Hey guys, I really don't know that much about this stuff, and spent several hours on ebay until I realized I don't really know what I'm doing.
Here's the lowdown. My sony xperia play is ****ed up, and apparently it will cost $95 to fix it. I don't care about gaming on my phone anymore, so I'd rather just get a different one that has more internal memory (the play has 400 MB) and hopefully less lag. I'm in Canada on Rogers network, so I need a phone that is GSM (right?).
What phone, that you could get on ebay for 80-100 would be my best choice? I'd prefer android mostly.
Thanks so much to anyone that can help!
PS: Don't want to early upgrade because the fee is $220...plus the price of the new phone while renewing a 3 year contract.
Not just GSM, but the right 3G frequencies. Careful with eBay as if you buy a device from overseas it may lack the right 3G bands. It must have 3G on the 850/1900 bands or you will be stuck with slow EDGE speeds only. Do not trust the "cellular band" info under Item Specifics if you get this on eBay, because eBay makes it very easy to select a related but totally different device and hence copy the wrong specs.
Humm, $80-100. You might be able to find an unlocked HTC One V (Koodo or Telus edition) at that price which has 4 GB internal + microSD. It has basically the same processor as the Play but was released last year as a budget phone.
The Samsung Ace II X is also I believe another single-core 1 GHz, close match to the One V. Runs ICS.
HTC Incredible S (Bell / Virgin edition) would be decent too, and did get upgraded to ICS.
Maybe even if you're lucky, a Nexus S (i9020A edition, *not* i9020T or others). Again single-core 1GHz but this one made it as far as Jellybean 4.1.1.
I noticed that the HTC one V doesn't have a sim card slot. Is that going to make things more difficult for running it on rogers? I'll check out the others as well.
That's why I said Koodo or Telus version, which definitely takes a SIM. I think Bell might have released it too, maybe Virgin Canada. All of those will work. Some American CDMA carriers (Virgin USA?) released a version that of course wouldn't have a SIM slot. And there are European versions with a SIM but the wrong 3G bands.