1. cawafuoshi's Avatar
    Looking into the 435 for traveling and as a Wifi calling capable backup phone with Tmo. They are selling for $29 at Walmart and everything considered the price is tempting to have it around. I remember the 530 was basically garbage screen wise. How happy are you with screen, endurance, connectivity, voice and audio quality? Thing with Tmo USA is that Lumias are very scarce now and I prefer a branded phone over an unlocked one for the wifi calling feature for travelling. Otherwise I am quite happy with my ATT 640 on Tmo.
    12-15-2015 08:29 AM
  2. libra89's Avatar
    I'll let you know my personal experience. I had it for close to 2 weeks because I had to send in my T-mo 640 in for repair. At the time, it was $39.

    Anyway, the voice quality is decent. It wasn't HD voice but it was pretty good. The screen looks alright if you look at it straight on, but from angles, it looks a little washed out but you could get used to it. I didn't have any issues with connectivity at all (or at least anything outside of the usual). As for audio, I didn't watch any videos or play any music on it so I can't speak on that. If by endurance, you mean battery, I feel like it held up pretty well.
    12-15-2015 08:38 AM
  3. cawafuoshi's Avatar
    thanks @ libra89. Screen is the major reason I would not spring for a 530. But from what I understand, the 435 has got a better one. Won't beat the 640's one, but hey, it's just a backup and travel phone.
    12-15-2015 09:12 AM
  4. libra89's Avatar
    thanks @ libra89. Screen is the major reason I would not spring for a 530. But from what I understand, the 435 has got a better one. Won't beat the 640's one, but hey, it's just a backup and travel phone.
    You're welcome. I think it will be just fine. In that respect, the 530 screen is horrible all around, at least with the 435, the screen is decent while looking at it straight on.
    12-15-2015 10:20 AM
  5. DarkSK17a's Avatar
    The best cost benefit in any low-cost phone on any operating system.

    The screen is good enough, the audio sounds strong, the GPS is phenomenal, the signal reception is good.

    It is chubby and plastic, yes, but unrivaled at this price.

    We'll done Microsoft.
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    12-15-2015 10:48 AM
  6. cawafuoshi's Avatar
    @DarkSK17a thx for telling me about audio and GPS. The latter is indeed important in a traveler's phone. Sounds the 435 is no lemon at all.
    12-15-2015 02:09 PM
  7. DarkSK17a's Avatar
    @cawafuoshi you're welcome! I have to tell you something, if I went back to using a GPS on a phone, it was thanks to this humble 435. That pleasant surprise I took.
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    12-15-2015 02:19 PM
  8. cawafuoshi's Avatar
    For some years I have been using only Here Maps and Drive. I put in an order at Walmart for two devices. Stocking up. The 550 won't be available, if at all, for this money on Tmo.
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    12-15-2015 03:08 PM
  9. libra89's Avatar
    For some years I have been using only Here Maps and Drive. I put in an order at Walmart for two devices. Stocking up. The 550 won't be available, if at all, for this money on Tmo.
    I wish it was, but I strongly doubt that they would carry it, or even a US carrier for that matter. I feel like it would have been announced by now if they were.
    12-15-2015 03:24 PM
  10. cawafuoshi's Avatar
    And thus, the ultra cheap Lumia will be a thing of the past unless the 550 and perhaps 650 hit similiar price points after a while. The ATT 640 is, without a doubt, the better phone and deal at $59 or less, but for someone who wants Tmo Wifi calling (and Band 12), there is nothing to be had atm. At least, the 435 ticks the Wifi calling feature.
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    12-16-2015 01:23 AM
  11. cawafuoshi's Avatar
    My 435s arrived today. First impression: Nice.

