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    True, but any smartphone is a whole level of...

    True, but any smartphone is a whole level of effort to get it configured so that it doesn't waste data, junk apps disabled, app updates disabled, notifications disabled, etc.

    I have had new phones...
  2. My Moto G6 is the loudest phone I have ever had -...

    My Moto G6 is the loudest phone I have ever had - on ear or speakerphone.
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    deb is the preferred package type for Ubuntu...

    deb is the preferred package type for Ubuntu based Linux.

    How to install packages is addressed here:

    https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/1525
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    What you are doing is as cheap as it gets if you...

    What you are doing is as cheap as it gets if you need more than a few call minutes and texts.

    For very low usage a paygo service with no recurring fees and non-expiring balance would be cheaper.
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    That's why I like Xbuntu. It works the most like...

    That's why I like Xbuntu. It works the most like Windows.

    You can probably change the Mint desktop environment to something you like better. Just do a web search on that and dive in.
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    That is probably HSN or QVC bundle deals of a...

    That is probably HSN or QVC bundle deals of a phone and a year of service. You activate it and it works for a year (within the limits of the included 1500 minutes, 1500 texts).

    After a year you...
  7. Yes, Sprint may be a weak-sister network, but...

    Yes, Sprint may be a weak-sister network, but USCC is in no way comparable in nationwide service.

    I had made a note of the carriers market share as of Q1 2017. I know that is not real up to date,...
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    Fedora is a good choice, though I don't know...

    Fedora is a good choice, though I don't know about the phoning home issue. I used Red Hat and Fedora at work for years. It is reasonably easy to install and use. It is a bit of overkill if what you...
  9. Answered here: ...

    Answered here:

    https://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1915234-Which-Linux-Distribution-to-Try-or-Use?p=17090381#post17090381
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    Which Linux Distribution to Try or Use

    Which Linux distribution?

    Asked off topic in another forum. Answered here.

    It depends on a number of factors.

    How interested are you in learning how to use it?

    What do you want to use it...
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    When I read the fine print it says: "HARMAN...

    When I read the fine print it says:

    "HARMAN Spark: Mobile App req’d: iOS version 9.0 & higher and Android version 6.0 & higher....

    ...Device restrictions: For in-car use only. Telematics...
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    The Harmon Spark plan is for a Harmon Spark OBD...

    The Harmon Spark plan is for a Harmon Spark OBD plugin device or for cars that come with a device built in. The Harmon Spark or built in devices cannot be used with the device outside the car. The...
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    It's a big country. All carriers don't have equal...

    It's a big country. All carriers don't have equal signal coverage in all areas. Fi uses T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular. Those three would be inadequate in my home and usual travel areas.
  14. The Nokia should work with T-Mobile or one of...

    The Nokia should work with T-Mobile or one of their MVNOs.

    Basic T-Mobile prepaid service is $3 a month. I don't know if they charge for the SIM.
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  15. I am seeing that too. I did not receive an email...

    I am seeing that too. I did not receive an email about it.

    You can still get email notification of voicemail and missed calls, but that requires data. The GV app gets VM notifications and...
  16. Yeah, Sprint has some arcane rules that are not...

    Yeah, Sprint has some arcane rules that are not well known and other carriers don't do.
  17. Tello customer service is completely correct. You...

    Tello customer service is completely correct. You cannot have a Sprint phone IMEI with more than one line of service even on another Sprint MVNO. This is a Sprint limitation, not Tello.

    The...
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    Moto G7 Power comes to mind, but it's not under...

    Moto G7 Power comes to mind, but it's not under $200 yet.

    You can search for battery capacity at:

    https://www.gsmarena.com/search.php3?
  19. Ditto. I recommend first getting a GV number...

    Ditto.

    I recommend first getting a GV number and verify that it works without the Obi. Go to the GV acct. web page and learn all of the settings. Then go to the Legacy GV site and learn those...
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    Yes, my desk computer is ~2,100. My i5 notebook...

    Yes, my desk computer is ~2,100. My i5 notebook at 3,600 is quite noticeably faster. Part of that could be the notebook being newer with a better GPU. It also has a SSD "disk" that is faster. The...
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    My i5 at 3,600 is the fastest computer I have...

    My i5 at 3,600 is the fastest computer I have ever used and it is a notebook that are not known for performance. I'm sure I would be satisfied with something 10K if the price was good.
  22. Tello does not have roaming or Wifi calling*. ...

    Tello does not have roaming or Wifi calling*.

    It is poor Sprint signal. -113 dBm borders on calls dropping. Verizon would be better in a lot more places.

    I know nothing about US Mobile.
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    There are a lot of i7 models - something like 230...

    There are a lot of i7 models - something like 230 of them. I would check the one I was thinking of buying. I use the PassMark benchmark lists:

    https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php

    A quick...
  24. Tethering works fine* on my FP AT&T free lines on...

    Tethering works fine* on my FP AT&T free lines on phones that don't do an entitlement check. On phones that do the entitlement check, some will pop a message to contact the carrier or not allowed,...
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    I got a ZTE Velocity hotspot for $30 off eBay a...

    I got a ZTE Velocity hotspot for $30 off eBay a while ago. It was a refurb. It works fine with my Mobley SIM. I have run it for days at a time with no problems. I have gotten 30 Mbps on it in good...
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