Cheapest smartphone option for 2 weeks

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nimo956
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Cheapest smartphone option for 2 weeks

Post by nimo956 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:40 pm

My current cell phone is provided through work. I am leaving my company and starting a new job at the beginning of October. The new job will also provide me with a cell phone.

I need some kind of smartphone and plan for the final two weeks of September (during which I'll be relocating). What's the cheapest way to accomplish this?
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student
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Re: Cheapest smartphone option for 2 weeks

Post by student » Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:48 pm

You may want to consider a prepaid plan with a phone. If it is is just for 2 weeks, can you do without a phone?

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Re: Cheapest smartphone option for 2 weeks

Post by Dottie57 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:56 pm

Check with family to see if someone has a slightly older, not currently used phone you could borrow and use as prepaid.

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Alexa9
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Re: Cheapest smartphone option for 2 weeks

Post by Alexa9 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:03 pm

Used older Android phone off eBay on a MVNO or prepaid plan.

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Re: Cheapest smartphone option for 2 weeks

Post by inbox788 » Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:42 am

student wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:48 pm
You may want to consider a prepaid plan with a phone. If it is is just for 2 weeks, can you do without a phone?
Are you trying to keep your number? Can you?

I like the no phone idea.

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Re: Cheapest smartphone option for 2 weeks

Post by student » Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:50 pm

inbox788 wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:42 am
student wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:48 pm
You may want to consider a prepaid plan with a phone. If it is is just for 2 weeks, can you do without a phone?
Are you trying to keep your number? Can you?

I like the no phone idea.
I assume the OP can't keep the number as it was a work phone.

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Re: Cheapest smartphone option for 2 weeks

Post by phantom cosmonaut » Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:10 am

nimo956 wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:40 pm
I need some kind of smartphone and plan for the final two weeks of September (during which I'll be relocating). What's the cheapest way to accomplish this?
1) Buy a used Nexus 5x on eBay. You should be able to get one for about $70. If you want something with a large screen, get a Nexus 6p. If you want something a little newer, get a Pixel 1.

2) Get a plan from Project Fi. This link will give you $20 off your first month of service, which costs $20 for unlimited calls and text. You pay $10 per gigabyte for mobile data (I rarely use more than half that). To get the credit, your account needs to be active for 30 days.

3) When you're done, cancel the plan and resell the phone on eBay or Swappa. You'll get a phone and a month of top-notch cell phone service for basically nothing.

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Re: Cheapest smartphone option for 2 weeks

Post by Turbo29 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:55 am

phantom cosmonaut wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:10 am


1) Buy a used Nexus 5x on eBay. You should be able to get one for about $70. If you want something with a large screen, get a Nexus 6p. If you want something a little newer, get a Pixel 1.

I wouldn't pay that much for a 5x. I had a 5x purchased new, died one day without warning. Turns out there is a problem (known to LG, yet they kept selling the phone) known as the "bootloop." Google "Nexus 5x bootloop."

The 6p was manufactured by a different company so it's probably ok.

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Re: Cheapest smartphone option for 2 weeks

Post by phantom cosmonaut » Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:06 pm

Turbo29 wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:55 am
phantom cosmonaut wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:10 am


1) Buy a used Nexus 5x on eBay. You should be able to get one for about $70. If you want something with a large screen, get a Nexus 6p. If you want something a little newer, get a Pixel 1.

I wouldn't pay that much for a 5x. I had a 5x purchased new, died one day without warning. Turns out there is a problem (known to LG, yet they kept selling the phone) known as the "bootloop." Google "Nexus 5x bootloop."

The 6p was manufactured by a different company so it's probably ok.
If you can find a Nexus 5x with boot loop problems, even better. Google will give you a free MotoX4. Sell that after a month and you'll turn a profit. :D

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Re: Cheapest smartphone option for 2 weeks

Post by Katietsu » Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:15 pm

It depends on what you want to do with it and how much data you need. If I was only going to be without Home internet service for a day or two, I would have different needs than if I was going to be driving cross country for those two weeks.

If acceptable, I would keep it simple and just go into a Target or Walmart and get a cheap phone with a prepaid plan. Spend $10 to $50 on the phone and $30 to $50 on the plan.

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Re: Cheapest smartphone option for 2 weeks

Post by jjface » Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:27 pm

Depends how much you will use in 2 weeks eg if you are a data hog then this won't work:

https://www.qvc.com/Tracfone-LG-Rebel-3 ... 32257.html

Or if you have a phone number you can port in then cricket offers a free moto E5 cruise with a plan. Cost $30 for the cheapest plan. Just don't sign up for autopay and it will die after the first month.
https://www.cricketwireless.com/cell-ph ... ruise.html

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Re: Cheapest smartphone option for 2 weeks

Post by Turbo29 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:18 pm

phantom cosmonaut wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:06 pm


If you can find a Nexus 5x with boot loop problems, even better. Google will give you a free MotoX4. Sell that after a month and you'll turn a profit. :D
The catch is you have to be a Project Fi user. I wasn't.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/pr ... placement/

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Re: Cheapest smartphone option for 2 weeks

Post by phantom cosmonaut » Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:54 pm

Turbo29 wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:18 pm
phantom cosmonaut wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:06 pm


If you can find a Nexus 5x with boot loop problems, even better. Google will give you a free MotoX4. Sell that after a month and you'll turn a profit. :D
The catch is you have to be a Project Fi user. I wasn't.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/pr ... placement/
Bummer. I went through at least three Nexus Xs, but was on Project Fi, so they just kept replacing them.

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