    Screen is better than expected. Grip is nice. Very pocketable. Snappy. A Lumia. Camera is of course nothing to write home about. Will test some more, esp. Call and audio quality. Def. a neat device at $29.
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    12-19-2015 08:23 AM
  12. cawafuoshi's Avatar
    Audio was a bit muddy. Had to use equalizer first time with a Lumia to brighten the sound of my music. Call quality is on the muddier side as well compared to the 635 and 640. Unfort., for in call there is no equalizer. Then, 3.5 G is where the 435 shines on Tmo. At our cabin, where 3G and LTE was added just recently, I used it as a mobile hotspot serving up to 3 devices at a time for streaming video without a hitch. Didn't miss lack of LTE at all.
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    12-28-2015 04:56 PM
  13. Rob-Houston's Avatar
    Got a 435 from Fry's for 29.95 in December. This was my first WP. I didn't expect much but I like it alot better than the androids I had. I have a 640 to go with it. The 435 will be used when I need a pocketable phone for traveling/jury duty etc. The Onenote and Office apps are far better than the free android apps I tried. For me it's a keeper as a second phone.
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    01-20-2016 11:15 AM
  14. worldspy99's Avatar
    Got a 435 from Fry's for 29.95 in December. This was my first WP. I didn't expect much but I like it alot better than the androids I had. I have a 640 to go with it. The 435 will be used when I need a pocketable phone for traveling/jury duty etc. The Onenote and Office apps are far better than the free android apps I tried. For me it's a keeper as a second phone.
    Good to know. I have a brand new clear TPU case lying around for it. If you want it, its yours, just cover shipping. Thanks.
    01-20-2016 12:20 PM
  15. anon(6078578)'s Avatar
    I noticed my local Target had the T-Mobile version of the Lumia 435 on clearance for $35 so I don't don't if that's a sign that T-Mobile have discontinued this phone. I noticed they only have refurbished ones on their website.
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    01-27-2016 04:13 PM
  16. libra89's Avatar
    I noticed my local Target had the T-Mobile version of the Lumia 435 on clearance for $35 so I don't don't if that's a sign that T-Mobile have discontinued this phone. I noticed they only have refurbished ones on their website.
    This is very interesting. I was just at Target last week and it was full price. I feel like going back to my local Target to investiage. Hopefully they aren't killing it off, but eh who knows anymore. Sad thing is, if this was the case, it lasted a whole lot longer than the 640 :/
    01-27-2016 05:47 PM
  17. anon(6078578)'s Avatar
    This is very interesting. I was just at Target last week and it was full price. I feel like going back to my local Target to investiage. Hopefully they aren't killing it off, but eh who knows anymore. Sad thing is, if this was the case, it lasted a whole lot longer than the 640 :/
    I still can't believe T-Mobile stopped selling the superior 640 and yet kept the 435...
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    01-27-2016 09:14 PM
  18. libra89's Avatar
    I still can't believe T-Mobile stopped selling the superior 640 and yet kept the 435...
    Same.

    Thanks to you, I went to check it out and ended up getting one. Who would have ever thought that Target would be cheaper than Walmart? lol.
    02-02-2016 07:45 PM
  19. footesouljaa's Avatar
    I've brought another 435 because mine got stolen. Love it the size is awesome for one hand use.
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    03-09-2016 08:32 AM
  20. libra89's Avatar
    I've brought another 435 because mine got stolen. Love it the size is awesome for one hand use.
    I agree. One hand use is great!
    03-09-2016 08:39 AM
  21. Patriots1959's Avatar
    I'm satisfied with my 435 on Wallmart Family Mobile which I use as a spare line. Perfect for calls and texting when I'm on the road, and email when I'm in WIFI range - which is all I need it for. I lowered my plan to the most minimal charges (total with taxes and fees under $30/month) which is supposed to allow for super slow 2G speeds - I don't get any data at all. Bluetooth works great. I leave mine on 24/7 or switch to Airplane mode - so every 2-4 weeks it drops the cellular connection - to fix I just turn it off and on.
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    03-17-2016 02:21 PM

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