07-27-2015 12:58 AM
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  1. Yazen's Avatar
    I doubt you have used it at all. It might not be a flagship but it is a great midrange device and worth a consideration. I enjoy my own, so the "hype" is present for a good reason. Even WC's own Daniel Rubino has/had good things to say about using it.

    Edited to add: So does Richard Devine.
    Lol have you used the Lumia 640? I am using 920 right now. I would switch right away for that screen and battery life on 640.

    Yeah, I have owned the 640. Was considering a new phone for my father as he broke his original LG Optimus G.

    What I liked about the 640:
    * Cheap
    * Swappable back covers
    * High resolution display
    * Display is fairly accurate, colors are pleasant, and has little glare.
    * Headphone out drives headphones well
    * Pedometer
    * Miracast
    * Overall decent SoC
    * SD Card

    What I did not like about the 640:
    * Modem performance deteriorates
    * Optically bonded display
    * Loudspeaker / Earpiece quality is OK
    * DAC is meh
    * Display itself is not calibrated, slower refresh
    * No shutter button
    * Software keys
    * Build materials are not premium

    Lumia 640 at $99 MSRP is pretty amazing. I like it better than the Idol 3 and ZenFone 2... Of course at its price point its not going to tick every box the way a flagship would, not knocking on the 640.

    My father did not like the size of the 1520 I purchased for him, so I ended up keeping it and trading him my 925. The battery life lasts over a day, and the performance is very snappy. He likes the build quality, very industrial looking phone.

    The problem with Lumias in general is that there are a lot of lemons floating across the internet.
    07-16-2015 10:24 AM
  2. lilnickiwonder's Avatar
    Could I use an 830 locked to ATT on PureTalk?
    07-16-2015 10:32 AM
  3. arn6735's Avatar
    i guess L640 is the best/cheapest with a premium feel and experience that you can buy for under $120. I have a L640 Tmo for about 3 weeks now and it's working pretty well. Hope this helps.;)
    07-16-2015 10:46 AM
  4. lilnickiwonder's Avatar
    It seems all customer service people from Cricket, Pure Talk, etc are telling me the phone has to be unlocked. Is there some way I could get it unlocked after I purchase? What's the best, safest way to do that (ya know without sketchy "ya want a watch" type of stuff
    07-16-2015 10:51 AM
  5. davenc's Avatar
    It seems all customer service people from Cricket, Pure Talk, etc are telling me the phone has to be unlocked. Is there some way I could get it unlocked after I purchase? What's the best, safest way to do that (ya know without sketchy "ya want a watch" type of stuff

    I've used two att go phones on cricket without unlocking them. Customer service is probably not allowed to tell you that gophones will work or they simply don't know.
    07-16-2015 11:09 AM
  6. brad4560's Avatar
    The 640 hands down! metropcs 39.99 in store 69.99 with mail in rebate online, of course other carriers have it too. Amazing phone.
    07-16-2015 11:26 AM
  7. lilnickiwonder's Avatar
    I've used two att go phones on cricket without unlocking them. Customer service is probably not allowed to tell you that gophones will work or they simply don't know.
    The girl in the Cricket store told me to make sure if I brought a phone that it was unlocked because she said there is a code they have to put in (Im no expert, just saying what she said)
    07-16-2015 11:27 AM
  8. downup's Avatar
    Friend bought 640, it's very nice
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    07-16-2015 11:27 AM
  9. lilnickiwonder's Avatar
    Since it's a phone locked to ATT, even though I'm not the original owner would they unlock it for me?
    07-16-2015 11:32 AM
  10. libra89's Avatar
    Since it's a phone locked to AT&T, even though I'm not the original owner would they unlock it for me?
    In the case of a Gophone, you have to contact AT&T to unlock it. If you are the second owner to a phone, the last user might have to be the one to unlock it first? I'm not sure on this, but hopefully someone who knows more than me will answer your question.

    It probably also depends on who you choose to go with. If you choose to go with a AT&T mvno, you might not have to worry about that at all.

    @Yazen: I understand where you are coming from. It just seems like some of the critics of this phone have never used it, and just say what they say because it's not a flagship, so it's lesser by default. That was the reason for my statement, but the things you don't like are valid.
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    07-16-2015 11:39 AM
  11. lilnickiwonder's Avatar
    So if a phone is locked to ATT can you use it on GoPhone? The only thing about GoPhone is I can't figure out how to get started as far as BYOP goes. In the ATT store they wanted to charge me $27 for the sim alone.... I just thought NOPE. What do I have to do to actually get started? Where do I get the SIM and everything that I need? I can't seem to even get a conclusive answer from the people in the store or on the chat about how much monthly bill will actually be either.
    07-16-2015 11:57 AM
  12. dwaynebritton's Avatar
    I have two Gophones that I use on Cricket, a 630 & a 635. All I did was put my Cricket simm in, and follow the setup. They both work very well!
    07-16-2015 12:12 PM
  13. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    It seems all customer service people from Cricket, Pure Talk, etc are telling me the phone has to be unlocked. Is there some way I could get it unlocked after I purchase? What's the best, safest way to do that (ya know without sketchy "ya want a watch" type of stuff
    I used my att lumia 1520 on h20 wireless. It is locked to att. It shouldn't matter since it is an att phone and they are att mvnos. Don't take my word for it but I had no issue with the lumia 1520.

