Non-crappy Android phone with decent signal/service/price??
September 13, 2012 2:08 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for a pre-paid android phone at a reasonable price (looking at the lower-end Androids since I'm new to them and I don't want to spend more than $200-$250). The only problem is that I have no signal in my apartment when it comes to Sprint/Spring-tower based carriers. AT&T Go Phones charge you extra monthly for a data package and I'd rather not spend more than $50/month. Help?
posted by camylanded to Shopping (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I used to have a non-android basic touch screen type phone through Virgin Mobile-- and I'd had it before I moved into this apartment-- back when I had good service with any carrier I had. I'm slightly outside of bounds in the apartment I live in now, which means that I could only make calls close to windows/doors with that phone. (0-1 bars. 2 bars if I hold my mouth just right when I stand on my porch.)
Finally fed up with having to go outside to get a decent signal, I got a basic phone through AT&T. The signal inside my apartment is great! When I started shopping for Androids though, I discovered that AT&T charges you extra for 'data packages' if you want to actually use your said Android phone. I don't want to have to do this, but I really want an Android!
So when I went and spoke to a salesman at the Best Buy Mobile store, he said that the Android AT&T sells is sluggish anyway and that I'd be better off getting Boost or Virgin Mobile and using Google Voice while at home.
Is this actually possible and does it work adequately for calling when you're at home? Also, if that's the case, what's my best bet for a less sluggish Android in the $200 range? He said the HTC EVO One is a decent phone and is selling for $200 right now.