

      "I'm not so hard up for cash that I should even consider the hassles and time I will likely have to spend with cs if anything goes wrong, such as the common disappearing airtime when trying to add in"

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  13. So its easy to unlock LG metroPCS on Cricket phones with codes bought online?

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    1. Most recent T-Mobile and MetroPCS phones can't be unlocked with a code. There's an unlocking app installed on the phone that lets the user unlock it when the carrier's criteria for unlocking are met.

      There are now some vendors on eBay that claim to be able to remotely unlock the phones with the app for about $15.

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    2. And cricket? Do the unlock codes you can buy at unlock247.com work?

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    3. I've never had a problem with reputable unlocking code/app vendors on ebay, which is why I use ebay search results to gauge whether or not a phone is unlockable.

      Ultimately, brand is no guarantee that a phone can ever be unlocked.

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  14. I want to learn/practice rooting an android, but I don't want to brick a flagship. What are some of the cheapest sets out there that can be rooted? Thx!

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    1. Do you want to learn and practice how to find root in yet to be rooted phones?

      Or do you just want to test whether or not you can follow a simple set of instructions that a real rooter's already made available to the masses?

      Because if you're not looking to root the unrooted and you don't actually need root for anything, then there's really no point in rooting any of your phones.

      The same goes for unlocking.

      You either do it or don't, but only when you really need to.

      And to be quite honest, if you can't even root a flagship (which has tons of developer interest), then figuring out how to root lesser known devices might be out of your league.

      Then again, if you can root a Hydro Vibe straight out of the box, swap the root app with SuperSU and get Google apps to work without crashing, everything else will be a walk in the park.

      Try starting there.

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    2. The Boost or Virgin Mobile Moto E and the TracFone LG Ultimate 2 are both cheap and easily rootable.

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    3. why I sometimes want root: re-enabling tethering function; disabling and/or removing unwanted apps; modifying app permissions; enabling APP OPS. Pretty important stuff in my opinion. I figure once I go thru the process with one, I will know some of the common steps. For example, even getting the right drivers so it will talk to a windows machine is sometimes a huge hassle in my experience. I know there are sometimes work-around apps for these functions, I've tried lots of them with various degrees of success as well. But I'd like to have a deeper knowledge to be able to try other things as well.

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  15. Walmart online: ATT GoPhone Kyocera Hydro Air - $39.88 (reg. $99.99). Shipping to home or store.

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  16. Dennis, what do you think about Crickets LG Stylo 2? seems pretty good specs for less than $80. Can be unlocked, i think 3 mos. paid with cricket, or maybe a cheap unlock code purchased online? LTE bands seem pretty limited however. might not work too well internationally... Looking back thru this year, it was never on the deal of the week. but why?

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    1. I haven't used the G Stylo 2 but based on the specs it looks like a good low end phone with a big screen. 2GB RAM, 16 GB internal and removable battery are pluses; Snapdragon 410 is a rather low end SOC however. The Idol 3 and ZMax Pro have faster the SD 615 and 617 respectively.

      BTW, the $79.99 price is only if you port a number to Cricket and that offer ends tomorrow. It's $129.99 without a port.

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    2. Cricket's "good" promotions are random, so you should wait until they knock another $40 off the Stylo 2 (or offer something better).

      Then again, it also depends what phone you're switching over from.

      If you already have a quad core with 1.5GB of RAM under the hood, $80 isn't going to get you as much bang for your buck as the $60 R1 HD or $100 Moto G4 Play will.

      The former is a cheap stopgap until unlockable, rootable phones with 3GB of RAM come out, while the latter can be used on any carrier.

      Black Friday's coming up, too, so you shouldn't buy a phone unless you're immediately switching to paygo on another carrier and saving more than you'll spend.

      But if you're still interested in overpaying for the Stylo 2, and your current phone is a 1GB burner, then unlocking through ebay for $2.70 would be your best bet.

      Otherwise, I've heard Cricket requires 7 payments to unlock the device (with the seventh counting as "after" six payments).

      They'll also unlock it if you fork over an extra $30 for the $70 plan.

      FYI, Metro's the one that unlocks after 3 months.

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    3. good advise, thank you much. I like LG phones alot, and I've been itching to get a big 5.5+ screen for awhile now, but like you said, black friday isnt too far off and $80 for the stylo which has limited LTE bands as well, maybe not my best option. There's no one slam dunk phone out there for me right now for the right deal. Great deals have been hard to come by in the past few months! I've been dirt-bagging it on 1GB burners for too long. Everyone but my closest contacts has lost me because I've change numbers so many times over the past year experimenting... drag. but I've saved hundreds of dollars thanks to this website here! sometimes fun, often frustrating with all the changing around tho.

