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    basic flip and physical keyboard phone will works 2020-2025

    Hi there, my parents are 70s. My Magenta Plus plan have extra lines for them.

    Is there a flip phone out there that will still receive text & calls after 3G/2G shutdown?
    ...does tmobile/gsm unlocked motorola V3# (V3, V3i, V3xx, V3t, etc) still works?

    Is there a phone with physical Qwerty/Qwertz keyboard (sidekick, blackberry) that I can get for my dad that will works into 2020s (and roaming international)?


    Thankful and sincerely.

    Sent from my LG-LS997 using HoFo mobile app

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    This flip phone on T-Mobile's website has all of the 4G LTE bands including band 71. So it will work going forward:

    https://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phone/...u=610214661463

    As for keyboard phones, they still make some under the Blackberry name such as this one:

    https://blackberrymobile.com/us/specifications/keyone/

    It's an Android phone so it has plenty of apps. It looks like it has a number of other bands so it should roam internationally. It has T-Mobile LTE bands 2, 4 and 12. It doesn't, however, have band 71.

    When I clicked Buy Now it showed it was exclusively sold at AT&T. I don't know if there is an unlocked version available.

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    Time to get your parents off a function phone ( flip phone) in 2020 on T-Mobile they are wasting their money. Flip phone are obsolete. Every one needs to move to 5G as their next phone. 5G is expensive now but it will be much cheaper soon. Verizon and AT&T will not be able to complete with T-Mobile soon in 5G.

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    There is no need for anyone to worry about switching to a 5G phone yet. 4G will be used in conjunction with the 5G networks and isn't going away anytime soon. Maybe in 2 or more years, it might be necessary to upgrade at that time, but no need to buy such a device at this time unless the user has a specific need and lives in an area that is/will be supported by the 5G networks.

    I seriously doubt that the OP's parents fit that profile at this time. There are 4G flip phones currently offered on all of the big carriers (At&t, Verizon, T-mobile, Sprint). I know that T-mobile will be completing their buyout of Sprint over the next few or several months.
    Last edited by veriztd; 04-02-2020 at 11:20 AM.
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