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Old 06-19-2019, 12:56 AM
 
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My current phone is Nokia windows phone. I need an Android phone for some apps, and would like to continue using AT&T as my mobile service provider. Where do I start looking for the new phone? I'm leaning toward a Samsung, though open to others.

I assume that if I just go into an ATT store, I won't get the best deal: limited choices, and staff will push me to buy an expensive one. OTOH, to browse online, I'm overwhelmed by the many makes and models and confused as well. Should I look for only phones that says "AT&T"? locked or unlocked?? etc, etc...

So where should I look to get the best deal?

Thanks in advance for any tips and help.
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Old 06-19-2019, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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google "cell phone reviews", start researching. I'd buy an unlocked phone, capable of working on the AT&T platform from an internet seller (Amazon ?), get the SIM card from AT&T.

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Old 06-19-2019, 07:03 AM
 
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reviewers say the oneplus 7 is the best cellular telefone currently available.

the google pixel 3a is cheaper but still decent.

mkbhd
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Old 06-19-2019, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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First of all, give those ATT people SOME credit. They really are not out to try and rip you off. If you tell them you don't want a $1,000 flagship phone they won't try to talk you into one.

Having said that, if you don't want the ultrahigh end, go with what Stanley said: Pixel 3A. It's THE budget phone to beat right now.

https://www.cnet.com/reviews/google-pixel-3a-review/

The One Plus 7Pro is excellent too but it has those damned curved edges. Ew. ANd almost 2X the price of the new Pixel.

Pixel 3A all day.
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Old 06-19-2019, 09:51 AM
 
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Thanks. A dumb question: if I buy a phone that is Unlocked, does it mean I can use it on ATT and any other carriers, and can simply move my current sim card into it? (IOW in order to keep ATT plan, are these my only two choices: (1) Locked ATT phone, (2) Unlocked phone?)
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Old 06-19-2019, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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Unlocked phones are a little more expensive. You can compare the difference at either a Best Buy store or online. Locked essentially means that the device is limited to the carrier you are using when the phone is activated and to use it on another carrier, you need to unlock the phone. There are certain eligibility requirements for the carrier to unlock your phone such as must be active for xx months, phone lease must be paid in full, no past due/outstanding bill to name a few.

In some cases, if you went to another carrier with the same phone they may or may not allow you to activate it on their network. For instance, I have an unlocked European LG G4 phone that Verizon would not allow me to activate on their network despite the fact they sold the same phone model under their own label.
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Old 06-21-2019, 10:44 PM
 
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I went to a ATT store and learned that there is probably no way to transfer the contact data from my Nokia Windows phone to whatever new android phone I'll buy. Has anyone had this problem?

Also, what about battery life? Is this a factor when you buy a new phone? Which make/model has the reputation of long battery life? Again I'm leaning toward a Samsung, because I've read that they usually have lower SAR values.

Thanks again!

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Old 06-21-2019, 11:04 PM
 
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went to a ATT store and learned that there is probably no way to transfer the contact data from my Nokia Windows phone to whatever new android phone I'll buy. Has anyone had this problem?


Also, what about battery life? Is this a factor when you buy a new phone? Which make/model has the reputation of long battery life? Again I'm leaning toward a Samsung, because I've read that they usually have lower SAR values.


Thanks again!

https://www.recovery-android.com/win...-contacts.html


Try the link above ^^^^^ re the issue bolded above .
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:13 PM
 
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https://www.recovery-android.com/win...-contacts.html


Try the link above ^^^^^ re the issue bolded above .
Thanks. Doesn't look very simple, but good to know there is a way.
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Old 06-22-2019, 12:58 AM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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I went to a ATT store and learned that there is probably no way to transfer the contact data from my Nokia Windows phone to whatever new android phone I'll buy.
They lied to you. It is done routinely from one manufacturer to another. Most major stores can move the contact information from phone to phone with a device called a Cellbrite if it cannot be accomplished over the air through the cloud.
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