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    4. Port your number to Google Voice then point it to the phone(s) you have at the time. I can't count all the MVNO and port in promos etc. I have taken advantage of over the past 5 or more years. No worries about all your contacts loosing touch.

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  17. "I've been dirt-bagging it on 1GB burners for too long. Everyone but my closest contacts has lost me because I've change numbers so many times over the past year experimenting."

    Singing the prepaid blues, eh?

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    1. Why don't you port your number every time you change services? Most companies have it available and you don't have to get new numbers all the time. I've had my number for 15 years and change MVNO's often.

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    2. Not him, but porting is a bothersome process that sometimes requires a call to customer service.

      Then you're stuck without that number until the port completes.

      If numbers were more modular and could be used on any phone (a la Google Voice), it wouldn't be as problematic.

      But since you're at the carriers' mercy, it's usually easier to avoid porting except when there's a cash bonus.

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    3. I ported my number to Google Voice years ago.

      Now I just give people my Google Voice number and actual cell number is irrelevant since my Google Voice calls can be routed to any phone number I own/control.

      Free WiFi calling and texting via Google Voice is an additional bonus.

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  18. looking at the BLU R1 HD some more, some have said that you can unlock the bootloader and root; and get ride of the amazon ads, but looking at this thread on XDA, looks like they are battling it out and Amazon is currently back in the lead: http://forum.xda-developers.com/r1-hd/how-to/blu-r1-hd-t3418354

    it appears the advertising space is just too valuable for Amazon to ignore a relatively small group of users who spend countless hours hacking their phones...

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    1. If the R1 hasn't started shipping with the new OTA update, it should still be possible to convert it to the non-Prime version.

      Otherwise, the deal's dead and buried.

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  19. DEAL - BestBuy - AT&T GoPhone - ZTE Zmax 2 4G with 16GB Memory Prepaid Cell Phone - Black $49.99

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  20. best deal yet on the Zmax2, BUT, has anyone found a "app ops" type app that works on lollipop yet? Very important to me and currently causing me to avoid all lollipop sets.

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  21. Will the iPhone 7 work on the ATT GoPhone ten cents per minute plan?

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    1. Yes, for talk and text only. Also unless you are grandfathered, GoPhone's pay as you go plan is now 25¢/minute instead of 10¢.

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    2. An iphone 7 on a "talk and text only" plan?!

      I don't know why you would pay a premium for what is probably at this time the best smart phone on the planet... full-featured and meant for LTE data use... if you plan to just talk and text on it.

      You could make do with a good burner for a tiny fraction of the price.

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  22. looking for a 5.5" set with removable battery, came across the BLU Life XL, and the BLU Vivo XL. Why they have two models so similar, who knows? A few questions on these- Band 5 is strangely missing from the LTE radios. One site said that would effect rural areas on ATT? seems like a BIG missing band to me, but is it? Anyone know if these phones have unlockable bootloaders? And will these sets get marshmallow? these questions are for Blu phones in general too, if anyone knows. finally, is there a dedicated sd card slot? couldnt find this anywhere.

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    1. BLU has hundreds of different models with similar specs and model names. Very confusing. Here's what I was able to find out about the two you mentioned:

      The BLU Vivo XL has a SD slot, it's rootable but the bootloader can't be unlocked without bricking the phone. See [ROOT][RECOVERY][Xposed] worked/confirmed Blu Vivo XL. No need unlock bootloader. - Page 1 - xda-developers. It has 16 GB of internal memery 2 GB RAM and a MediaTek MT6753 SOC.

      The BLU Life XL is a very confusing phone. There are two versions of it with the same L050U model number:
      8GB internal memory, 1 GB RAM Snapdragon 410 SOC, no LTE
      16GB internal memory; 2 GB RAM MediaTek MT6592M SOC, LTE
      Both have SD card slots.

      There's a thread on XDA [guide] blu life xl (model: #l050u) [root / bootloader unlock / faq] - xda-developers that suggests that at least Some versions of the BLU Life XL can be rooted and the bootloader unlocked. It's not clear if they are talking about the LTE version or the non LTE.

      BLU almost never provides Android updates for its phones.

      I think the modems in Mediatek SOCs are limited to four or five LTE bands. It's pretty common for Mediatek based phones to be missing band 5 which is only used by AT&T in some markets. If band 5 is the only LTE band available the phone should fall back to HSPA+.

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  23. $130 for a year of service and 12000 minutes, texts and MB is a steal. Even if it's a ZTE phone, where else can you get 1GB and hours of talk time each month for just $11 per month.

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    1. AM deals would be a steal if they worked as advertised; but beware as you will be the one getting stole from with little to no recourse! MANY people who've tried, don't anymore and like me, feel obligated to warn the rest.

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