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    Question What's the cheapest unlocked smartphone that is compatible with both CDMA and GSM providers?

    Basically the title: What's the cheapest unlocked smartphone that is compatible with both CDMA and GSM providers?

    I'm looking for a cheap, new smartphone, that would be compatible with all of the U.S. cell phone providers (CDMA and GSM), for backup purposes.

    Any suggestions would be welcome! Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mytellomvno View Post
    Basically the title: What's the cheapest unlocked smartphone that is compatible with both CDMA and GSM providers?

    I'm looking for a cheap, new smartphone, that would be compatible with all of the U.S. cell phone providers (CDMA and GSM), for backup purposes....
    Moto E6 is the cheapest I can think of. $99 from Moto.

    FWIW, GSM and CDMA are no longer relevant. Both are obsolete. Verizon is turning off what little is left of their CDMA at the end of the year. T-Mobile is the only major carrier still running some GSM and there is not much of that left. Sprint continues to use CDMA, but they are being converted to T-Mobile. T-Mo will not be running any CDMA after the transition.

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    Don't forget that US carriers are no longer activating non-VOLTE devices. Current devices utilizing older technology will only work for a few more years longer. CDMA and GSM networks are being retired and replaced with VOLTE (4G) and/or the emerging 5G networks. If you plan to use the phone in the US, don't invest in phones relying on CDMA or GSM solely.

    FWIW: there are newer folding/flip phones that support the 4G networks at about $100 or less sold by most carriers currently.
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    Moto G7 Play XT1952-4 or XT1952-3 already compatible with T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon including VoLTE.
    Last edited by RFK; 10-02-2020 at 09:28 AM.

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    Hi, I am Saim and I have redmi mobile. it's screen is locked how can I unlock it. Please give me any guidance

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobdevnul View Post
    Moto E6 is the cheapest I can think of. $99 from Moto.

    FWIW, GSM and CDMA are no longer relevant. Both are obsolete. Verizon is turning off what little is left of their CDMA at the end of the year. T-Mobile is the only major carrier still running some GSM and there is not much of that left. Sprint continues to use CDMA, but they are being converted to T-Mobile. T-Mo will not be running any CDMA after the transition.
    Moto E6 has now returned to the $150.

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    Nuu might be worth a look.

    us.nuumobile.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by joseg2016 View Post
    Moto E6 has now returned to the $150.
    The current newer version Moto E is $120 (go figure).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mframe View Post
    The current newer version Moto E is $120 (go figure).
    Okay if you say. Sources differ. Sales decisions change. Also notice, "Moto E" and "Moto E6".

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    Quote Originally Posted by joseg2016 View Post
    Okay if you say. Sources differ. Sales decisions change. Also notice, "Moto E" and "Moto E6".
    No criticism of your statement was intended. The current "Moto E" is actually the 7th generation, but they don't use E7 in the name.

    By "go figure", I meant how Motorola would price a newer, updated version less than the older one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mframe View Post
    By "go figure", I meant how Motorola would price a newer, updated version less than the older one.
    Exactly, other than the FM radio on the E6, the Moto E is a better phone.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mframe View Post
    No criticism of your statement was intended. The current "Moto E" is actually the 7th generation, but they don't use E7 in the name.

    By "go figure", I meant how Motorola would price a newer, updated version less than the older one.
    It did not worry me. Like I said, sources even if the same may differ at times.
    I was pointing to different model of Moto: One of them is called Moto E, and another is called Moto E6.


    Several weeks ago Motorola was selling Moto E6 for $99, after it was for ~$150. The price from Motorola has again returned to $150. (Really shown as "$149", but close enough).

    First choice to checkwhen shopping for an unlocked android smartphone should be Motorola Moto within E&G/E?/G? models. (Include! Not exclusive.)

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    Kroger has a Tracfone LG Journey for $17.88. It isn't unlocked, but Page Plus says they will take it. 6c/min. is pretty cheap. CDMA is about to be history.

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