Getting new phone thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Chemosh, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. Chemosh

    Chemosh TZT Addict

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    Hey my TZT brothers. I'm looking to get a new phone. Currently have an Samsung Galaxy S6 and looking to upgrade to either S8 or S9 (not paying 1400 for a S10). I'm using Verizon for my carrier and want to get an unlocked phone.

    I can buy some shit on Amazon or other sites, but wanted to see if you guys had any issues getting a unlocked phone running on your mobile carrier or not?

    Any thing I should know before I go fork out like 800 bucks?
     
  2. Utumno

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    I know AT&T is pretty unlocked-phone friendly. Haven't done it myself but know many people that have, should be painless.

    No idea about Verizon tho
     
  3. Bailon

    Bailon TZT Neckbeard

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    What are the advantages of an unlocked phone. I am old and very out of touch, never understood what that's all about. Also I use an iPhone 6 on Verizon.
     
  4. Utumno

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    Biggest advantage is you don't get Verizon/ATT/Sprint shitware apps that might slow down your phone, snoop, ask for endless updates, take up space, etc.

    Another is that it may make it easier if you just wanna say "you know what, fuck off Verizon, I'm taking my happy ass (and my phone and my money) to a different carrier because I'm sick of your shit."

    Also, sometimes the carriers will also slap a stupid big ass logo or something on the phone itself if you care about that sort of thing (pretty rare now though).

    Oh, and updates too... an unlocked phone (in theory) should get security updates and even major version updates (Oreo to Pie for example) sooner than carriers, which have to run a bunch of extra QA to make sure everything works with their crapware. Or if the carrier just decides to no longer upgrade your phone, I guess you could just fall out of the update cycle altogether even if the original manufacturer still supports the phone.

    That last bit is hypothetical though for me anyway - I've moved to a new phone every couple of years so I've never had that happen to me yet.
     
  5. Red

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  6. Utumno

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    I will say, I think phones are finally getting to the point where I don't really need/want the latest and greatest. I got the Galaxy Note 8 when the Note 9 was coming out, and my phone still feels totally fine. I expect this will still last a couple more years before it starts to feel old/slow - kindof like how computers became (I haven't done a really major PC upgrade in 5 years except for GPU, and don't expect to feel the urge for a few more years looking at the state of hardware/software right now).
     
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  9. Taelen

    Taelen TZT Journeyman

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    Yeah, I notice little difference between my S7 edge+ and my Note 9. There's definitely little reason to own the latest and greatest, unless you're heavily into mobile gaming and even then.... I know Fortnite is pretty limited on what you can play it on mobile, but I'll just play on my pc or a console thx. The only thing I love about my Note 9 is the storage, and even older Samsung phones can have a pretty massive SD card. For me, the built in 512GB allows me to keep all my digital photos and videos since I started taking them on my phone, among other uh things on there.... Same deal on my PC. I think it's approaching 5 years old and I've only upgraded the GPU.
     
  10. Chemosh

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    So, nobody yet has ever bought an unlocked phone and worked with the provider?
     
  11. Utumno

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  12. Jackpanel

    Jackpanel TZT Abuser

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    Get an iPhone. Android phones are for homeless people and immigrants.
     
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  13. Chemosh

    Chemosh TZT Addict

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    Ordered a Samsung galaxy s9 on Amazon
     
  14. AgelessDrifter

    AgelessDrifter TZT Neckbeard Lord

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    My iPhone six still works great and you could probably get one from a compulsively upgrading dipshit for cheap

    I don’t think I’ll ever buy a higher model of iPhone, though. Fuck needing a proprietary adapter for everything and having to pay $30 every time you need a new charger
     
  15. Bailon

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    Mine does not work great - the battery dies in moments and I charge it from dead to full 3 or 4 times a day, but since I am at my desk for most of the day; I can just keep it plugged in. It also has a shitty home button - but both of these things are an easy fix; I am just too lazy to give a fuck.
     
  16. Utumno

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    shots fired
     
  17. Chemosh

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    It's like talking to a trump supporter. You can have the conversation, but they never listen.
     
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  18. Holystrife

    Holystrife What the fuck did you just try to put in my ass?

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    I prefer iPhones to Androids, but for completely different reasons than a lot of other people. If you like to upgrade constantly, go with an Android. If you keep a phone for eons, go with an iPhone.
     
  19. Sear

    Sear TZT Neckbeard Lord

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    enjoy ur korean bloatware phone running an inferior OS, poornerd :rofl:
     
  20. Red

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    My work phone is a iPhone and it's a pile of shit