I'm looking for a replacement phone for my wife's LG transpyre. About 6 months ago, I posted regarding a sudden loss of VZ coverage in our neighborhood.
That problem has gotten no better, and I'd like to switch from CDMA to GSM because the AT&T coverage here, while not great, is far better.
She's far from a power user, although she does use the phone a lot for her freelance job. She'll use some voice time and a lot of texts. No processor intensive apps. Mostly web browsing, calendar/scheduling apps, etc.
I'd like to do this in the $100-$150 range, and the Moto G4 and G4 play seem like obvious choices. The G4 seems the better deal given the difference in specs, but I've read a number of bad reviews about the G4 screen and problems with ghost touches. The G4 play seems not to have the same problems.
I'm writing to ask if anybody has used both and might provide a recommendation here. Or perhaps, there is a better option in that price range that I'm missing.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I understand that a SIM unlock code can be obtained for the Phoenix 2, but even if unlocked, does it have bands/frequencies to fully support the T-Mobile network? If yes, and if you can get it for $50, it seems like that would be a better value if the intention is to use it only on GSM.
Just for clarification, the Moto G4 Play being referenced below is the unlocked XT1607 CDMA/GSM capable model, not the locked CDMA-only Verizon Prepaid XT1609 variant.
Then there's the Amazon G4 Play with ads that's currently $100 if you don't mind the unlock screen ads.
Well, I just looked it up. I always assumed I was using the AT&T network with my gsm tracfone service, but I am actually using t-mobile, if that matters.
Well of course it matters. You should research the AT&T and Verizon Prepaid voice coverage maps and pick the service which looks best for your areas of desired coverage . Did you confirm carrier by looking at first six digits of SIM number or what? Good thing you decided to check.
All the specs I see for the Phoenix 2 say it has LTE Band 12 which is usually associated with T-Mobile. They don't list Band 17 which associated with AT&T. Weird because this is a GoPhone. Either way these can run on HSPA+ 4G which is fairly fast.