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Thread: Still Searching: Decent, Relatively Low-Cost Dual SIM Phone

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    Still Searching: Decent, Relatively Low-Cost Dual SIM Phone

    Can I get some opinions on the Moto G6 / G6 Plus DUAL SIM phones?

    GSM Arena indicates that at least the NON Plus has a dedicated MicroSD card slot (maybe the Plus, too?), both have NFC, and both should eventually get updated to Pie.

    Amazon indicates that they have what looks to be pretty good LTE band support:
    HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700), 30(2300), 38(2600), 41(2500), 66(1700/2100) - Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

    The camera specs look good ON PAPER, but I don't know about real life.

    Motorola Moto G6 XT1925-2 32GB 5.7" Dual SIM 4G LTE Factory Unlocked Smartphone International Model - No Warranty (Deep Indigo)
    https://www.amazon.com/Motorola-XT19.../dp/B07CHW5KMY
    https://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_moto_g6-9000.php

    Motorola Moto G6 Plus XT1926-7 64GB 5.9" Dual SIM 4G LTE Factory Unlocked Smartphone International Model - No Warranty (Deep Indigo)
    https://www.amazon.com/Motorola-XT19.../dp/B07CHWMYHP
    https://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_moto_g6_plus-9001.php

    Any thoughts would be appreciated!
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    A little confusing. It has the bands for sprint and Verizon but clearly states to not be compatible with either. So don't know if they just copied the specs from the non international single sim version.

    Other than that, if the dual sim international version is gsm only this seems to have all the bands for T-Mobile or AT&T.

    What needs to be tested is whether this phone can really do lte/volte for Verizon on bands 2,4 and 13. You might get just data only.

    Having a G4 and following the progress of the Motorola line, I think the price is a little high though for the build quality. A friend of mine bought g5 plus on my recommendation and loves it except that it has a well known speakerphone bug(low volume).

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    It's also important to find out if it does 3G/4G on both SIMs simultaneously. Otherwise you could be stuck on 2G on one of the SIMs which is basically useless nowadays even for calls.

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    I have been doing a bit of research on this. A lot of the cheaper ones from companies like Blu, Huawei and Asus have that issue of 2nd sim being just 2g. They are probably cheap because they are closing them out.

    Newer generation dual sim phones seem to be better.

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    I had a Honor 5X for a while with a FreedomPop SIM for data and a Truphone SIM for calls. At some point it stopped working because ATT drastically reduced or closed down the 2G network.

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    Based on the comments above, I did some checking, and it looks like the Amazon descriptions at the links above listing LTE bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/25/26/28/29/30/38/41/66 are probably WROING!

    That's so disappointing!

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    The newly-released Nokia 7.1 looks like a good phone, but in addition to being pretty expensive at $349 and NOT having a dedicated microSD card slot, it's like so many other phones lately that have a stupid, slippery, and more fragile than plastic or metal, glass back!

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    I have an irulu geoking max G36 that seems to have 3g on the 2nd sim. Truphone works on it for me. Freedompop in 1st sim slot. Decent phone if you can get it for under $150. Probably not worth it at list price($300). It's got some minor issues.

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    The Asus Zenfone 5 Lite ZC600KL is another option, but has limited LTE band support, has very lackluster specs for the $299 price, and is running Nougat, with little hope of getting Oreo, let alone Pie.

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    So what's the price point you are looking for?

    I think at the minimum, you want full AT&T and T-Mobile compatibility. So that means bands 2,4,5,7,12 and 17.

    It would be a bonus to also have 28 and 30 for AT&T and 66 and 71 for T-Mobile.

    Any sort of quasi compatibility with Sprint(25, 26 and 41) or Verizon(4 and 13) is also helpful but probably not likely.

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    Preferably $250 or less.

    But that would be for a "good" phone like the Nokia 7.1, despite (my perceived) drawbacks mentioned above. One big advantage, at least to me, is Android One, currently at Oreo 8.1, with an announced update to Pie this month, 2 years of guaranteed Android version updates, and 3 years of guaranteed security updates. Regarding the lack of a dedicated microSD card, I can probably get over that since the Nokia 7.1 being sold in the US has 64GB of built-in storage. It has LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 28, 38, 40, 66. Maybe a Black Friday Miracle $100 price drop will occur for me?

    I probably don't even want to consider the Asus Zenfone 5 Lite ZC600KL unless it drops to $150, which seems very unlikely since that would be half off, mostly because it has Nougat with only a small chance of being updated to Oreo, based on Asus's poor history of updates to other phones, and because of it's overall specs. It has LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 28. I guess the LTE band support isn't terrible, just less than the Nokia 7.1 has.

    So, just like I've done for the last 3 years, I'll probably just keep wishing.

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    Another possibility might be the Honor 8x, if/when it is released in the US.

    If it's like previous Honor "x" phones, it will probably have fewer LTE bands than the Nokia 7.1, in the US, and will almost certainly get fewer Android updates, but will hopefully be closer to $250 than $350. Also, according to https://www.gsmarena.com/huawei_honor_8ax-9313.php , it should have a dedicated microSD card slot. It remains to be seen if the US version will have NFC.

    https://www.hihonor.com/bd/products/smartphone/honor8x/
    https://android.gadgethacks.com/news...-soon-0187628/
    https://www.notebookcheck.net/Honor-....336630.0.html
    https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/honor-8x-news/

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    NUU Mobile G3 5.7" 64GB Unlocked Android Cell Phone - 4GB Ram Dual-SIM GSM 4G LTE - Dual Camera 13 MP Fingerprint ID Fast Charge https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079MBRDNN..._eBg3BbR60541P

    Here's a "disposable dual sim phone" that might fulfill your needs to a point. Seems like both sims are 4g capable atleast. Of course any phone of this caliber will be hit or miss. Overall good reviews although longterm reliability might be a question.

    Has the basic bands for T-Mobile and AT&T compatibility.

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    Here's another intriguing phone

    Huawei P20 Lite ANE-LX3 32GB + 4GB Dual SIM LTE Factory Unlocked Smartphone (Klein Blue) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C5HH17G..._A7g3BbE0PGCSS



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    Quote Originally Posted by ShredFred View Post
    NUU Mobile G3 5.7" 64GB Unlocked Android Cell Phone - 4GB Ram Dual-SIM GSM 4G LTE - Dual Camera 13 MP Fingerprint ID Fast Charge https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079MBRDNN..._eBg3BbR60541P

    Here's a "disposable dual sim phone" that might fulfill your needs to a point. Seems like both sims are 4g capable atleast. Of course any phone of this caliber will be hit or miss. Overall good reviews although longterm reliability might be a question.

    Has the basic bands for T-Mobile and AT&T compatibility.
    Quote Originally Posted by ShredFred View Post
    Here's another intriguing phone

    Huawei P20 Lite ANE-LX3 32GB + 4GB Dual SIM LTE Factory Unlocked Smartphone (Klein Blue) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C5HH17G..._A7g3BbE0PGCSS
    Thanks. I'll take a look at those.

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