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    Cheapest flip phone for Tello?

    Been using TracFone for my backup phone for quite a while, using an LG306G "feature phone".

    Through this forum, I've discovered Tello, which seems more suitable for my needs.

    Obviously, I'll need a new device. Tello's BYOP page says I can use, "Any CDMA device free of contract, developed for Sprint or for other carriers".

    The cheapest phone on their website is $30. Is there something cheaper?

    On Target's website, I found a Boost Mobile Alcatel GoFlip for $20, but I don't know if it's carrier locked.

    Any other super cheapie ideas out thare?

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    Ebay will have some but you'll want to check the MEID before buying unless it states it will work on an mvno like tello, ting or ringplus (!).

    The Kyocera DuraXT is a common model that should work. If you search for Kyocera DuraXT ringplus or ting or tello then you get a few hits.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/LG-PM225-Cam...IAAOSwkRhZWxLL

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sanyo-KATANA...YAAOSwF1tZcByi

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lot-of-2-Kyo...EAAOSw8w1X3Wbg

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mint-Kyocera...EAAMXQlgtS~XRs

    New boost phones won't work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eggsalad View Post
    Been using TracFone for my backup phone for quite a while, using an LG306G "feature phone".

    Through this forum, I've discovered Tello, which seems more suitable for my needs.

    Obviously, I'll need a new device. Tello's BYOP page says I can use, "Any CDMA device free of contract, developed for Sprint or for other carriers".

    The cheapest phone on their website is $30. Is there something cheaper?

    On Target's website, I found a Boost Mobile Alcatel GoFlip for $20, but I don't know if it's carrier locked.

    Any other super cheapie ideas out there?
    There are numerous Dura XT's on Ebay for $10 and less.
    What's more, they do support 800 MHz voice which is crucial for range.

    Wow I see that jb82 just posted along the same lines while I was composing this.

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    I have a Kyocera Kona that my son used and now will be selling it

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    A while back I got an old Sprint LG LX125 on eBay for less than $5. I have a seldom-used business number that I ported to this phone on Tello paygo and set the phone to forward all calls to my normal cell phone. At 3˘ a minute my ten bucks will last me a year.
    My smartphone is a lot smarter than I am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hogan773 View Post
    I have a Kyocera Kona that my son used and now will be selling it
    PM me, please!

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    Yup, both the Virgin Kona and Boost Coast are very solid flippers and should work right out of the box on Tello.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jb82 View Post


    New boost phones won't work.
    Quote Originally Posted by Fishx65 View Post
    Yup, both the Virgin Kona and Boost Coast are very solid flippers and should work right out of the box on Tello.
    This is confusing. Will a Boost phone work or not work?

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    New ones you can buy from a store most likely won't- like the target one you mentioned. You could go to a store and check the MEID instore (usually on the box) as one or two might slip through and activate directly on tello. They might have older stock that haven't been blocked for use elsewhere as well.

    Old boost/virgin phones probably will activate on tello fine. They tightened up the rules a year or so ago to stop people using boost/virgin prepaid phones on anything other than what they were meant to be for. However older ones have either had sufficient time elapse or just weren't caught by the tightening of the policy.

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    The Dura XT's are old, but most if not all are from Sprint Postpaid so they do not have any issues of being sold for Boost or Virgin use.

    But I can see that some may prefer some other flip phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishx65 View Post
    Yup, both the Virgin Kona and Boost Coast are very solid flippers and should work right out of the box on Tello.
    I would agree, these basic phones are likely to activate OTB on most if not all Sprint MVNOs.

    Quote Originally Posted by eggsalad View Post
    This is confusing. Will a Boost phone work or not work?
    Bottom line, if the MEID passes the Check Tool for the Sprint MVNO you want to use then it will work.

    If you are buying on line, new or used, then make sure the seller runs the MEID for you and messages you the result before you commit to buy. If the seller won't do this, find another seller who will.

    Tello sells the one touch fling for $29(refurb) and Twigby has the Kyocera DuraXT(refurb) for $27 no question it will work on Sprint MVNOs

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    Quote Originally Posted by jb82 View Post

    Old boost/virgin phones probably will activate on tello fine.
    Bingo! I dug out an old Virgin LG Optimus V (VM670) and it passes the MEID check! Sure, it's not a flip phone, but it might as well be, on Android 2.2. The best solution to a problem is often right at hand!

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    Good stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishx65 View Post
    That thing is the biggest lag fest ever. I had that phone on sprint postpaid for a while when androids were still young. The phone would freeze up on the accept/reject call screen. I would highly recommend a flip phone if you are even considering a 2.2 froyo android phone.

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