    Of course I also brought my own sim and did all my stuff online since customer service with these people is useless usually


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    07-16-2015 12:22 PM
  14. worldspy99's Avatar
    So if a phone is locked to ATT can you use it on GoPhone? The only thing about GoPhone is I can't figure out how to get started as far as BYOP goes. In the ATT store they wanted to charge me $27 for the sim alone.... I just thought NOPE. What do I have to do to actually get started? Where do I get the SIM and everything that I need? I can't seem to even get a conclusive answer from the people in the store or on the chat about how much monthly bill will actually be either.
    I have two Gophones that I use on Cricket, a 630 & a 635. All I did was put my Cricket simm in, and follow the setup. They both work very well!
    Just like dwaynebritton said, you put in your SIM card and off you go. No unlocking required if you get an AT&T branded phone and use it on AT&T, GoPhone or Cricket or Straight Talk with AT&T as the MVNO. I haven't used PureTalk so I cannot comment on it. The other I have experience with.
    Good luck.
    07-16-2015 12:42 PM
  15. Witness's Avatar
    Give in to the temptation!
    I almost did, but it's OOS so I'm glad I didn't have to make a decision.
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    07-16-2015 01:20 PM
  16. lilnickiwonder's Avatar
    The 640 on GoPhone is now in Walmarts here in Mississippi according to the employees! I called three of them and asked if they were there and they all said it was there, plenty of them, for $80. I think I'll pull the trigger on that deal because the 640 seems awesome and I cant justify the $80 vs $169.99+ of the 830.
    I'll comment again when I activate and start to use the 640 on the GoPhone network, I'm interested to see how strong a signal I'll get in the places that I used to get none, like in my father's house in the woods. The only 2 companies I've seen get a signal there are C-Spire and AT&T Postpaid, I'm interested to see how the prepaid does.
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    07-16-2015 01:42 PM
  17. lilnickiwonder's Avatar
    Just remembered I may be able to just pop in my Cricket SIM and use the GoPhone 640!! I'll try that when I get it and report back on whether I worked or not!
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    07-16-2015 02:43 PM
  18. Yazen's Avatar
    Protip: If you guys buy a GoPhone DO NOT put the included GoPhone SIM inside. A GoPhone activated phone with a balance (even if $0) may potentially cause you a headache when trying to unlock/using a child carrier (Straightalk, Cricket, etc).

    My advice is to unlock the phone for $1 on eBay just to air on the side of caution. Sounds ridiculous, but you might just save yourselves a headache, and your phone's selling value is appreciated
    07-16-2015 04:05 PM
  19. lilnickiwonder's Avatar
    When unlocking your phone on eBay and such, I'm still not clear on legal vs illegal for that. Is it legal to unlock it yourself without permission from the carrier?
    07-16-2015 04:27 PM
  20. Yazen's Avatar
    When unlocking your phone on eBay and such, I'm still not clear on legal vs illegal for that. Is it legal to unlock it yourself without permission from the carrier?
    It is legal again. Last year it costed $50+ to unlock a Lumia 1520, last week I just unlocked one for $0.75 :O
    Amazing isn't it?

    EDIT: Enjoy it while it lasts XD
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    07-16-2015 04:32 PM
  21. lilnickiwonder's Avatar
    I hope that never ends!
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    07-16-2015 04:35 PM
  22. lilnickiwonder's Avatar
    Now I'm thinking if I can get my GoPhone L640 unlocked ill go to Pure Talk because they have a perfect 44.95 plan for me, I want the faster data speeds for sure. Cricket data speeds aren't that bad, but Pure Talk is ATT unthrottled, and I never hit 2 GB of data, barely 1, there's WiFi everywhere around me.
    07-16-2015 04:53 PM
  23. lilnickiwonder's Avatar
    The 640 GoPhone is starting to become available at WalMart for just under $80. That's the best deal going under $150. You can take it to any AT&T MVNO and use it without unlocking, but if you use the online form at AT&T before you activate the phone on any network they should unlock it for you for free. I am using a Lumia 635 on PureTalk and they are great. Free SIMs, cost is low for low usage, full LTE speeds now (25mbps download), no hassles.
    So if I buy the 640 go phone from WalMart and fill out the att form better activation anywhere else then they will unlock it? I'd like to use it on Pure Talk.
    07-16-2015 05:25 PM
  24. Yazen's Avatar
    So if I buy the 640 go phone from WalMart and fill out the att form better activation anywhere else then they will unlock it? I'd like to use it on Pure Talk.
    Just put in your Pure Talk SIM and you will be set.

    ____

    The idea is that if you pop in the GoPhone SIM you are in trouble.
    Reason being is that the phone will be tied to a new GoPhone account, and AT&T will not unlock it unless you are a paying customer for 3-6 months... Had this happen to a friend of mine, even warned him. Was really excited about his $25 L635

    But it's very easy to unlock right now so might as well take advantage of it. At the very least your phone will be worth more should you decide to sell it.
    Free if current AT&T customer, $1 or less on eBay otherwise.
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    07-16-2015 06:50 PM
  25. lilnickiwonder's Avatar
    Could you give me a good link for unlocking on eBay?
    07-16-2015 10:13 PM
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