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    Any recommendations for inexpensive, but reliabile phones?

    I need to buy a phone that is very reliable in terms of talk/calls and texting. I probably will not need this phone for data/internet at all, although I don't care if it is on there. I also won't need the camera, but I don't care what is on there. I picked up a moto e5 play when Best Buy had it on sale for about $30, but the sound quality is not good and I need more reliability in that area. I realize I probably need to pay more that I did, even though I only need the talk and text features.

    As for carrier, I would like the phone to be unlocked. I currently use Puretalk (AT&T), but want to have the freedome to go elsewhere.

    I am okay with buying on some place like swappa, although I have never done so before so any recommendations about what to keep in mind with those sites would be great as well.

    Thanks!

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    I think a lot of what you're looking for is subjective.

    I don't recall seeing too many complaints about the Moto E5 Play sound quality.

    I personally use a Moto E4 XT1768 unlocked/universal phone, and I find the sound quality perfectly acceptable. But again, that's subjective. Also, I wouldn't recommend the E4 for a new user at this point due to it's age.

    If you're considering Pure TalkUSA, or any non-Vzw or non-Sprint network, possibly consider an unlocked Nokia, such as a Nokia 4.2 Dual-SIM 32GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Android One, Black), which is currently on sale for $159 from https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...martphone.html or a Nokia 2.2 TA-1179 32GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Tungsten Black) currently on sale for $129 from https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...martphone.html .

    However, at those prices, I might suggest considering an unlocked/universal Moto G6 or G7, which are compatible with all networks.

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    Thanks, Boz1. I have only used the moto e5 play for a few calls today and yesterday, but it is fuzzy; it is possible it is a fluke that will resolve itself, but I have come to the conclusion I do probably need something higher quality. Your options look good.

    I am also hoping to find a very light phone (weight-wise) so will be looking at that as well.

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    I wonder if the E5 you received might be defective?

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    Do you know if you have VoLTE or not? I know VoLTE will help with calling audio because I have heard some AT&T 3G system is going bad. I don't know if that is the case for your area tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boz1 View Post
    I wonder if the E5 you received might be defective?
    I wondered that as well. However, I bought it from Best Buy a while ago and did not try it,so they are unlikely to refund me anything.

    Not to get too complicated, but I am moving to thinking I need to find a dual sim phone. I need this second line for my business and do not want to use Google voice. I was going to carry 2 phones, but am leaning away from that. I had a google pixel 2 for my personal phone, but it just broke and they are sending me a brand new pixel 2 under the warranty. I asked if I could get a 3a instead for the dual sim and they said no. I could trade in once I receive my new pixel 2, but they could not just give me a 3a instead...trade in price is very poor.

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    I never tried the Moto E5 but can tell you that the G6 Play, G7, G7 Power and Z3 Play all have really good earpiece/speakerphone voice quality that gets plenty loud. Moto's forward facing speaker works really well for speakerphone calls. Earpiece/Speakerphone voice quality and volume along with reception are the most important features when I'm looking for a new phone. I could give a crap about having the fastest processor or highest pixel count on my cellphone. Paper specs sell phones these days but not to me.

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    With ATT, the G6 Play has noticeably better voice quality then the E4 Plus, which I would assume is similar to the E5 Plus. I have gotten used to the sound & it isn't an issue for ATT calls. (HSPA)

    OTOH, Verizon sounds tinny on the E4 Plus & almost hurts your ears on non-HD VoLTE calls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robynsus View Post
    I wondered that as well. However, I bought it from Best Buy a while ago and did not try it,so they are unlikely to refund me anything.

    Not to get too complicated, but I am moving to thinking I need to find a dual sim phone. I need this second line for my business and do not want to use Google voice. I was going to carry 2 phones, but am leaning away from that. I had a google pixel 2 for my personal phone, but it just broke and they are sending me a brand new pixel 2 under the warranty. I asked if I could get a 3a instead for the dual sim and they said no. I could trade in once I receive my new pixel 2, but they could not just give me a 3a instead...trade in price is very poor.
    If it's been less than a year, Moto warranty repair was fast and good when I used it.

    The first Nokia I mentioned above is dual SIM.

    The Pixel 3a is not traditional dual SIM. It is eSIM+1 SIM. As far as I know, MVNOs don't provision eSIM.

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    Thanks so much for the responses. I will look into these options. I believe we have VoLTE, but not sure. In any cases, my family is not having difficulty with their phones and we are all on Puretalk.

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    We have used moto phones on from X and G series without issues, I strongly recommend them. The G7 works perfectly with VoLTE and HDVoice/HDVoice+ on my provider (TotalWireless) and also has the newer RCS (also called Chat) feature enabled. It's $179 now.
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    I did want to add that if anyone knows of phones that are particularly light (weight-wise) and/or don't require the bulk of a case, please let me know! Since this would be a second phone I am carrying every ounce counts!

    Thanks again!

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    2nd phone? Get a flip phone!

    Sent from my LEX727 Leeco Le Pro3 using HoFo mobile app

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    Or go with the dual SIM phone idea!

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    I have the Moto G7 Power and love it. Mostly because I can go days without having to charge it.

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