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  1. James Auman's Avatar
    My wife wants to replace her Lumia 830 since the speakers have died on it and the battery life has gotten bad. She has looked at androids and iPhones and just doesn't want to move away from her favorite OS. She knows that Windows 10 Mobile isn't being developed anymore but she still would rather have that than a droid/iPhone. So we are looking at what we can get today that works with our AT&T service. I see the Alcatel Idol and the HP Elite X3 as new phone options. But I've also hear complaints about them. Are there places selling new or refurbished Lumia 950/950xl phones? What would you buy if you had to replace your current phone today with a Windows 10 Mobile (PS: I am going to try to find her a demo of the Windows Launcher for Android to see if that would change her mind any but I doubt she will go for it). She LOVES her Live Tiles and the easy interface.

    Help me find her a Win10 Mobile Phone please. Any resellers or deals you can think of? Best options? Best places to purchase? anything to be wary of?

    PS: we are both longtime Win Mobile users (going back to Zune too)
    Last edited by James Auman; 10-28-2017 at 12:12 PM.
    10-28-2017 11:08 AM
  2. Grant Taylor3's Avatar
    The 640 if you can find one.
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    10-28-2017 01:17 PM
  3. fin11's Avatar
    I would try to find a lumia 650, 950 or 950 xl. These are all phones that can be updated to fall creators update and will get bugfixes and security updates for a long time (more then 2 years). They all work really well on wm10.
    10-28-2017 06:38 PM
  4. James Auman's Avatar
    So not the Alcatel or the HP Elite X3?
    10-28-2017 07:40 PM
  5. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Find a gently used 950 if she values camera. 950 XL if the size doesn't bother her. While the 650 is a great phone and takes decent pics, it doesn't have the Zeiss, Pureview, OIS goodness that she has been accustomed to on 830.

    Get a replacement battery and rock on.
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    10-29-2017 01:18 AM
  6. James Auman's Avatar
    so you'd prefer a used 950 (in good shape of course) or a 950XL over the Alcatel that you can get in the Microsoft Store for a great price? Or over the Elite?
    10-29-2017 08:43 AM
  7. omar al-tal's Avatar
    hey if you live in US and using T-mobile , you buy ALCATEL idol 4s windows type c with only 109$ on ebay, i did and it was just like new zero scratch , if not I recommend buying something with windows 10 out of the box .
    10-29-2017 09:34 AM
  8. PerfectReign's Avatar
    So not the Alcatel or the HP Elite X3?
    I would shy away from the Alcatel as it doesn't seem to have great information on this forum. As for the X3, it is a beautiful device with a decent screen and wonderful speakers but a camera stuck in 2010. My wife finally gave up on the 640 because it developed too many software related and camera issues.

    My 950xl still works great and it's solid as can be. Still pissed at the early reviews saying it wasn't a "premium" phone because it has a carbonite back. I'd go with the 950xl if I were you.


    Sent from mTalk on my 950xl
    10-29-2017 10:07 AM
  9. Stephen Pedersen1's Avatar
    Do. Not. But. A Lumia 650. They aren't durable. I went through 3 of them in no time. Headphone jacks wear out, screen bends, battery life is awful. Do not buy a Lumia 650. It was the worst phone I ever owned. The Lumia 950 was like night and day, it's so much better than the 650.
    10-29-2017 01:28 PM
  10. James Auman's Avatar
    My wife has a Lumia 830 and loves it, but speakers going bad. The 950 would be the closest to it, right? Anyone know a good reputable source for refurbished 950s?
    10-29-2017 03:41 PM
  11. Guytronic's Avatar
    Looks like mint (estimated) 950's are fetching $180.00 on Swappa:
    https://swappa.com/buy/microsoft-lum...pUvbUpU3714811

    Sometimes Swappa is good because sellers often include lot's of extras.
    Other than eBay Lumia phones in great shape are very tough to find especially refurbed or new.
    I think a private seller may be your best option.

