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  1. A Tracfone branded phone will have to be...

    A Tracfone branded phone will have to be activated with the SIM that came with it. During activation you will be offered the option to transfer your existing phone number and service units. This...
  2. Less than $100 is on the low end for decent,...

    Less than $100 is on the low end for decent, modern, Verizon phones, but there are a few.

    I use a Moto G6 with Verizon. I find it completely adequate. They can be found at about $100 refurbed, or...
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    This likely will happen with Verizon CDMA. If...

    This likely will happen with Verizon CDMA. If they update a cell or area to the latest equipment, they probably won't put CDMA back on it. IIRC, I have seen it mentioned that this has happened...
  4. That's not the way Red Pocket works. They offer...

    That's not the way Red Pocket works. They offer all four and you pick which carrier you want. Otherwise, yes, Red Pocket may not be the best choice for some seniors.

    Other prepaids do this, like...
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    A lightning strike* partially fried my 10-YO desk...

    A lightning strike* partially fried my 10-YO desk computer about the time you started this topic. I picked up a refurb Lenovo M82 Intel Core i5 3470 @3.2 GHz, CPU Passmark 6722 for $125 from Newegg....
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    Recalibrating will sometimes improve or fix the...

    Recalibrating will sometimes improve or fix the issue you mentioned of not charging normally or fast draining. Some also recommend it for new batteries.

    It's easy to do and don't cost nothing...
  7. There is a toggle setting to not send the GV...

    There is a toggle setting to not send the GV number as Caller ID in the Android GV app and the GV web account.

    I tried it it works.
  8. All of that works, and also turning off your...

    All of that works, and also turning off your Caller ID that you asked in a different post.

    Noodle around in the phone GV app settings and GV web account settings. It's all there.
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    Straight from Verizon: the CDMA network will...

    Straight from Verizon: the CDMA network will remain available as-is until 12/31/2020.

    https://www.verizonwireless.com/support/knowledge-base-218813/

    It has been reported that any recent or new...
  10. That's even better. ...

    That's even better.

    http://www.dslreports.com/speedtest/simple is ~300 KB to load the page. You have to touch a button to run a speed test, which is more data.
  11. What is displayed during a VoLTE call varies...

    What is displayed during a VoLTE call varies between phone models. My Android does not show anything special.

    You can test it by:
    Turn Wifi off
    Turn data on
    Start and continue a phone call...
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    Sorry, I posted about Audacity as I was due to go...

    Sorry, I posted about Audacity as I was due to go out and did not notice that you meant phone app.
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    Audacity is the Swiss Army Knife of audio...

    Audacity is the Swiss Army Knife of audio editors. I have used it for multi-hour long file editing.
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    Do a web search for: flip phone with hotspot ...

    Do a web search for: flip phone with hotspot

    There are some in the results. The trick will be to find one that isn't carrier branded. Carrier branded phones will likely do an entitlement check...
  15. Thread: Data speed

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    I compared my Tracfone-AT&T with a friends AT&T...

    I compared my Tracfone-AT&T with a friends AT&T postpaid a few times. The speeds were the same - 2-5 Mbps, but we don't have fancy phones or great AT&T provisioning around here.

    I find 2-5 Mbps...
  16. First you need a phone and service plan that...

    First you need a phone and service plan that allows hotspotting/tethering.

    Your phone is a Verizon model. The hotspot function on the phone contacts Verizon to see if its service is entitled to...
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    I have had Truphone even longer than Ringplus...

    I have had Truphone even longer than Ringplus followed by Tello - 6 years. It was my first smartphone service. I will be using Truphone for my glovebox phone when my Tello service expires.

    I like...
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    I can agree with that. It's good to see in post...

    I can agree with that. It's good to see in post #112 that they are doing (some) refunds.
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    Verizon has extended the end of CDMA to the end...

    Verizon has extended the end of CDMA to the end of 2020.

    Don't know if any Vz MVNOs will still take a S4 that does not have HD voice/VoLTE. Vz and Vz prepaid will not. I thought I had heard that...
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    It still worked for me two weeks ago. The...

    It still worked for me two weeks ago.



    The above is safe and easy.

    There is a new deal from TF for 1 year and something like 1000 units for $50. You have to go through transferring to a new...
  21. Truphone requires a carrier/network unlocked...

    Truphone requires a carrier/network unlocked phone.

    Your LG Xpressions is a carrier/network locked phone - locked to AT&T. Truphone only roams on AT&T in the US.
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    Another perspective: I got Tello paygo service...

    Another perspective:

    I got Tello paygo service for my Sprint phones when Ringplus folded ~2 years ago. I never expected service for a five dollar deposit and a penny of use every 90 days to last...
  23. I wouldn't bother. I would try first going in app...

    I wouldn't bother. I would try first going in app setting and disabling them. That doesn't recover any space, but keeps them from running. There may be some that can't be disabled. Removing bloatware...
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    Timswim said buy a $5 a month plan AND use the...

    Timswim said buy a $5 a month plan AND use the deposit balance to pay for data above the plan allowance. IIRC that is allowed. The $5 a month plan has 500 MB and no voice minutes.
  25. Obi settings have nothing to do with other phones...

    Obi settings have nothing to do with other phones ringing.

    There are several things that make your cellphone ring for a call to your GV number.

    If the GV app is installed on your cellphone and...
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