    Good luck there...
    10-29-2017 06:06 PM
  12. mc_razza's Avatar
    10-29-2017 09:26 PM
  13. ryhtsang's Avatar
    I'd still go with Blu WinHD LTE. Cheap and effective.
    Alcatel 4S, Moly X1 - are a close second. Don't know how safe the updates are for these third party phones other than Blu.
    10-29-2017 10:35 PM
  14. shmsnh's Avatar
    I'd still go with Blu WinHD LTE. Cheap and effective.
    My experience with that phone has been terrible. I would strongly recommend against getting one. Additionally, I believe it isn't supported anymore (update-wise).
    libra89 likes this.
    10-30-2017 12:52 AM
  15. fin11's Avatar
    If you find a lumia 950 or 950 xl I recommend you also get a new oem battery as RumoredNow suggested. My original lumia 950 xl battery lasted about 13 months (phone started to shut down or randomly reboot as many others reported here). Changed it for a new battery and I have another spare battery when this battery stops working.
    10-30-2017 03:09 AM
  16. raycpl's Avatar
    From the many threads on WC, seems finding a good replacement battery for 950/XL is as rare as rear end droppings from a rocking horse.

    ... !
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    10-30-2017 07:34 AM
  17. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    Go for a used 950XL. I will be switching from mine (which I think is a great phone) to an Elite X3 sometime soon. Sadly it costs me tons to ship phones from where I am to wherever someone lives who might want it. That's why I have a Lumia 620, 640XL and soon to be 950XL, all in great condition just in a cupboard.

    Hopefully you can find the phone you want @James Auman. You can probably find a good deal in the marketplace on this site too.
    James Auman likes this.
    10-30-2017 07:56 AM
  18. James Auman's Avatar
    Thank you. May i ask why you are moving to the Elite X3 from your 950XL?
    10-31-2017 09:22 AM
  19. Grant Taylor3's Avatar
    I am rocking a Lumia 950 since December 2015 and it has been rock solid.

    It has gotten faster and more stable as the OS has matured.

    I am still using the same battery that came with the phone when new.
    fin11 likes this.
    11-02-2017 06:08 AM
  20. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    Thank you. May i ask why you are moving to the Elite X3 from your 950XL?
    Mainly for the extra RAM. That, and new Windows phones are slim pickings too. My 950XL is two years old now, it's a good phone, no complaints, but after it was announced that HP would no longer support the X3 (which they then retracted) I decided I wanted to give it a try.

    If you find a lumia 950 or 950 xl I recommend you also get a new oem battery as RumoredNow suggested. My original lumia 950 xl battery lasted about 13 months (phone started to shut down or randomly reboot as many others reported here). Changed it for a new battery and I have another spare battery when this battery stops working.
    My 950XL randomly reboots. It's around two years old with an OEM battery. I always thought the restarting was due to being on the Fast ring. Are you saying it's the battery? If so then, @James Auman, that's another reason for me to go to the X3.
    11-05-2017 05:40 AM
  21. fin11's Avatar
    Most likely the battery, there's another long thread here about this issue, a new battery usually fixes this problem. If your battery is swollen its most definately the problem, but mine wasn't swollen and still caused shutdowns. Batterylife is much improved and I have no random reboots or shutdowns with my new battery. Some users have fixed random reboots just by cleaning the contacts, but you usually need a new battery. Try to get hold of a new oem battery if possible, not all non-oem batteries will work.
    11-05-2017 07:58 AM
  22. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    11-05-2017 08:37 AM
  23. beman39's Avatar
    yes go for the X3, the camera is very good nowadays with the updates, prob not as good as the 950XL but its close... I've been using the X3 for 2 months and I still can't put it down. I just recently came back from cuba and was using my 950 and the battery and the phone is a step backwards! the battery didn't even last me all day from taking vids or pics and I sorely missed the X3... I'm even seriously thinking of buying another X3 as a back up! thats how much I luv my X3!
    aximtreo and Scienceguy Labs like this.
    11-05-2017 05:19 PM
  24. TgeekB's Avatar
    This one:
    https://forums.windowscentral.com/sh...d.php?t=466908

    HP Elite X3 Windows Phone & Desk Dock
    Agreed. Phenomenal deal you won’t find anywhere else from a reputable seller.
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    11-05-2017 05:21 PM
  25. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    yes go for the X3, the camera is very good nowadays with the updates, prob not as good as the 950XL but its close... I've been using the X3 for 2 months and I still can't put it down. I just recently came back from cuba and was using my 950 and the battery and the phone is a step backwards! the battery didn't even last me all day from taking vids or pics and I sorely missed the X3... I'm even seriously thinking of buying another X3 as a back up! thats how much I luv my X3!
    You might as well buy the one listed up above. 😁👍
    aximtreo likes this.
    11-05-2017 06:12 PM
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